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October releases -- LibraryReads nominations due August 20, 2018
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorImprintFormatISBNList PricePubDate
Sources, notes
Print Run
DRC -- as of 7/31/18
Print Galleys
Edelweiss catalog link
Fiction / Crime
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Mycroft and Sherlock
PRH/Random House
Titan BooksHardcover978178565925625.9910/9/18
Second in the series
N/ANot listed
Fiction / African American / Contemporary Women
Acker, Camille
Training School for Negro Girls
The Feminist Press at CUNY
Pbk. Original978193693237517.9510/9/18
DEBUT -- From publisher site: “In her debut short story collection, Camille Acker unleashes the irony and tragic comedy of respectability onto a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home.” — “Acker navigates her characters’ lives with humor, heart, and grace. I loved these stories.” —Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
N/ANot listed
Fiction / African American
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame
Friday BlackHMHMariner BooksPbk. Original978132891124714.9910/23/18
DEBUT -- Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, Fall/Winter 2018 -- Imolo Mbue picked it as a book she is excited about it, in an interview with New York magazine's Vulture:~~http://bit.ly/2KHaZLfLJ Prepub Alert: "A George Saunders protégé whose short stories have won awards, Adjei-Brenyah here publishes a much-anticipated first collection that highlights racism and its painful absurdities by putting its characters in unexpected situations. “Zimmer Land,” for instance, portrays racism as an ugly sport, while the title story shows us consumerism at its worst. Acutely written”
Edelweiss & NetGalley
ALA 18 Galley Giveaway
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
Ahmed, SaladinAbbottS&SBOOM! Studios
Trade Paperback
Arab/American author; black protagonist; interview, http://bit.ly/2OlkHUK; Aug GalleyChat, Jessica T."For any GN readers I also got ahold of the singles for ABBOTT by @saladinahmed (GN due in Oct). It's wonderful! It features an intrepid reporter in 70s Detroit + supernatural horror"
N/ANot listed
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Asim, JabariWe Can't BreatheMacmillanPicadorPbk. Original978125017453617.0010/16/18
LJ Prepub Alert: "The author of THE N WORD upends the standard narrative of African American history and culture in America, told from the perspective of whites, and offers a more accurate understanding of that culture by emphasizing its vibrancy."
Fiction / Short Stories
Bhuvaneswar, Chaya
White Dancing Elephants
Ingram Publishers Services
Dzanc Books (Indie, dist. by )
Pbk. Original978150117142016.9510/9/18
Publishers Lunch Buzz Books, Fall/Winter 2018; Kirkus, "The 17 stories in this debut collection take place around the world, exploring queer and interracial love, extramarital affairs, and grief over the disappearances of loved ones." -- http://bit.ly/2LhRooY
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Carter, Stephen L.
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
Librarians BEA Shout 'n' Share, multiple picks ; Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, Fall/Winter 2018; LJ Prepub Alert, "The granddaughter of slaves and a graduate of Smith College and Fordham Law School, Eunice Hunton Carter was among America’s most famous African American women by the 1940s for her work on a legal team responsible for bringing down organized crime in New York City. (She devised the strategy that bagged Lucky Luciano.) Best-selling author Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, brings us up to speed on his grandmother."
ALA & Book Expo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Biography & Autobiography / Political
Castro, JulianAn Unlikely JourneyHachetteLittle, BrownHardcover978031625216428.0010/9/18
LJ Galley Guide, Book Expo 18 -- the "story of Castro’s rise from poverty to become mayor of San Antonio and HUD secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration."
N/ANot listed
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Fiction | Asian American
Chai, May-lee
Useful Phrases for Immigrants
ConsortiumBlairPbk. Original978093211276716.9510/23/18
Publisher description: "This collection has already garnered several distinctions. It was selected for the Bakwin Award by judge Tayari Jones ( An American Marriage, Silver Sparrow), who called it "essential reading," and in January 2018, R. O. Kwon listed it among "46 Books by Women of Color to Read in 2018," published in Electric Literature. An early blurb by Edward P. Jones joins Tayari Jones in praise, calling this book "a splendid gem of a story collection . . . Chai's work is a grand event." Other accolades are bound to follow, given Chai's stature in the literary community and the timely themes of these stories. Chai, currently based in San Francisco, CA, also has ties to her MFA program colleagues at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and will have appearances on both coasts, as well as at literary festivals. Given the early notice, the collection should have several prominent reviews that will launch it into award season, where Chai has fared well in the past. Habitual readers of short stories will find, as Tayari Jones notes, that Chai "interrogates heavy subjects with a light touch," and others will be drawn by Chai's believable but surprising characters and her ability to deftly deploy their journeys."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Chung, Nicole
All You Can Ever Know
Ingram Publishers Services
BookExpo18 Librarians Shout 'n' Share pick by S. Anderson -- On ALA 18 panel, "Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can't Put Down" — Kirkus review, "An essayist and editor’s account of her search for and reconnection with the parents who gave her up for adoption :A profound, searching memoir about 'finding the courage to question what I’d always been told'"
ALA 18 Galley Giveaway
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Daughtry, Leah
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
MacmillanSt. Martin's PressHardcover978125013771528.9910/2/18
LJ Prepub Alert, "Among the most powerful African American women in American politics, calling themselves The Colored Girls, Daughtry, Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, and Minyon Moore share stories and give inspiration to other women of color interested in public service."
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction
Delliquanti, BlueMealConsortium
Iron Circus Comics (Indie, dist. by Consortium)
Pbk. Original978194582030415.0010/1/18
BookExpo 18 panel, "The Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018"
N/ANot listed
Literary Collections / American / African American
Edim, GloryWell-Read Black Girl
PRH/Random House
Ballantine BooksHardcover978052561977220.0010/30/18
Library Journal Prepub Alert (05/01/2018):~Founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates black literature and sisterhood, Edim curates original essays by black women writers on the joys and the importance of seeing themselves in books.~~Interview with the author -- https://nylon.com/articles/glory-edim-well-read-black-girl-interview.
Edelweiss, NetGalley
EducationEwing, Eve L.
Ghosts in the Schoolyard
U. of Chicago Press
University of Chicago Press
PW review, "Poet Ewing (Electric Arches), an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, revisits the 2013 closure of 54 Chicago public schools due to declining rates of enrollment in this bracing study of the third largest school system in the United States …" -- Ta-Nehisi Coates. "If only for widening the scope of the debate over public schools, Eve Ewing’s new book is a welcome entry to the conversation. Rejecting the impulse to see education as disconnected from American life and politics, Ghosts in the Schoolyard links the struggles of Chicago public schooling with the city’s notoriously racist housing practices. Ewing peels back the seemingly anodyne messaging of reform ('school choice') and its ostensibly objective standards ('test scores') to reveal the insidious assumptions lying beneath. -- Perhaps most importantly, Ewing gives direct voice to those served by those schools often dismissed as failing. What she finds is that these schools are often among the last working institutions in neighborhoods which have been systematically stripped of everything else. Mixing history, journalism, sociology, and even memoir, Ghosts in the Schoolyard is an important addition to any conversation about the future of public schools and those they were designed to serve."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Gerald, Casey
There Will Be No Miracles Here
PRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978073521420027.0010/2/18
Book Expo Editors Buzz Title — LJ Prepub Alert: — “Raised in his grandfather’s black evangelical church, sometimes with only his mother’s disability checks to support him and his sister, Gerald was recruited to play football at Yale, received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and thereafter cofounded MBAs Across America, which supports young entrepreneurs nationwide. His B school commencement address made news for its eloquence, so expect great writing."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Grande, Reyna
A Dream Called Home
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978150117142026.0010/2/18
DoD speaker; LJ Prepub Alert, "A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and national best seller, The Distance Between Us explained how a nine-year-old Grande immigrated to this country alone to find her parents and grew up enduring their indifference and that of the U.S. school system. Here she explains how she earned a college degree and, in a journey as arduous as that first one, became a writer."
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
Gray Smith, Monique
Tilly and the Crazy Eights
Second Story Press
Second Story PressPbk. Original978177260075919.9510/9/18
Publisher Marketing: "When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket list road trip to Albuquerque for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said goodbye to her family and is behind the wheel--ready to embark on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict. Just as it will for each and every one of the elders on the trip, who soon dub themselves "the Crazy Eights." Tilly and the Crazy Eights each choose a stop to make along the way--somewhere they've always wanted to go or something they've wanted to experience. Their plan is to travel to Las Vegas, Sedona, and the Redwood Forests, with each destination the inspiration for secrets and stories to be revealed. The trip proves to be powerful medicine as they laugh, heal, argue, and reveal hopes and dreams along the way. With friendships forged, love found, hearts broken and mended, Tilly and the Crazy Eights feel ready for anything by the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico. But are they?"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Guillory, Jasmine
The ProposalPRH/PenguinBerkleyPbk. Original978039958768915.0010/31/18
GalleyChat --"THE PROPOSAL by Jasmine Guillory looks fab. Main character is proposed to on the jumbotron at a Dodger game. As a baseball fan, I am all over this."-- follow up to THE WEDDING DATE which I loved.~~Featured author on ALA 18 panel, "Isn't it Romantic?"
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Hashemzadeh Bonde, Golnaz
What We OweHMHMariner BooksPbk. Original978132899508715.9910/16/18
Originally published to acclaim in Sweden, by an author who emigrated to that country from Iran. Described as "A breathtaking journey through Iran of the past and Sweden of today. With characters that aren't always easy to like but who are impossible to let go of, [Hashemzadeh Bonde] asks relevant, difficult questions and leaves the reader rattled. Worthy of big applause."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Huang, S. L.Zero Sum GameMacmillanTor BooksHardcover978125018025425.9910/2/18
BookExpo18 panel, "Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / African American / Urban
Ide, JoeWreckedHachetteMulholland BooksHardcover978031650951027.0010/9/18
Publishers descro[topm: "Follow-up to IQ, a New York Times critics best of the year and nominee for the best first novel Edgar Award."
40,000Not listed
Fiction / Romance / African American
Jackson, Brenda
Love in Catalina Cove
HarlequinHQNPbk. Original97813350056497.9910/30/18
NYT on diversity in Romance novels, https://nyti.ms/2lZP32L
Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical
Jodorowsky, Alejandro
The Son of Black Thursday
Restless Books (Indie, dist. by S&S)
Author is Chilean-French filmmaker. See NYT profile, https://nyti.ms/1kn6FOp -- Publisher description, "a mythopoetic portrait of the artist as a young man in Chile in the tumultuous 1930s."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Joseph, Nic
The Night in Question
Sourcebooks Landmark
Pbk. Original978149266800815.9910/2/18
Author web site: NicJoseph.com
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
The Black KhanHarperCollinsHarper VoyagerPbk. Original978006245920616.9910/16/18
Second in fantasy series, author was Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. The magazine was the subject of two documentaries, and hundreds of national and international profiles and interviews, including CNN International, Current TV, and Al Jazeera "Everywoman".
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Laymon, KieseHeavyS&SScribnerHardcover978150112565226.0010/16/18
LibraryReads 2018 ALA Annual Bookalicious Breakfast; Publisher summary, "In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse." Cited by Samantha Irby as a favorite author in a NYT BR "By the Book" interview, https://nyti.ms/2G3f20N -- GalleyChat, KaiteStover. "Reading HEAVY feels like @KieseLaymon is sitting next to you telling his story. Absorbing, powerful memoir."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction
Lewis, JohnRunAbramsAbrams ComicArtsHardcover978141973069624.9910/16/18
First in a new trilogy by the authors of the multi-award winning MARCH. Continues story of John Lewis as he runs for Congress.
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Lin, Ed99 Ways to Die
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978161695968526.9510/9/18
LJ Prepub Alert -- "Kidnappers demanding not money but a high-tech memory chip? That’s what Jing-nan is facing in this third entry in the 'Taipei Night Market' series when troublesome friend Peggy Lee’s father is whisked away. Journalist Lin has won three Asian American Literary Awards."
BookExpo 2018 booth signing
Fiction / Literary
Murakami, Haruki
Killing Commendatore
PRH/Random House
Japanese author, an international hit
Fiction / Literary
Murugan, Perumal
One Part Woman
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove Press/Black CatPbk. Original978080212880516.0010/9/18
LJ Book Expo 18 Galley Guide, "the U.S. debut of a major Tamil writer who’s been profiled in the New York Times, about a couple during the British colonial rule of India who cannot conceive."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Fiction / Literary
Rice, Waubgeshig
Moon of the Crusted Snow
B&T Publisher Services
ECW Press (Indie, dist. by B&T)
Pbk. Original978177041400614.9510/2/18
Publisher bio note: Biographical Note: "Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation's Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Humor / Form / Essays
Robinson, Phoebe
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
Publisher Summary -- "From New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson, comes a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and a world that seems to always be a self-starting Dumpster fire.'" -- Author's previous title, YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR
N/ANot listed
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
Salbi, Zainab
Freedom Is an Inside Job
Sounds TrueSounds TrueHardcover978168364177323.9510/2/18
GalleyChat, July, Ingram Content Group. "FREEDOM IS AN INSIDE JOB by Zainab Salbi @ZainabSalbi sounds very interesting. She grew up as the daughter of Saddam Hussein's personal pilot; now she's a humanitarian & activist."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / LiteraryTan, May-Lan
Things to Make and Break
Ingram Publisher Services
Coffee House Press
Trade Paperback
Reprint of a title pubbed in 2014 by a "micropress," so may not be eligible for LibraryReads. British reviews of the U.K. ed were strong, -- "There's plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic, and these strange, flinty, cigarette-stained narratives speed by, offering lots of surface tension and compel- ling deeper passions." -- James Smart, The Guardian -- "Tan is a cinematic writer in the same way some directors are literary?think David Lynch at his most Guignol." David Collard, The Times Literary Supplement
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Togawa, Masako
The Lady Killer
PRH/Random House
Random House/Pushkin Vertigo
Pbk. Original978178227364613.9510/2/18
Publisher description: "A classic mystery from one of Japan's best-loved crime writers"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Turner, TinaMy Love StoryS&SAtria BooksHardcover978150119824328.0010/16/18
LJ Prepub Alert; "Bedridden with a string of debilitating illnesses after experiencing chest pains at her 2013 wedding, Turner had time to reflect on her roller-coaster personal and professional lives. Here, in a follow-up to her best-selling 1986 memoir, I Tina, she imparts those memories and her sense of contentment today."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / LiteraryWang, KathyFamily TrustHarperCollinsMorrowHardcover978006285525126.9910/30/18
DEBUT -- Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, Fall/Winter 2018; -- HarperCollins Buzz, https://info.harpercollins.com/whatsthebuzz/9780062855251-2018-family-trust/ -- author interview, http://bit.ly/2s2aJic
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Yang, Wesley
The Souls of Yellow Folk
W. W. NortonNortonHardcover978039324174725.9510/9/18
LJ Prepub Alert -- "National Magazine Award winner Yang makes a much-anticipated debut with his best essays on race and gender, its title echoing W.E.B. DuBois’s classic THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK. Included here: Yang’s much-discussed New York cover story ‘Paper Tigers,’ examining Asian values and the American Dream." NY Mag story, https://nym.ag/2ICzig4
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Young, RJLet It BangHMH
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
LJ Prepub Alert: "A black writer whose work has appeared in venues like Grantland and Reuters, Young has always been uncomfortable with guns. Yet, hoping to bond, he accepted the gift of a Glock from his white father-in-law, eventually becoming an NRA-certified pistol instructor. With that background, he examines the endless cycle of white fear leading to white violence leading to black fear and how gun ownership by blacks is rising today."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
November/December releases -- LibraryReads nominations due September 20, 2018
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDate
Sources, notes
Print Run
DRC -- as of 7/18/818
Print Galleys
Edelweiss catalog link
Fiction / Asian American
Apostol, GinaInsurrecto
PRH/Random House
Soho Press Hardcover978161695944926.0011/13/18
LibraryReads BookExpo Adult Author Lunch -- From author's web site: "Gina Apostol's third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her newest novel, Insurrecto, is forthcoming from Soho Press and anthologized as "The Unintended" in A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance (Tramp Press 2015), Manila Noir (Akashic Press 2014), Go Home! (forthcoming from Feminist Press), and other anthologies and journals. A work-in-progress, William McKinley's World, like Insurrecto, uses her research on the Balangiga massacre and the Filipino-American War to cast a lens on our contemporary times. She was writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and a fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, among other fellowships. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City."
ALA & BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Braithwaite, Oyinkan
My Sister, the Serial Killer
PRH/Random House
Debut by Nigerian novelist. film rights acquired, according to Deadline, http://bit.ly/2L1BOco -- "The darkly comedic story, buzzed-about in publishing circles, was previously snapped up by U.S. publisher Doubleday as part of a significant five-figure advance and is set to hit shelves stateside later this year." -- ?LJ Prepub Alert, "Pop Fiction for Fall"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Historical
Ganeshram, Ramin
The General's CookSkyhorseArcade PublishingHardcover978162872977124.9911/6/18
Remember the controversy over the illustrations in the picture book, A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON? The author of the text, Ramin Ganeshram, feared that it overshadowed the remarkable man it is about and has now written an adult title about him, coming in Nov, THE GENERAL'S COOK -- DoD speaker -- Guardian story, http://bit.ly/2KM0Ugm​, "My book on George Washington was banned. Here's my side of the story​"
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Higashino, Keigo
NewcomerMacmillanMinotaur BooksHardcover978125006786926.9911/20/18
LJ Prepub Alert, Mystery Previews -- "Among Japan’s best-selling novelists, Higashino gets around in America, too; THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X was an Edgar finalist. Here, Det. Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi district and must investigate a woman whom, it seemed, everyone would have wanted dead."
Fiction / Short Stories
Hua, Yu
The April 3rd Incident
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, Sophisticated Reads, "A celebrated Chinese author, the recipient of multiple international awards and perhaps best known for TO LIVE (made into a Cannes award-winning film), Yu here collects stories from the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, he and fellow Chinese writers were departing from traditional realist writing and taking a more inventive approach (think Borges and Faulkner) to depict earth-shaking changes in China at the time. For instance, in 'A History of Two People,' a man and a woman who dream in parallel their entire lives."
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Iduma, Emmanuel
A Stranger's PoseConsortium
Cassava Republic Press
Pbk. Original978191111549614.9511/7/18
Recommended by Chibundu Onuzo, author of WELCOME TO LAGOS, in Electric Lit's "?Reading List of African Authors," "This book isn't out yet (the title is being published in the US in November), but judging from writer and curator, Emmanuel Iduma's thoughtful essays about African art and culture, this is definitely one to watch. Iduma has travelled through several African countries and these essays are an exploration of his journeys" -- https://electricliterature.com/chibundu-onuzo-recommends-a-reading-list-of-african-authors-9b40a272aa90​
Fiction / African American
Jemisin, N. K.
How Long 'til Black Future Month?
Short stories by the winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel for both THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Asian American
Kim, Eugenia
The Kinship of Secrets
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher summary -- "The riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart. In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges ahead, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her. But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation …Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister." Previous title, THE CALLIGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER. -- LJ Prepub Alert, Sophisticated Reads
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Obama, Michelle
PRH/Random House
CrownHardcover978152476313832.5011/13/18ALA 18 KeynoteHUGEHighly unlikely
Highly unlikely
Fiction / LiteraryRoy, Anuradha
All the Lives We Never Lived
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978198210051326.0011/20/18
Guardian review, http://bit.ly/2msP53F -- LJ Prepub Alert, Sophisticated Reads -- "With the Nazis rising in the West, a German artist arrives in a small Indian village and sweeps away Gayatri, a woman from his past eager to flee marriage and motherhood for soaring freedom. Her story is told by the son she leaves behind. From the author of the Man Booker long-listed SLEEPING ON JUPITER."
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Suri, TashaEmpire of SandHachetteOrbitPbk. Original978031644971715.9911/13/18
Publisher, "a captivating epic fantasy inspired by Mughal-Indian history. If you loved CITY OF BRASS, UPROOTED, or THE WRATH & THE DAWN, EMPIRE OF SAND is your new must-read." ?http://bit.ly/2IWhp8e -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Pop Fiction for Fall"
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Yokoyama, Hideo
SeventeenMacmillanMCDHardcover 978037426124528.0011/13/18
LJ Prepub Alert, Mystery Previews -- "Having had a hit here with SIX FOUR, Japanese author Yokoyama returns with the story of veteran reporter Kazumasa Yuuki, who recalls an air disaster in 1985 that brought terror—and office in-fighting—to the very door of the newspaper office. In 2003, he finally follows up on a promise made at the time and solves a final mystery surrounding the disaster."
Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Yousafzai, Ziauddin
What Love Teaches Me
HachetteLittle, BrownHardcover978031645050825.0011/6/18
LJ Prepub Alert, Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks. "Yousafzai isn’t just a Pakistani diplomat, educator, educational activist, and human rights campaigner; he’s also the father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Here he explains what he has learned from his daughter, even as clarifies his own beliefs: 'I come from a family in which my gender made me special. But I did not want to be special for this reason.'"
N/ANot listed
History / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
Ariosto, DavidThis Is CubaMacmillanSt. Martin's PressHardcover978125017697428.9912/11/18
LJ prepub Alert: "Offered a two-year assignment in Cuba by CNN in summer 2009, Ariosto (currently managing editor of the digital news publisher Brut) headed south and discovered a scattering of tourists and the hard realities of police-state politics, embargo-induced scarcity, throwback Cold War sensibility, and the uncertainty that continues today. Good for understanding where we are."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Literary
Farah, Nuruddin
North of DawnPRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978073521423127.0012/4/18
LJ Prepub Alert -- "Barbara's Picks" " …From award-winning Somali writer Farah, a giant of African literature …
N/ANot listed
Fiction / LiteraryLianke, Yan
The Day the Sun Died
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove PressHardcover978080212853926.0012/11/18
LJ, Prepub Alert, "Twice short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize and recent winner of the Franz Kafka Prize for his entire oeuvre, Yan claimed China’s prestigious Dream of the Red Chamber Award for this novel, set in a mountaintop village. There, 14-year-old Li Niannian is alarmed to see villagers walking the streets at night as if the sun hasn’t set and acting out desires they would normally smother. Can he and his parents keep these dreamwalkers from reaching a point of no return?​" -- Publisher summary; "'China’s most feted and most banned author' (Financial Times), an unforgettable tale of a village that descends into a sleepwalking spell as the sun threatens to never rise again "
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Potenza, Carol
Hearts of the Missing
MacmillanMinotaur BooksHardcover 978125017828227.9912/4/18
GC, June -- Andrienne, "Started reading HEARTS OF THE MISSING by Potenza and an award-winning mystery has a great setting (New Mexico) and a great lead character exploring Native American traditions"
Edelweiss and NetGalley
January releases -- LibraryReads nominations due November 20, 2018
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Fiction / Family Life
Adam, ClaireGolden Child
PRH/Random House
SJP for Hogarth Hardcover978052557299226.001/29/19
DEBUT, Book Expo 18 Galley Giveaway; Lj "a debut set in beautiful but harsh Trinidad, where a father struggles to raise his sons"
N/ANot listed
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Anders, Charlie Jane
The City in the Middle of the Night
MacmillanTor BooksHardcover978076537996226.991/15/19
BookExpo18 panel, "Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
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Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Chakraborty, S. A.
The Kingdom of Copper
HarperCollinsHarper VoyagerHardcover978006267813326.991/22/19
Listen to HarperCollins ALA Buzz, ?http://bit.ly/2KYY9fo -- previous title, CITY OF BRASS was a LibraryReads pick.
100000Not listed
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Davis, Bridgett M.
The World According to Fannie Davis
Little, Brown and Company
GalleyChat, Aug, Jennifer Dayton. " the really wonderful WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS: MY MOTHER'S LIFE RUNNING THE DETROIT NUMBERS. A whole world I knew nothing about."-- LJ Prepub Alert, "Davis here recalls her bighearted mother, who in 1960s and 1970s Detroit supported her five children through the underground lottery called The Numbers. It's a glowing portrait of both the woman and the city. From a journalism/writing professor at Baruch College, CUNY, also a novelist and film director?; with a 50,000-copy first printing."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Dube, Siddharth
An Indefinite Sentence
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978150115847627.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Clarifying his efforts to decriminalize same-sex relations and sex work in India and in developing countries worldwide, which he argues suffer from Western-style moralizing, Dube discloses his upbringing in a conservative Indian culture that vilified his sexuality and his coming of age at the time of AIDS. Backed by his work at Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and as senior adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS, among other work."
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Jones, Stephen Mack
Lives Laid Away (aka THE FIFTH SUN
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978161695959326.951/8/19
GalleyChat, Janet Lockhart, "August Snow is back in LIVES LAID DOWN by @verigatenun991. Non-stop action with serious underlying message about how we treat people.​ Such a great combination of action and social commentary."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Kochai, Jamil Jan
99 Nights in LogarPRH/PenguinVikingHardcover978052555919125.001/8/19
Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, Fall/Winter 2018 -- -- LJ Prepub Alert, "​It’s always persuasive to hear that a writer attended Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but Pakistan-born, California-raised Kochai is publishing his first novel even before graduating. When 12-year-old Marwand returns after six years to Afghanistan, he tries to befriend Budabash, the fearsome dog who, Cerberus-like, guards the family compound in Logar. Instead, Marwand loses a finger, Budabash escapes, and the 99-day hunt for him illuminates truths about Afghan society within a mythic framework."
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Obioma, Chigozie
An Orchestra of Minorities
HachetteLittle, Brown Hardcover978031641239128.001/8/19
BookExpo Galley Giveaway; His debut novel, “The Fishermen,” was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize; University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor from Nigeria
Edelweiss & NetGalley
BookExpo 2018 Galley Giveaway
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Porter, Catherine
A Girl Named LovelyS&SSimon & SchusterHardcover978150116809327.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Canada bureau chief for the New York Times, Porter covered the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as a fresh-on-the-beat international reporter, learning about a two-year-old who survived six days under the rubble. She followed the little girl’s story and eventually tossed journalistic objectivity to the winds and enrolled Lovely in school, visiting with her family over the next five years as she documented Haiti’s efforts to recover and finally counting herself as a friend."
Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
Shukla, NikeshThe Good ImmigrantHachetteLittle, BrownHardcover978031652428527.001/8/19
Editor is the author of THE ONE WHO WROTE DESTINY, listed in the Guardian as one of "the best novels on modern black British lives" http://bit.ly/2JyskJo
25,000Not listed
History / Native American
Treuer, David
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
PRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978159463315728.001/22/19
LJ Prepub, "The author of astute, heartfelt fiction, including the multi-best-booked The Translation of Dr Apelles, Ojibwe author Treuer uses his anthropological training to offer a new view of the Native experience. Treuer argues that the adversity Natives have faced since the late 1800s (with Native history not suddenly ending at Wounded Knee) has in fact led to a rebirth of culture and identity, firming up resistance and connecting different peoples across the continent."
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Fiction / Literary
Tshuma, Novuyo Rosa
House of StoneNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "​In Robert Mugabe’s tumultuous Zimbabwe, Zamani is so desperate to claim the couple he lodges with as his parents, having never known his own, that he lies to them about the whereabouts of their missing son and plies recovering alcoholic Abednego with whiskey to get him to tell stories of the past. Thus do we learn about the depredations of British colonization, the revolutionary fight that turned Rhodesia into Zimbabwe, and continuing unrest there even as we’re given a finely engraved portrait of obsession. Zimbabwe-born, Houston-based Tshuma won the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for her short story collection, Shadows.​"
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Fiction / LiteraryVijay, MadhuriThe Far Field
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove PressHardcover978080212840927.001/15/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "​Pushcart Prize winner Vijay’s debut novel features Shalini, who leaves Bangalore for a high-in-the-sky Himalayan village in Kashmir, sensing that her mother’s recent death is linked to the decade-long absence of a charming Kashmiri salesman who used to visit the family frequently. When she gets there, she must instead confront Kashmir’s political turmoil and tensions within the village that force her to make momentous choices.​"
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February releases -- LibraryReads nominations due December 20, 2018
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Fiction | Historical | General
Howe, LeAnne
Savage Conversations
ConsortiumCoffee House PressPbk. Original978156689531615.952/5/19
Louise Erdrich cites in answer to question, "Any new Native American authors in particular you wish would reach a wider audience?" - https://nyti.ms/1SSB6Rc
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Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
Liu, KenBroken StarsMacmillanTor BooksHardcover978125029766227.992/19/19
LJ BookPulse, "anthology highlighting more new (to US readers) voices in SFF" -- Follow his 2016 anthology, INVISIBLE PLANETS -- Liu writes about it on Tor.com, ?https://www.tor.com/2018/07/10/ken-liu-presents-broken-stars-a-new-anthology-of-chinese-short-speculative-fiction/
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Fiction | Mystery & Detective | International Mystery & Crime
Ng, Jason Y.Hong Kong NoirConsortiumAkashic BooksPbk. Original978161775672615.952/5/19
From Akashic's Noir series, which features writing by local authors focused on each city. Ediot Jason Ng wrote the Hong Kong trilogy ttracking the city's post-colonial development.
Young Adult Fiction | People & Places | United States - African American
Thomas, AngieOn the Come Up HarperCollinsBalzer + BrayHardcover978006249856418.992/5/19
Book Expo 18. SLJ Day of Dialog speaker; crossover YA from the author of THE HATE YOU GIVE
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Zgheib, Yara
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
MacmillanSt. Martin'sHardcover978125020244427.992/5/19
Author born in Beirut. -- PW story on titles being offered at London Book Fair, 2018, “'Aristotle at Afternoon Tea' blogger Zgheib writes about a young girl with anorexia, which was inspired by her own experience. The agency describes it as 'Girl, Interrupted meets 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.”"
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GalleyChat, July -- Publisher Marketing, "Inspired by her own experience, Yara Zgheib's poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting portrait of a young woman's struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life."
March releases -- LibraryReads nominations due January 20, 2019
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDate
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Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy
Adeyemi, Tomi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance
MacmillanHolt (BYR)Hardcover 978125017099619.993/5/19
Followup to best selling CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Carty-Williams, Candice
QueenieS&SGallery/Scout PressHardcover978150119601026.003/19/19
One of "the best novels on modern black British lives," The Guardian, http://bit.ly/2JyskJo. "Sexy, kick-ass and very of the moment, it’s a wry look at dating and independence for black women."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Romance / African American
Jackson, Brenda
Forget Me NotHarlequinHQNPbk. Original97813359061207.993/26/19
NYT on diversity in Romance novels, https://nyti.ms/2lZP32L
150,000Not listed
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Okorafor, Nnedi
Antar: The Black Knight
PRH/Random House
IDW PublishingHardcover978168405373524.993/26/19
ALA 18 panel, "Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
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Fiction / LiteraryRevoyr, NinaA Student of HistoryConsortiumAkashic BooksHardcover978161775663427.953/5/19
ALA18 Read 'n' Rave selection -- Publisher description, "A Student of History explores both the beginnings of Los Angeles and present-day dynamics of race and class. It offers a window into the usually hidden world of high society, and the influence of historic families on current events. Like Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby, it features, in Rick Nagano, a young man of modest means who is navigating a world where he doesn't belong."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Rum, EtafA Woman Is No ManHarperCollinsHarperHardcover978006269976326.993/5/19
HarperCollins ALA Buzz, http://bit.ly/2muIeXz
50000Not listed
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Young, Damon
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
​HarperCollins ALA 18 Buzz -- ​http://bit.ly/2uGOqPG
200000Not listed
April releases -- LibraryReads nominations due February 20, 2019
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