For the ninth 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 Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce program features a great selection of fiction and nonfiction for adults and for middle grade and young adult readers, all publishing between January and May 2017.
Booksellers all face daunting to-be-read piles, said Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys, chair of the Middle Grade/Young Adult Debut panel, but there’s nothing quite like reading through a brand new manuscript and then talking about it with equally passionate and excited booksellers.
“We had an embarrassment of riches to read through this summer — more than 60 titles — that we pored over and through, and then narrowed to a list of truly great hand-sellers for our fellow indie stores. It’s not an easy process, but it’s an incredibly rewarding one,” said Compton.
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 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 BookWeb.org login name and password. (Booksellers can sign in or create a new password here.) The Indies Introduce logo is available for download in BookWeb’s DIY and sell sheets will be included in the October Red Box mailing.
Booksellers planning to attend their region’s fall trade show can stop by ABA’s booth to check out the newest crop of titles and leave a business card if they are interested in reading on a future Indies Introduce panel.
The Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce Adult titles (all are fiction unless otherwise noted) are:
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802125873, January 3, 2017
The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, Hachette/Lee Boudreaux Books, 9780316354172, January 17, 2017
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, Abrams/ABRAMS ComicArts, 9781419718779, March 7, 2017 (Graphic Novel/Nonfiction)
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan, W.W. Norton, 9780393246438, March 7, 2017 (Nonfiction)
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett, Tin House Books, trade paperback, 9781941040560, March 7, 2016
Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey, House of Anansi Press/Astoria, trade paperback, 9781770898776, March 14, 2017
Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan, Restless Books, trade paperback, 9781632061423, March 14, 2017
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel, Bloomsbury, 9781632867001, April 4, 2017 (Nonfiction)
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, W.W. Norton, 9780393608960, April 25, 2017 (Nonfiction)
The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Workman/Algonquin, 9781616206888, May 2, 2017
The Winter/Spring 2017 Middle Grade/Young Adult debuts are:
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie Anderson, Penguin Young Readers/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399547584, January 10, 2017 (Young Adult)
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish, HarperCollins, 9780062433381, January 24, 2017 (Middle Grade)
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, 9781250095961, February 21, 2017 (Young Adult)
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner, Random House Children’s Books/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780399551413, March 7, 2017 (Young Adult)
The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781481488419, March 7, 2017 (Young Adult)
How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly, Capstone/Capstone Young Readers, trade paperback, 9781623708078, April 1, 2017 (Middle Grade)
The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker, Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316348560, April 4, 2017 (Middle Grade)
The Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren, Bloomsbury/Bloomsbury Children’s, 9781681191317, April 4, 2017 (Middle Grade)
Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan, Random House Children’s Books/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780399555541, April 18, 2017 (Young Adult)
Lemons by Melissa Savage, Random House Children’s Books/Crown Books for Young Readers, 9781524700126, May 2, 2017 (Middle Grade)
Booksellers serving on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri, were:
- Lisa Ekelman, The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, Colorado
- Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- Hilary Gustafson, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, Washington
- Peter Mock, McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro, North Carolina
- Susan Hans O’Connor, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
- Susan Tunis, BookShop West Portal, San Francisco, California
- Dale Zapata, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, California
Booksellers serving on the Middle Grade/Young Adult Debut panel, chaired by Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys in Zionsville, Indiana, were:
- Johanna Albrecht, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books, McMinnville, Oregon
- Bill Grace, Buttonwood Books and Toys, Cohasset, Massachusetts
- Romy Griepp, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, California
- Emily Hall, Main Street Books, St. Charles, Missouri
- Katherine Megna-Weber, Books Inc., San Francisco, California
- Molly Olivo, Barstons Child’s Play, Washington, D.C.
- Wyatt Wegrzyn, Bookworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico