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Books: PW Picks Top 20 Fall Sleepers


It’s easy to overlook hidden gems that don’t have the PR machines of big publishing houses behind them to boost them to the almighty bestseller lists. Don’t worry—Publishers Weekly has compiled a list of fall must-reads from independent presses that will keep us entertained nonetheless.

From “Rousing the Sleepers: Top 20 hand-sells from independent presses this fall (plus 20 more online only) by Judith Rosen of Publishers Weekly

“Although last fall was known for its “embarrassment of riches,” this fall’s title selection is plenty strong as well. “I feel great about the fall—the momentum is already here. I see tons of stuff about the end of the book is nigh, but I keep selling books,” says Sheryl Cotleur, buying director of Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif., which has sold over a thousand copies of David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet” this summer. “Besides,” says Mark Mouser, manager of general books at University Book Store in Seattle, “a less crowded field gives us more opportunity to find unnoticed gems and sell the heck out of them.”

Check out the rest of the article and full list of titles here.