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  • Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
    Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
    Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

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    Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

    diBernardine Evaristo

    Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, and the first Black woman and first Black British person to receive this honor. There is huge international enthusiasm surrounding Manifesto, her first book since the Booker win, a bold work of memoir, criticism, and activism. Grove’s edition of Girl, Woman, Other was a national bestseller and has sold 250,000 copies across all formats. It has been one of the most talked-about novels of recent years, and named one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019, as well as Roxane Gay’s favorite book of the year. It landed on a bevy of “best of” lists, including that of the New Yorker, the Washington Post, NPR, and many others. Manifesto offers Evaristo’s unique story of monumental success after decades of struggle for recognition. It is a hopeful and inspirational story of perseverance that will resonate with all generations of creative people, and especially those who have seen their stories go disregarded as marginal in mainstream channels. Building on a long tradition of radical Black women writers, from Audre Lorde to Nikki Giovanni to Roxane Gay, in Manifesto Evaristo combines equal parts personal memoir, bold and incisive criticism, and hands-on manual, creating a vital and accessible tool for anyone encountering stumbling blocks in their own work. In the past years, Evaristo’s star has risen astronomically in the UK and in the United States. She was named Author of the Year by the British Book Awards in 2020 and elected as an International Honorary Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021 and has become an important advocate for changes in the publishing industry. We have major expectations for Manifesto, coming off the many successes of Girl, Woman, Other. We expect major review attention and profiles, as well as television and radio interest. We are also in early discussions surrounding a stateside tour in early 2022. Evaristo is constantly in-demand for op-eds and other short-form writing at major outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she is frequently asked to comment for television programs including Trevor Noah’s Daily Show and CNN. We will send early copies to many of her countless vocal fans, including Marlon James, Rumaan Alam, Tom Stoppard, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Natalie Portman. We will also try our best to get copies to President Obama and Michelle Obama, as well as to Oprah. Girl, Woman, Other was hugely championed by booksellers at indie bookstores, and remained on the ABA regional bestseller lists for much of 2020. We will do aggressive outreach for an Indie Next Pick for Manifesto. We also had tremendous success with a special edition at Target, where Girl, Woman, Other was chosen for the Target Diverse Book Club. It sold over 10,000 copies, with 5,000 copies specially signed by Evaristo. A television adaptation of Girl, Woman, Other is in the works, with rights acquired by Potboiler Television, whose previous literary adaptations include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

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  • The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine
    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine
    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine

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    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine

    diBrendan Borrell

    The full inside story of the high-stakes, global race for the lifesaving vaccine to end the pandemic Heroic science. Chaotic politics. Billionaire entrepreneurs. Award-winning journalist Brendan Borrell brings the defining story of our times alive through compulsively readable, first-time reporting on the players leading the fight against a vicious virus. The First Shots, soon to be the subject of an HBO limited series with superstar director and producer Adam McKay (Succession, Vice, The Big Short), draws on exclusive, high-level access to weave together the intense vaccine-race conflicts among hard-driving, heroic scientists and the epic rivalries among Washington power players that shaped 18 months of fear, resolve, and triumph. From infectious disease expert Michael Callahan, an American doctor secretly on the ground in Wuhan in January 2020 to gauge the terrifying ravages of Disease X; to Robert (Dr. Bob) Kadlec, one of Operation Warp Speed’s architects, whose audacious plans for the American people run straight into the buzz saw of the Trump White House factions; to Stéphane Bancel of upstart Moderna Therapeutics going toe-to-toe with pharma behemoth Pfizer, The First Shots lays bare, in a way we have not seen, the full stunning story behind the medical science “moon shot” of our lifetimes.

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  • Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

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    Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

    diEsi Edugyan

    An insightful exploration and moving meditation on identity, art, and belonging from one of the most celebrated writers of the last decade.  What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge us. In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.

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  • Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South
    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South
    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South

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    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South

    diMargaret Renkl

    An Indie Next Selection for September 2021 From the author of the bestselling #ReadWithJenna/TODAY Show book club pick Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss For the past four years, Margaret Renkl’s columns have offered readers of The New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection. “People have often asked me how it feels to be the ‘voice of the South,’” writes Renkl in her introduction. “But I’m not the voice of the South, and no one else is, either.” There are many Souths—red and blue, rural and urban, mountain and coast, Black and white and brown—and no one writer could possibly represent all of them. In Graceland, At Last, Renkl writes instead from her own experience about the complexities of her homeland, demonstrating along the way how much more there is to this tangled region than many people understand. In a patchwork quilt of personal and reported essays, Renkl also highlights some other voices of the South, people who are fighting for a better future for the region. A group of teenagers who organized a youth march for Black Lives Matter. An urban shepherd whose sheep remove invasive vegetation. Church parishioners sheltering the homeless. Throughout, readers will find the generosity of spirit and deep attention to the world, human and nonhuman, that keep readers returning to her columns each Monday morning. From a writer who “makes one of all the world’s beings” (NPR), Graceland, At Last is a book full of gifts for Southerners and non-Southerners alike.

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