DRIFTS by Kate Zambreno is on Entertainment Weekly’s “20 New Books for May,” Fast Company’s “97 Pop-Culture Musts for May,” and The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books of May.” Seija Rankin and David Canfield from EW write: “This feverish account of artistic isolation can be read as both a how-to manual and a chilling warning about the dangers of walling yourself off.” BOMB Magazine also hosted Zambreno for an online evening in conversation with Amina Cain, the author of INDELICACY. The two writers discussed their novels and answered audience questions. Riverhead Books will publish DRIFTS on May 19, 2020.
Stephanie Thornton Plymale’s memoir AMERICAN DAUGHTER was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. Mary Beth Keane writes: “[Thornton Plymale’s] lineage . . . represents a sort of inverse American dream . . . It’s a story of redemption and forgiveness.” River Grove Books published the book on February 3, 2020.
As part of her digital book tour, author Jessica Pearce Rotondi appeared on the Debutiful podcast to discuss the 10-year-long research project into a missing uncle that became her first book, WHAT WE INHERIT. Unnamed Press published the book on April 21, 2020.
Publishers Weekly ran a fantastic interview with former Wu-Tang Clan manager and music executive Sophia Chang. Chang discussed her memoir, THE BADDEST BITCH IN THE ROOM, which was originally released as an Audible Original and will be published in print this September. When asked what inspired her to write this book, Chang replied, “I want to be of service to others. I hope this book is helpful to those who have been afraid to tell their stories or raise their voices, people who feel they’ve been undervalued.” Chang was also featured in the latest episode of Defining Moments with OZY on Hulu, where she discussed her upbringing as the child of Korean immigrants in Canada, her love affair with the New York hip-hop scene, and her experiences as a working single mother. Catapult will publish the book on September 8, 2020.
THE STRANGER DIARIES by Elly Griffiths has won the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel. This is Griffiths’ second Edgar Award, as she was awarded the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2011 for her novel THE CROSSING PLACES. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published the book on March 5, 2019.
Mary Pauline Lowry’s THE ROXY LETTERS was featured in Buzzfeed’s roundup of “24 Books That Are So Funny, You’ll Look Like the Crying-Laughing Emoji While You’re Reading.” The list represents Libro.fm’s selection of the funniest and most popular audiobooks that readers are listening to right now. The audio edition of ROXY is read by Jayme Mattler, and is available to download wherever audiobooks are sold. Simon & Schuster published the book on April 7, 2020.
WHAT BLEST GENIUS? is the 2019 winner of the Marfield Prize. The Marfield Prize annually recognizes an author of an outstanding nonfiction book about the visual, literary, media, or performing arts. W.W. Norton & Company published the second edition of the book on April 2, 2019.
Wayne Koestenbaum’s latest collection of essays received a rave review from the New York Times. They write: “Whatever [Koestenbaum’s] subject—favorites include porn, punctuation and the poetry of Frank O’Hara—the goal is always to jigger logic and language free of its moorings . . . His great and singular appeal is this fealty to his own desire and imagination.” Soft Skull Press published the book on May 5, 2020.
Jessica Rotondi’s astonishing debut, WHAT WE INHERIT, published this past Tuesday to great praise from Buzzfeed and Women Writers Magazine. Rotondi also spoke with Fast Company and Literary Hub about the ten years of research she conducted into her uncle’s disappearance during the Secret War in Laos in 1972. Finally, in an article for Electric Lit, Rotondi recommends “7 Books About Forgotten Wars.” Unnamed Press published the book on April 21, 2020.
The Cut ran an excerpt of Emily Gould’s new novel PERFECT TUNES on their website, along with a short interview with Gould about some of the topics that are spotlighted in her novel, such as creativity, motherhood, vomit, and money. Simon & Schuster published the book on April 14, 2020.