Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2019

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Publishers are once again offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 kids’ titles chosen by panels of American Booksellers Association member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

II logosThe Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce program features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between June and November 2019.

Jen Kraar of City of Asylum Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said that being on the Kids’ Indies Introduce panel was extremely rewarding experience which she highly recommends to other booksellers.

“It was interesting to read the body of middle-grade and young adult debut titles as a crop and to see the trends that are coming up,” she said. “I looked forward to our panel discussions and hearing other booksellers’ opinions. I learned to look at genres I’m not usually drawn to in a deeper way. The panel gave me a window to other booksellers and their customers’ tastes; I’m so impressed with my articulate and intelligent colleagues.”

Erika VanDam of RoscoeBooks in Chicago, Illinois, who served on the adult panel, said being a panelist for the Adult Indies Introduce program has been one of the most enlightening and fun experiences she has ever had as a bookseller.

“What a treat to be an early reader of so many promising new authors’ works, and to play a part in the promotion of these authors across our bookselling community,” said VanDam. “As a result of serving on the Indies Introduce panel, I read books I otherwise might not have read and befriended bookselling colleagues I otherwise might not have met. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough.”

For stores that have taken part in past Indies Introduce promotions, there’s no need to sign up to take advantage of publishers’ Summer/Fall offers; however, stores that are new to Indies Introduce must complete the Indies Introduce sign-up form by June 7 in order to participate in the program.

To access the list of titles with bookseller blurbs and full details on publishers’ offers, booksellers will need a login name and password (e-mail [email protected] for login information). The Indies Introduce logo is available for download in the Marketing Assets section, which is located under BookWeb’s “For Booksellers” tab, and sell sheets will be included in the June Monthly Box mailing.

The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debuts are:

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow 
Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635573404, $26, Hardcover Fiction, 6/4/2019
The Travelers by Regina Porter
Hogarth, 9780525576198, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 6/18/2019
Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández
The Feminist Press at CUNY, 9781936932542, Paperback Memoir, $16.95, 7/9/2019
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl
Milkweed Editions, 9781571313782, $24, Hardcover Essays, 7/9/2019
Let’s Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall
Little, Brown and Company, 9780316489621, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 7/9/2019
The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
Algonquin Books, 9781616207939, $26.95, Hardcover Fiction, 7/9/2019
Bloomland by John Englehardt
Dzanc, 9781945814938, $26.95, Hardcover Fiction, 9/10/2019
Threads of Life by Clare Hunter
Abrams Press, 9781419739538, $27, Hardcover Nonfiction, 10/1/2019
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz
Algonquin Books, 9781616209131, $26.95, Hardcover Memoir, 10/29/2019
On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
Riverhead Books, 9780525538110, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 11/5/2019
The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Kids' Debuts are:
The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780525514022, $17.99, Hardcover Young Adult,  6/11/2019
Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, 9781499808889, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 6/11/2019
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Delacorte BFYR, 9780525645580, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/9/2019
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, 9781250191922, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/30/2019
Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534437906, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/30/2019
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Inkyard Press, 9781335777096, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/3/2019
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
Roaring Brook Press, 9781250202864, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 9/3/2019
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9781984812209, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/10/2019
SLAY by Brittney Morris
Simon Pulse, 9781534445420, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/24/2019
Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
HMH BFYR/Versify, 9780358040828, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 9/24/2019
Booksellers on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Bradley Graham, Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C., were:
Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, Illinois
Sally Wizik Wills, Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Park Rapids, Minnesota
Anne Holman, The King’s English, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hillary Smith, Copperfield’s, Calistoga, California
Elissa Englund Sweet, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Connecticut
Kat Baird, The Book Bin, Corvallis, Oregon
Vanessa Diaz, The Book Catapult, San Diego, California
Jessica Osborne, E. Shaver, Bookseller, Savannah, Georgia
Booksellers on the Kids’ Debut panel, chaired by Joan Trygg, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, Minnesota, were:
Elizabeth Rice, The Book Cellar, Chicago, Illinois
Pam Moser, Pacific Island Books, Thornton, Colorado
Jen Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Casey Leidig, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, California
Jill Sweeney-Bosa, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, New Hampshire
Raissa Larson, King’s Books, Tacoma, Washington
Jessica Palacios, Once Upon A Time, Montrose, California
Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi