Victoria James, partner and beverage director of COTE Korean Steakhouse in NYC, published an article in Refinery29 about supporting local businesses during quarantine by purchasing wine. “[D]rinking right now can also be a virtuous act,” says James, “one that could save a lot of small businesses from financial ruin. By drinking a bottle you purchased from your local restaurant or wine shop, you are helping these places stay afloat during the lockdown.” Ecco published James’s memoir, WINE GIRL, on March 24, 2020.
Katie Heaney’s YA debut, GIRL CRUSHED, published to great acclaim this past Tuesday. PopSugar named it one of the 25 Best Books Coming Out in April, and Indigo featured it on their list of Top Ten Teen Books for April. Additionally, Refinery29 published an exclusive excerpt from GIRL CRUSHED on their website as well as an interview with the author. Heaney also held a fabulous virtual launch on Instagram Live with R29’s Director of Fashion & Culture, Gabrielle Korn. On publication day, The Cut featured an article by Katie Heaney in which she discusses her transition from adult books to YA. Knopf Books for Young Readers published the book on April 7, 2020.
GOLDEN GATES was a New York Times Editors’ Choice book last week. They call it “an empathetic portrait of all sides [of California’s housing crisis] — legislators, developers, pro-housing and anti-gentrification activists — as well as a masterly primer on the fight for new construction in California.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Newsweek also featured the title on their list of must-read books for spring, referring to it as a “brain-bending adventure.” The book was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 31, 2020.
Lauren Ho’s delightful debut LAST TANG STANDING has earned a wonderful review from Publishers Weekly. They rave that “this fun, upbeat tale remains entertaining throughout,” adding that “Ho’s cute, quippy love story is sure to captivate rom-com fans.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the book on June 9, 2020.
People Magazine named Helen Monks Takhar’s PRECIOUS YOU a “Best New Book” in their April 6th issue. They call it “[a] hypnotic dance of obsession, gaslighting and revenge that doesn’t let up until its final unnerving reveal.” Random House published the book on March 10, 2020.
Mary Pauline Lowry’s hilarious novel THE ROXY LETTERS has received a great bit of praise from The Boise Review. They call heroine Roxy’s adventures “diverting, thoughtful, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Lowry’s novel was also selected by Sunset Magazine as one of its “10 Books to Read Right Now.” Simon & Schuster published the book on April 7, 2020.
Sanaë Lemoine’s lovely debut THE MARGOT AFFAIR has garnered a shining review from Kirkus. The magazine calls Lemoine’s first book “[a]n engrossing, impressive debut novel that skillfully charts a young Frenchwoman’s coming-of-age.” This praise comes on the heels of glowing acclaim from Ling Ma, Victor LaVelle, and Karen Russell, among many other outstanding authors. Hogarth will publish the book on June 16, 2020.
Richard Hasen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, published a new piece in Slate about the possible effects of the coronavirus on the 2020 election. His latest book, ELECTION MELTDOWN, was published by Yale University Press on February 4, 2020.
Cathy Park Hong’s debut essay collection MINOR FEELINGS was named by the BBC as one of the best books of 2020 so far. One World published the book on February 25, 2020.