Summer/Fall 2023 Indies Introduce Featured Titles

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ABA is proud to announce the titles selected for the Summer/Fall 2023 Indies Introduce program.

Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2023 flyer adultsEach year, the Indies Introduce program brings booksellers together from across the US for conversation and connection centered around exciting upcoming debut adult, middle grade, and young adult titles.

“I had so much fun participating on the Kids’ Indies Introduce panel. It was great getting to chat with other booksellers from across the nation and discuss upcoming books. The only thing that was hard was narrowing it down to only a handful of titles — all of the books were such strong contenders!” said Kids' Panelist Jody Hardy of Mostly Books in Tucson, Arizona.

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Adult Panelist Thu Doan of East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, California, said, “I had a great time delving into these debuts and sharing these discussions with my fellow panelists. It was nice to read out of my comfort zone and see these books through different lenses. It was so refreshing.”

Once again this year, publishers are offering specials on all titles appearing on the lists.

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 2023 offers. However, stores that are new to Indies Introduce must complete the Indies Introduce sign-up form by June 4 in order to participate in the program.

This list is available as a collection on Edelweiss. And, marketing assets for the Summer/Fall 2023 list are available now on

Presentation of the Kids' Indies Introduce titles will take place in Milwaukee at Children's Institute in June. The presentation of the Adult Indies Introduce titles will be via Zoom on Tuesday, June 27 at 3:00 pm ET; keep an eye out for registration!

Here are the Summer/Fall 2023 Indies Introduce Kids’ and Adult Debuts:

Adult Debuts

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig
Bloomsbury, 9781639730377, Hardcover Historical Fiction, $28.99, On Sale: 5/30/2023.

And Then He Sang a Lullaby by Ani Kayode Somtochukwu
Roxane Gay Books, 9780802160751, Hardcover Fiction, $27, On Sale: 6/6/2023.

At the Edge of the Woods by Kathryn Bromwich
Two Dollar Radio, 9781953387318, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale: 6/6/2023.

Lucky Red by Claudia Cravens
The Dial Press, 9780593498248, Hardcover Western, $27, On Sale: 6/20/2023.

Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration by Alejandra Oliva
Astra House, 9781662601699, Hardcover Nonfiction, $28, On Sale: 6/20/2023.

Banyan Moon by Thao Thai
Mariner Books, 9780063267107, Hardcover Fiction, $30, On Sale: 6/27/2023.

The Militia House by John Milas
Henry Holt and Co., 9781250857064, Hardcover Horror, $26.99, On Sale: 7/11/2023.

I Will Greet the Sun Again by Khashayar J. Khabushani
Hogarth, 9780593243305, Hardcover Fiction, $27, On Sale: 8/1/2023.

Shark Heart by Emily Habeck
Marysue Rucci Books, 9781668006498, Hardcover Fiction, $28, On Sale: 8/8/2023.

Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare by Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
Bloomsbury, 9781639731169, Hardcover Short Stories, $27.99, On Sale: 8/29/2023.

Kids’ Debuts

The Kingdom Over the Sea by Zohra Nabi
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781665931083, Hardcover Middle Grade, $17.99, On Sale: 6/6/2023.

An Echo in the City by K. X. Song
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316396820, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 6/20/2023.

Sing Me to Sleep by Gabi Burton
Bloomsbury, 9781547610372, Hardcover Young Adult, $19.99, On Sale: 6/27/2023.

Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780593533796, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 7/11/2023.

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington
S&S Books for Young Readers, 9781665922425, Hardcover Young Adult, $19.99, On Sale: 7/25/2023.

The Borrow a Boyfriend Club by Page Powars
Delacorte Press, 9780593568583, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 9/12/2023.

All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr
Amulet Books, 9781419762611, Hardcover Young Adult, $19.99, On Sale: 9/19/2023.

I Am Kavi by Thushanthi Ponweera
Holiday House, 9780823453658, Hardcover Middle Grade, $18.99, On Sale: 9/19/2023.

Jawbreaker by Christina Wyman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 9780374389697/9781250331021, Hardcover/Paperback Middle Grade, $17.99/$9.99, On Sale: 10/24/2023.

Tagging Freedom by Rhonda Roumani
Union Square Kids, 9781454950714/9781454950721, Hardcover/Paperback Middle Grade, $16.99/$8.99, On Sale: 11/7/2023.

Bookseller panelists who served on the adult and kids’ panels include:

Adult Panelists

Chair: Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstores, Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD
Rachael Conrad, PRINT: A Bookstore, Portland, ME
Thu Doan, East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, CA
Alana Haley, Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, MI
Mallory Melton, BookPeople, Austin, TX
Wes Minter, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Beth Shapiro, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO


Kids’ Panelists

Chair: Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books, South Bend, IN
Liz Decker, Caprichos Books, Ocean Pines, MD
Jody Hardy, Mostly Books, Tucson, AZ
Zsamé Morgan, Babycake's Book Stack, St. Paul, MN
Susan Reckers, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
Abby Rice, Title IX: A Bookstore, Mystic, CT
Talia Smart, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Gerard Villegas, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA