An array of publications have celebrated the recent release of Wally Koval’s ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON. Entertainment Weekly calls it a “visually appealing, wanderlust fulfilling photo book,” and E! Online "a visual feast that will fully ignite your wanderlust." Publishers Weekly praised its "vibrant color composition, both joyful and surreal...breathtaking, witty, and happily ambitious, a perfect diversion for film fans and globe trotters alike." Kirkus declared the book "a charming, whimsical tribute to the Anderson aesthetic," while The New York Times writes: "In this time of quarantine, the lush book, with the photos clustered geographically, reads even more strongly as a wish list.” Lastly, a feature on The Cut showcased a selection of the book’s “perfectly centered, pastel quirky sites — or places replicating Wes Anderson’s cinematic aesthetic.” Voracious published ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON on October 20, 2020.
Deadline announced that Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is set to direct the feature film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ ON THE COME UP. Kahiu will helm a powerhouse team of Black female creative talent, including Kay Oyegun, who is adapting the novel, and Angie Thomas herself, who is producing. Balzer + Bray published the book on February 5, 2019.
Andrew Pyper’s horror novel THE RESIDENCE received a three out of four star review in USA Today. They write: “[T]here’s plenty of satisfying horror to be had, though THE RESIDENCE also presents an interesting love story and nicely weaves in America’s struggles with war and slavery.” Skybound Books published the book on September 1, 2020.
Xiaolu Guo’s A LOVER’S DISCOURSE has been hailed by the New York Times as “mordant, funny, and ultimately, life-affirming.” They praise Guo’s writing style, noting: “Guo is an unsparing noticer…The truthfulness and accuracy of [her] language gives the book mischief and energy.” Grove Press published the book on October 13, 2020.
AudioFile recommends ALICE'S FARM by Maryrose Wood as “a fun, family-friendly story,” and a “new tale that feels like a classic.” Feiwel & Friends published the book on September 1, 2020.
Michael Zapata’s debut novel, THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU, has been shortlisted for the Chicago Review of Books’ CHIRBy Awards, which recognize "the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short essays published by Chicago-based writers." Nominees will read short excerpts from their respective works, and winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on December 3rd. Hanover Square Press published THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU on February 4, 2020.
The New Yorker featured Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel RUTHIE FEAR in its “Briefly Noted” section, praising the way “Loskutoff uses tropes of the Western—vivid depictions of mountain landscapes and hunting scenes—to offer a subtle portrayal of poverty and class warfare.” W. W. Norton & Company published the book on September 1, 2020.
Publishers Weekly called Arvin Ahmadi’s HOW IT ALL BLEW UP a “moving and well-written coming-of-age novel,” noting that the book’s narrative framing "enabl[es] Ahmadi to switch perspectives and expand the novel’s emotional landscape.” Viking Books for Young Readers published the novel on September 22, 2020.
Rock photographer Bob Gruen was featured in the New York Post. He discussed his book, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME, noting that this book is very different from other ones he has published: “When you develop a trust and a friendship, then when you are taking pictures you’re in a much more comfortable situation…This is not a photo book – it’s a word book. The whole point is to read the stories.” Abrams Press published the book on October 20, 2020.
Ted Chiang's EXHALATION is a winner of the 2020 Neukom Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction. The Neukom Prize at the Institute at Dartmouth University recognizes "wondrous and wonderful additions to this vibrant genre." Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.