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LOST ARK DREAMING de Suyi Davies Okungbowa

The brutally engineered class divisions of Snowpiercer meets Rivers Solomon’s The Deep in this high-octane post-climate disaster novella written by Nommo Award-winning author Suyi Davies Okungbowa.

by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Tordotcom, May 2024
(via DeFiore & Company)

Off the coast of West Africa, decades after the dangerous rise of the Atlantic Ocean, the region’s survivors live inside five partially submerged, kilometers-high towers originally created as a playground for the wealthy. Now the towers’ most affluent rule from their lofty perch at the top while the rest are crammed into the dark, fetid floors below sea level.

There are also those who were left for dead in the Atlantic, only to be reawakened by an ancient power, and who seek vengeance on those who offered them up to the waves.

Three lives within the towers are pulled to the fore of this conflict: Yekini, an earnest, mid-level rookie analyst; Tuoyo, an undersea mechanic mourning a tremendous loss; and Ngozi, an egotistical bureaucrat from the highest levels of governance. They will need to work together if there is to be any hope of a future that is worth living―for everyone.

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is an award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. He lives in Ontario, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Ottawa.

CAVE MOUNTAIN de Benjamin Hale

Benjamin Hale looks into his own family lore to tell the non-fiction stories of two young girls, the Arkansas wilderness, and the strange things that connect them.

by Benjamin Hale
Harper, Fall 2025
(via DeFiore & Company)

© Pete Mauney

Six-year-old Haley, Ben’s second cousin, was out for a hike with her grandparents when she became lost in the vast Arkansas wilderness. The child was lost for three days, and was the subject of an enormous manhunt, with regional media frenzy. She was ultimately found by two local men on mules, who ignored the common wisdom of police and the FBI which would never have led to the girl.

Days later, when calmly back in her parents’ arms, the girl told of the ‘friend’ who helped her find her way through the woods. An apparition clearly not real, but also real enough to show her the way to safety, tell stories with her, keep her calm.

Twenty years earlier, in the same remote spot in the wilderness, a local game warden was out hunting turkeys with a friend when they came across a group of people “acting kinda funny.”

He ran their plates and discovered there was a subpoena out for their arrest. The county sheriff arrived, the people were arrested, and soon the body of a young girl was found nearby, victim of a fundamentalist cult. The similarity between Haley’s description of the apparition, and the murdered girl, is unnerving and extraordinary.

Ben tells the story of both girls—the lost girl with the loving family, and the other who ends up a tragic sacrifice—and how their stories intersect. It’s a story about the arrogance of authority. It’s a story about nature and survival. It’s a story about police, and police corruption, and infighting within police and sheriff’s departments between corrupt and honest actors. Part of it is a courtroom drama. It’s a story about family. It’s a story about the South. It’s a story about religion, about skepticism and faith, getting lost and being found, sin and redemption. It’s ghost story. And it’s a detective story with several different detectives in it, including Benjamin Hale himself, researching the story, retracing the steps of the people involved and putting it all together.

Ben’s fiction has been called “an absolute pleasure,” (The New York Times) “a book to screech and howl about, [an] audacious first novel” (The Washington Post), and “a lively page-turner that asks the big questions head on… a noisy, audacious and promising debut.” His narrative non-fiction rises to the same storytelling level and will be a major dramatic and surprising book about family, faith, and redemption.

Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve, 2011) and the collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2016). He has received the Bard Fiction Prize, a Michener-Copernicus Award, and nominations for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. His writing (both fiction and nonfiction) has appeared, among other places, in Conjunctions, Harper’s Magazine, the Paris Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Dissent and the LA Review of Books Quarterly, and has been anthologized in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013. He is a senior editor of Conjunctions, teaches at Bard College, and lives in a small town in New York’s Hudson Valley.


An intimate look at the life and music of modern pop’s most legendary figure, Taylor Swift, from leading music journalist Rob Sheffield.

by Rob Sheffield
Dey Street, August 2024
(via DeFiore & Company)

© Niki Kanodia

As Taylor Swift’s preferred and most trusted music journalist, Rob Sheffield has enjoyed closer access to the mega-star than any other writer working today. His unique insight has afforded him a singular perspective of Taylor’s world and her impact on the world. Inspired by his years of this exclusive access, and the Swiftie response to his commentary on their beloved Taylor, Sheffield merges reportage and criticism in a way that only he can.

At once one of the most beloved music figures of the past two decades and one of the most criticized, Taylor Swift is known as much for her life beyond her music as she is for her constant stream of hits—and most of all, how she uses the former to not only create the latter, but market and brand herself throughout the many “eras” of her career. At once both approachable and enigmatic, Taylor Swift has become a master of controlling the narrative surrounding her life and career while keeping fans eager to learn of her every next step.

In the tradition of Sheffield’s award-winning Dreaming the Beatles, Heartbreak Is the National Anthem will inform and delight a legion of fans who hang on every word from Taylor and every word Rob writes on her.

Rob Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He has been a rock critic and pop culture journalist for more than 15 years, and has appeared on various MTV and VH1 shows. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

THE STAR ON THE GRAVE de Linda Margolin Royal

Inspired by the incredible true story of the Japanese diplomat who defied his government to save thousands from the Nazis.

by Linda Margolin Royal
Affirm Press (Australia), February 2024
(via DeFiore and Company)

In 1940, as the Nazis sweep toward Lithuania, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara defies his own government and secretly issues thousands of visas to Jewish refugees desperate to flee. After the war, Sugihara is dismissed and disappears into obscurity.

In 1968 Australia, Rachael Margol, her father and her grandmother live disconnected from one another and haunted by unspoken tragedies. When Rachel announces her engagement to a Greek Orthodox man, it detonates a long-held secret. The Margols are actually the Margolins: they are Jewish, and her family has concealed their identity from her and the world. But why?

As Rachel struggles to understand this deception, an opportunity arrives to travel to Japan with her beloved grandmother to meet Sugihara, Rachel is determined to go but will a journey to Japan, and the secrets it uncovers, heal the Margolins or fracture them for good?

An extraordinary novel inspired by the true story of Sugihara, and the thousands of people – including the author – who owe him their lives. Chiune Sugihara has been called the « Japanese Schindler » and it’s estimated that 100,000 people are alive today because of him.

Linda Margolin Royal was born in Sydney, forever thankful her father and grandparents received life-saving transit visas from Chiune Sugihara in 1940, which enabled them to enter Japan and escape the Holocaust; and ultimately meant they could find a permanent, safe home in Australia in 1941. The remainder of her family were murdered in concentration camps. This work is a labor of love to which she is now devoting her life. She trained as a graphic designer and then copywriter, and spent 30 years in the advertising industry both in Australia and the US, writing TV, radio and press for major multinationals. THE STAR ON THE GRAVE is her first novel.

THE NORTH LINE de Matt Riordan

In Matt Riordan’s debut novel, a college student in need of quick money finds work on an Alaskan fishing boat in the unforgiving Bering Sea.

by Matt Riordan
Hyperion Avenue, April 2024
(via DeFiore and Company)

Even at the ragged edge of civilization, some lines should not be crossed.

Everyone believes Adam to be something he’s not. Sometimes that’s because he’s told them a story. Sometimes he’s told himself one. But when Adam joins an Alaskan fishing crew that’s promising money he desperately needs, the dangerous work and harsh lifestyle strip away all fabrications and force a dark-hearted exploration of who he really is.

On the unforgiving Bering Sea, Adam finds the adventure and authenticity of a fisherman’s life revelatory. The labor required to seize bounty from the ocean invigorates him, and the often crude comradery accompanies a welcome, hard-earned wisdom. But when a strike threatens the entire season and violence stalks the waves, Adam is thrust into a struggle for survival at the edge of the world, where evolutionary and social forces collide for outcomes beyond anyone’s control.

In his riveting debut novel, Matt Riordan pairs personal experiences with a master storyteller’s eye in a piercing examination of the quest for identity in the face of tempests within and without.

THE NORTH LINE is a ruggedly erudite story that combines the best of the individualism of Jack London with the introspective ruminations of Raymond Carver . . . not to be missed.” —S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of All the Sinners Bleed

«  THE NORTH LINE is one of those rare books that you feel as much as read. The world and its details are so real, so intimate, and so lived-in and that I had to check my fingertips for fish scales once I finished reading. » —Craig Davidson, author of Rust and Bone

Riordan is summoning demons in this grimy wilderness saga that might hit entirely too close to home for those who know. Magnificent. » —Laird Barron, author of The Wind Began to Howl

Matt Riordan grew up in Michigan but spent his early twenties working on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. After college, Matt drifted from commercial fishing through a variety of jobs before landing in law school. He then became a litigator in New York City, where he practiced for twenty years. He now lives with his family in Australia.