Andrea Lawlor has won a 2020 Whiting Award in Fiction. The awards are given annually to ten emerging writers whose work shows promise and excellence. Entertainment Weekly ran a feature interview with Lawlor to acknowledge her win, titled "Queer author Andrea Lawlor just won a Whiting Award. It's been a long, gratifying road." Rescue Press published the book on November 1, 2017, and Vintage reissued the book on April 23, 2019.
Victoria James, partner and beverage director of Cote, is receiving great acclaim for her memoir WINE GIRL. James’s tale of rising through the restaurant ranks to become the country’s youngest sommelier received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was chosen by Amazon’s editors as a Best Book of the Month. James also sat down with Parade, Kirkus, and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other outlets, to share her story of grit, perseverance, and—above all—taste. Ecco published the book on March 24, 2020.
Conor Dougherty’s GOLDEN GATES has received glowing praise from The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker calls it a “sweeping account of San Francisco’s housing crisis,” while The Wall Street Journal writes: "For a compelling and accessible overview of the state’s housing crisis, there is no better book." The book also appeared on New York Magazine’s list of books that authors are reading during self-isolation to escape the present moment. Kevin Nguyen, author of NEW WAVES, writes: “The beat-by-beat developments of California’s decades-long growth of income inequality are presented with sharp detail and an even, measured tone.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE has been hailed by Shelf Awareness as “[y]et another example of [Barry’s] ability to deliver big ideas in the form of breathlessly efficient sci-fi thrillers.” The site also writes that: “Barry excels at hitting the sweet spot between brainy and entertaining.” G.P. Putnam's Sons published the hardcover on March 31, 2020.
Anne Boyer, author of the acclaimed memoir THE UNDYING, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 17, 2019.
Namwali Serpell, author of THE OLD DRIFT, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.
Lauren Ho’s sparkling debut LAST TANG STANDING received an excellent review from Kirkus this week. They call it “[a] lush portrayal of Singapore life filled with vibrant characters and a lovable leading lady readers will root for,” who is “reminiscent of Bridget Jones herself.” G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the book on June 9, 2020.
Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE is receiving positive early praise. The Nerd Daily calls the novel “a triumph that grabs you with mystery, tension, and great writing,” as well as “[t]hrilling in truly every sense of the word.” G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the hardcover on March 31, 2020.
Michael Zapata spoke with NOLA.com about the “gut punch disappointment” he felt following the cancellation of his book tour stop in New Orleans, which is where he lived, taught, and wrote for many years. The “unreal Shakespearean city” provided inspiration for his debut novel, THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU, a time- and genre-defying story about a 1920s Dominican sci-fi writer whose lost manuscript finds its way, decades later, into the hands of a Jewish-Italian hotel clerk in Chicago. Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.
Charlotte Alter sat down with New York Magazine’s Intelligencer for a Q&A about THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. She discussed the diverse range of new politicians breaking into all levels of government and the appeal of socialism to younger voters as the political landscape becomes ever more polarized. The article reads: “[I]n her new book, Charlotte Alter provides us an invaluable early glimpse into the events and movements that will influence politics for decades to come.” Viking published the book on February 18, 2020.