Sourcebooks Spring Preview 2021:
Women Take Center Stage

Sourcebooks’ coming releases have a strong focus on women, which seems fitting coming from North America’s largest woman-owned trade book publisher. Sourcebooks began 33 years ago in founder Dominque Raccah’s spare bedroom. It has now grown to publish about 400 titles annually under 11 imprints. The lineup this season includes historical tales of interesting and heroic women, woman-centric thrillers, as well as books tackling racism and sexism from a woman’s perspective.

Sourcebooks’s coming releases have a strong focus on women, which seems fitting coming from North America’s largest woman-owned trade book publisher. Sourcebooks began over 33 years ago in founder Dominque Raccah’s spare bedroom. It has now grown to publish about approximately 400 titles annually under 11 different imprints. The lineup this season includes historical tales of interesting and heroic women, woman-centric thrillers, as well as books tackling racism and sexism from a woman’s perspective.

 

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie (December 2020, ISBN 9781492682721) By Marie Benedict, MD

Renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie caused quite the stir when she mysteriously vanished in 1926. Her car was found at the edge of a pond, but her family had no idea where she went, and a massive manhunt ensued. Christie reappeared 11 days later, only creating more questions when she claimed she couldn’t remember where she had been. This much is known fact. But in her latest work of historical fiction, author Marie Benedict shares her own take on why Christie disappeared, focusing on her unfaithful husband. Benedict, a lawyer as well as the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, specializes in bringing tales of historical women to life.

 

Black Widows (February 2021, ISBN 9781728220468) By Cate Quinn

When polygamist Blake Nelson is found dead in rural Utah, his three wives become suspects in his murder. The women are quite different—the obedient wife, the rebel wife, and young naïve wife— and they all have secrets. Could there be another wife? Is a cult involved? This is the first contemporary mystery novel from Quinn, a British journalist and author who writes historical thrillers under the pen name C.S. Quinn and popular romance as Joanna Taylor. Sourcebooks made an offer on Black Widows within just 36 hours of receiving the submission.

 

I Am the Rage (February 2021, ISBN 9781728245072) By Martina McGowan, MD

This visceral, illustrated poetry collection takes readers inside the mind of a Black woman and her thoughts on racial injustice in America. McGowan, a retired doctor, wrote this collection in 2020 as a way to cope with and respond to the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others, as well as the subsequent national protests. McGowan sought feedback from her daughter and granddaughter as she worked through the poems, as a way for them to process these successive crimes against the Black community. The book seeks to both empower those who suffer from injustice, as well as help others better understand what it’s like to experience such racism. 

 

Men Who Hate Women (March 2021, ISBN 9781728236247) By Laura Bates

Feminist author and women’s rights advocate Laura Bates explores the secretive, extremist movement of misogynists who anonymously spew hate at women online. The book came about as Bates investigated the sources of online attacks aimed at her, including death threats and descriptions of rape against her. Bates went undercover both on and offline to discover what she describes as an organized movement of thousands of radicalized men whose hateful ideology has seeped into everyday life. This title is "an astute, shocking exposé that also offers practical solutions," says Kirkus Reviews

 

The Girls in the Stilt House (April 2021, ISBN 9781728217710) By Kelly Mustian

Kelly Mustian’s debut novel transports readers to 1920s Mississippi, where the setting plays an integral role. In the story, two teenage girls from different backgrounds come together to navigate complex and dangerous situations after they’re involved in a murder.  Mustian grew up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement, and she draws on her childhood experiences and observations to convey the contradictory beauty and brutality that runs through the Southern Gothic literary tradition. A great read for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and If the Creek Don’t Rise.

 

The Dead Husband (May 2021, ISBN 978172825081) By Carter Wilson

Rose Yates can’t seem to escape tragedy. After seemingly moving on from the crime that shook her family 20 years ago, she finds herself a widow in her 30s, suspected of her husband’s murder. Yates and her son return to her hometown where she realizes she can’t trust anyone. The thriller, by USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson, is set in the small, affluent town of Bury, New Hampshire. It’s the first time Wilson has created a fictional town for a novel, and he recently finished writing another thriller set in Bury with plot lines that overlap with The Dead Husband.

 

The Girl in His Shadow (May 2021, ISBN 9781728228723) By Audrey Blake

This novel tells the story of Nora Beady, who was orphaned during a mid-19th century pandemic and is subsequently raised by an eccentric surgeon who teaches her his trade. She takes a major risk, breaking the law by secretly working as Dr. Horace Croft’s assistant. But things go awry when Dr. Croft takes on a new surgical resident and Beady attempts to pass as a proper lady, hiding her medical training from him. Nora faces an even tougher dilemma when she makes a major medical discovery. The book is written by Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois under the pen name Audrey Blake.

 

Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World (May 2021, ISBN 9781728238562) By Uju Asika

This timely book aims to help parents talk about race and inclusivity with their children, to combat white supremacy. It covers how parents of all races can talk to their children about ethnic differences and race, deal with racial bullying, and fight against microaggressions. Asika, a Black mom of two Black boys in London, shares examples of the prejudice she and her family have faced and the everyday, system racism she confronts as she strives to raise kind, happy kids. Bringing Up Race also incorporates advice from other parents and experts.

 

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes (May 2021, ISBN 9781492698760) By Xio Axelrod

Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette’s guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and he promised Toni they’d escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back. Years later, Toni is making a name for herself in Philadelphia’s indie scene. When she decides to try out for the hottest new band in the country, she comes face-to-face with the boy from her past who now holds the key to her future. A propulsive read, The Girl with Stars in her Eyes is “the kind of story that will make your heart sing,” says Farrah Rochon, USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project.

 

The Woman They Could Not Silence (June 2021, ISBN 9781492696728) By Kate Moore

In 1860, Elizabeth Packard was sent to an insane asylum by her husband, who was threatened by his wife’s strong opinions and independent spirit. Packard discovered many other sane women who were also committed in an effort to silence them. Despite everything working against her, Packard triumphantly fought against the system and worked to promote women’s rights and mental health reform. It’s the latest historical narrative featuring heroic but forgotten women from Kate Moore, the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Radium Girls.

 

 

 

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