Lucy Ives’s story collection COSMOGONY was chosen as a Paris Review Staff Pick. Reviewer Jane Breakell writes: “[The] stories acknowledge that yes, things that seem awful are only human, but also, knowing this intellectually doesn’t really make it any easier emotionally. What does make it bearable—for this reader—is a beautifully honed sense of the absurd, which kept me smiling throughout much of this collection.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.
BookPage has awarded Vince Granata’s EVERYTHING IS FINE a starred review, calling it “riveting”: “Granata writes with compassion, reflection and unsparing honesty of not only his brother’s metamorphosis but also his own transformation after the crime—how he was finally able to find his way back to his life, memories and love of his brother.” Atria Books will publish the memoir on April 27, 2021.
Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, received a stellar review from Lady Science. The reviewer raves: “The most indicting feature of Farley’s book is not America’s eugenic past but America’s eugenic present…We don’t live on the ruins of eugenics; we live within it, twisting its language when the talk of ‘race’ and ‘genes’ is no longer publicly popular. This is a reality that many institutions, scientists, and everyday people in the U.S. have not reckoned with. In drawing a throughline from past to present, Farley forces readers to do so.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Carole Johnstone’s chilling suspense novel MIRRORLAND is a May Indie Next Pick. Pete Mock of McIntyre’s Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC says: “You will tie yourself in knots trying to figure out what’s happening in MIRRORLAND.” Scribner will publish the novel on April 20, 2021.
Yaara Shehori’s AQUARIUM received a rave from the Jewish Book Council. The reviewer writes: “In her hauntingly surreal debut novel translated from Hebrew, Yaara Shehori questions what it means to hear when hearing is a perpetual source of silence and othering…AQUARIUM ultimately offers a fear-less translation of the elusiveness of human experience, illuminating those rare moments of being that escape our preconception of beauty, even if they can’t be clearly understood the instant they pass through us.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published the book on April 13, 2021.
WHY WE BELIEVE author Agustín Fuentes joined Ben Folds on the first episode of the Lightening Bugs podcast, "Discovering the Evolution of Creativity and Why Monkeys Steal Things." Yale University Press published WHY WE BELIEVE published on September 24, 2019.
Publishers Weekly praises Matt Bell’s APPLESEED in the novel’s first trade review, writing that it “is an excellent addition to the climate apocalypse subgenre, and the way it grapples with humanity’s dramatic influence on the planet feels fresh and bracing.” Custom House will publish the book on July 13, 2021.
Olivia Laing’s forthcoming EVERYBODY has earned yet another starred review, this time from Booklist. They write: "Intrepid cultural critic Laing conducts incisive inquiries into complex subjects by assembling a galaxy of innovators with whom to commune. Here she takes a tangible approach to freedom by focusing on how our bodies—from the color of our skin to gender, illness, and sexual orientation—determine our place in society…Laing's finely crafted blend of incisive memoir and biography vitalize this unique chronicle of the endless struggle ‘to be free of oppression based on the kind of body’ one inhabits, a work of fresh and dynamic analysis and revelation.” W.W. Norton will publish the book on May 4, 2021.
EVERYTHING NOW by Rosecrans Baldwin received a glowing review from Booklist. They write:
“Throughout this essay collection, [Baldwin] explores the history and make-up of this urban sprawl through interviews with fascinating and bizarre locals and draws on such LA luminaries as Joan Didion, Octavia Butler, and Jonathan Gold. Each essay circles around a theme, which he pursues on many tangents…Full of surprising facts and anecdotes, this is a compelling, thoroughly researched, and lovingly crafted chronicle of how Los Angeles came to be.” MCD will publish the book on June 15, 2021.
Xiaolu Guo’s A LOVER’S DISCOURSE has been longlisted for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. The prize “rewards outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative.” The Orwell prize shortlists for each category will be announced later this spring, and the winners will be announced on George Orwell’s birthday on June 25th. Grove Press published the novel on October 13, 2020.