Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce Titles Announced, Signup Opens

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For the seventh 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 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce titles include adult fiction and nonfiction, middle grade, and YA publishing between January and June 2016.

“What great fun and a privilege it was to serve on the Adult Indies Introduce panel,” said chair Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “The opportunity to read really good, practically unknown writers’ work and then be able to discuss them at length with knowledgeable booksellers was exhilarating…. It was a great reminder that we all read differently, but ultimately a good book is a good book! I’m so excited to see the books we were reading start to come out into the world, and to already know they’re loved by booksellers across the country.”

Chair of the Middle Grade/Young Adult Debut panel Drew Sieplinga, of Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, said, “Indies Introduce has been a wonderful experience — discovering new authors alongside like-minded independent booksellers. I’m excited to share and promote these beautiful and varied new voices!”

For stores that have taken part in past Indies Introduce promotions, there’s no need to sign up to take advantage of publishers’ Winter/Spring offers; however, stores that are new to Indies Introduce must complete the Indies Introduce sign-up form by October 31 to participate in the program.

To access the list of titles with bookseller blurbs and full details on publishers’ offers, which are posted at, 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 Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce Adult titles are:

Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Ed Tarkington Workman Publishing Company/Algonquin Books, 9781616203825, January 1, 2016 (Fiction)

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa Lee Boudreaux Books, 9780316386531, January 12, 2016 (Fiction)

Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, Rashod Ollison Beacon Press, 9780807057520, January 26, 2016 (Nonfiction)

Hide, Matthew Griffin Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781632863386, February 16, 2016 (Fiction)

We’ve Already Gone This Far, Patrick Dacey Macmillan/Henry Holt, 9781627794657, February 16, 2016 (Fiction)

Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Sara Baume Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544716193, March 8, 2016 (Fiction)

Relief Map, Rosalie Knecht Tin House Books, 9781941040225, March 27, 2016 (Fiction)

Tuesday Nights in 1980, Molly Prentiss Simon & Schuster/Scout Press, 9781501121043, April 5, 2016 (Fiction)

Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 9780802124821, May 3, 2016 (Fiction)

The Mirror Thief, Martin Seay Melville House, 9781612195148, May 10, 2016 (Fiction)

The Winter/Spring 2016 Middle Grade/Young Adult debuts are:

Underwater, Marisa Reichardt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374368869, January 12, 2016 (Young Adult)

Anna and the Swallow Man, Gavriel Savit Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780553513349, January 26, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Girl From Everywhere, Heidi Heilig HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books, 9780062380753, February 16, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Smell of Other Peoples Houses, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553497786, February 23, 2016 (Young Adult)

Kill the Boy Band, Goldy Moldavsky Scholastic Press, 9780545867474, February 23, 2016 (Young Adult)

Beetle Boy, M.G. Leonard Scholastic/Chicken House, 9780545853460, February 23, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Hour of the Bees, Lindsay Eagar Candlewick Press, 9780763679224, March 8, 2016 (Middle Grade)

The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780553524024, March 8, 2016 (Young Adult)

The End of FUN, Sean McGinty Disney Hyperion, 9781484722114, April 5, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Square Root of Summer, Harriet Reuter Hapgood Macmillan Children’s/Roaring Brook Press, 9781626723733, May 3, 2016 (Young Adult)

Booksellers serving on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were:

Booksellers serving on the Middle Grade/Young Adult Debut panel, chaired by Drew Sieplinga of Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, Minnesota, were: