The Booksellers Association has named Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson as its Fiction Book of the Month for February, and Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans as Children’s Book of the Month.
From debut author Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water is the story of two young Black British artists, one a dancer, the other a photographer, who fall in love, only to be torn apart by violence and fear. Exploring what it means to be a person in a world which views you only as a Black body, Open Water is a potent study of race and masculinity, and how it feels to find safety in love, only to lose it. Open Water is published by Viking Books on 4th February and is available for pre-order from bookshops now.
Author Caleb Azumah Nelson said, “Independent bookstores have been integral to my journey. As a reader, I have spent many afternoons browsing, being offered recommendations which have shaped and moulded me. As a writer, I’m thankful for the support they have shown. In both instances, I am grateful for the community and kindness afforded by independent bookstores, big and small.”
Vi Spy: Licence to Chill is the first in a new series from Who Let The Gods Out? author Maz Evans, starring Vi Spy, the young daughter of a super villain and a super spy. While her parents divorce, an evil mastermind plots to take over the world – and only Vi can stop him. Vi Spy: Licence to Chill is published by Chicken House Books on 4th February and is available for pre-order now.
Author Maz Evans commented on the book’s selection, “I am absolutely beside myself to be your Children’s Book of the Month! Over the past few years it has been my privilege to work with so many incredible indies and see the amazing work you do for schools and communities. It will be my proud honour to fly the flag for our beloved indie bookshops, which remain a vital haven of tranquillity in these crazy times. Thank you so very, very much for the wonder that you bring.”
Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Vi Spy: Licence to Chill and Open Water throughout February on social media.