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September 2019 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due August 1, 2019
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDatePrint Run
DRC -- as of 6/30/19
Catalog link
Sources, notes
Social Science / Emigration & Immigration
Ahmad, Dohra
The Penguin Book of Migration Literature
PRH/PenguinPenguin Classics
Trade Paperback
Publisher Summary. "The first global anthology of migration literature featuring works spanning the 18th through 21st centuries, with a foreword by award-winning Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat. A Penguin Classic."
Poetry / American / African American
Abdurraqib, Hanif
A Fortune for Your Disaster
NortonTin House BooksPaperback978194779343915.959/3/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Publisher Summary, "In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'." It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside—from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs—to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility."
Biography & Autobiography | Cultural, Ethnic & Regional | African American & Black
Austin, Nefertiti
Motherhood So White
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Author to appear on panel at BEA 2019 ADULT LIBRARIAN AUTHOR DINNER -- LJ Prepub Alert, "A multi-award-nominated author whose work has appeared in venues like the Huffington Post, MUTHA, matermea.com, and Essence.com and was the subject of an article on race and adoption in the Atlantic, Austin is a single African American woman who chose to adopt a black baby boy out of the foster care system. That's when she came to realize that in America, motherhood is viewed strictly in terms of whiteness. Here she gives us perspective. Featured at Day of Dialog. "
Aw, The Harmony Silk Factory Tash
We, the SurvivorsMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "In a Malaysian fishing village, unassuming Ah Hock kills a man, and a local journalist who's done well for herself wants to know why. What unfolds during the interview is a story of rapid and unsettling change in a society that continues to be ruled by power, race, and class. Multiple award winner Aw, born in Taipei and raised in Malaysia, has twice been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize."
Social Science / Essays
Crucet, Jennine Capó
My Time Among the Whites
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "Born in Miami of Cuban-refugee parents, the multi-prize-winning Capó Crucet (e.g., the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the International Latino Book Award) describes what it's like not to feel welcome in America, not to feel that the American Dream is hers to grab, and what she has had to do to adapt to her native country."
Fiction / LiteraryCruz, AngieDominicanaMacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Edelweiss, NetGalley
GalleyChat interest. Publisher Summary, "In the vein of ANOTHER BROOKLYN and AMERICANAH, a novel about a Dominican teenager's arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set in the 1960s and inspired by the author's mother."
Fiction | African American | Historical
Coates, Ta-Nehisi
The Water Dancer
PRH/Random House
One WorldHardcover978039959059727.009/24/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
BEA Adult Book & Author Breakfast speaker -- NYT cover reveal, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/books/ta-nehisi-coates-water-dancer-calida-garcia-rawles.html -- LJ Prepub Alert, "MacArthur Fellow Coates, author of the National Book Award–winning Between the World and Me, turns to fiction with this story of the enslaved Hiram Walker, who can’t remember the mother he lost young but is blessed with mysterious powers. After crashing a carriage into the river, he is saved by a blue light that carries him far from the scene and thereafter is determined to join the war on slavery, escape the Walker Plantation, and ultimately rescue the family he made from himself there. At first look, absolutely luminous writing."
Fiction | LGBT | General
De Robertis, Carolina
PRH/Random House
Edelweiss, NetGalley
O Magazine, "30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019," http://bit.ly/2VBZTvS, "Set against the backdrop of the 1970s Uruguayan dictatorship, De Robertis's fourth novel offers a sweeping portrait of love in a time of ruthless tumult, following five women over thirty-five years."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Ford, Clyde W.Think BlackHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover978006289056625.999/17/1915,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Barbara's Pick, LJ Prepub Alert, "A psychotherapist and author of both fiction and nonfiction (he was named a Literary Lion by the King County Library System in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and is a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award winner to boot), Ford here offers a memoir of both his father, who battled institutional racism and the prejudice of colleagues as IBM's first black software engineer, and of his own experiences at IBM decades later. From his experiences, John Stanley Ford learned the self-loathing of the title, a fate his son learned to overcome."
Fiction / LiteraryGappah, Petina
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "Zimbabwean author Gappah, whose works include the Guardian First Book-winning, multi-award-nominated AN ELEGY FOR EASTERLY, and more recently the McKitterick Prize-winning, Bailey's long-listed THE BOOK OF MEMORY, here envisions loyal followers carrying the body of explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone, plus his papers and maps, 1,500 miles across Africa to the coast for a final trip to England. Narrated by wily cook Halima and devout freed slave Jacob Wainwright, this book promises a deep probing of the contradictions and wounds of colonization. With a 150,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / LiteraryGhosh, AmitavGun IslandMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
978037416739427.009/10/2019N/ANot Listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "When his assured beliefs are challenged, rare books dealer Deen Datta abandons his quiet life and throws himself into a journey that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice, as he recalls past events and encounters people who have changed his life, from the Bengali American who prompted his quest to an old friend who helps tie it together. From the author of the best-selling IBIS trilogy, which includes the Man Booker short-listed SEA OF POPPIES."
Fiction / Literary
Giacobone, Nico
The Crossed-Out Notebook
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert,"Giacobone, the Academy Award- and Golden Globe-gilded cowriter of Birdman, crafts the story of Argentine novelist manqué Pablo, now a screenwriter, who is kidnapped by Latin America's preeminent film director, locked in a basement, and ordered to write a masterly, game-changing screenplay. The narrative is formatted as Pablo's diary, ranging from the daily grind (a maid brings in food) to the epic confrontations between the two men. With a 40,000-copy first printing."
History / Middle East / Israel & Palestine
Khalidi, Rashid
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
MacmillanMetropolitan Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
978162779855630.009/24/19N/ANot listed
LJ Prepub alert, "The Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, Khalidi (Palestinian Identity) opens this history with a letter written by his great-great-uncle, the mayor of Jerusalem, to Zionist Theodore Herzl, pleading that Palestine had an indigenous people who did not want to be displaced. He then moves from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the 1948 founding of Israel to Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon to today."
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Krueger, PaulSteel Crow Saga
PRH/Random House
Del ReyHardcover978059312822027.009/24/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Krueger is a Filipino-American author -- LJ Prepub Alert, "An embittered soldier named Tala lost her family to the empress's army, which makes Prince Jimuro nervous about seeking her help in rebuilding the shattered empire he has inherited. Meanwhile, wily detective Xiulan, a princess in disguise, would dearly love to hand over Jimuro to her father and asks petty thief Lee for her help. Filipino American writer Krueger draws on his family's post-colonial culture and his love of Asian culture to craft this follow-up to the urban fantasy Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. Love the magical animal companions."
Fiction / Historical
Lee, Ji-min
The Starlet and the Spy
HarperCollinsHarper PaperbacksPaperback978006293026215.999/10/19150000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert,"Though the Korean War has been over for a year, Seoul remains devastated, and Alice J. Kim, a Korean translator and typist for the remaining U.S. forces, mourns the sundering of her country. Then she learns that she's to be Marilyn Monroe's translator when the transcendent star visits Korea on a four-day USO tour. From a respected Korean screenwriter and novelist; with a 150,000-copy first printing. "
Fiction / African American / Mystery & Detective
Locke, AtticaHeaven, My HomeHachetteMulholland BooksHardcover978031636340227.009/17/1950,000NetGalley
GalleyChat interest. Publishers Summary, "The thrilling follow-up to the award-winning BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD: Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who's gone missing - but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target."
Fiction | Literary
Mengiste, Maaza
The Shadow KingNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Author on panel for BEA 2019 ADULT LIBRARIAN AUTHOR LUNCH -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Ethiopian-born Mengiste, whose Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was named among the Ten Best Contemporary African Books by the Guardian, here revisits the land of her birth in the 1930s. With Mussolini preparing to invade, Emperor Haile Selassie heads into exile, and orphaned servant Hirut helps disguise a peasant as the emperor to bring hope to the people. Soon she becomes his guard, inspiring other women to join the fight against fascism, as Mengiste shows us the brutal reality of ordinary people fighting a better-armed foe."
Fiction | Science Fiction | Space Opera
Muir, Tamsyn Gideon the NinthMacmillanTor/ForgeHardcover978125031319525.999/10/19N/AEdelweiss
Tor.com Most Anticipated titles for 2019 -- "This ticks so many boxes for me, but mainly the 'queer' and 'space' and 'necromancy' boxes. Which I did not know were combined boxes for me until I heard tell of this book. Also, I recently saw a cover mock-up for this and almost died, so prepare yourselves."
Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
Nayeri, Dina
The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You
Ingram Publisher Services
Catapult Hardcover978194822642426.009/3/19N/AEdelweiss
LJ Prepub Alert, "Nayeri (REFUGE) left Iran with her mother at age eight, attained asylum in America after doing time in an Italian refugee camp, and attended Princeton, Harvard, and the Iowa Writers Workshop before becoming an award-winning novelist. In THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE, one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in the Guardian, Nayeri proclaimed, 'We have no debt to repay.' In this expansion of that piece, she takes us through the different phases of the refugee’s long journey to explode misconceptions and help us understand the actual experience."
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
Newitz, Annalee
The Future of Another Timeline
MacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Author on panel for BEA 2019 ADULT LIBRARIAN AUTHOR DINNER -- Her first novel, AUTONOMOUS, won a Lambda award
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Payne, DorisDiamond DorisHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover978006291799725.999/10/1950000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
GalleyChat, Andrienne, "DIAMOND DORIS by Doris Payne What a bio! Loved this title so much! The pace and the sass of Doris Payne make this book shine! It seriously made me think of becoming a jewel thief since she made it sound so fun and easy!" -- LMR, librarylovefest, "Love stories of strong women! At 88 years old, Doris Payne is the world's most notorious jewel thief! Seeing class/race prejudices, she took back her narrative. Be sure to check out DIAMOND DORIS (BookExpo Shout n Shared by @deienara) and meet her at ALA on the UFL memoir panel." -- Andrienne, "Darn, she is an amazing woman! Bummed I won't get to meet her!"
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Quin, SaraHigh SchoolMacmillanMCD
Hardcover with dust jacket
978037416994727.009/24/19N/ANot Listed
O Magazine, "30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019", http://bit.ly/2VBZTvS. "The pop-rock heartthrobs and outspoken advocates walk with the ghosts of their younger selves in a dual-point of view, coming-of-age memoir. We've felt them in our hearts before we even knew them, and now we'll get to like never before""
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Ross, RickHurricanesHarperCollinsHanover Square PressHardcover978133599928327.999/3/19350000Not listed
Entertainment Weekly announces memoir -- Lj Prepub Alert, "Major hip-hop force Ross relates his bound to the top, starting with a tough upbringing in the Coral City projects, the heart and soul of Miami's crack epidemic; finishing high school and receiving a football scholarship; working as a correctional officer by day while dealing drugs by night; early work with DJ Khaled and Def Jam; breaking out with "Hustlin'"; and lots of health issues, arrests, and personal feuds even as all ten of his albums sailed into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. With a 350,000-copy first printing. "
Fiction / African American
Page, RobinSmall Silent ThingsHarperCollinsHarper PerennialPaperback978006287923316.999/3/1930000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
GalleyChat interest, Publishers Summary, "[Author Page] has powerfully mined her experience as a transplanted Midwesterner, a woman of color, and a mother in these pages.:
Fiction | Historical | General
Truong, Monique
The Sweetest FruitsPRH/PenguinVikingHardcover978073522101726.009/3/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, " In 1852, Rosa travels from Greece to Ireland, where she marries an Irish officer and but must eventually leave country and son behind. In 1872, African American Alethea heads north to Cincinnati and marries a white newspaperman. In 1891, samurai’s daughter Setsu meets an international writer teaching English in Japan and becomes his unacknowledged collaborator and the mother of his four children. Fascinating stories that jointly unfold the life of protean writer Lafcadio Hearn; from the winner of multiple honors, including the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Asian American Literary Award."
Fiction | African American | Urban
Vercher, JohnThree-Fifths
Ingram Publisher Services
Agora BooksHardcover978194799367924.999/10/19N/ANetGalley
Ent. Wkly, "Three Thrillers Bringing Diversity To Crime Fiction" -- titles from new publishing imprint, Agora Books, http://bit.ly/2NY6pKG
Fiction | African American | General
Woodson, Jacqueline
Red at the BonePRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978052553527026.009/7/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Author on panel for BEA 2019 ADULT LIBRARIAN AUTHOR DINNERLJ Prepub Alert, "Multiply crowned children’s/YA author Woodson, whose recent adult novel, ANOTHER BROOKLYN, was a National Book Award finalist, opens this adult title with Melody celebrating her 16th birthday at her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. Melody’s mother never did get her own 16th birthday celebration, and therein lies a tale of two families separated by class and the weight of ambition, gentrification, sexual desire, and unexpected parenthood. The publisher’s top fall fiction title."
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Yong, JinA Hero BornMacmillanSt. Martin's PressHardcover978125022060827.999/17/2019N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "In this multigenerational kung fu epic, a classic of Chinese fantasy being published in the United States for the first time, Guo Jing is the son of a murdered Song patriot, growing up humbly amid Genghis Khan's army yet destined to become a hero-after he confronts a wily, far more gloriously raised opponent skilled in the martial arts."
October 2019 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Sept, 1, 2019
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDatePrint Run
DRC -- as of 6/30/19
Catalog link
Sources, notes
Fiction / LiteraryAciman, AndréFind MeMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
978037415501827.0010/29/19N/ANot listed
BookExpo Librarians Shout 'n'Share recommendation
History / United States / 19Th Century
Bell, RichardStolenS&SAtria / 37 INKHardcover978150116943427.0010/8/1975,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "By telling the story of five free black boys kidnapped from 1815 Philadelphia, Bell, an award-winning associate professor of early American history at the University of Maryland, brings to light the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers who entrapped thousands of legally free African Americans before the Civil War. The boys were smuggled into slavery in the Deep South but escaped and managed to bring brought their captors to justice. With a 75,000-copy first printing. "
Fiction / CrimeCha, StephYour House Will PayHarperCollinsEccoHardcover978006286885526.9910/15/1975,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "Noted for her well-reviewed 'Juniper Songs' mystery series, the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books writes a story for everyone to read. In a Los Angeles ready to boil over following yet another senseless shooting of an African American teenager, Korean American Grace Park lives quietly with her immigrant parents, wondering how to reel in her estranged sister. Meanwhile, African American Shawn Matthews confronts the reawakened trauma of his sister's 1991 killing and his concern about cousin Ray's readiness to adapt after being release from prison. A subsequent tragedy puts the two families on a collision course that sums up racial tension today. With a 75,000-copy first printing."
History / Modern / 19Th Century
Chang, Jung
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
PRH/Random House
KnopfHardcover978045149350730.0010/29/19N/ANot listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "Author of the internationally best-selling WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA, Chang tells the stories of the three daughters of the wealthy Soong family of Shanghai, who powerfully influenced the history of China through the men in their lives. Ai-ling was Sun Yat-sen's mistress before marrying Chiang Kai-shek's prime minister. Ching-ling became Sun's second wife and eventually, as an ally of Mao, an honorary president of Communist China. And May-ling became the wife of Chiang Kai-shek and the first lady of Nationalist China for more than two decades. With a 60,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / HorrorChu, Wesley
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Typhoon
S&SAtriaHardcover978198211780128.0010/1/201950,000Not listed
LJ Prepub alert, "In this latest by John W. Campbell Award finalist and Alex Award winner Chu, set in Robert Kirkman's creep-inducing world, a rural farmer, an urban military veteran, and a Chinese American grad student are swept away by a veritable typhoon of undead walkers as the virus causing the undead phenomenon hits China. With a 50,000-copy first printing. "
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Crump, BenOpen SeasonHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover978006237509426.9910/15/1940,000Not Listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "The president of the National Bar Association and a leading civil rights attorney who recently represented Trayvon Martin's family, Crump has handled cases in state and federal courts nationwide. Here, he relies on those cases when arguing not simply that in our justice system the protections of the Constitution aren't applied equally regarding race and class but that the system is rigged actually to harm people of color. He expands his case by considering factors ranging from the 13th Amendment and the Stand Your Ground laws to the impact of increased gun ownership and decreased education spending. With a 40,000-copy first printing; twice scheduled for 2018, so here's hoping three's a charm."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Díaz, JaquiraOrdinary GirlsWorkmanAlgonquin BooksHardcover978161620913126.9510/29/1950,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "A two-time Pushcart Prize winner whose work has appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, Díaz here tells the wrenching story of growing up queer and biracial in Puerto Rico and Miami and her struggle to find a place for herself as her family splinters apart and her mother succumbs to mental illness and addiction. Part of this story is Díaz's dealing with her own depression and drug abuse, as well as the particular difficulties created by Puerto Rico's colonial heritage. With a 50,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Drayden, NickyEscaping ExodusHarperCollinsHarper VoyagerPaperback978006286773515.9910/8/1920,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Publisher summary, "The Compton Crook award-winning author of THE PREY OF GODS and TEMPER returns with a dazzling stand-alone novel, set in deep space, in which the fate of humanity rests on the slender shoulders of an idealistic and untested young woman-a blend of science fiction, dark humor, and magical realism that will appeal to fans of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Dutta, Sunil
Stealing Green Mangoes
Anthony Bourdain/Ecco
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "With brother Raju, Dutta saw his life torn apart by the bloody partition of India in 1947. They became refugees together, but their paths diverged like a raging river. While Dutta became a translator of classic Indian poetry and a University of California biologist, then a long-time member of the LAPD, also serving as a professor of homeland security, Raju became a criminal and finally a terrorist. Diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, Dutta has written a memoir to make sense of their disparate lives. With a 40,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Guillory, Jasmine
Royal HolidayPRH/PenguinBerkleyHardcover978198480221720.0010/1/19N/ANetGalley
Vulture, "A Romance Novel Based on Meghan Markle's Mom Is Really Happening" -- https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/meghan-markles-mom-jasmine-guillorys-new-novel.html -- Excerpt, https://hello-sunshine.com/post/get-an-exclusive-first-look-at-royal-holiday-by-jasmine-guillory
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Hackwith, A. J.
The Library of the Unwritten
Trade Paperback
May Galley Chat, Kelly Moore. "not out until 10/1/19, but I am intrigued at the concept: Unfinished books reside in Hell, and a Librarian (down?) there has the job of tracking down any restless characters that emerge from the stories. " -- Bio, "Hackwith is a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle, and writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper."
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
John, EltonMeMacmillanHenry Holt and Co.
Hardcover with dust jacket
978125014760830.0010/15/19N/ANot listed
Robin B., "I. Can't. Wait." -- Kimberly Mcgee, "any copies out there yet GalleyStalker? I really want one." -- Robin B, "No, but y'all will be the first to know! However, ARCs of celebrity memoirs are hardly ever released before publication so even the GalleyStalker may no be able to ferret one out."
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
Jones, Booker T.
Time Is TightHachette
Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover978031648560930.0010/29/1935,000Not listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "Born into segregated Memphis with the sound of music in his ears, Jones became leader of the celebrated Stax Records house band, then founded the even more celebrated Booker T. and the MGs, which sold millions of records, claimed a spot on Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and influenced performers from Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding to Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. No wonder Jones has a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and with his band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's his story; with a 35,000-copy first printing."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Jones, Saeed
How We Fight for Our Lives
S&SSimon & SchusterHardcover978150113273526.0010/8/1975,000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
BEA Buzz title -- O Magazine, "30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019," http://bit.ly/2VBZTvS, "Mixing prose and poetry a la Claudia Rankine's seminal CITIZEN, this memoir from the co-host of Buzzfeed's AM2DM and author of the devastatingly beautiful collection PRELUDE TO A BRUISE details his coming of age as a gay Black boy in the South" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "​Jones’s PRELUDE TO BRUISE, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and an NBCC finalist to boot, is a brilliant, knife-sharp book those who care about the intersection of race, sex, and power should read, even if they don’t typically read verse. Jones is also co-host of BuzzFeed’s morning show, AM to DM. Here he blends prose and poetry to tell the story of being young, black, and gay from the South, drawing upon relationships with friends and family, lovers and strangers to clarify how those relationships matter. With a 75,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
The Blue EyeHarperCollinsHarper VoyagerPaperback978006245923717.9910/22/1935000Edelweiss
LJ Prepub Alert, "In this third in the series from the multi-threat Khan-she has a degree in international law, founded a magazine for Muslim girls, and authors the mystery series featuring Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty-the Companions of Hira continue their struggle against the patriarchal Talisman. Arian leads a breakoff group searching for the ancient, all-important book called The Bloodprint, but she ends up seeking new recruits with people she doesn't trust. With a 35,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
Liu, CixinSupernova EraMacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
In March print ARC mailings. -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In this latest from celebrated SF author Liu, a Hugo Award winner and multiple claimant to the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and the Xing Yun Award (the Chinese Nebula), an exploding star eight light years away has visited deadly radiation upon Earth. Everyone over 13 will be dead within a year, but even as adults rush to communicate what they know, youngsters have their own ideas about the future (as they always do). With a national author tour."
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
Cipri, NinoHomesick
Ingram Publisher Services
Dzanc Books
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat -- Andrienne, "surreal short stories filled with queer and transgendered characters. My favorite story is about a macabre quiz about dead superhero girls. "
Fiction / Literary
Oyamada, Hiroko
The FactoryNortonNew DirectionsPaperback978081122885513.9510/29/19N/ANot listed
Publisher summary, "The English-language debut of Hiroko Oyamada--one of the most powerfully strange young voices in Japan."
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Rippon, Adam
Beautiful on the Outside
Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover978153873240328.0010/15/19125,000Not listed
LJ Prepub alert, "Winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships in figure skating, Rippon became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a medal in a Winter Olympics when he helped his team to a bronze finish in 2018. Life as a figure skater might look glamorous, but as Rippon relates here, he grew up so poor he could afford only the free apples at his gym. Now he's got so many fans."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Shahani, Aarti Namdev
Here We AreMacmillanCeladon Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "Born in Morocco of Indian heritage, Shahani arrived with her family in 1980s New York City, where they eventually acquired green cards and opened a small electronics store. All was well-Shanani even won a scholarship to a prestigious Manhattan prep school-but then the family inadvertently sold watches and calculators to members of the Cali drug cartel and got caught in a long-lasting legal wrangle that nearly destroyed her father. Here is the family's story, undoubtedly well told; Shahani is NPR's technology correspondent and has won several awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She's also the youngest recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University."
Fiction / Short Stories
Smith, ZadieGrand UnionPRH/PenguinPenguin PressHardcover978052555899627.0010/8/19N/ANot Listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "The author of award-winning novels ranging from White Teeth to Swing Time and a celebrated critic to boot (her Feel Free: Essays just won the National Book Critics Circle's criticism award), Smith offers her first collection of short stories. Here, ten penny-bright new stories add to the allure of pieces you already know from The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and more."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Williams, Thomas Chatterton
Self-Portrait in Black and White
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "The son of a black father from the segregated South and a white mother from West, Berlin Prize-winning cultural critic Williams always saw himself as a black man. But he began to rethink his sense of self and the very concept of race after having two children who look decidedly white. So what does race mean? And should race define our identity?"
Biography & Autobiography / Lgbt
Windsor, Edie
A Wild and Precious Life
MacmillanSt. Martin's Press
Hardcover with dust jacket
978125019513527.9910/8/19N/ANot Listed
O Magazine, 30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019, "this posthumous memoir by the gay rights pioneer takes readers from the Stonewall riots"
Fiction | Literary
Winterson, Jeanette
Ingram Publisher Services
Atlantic MonthlyHardcover978080212949927.0010/1/19N/A
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "In Brexit Britain, transgender doctor Ry falls for brilliant professor Victor Stein, who’s spearheading the conversation about AI, even as recently divorced Ron Lord hopes to make his fortune with the latest in sex dolls. Meanwhile, at a cryogenics facility in Arizona, dozens of medically and legally dead women and men are are about to reawaken. Only this is 1816, young Mary Shelley is crafting the story of powerful new life form, and humans are about to learn they aren’t the hottest thing on Earth. What, you expected straightforward narrative from the Whitbread, BAFTA, Rhys, and two-time Lambda Award winner?”
November 2019 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Oct. 1, 2019
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Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Callender, Kheryn
Queen of the Conquered
HachetteOrbitPaperback978031645493315.9911/12/201950,000Not listed
LMR, Hachette Library@HachetteLib, "An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family in this Caribbean-inspired fantasy world."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Dovalpage, Teresa
Queen of Bones
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978164129015926.9511/12/2019N/AEdelweiss
LJ Prepub Alert, "Award-winning Cuban American Dovalpage brings back Padrino, a Cuban police detective-turned-Santería priest, from her triumphant crime-fiction cover of Dovalpage's Queen of Bonesdebut, Death Comes In Through the Kitchen. Here, he's pulled back to investigative mode when goddaughter Rosita, who works at the cemetery, shivers in recognition at a corpse on her embalming table. Meanwhile, Rosita's old boyfriend Juan returns with his American wife after 20 years, setting the scene for a Cuba-then, Cuba-now narrative split. To be featured at next year's ALA Midwinter."
Fiction | Asian American
Eldridge, ToriThe Ninja Daughter
Ingram Publisher Services
Agora Books
Trade Paperback
978194799369316.9511/5/19N/ANot Listed
Ent. Wkly, "Three Thrillers Bringing Diversity To Crime Fiction" -- titles from new publishing imprint, Agora Books, http://bit.ly/2NY6pKG
Biography & Autobiography | Cultural, Ethnic & Regional | African American & Black
Greenidge, Kerri K.
Black RadicalNortonLiverightHardcover978163149534235.0011/19/19N/AEdelweiss
Publisher summary, "This long-overdue biography reestablishes William Monroe Trotter's essential place next to Douglass, Du Bois, and King in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes."
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Hibbert, Talia
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Hallie, "I am so excited to read GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN and I love that it features a chronically ill main character. The recent cover reveal made me so happy!" --Ari, "A big thanks to Hallie for putting GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN on my radar!! I can't wait to get my hands on this romance about a chronically ill character who's also super nerdy!" --destiny, "I love all of Talia's work and am SO READY for this one!"
History / United States / 20Th Century
Keith, PhilAll Blood Runs RedHarperCollinsHanover Square PressHardcover978133500556427.9911/5/201975000
Edelweiss, NetGalley
LJ Prepub Alert, "The son of a former slave and a Creek Indian, Eugene Bullard fled racist Georgia at age 11, landed in Paris five years later, and emerged as the world-famous boxer Black Sparrow by age 18. He joined the Foreign Legion when World War I broke out, becoming the first African American fighter pilot in history, and returned a war hero to Paris. There, he emerged as a jazz musician and night club impresario, rubbing shoulders with Hemingway and Fitzgerald at his club and hiring young Langston Hughes as a busboy. He married a French countess and during World War II became a French spy. Smuggled out of France, he spent his last days in Harlem with his daughters as an assistant to Louis Armstrong. What a story award-winning Keith (BLACKHORSE RIDERS) and New York Times best-selling Clavin (DODGE CITY) have to tell; with a 75,000-copy first printing."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Machado, Carmen Maria
In the Dream HouseMacmillanGraywolf Press
Hardcover with dust jacket
978164445003126.0011/5/19N/ANot Listed
O Magazine, "30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019", http://bit.ly/2VBZTvS, "Machado totally slayed the short story with her game-changing, National Book Award-nominated collection Her Body and Other Parties. Now, she's trained her gifts on upending the memoir, sifting through the detritus of a volatile relationship."
History / Asia / India & South Asia
Myint-U, Thant
The Hidden History of Burma
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert,"Things were looking good for Burma when Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 2010 and reentered politics; by 2013, Fodor's declared the country one of the world's 'buzzy hotspots.' Now the country stands accused of war crimes owing to its persecution and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, as detailed in reporting by Reuters that landed staffers Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in prison and recently won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Myint-U, a renowned scholar and diplomat named one of '100 Leading Global Thinkers' by Foreign Policy magazine in 2013 and one of 50 'World Thinkers' by Prospect magazine in 2014, provides a you-are-there perspective."
Fiction / Ghost
Older, Daniel José
The Book of Lost Saints
Hardcover with dust jacket
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Ent. Wkly. announcement, "The best-selling author is best known for his fantasy and sci-fi page-turners, including the SHADOWSHAPER and DACTYL HILL SQUAD series. But this fall, he’ll publish a Cuban-American family epic written for adults, featuring magical realism and a complex exploration of the silence that permeates immigrant communities." -- ​http://bit.ly/2QUQxss
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Okorafor, Nnedi
Antar: The Black Knight
PRH/Random House
IDW PublishingHardcover978168405373524.9911/26/19CANCELLEDCANCELLED
CANCELLED, according to Edelweiss -- ALA 18 panel, "Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
Biography & Autobiography / Business
Prince, James
The Art & Science of Respect
HarperCollinsAmistadHardcover978006295987425.9911/5/201965000Not listed
LJ Prepub Alert, "How do you get to be a leading Hip Hop magnate and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, hugely influencing the music world today? (One of his great successes: international superstar Drake.) And a boxing manager boasting talents like Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward? And a parent raising seven children while remaining actively engaged in your hometown, Houston's Fifth Ward? You follow Prince's advice: "I was taught that you must believe in something bigger than yourself in order to get something bigger than yourself." With a 65,000-copy first printing."
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
Sattouf, Riad
The Arab of the Future 4
MacmillanMetropolitan Books
Trade Paperback
LJ Prepub Alert, "Sattouf limns a life caught between the French and Syrian cultures as he reshapes our thinking about the genre, the format, and tensions between the West and the Middle East. This penultimate installment, covering the years 1987-92, sees Sattouf reaching his teenage years. His father, Adbel-Razak, has become increasingly religious as he leave Syria to take a job in Saudi Arabia, and his mother, Clementine, fed up with their peripatetic life and refusing to live in a country that denies rights to women, returns with her children to live with her mother in France. There, Sattouf endures bullies at school and judgmental relatives at home-and then his father reappears, forcing a crisis."
Fiction / Science Fiction
Solomon, Rivers
The DeepS&SSaga PressHardcover978153443986319.9911/5/19100,000Not listed
Tor.com, "Spring 2019 Books We Cannot Wait to Read!" [NOTE: it seems that pub. date was moved to fall], "I love a good publishing collaboration story: Saga editor Navah Wolfe met Hamilton star and Clipping member Daveed Diggs at Worldcon 2017, and less than two years later, author Rivers Solomon has adapted Clipping’s Afrofuturistic song 'The Deep' into a novel. This tale of the descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard, who have created an idyllic society in the depths of the ocean, was stunning in aural form; no doubt that this expansion of the five-minute song will take on even greater momentum, like heroine Yetu breaking the surface and learning something new about her people and herself." -- GalleyChat Interest -- speculative fiction -- Publisher summary, "The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society-and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song 'The Deep' from Daveed Diggs' rap group Clipping."
History / Asia / India & South Asia
Myint-U, Thant
The Hidden History of Burma
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert,"Things were looking good for Burma when Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 2010 and reentered politics; by 2013, Fodor's declared the country one of the world's 'buzzy hotspots.' Now the country stands accused of war crimes owing to its persecution and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, as detailed in reporting by Reuters that landed staffers Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in prison and recently won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Myint-U, a renowned scholar and diplomat named one of '100 Leading Global Thinkers' by Foreign Policy magazine in 2013 and one of 50 'World Thinkers' by Prospect magazine in 2014, provides a you-are-there perspective."
December 2019 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Nov 1, 2019
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Fiction / African American / Historical
Colvin, JeffreyAfricavilleHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover978006291372225.9912/10/201925000Edelweiss
GalleyChat -- \Vicki Nesting, "I am quite intrigued by this upcoming title spotted on @weiss_squad: AFRICAVILLE by Jeffrey Colvin. It's a family saga about former slaves who settle in Nova Scotia. Anyone seen a print copy in the wild?" -- LMR, librarylovefest, "Galleys aren't in yet! But SOON! A special one. Historical fiction that looks at 3 gen. within a small Nova Scotia town. Race, Identity, & place are important. Egalley to tide you over until paper. If anyone wants a physical galley dm us to go on the list!" -- Mara, "I just started the e-galley over the weekend and am enjoying it so far."
January 2020 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Dec. 1, 2019
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Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Cummins, JeanineAmerican DirtMacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
978125020976426.991/21/2020N/ANot listed
GalleyChat, HOT -- Tracy Babiasz, "If you haven't read AMERICAN DIRT, you're missing an important, compassionate, amazing story of one woman's struggle to get from Mexico to the US. @jeaninecummins will grab your heart and mind illustrating the impact of this timely topic. Breathtaking …check out this opinion piece Cummins wrote in the NYT last year nyti.ms/2M580ME " -- Nanette Donohue, "I was already super-excited for AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins, but the praise from Don Winslow (whose Cartel trilogy is one of my all-time favorites) sent my excitement over the top. Fingers crossed for e-galleys soon!" -- Ed. Note, it's received advance attention from the media, PW story on Book Expo, http://bit.ly/2WAHQGj -- Entertainment Weekly preview, "One of 2020's most anticipated titles, Jeanine Cummins' sweeping novel is set to arrive with big expectations: It's already generated raves from the likes of Don Winslow ('a GRAPES OF WRATH for our times') and Stephen King ('an extraordinary piece of work'). And back in 2018, it sparked a nine-house, seven-figure auction, ultimately won by Flatiron Books. This level of hype, in other words, is pretty rare." -- http://bit.ly/2KM8RUY/ -- also, movie in the works, http://bit.ly/2XEFUOh
Family & Relationships / Parenting
Jackson, RichieGay Like MeHarperCollinsHarperHardcover978006293977724.991/28/202050000Not listed
GalleyChat, LMR, LibraryLoveFest -- Publisher summary, "As Ta-Nehisi Coates did in BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, Jackson offers a response to our anxious and uncertain times. An intimate, personal exploration of our most troubling questions and profound concerns-about issues such as human rights, equality, justice-GAY LIKE ME is a book for all who care about tolerance, diversity, and social progress. Angry, proud, fierce, tender, it is powerful letter of love from a father to a son that holds lasting insight for us all."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Quartey, KweiThe Missing American
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978164129070825.951/14/2020N/AEdelweiss
GalleyChat interest-- Publisher Summary, "Introducing a new series set in Ghana by critically acclaimed author Kwei Quartey."
Fiction / LiteraryReid, KileySuch a Fun AgePRH/PenguinG.P. Putnam's SonsHardcover9780525541905261/7/2020N/AEdelweiss, NetGalley
GalleyChat,Patty Sussmann, " the first ARC I read after BEA! A fascinating debut about privilege, class and race and how uncomfortable & sticky it can be to try and 'do the right thing.' Due out in Jan 20 but trust me, we'll be hearing about it this book." -- Andrienne, "hits the target! A young black babysitter gets caught up in a moment when she's stopped by a security guard at a grocery store while taking care of her white charge. Electrifying and layered, timely and discussible. Great for book clubs."-- Jenna Friebel, "Another 2020 title I just downloaded because it sounds like a great debut. Lena Waithe already bought the rights to it!" -- BEA 2019 Buzz Title
February 2020 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Jan. 1, 2019
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Fiction / LiteraryOkri, BenThe Freedom Artist
Ingram Publisher Services
Akashic Books
Trade Paperback
Andrienne, "Still reading, but already loving is THE FREEDOM ARTIST by a fave author, Ben Okri. It's an allegory about being a prisoner in the world and in one's self. It's so poetic and full of things to uncover."
March 2020 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due Feb. 1, 2019
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Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
The Shape of FamilyHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover978006293322526.993/17/20100,000Not Listed
NOTE: Pub. date delayed from Oct., 2019. LJ Prepub Alert, "Author of the international best sellers THE GOLDEN SON and SECRET DAUGHTER, Gowda delivers the story of a typical contemporary American family. Jaya, an Indian diplomat's daughter, meets high-aspiring Philly-raised banker Keith at a London pub in 1988, and together they raise a family in suburban California. But tragedy pulls apart the parents, determined teenage daughter Karina, and bright-eyed young son Prem, as they each try to find identity and answers of their own. With a 100,000-copy first printing"
Past Nomination Dates
August 2019 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due July 1, 2019
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