News - Book Launches
News - Book Launches
CONCRETE ROSE, the prequel to Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE, has received four starred reviews. Publishers Weekly raves: “Thomas brings her trademark wit, nostalgic love of the 1990s and all things R&B and hip-hop, and her penchant for heartfelt characterization to this first-person exploration of Maverick Carter’s coming-of- age.” Booklist deems the book “a poignant prequel…that offers hope, encouragement, and optimism.” School Library Journal praises the “depth of humor and clarity that really allows readers to bond with the characters.” Kirkus calls it “a resounding success.” A favorite on various “Most Anticipated Books of 2021” lists, CONCRETE ROSE has been highlighted by Book Riot, Bustle, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, Forbes, PopSugar, Refinery29, TIME, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Angie was interviewed on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and is the cover story of Kirkus Reviews’ January issue, as well as being included in various features for Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, NPR’s Morning Edition, Shelf Awareness, Shondaland, The Week, Washington Post Live, and We Need Diverse Books. Balzer + Bray published the book on January 12, 2021.
Debut novelist Daniel Loedel’s stunning first book, HADES, ARGENTINA, published amid a wealth praise this week. The book was named on best-of lists from O Magazine, The Millions, and many other outlets. Loedel also spoke to NPR Weekend Edition’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the role of his family’s history in inspiring the book, and Literary Hub published Loedel’s original essay about exploring his Argentine heritage on publication day. Riverhead Books published the novel on January 12, 2021.
Sharon Stone’s memoir was named by O, the Oprah Magazine as one of the “55 Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” They write: “Brutally honest, restless and questing, Stone bravely grapples with her own imperfections with courage and candor.” Knopf will publish the book on March 30, 2021.
Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and Essence Magazine named CONCRETE ROSE, Angie Thomas’s prequel to her bestselling THE HATE U GIVE, as one of the most anticipated books of 2021. Balzer + Bray will publish the book on January 12, 2021.
The New York Times, Time Magazine, Lit Hub, and O, the Oprah Magazine named LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEAN, Joan Didion’s latest collection of essays, as one of the most anticipated books publishing in 2021. Knopf will publish the book on January 26, 2021.
Electric Lit named Jakob Guanzon’s ABUNDANCE as one of “27 Debuts to Look Forward to in the First Half of 2021.” They write: “Abundance takes a critical and unsentimental look at the harsh effects of poverty in a country that’s seemingly teeming with abundance.” Graywolf Press will publish the book on March 2, 2021.
Demi Moore’s instant #1 New York Times Bestseller INSIDE OUT, which was named A Best Book of the Year in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, Good Morning America, and She Reads, is now coming out in paperback. Harper published the hardcover edition on September 24, 2019, and will publish the paperback edition on November 17, 2020.
Expanding the anticipation for the publication of Sharon Stone’s new book, Atlantic Books imprint Allen & Unwin has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE by Sharon Stone. Faulkner commented: "I am delighted that one of my first acquisitions at Allen & Unwin is Sharon Stone’s powerful and deeply moving memoir. So much more than a Hollywood icon, Sharon Stone has overcome real trauma in her life, and her bravery and humanity shine through in this unique story of survival and resilience. We can’t wait to publish it." Knopf will publish the book in the U.S. on March 30, 2021.
Taking the reader beyond the hit Netflix series Narcos, MANHUNTERS presents Steve Murphy’s and Javier F. Peña’s history in law enforcement, from their rigorous physical training and their early DEA assignments in Miami and Austin to the Escobar mission in Medellin, Colombia. St. Martin’s Press published the hardcover edition on November 12, 2019, and will publish the paperback edition on November 17, 2020.
Becky Cooper’s WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE published this week after a flurry of incredible press leading up to its release. Cooper held a virtual launch via Politics & Prose in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning-author Ron Chernow, and Harvard Bookstore will host an event with her and author Patrick Radden Keefe on November 13. The book received excellent reviews from the Boston Globe, NPR, and USA Today, excerpts were featured in Town & Country, CrimeReads, and AARP.com, and Salon and Vogue.com both released interviews with Cooper. Grand Central Publishing published the book on November 10, 2020.