Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Titles Revealed: Signup Opens

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For the eighth consecutive season, publishers are offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of ABA member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season. The Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce program features a great selection of fiction and nonfiction for adults and for middle grade and young adult readers, all publishing between June and October 2016.

Addressing his fellow booksellers, Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books, the chair of the adult selection panel, said, “Our crack bookseller panel has done the heavy lifting in identifying the 10 most promising books landing this fall. We read debut after debut so that you don’t have to. We ranked and argued and read some more…. How can you possibly show your gratitude? Sell a ton of these books. They’re fantastic, and we need to keep reminding publishers that indie bookstores are where discovery happens, where debut authors are launched. But mostly, they’re just fantastic books that deserve to be stacked up in the front, blurbed in your newsletter, and handsold ad nauseam. Have at it! Your customers will thank you, as will I.”

Valerie Koehler of Houston’s Blue Willow Bookshop, chair of the children’s panel, said, “This intrepid band of booksellers has just made it easier to display and handsell some of the best debut works for your young customers. Parents and grandparents trust us, and we deliver. We read close to 40 novels and one piece of nonfiction. These are our favorites. Promotional offers from our publishing partners sweeten the deal for your bottom line. Now go and sell!”

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 May 27 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. (Booksellers can sign in or create a new password here.) The Indies Introduce logo and marketing materials are also ready for download.

The Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Adult titles (all fiction unless otherwise noted) are:

The Party Wall, by Catherine Leroux, Biblioasis, 9781771960762, June 7, 2016

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, Random House/Knopf, 9781101947135, June 7, 2016

The Drone Eats With Me: A Gaza Diary, by Atef Abu Saif, Beacon Press, 9780807049105, July 5, 2016 (Nonfiction)

A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II, by Hubert Mingarelli, The New Press, 9781620971734, July 5, 2016

The Monster’s Daughter, by Michelle Pretorius, Melville House, 9781612195384, July 19, 2016

Half Wild, by Robin MacArthur, HarperCollins Adult/Ecco, 9780062444394, August 1, 2016

A Whole Life, by Robert Seethaler, Macmillan Adult/FSG, 9780374289867, September 13, 2016

The Clay Girl, by Heather Tucker, ECW Press, 9781770413030, October 1, 2016

The Comet Seekers, by Helen Sedgwick, HarperCollins Adult/Harper, 9780062448767, October 1, 2016

Children of the New World, by Alexander Weinstein, Macmillan Adult/Picador, 9781250098993, October 4, 2016

The Summer/Fall 2016 Middle Grade/Young Adult debuts are:

Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy, Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 9781619639096, July 5, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Killer in Me, by Margot Harrison, Disney-Hyperion, 9781484727997, July 12, 2016 (Young Adult)

How to Hang a Witch, by Adriana Mather, Random House Children’s Books/Knopf BYR, 9780553539479, July 26, 2016 (Young Adult)

This Is Not a Werewolf Story, by Sandra Evans, S&S Kids/Atheneum, 9781481444804, July 26, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Our Chemical Hearts, by Krystal Sutherland, Penguin Young Readers Group/G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR, 9780399546563, September 6, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Weight of Zero, by Karen Fortunati, Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 9781101938898, September 6, 2016 (Young Adult)

Every Falling Star, by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland, Abrams Kids/Amulet, 9781419721328, September 13, 2016 (Young Adult/Nonfiction)

It Looks Like This, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press, 9780763687199, September 13, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, by Wade Albert White, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316305280, September 13, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 9780374302610, October 4, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Booksellers serving on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, were:

Booksellers serving on the Middle Grade/Young Adult Debut panel, chaired by Valerie Koehler of Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas, were: