Indies Introduce Interview

10 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with John Cochran

“This moving story of a family dealing with the complexities of addiction is told with incredible sensitivity, compassion, and hope. These wonderful young characters — Reese, Meg, and Charlie — and the rich friendship they develop will stay with you long after the last page is turned,” said Holly Weinkauf of Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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10 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with O.O. Sangoyomi

Masquerade is a magical debut with rich characters, challenging battles, wonderful West African myth and lore, all woven together to make a fresh historical read,” said Matt Aragon – Shafi of West Side Books in Denver, Colorado. 

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03 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Miye Lee

The Dallergut Dream Department Store is a sparkly, fun, and engaging read. Full of whimsy, wonder, a light-hearted debut. Definitely a book that’s like walking into a dream,” said Matt Aragon - Shafi of West Side Books in Denver, Colorado.

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03 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Daisy Garrison

“The most wonderful burst of angsty teen nostalgia! I am so in love with Mina, Caplan, and their group of friends. Just when you think you know exactly how this book is going to go, it does the absolute best thing and goes the way you wish it would instead…Absolutely recommend this to kick off your summer!” said Katie Pionk of McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan.

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26 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Emily Hamilton

“A super fun and queer space opera that follows a group of late twenty-somethings on a journey they never anticipated. This was a fun, engaging, and quick read. Any queer person out there will be able to see the roots of a found family in Cleo’s group — and the U-Haul lesbians U-Hauling at light speed. This was the book I needed to get out of a reading slump, so thank you Emily Hamilton for that and the group of queers that will be living rent free in my head for a while,” said Arden Harris of A Seat at the Table Books in Elk Grove, CA. 

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26 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh

“Each story in Zan is powerful, deep, and nuanced, providing a needed window into the complex lives of Iranian women today. A must-read,” said Kristin Saner of Fables Books in Goshen, Indiana.

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26 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Aimee Lim

“I loved this charmingly written middle grade inspired by Chinese mythology. Exploring themes of grief, growing up, and family, this novel grabbed me right from the first page and didn’t let go. Full of action-packed sequences and quiet, emotional moments alike, this book was a wonderful read. I know kids and fans of Percy Jackson, Aru Shah, and Amari and the Night Brothers are going to love it,” said Donna Liu of Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California.

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19 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with K. A. Cobell

“This book is a powerful and thought-provoking read that skillfully blends the narratives of four distinct characters. It is a story about the importance of community, the search for belonging, and the heart-wrenching realities of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). If you’re looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat, challenging you to see through the smoke and discover the killer, this book is a must-read,” said Kromeklia Bryant of Solid State Books in Washington, DC.

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19 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Briony Cameron

The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye is an action-packed pirate story full of adventure, and all things that pirates do... Debut author Briony Cameron did a marvelous job of writing a buccaneering novel that will keep you reading late into the night,” said Kelly Evert of Village Book & Paper Dreams in Bellingham and Lynden, Washington.

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05 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Freddie Kölsch

“‘I don't love horror,’ you say, ‘I scare very easily.’ Right, same,” said Widener. “Forget the cover and listen: our hero Nesbit’s in love with Bastion, the world’s purest, most earnest jock, who happens to be the leader of a small but powerful coven. It's not until Bastion’s body is found half-devoured in the woods that the depth of his secrets begin to surface," said Emmy Widener of Changing Hands in Phoenix, Arizona.

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05 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Essie Chambers

“In gorgeous and fiery language, Chambers invites us into Diamond Newberry’s world. The only Black person left in Swift River after Pop’s mysterious disappearance. Diamond thinks she stands out for all of the wrong reasons. Getting her license will solve one of those problems, but it's also one more thing Diamond and her mother disagree on. As Diamond gains confidence through driving and learns more about the history of her family and Swift River, she begins to imagine something different for herself,” said Lisa Swayze of Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York.

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29 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Victoria Blanco

“A delicately told account of the Rarámuri, a native people of Mexico, that honors their history, traditions, and culture while recounting one family’s story as they adapt to modern Mexican life. Out of the Sierra emphasizes the small resistances of the family and their community as they fight to preserve their traditional way of life in an often hostile world," said Luis Correa of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia.

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01 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Zoë Bossiere

Cactus Country is all about landscape: of Arizona and the hot desert, of childhood and its constant developments, of gender and its fluidity. Zoë Bossiere is sharing a much-needed story of a childhood outside of the gender binary in a world built to misunderstand," said Frances Metzger of Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana.

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10 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Elaine U. Cho

“Elaine Cho articulates the delicate details of intergalactic celebrity politics and nuances of queerness and racism in this incredible space opera. We follow Ocean and her found family in the form of a spaceship crew, setting off from a distant-future Korea. The twists and turns in Ocean’s Godori will leave you breathless," said Devon Overley of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 

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10 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Sylvie Cathrall

"Told entirely through letters, Cathrall’s writing engages the reader’s curiosity by transporting them into an underwater fantasy world that manages to feel at once cozy and familiar, unknown and mysterious,” said Stephanie Skees of The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, Missouri.

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