Literairyland: March 12-18, 2024

This week's hottest 🔥 new books, writer birthdays, and more.

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This Week’s Hottest 🔥 New Fiction


2054 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis

Logline: From the acclaimed authors of the runaway New York Times bestseller 2034 comes another explosive work of speculative fiction set twenty years further in the future, at a moment when a radical leap forward in artificial intelligence combines with America's violent partisan divide to create an existential threat to the country, and the world.

Publisher: Penguin Press


Book, Beast and Crow by Elizabeth Byrne

Logline: Part The Hazel Wood, part Stranger Things, this spine-tingling, genre-bending novel from Elizabeth Byrne will leave readers breathless as they follow a group of teens who face catastrophic consequences after their friend gets bitten by the town's most feared creature.

Publisher: Quill Tree Books


All Our Yesterdays: A Novel of Lady Macbeth by Joel H. Morris

Logline: A propulsive and piercing debut, set ten years before the events of Shakespeare's historic play, about the ambition, power, and fate that define one of literature's most notorious figures: Lady Macbeth.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons


The Phoenix Bride by Natasha Siegel

Logline: A passionate tale of plague, fire, and forbidden love from the acclaimed author of Solomon's Crown.

Publisher: Dell


Victim by Andrew Boryga

Logline: There's a fine line between bending the truth and telling bold-faced lies, and Javier Perez is willing to cross it. Victim is a fearless satire about a hustler from the Bronx who sees through the veneer of diversity initiatives and decides to cash in on the odd currency of identity.

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Anne McLean

Logline: A TIME MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK - The extraordinary rediscovered novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Great Expectations by Vinson Cunningham

Logline: A historic presidential campaign changes the trajectory of a young Black man's life in the highly anticipated debut novel from one of The New Yorker's rising stars.

Publisher: Hogarth Press

Headshot by Rita Bullwinkel

Logline: An electrifying debut novel from an "unusually gifted writer" (Lorrie Moore) about the radical intimacy of physical competition.

Publisher: Viking

This Week’s Hottest 🔥 New Nonfiction


A Very Private School by Charles Spencer

Logline: In this poignant memoir, Charles Spencer recounts the trauma of being sent away from home at age eight to attend boarding school.

Publisher: Gallery Books

How to Be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon by Lyn Slater

Logline: A personal memoir in which Lyn Slater, known on Instagram as "Accidental Icon," brings her characteristic style, optimism, forward-thinking, and rules-are-meant-to-be-broken attitude to the question of how to live boldly at any age.

Publisher: Plume Books


The Manicurist's Daughter by Susan Lieu

Logline: An emotionally raw memoir about the crumbling of the American Dream and a daughter of refugees who searches for answers after her mother dies during plastic surgery.

Publisher: Celadon Books

Biography & Autobiography

Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against "The Apocalypse" by Emily Raboteau

Logline: Award-winning author and critic Emily Raboteau crafts a powerfully moving meditation on race, climate, environmental justice--and what it takes to find shelter.

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Social Science

You Get What You Pay For: Essays by Morgan Parker

Logline: The award-winning author of Magical Negro traces the difficulty and beauty of existing as a Black woman through American history, from the foundational trauma of the slave trade all the way up to Serena Williams and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Publisher: One World



Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea by Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor

Logline: A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK - From renowned organizers and activists Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor, comes the first in-depth examination of Solidarity--not just as a rallying cry, but as potent political movement with potential to effect lasting change.

Publisher: Pantheon Books

This Week’s Hottest 🔥 New Poetry

The Moon That Turns You Back by Hala Alyan

Logline: From the author of The Arsonists' City and The Twenty-Ninth Year, a new collection of poetry that traces the fragmentation of memory, archive, and family-past, present, future-in the face of displacement and war.

Publisher: Ecco Press

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This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events

March 12

  • Sandra Brown

  • Dave Eggers

  • Virginia Hamilton

  • Harry Harrison

  • Jack Kerouac

March 13

  • Barry Hughart

  • W.O. Mitchell

  • Paul Morand

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • David Nobbs

  • Ellen Raskin

  • Kemal Tahir

  • Jean Starr Untermeyer

  • Hugh Walpole

March 14

  • Pam Ayres

  • Paul Guest

  • Ada Louise Huxtable

  • Tad Williams

March 15

  • Chana Bloch

  • Richard Ellmann

  • Molly Greeley

  • Robert Nye

  • Heather Graham Pozzessere

March 16

  • The Scarlet Letter is published (1850)

  • René Daumal

  • David Frith

  • Alice Hoffman

  • Cyril Hume

  • Sully Prudhomme

  • Kelwyn Sole

  • César Vallejo

March 17 🍀

  • Ebenezer Elliott

  • Jean Ingelow

  • Penelope Lively

March 18

  • Anna Hempstead Branch

  • Robert P.T. Coffin

  • Richard Condon

  • Madame de La Fayette

  • Florence Ripley Mastin

  • Wilfred Owen

  • John Updike

  • Franz Wright

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