Winter/Spring 2022 Indies Introduce Featured Titles

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ABA is proud to announce the titles selected for the Winter/Spring 2022 Indies Introduce program.

Each year, the Indies Introduce program brings booksellers together from across the U.S. for conversation and connection centered around exciting upcoming debut adult, middle grade, and young adult titles.

“Ultimately,” said Kids’ Panelist Laura Graveline, of Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Texas, “this panel is about sharing ideas, supporting authors, and delving deeper into the fascinating world of indie bookselling.”

Adult Panelist BJ Hegedus of Postalworks Silver Lake in Los Angeles, California, said, “We started out as colleagues but ended up as friends sharing points of view and learning about each other. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to serve with such wonderful, thoughtful, trying-to-do-good-in-the-world folks and would highly recommend the experience to other booksellers.”

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’ Winter/Spring 2022 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.

This list is available as a collection on Edelweiss. And marketing assets for the Winter/Spring 2022 list are available now on

Here are the Winter/Spring 2022 Indies Introduce Kids’ and Adult Debuts:

Adult Debuts

Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades
Random House, 9780593243428, Hardcover Fiction, $24, On Sale: 1/4/2022

High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir by Edgar Gomez
Soft Skull, 9781593767051, Paperback Memoir, $16.95, On Sale: 1/11/2022

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Flatiron Books, 9781250786173, Hardcover Fiction, $27.99, On Sale: 1/11/2022

In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
Henry Holt and Co., 9781250776747, Hardcover Memoir, $27.99, On Sale: 2/1/2022

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe
Counterpoint Press, 9781640094147, Hardcover Memoir, $23, On Sale: 3/8/2022

Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu
Little, Brown, 9780316286732, Hardcover Fiction, $28, On Sale: 3/15/2022

Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein, Alison McCullough (Transl.)
Grove Press, 9780802158864, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale: 3/15/2022

The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 9781982175955, Hardcover Fiction, $27, On Sale: 4/5/2022

Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Milkweed Editions, 9781571311955, Hardcover Memoir, $24, On Sale: 4/12/2022

The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
Norton, 9780393541755, Hardcover Fiction, $27.95, On Sale: 5/3/2022


Kids’ Debuts

Hide and Geek by T. P. Jagger
Random House BFYR, 9780593377932, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale: 1/4/2022

The Way I Say It by Nancy Tandon
Charlesbridge, 9781623541330, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale: 1/18/2022

And We Rise by Erica Martin
Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780593352526, Hardcover Young Adult Poetry, $17.99, On Sale: 2/1/2022

Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar Perry
Bloomsbury Children's Books, 9781547606948, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale: 2/1/2022

A Comb of Wishes by Lisa Stringfellow
Quill Tree Books, 9780063043435, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale: 2/8/2022

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao
Balzer + Bray, 9780063067769/9780063067776, Paperback/Hardcover, Young Adult Graphic Memoir, $14.99/$22.99, On Sale: 2/15/2022

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
Feiwel & Friends, 9781250767080, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 3/22/2022

What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat
Delacorte Press, 9780593382165, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 3/22/2022

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781665908153, Hardcover Young Adult, $19.99, On Sale: 5/31/2022

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White
Peachtree Teen, 9781682633243, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale: 6/7/2022

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

Adult Panelists

Chair: Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
Katrina Bright-Yerges, Books & Company, Ocomonowoc, WI
Clancey D'Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Chicago, IL
BJ Hegedus, Postalworks Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
Rosa Henandez, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
Samantha Kolber, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT
Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

Kids' Panelists

Chair: Melanie Knight, Books Inc., Berkeley, CA
Casey Gerken,  Innisfree Bookshop, Meredith, NH
Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
Cliff Helm, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO
Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN
Isabella Ogbolumani, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY
Shoshonna Roberts, Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, Gresham, OR
Susan Williams, M. Judson Booksellers, Greenville, SC