Happy Groundhog’s Day! I’m afraid Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow this morning and here in the Northern Hemisphere we’re in for another six weeks of winter, folks. (By the way, how weird is Groundhog’s Day, anyway?)
Anyway, more snow and cold. More fires in the fireplace. More scotch and bourbon and hot chocolate and hot toddies. More skiing and snowboarding and shoveling. More gloves and hats and scarves and cold, runny noses. And more reading! Reading, reading, reading! The real reason I want winter to be over is to see the publication of some books that I’m anticipating coming out.
At the top of my list, of course, are my client’s books! First, there’s THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH the next book by Bill Konigsberg (coming in May from AAL Books/Scholastic). It’s just gotten it’s first publishing industry acknowledgment, a starred review from Booklist. And, Andrew Smith, award-winning author of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, said “Bill Konigsberg’s THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.”
Then, I can’t wait to be able to go into a bookstore and see THE FIX in the YA section. THE FIX is a moving, intense debut by Natasha Sinel (coming in September from Sky Pony Press). Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of SEX AND VIOLENCE and PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY, said THE FIX is, “A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. Readers will marvel at Macy’s resilience. Natasha Sinel’s writing devastates and uplifts, by turns. An important story of one girl’s journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.”
Come late summer, PEANUT BUTTER AND BRAINS: A ZOMBIE CULINARY TALE, will be the debut picture book of the very talented Joe McGee (in August from Abrams). It’s illustrated by the gifted Charles Santoso. Librarians, book stores, and elementary school teachers interested in school visits in the fall, around Halloween (it’s zombies, after all!), should definitely get in touch with Joe soon. The book is fun and funny and Joe is quite entertaining himself.
And then, of course, I have a very long list of books I’m looking forward to reading this year, by people who aren’t my clients.
What are you looking forward to reading?