Anne Boyer’s critically-lauded memoir THE UNDYING has been named a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, which is awarded to the best book of the year that “has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form.” The winner will be announced at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on March 2. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 17, 2019.
Both TIME Magazine and the New York Times recently published excerpts from TIGHTROPE, the latest book from Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The Times also gave the book a front cover review in which fellow author Sarah Smarsh writes that: “TIGHTROPE’s greatest strength is its exaltation of the common person’s voice, bearing expert witness to troubles that selfish power has wrought.” Finally, Kristof and WuDunn were interviewed on the New York Times Book Review podcast. Knopf published the book on January 14, 2020.
Lit Hub featured FUNNY WEATHER on its list of most anticipated books of 2020. They write: “FUNNY WEATHER: Art in an Emergency makes the case for art in a time of perpetual crisis.” W.W. Norton & Company will publish the book on May 12, 2020.
MY METEORITE is one of Lit Hub’s most anticipated books of 2020. The site calls it an “essentially uncategorizable memoir-cum-meditation-cum-manifesto-cum-map of the world.” Penguin Books will publish the book on March 17, 2020.
Electric Lit featured MINOR FEELINGS on their list of upcoming books by women and nonbinary writers of color. They write: “It had me underlining and annotating nearly every page.” The book was also named a most anticipated book of 2020 by both Lit Hub and Book Riot. Lit Hub describes it as “an incisive book from one of our best poets and writers.” The author, Cathy Park Hong, was also interviewed by Bomb Magazine, who write: “While one typically imagines the reaction to racial prejudice as anger or despair, Cathy’s fragmented essays portray Asian American identity as a kind of sadomasochism: identity as the stuff of shame and internalized self-hatred, neuroses and overwhelming anxiety.” One World will publish the book on February 25, 2020.
Kirkus gave THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels a starred review, effusively writing: “Sickels' characters are painfully flawed and wholly, believably human in their failings. This unflinching honesty, conveyed in finely crafted prose, makes for a memorable and unsettling novel. Powerfully affecting and disturbing.” Hub City Press will publish the book on April 14, 2020.
Bustle included RULES FOR VISITING on their list of books to give to people on your holiday gift list. Penguin Press published the book on May 14, 2019.
The Atlantic featured THE OLD DRIFT on their list of The 15 Best Books of 2019. They describe it as “a story that grips the reader from its first pages” and praise Serpell as “a tremendously gifted writer who can retain narrative cohesion even as she weds stories of love and terror to casual observations about the state of the world.” Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.