Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Subject: Forthcoming

The Psychic Soviet

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Forthcoming: 7/7/20

A reissue of Ian F. Svenonius’s cult-classic debut essay collection, including brand-new writing in this expanded edition.

The Five Books of (Robert) Moses

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Forthcoming: 7/28/20

A dramatic, playful, brutal, sweeping, and always entertaining reimagining of New York City history, presaging today’s political tyranny.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship out on or before July 28, 2020!

Addis Ababa Noir (Ethiopia)

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Forthcoming: 8/4/20

Award-winning novelist Mengiste artfully ushers the City of Humans, Ethiopia’s bustling capital, into the Noir Series arena.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before August 4, 2020.

The Darkest Hearts

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Forthcoming: 8/4/20

Trap music, human trafficking, malt liquor, and the tyranny of President Trump collide in the fifth installment of Nelson George’s D Hunter mystery series.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship out on or before August 4, 2020!

Tampa Bay Noir

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Forthcoming: 8/4/20

Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before August 4, 2020.

Out of Mesopotamia

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Forthcoming: 9/1/20

Informed by firsthand experience on the battlefronts of Iraq and Syria, Abdoh captures the horror, confusion, and absurdity of combat from a seldom-glimpsed perspective that expands our understanding of the war novel.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship out on or before September 1 2020.

The Nicotine Chronicles

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Forthcoming: 9/15/20

Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 15, 2020.

Polar Vortex

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Forthcoming: 9/15/20

A novel reminiscent of the works of Herman Koch and Rachel Cusk, in which a lesbian couple attempts to escape the secrets of their pasts.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 15, 2020.

Respect

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Forthcoming: 10/6/20

Otis Redding’s classic song “Respect”—as popularized by Aretha Franklin—becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 6, 2020.

Cane Warriors

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Forthcoming: 10/20/20

Moa, a fourteen-year-old slave, gets caught up in the most significant slave rebellion in Jamaican history, paying homage to freedom fighters all over the world.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 20, 2020.

Black Lotus 2: The Vow

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Forthcoming: 11/3/20

After the death of a police officer, assassin Kahllah (a.k.a. the Black Lotus) is forced out of retirement in an attempt to clear her name while outrunning a mysterious enemy.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 3, 2020.

Particulate Matter

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Forthcoming: 11/3/20

In concise and distilled prose, Lemus presents a collection of still lifes, landscapes, and portraits of a challenging year that threatened all she loved most.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 3, 2020.

Miami Noir: The Classics

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Forthcoming: 11/17/20

This long-awaited sequel to 2006’s best-selling Miami Noir offers classic noir from Elmore Leonard, Zora Neale Hurston, Damon Runyon, Lester Dent, and many more.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 17, 2020.

A Million Aunties

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Forthcoming: 11/17/20

American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his conception of family during a visit to his mother’s Caribbean homeland.

Accra Noir (Ghana)

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Forthcoming: 12/1/20

Accra joins Lagos, Nairobi, Marrakech, and Addis Ababa in representing the African continent in the Noir Series arena.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 1, 2020.

Belgrade Noir (Serbia)

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Forthcoming: 12/1/20

Belgrade, with all of its historical complexity, joins Zagreb and Prague in representing the Eastern European dimension of the Akashic Noir Series.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 1, 2020.

Here Lies a Father

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Forthcoming: 1/5/21

Fifteen-year-old Ian Daly’s moral universe is turned upside down when, at his father’s funeral, he discovers that his father had two secret families.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers

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Forthcoming: 1/5/21

The second installment in Ann Hood’s Gracie Belle imprint challenges the traditional solemnity that characterizes nonfiction books of grief, loss, and sorrow.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

Prayer for the Living

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Forthcoming: 2/2/21

Topical and timely, Booker Prize–winning author Ben Okri’s new collection of short stories blurs parallel realities and walks the line between darkness and magic.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before February 2, 2021.

Speculative Los Angeles

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Forthcoming: 2/2/21

The debut title of a new city-based anthology series featuring stories with speculative, sci-fi, and paranormal themes.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before February 2, 2021.

Creatures of Passage

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Forthcoming: 3/16/21

With echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Yejidé’s novel explores a forgotten quadrant of Washington, DC, and the ghosts that haunt it.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before March 16, 2021.