March 2017 Indie Next List

Below are Harper’s picks for this month. You can find the complete list here. (Can’t wait to read the #1 pick, Exist West, by the amazing Mohsin Hamid!)

  • A Piece of the World (9780062356260) by Christina Baker Kline, William Morrow. $27.99 hardcover. 2/21/17 on sale. (Also a LibraryReads Pick.)
  • The Hearts of Men (9780062469687) by Nickolas Butler. $26.99 hardcover. 3/7/17 on sale. (Also a LibraryReads Pick.)

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  • Heat and Light (9780061763496) by Jennifer Haigh. $14.99 trade paper. 2/28/17 on sale.



Video: Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

The Carve the Mark Costume Challenge Grand Finale looks like Project Runway for sci fi geeks.

Epic Reads, you blow my mind!

Carve the Mark (9780062348630) by Veronica Roth. $22.99 hardcover. 1/17/17 one day laydown.


Video: King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

It’s here! Book three in the Red Queen series lands on Tuesday. The first two books have netted over 600,000 copies and I’ve haven’t heard this kind of anticipation and enthusiasm from booksellers since Divergent. This story of class, magic, politics and power seems poised to once again hit the top of the bestseller lists.

“A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable.”
USA Today

“Fascinating world building… Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

King’s Cage (9780062310699) Victoria Aveyard. $19.99 hardcover. 2/7/17 one day laydown.

Publicity: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…

And her words are pretty darn good, too.

Props to writer and Parnassus Musing editor, Mary Laura Philpott for this spot-on review: “What It’s Like to Experience Kevin Wilson’s New Novel, Perfect Little World.” Pie charts: the future of book reviewing!


Publicity: The Trump Survival Guide – Gene Stone

It’s been another alarming week for human rights. The marches last weekend sent a strong message–but these are messages that need to continue if Americans want true legislative representation.

If you find social media a bit of a dispiriting rabbit hole when it comes to research, grab a copy of The Trump Survival Guide. PW just posted a stellar review; Salon calls it “crisp and pragmatic.” And the $10 price point makes it an affordable starting point for almost everyone.

“Stone addresses 12 key issues, including civil rights, the economy, entitlement programs, health insurance, and immigration. Each is divided into several sections: a Wikipedia-style quick historical overview; what happened under the Obama administration; worst-case scenarios asking ‘What might Donald Trump do?’; and ‘What you can do,’ with information on how to get involved, organizations to join and support, further reading, and the like. This book has everything novice activists need to get started, all in one place….The ‘What you can do’ sections, which could easily have been repetitive, are instead varied and each worthy of careful perusal. Americans concerned about their country’s fate under a Donald Trump presidency will find that this book is the ideal resource for meaningful civic engagement.”
Publishers Weekly

The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen (9780062686480) by Gene Stone. $9.99 trade paper original. Available now.

Awards: 2017 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

The nice thing about writing your own newsletter is that you can editorialize. So I’ll start by saying this about the Newbery Awards: “Pax, you were robbed.”  Which is not to take from the many worthy winners, including book three of Congressman John Lewis’s March series.

A complete list of winners and honor books can be found here. Below are two highlights from Harper’s honorees.

 William C. Morris Award
For a Debut Book Published by a First-Time Author Writing for Teens.

  • Finalist: Girl Mans Up (9780062404176) by M-E Girard. $17.99 hardcover.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
For the Most Distinguished Beginning Reader Book

February 2017 Indie Next List

Complete list here.

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