Kendra Allen’s debut poetry collection, THE COLLECTION PLATE, launched this week to a flurry of wonderful coverage. Literary Hub featured a poem from the collection on its website the day before publication, and Allen sat down with Skye Jackson for an interview in Electric Literature. As part of her virtual book tour, Allen will be hosting events in conversation with Kiese Laymon, Jason Reynolds, Sanderia Faye, and Brown Girl Collective, among others. Ecco published THE COLLECTION PLATE on July 6, 2021.
Kent Babb’s forthcoming ACROSS THE RIVER has received its first starred review, from Kirkus: “Washington Post reporter Babb isn’t interested in delivering a play-by-play analysis of Edna Karr High School’s 2019 [football] season. More significantly, he offers well-rounded portraits of the personalities involved with the team: the coaches, players, fans, and the city as a whole… A penetrating, wide-screen story of what it means to mentor under the toughest of circumstances.” HarperOne will publish the book on August 10, 2021.
The New York Times Book Review named Joss Lake's FUTURE FEELING as one of its "New and Noteworthy" titles for early July. Soft Skull published the book on June 1, 2021.
SCIENTIST by Richard Rhodes was featured on Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021, Part Two.” They write: “[T]he life of legendary scientist E. O. Wilson…and [his] substantial accomplishments…are ripe topics for exploration, and particularly important as we continue to confront the climate crisis’ effects on biodiversity.” Doubleday will publish the book on October 19, 2021.
ON FREEDOM by Maggie Nelson was featured on Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021, Part Two.” They write: “Maggie Nelson is an expert at distilling whatever topic she tackles into crystalline prose. She is the queen of the effortless jumping off point, catapulting her readers into the far reaches of Big Questions. In BLUETS, it was love and suffering filtered through the color blue. In THE ARGONAUTS, she gave us the story of a pregnancy that branched out into an exploration of identity, caretaking, and family. Now, as the title suggests, she has turned her attention to freedom. What is it? Who has it? And, more specifically, how does it relate to art, sex, drugs, and climate?” Graywolf Press will publish the book September 7, 2021.
EVERYTHING NOW by Rosecrans Baldwin is a Los Angeles Times bestseller its second week in a row, this time appearing at number 3 in Hardcover Nonfiction. MCD published the book on June 15, 2021.
NOW BEACON, NOW SEA by Christopher Sorrentino was featured on Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021, Part Two.” They write: "The only thing harder than grappling with an increasingly distant and difficult parent is coming to terms with losing that parent…As he grieves, so too does Sorrentino come to understand the messiness of any given life, and how hard it can be to understand those we love the most." Catapult will publish the memoir on September 7, 2021.
THE SWANK HOTEL by Lucy Corin was featured on Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021, Part Two.” They write: “At long last, a new book from Lucy Corin, whose writing never fails to be uncanny and diamond sharp and deeply moving when you least expect it. Graywolf describes this novel, which is set during the 2008 financial crisis, as an ‘acrobatic, unforgettable, surreal, and unexpectedly comic novel that interrogates the illusory dream of stability that pervaded early twenty-first-century America.’ Yep, sounds like Corin, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.” Graywolf Press will publish the novel on October 5, 2021.
YES, DADDY by Jonathan Parks-Ramage was featured on Strand Book Store's “30 to Watch” list of “the most exciting authors [they’re] keeping [their] eyes on.” Mariner Books published the novel on May 18, 2021.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. was featured on Strand Book Store's “30 to Watch” list of “the most exciting authors [they’re] keeping [their] eyes on.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the novel on January 5, 2021.