GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty is the winner of the California Book Awards’ Silver Medal in Nonfiction. The virtual awards ceremony will be held on August 16th at 6:00 p.m. Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Booklist praised TOGETHER WE WILL GO by J. Michael Straczynski in a starred review, calling the book “a conversation starter…compulsively readable, replete with compelling characters, surprising twists, and heady themes.” Gallery/Scout Press published the novel on July 6, 2021.
THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY by Max Barry received glowing praise from The Guardian. The reviewer calls the novel “one of the most interesting explorations of the many worlds theory that I’ve read in years,” adding: “Original, intelligent, unputdownable.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the novel on July 6, 2021.
Kiese Laymon's LONG DIVISION was praised in The Guardian: “Laymon writes with humour and clarity about what it means to come of age, to be black in the south, to survive a natural disaster, to become an online celebrity, to love for ever...[A] triumphant piece of metafiction.” Laymon was also interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books about the novel, who describe it as a "story of bone-deep love, enduring racism, a missing girl, the Holy Ghost, loss, sexuality, family (chosen and blood), sacrifice, hope, horror, tenderness, a talking cat, staggering grief, and ridiculous amounts of humor.” Scribner published the reissued novel on June 1, 2021.
THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels was selected as the 2021 Ohioana Book Award winner in Fiction. The Ohioana Book Awards are “the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation.” Hub City Press published the novel on May 19, 2020.
CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota received glowing reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, who deem the book an "intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence and resilience,” and from the Star Tribune, who praise Sahota as “a talented prose stylist...[of] many gorgeously crafted passages.” Viking published the novel on July 13, 2021.
Derek B. Miller's forthcoming novel HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK received a rave review in The New York Times. Reviewer Sarah Weinman writes: "I am convinced that Derek B. Miller’s HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK was expressly tailored to my tastes and that I am its ideal reader. I suspect others will feel the same way; it’s that kind of book...In less confident hands the many moving parts would collapse into a jumble. Miller, however, juggles each element effortlessly. His character portraits are indelible, often heartbreaking. At times this novel moved me to tears, the highest possible compliment." Mariner Books will publish the novel on July 27, 2021.
THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY by Max Barry received a glowing review from Criminal Element. The reviewer raves: “[M]asterfully constructed…Thrilling and smart, with loads of humor and heart to spare, this may be Mr. Barry’s best book yet. It’s certainly one of the best female-centered takes on the stalker genre I’ve ever read, in addition to being a truly absorbing tale of cross-dimensional travel.” The novel was also featured on PopSugar’s running best-of list for 2021, as well as CrimeReads’ “Great Books that are Secretly Science Fiction.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on July 6, 2021.
Hermione Hoby’s next novel, VIRTUE, continues to gather steam in the lead-up to its publication. Esquire featured an exclusive excerpt from the novel on July 13, and the novel has been named a best book of July by Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, HelloGiggles, and Paperback Paris, among other outlets. Riverhead Books will publish the novel on July 20, 2021.
Colleen Kinder's forthcoming LETTER TO A STRANGER has earned its first (starred) review from Publishers Weekly: "The power of brief encounters is illuminated in this moving collection from essayist and editor Kinder...with the globe-trotting writers covering the gamut from strangers who offered a sense of safety or a sense of chaos. Bright and hopeful, this anthology is sure to delight avid travelers." Algonquin Books will publish the collection on October 5, 2021.