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Not to be missed...
These are the BUZZIEST books coming out in the next two weeks. Check out all the chatter happening on Litsy and find out what all the fuss is about.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett (Oct. 11) A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. 
@freckledmoments: "When you read writing as good as this, you know this is a book you will devour!" 
@katemclellan"Bennett does an amazing job of illustrating the way that the actions of youth can follow people throughout their lives." 
@SaraBeagle:"It's one of those books that make you feel so many different things at once."
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Oct. 11) Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

@rachellayown: "Margaret Atwood has such a brilliant mind and this retelling of The Tempest was so smart and creative."
@enidkeaner: "I absolutely loved this book! I wasn't familiar with The Tempest (somehow, I managed to miss that one) but this retelling made me want to know it. I can't think of anything I didn't love here."
@CarolynOliver: "This book is surprisingly funny. I mean, given the subject (revenge and grief, so far)we all know Atwood is funny."

The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky (Oct. 11) Tautly wound, transgressive, and mordantly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman’s unusual route to self-discovery.
@kdwinchester: "Dermansky writes a tight, emotionally charged story that ends with you feeling satisfied and thinking 'Yes, that ended perfectly.'"
@sakana: "THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD."
@Matilda: "When you know right from the beginning this is gonna be the book for you."
Liberty's Corner - Stack to the Future!
      

Happy fall, Littens! I’m so excited about all the amazing books being released in the next few weeks, and wanted to share a few titles I especially love. Get ready to add these to your stacks!

First up is We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories by Clare Beams (Oct. 25). This is a tremendous debut collection of stories. If you’re a fan of Margaret Atwood, Kelly Luce, or just love wonderful storytelling, I highly recommend it. And speaking of Kelly Luce, her upcoming novel Pull Me Under (Nov. 1) is spectacular! It’s psychologically suspenseful and wholly original - I couldn’t put it down. And last but not least, there’s The Winterlings by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade (Nov. 1). This novel is a beautiful mix of magical realism, history, and gothic fiction. It’s practically perfect.

That’s it for now! I hope you love these books as much as I do. In the meantime, may your TBRs grow and your DNFs be low. XOXO, Liberty

This is your insider peek into the crazy world of publishing. Meet the people behind the books you love and discover what books these industry insiders are crazy about. Get ready to find your Next Great Read!
 

Anna Pitoniak, Editor at Random House

The Book: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks Dalton

Anna Pitoniak is an editor at Random House. She graduated from Yale in 2010, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. Her debut novel, The Futures, will be published by Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown in January 2017.

When did you first decide you wanted to work in publishing?
I’ve always loved books, and have always been an avid reader, but it was when I worked as an editor at the campus newspaper in college that I started to realize this could be a job for me. Working with writers, helping them to refine and shape their stories—I loved that. I feel lucky that the reality of working in publishing has matched up with my vision of it—it’s the most interesting and rewarding kind of job I could have dreamed up.

What was your first job in publishing?
I worked as a subsidiary rights assistant at Penguin. I sold large print rights, some audio rights, some book club rights. I covered many different imprints across Penguin, ranging from literary to commercial. Each imprint operated a little differently, and being exposed to that range was fascinating.

What does your day to day look like?
It varies, of course, but an average day will usually involve a lot of phone calls and emails. As an editor, you’re talking with writers and agents, but you’re also constantly working with other people across the publishing house. You’re looking at jacket designs, writing flap copy, meeting with publicity and marketing, reviewing P&Ls, talking with the copy editor, brainstorming titles and subtitles, soliciting blurbs, reading proposals—and maybe, if you’re lucky, squeezing in a little bit of editing. Although often the actual editing happens outside normal work hours!

What is the most challenging part about your job?
The fact that there aren’t more hours in the day! There is a lot to juggle. There is the acquisition and editing of the books themselves, but then there is everything else that goes into publishing a book, which an editor is often deeply involved with. There are so many different priorities competing for your attention. 

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Working with writers. I consider it the most important part of the job: helping a writer tell his or her story, whether fiction or nonfiction, in the strongest and truest and most compelling way possible. I think it involves a great deal of trust on both sides, which is a beautiful thing when realized, and which is what makes it so rewarding.

What do you think most people would be surprised to learn about working in publishing?
There is so much that goes into publishing a book. So many people have their hands in bringing a book to the wider world, whether it’s production, art, sales, publicity, marketing, subrights, academic and library marketing, the speaker’s bureau, and much more. And as an editor, you’re working closely with all of those teams.  

Why did you choose to pose with Good Morning Midnight?
Because I absolutely adore this book! This is Lily Brooks-Dalton’s first novel, and the beautiful prose and vivid imagination on display here is stunning. I love the way Lily has taken a big, high-concept premise—something catastrophic has happened to the planet—but instead of focusing on the apocalyptic fall-out, she focuses on the inner lives of these two characters.  The cover is really striking.

Can you tell us a little bit about it? Like what the other options were like?
Much of the credit goes to Lily. We had been playing around with a few other cover options, using the stars and the night sky as a backdrop, but they were more abstract. None of those were quite right, so Lily shared with us some of the evocative images she used as inspiration while writing the novel. This was one of them. I love the contrast of this image: the expansive night sky, and then the coziness of the tent. It captures much of the mood of the book—the way we’ve made a home for ourselves in the universe.

What other books have you recently worked on?
On the fiction side, some recent books I’ve worked on include The Girls by Emma Cline and A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin. I also edit nonfiction, and some recent titles include True Crimes, an essay collection by Kathryn Harrison, and Look at You Now, a memoir by Liz Pryor. One book I’m really excited for, coming out in November, is Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. It’s a juicy, riveting, page-turning biography, and the perfect holiday gift.

What is the book you most recommend to people who ask you for book recommendations?
There are two nonfiction books I am constantly recommending: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez and Wind, Sand and Stars by St. Exupery. On the fiction side, I recently read Stoner by John Williams and I am now a complete evangelist for it.

What are you reading now that isn't for work?
I recently finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It was absolutely stunning. Everyone should read it.  

Which author have you been most star struck by?
Gloria Steinem! I had the great honor of working on her memoir, which we published last year. I’m still pinching myself. 
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