News - Book Launches
News - Book Launches
Victoria James, partner and beverage director of Cote, is receiving great acclaim for her memoir WINE GIRL. James’s tale of rising through the restaurant ranks to become the country’s youngest sommelier received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was chosen by Amazon’s editors as a Best Book of the Month. James also sat down with Parade, Kirkus, and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other outlets, to share her story of grit, perseverance, and—above all—taste. Ecco published the book on March 24, 2020.
Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE has been hailed by Shelf Awareness as “[y]et another example of [Barry’s] ability to deliver big ideas in the form of breathlessly efficient sci-fi thrillers.” The site also writes that: “Barry excels at hitting the sweet spot between brainy and entertaining.” G.P. Putnam's Sons published the hardcover on March 31, 2020.
Helen Monks Takhar’s debut thriller, PRECIOUS YOU, hit shelves this past Tuesday to a wealth of praise. In a starred review, Kirkus refers to it as “[a] wickedly sharp first novel from an author to watch,” adding that “[r]eaders won’t be able to tear their eyes away as this runaway train inevitably derails.” Additionally, CrimeReads listed the novel as one of its “Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020.” Random House published the book on March 10, 2020.
Sherri L. Smith’s THE BLOSSOM AND THE FIREFLY has received two starred reviews following its publication earlier this month. The Horn Magazine writes: “Through meticulous research, Smith immerses her readers in a war narrative not often told to American readers, as well as a conflict-filled love story.” The School Library Journal praises the book for its “passion and hope,” adding that “[t]he ending feels inevitable, like the last notes of a perfect melody.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers published the book on February 18, 2020.
THE MERCIES by Kiran Millwood Hargrave won immediate and overwhelming praise upon its publication. USA Today praised the author’s adult debut as “an absorbing account of women finding power and grace and love even under the most harrowing circumstances.” Emily Barton of the New York Times Book Review writes: “THE MERCIES is among the best novels I’ve read in years. In addition to its beautiful writing, its subject matter is both enduring and timely.” Little, Brown and Company published the book on February 11, 2020.
TIME Magazine correspondent Charlotte Alter’s THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR published this past Tuesday to fantastic reception. The New York Times writes: “Thanks to Alter’s timely book, we can have a better understanding of why an entire generation was set back and what’s driving it now.” Thus far, the author has been featured on MSNBC Live, Morning Joe, and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams to discuss the ways in which a new generation of political leadership is transforming American Democracy. Alter also made an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the phenomenon of young voters’ support of socialism. Viking published the book on February 18, 2020.
YES NO MAYBE SO, co-written by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, has debuted at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult hardcovers and at #6 on the Indie Next Young Adult list. It has also been named a Top Ten Pick for Indie Next’s Spring 2020 Kids’ list, which calls it a “canvassing rom-com for our time!” ABA journalist Sydney Jarrard writes: “When Jamie meets Maya at a local political event and they get roped into going door-to-door together, a friendship blooms into romance. But navigating cross-cultural relationships amid the turbulent politics of 2019 is no easy feat. This book is funny, romantic, and sweet, and it will inspire both empathy and activism in readers of all ages.” Balzer + Bray published the book on February 4, 2020.
Michael Zapata's debut novel THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU was recently published to great acclaim, garnering praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Salon, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as New City Lit, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Little Village, Jackson Free Press, Medium, and Chicago Review of Books. It was named one of Apple's Best Books of the Month for February, and it has been hailed as "an absolutely stunning piece of work, and . . . the best book you'll read this year." An excerpt was also featured on Lit Hub. Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.
In the aftermath of the Iowa Caucuses, Richard Hasen’s timely book has received a lot of attention. The author has written recent op-eds for the Washington Post and Slate. He has also been interviewed by Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison and has been featured on the podcasts Pod Save the People and Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick. Yale University Press published the book on February 4, 2020.