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April 2020 News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

April 2020 News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels, scheduled for a May 19th release has received a great deal of positive notice. It is one of Entertainment Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020, 0 Magazine’s 31 LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020, BookRiot’s “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s  10 Southern Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020, Bitch Media’s 27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020, Xtra 12 LGBTQ Books You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020, and a Spring 2020 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Alliance

Also a Spring 2020 Okra Pick is Lee Smith’s Blue Marlin.

The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler has been chosen for the 2020 Southern Book Prize in Fiction.

Wiley Cash has been named the 2020 Conroy Legacy Award Recipient.

The May 3rd New York Times best-seller list puts The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes at #9 in Hardback fiction, with 27 weeks on the top 15 in that category!  It is also, #11 of best sellers in the South according to the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Alliance.

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes has also been named one of USA Today’s top 100 books to read while stuck at home social distancing and is a Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine Book Club pick.  This novel follows four women from diverse backgrounds who served as Pack Horse Librarians in Eastern Kentucky in the 1940s.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is #12 among Trade Paperback Fiction titles in the South.