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Robert Jones Jr.’s debut novel THE PROPHETS is featured on numerous must-read lists for 2021, including Elle's “The 55 Most Anticipated Books of 2021” and The Millions’ “Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2021 Book Preview.” AP News writes that “THE PROHETS is a novel, but feels almost like poetry, with every word holding a weight and power that will continue to astound those who lose themselves in its pages,” while The Guardian compliments the narrative as possessing “a tremendous generosity of spirit; each character, slave and enslaver, ‘half-caste’ and overseer, is richly evoked, rendering the complexity of their desires and deprivations.” Jones Jr. was also interviewed by NPR, PEN Ten, and PopSugar. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 5, 2021.
Buzz is building around Lucy Ives’s debut story collection COSMOGONY, which Publishers Weekly calls “an inventive collection” that “through juxtaposition and collage…illuminate[s] the trickier fringes of life right now.” Refinery29 recommends COSMOGONY as one of its “50 Books to Read in 2021,” and BuzzFeed lists it as one of its “Most Anticipated.” Soft Skull will publish the book on March 9, 2021.
Michael Zapata’s THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU was named one of Los Angeles Public Library’s “Best of 2020.” They call the book “a wonderful story of resourcefulness, perseverance, and connections that transcend time, space and death itself.” OZY also named Zapata one of the best debut novelists of the year, and Latino Rebels featured the novel on its list of “21 Best Latinx Books of 2020.” Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.
CROSSING THE LINE by Kareem Rosser is a Town & Country “Must-Read Book of Winter 2021.” They write: “In this memoir, Rosser, who went on to become captain of the first all-Black team to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship, shares the story of his love of polo, his relationship with his family, and how following a dream changed his life forever.” St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on February 9, 2021.
THE MUTANT PROJECT by Eben Kirksey was featured in The Wall Street Journal article “’Mutant’: An Altered Version—Whether the Coronavirus, Genes or X-Men.” Ben Zimmer writes: “In his new book THE MUTANT PROJECT, the cultural anthropologist Eben Kirksey observes how pop-cultural mutants fuel our understanding of genetic mutation as a source of monstrous possibilities. But even as gene-editing technology raises the potential of human-engineered mutations, Mr. Kirksey notes that everyone is naturally born with some genetic mutations not found in their parents. And we accumulate thousands more mutations over our lifetimes thanks to errors made when DNA is copied during cell division, or when cells are damaged. ‘Strictly speaking,’ he writes, ‘we are all mutants.’” St. Martin’s Press published the book on November 10, 2020.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s THE ONES WHO DON’T SAY THEY LOVE YOU is featured on Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” They write: “Ruffin follows up on his darkly provocative, critically acclaimed debut novel, WE CAST A SHADOW, with this collection of stories set in and around his native New Orleans. The characters in Ruffin’s stories struggle, in their various ways, to navigate the depths of a great American city too often mythologized for its flamboyant surfaces." One World will publish the book on August 17, 2021.
Maggie Nelson’s ON FREEDOM is on Lit Hub's “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” They write: "Maggie Nelson is one of the most important contemporary critics and also one of our most thrilling writers in almost every genre. A new work from her is always something to look forward to, but this one sounds particularly essential, examining the complex meanings behind the concept of freedom in ‘four distinct realms: art, sex, drugs, and climate.’” Graywolf Press will publish the book on September 7, 2021.
Olivia Laing's EVERYBODY is on Lit Hub's “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” They write: "Drawing from complicated historical figures like Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X, Laing charts the longstanding struggle of bodily autonomy, with due consideration of gay rights and sexual liberation movements, feminism, and civil rights. She also grapples with her own experiences with protest and her own approaches to alternative medicine."
W.W. Norton & Company will publish the book on May 4, 2021.
Rosencrans Baldwin’s EVERYTHING NOW is featured on The Millions’ “Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2021 Book Preview.” They write: "Baldwin’s new book charts Los Angeles’s literary canon, its landscapes, spiritual practices, history, and cuisines, and ultimately makes the argument that Los Angeles is best understood—‘functionally, aesthetically, mythologically, even technologically’—as a city-state." MCD will publish the book on June 15, 2021.
BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER by Jamie Figueroa earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “[T]he novel brims with spellbinding prose, magical elements, and wounded, full hearted characters that nearly jump off the page…This cleverly constructed and deeply moving account enthralls." The book was also featured on The Millions’ “Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2021 Book Preview” and Electric Literature’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021 by Women of Color.” Catapult will publish the book on March 2, 2021.