Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce Titles Announced, Signup Opens

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For the sixth consecutive season, publishers are offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S. as the top upcoming debuts. The crop of Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce titles include adult fiction, middle grade, and YA publishing between June and October 2015.

“It’s such an honor to single out debuts,” said Amanda Hurley of Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida, who served on the Indies Introduce Adult panel. “Independent bookstores have always been the champions of debut writers, putting them into the hands of readers who never would have picked out their books from the stacks, and so it seems so fitting that this panel exists to continue on in this great work. It feels like we really looked forward into the future of bookselling!”

Linden Tree Books’ Drew Durham, a member of the Middle Grade/Young Adult panel, agreed. “New voices deserve to be heard! Debut authors need to be read!” he said. “I learned that we all need to read outside our comfort zones because you never know what you could be missing!”

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 4 to take part in the program.

To access the list of titles with bookseller blurbs and full details on publishers’ offers at, ABA member booksellers will need a login name and password. (Booksellers can sign in or create a new password here.) A new Indies Introduce logo and marketing materials are also ready for download.

The Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce Adult Debuts, which are all fiction, are:

  • Death and Mr. Pickwick: A Novel, Stephen Jarvis
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374139667, June 23, 2015
  • The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson
    Penguin Press, 9781594205958, June 30, 2015
  • Bull Mountain, Brian Panowich
    G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967, July 7, 2015
  • Let Me Explain You: A Novel, Annie Liontas
    Scribner, 9781476789088, July 14, 2015
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: A Novel, Natasha Pulley
    Bloomsbury, 9781620408339, July 14, 2015
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal
    Viking/Pam Dorman Books, 9780525429142, July 28, 2015
  • All That Followed, Gabriel Urza
    Henry Holt, 9781627792431, August 4, 2015
  • The Girl From the Garden, Parnaz Foroutan
    Ecco, 9780062388384, August 18, 2015
  • Rules for Werewolves, Kirk Lynn
    Melville House, 9781612194769, October 13, 2015
  • Kid Moses: A Novel, Mark Thornton
    Arcade Publishing, 9781628725711, October 27, 2015

The Summer/Fall 2015 Middle Grade/Young Adult debuts are:

  • Book Scavenger, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
    Henry Holt and Co.(BYR)/Christy Ottaviano Books, 9781627791151, June 2, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley
    Penguin Young Readers, 9780525428435, June 2, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • Another Kind of Hurricane, Tamara Ellis Smith
    Random House Children’s Books, 9780553511932, July 14, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB, Adam Shaughnessy
    Algonquin Young Readers, 9781616204983, September 8, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco, Judith Robbins Rose
    Candlewick Press, 9780763672355, September 8, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • The Doldrums, Nicholas Gannon
    Greenwillow Books, 9780062320940, September 29, 2015 (Middle Grade)
  • Trouble Is a Friend of Mine, Stephanie Tromly
    Kathy Dawson, 9780525428404, August 4, 2015 (Young Adult)
  • The Accident Season, Moïra Fowley-Doyle
    Kathy Dawson, 9780525429487, August 18, 2015 (Young Adult)
  • Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
    Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 9780553496642, September 1, 2015 (Young Adult)
  • Fans of the Impossible Life, Kate Scelsa
    Balzer + Bray, 9780062331755, September 8, 2015 (Young Adult)

Booksellers on the Adult Debut panel, which was chaired by Annie Philbrick of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut, were:

Booksellers on the Middle Grade/Young Adult panel, chaired by Margaret Brennan Neville of The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, were:

After her experience on the Indies Introduce Adult panel, Prairie Light’s Johnson said, “One of the greatest things about being an independent bookseller is having an opportunity like this to talk about books with my peers at other indie bookstores. One of the great things about reading is finding something that resonates on a personal level, and talking with other like-minded, smart, passionate people about books that resonate, or don’t, is a privilege. This is a great opportunity to get behind authors who resonate with us and to give them attention they might not have gotten otherwise so that their books are read.”

Booksellers who are interested in reading a number of promising debuts to help select the next crop of great new authors are asked to send an e-mail with the subject line “Indies Introduce Reader” to ABA Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger.In the e-mail, booksellers should indicate whether they prefer to read adult titles or kids’ titles, or whether they have no preference.