Welcome to the third installment of 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.
View the first two installments of this series:
In this edition of Book Buzz, I want to share with you some amazing books which are slated for release in September 2010. I can tell you right now, September is going to be a BIG month for books.
Room by Emma Donoghue (Little Brown and Company) got a lot of attention at the BEA this year. I picked up two copies of the Advance Readers Edition of this book so I could give one away here on my blog. Stay tuned for details.
Room is narrated in the voice of its five year old protagonist who has lived in a single room his entire life. Although this small room is home to Jack, it is a prison for his mother. Described as ‘riveting,’ ‘dazzling,’ and ‘powerful,’ Room is one of the much anticipated books for fall.
Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland, but currently lives in London, Ontario with her partner and their two small children. Donoghue has been earning her living as a writer since the age of 23. She is the author of six previously published novels which have been translated into the Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew, Greek, French, Italian, and Portuguese. She has also penned numerous short stories which have been published in over 30 journals and anthologies.
Check out this video of Donoghue talking about Room:
Read more about Donoghue and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Sourland: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco/Harper Collins) is a collection of sixteen short stories which have previously been published in a number of diverse publications such as The New Yorker, the Guardian (UK) and Ellery Queen magazine. In these stories, Oates explores themes of violence, loss and grief.
Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has penned a number of novels, many which became national best sellers. He has won numerous awards for her long fiction including the National Book Award, the Prix Femina, the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more about Oates and her work by visiting Celestial Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page or visit the Harper Collins page about the author.
Apehouse by Sarah Gruen (Speigel and Grau) created a long line for the author signing at BEA. When a family of bonobo apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals who share 99.4% of our DNA.
A long time animal lover, Gruen has studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams in order to communicate with apes. She is one of the few visitors who has been allowed access to the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, where the apes have come to love her. Gruen brings this experience and research to her novel Ape House. The novel is being described as riveting, funny, compassionate, and deeply moving.
Watch this cool book trailer:
Sara Gruen is perhaps best known for her best selling novel Water for Elephants which quickly became a book group favorite. She has also published the bestselling novels Riding Lessons and Flying Changes. Gruen is a a Canadian-born dual citizen who currently lives in Western North Carolina with her husband, three children, two dogs, four cats, two horses and a goat. To learn more about Sara Gruen and her work, visit the author’s website.
Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton (Other Press) caught my attention before I got to the BEA, and it seemed to be one of the hot books being picked up in the Other Press booth. The blurb on the back of the book reads: ‘Imagine if your father modeled the hero of his children’s stories after you…A darkly comic debut novel that takes an English boy and his father’s books on a tumultuous journey to unexpected fame in America and to the mysteries hidden at the heart of an extraordinary family.‘ The Times calls Mr. Toppit “miles ahead of most debut novels” and the author Tom Perrotta describes the novel as “darkly comic.”
***CORRECTION: After I posted this, I was informed by the publisher that the release date has been adjusted. This title is due for release now in NOVEMBER 2010!
Charles Elton worked as both a designer and editor in the publishing industry before becoming a literary agent. For over ten years he has been an executive producer of drama at ITV in London. Mr. Toppit is his first novel.