Welcome to the second in a series of Post-BEA Book Buzz articles where I will be highlighting some of the hot new titles which I discovered at the BEA. See the first post in the series (Hot Books May 2010) here.
Today I’m going to share with you some of the titles I’m excited about which are due for release in July and August 2010.
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins is a young adult novel slated for release by Charlesbridge in July. I have never read anything by this Young Adult author, but this book really caught my eye because of my recent interest in books set in Burma. The novel is narrated by two teenage boys on the opposing side of the Burmese conflict between the military-style government and the Karenni (one of the many ethnic minorities in Burma). The themes of this book include the nature of violence, power, and prejudice as seen through the eyes of child soldiers and refugees.
Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Her name means “friendly” in the Bangla language. By the time she was eleven years old, Perkins had lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California. She currently lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in Massachusetts. Bamboo People is Perkin’s sixth Young Adult novel. To learn more about Perkins and her work, visit the author’s website.
There are several books being released in August which caught my eye and made it home to California with me:
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson (Graywolf Press) is the long awaited next novel by this award-winning novelist to be translated from the Norwegian. The novel is set in 1989 as Communism is crumbling all over Europe. Arvid Jansen, 37, is in the midst of a divorce and dealing with his mother’s diagnosis of cancer. I Curse the River of Time is the story of a complicated mother-son relationship against the backdrop of historical events.
Per Petterson has written a collection of short stories, a book of essays and five novels that have established his reputation as one of Norway’s most significant fiction writers. To Siberia was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award and nominated for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In the Wake received the prestigious Norwegian literary prize, and was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Out Stealing Horses was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in the UK, as well as both the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize and the Norwegian Critics’ Award for best novel. To learn more about Petterson and his work, visit the author’s website.
The Pages by Murray Bail (Other Press) is set on a small sheep farm in the interior of Australia. Wesley Antill, a recluse, leaves a manuscript entitled “Theory of Emotions” behind when he dies. Wesley’s brother and sister employ someone to appraise the work – a woman named Erica who shows up with her psychoanalyst friend Sophie. As the story spools out, the relationship between these two women takes a surprising turn. The Pages has been described as a meditation on friendship and love. Read an excerpt.
Murray Bail was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1941. He is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories. His novel Eucalyptus was awarded the 1999 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
The Blessings of Animals by Katrina Kittle (Harper Perennial) centers around a recently divorced veterinarian who is on a quest to unravel the secret ingredients of a happy, long-lasting marriage. Cami Anderson looks to the abused horses in her care for healing and understanding – and in the process discovers the poignant lessons in how to move forward after loss. Author Sara Gruen writes about Kittle’s latest novel: “[A] beautifully crafted novel….A must-read not only for animal lovers, but for anyone who has found the courage to come back from heartbreak and find love again, without reservation, without fear.”
Katrina Kittle has lived in the Dayton, Ohio, area for most of her life. She studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Ohio University, first as a theater major, then accepting an invitation to join the Honors Tutorial Program in English. She graduated in 1990 with a BA in English and a BS in Education. She has worked as a writer-in-residence and taught creative writing workshops for several elementary, middle, and high schools, universities, and organizations. She has also worked in case management support at the AIDS Foundation Miami Valley (now the AIDS Resource Center) and as a veterinary assistant. She is the author of Traveling Light and Two Truths and a Lie. Her third novel, The Kindness of Strangers, was released in February 2006. The Kindness of Strangers was selected as a Book Sense pick for February, and was the Fiction Book winner for the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards. To read more about Kittle and her work, visit the author’s website or follow her blog.
Sudan by Ninie Hammon and Art Ayris (Kingstone) is a novel based on a true story. Raiders attack a small Sudanese village and kidnap a Dinka farmer’s beloved daughter, carrying her away into slavery where she is starved, beaten and brutalized. Her father, desperate to find her, sacrifices everything and faces down the Sudan government in this book about genocide and human trafficking. Sudan is based upon the butchering and enslavement of southern Sudan’s Christian and Animist people during the 1980’s and 1990’s which has now extended to the genocide of the Darfur people.
Art Ayris is a writer and producer who has worked on documentaries in Asia, Brazil and the Sudan. Ninie Hammon is a journalist and, until 2005, was the publisher of The Southeast Outlook. Hammon has a previously published book: God Said Yes (2007). She lives in London with her husband. The couple have six children and seven grandchildren.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (St. Martins Press) is a novel you might remember I received earlier this year. I grabbed another copy at the BEA so I could give one away here on my blog. Stay tuned for details closer to the release date.
Still Missing is called engrossing, terrifying, grim and utterly absorbing. This novel is a thriller which tells the story of ‘an abducted woman, her year held captive, and an escape which is just beginning.‘ This is the author’s first published novel.
Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island. Her inspiration for Still Missing came from her fears as a Realtor about being abducted. Steven’s bio indicates she enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. She also likes hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains. Stevens is currently working on her second novel Never Knowing to be released in the summer of 2011. To learn more about Chevy Stevens and her work, visit the author’s website. You can also follow her blog here.
Stay tuned later this week for the third installation in this series: September Gems.