News in July 2013
News in July 2013
THE GIRL WHO LOVED CAMELLIAS by Julie Kavanagh was praised in the New York Times Sunday Book Review: “With her colorful new biography…, Julie Kavanagh exposes the tawdry reality behind her heroine’s legend.” Knopf published the book June 11, 2013.
THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS by Andrew Sean Greer received accolades in The New York Times Sunday Book Review: “Elegiac in tone, this tale of time travel, loss and compromise is as precisely engineered as a Swiss watch… Greer… manages the complexities of this temporal round robin with precision and panache.” Ecco published the book June 25, 2013.
Olivia Laing’s THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING was named a must-read by the Sunday Times and reviewed by The Guardian, the Independent, and the New Statesman. The Independent said, “Laing is a fine and stylish travel writer, with a sharp eye for passing detail and an acute ear for oddly amusing conversations.” The New Statesman called it “a nuanced portrait – via biography, memoir, analysis – of the urge of the hyperarticulate to get raving drunk.”
Charlie Smith’s MEN IN MIAMI HOTELS was reviewed by the Free Lance-Star, which said, “Novelist Lorrie Moore has called Smith a writer of ‘appalling brilliance.’ Rick Moody calls him ‘one of the very best prose and writers in contemporary letters.’ And it’s no wonder. He writes like an angel with a broken heart.” Harper Perennial published the book on July 2, 2013.
Jim Gavin’s MIDDLE MEN was given an illustrated review by Kevin Thompson on The Rumpus: “These are stories of factotums and fuck-ups: missed opportunities, bad roommates, and good fast food. They’re about the kind of men men are while on their way to becoming the men they’d like to be.” Simon & Schuster published the book on February 19, 2013.
Wayne Koestenbaum’s MY 1980’s AND OTHER ESSAYS is a notable new release in Time Magazine, which said, “Cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum casts his anxious, enviable intellect at such figures as Sigmund Freud, Brigitte Bardot, Diane Arbus and Debbie Harry.” Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on August 13, 2013.
Take a look at this chalk art of THE RESURRECTIONIST: the Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black’s cover by the immensely talented E. B. Hudspeth. Quirk Books published the hardcover, which is filled with artful images, on May 21, 2013.
LEXICON by Max Barry continues to receive accolades and great reviews. Time Out New York gives it 4 stars and raves that “Barry has a gift for spinning complicated plots that aren’t weighed down by their intricacies. His prose here is dark and incisive, and he creates sympathetic (and often quite funny) characters.” In their review, The Washington Post called the book “an extremely slick and readable thriller.” Penguin Press published the hardcover June 18, 2013.
Rilla Askew discussed her novel KIND OF KIN with Mariella Frostrup on BBC, who is offering a free PDF of the book’s first chapter online. KIND OF KIN was also reviewed by the BookBag, who said of the book, “Askew manages to interweave events seamlessly, making for a smooth and fast-paced read. In the end, Askew’s tale stands as a nod to the ties that bind, protect and see us through the hard times.” Ecco published the book this January 8, 2013.
The trailer for THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, edited by David Malki !, Ryan North and Matthew Bennardo, is now running on Boing Boing, in addition to a 90-page free PDF preview. Wired is running an exclusive story from the book. The book was also listed in New York Magazine’s “Guide to Summer Reading” and reviewed by the AV Club, which gave it an A grade.
Charlie Smith’s MEN IN MIAMI HOTELS was reviewed by The Millions, which said: “Men in Miami Hotels is lyrical in that it is beautiful and that it is composed by a person with high poetic sensibilities. Charlie Smith is a prolific poet; not only is his writing poetic, his characters are all poets in spirit if not occupation.” Harper Perennial published the book on July 2, 2013.
Ryan McIlvain’s ELDERS has been long listed for the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. The prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year by the Center For Fiction in conjunction with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the not-for-profit trade association for independent booksellers. Hogarth published the book this March 5, 2013.