Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Winter/Spring 2020 [6]

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Publishers are once again offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 kids’ titles [8] chosen by panels of American Booksellers Association member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

The Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce program [8] features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between December 2019 and June 2020.

“I really loved my experience as a panelist on the Indies Introduce panel,” said Jackie Jou of Mysterious Galaxy Books [9] in San Diego. “Despite the distance and time differences between us, we were able to participate in thoughtful, meaningful discussions about the books and I was impressed by the dedication shown by all the booksellers. It was a truly memorable and special few weeks!”

After reading 50 books over the course of 10 weeks this summer, Mimi Hannan of La Playa Books [10] in San Diego worked with seven fellow booksellers to whittle the list of adult titles to just 10 picks. “Reading the next potentially big authors months before their books are released makes this daunting task a labor of love,” said Hannan. “I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

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 [8] by October 30 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 October Monthly Box mailing.

The Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce Adult Debuts are:

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780525541905, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale Date: 12/31/2019

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Del Rey, 9780593128985, Hardcover Fiction, $27, On Sale Date: 1/14/2020

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
Tin House Books, 9781947793286, Hardcover Nonfiction, $22.95, On Sale Date: 2/4/2020

Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné, Roland Glasser (trans)
World Editions, 9781642860474, Paperback Fiction, $16.99, On Sale Date: 2/4/2020

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
Celadon Books, 9781250219596, Hardcover Fiction, $26.99, On Sale Date: 2/18/2020

The Wanting Life by Mark Rader
The Unnamed Press, 9781944700997, Paperback Fiction, $18, On Sale Date: 2/25/2020

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780358106401, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale Date: 3/10/2020

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Riverhead Books, 9780525537205, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale Date: 4/7/2020

Braised Pork by An Yu
Grove Press, 9780802148711, Hardcover Fiction, $26, On Sale Date: 4/14/2020

The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell
Algonquin Books, 9781616208578, Hardcover Fiction, $26.95, On Sale Date: 5/19/2020

 
The Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce Kids’ Debuts are:

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062875853, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale Date: 1/14/2020

Layoverland by Gabby Noone
Razorbill, 9781984836120, Hardcover Young Adult, $17.99, On Sale Date: 1/21/2020

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
Kokila, 9780525554974, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale Date: 3/17/2020

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
HarperCollins, 9780062881687, Hardcover Middle Grade, $16.99, On Sale Date: 3/31/2020

Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781534449671, Hardcover Middle Grade, $17.99, On Sale Date: 4/7/2020

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Amulet Books, 9781419739828, Hardcover Young Adult, $18.99, On Sale Date: 4/14/2020

The Silence of Bones by June Hur
Feiwel & Friends, 9781250229557, Hardcover Young Adult, $17.99, On Sale Date: 4/21/2020

Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay 
Candlewick Press, 9781536209600, Hardcover Young Adult, $17.99, On Sale Date: 5/12/2020

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith 
HarperTeen, 9780062943170, Hardcover Young Adult, $17.99, On Sale Date: 5/26/2020

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke
Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780593116937, Hardcover Middle Grade, $17.99, On Sale Date: 6/2/2020

 

Booksellers on the Adult Debut panel, chaired by Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books [13] in Washington, D.C., were:

Booksellers on the Kids’ Debut panel, chaired by Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Book Company [20] in Seattle, Washington, were: