The LA Review of Books interviewed Maurice Ruffin in a feature titled “De-Melanization Procedure.” In it, they write: “This riotous novel details the farcical lengths this father will go to in order to afford the surgery and save his son from the fate of Blackness while simultaneously hiding his mission from his wife. The novel straddles many modes of storytelling — adventure story, family drama, political satire — but it shines because of the jocular voice of the narrator.” One World published WE CAST A SHADOW on January 29, 2019.
RULES FOR VISITING was featured on The Today Show in the segment Beach Book Bingo: Inside the Summer's Hottest Reads. Isaac Fitzgerald, who selected it, said: “When 40-year-old gardener May receives a surprise windfall of one month of vacation from the university where she works, she decides to visit four old friends, each one from different periods of her life. Through this initially simple and irresistible starting point, Jessica Francis Kane investigates the most universal mysteries of all." Penguin Press published the book on May 14, 2019.
THE OLD DRIFT was featured on The Today Show in the segment Beach Book Bingo: Inside the Summer's Hottest Reads. Isaac Fitzgerald, who selected it, said: “Namwali Serpell's debut novel centers around three families in Zambia over three generations . . . A saga of both a whole nation and of three particular families within it, 'The Old Drift' is thrilling and rewarding, enormous in scope and boundless with riches." Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.
Anna Pitoniak’s “smart and stylish” NECESSARY PEOPLE is one of Town & Country’s Best New Books in May. It also made Thrillist and Cosmo’s best summer books lists. Little, Brown will publish the book on May 21, 2019.
Ryan Chapman’s debut novel RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN receives a rave review from Ron Charles at The Washington Post, who calls it “a compact cluster bomb of satire” and promises that: “If you’re part of the Venn diagram that subscribes to N+1 and McSweeney’s, this is the most fun book you’ll read all year.” Additionally, Omnivoracious, the Amazon Book Review, names RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN to its list of Books We Are Talking About. Simon & Schuster will publish the book on May 21, 2019.
Nell Stevens’ irresistible memoir THE VICTORIAN AND THE ROMANTIC has been shortlisted for a 2019 Somerset Maugham Award by the Society of Authors. Doubleday published the US edition on August 7, 2018.
The latest book from the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough received a rave review from NPR in the first week of its release. NPR states that “the book reads like a novel” and “is a worthy addition to McCullough's impressive body of work.” In other rave reviews the Associated Press, states that McCullough “a master of research and a wonderful storyteller,” and the Deseret News, states that "THE PIONEERS is stirring, engaging and moves along as steadily as the Ohio River . . . revealing a chapter of American heritage that shouldn’t be forgotten." Simon & Schuster published the book on May 7, 2019.
Andre Aciman spoke with Entertainment Weekly about FIND ME, his forthcoming sequel to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which was adapted into an acclaimed film in 2017. Farrar Straus & Giroux will publish the book on October 29, 2019.
The second short-story collection from the award-winning science-fiction writer Ted Chiang received a great review in the New Yorker by Joyce Carol Oates who says about the stories in the collection “each is…likely to linger in the memory the way riddles may linger—teasing, tormenting, illuminating, thrilling.” The book also received an “A” review from the AV Club which says that Ted Chiang’s stories are “a religious experience.” Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.
Elaine Welteroth’s forthcoming memoir MORE THAN ENOUGH is one of PopSugar’s Best Summer Books. Popsugar calls it “a must read for women of all ages and would make the perfect graduation gift.” Viking will publish MORE THAN ENOUGH on June 11, 2019.