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News - Literary News

April 9, 2021

Sharon Stone’s THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at number 4 in Hardcover Nonfiction and number 3 in Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction, and on the LA Times Bestseller list at number 3 in Hardcover Nonfiction. Publishers Weekly writes that the book’s “mix of moxie and vulnerability conveys a life well lived, and well examined,” while Library Journal praises it as “[a] welcome memoir of finding your way when life doesn’t go according to plan. Stone’s vulnerability and rediscovery will resonate with many readers.” Lastly, New Republic calls Stone “a good storyteller,” noting that “THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE is a book about Sharon Stone’s life, which makes it a book about how women take on multiple personas when they become very famous, then struggle to keep them in order…Stone is a strong portraitist of the instant in time.” Knopf published the book on March 30, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Gabriela Garcia’s stunning debut novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT, continues to gather great press in the week following its publication. The book debuted at #13 on the Indie Bestsellers List, and hit best-of roundups from Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Book Marks, Publishers Lunch, and Business Insider. Garcia hosted an Instagram Live virtual launch event with HUNGER and BAD FEMINIST author Roxane Gay, and the novel was chosen as Amazon’s Featured Debut Editors’ Pick. An excerpt of the book appeared in Ms. Magazine, People offered a glowing review, and Garcia sat down for interviews with Parade, Electric Literature, Interview Magazine, and Richmond Magazine. Flatiron published OF WOMEN AND SALT on March 30, 2020.

April 9, 2021

Rutger Bregman appeared on 60 Minutes to discuss a real-life LORD OF THE FLIES that served as the cornerstone for HUMANKIND: a 50-year-old story of “a group of schoolboys stranded on a remote and deserted island for more than 15 months.” Bregman told correspondent Holly Williams: “I just couldn't understand how this had not become one of the most famous stories of the 20th Century. I just couldn't understand it, because it's just extraordinary, six kids on an island for 15 months. And they survived, how?...[I]f tens of millions of children around the globe still have to read LORD OF THE FLIES in school today, I think they also deserve to know about this one time in all of world history when real kids shipwrecked on a real island, because that's a very different story.” Little, Brown, and Company published the book on June 2, 2020.

April 9, 2021

ELECTION MELTDOWN author Richard Hasen appeared on MSNBC with Chris Hayes to discuss Trump’s deceptive fundraising practices. Yale University Press published the book on February 4, 2020.

April 9, 2021

Matt Bell’s APPLESEED was featured in the Publishers Weekly article “Twice Told Science: Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in 2021.” They write that the novel “ponders manifest destiny and climate change using the Johnny Appleseed myth as a starting point,” adding: “‘Folktales and fairy tales are foundational stories,’ says Kate Nintzel, executive editor at Custom House. Writers who incorporate them, she explains, can ‘assume a level of understanding with the reader. It gives you space to play with ideas.’” Custom House will publish the book on July 13, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Ed Lin’s DAVID TUNG CAN’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND UNTIL HE GETS INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE was featured on Oprah Daily’s list of "12 of the Best Books by Writers of the Asian Diaspora.” Author Frances Cha writes: “Every major character in this singular YA novel—mean girls, losers, rich and poor alike—all are Asian, which tickled and fascinated me, because such a cast is so rarely seen in the American literary landscape. Funny, heart-tugging and realistic, Lin's novel very much reflects the coming-of-age story of so many of my Asian-American friends.” Kaya Press published the book on October 28, 2020.

April 9, 2021

THE IRISH DIASPORA by Turtle Bunbury was featured in New York Daily News. Jacqueline Cutler writes: “Ireland’s greatest export was always its people. Some fled famine, violence, or poverty. Others sought love, adventure, or fortune. And Turtle Bunbury’s THE IRISH DIASPORA: TALES OF EMIGRATION, EXILE AND IMPERIALISM pays them tribute.” Thames & Hudson published the book on April 6, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Ms. Magazine has included Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, on its list of “April 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us,” calling Farley’s text a “well-researched and endlessly readable book… Part biography and part history of eugenics, this one is intriguing and terrifying.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.

April 9, 2021

THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. was named a Barnes & Noble "Most Buzzed About Debut of 2021." They praise the debut novel as “stunning” and “lyrical," noting that it is “masterful, at times painful to read, and ultimately, moving.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book January 5, 2021.

April 1, 2021

A rave review from NPR praised the "immensely inviting" world of Lucy Ives’s COSMOGONY. Reviewer Lily Meyer called the collection "snappy, voice-driven...sly and extremely funny," with a title story that is "nearly perfect" and "downright exceptional.” COSMOGONY was featured on a Lit Hub roundup of “22 New Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile,” and three stories from the collection —“Scary Sites,” “The Volunteer,” and “The Poisoners” — were excerpted on n+1, Electric Lit, and Lit Hub. The book was recommended by a bookseller in BuzzFeed’s roundup of “42 Great Books to Read This Spring” as “a playfully odd collection and a breath of fresh air for short stories in general.” New York Magazine also recommended the book for its “playful approach…mingl[ing] the supernatural with the mundane.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.