Books Forward Authors in the Media: February 2024

What can we say, Books Forward authors are always going, going, going! We’re excited to feature some of our authors and their recent media wins.

  • Anne Abel discusses writing her memoir in this guest article for Publishers Weekly.
  • Joseph Macolino wrote an article for Live Write Thrive about how flawed heroes are essential for literature.
  • Ms. Magazine interviewed Maya Golden about her memoir The Return Trip.
  • Wen Peetes delves into tapping into and trusting your intuition in this piece for Spiritual Media Blog.
  • Maggie Giles spoke with the crew at the Bookshop at the End of the Internet about her book Twisted.
  • Let the Good Talk Roll had Books Forward author Mignon Francois on to discuss The Cupcake Collection.
  • Suzette Mullen was featured in Tagg Magazine in a piece about coming out in her 60s.
  • Roberta S. Kuriloff hopped on the Grief Dreams podcast for an interview about her book Framing a Life.
  • Deborah Kalb interviewed author Edward Green for a Q&A.
  • Arden Joy was highlighted by her alma mater Northwestern in a feature for Medill Magazine.
  • Kirkus Reviews calls Christine Bacilieri’s new book “a suspenseful adventure that will engage readers to the final page.”
  • Andrew Dolberg and Rob Long were interviewed by Pittsburgh City Paper.
  • Courtney Deane penned a piece for GirlTalkHQ about finding happiness when happily ever after fails.
  • Save a Pooch recently had W.B. Murph on the podcast.
  • Tim Piper and his book The Powell Expeditions were spotlighted by Snowflakes in a Blizzard.
  • T.C. Morrison talks five things you need to know to become a great author for Authority Magazine.
  • Mystery Writers of America featured an article from Michael Cooper on writing about war.
  • An excerpt from Dr. Chuck Wallington’s book A Seat at the C-Suite Table was featured by the HBCU Career Center Blog.
  • The Book Boys podcast highlighted Gary Stuart’s recent releases, Hide & Be and My Brother, Myself.
  • Meghan Kallman and Josephine Ferorelli were featured in Publishers Weekly’s 2024 book announcements.
  • Marschall Runge joined the Buddy Book Club podcast for an interview about his book Coded to Kill.
  • Citywide Blackout interviewed Jerry Madden on the family history and steel mill that inspired his new book.
  • Glenn Hileman spoke with the Denver Post about capturing his parents’ legacy in writing.
  • The Reading With Your Kids podcast was joined by Fahad Siddiqui, of Our Story Media.
  • Kendra Petty and Talk Beliefs discussed escaping the author’s home-grown cult.
  • Joan Cohen’s The Deepfake is called “a realistic drama novel with suspense and intrigue” in this five-star review from Reader’s Favorite.
  • Gail Marlene Schwartz penned an article for Writing and Wellness about scribbling her way home.
  • Admissions Blog featured this article from Shaan Patel about resources for the new digital SAT.

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Books the team wants to read in 2024

We have big bookish goals for 2024 — some of us want to read more, some of us want to read less, but all of us are excited about books!

Emily Kulkarni, publicity intern: I want to start reading the Throne of Glass series!

Jenn Vance, marketing director: I read a lot of audiobooks last year, which I’m really proud of, but I would definitely like to get back into reading more ebooks and physical books (since I have a gigantic stack on my nightstand). I would also like to get back into reading fiction, since at least two-thirds of the books I read this past year were nonfiction. I’ve already pre-ordered Good Material by Dolly Alderton, so I’ve got that to look forward to in fiction for 2024.

Jackie Karneth, senior publicist: I’m not the fastest reader, so I’m hoping to read 2 books per month. That’s usually manageable for me, and I like to set goals that I feel confident I can actually accomplish! A few books currently on my TBR: Biography of X, The Remains of the Day, Interior Chinatown, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Invisible Cities.

Angelle Barbarzon, lead publicist: I want to put less pressure on myself in 2024. I started off strong in 2023, reading one or two books every week for the sake of keeping up with my TBR stack, but I burned out by the time summer ended. I hit pause to give my brain some rest and found myself in a major reading slump. I think it’s because I was consuming too much too fast, so in 2024, I want to give myself some grace. Quality over quantity in 2024!

Corrine Pritchett, publicist & digital marketing strategist: In the past, I’ve found myself rushing through books so I can get to all of the ones I want to read! It’s exciting to be able to read so many books, but it also makes reading feel like a chore rather than a fun, relaxing hobby. In 2024, I want to be more intentional with my book choices and take my time reading through them. My yearly round up may be less books, but maybe I’ll remember them a little bit better!

Ellen Whitfield, vice president: I want to prioritize the books that have been gifted to me by friends and family over the years, and recommendations from people I trust. 

Simone Jung, publicist & digital marketing strategist: My main goal is to read the books I already have, take my time, and enjoy each read.

Rachel Lachney, publicity and digital marketing intern: In 2024, I want to try to read 60 books since I hit my goal of 50 this year! I also want to try to read a few books that I have had on my TBR for a looooong time. Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, If We Were Villains by M.L Rio, and Normal People by Sally Rooney have all been collecting dust on my bookshelves, and I think 2024 will finally be the year I do something about it. 

Layne Mandros, publicist: One of my goals is to read five books about Palestine in 2024! I’m also trying to read 60 books and 20,000 pages — a goal I attempted and failed this year hahaha. 

Abigail McQueen, publicity intern: My reading goal in 2024 will be to read 60 books, and a book I want to read is Iron Flame!

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Books Forward Authors in the Media: December 2023

What can we say, Books Forward authors are always going, going, going! We’re excited to feature some of our authors and their recent media wins.

  • My SA featured author Rudy Ruiz in an article on the Texas Book Festival.
  • Andrew Dolberg and Rob Long wrote an article featured by the Climate Fiction Writer’s League.
  • Asian Avenue Magazine featured author Mike Yam and his children’s book in its November edition.
  • Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki wrote a piece for Arab America on connecting to her roots through writing.
  • Fantasy Hive featured an article from Alison Levy on realism in the fantasy genre.
  • G.B. Smith talks 5 things anyone can do to take great photos in this piece for Authority Magazine.
  • The GSMC Book Review Podcast had author Francesca Miracola on recently to talk about her book I Got it From Here.
  • Meghan Kallman and Josephine Ferorelli wrote a piece for GirlTalkHQ on putting family planning at the center of the climate conversation.
  • WCAX featured local author Gail Schwartz and how she hopes to inspire readers with her new book.
  • Author Audrey Gale joined Big Blend Radio to discuss her recent release, The Human Trial.
  • Table Read Magazine spoke with author T.C. Morrison about his satirical tort lawyers series.
  • Edward Green talks about success and feeling unworthy in this piece for Best Self Media.
  • Brevity featured a guest post from Suzette Mullen on her micromemoir fail.
  • Our Story publishing was featured in a recent episode of Absolutely Intercultural.
  • Readers’ Favorite calls Marschall Runge’s Coded to Kill a “masterfully crafted thriller.”
  • Maya Golden wrote an article for Women Writers, Women’s Books on the physical decomposition of writing a memoir.
  • Conversations LIVE! had author Maggie Giles on recently to talk about her new book Twisted.
  • Michael Cooper talks about his favorite year in Jerusalem in this guest article for A Writer of History.

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Books Forward Authors in the Media: November 2023

What can we say, Books Forward authors are always going, going, going! We’re excited to feature some of our authors and their recent media wins.

  • Maya Golden’s article I Was Called ‘Little Black Girl’ and Treated Like a Gimmick was featured by Newsweek.
  • The New York Times featured Rudy Ruiz on a recent reading list of 6 Paperbacks to Read this Week.
  • George Franklin and his new book were covered by The Hill in this recent story.
  • Author Lyn Squire stopped by In Reference to Murder for an Author R&R.
  • Finding Genius had author Audrey Gale on to discuss novel writing.
  • Kosoko Jackson was interviewed by Nuvo News about his childhood and how it influenced his writing.
  • Culturess called Ava Reid’s new book a “dark, emotional and important gothic fantasy.”
  • Maggie Giles’ alumni outlet Western News featured her and her book Twisted.
  • Edward C. Green wrote an article for Spiritual Media Blog about living a life of low self-confidence.
  • GirlTalkHQ featured this article from Alison Levy about how her real-life experiences influenced her new book.
  • Chrissy Holm and her book Finding Sunlight were featured by Tagg Magazine.
  • BookLife says Wen Peetes is “transparent and fully vulnerable” in this review for Inner Child Healing.
  • S. H. Cotugno discusses ways that monsters and mad scientists can be empowering characters in this article for Writer’s Digest.
  • Marschall Runge wrote a piece for Real Clear Health on hackers attacking health care.
  • NBC Washington interviewed Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki about her book Dancing Into the Light.
  • Suzette Mullen talks about her new book in this feature for Out Front Magazine.
  • Mexico News Daily spotlighted Ann Marie Jackson and her book The Broken Hummingbird.
  • Sophia Kouidou-Giles was featured in the National Herald on how her latest book highlights the sorceress Circe.
  • Writer’s Digest ran this piece from author David Scidmore about using physics to explain characters and world-building.

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Books Forward Authors in the Media: October 2023

What can we say, Books Forward authors are always going, going, going! We’re excited to feature some of our authors and their recent media wins.

  • Heather Dixon wrote a guest post for In Reference to Murder.
  • BookLife called Kathryn K. Abdul-baki’s new book a “richly described memoir of a mid-century Arab-American childhood in the Middle East.”
  • Liz Kinchen chatted with Hippocampus Magazine about her new book “Light in Bandaged Places.”
  • My SA featured local author Rudy Ruiz.
  • Audrey Gale hopped on the Murder, Mystery & Mayhem Laced with Morality podcast for an interview.
  • Thushanthi Ponweera’s new book was reviewed by Bookworm for Kids.
  • Kveller featured author Bridget Hodder and her new book “The Promise” in this recent article.
  • Kosoko Jackson’s newest book made this Book Riot list of 9 YA Novels from the Horror Renaissance You Need to Read.
  • Indie Crime Scene interviewed author Maggie Giles about her recent release “Twisted.”
  • KSQD’s The Dream Journal hosted an interview with Roberta Kuriloff.
  • Author T.C. Morrison wrote about writing legal satire in this piece for Robot Butt.
  • Citywide Blackout interviewed Lyn Squire about his new book.
  • Rob Long and Andrew Dolberg were featured in Punxsutawney Spirit for their book “The Great Weather Diviner.”
  • Sanctuary Magazine featured an excerpt from Suzanne Marriott’s book “Watching for Dragonflies.”
  • American University alum Sid Balman Jr. was featured in this piece from The Eagle.
  • Ava Reid and Kosko Jackson made this TOR reading list of Most Anticipated Young Adult SFF/H for September & October 2023.
  • Cartoon Brew interviewed S.H. Cotugno about their new book “The Glass Scientists.”
  • Leisl Kaberry describes how she started her writing journey in this article for Book Club Babble.
  • BookLife named Lynn Slaughter’s “Missed Cue” an editor’s pick in this review.

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Guide to Celebrity Book Clubs

Looking for a new book club to join? Lucky for you, these celebs have you covered!

Celebrities choose their favorite books to share with fans, usually by working directly with major publishing houses and selecting a frontlist title that speaks to them. Occasionally, celebs will pick a backlist title from their personal library.

Oprah Winfrey

The queen of the celebrity book club, Oprah started her now-iconic club back in 1996. Fans of classic literature by Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Leo Tolstoy and Gabriel García Márquez should be sure to check out Oprah’s picks. She features the best of books, old and new!

Jenna Bush Hager

The TODAY book club, #ReadWithJenna, features fan-favorite backlist titles like Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” released in 1992, as well as hit debut titles like Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” released in 2022. Jenna has only been selecting books since 2019, but we already love her taste, which ranges from historical fiction to mystery, memoir, and beyond!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese’s Book Club has quickly become a favorite among readers, and we can see why! Picks like “Where the Crawdads Sing,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” and “Daisy Jones and the Six” have been major crowd pleasers. She even has a few YA picks for both young and young-at-heart readers.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts and her best friend, Karah Preiss, run the book club Belletrist. Picks often feature protagonists in their 20s and 30s and explore questions related to womanhood, identity, queerness, race and coming-of-age. Notable picks include “Sex and Rage” by Eve Babitz, “Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado, and “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The Goopiest celebrity on this list, Gwyneth Paltrow has been on a book club hiatus since June 2022, but you can still check out backlist picks like “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” by Deesha Philyaw on the Goop website.

Noname

Musician Noname has a phenomenal book club with chapters across the country, so you can check if there’s one in your area! There are also Zoom sessions available to all. The club’s one major rule is don’t buy from Amazon, and support a Black-owned bookstore if you can. If you can’t, the library is always a great option. Author picks include the legendary Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Yaa Gyasi, James Baldwin, Angela Davis and Alice Wong, to name a few.

Kaia Gerber

Supermodel Kaia Gerber runs a casual book club through her Instagram page, often featuring memorable conversations with other celebrities such as fellow supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, actress Laura Dern and author Carmen Maria Machado. 

Emma Corrin

Emma runs a semi-secret book club on Instagram under the handle @someb00kswotiread. They don’t have a strict monthly format, so this is a great fit for anyone who wants to read more but gets stressed out by scheduling. A few of their notable picks: “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow” by Gabrielle Zevin, “Swimming in the Dark” by Tomasz Jedrowski and “The Mermaid of Black Conch” by Monique Roffey.

Dua Lipa

Dua is the newest book club girlie on the scene, and we love that for her! Her book club, called Service95, started in June. Her first two picks are “Shuggie Bain” and “Pachinko.” Join this club if you feel like starting something new!

Florence Welch

Musician Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, runs a book club called Between Two Books. Recent picks include “If I Had Your Face,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Priestdaddy.” If you gravitate toward genre-bending titles or horror books, you should definitely check this one out!

Andrew Luck

If you think book clubs are just for the girls, think again! Former quarterback Andrew Luck is also an avid reader and book club founder. Although his club has been on hiatus since August 2020, the backlist picks are worth checking out. Take a look on Instagram at @albookclub.

Emma Watson

Watson ran a popular book club from 2016-2019 called Our Shared Shelf. The club began as a way for readers to engage with intersectional feminism. Be sure to check out Watson’s backlist picks, including “Pachinko,” “Beloved,” “Sister Outsider,” “All About Love,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Color Purple.”

Isabella Boylston

The principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Isabella Boylston, is also the host of the Ballerina Book Club. A sci-fi and fantasy lover, Boylston recommends top genre picks such as “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin.

Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker

Still not satisfied with these celebrity book clubs? Try digging up reading recs from other literary stars like Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Fallon and Sarah Jessica Parker. 

Or maybe your favorite author is a celeb whose book club you’d like to join! You can check out Fable to choose from thousands of book clubs, including ones moderated by your favorite authors.

Best of luck on your bookish journey!