News in April 2021
News in April 2021
Sharon Stone appeared on The View to discuss her remarkable memoir, THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE. Stone said: “I think once you have a giant trauma in your life – in my case, it was a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, but I think it’s the same for anyone, if it’s cancer, if it’s a heart attack, if it’s even losing your job or going through a big divorce, or just any kind of big crisis – I think when your life changes so dramatically, you have to reassess everything, and that don’t sweat the small stuff is very, very true, and I think you really learn to prioritize your life.” Knopf published the book on March 30, 2021.
2034 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis was mentioned in Thomas Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed “Is There a War Coming Between China and the U.S.?” Friedman writes: “If you’re looking for a compelling beach read this summer, I recommend the novel 2034 by James Stavridis, a retired admiral, and Elliot Ackerman, a former Marine and intelligence officer…What made the book unnerving…was that when I’d put it down and pick up the day’s newspaper I’d read much of what it was predicting for 13 years from now.” Penguin Press published 2034 on March 9, 2021.
THE PARIAH, the first installment in Anthony Ryan’s next epic trilogy, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “Ryan impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener…[He] makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence…Gritty and well-drawn, this makes a rich treat for George R.R. Martin fans.” Orbit will publish the book on August 24, 2021.
Publishers Weekly interviewed Matt Bell about his upcoming novel, APPLESEED. When asked about how fiction fits into the larger conversation about climate change, Bell said: “Fiction is good at imagining other ways of being—other futures, other possibilities, choices we might make. I was interested in the way that the choices we have to confront climate change narrow as we go forward without doing anything—or not doing enough.” Custom House published the book on July 13, 2021.
Alex McElroy’s debut novel THE ATMOSPHERIANS has received its second starred review. Library Journal calls the book “[a] droll tale of self-examination and self-help run amok, culminating in an unexpected conclusion. Highly recommended.” Atria Books will publish the novel on May 18, 2021.
Georgia Clark’s next novel, IT HAD TO BE YOU, has been chosen as FabFitFun’s Summer Book Club pick. The book will be featured in FFF’s printed magazine, and Clark will be providing exclusive content and interviews to subscribers. The book has also hit best-of lists from PureWow, The Pioneer Woman, BuzzFeed Books, and Frolic Media. Emily Bestler Books will publish the book on May 4, 2021.
Adam Soto’s debut novel, THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD, has received an incredible endorsement from Kawai Strong Washburn, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS. Washburn raves: “At once utterly ambitious, moving, and intimate, THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD stretches from domestic protests to centuries-distant planets, all while exploring the delicate hopes of its characters. I couldn't stop reading. The ending was unforgettable. I can't believe Soto pulled it off!” Astra House will publish the novel on November 9, 2021.
James Han Mattson’s REPRIEVE has received another wonderful blurb, this time from SHELTER author Jung Yun. Yun calls the book “[a] timely, devastating story about intersecting lives drawn to a dark and frightening place,” adding that it “is the rare novel that will make your heart pound with terror while it aches with grief.” William Morrow will publish the book on October 5, 2021.
After debuting on the New York Times bestseller list, Gabriela Garcia’s OF WOMEN AND SALT continues to accumulate great press. In coordination with the GMA book club, Garcia appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the inspiration for her novel and the impact she hopes it will have on perceptions of immigration and Latinx identity. Garcia also sat down for an interview with B&N reads, and with the New York Times for its “Inside the List” column to talk about how it felt to see her debut become a bestseller – “an occasion Garcia described as ‘beyond my wildest dreams.’” Flatiron Books published the novel on March 30, 2021.
Deadline announced on April 15 that Carrie Mulligan will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA. This news comes on the heels of Adam Sandler and Paul Dano’s commitment to the project, with Channing Tatum, among others, set to produce. Little, Brown and Company the book on March 7, 2017.
Samantha Silva’s forthcoming LOVE AND FURY received a glowing full-page review from Ms. Magazine. Halley Sutton writes: "There's no one way to be a woman in the world. But the blueprint that Mary attempts to leave for her daughter in LOVE AND FURY - independent thinking, education for the purpose of enriching the mind and not for capturing a husband, equality between the sexes as the only way to attain freedom within partnerships - is a blueprint for all…LOVE AND FURY is a beautifully written call to all of us to fill our own brief time with as much love, wisdom, suffering and. most important, beauty as possible." Flatiron Books will publish the novel on May 25, 2021.
Judson Brewer joined Ezra Klein on The Ezra Klein Show podcast to discuss UNWINDING ANXIETY. Klein says: “[Brewer] argues that anxiety is a kind of addiction, and that like any addiction you have to understand its rewards in order to begin addressing it. I think it’s a pretty interesting framework. I’m not saying it has cured me of anxiety, but it’s given me a much more generative way to think about it and to approach it.” Avery published the book on March 9, 2021.