Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2019 [5]

Publishers are once again offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 kids’ titles [7] chosen by panels of American Booksellers Association member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

II logosThe Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce program  [7]features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between June and November 2019.

Jen Kraar of City of Asylum Bookstore [8] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said that being on the Kids’ Indies Introduce panel was extremely rewarding experience which she highly recommends to other booksellers.

“It was interesting to read the body of middle-grade and young adult debut titles as a crop and to see the trends that are coming up,” she said. “I looked forward to our panel discussions and hearing other booksellers’ opinions. I learned to look at genres I’m not usually drawn to in a deeper way. The panel gave me a window to other booksellers and their customers’ tastes; I’m so impressed with my articulate and intelligent colleagues.”

Erika VanDam of RoscoeBooks [9] in Chicago, Illinois, who served on the adult panel, said being a panelist for the Adult Indies Introduce program has been one of the most enlightening and fun experiences she has ever had as a bookseller.

“What a treat to be an early reader of so many promising new authors’ works, and to play a part in the promotion of these authors across our bookselling community,” said VanDam. “As a result of serving on the Indies Introduce panel, I read books I otherwise might not have read and befriended bookselling colleagues I otherwise might not have met. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough.”

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 [10] by June 7 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 (e-mail info@bookweb.org [11] for login information). The Indies Introduce logo is available for download in the Marketing Assets section [12], which is located under BookWeb’s “For Booksellers” tab, and sell sheets will be included in the June Monthly Box mailing.

The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debuts are:

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow 
Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635573404, $26, Hardcover Fiction, 6/4/2019
 
The Travelers by Regina Porter
Hogarth, 9780525576198, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 6/18/2019
 
Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández
The Feminist Press at CUNY, 9781936932542, Paperback Memoir, $16.95, 7/9/2019
 
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl
Milkweed Editions, 9781571313782, $24, Hardcover Essays, 7/9/2019
 
Let’s Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall
Little, Brown and Company, 9780316489621, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 7/9/2019
 
The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
Algonquin Books, 9781616207939, $26.95, Hardcover Fiction, 7/9/2019
 
Bloomland by John Englehardt
Dzanc, 9781945814938, $26.95, Hardcover Fiction, 9/10/2019
 
Threads of Life by Clare Hunter
Abrams Press, 9781419739538, $27, Hardcover Nonfiction, 10/1/2019
 
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz
Algonquin Books, 9781616209131, $26.95, Hardcover Memoir, 10/29/2019
 
On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
Riverhead Books, 9780525538110, $27, Hardcover Fiction, 11/5/2019
 
The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Kids' Debuts are:
 
The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780525514022, $17.99, Hardcover Young Adult,  6/11/2019
 
Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, 9781499808889, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 6/11/2019
 
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Delacorte BFYR, 9780525645580, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/9/2019
 
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, 9781250191922, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/30/2019
 
Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534437906, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 7/30/2019
 
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Inkyard Press, 9781335777096, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/3/2019
 
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
Roaring Brook Press, 9781250202864, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 9/3/2019
 
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9781984812209, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/10/2019
 
SLAY by Brittney Morris
Simon Pulse, 9781534445420, $18.99, Hardcover Young Adult, 9/24/2019
 
Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
HMH BFYR/Versify, 9780358040828, $16.99, Hardcover Middle Grade, 9/24/2019
 
Booksellers on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Bradley Graham, Politics & Prose [13], Washington, D.C., were:
 
Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks [9], Chicago, Illinois
Sally Wizik Wills, Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery [14], Park Rapids, Minnesota
Anne Holman, The King’s English [15], Salt Lake City, Utah
Hillary Smith, Copperfield’s [16], Calistoga, California
Elissa Englund Sweet, Bank Square Books [17], Mystic, Connecticut
Kat Baird, The Book Bin [18], Corvallis, Oregon
Vanessa Diaz, The Book Catapult, [19] San Diego, California
Jessica Osborne, E. Shaver, Bookseller [20], Savannah, Georgia
 
Booksellers on the Kids’ Debut panel, chaired by Joan Trygg, Red Balloon Bookshop, [21] St. Paul, Minnesota, were:
 
Elizabeth Rice, The Book Cellar, [22] Chicago, Illinois
Pam Moser, Pacific Island Books [23], Thornton, Colorado
Jen Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore [8], Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Casey Leidig, Green Apple Books on the Park [24], San Francisco, California
Jill Sweeney-Bosa, Water Street Bookstore [25], Exeter, New Hampshire
Raissa Larson, King’s Books [26], Tacoma, Washington
Jessica Palacios, Once Upon A Time [27], Montrose, California
Sami Thomason, Square Books [28], Oxford, Mississippi