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January
Cal Newport in the New York Times Magazine

Staff writer David Marchese of the New York Times Magazine interviewed Cal Newport about digital tools and our work lives in “The Digital Workplace Is Designed to Bring You Down.” 

The Wall Street Journal Reviews KARMA OF THE SUN by Brandon Ying Kit Boey

The Wall Street Journal reviews KARMA OF THE SUN by Brandon Ying Kit Boey.

“Boey’s exploration of human values and philosophical conundrums—including the difficulty of finding hope and purpose in the face of the end of everything—is no sophomoric thought experiment, and his stark world is poetically rendered. A thoughtful read perfect for this moody season.”

Lit Hub's Exclusive Cover Reveal of COMPANY by Shannon Sanders

Literary Hub reveals the cover for Shannon Sanders’ debut story collection, Company, which Graywolf Press calls “a richly detailed, brilliantly woven collection about the lives and lore of one Black family.”

The New York Times Recommends BEAVERLAND!

The New York Times recommends reading BEAVERLAND this week.

NPR Interviews Leila Philip, Author of BEAVERLAND

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with environmental journalist Leila Philip about her new book, Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America. Martin says he could "not put it down."

"I loved that the beaver's kind of a little jerk."- NPR, Michel Martin

The New York Post Explains Why Beavers Are Cool and Urges You to Buy BEAVERLAND

"...in an unexpected bonus, they harass New Yorkers who escaped the city to move upstate during the pandemic and enrage recreational snowmobilers in New Hampshire."- The New York Post, Susannah Cahalan

Leila Philip, author of BEAVERLAND, Educates and Inspires in an Op-Ed Piece in the Boston Globe

Leila Philip, author of Beaverland, writes an opinion piece on how the role of beavers in the ecosystem aids in fighting the coming wildfires and fighting climate change.

"Beavers are one of the greatest conservation comeback stories of the 20th century. They were almost wiped out during the fur trade, but smart wildlife reintroduction programs in the early 1900s returned them to the landscape. Now beavers have a new role to play in creating climate resiliency if communities, municipalities, and individual landowners can take advantage of what they naturally do."- Leila Philip, Boston Globe

The Millions Can't Wait for DYKETTE!

The Millions lists Dykette as one of the best and most anticipated books in the first half of 2023.

“Like a tightly rolled spliff passed around the room,” Samantha Hunt writes, “you will inhale Dykette.”

"Following three queer couples on a 10-day country getaway, Dykette takes on desire, debauchery, and destruction through a distinctly queer—and propulsively entertaining—lens." —SMS

The New York Times Loves BEAVERLAND!

The New York Times gives Beaverland a heartwarming and charming review.

"[It] offers an appreciative account of the North American rodent, whose habit of taking down trees and causing floods has given it a reputation as a nuisance."- Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

Goodreads Names DYKETTE One of the Buzziest Debut Novels of the New Year

Dykette is listed as one of the buzziest debut novels in 2023 on Goodreads.

DYKETTE is One of Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2023

Dykette is #14 on Buzzfeed's list of Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books in 2023.

"Davis shrewdly explores issues of gender and sexuality while her characters confront the idea of what it means to seek the life you truly want."- David Vogel, Buzzfeed Contributor

A Starred Kirkus Review for GETTING OUT OF SAIGON

Kirkus Reviews has bestowed a star upon Ralph White’s debut memoir GETTING OUT OF SAIGON: "A unique, gripping story from the Vietnam War....White's persona seems like something out of a Terry Southern or Ian Fleming novel—as does his writing. White tells his inspiring story with wit, panache, humility, and a captivating sense of time and place. A fantastic read.”

THE GRIEVING BRAIN is a Next Big Idea Club Top Science Book

The Next Big Idea Club ranked Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD’s THE GRIEVING BRAIN: The Surprising Science of How Our Brain’s Learn from Love and Loss (HarperOne) as the 3rd best science book of 2022.

Oprah Daily Recommends EXPERIMENTING WITH BABIES

Shaun Gallagher’s EXPERIMENTING WITH BABIES (TarcherPerigee) is Oprah Daily’s pick for Best Book Gift for new moms. "New moms spend a lot of their time with their bundle of joy (because, duh). This book will make that cutie pie even more fun.”

December
Good Morning America Interviews Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore, authors of LITURGIES FOR HOPE

Good Morning America interviews Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore about their new book, LITURGIES FOR HOPE.

"Two friends join forces to share powerful prayers in new book"- Good Morning America

The LITURGIES FOR HOPE Audiobook Receives a Starred Review from Booklist!

The audiobook of LITURGIES FOR HOPE received a starred review from Booklist.

"Prayers are softly spoken by the writers with sensitivity, purity, and an understanding of the power and word of God. Listeners will perceive their abiding faith and relate to each prayer’s depth of honesty, relevance, wisdom, and truth."- Booklist

Good Morning America Interviews Chanel Dokun on her new book, LIFE STARTS NOW

Life planner and relationship expert, Chanel Dokun, discusses the best way to work through issues and relationships this holiday season on Good Morning America.

TELL THE REST by Lucy Jane Bledsoe receives a Starred Review from Kirkus

"Two conversion therapy survivors go back to the site of their trauma, hoping the truth will set them free...The compelling leads, engaging blow-by-blows of basketball games, and small-town feuds ground a heartening, issues-driven book. Secondary characters shine, too...This satisfyingly nuanced story tackles sexuality and spiritual abuse, offering connection and redemption."

DIRECT is a Next Big Idea Club Top Business Book

The Next Big Idea Club ranked Kathryn Judge’sDIRECT: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source(HarperBusiness) as the 17th best business book of 2022.

Publishers Weekly Praises DYKETTE!

Dykette by Jenny Fran Davis receives a stellar review from Publishers Weekly.

"Davis delights in upending concepts of gender and sexuality."- Publishers Weekly

The Washington Post is a Fan of BEAVERLAND!

Beaverland receives a glowing review from The Washington Post.

“This lyrical exploration is a portal for readers to enter into the mysteries of that world themselves.”

The New York Times Loves THE MCCARTNEY LEGACY!

The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1 receives a glowing review in The New York Times.

STARS IN AN ITALIAN SKY Receives a Glowing Review From Publishers Weekly

Stars In An Italian Sky receives a glowing review from Publishers Weekly.

"For this moving, intergenerational tale, Santopolo skillfully weaves two love stories in which passionate and idealistic young couples contend with class differences, tension between their personal desires and familial obligations, and the ongoing ramifications of decisions made by earlier generations….The story toes the line between romance and women’s fiction, with equal focus on romantic and familial love. Santopolo’s flawed yet endearing characters are sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings." - Publishers Weekly

Leila Philip Speaks with WAMC (NPR Member) About Her New Novel BEAVERLAND

Leila Philip is interviewed with WAMC Northeast Public Radio about Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.

"Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, “Beaverland” reveals the ways in which one odd and industrious creature and the trade surrounding it has shaped history, culture, and our environment." -WAMC Northeast Public Radio

OCEAN’S ECHO by Everina Maxwell was Named a Best Romance Novel of 2022 by the New York Times

The New York Times lists OCEAN’S ECHO by Everina Maxwell as one of the best romance novels of 2022!

"One of the rare books that deliver at every level on every page."- The New York Times

The Mary Sue Recommends BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN as a Children's Gift for the Upcoming Holidays

The Mary Sue suggests Bessie the Motorcycle Queen as one of twelve book gift ideas for children.

BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN Makes Imagination Soup’s Best Children’s Nonfiction Books of 2022 List

Bessie the Motorcycle Queen is selected for Imagination Soup's Best Children's Nonfiction Books of 2022 list.

"Lyrical, poetic writing and lush, inviting illustrations tell about an independent Black woman named Bessie, a stunt-riding, long-distance motorcycle rider in the 1920s."- Imagination Soup

DYKETTE Makes SPY.com's Most Anticipated Novels of 2023 List

DYKETTE is one of 18 novels selected to be on SPY.com's Most Anticipated Novels of 2023 List.

"For fans of Luster, HBO’s Search Party, and Detransition, Baby, readers looking for darkly hilarious and unusual stories should add Jenny Fran Davis’ anticipated debut novel to their 2023 reading list.”- SPY

November
DIRECT Makes the 2022 Non-Obvious Book Awards Longlist

Selected from more than a thousand entries, Kathryn Judge’s DIRECT: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source (HarperBusiness) is one of the Non-Obvious Book Awards' best business and nonfiction books published over the past year.

DIRECT Makes the 2022 Porchlight Business Book Awards Longlist

Porchlight Books has named Kathryn Judge’s DIRECT: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source (HarperBusiness) to their Business Book Awards longlist in the Current Events & Public Affairs category.

EVERYTHING IS OK is a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards

Debbie Tung’s EVERYTHING IS OK (Andrews McMeel) is a finalist for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Best Graphic Novels & Comics category. 

WISE GALS is a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards

Nathalia Holt’s WISE GALS (Putnam) is a finalist for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Best History & Biography category. 

Kaskowitz Is a Southern Association for Women Historians Fellowship Recipient

Sheryl Kaskowitz is the recipient of the Southern Association for Women Historians' 2022 Anne Firor Scott Mid-Career Fellowship. The fellowship provides assistance to scholars who are past the first stage of their careers and working on a second book or equivalent project in southern and/or gender history. The fellowship is awarded to Dr. Kaskowitz for The Music Unit: FDR’s Hidden New Deal Program That Tried to Save America from the Great Depression—One Song at a Time, which is forthcoming from Pegasus Books.

WISE GALS is a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee

Nathalia Holt’s WISE GALS, published by Putnam, is among the opening round nominees in the Best History and Biography category in this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards.

EVERYTHING IS OK is a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee

Debbie Tung’s EVERYTHING IS OK, published by Andrews McMeel, is among the opening round nominees in the Best Graphic Novels & Comics category in this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards.

Luke Dani Blue’s PRETEND IT’S MY BODY Named One of Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2022

Luke Dani Blue’s debut short story collection, PRETEND IT’S MY BODY has been named one of Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2022.

DO HARD THINGS is a WSJ Best Self-Help Book of 2022

The Wall Street Journal has selected Steve Magness’s DO HARD THINGS as one of its "12 Best Self-Help Books on Topics That Matter Most” for 2022. "You don’t have to be an endurance athlete to find this book beneficial. The lessons here apply to anyone looking to increase their resilience, overcome adversity, or bounce back from failure,” says the WSJ.

NO STOPPING US NOW Is Named a 2022 Golden Poppy Award Finalist!

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's NO STOPPING US NOW has been named a 2022 Golden Poppy Award Finalist in the Young Adult category by the California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA).

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS Will Be Adapted As A TV Series By Highview Productions And Closer Productions

South Australian firms Highview Productions, known for BBC, Stan and HBO series The Tourist, and Closer Productions have acquired the screen rights to the New York Times bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.

Publishers Weekly Selects OCEAN’S ECHO as a PW Best Book of 2022!

OCEAN’S ECHO was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022 in Science Fiction and Fantasy!

October
WAXING ON hits #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List!

WAXING ON by Ralph Macchio hits #7 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Time Out Applauds the Accuracy and Humor of I LOVE(ISH) NEW YORK!

Time Out says "I Love(ish) New York deserves a spot on your coffee table" in an interview with Ali Solomon, author of the recently published book.

The New York Post Loves I LOVE(ISH) NEW YORK!

The New York Post says Ali Solomon's I LOVE(ISH) NEW YORK is "a hilarious mix of love letter to the city, guide to newcomers, and laugh-out-loud tales of the metropolis that will be relatable to anyone who has ever lived here".

Publishers Weekly Selects THE LIGHT WE GIVE as One of The Best Books of 2022!

Publishers Weekly selected THE LIGHT WE GIVE as one of their best books of 2022 in the religion category.

BEAVERLAND Receives a PW Starred Review!

Beaverland receives a Publishers Weekly starred review. "A triumph of popular nature writing" - PW, starred review

September
Amazon Features WEST SIDE LOVE STORY on a NYC Billboard!

Amazon featured West Side Love Story on a six-story Amazon Books billboard on 7th Ave and 33rd St, outside of Penn Station. These billboard features are a part of their efforts to honor Hispanic and Latinx storytellers and stories during Hispanic heritage month.

Good Morning America to feature LITURGIES FOR HOPE on Faith Friday!

Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore's LITURGIES FOR HOPE: SIXTY PRAYERS FOR THE HIGHS, LOWS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN is set to appear on Good Morning America's Faith Friday in November.

WISE GALS is a Town & Country Must-Read

Nathalia Holt’s WISE GALS is a Town & Country magazine “must-read” for fall 2022. “[Holt] paints a portrait of what it meant to be a woman working in intelligence in the early days of the CIA, and the Cold War.”

Jesse Leon's Book Launch Event at the Ford Foundation Is A Success!

I'M NOT BROKEN, a memoir by Jesse Leon, was recently published by Vintage. The book launch event was held at the prestigious Ford Foundation.

LA Times Recommends WISE GALS

The Los Angeles Times selected Nathalia Holt’s WISE GALS as one of “10 Books to Add to Your Reading List in September.”

Selena Gomez Reads MONARCA by Leopoldo Gout!

Selena Gomez reveals she's reading MONARCA by Leopoldo Gout in a 'What's In My Bag' Video. She said it's "beautiful."

August
DIRECT Makes the Longlist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year

Kathryn Judge’s DIRECT is one of 15 titles to be selected for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award for 2022. The longlist books were selected from nearly 600 entries and are all focused on “the challenges facing the global economy.” Read more about the award and the longlist here.

TANQUERAY is a #1 New York Times bestseller!

TANQUERAY by Stephanie Johnson is a #1 New York Times bestseller.

July
THE GRIEVING BRAIN is a Behavioral Scientist Summer Read

Behavioral Scientist has published its list of “the most compelling behavioral science books” published so far in 2022, and Mary-Frances O’Connor’s THE GRIEVING BRAIN is among the notables.

The New York Times features Stephanie Johnson/Tanqueray

Read The New York Times feature on Stephanie Johnson and her new memoir Tanqueray.

The Washington Post loves Tanqueray!

Read The Washington Post's article on Stephanie Johnson's life and her new memoir Tanqueray.

June
CIRCA is the Goop Book Club Pick for June 2022!

Devi S. Laskar’s novel Circa is the Goop Book Club pick for June 2022.

May
RAZZMATAZZ is on the New York Times Best Seller List!

RAZZMATAZZ reaches #14 on the New York Times best seller list!

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS Hits #3 on the New York Times Best Seller List!

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS is #3 on the New York Times Best Seller List!

THE LAST RESORT is Suggested By the New York Times as a Summer Read!

New York Times recommends THE LAST RESORT as a summer read!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club ​Pick for May 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK FOR MAY ’22! • “Delightful . . . [a] captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded.”—The New York Times Book Review

TANQUERY Hits #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List!

TANQUERY Hits #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List two months before publication!

April
BookRiot Selects 10 Best Writing Podcasts

BookRiot has named Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and Jessica Lahey and KJ Dell’Antonia’s #AmWriting to its 10 Best Writing Podcasts for Storytellers and Aspiring Writers. Read more about the podcasts here.