Sunday, May 15, 2016

The pre-publication of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's next novel, entitled The Underground Railroad, will be published on September 13, August 2, 2016. That seems like a while from now, but his publisher Doubleday and book industry commentators have already been subtly getting the word out about the book.

The publication of Whitehead's novel in the fall, widely known as an important season within the book publishing industry, signals his high value to Doubleday. Whereas I usually publish my "coverage of" a little closer to the upcoming release dates of books, I decided to post my tracking of Whitehead's novel 7 months prior to the release of The Underground Railroad. For one, I want to highlight some of the extensive pre-publication coverage for a major African American author for some of my readers. In addition, I wanted to make aspects of my own approaches to how I follow the roll-out of one of my favorite writer's new books.

• July 22: The Underground Railroad, Literally Underground - Diane Patrick - Publishers Weekly
• May 17: 10 Great Galleys From BookExpo America 2016 - Boris Kachka - Vulture
• May 13: Colson Whitehead on The Underground Railroad | Book Expo America 2016 - Book View Now - Jeffrey Brown
• May 12: BEA 2016: A Rather 'Adult' Adult Breakfast - Judith Rosen - Publishers Weekly 
• May 12: BEA 2016: Books by Whitehead, Patchett Among Show’s Biggest - Louisa Ermelino - Publishers Weekly
• May 12: Tough talk on slavery, politics at BookExpo - Jocelyn McClurg - USA Today
• April 13: The Underground Railroad - Kirkus Reviews  
• April 10: The Underground Railroad - Publishers Weekly
• January 28: 23 of the most anticipated books of 2016 - Paul S. Makishima  - Boston Globe
• January 24: Writer Colson Whitehead keeps breaking boundaries - Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer 
• January 5: The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016 -  Jonathon Sturgeon - Flavor Wire

• December 30: 25 books we can't wait to read in 2016 - Isabella Biedenharn and Tina Jordan - Entertainment Weekly
• December 29: The Year Ahead for Readers - John Williams - New York Times

Whitehead's tweets announcing The Underground Railroad: 
• January 15: "The Underground Railroad" gets a cover

• November 25: Fall 2016

Colson Whitehead

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