The Monitor asks: “What if Jane Austen were Muslim Canadian?”
In its glowing review of Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha At Last, the Christian Science Monitor says: “Where the novel shines is as “immigrant lit,” painting a nuanced portrait of an immigrant community and exploring themes like the intergenerational conflicts that can arise around tradition and assimilation….Yet “Ayesha at Last” is light and incandescent and deeply pleasurable from start to finish.”
The History of the World in Fifty Dogs sells in German
German rights to The History of the World in 50 Dogs, the forthcoming illustrated nonfiction book from Mackenzi Lee, have sold to Suhrkhamp Verag.
Kirkus reviews Have a Little Faith in Me
Have a Little Faith in Me, Sonia Hartl’s debut YA novel, has earned a rave review from Kirkus: “A thoughtful story of consent, sexual education, friendship, and honest communication…Recommended for teens no matter what they believe.”
NPR loves Ayesha At Last
In its review of Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha At Last, NPR calls the book “a take on Austen that’s sparky and sensitive…In many ways, Ayesha at Last's fictional universe acts as a microcosm of a diverse and oft-misunderstood community, and Jalaluddin's compassionate and sensitive writing about it radiates off the page. “
The Indies love Shatter the Sky
Shatter the Sky, the debut YA novel by Rebecca Kim Wells, has been named one of 2019’s Indies Introduce New Voices, as well as a Summer 2019 Indies Next Pick!
The CEO Next Door honored
The CEO Next Door has won the Management book of the Year Award, the top business book award in the UK. It was honored at the Kensington Palace.
Murder in the Brightwell goes gold
Ashley Weaver's Edgar-nominated first novel, Murder In the Brightwell, has been featured in Macmillan’s Reading Group Gold newsletter, their “destination for reading group news, sweepstakes and giveaways, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles.”
Ayesha At Last is everybody’s pick
Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha At Last is having quite a summer; it’s a LibraryReads and All About Romance June Pick, and is described in Cosmopolitan magazine's June issue as "A book you need in your life this summer." It has also been named one of Publishers Weekly’s best romance reads of the summer.
Ayesha At Last shortlisted
Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel, Ayesha At Last has been shortlisted for the Kobo 2019 Emerging Writer Prize, an award which “identifies and puts at the forefront exceptional books written by first-time Canadian authors .” It has also been shortlisted for Hearst UK’s 2019 Big Book shortlist, aimed at discovering the best new fiction and non-fiction titles in UK publishing.
Sunny earns its third star
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, Ashley Herring Blake’s sophomore MG novel, has earned its third starred review from Booklist: “This is an accomplished, layered, moving story featuring a girl questioning her sexuality…With the need for more LGBTQ fiction for upper-elementary and middle schools, this is a welcome addition. Big-hearted in every way.”
The Light at the Bottom of the World sells abroad
London Shah’s debut YA sci-fi, The Light at the Bottom of the World, has sold Hungarian rights to Maxim Konyvkiado.
Read Daniela J. Lamas in the NYT
Daniela J. Lamas, author of You Can Stop Humming Now, has a new Opinion, “When Is a Transplant Worth It?” in the New York Times Sunday Review.
Ayesha At Last longlisted
Ayesha At Last, the debut novel by Uzma Jalaluddin, has been longlisted for the prestigious Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal, a prize awarded annually for the best Canadian book of literary humor published in the previous year.
Ayesha At Last optioned
Pascal Pictures has optioned the film rights to Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin.
Hartl’s sophomore novel sold
Sonia Hartl’s untitled second YA novel has sold to Page Street.
The Dream Weaver sold
The Dream Weaver, the debut middle-grade novel by Reina Luz Alegre, has sold to Simon & Shchuster Children’s.
Ayesha at Last earns its stars
Ayesha at Last, Uzma Jalaluddin’s forthcoming modern Pride and Prejudice retelling, has starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly! Kirkus says: “Scheming aunties, headstrong cousins, sweet grandparents, Pakistani-Canadian masala, and good old-fashioned romance are just the right ingredients for a delicious and entertaining novel.” And Booklist raves: “Jalaluddin cleverly illustrates the social pressures facing young Indian-Muslim adults. Jalaluddin stays true to the original Austen while tackling meatier issues likes workplace discrimination, alcoholism, and abortion. Even readers unfamiliar with Austen’s work will find this a highly entertaining tale of family, community, and romance.”
Girl Made of Stars is up for a Lambda
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake is a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards in the Children’s/Young Adult category.
The Shadowglass to be an audio book
Audio rights for Rin Chupeco’s The Shadowglass, the third and final book in The Bone Witch trilogy, have sold to Blackstone.
The Collector’s Apprentice hits the SIBA list
B.A. Shapiro’s The Collector’s Apprentice hit the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance bestseller list for the week of February 24-March 2.
The Collector’s Apprentice long-listed
B. A. Shapiro’s The Collector’s Apprentice has made the long list for the 2019 Simpson Literary Prize.
Uzma Jalaluddin makes an appearance
Author Uzma Jalaluddin, whose forthcoming novel Ayesha at Last is a Pride and Prejudice-inspired romance set in a Muslim community in Toronto, will appear at this year's Jane Austen Summer Program.
Unlocking the Customer Value Chain published
Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption, by Harvard Business School professor Thales Teixeira, is now available where books are sold.
The Light at the Bottom of the World audio sold
Audiobook rights for The Light at the Bottom of the World, author London Shah’s forthcoming YA debut, as well as Book 2 in the series, have sold.
Sunny St. James is a JLG Pick
Ashley Herring Blake’s sophomore middle-grade novel, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Ivy Aberdeen is a Stonewall Honor Book
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, the debut middle-grade novel by Ashley Herring Blake (author of YA novels Girl Made of Stars and more) has been named a 2019 Stonewall Honor Book . The Stonewall Book Awards are presented by the American Library Association to books which portray the LGBTQ experience with exceptional merit.
Ivy Aberdeen makes the Nerdies
The Nerdy Book Club, a classroom-focused community founded by librarians and educators, has released their 2018 Nerdies List, the best-of-the-best nominated by readers. Included is Ashley Herring Blake’s debut middle-grade novel, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Congrats, Ashley and Ivy!
You Can Stop Humming Now is Unforgettable
You Can Stop Humming Now, Dr. Daniela Lamas’ debut nonfiction book, was named among the New York Post’s “28 most unforgettable books of 2018.”
Murder at the Mena House sold
Erica Neubauer’s Murder at the Mena House, along with the next two books in the series, have sold to Kensington.
Harvard Magazine features Daniela Lamas
Read “What It Means to Be Ok,” a feature on Dr. Daniela Lamas (author of the nonfiction book You Can Stop Humming Now,” and the practice of post-ICU care, in the January/February issue of Harvard Magazine.