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We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
Essays by Jabari Asim
Picador / Macmillan
October 16, 2018
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- Midwest Connection: Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He now owns his childhood home there and returns several times a year. Portions of the book touch on his childhood and family life in St. Louis
- Shelf-talker: Insightful and searing essays that celebrate the vibrancy and strength of black history and culture in America by critically acclaimed writer Jabari Asim
- Contact: Josh Zajdman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (646) 307-5633
In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, Asim explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma.
"A fantastic essay collection... Blending personal reflection with historical analysis and cultural and literary criticism, these essays are a sharp, illuminating response to the nation’s continuing racial conflicts."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"A collection of essays that go wide and deep into the black experience in America. Asim brings an impressive breadth of experience to these pieces. He places current events within the context of a legacy that is literary, political, and cultural, as well as racial, with a voice that is both compelling and convincing. A sharp vision that challenges readers to shift perspective and examine conventional narratives." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. For eleven years, he was an editor at The Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture and social issues, and he served for ten years as the editor in chief of Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and the author of six books for adults and nine books for children.
- Midwest Connection: Sarah Stonich lives in Minneapolis, MN and writes about a fictional small town nestled against Northern Minnesota wilderness
- Shelf-talker: Poignant portrayals of life on the edge in northern Minnesota border country, from the best-selling author of These Granite Islands and Vacationland
- Hook: From Jonathan Franzen, the award-winning and bestselling author of Freedom and The Corrections, comes a collection of essays about some of the most important issues of our day.
- Contact: Heather Skinner / email@example.com / 612-301-1932
Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring can’t thaw the community’s collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what’s missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season.
The town’s residents gather at the local diner and, amid talk of spring weather, the latest gossip, roadkill, and the daily special, take bets on when Rauri will appear—or imagine what happened to him during the long and brutal winter. Retired union miner and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed the diner’s charming and lively waitress, Sissy Pavola, but, with Rauri still unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo’s son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts.
Weaving in and out of each other’s reach, trying hard to do their best (all the while wondering what that might be), the residents of this remote town in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.
"Hilarious, smart, moving, and kind, Laurentian Divide is good for the soul, or anyway, it was good for mine."—Richard Russo
"There aren’t many writers on the planet who can take a reader’s heart apart and put it back together again with the sureness of Sarah Stonich, who does exactly that over and over again in Laurentian Divide, her best yet. Funny and wise in equal measure, here’s a novel for everyone. What a treasure." —Peter Geye, author of Wintering
"With seamless grace, Sarah Stonich has again woven the towering majesty of Minnesota's Arrowhead Country with the endearing miscellany of its denizens, creating a tapestry both elegant and earthy. Here, reader, are joy and artistry."—Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse
"Laurentian Divide is rich, funny, and overflowing with life—Sarah Stonich at the top of her powers."—Will Weaver, author of Sweet Land
"It was a pleasure to spend time with these characters again and see the family they have created within their community. Sarah Stonich’s beautiful prose, sly humor, and obvious fondness for her subject matter make Laurentian Divide a must-read."—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
Cabin country vacationers / anyone who love the smells of pine forests, damp flannel, and campfires / readers of literary fiction who enjoy stories about rugged, warm, and quirky characters who call the Northern wilderness lands home
Sarah Stonich is the author of These Granite Islands, The Ice Chorus, Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North. Her novel-in-stories, Vacationland, is the first volume in her Northern Trilogy, followed by Laurentian Divide. The founder of WordStalkers.com, she lives on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Fiction / Mystery & Detective by Cote Smith
Simon & Schuster
November 13, 2018
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- Midwest Connection: Author Cote Smith grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and earned his MFA from the University of Kansas. He currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where the main characters in his second novel, Limetown (written with the creators of the podcast of the same name) also come of age.
- Shelf-talker: A mysterious research facility, 300 missing people, and a determined student journalist. Explore the mystery of Limetown in the new book from the creators of the hit podcast
- Contact: Contact for booksellers to reach out to with event requests: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.
“Readers will have a hard time putting this story down, even as it pulls them deeper into the rabbit hole that is Limetown. The book is appropriate for listeners and nonlisteners alike, and its publication is timed to the Halloween launch of the podcast’s second season, so new fans will have hope that their questions might soon get some answers.” --Publishers Weekly
“Though this book is a prequel to the podcast of the same name, it can be read independently….entertaining….a breezy lead-in to the second season…its family themes come across strongly and at times affectingly.” --Kirkus Reviews
Cote Smith grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and on various army bases around the country. His first novel, Hurt People, was an FSG original that won the High Plains First Book Award in 2017, and was a finalist in the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His second novel, Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast, will be published Nov. 13 by Simon & Schuster. He earned his MFA from the University of Kansas, and his stories have been featured in One Story, Crazyhorse, Third Coast, andFiveChapters, among other publications. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
- Midwest Connection: Adam lives in Oswego, Illinois, and teaches in the suburban Chicago area.
- Shelf-talker: How do you give a eulogy when you can't think of one good thing to say? Speechless is a poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.
- Speechless is #4 on Winter 2018-2019 Indie Next List
- Contact: Jamie Tan, email@example.com
As if being stuffed into last year's dress pants at his cousin's wake weren't uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? He can't recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn't result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it's not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it's not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.
“Here is a promise: if you begin reading SPEECHLESS (Schmitt's debut), you will finish it. The premise is so unique and so compelling, you will likely need strength to stop yourself from peeking at the final pages.” --Christopher Rose, HugoBooks, Newburyport, MA
“Brilliant, breathtaking, insightful and absolutely impossible to put down, Speechless is Jimmy's story, Patrick's story, Sophia's story. Is everyone's story who has been asked to do the impossible.”
--Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
“Smart, funny, deeply felt.” --Philipp Goedicke, Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NY
“Author Adam P. Schmitt has created a story with such heart and grace, and has accurately captured the emotions of early teenagers, from dress pants not fitting, to family expectations without negotiations, all intertwined with the real problems that children face today.” --Marilyn Robbins, BookBar, Denver CO
Adam P. Schmitt has been a middle-school educator for more than fifteen years. Speechless is his debut middle-grade novel. He lives in Oswego, Illinois, with his wife and two sons.