New Paperback Releases: Week of May 19th

We Need New Names: A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo is on Facebook and has a great blog on her website where she posts charming thoughts, like, “It’s been so buthsy I wish there were two of me, and of course I’d totally pick the chilling self.”

Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer duBois

Jennifer duBois is on Twitter and Facebook. Her website includes interviews and other writing, and Random House just posted this Reader’s Guide.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Sullivan is active on Twitter and Facebook. Her website includes other articles and essays she’s written. NPR’s Here and Now interviewed Sullivan for the paperback release. Listen to the audio here.

TransAtlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann

His website contains great author photos if you like to connect authors and customers through author images. And although it’s not new, I enjoyed the conversation between Michael Ondaatje and Colum McCann at the New York Public Library in conjunction with the PEN World Voices festival 2008. It starts like this:

COLUM McCANN: Can I ask you a weird, strange, sort of off-the-wall question? Do you have fun?

MICHAEL ONDAATJE: Do I have fun writing or just fun in life?

McCANN: Those are two very distinct things, aren’t they? First, do you have fun in life?


McCANN: It’s obvious. You can feel it. Do you have fun writing?

ONDAATJE: Yeah, but it’s serious fun.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay