ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >

AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
TIGER PELT by Annabelle J Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Unfolding against a sprawling canvas, an absorbing tale of characters shedding their identities and reinventing themselves, despite being battered by war."
Korea serves as a perfect crucible for Kim's expansive and impressive historical fiction debut, in which the characters must struggle against overwhelming odds. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A timely, cogent work that should be required reading for policymakers."
A call for an Army-led volunteer corps to revitalize rural and small-town America. Read full book review >

The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WATCHER OF SUMMIT AVENUE by Mark Morlock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"Warmly nostalgic without giving in to saccharine oversentimentality, this intricate tale chronicles an absorbing and affecting family journey across generations."
A debut novel explores the complex story of an old house and those connected to it. Read full book review >
AT DANCETERIA AND OTHER STORIES by Philip Dean Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fine collection of tales about people dancing frenetically on the edge of doom."
Celebrities—and some ordinary people—keep the party going as the AIDS plague gathers in these elegiac stories of gay life in the 1980s. Read full book review >
A Theory of Nothing by Thomas Barlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2016

"A cheekily ironic takedown of academic adventures in absurdity.
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Barlow's (Between the Eagle or the Dragon, 2013, etc.) debut novel provides a farcical look at the pursuit of junk science in the hallowed halls of the academy.Read full book review >
The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Eight more superb stories from a talented pen."
Uncontrollable forces (including the absurd, the magical, and the tragic) upset carefully ordered lives in this short story collection that won the 2016 Howling Bird Press fiction prize. Read full book review >
DEFACTO FEMINISM by Judy Juanita
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"The author refers to herself as 'an observational ironist,' and her incisive comments on black life's contradictions make this essay collection a winner."
This extraordinary set of autobiographical essays gives insight into a black woman's life in the arts: everything from joining the Black Panthers to avoiding African-American chick lit. Read full book review >
Harmony by William J. Rewak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Would that all poets could write with such tact and humor."
That Rewak (The Orphan Bear, 2014, etc.) is a professor, a university chancellor, and a monk only makes the fact that he is also an accomplished poet more impressive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >