At the District's Discussion Leaders meeting in August, Penguin First Flights was mentioned as a good resource for learning about titles by debut authors. The program is run by Penguin using forthcoming debut titles with monthly live chat sessions hosted by Nora Rawlinson of EarlyWord.
The titles vary from genre to genre, so one month the book may be a mystery or science fiction and the next month it could be literary fiction or fantasy. The main connection between the books is that they are always forthcoming titles by debut authors.
A few titles previously introduced in First Flights are: The City of Women by David R. Gillham, The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill, The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker, Archetype by M. E. Waters, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal and Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer. As I mentioned before, the debut titles cover a wide range of genres.
The October debut title is Unbecoming: a Novel by Rebecca Scherm - "a thriller about a small-town girl who charms her way into the world of international art fraud." (Penguin) The author chat session for this title will be held October 22 starting at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time.
One of the perks of being a member of Penguin First Flights is receiving an ARC of the next title (for FREE!) in the mail - a month before the live author chat session. This allows participants time to read the book and be prepared for the chat session. NOTE: you are not required to submit comments during the chat, you can just 'lurk' during the session if you wish. This can be handy if you haven't finished the book but would still like to learn about the title and/or the author ... :-)
Participants receive email reminders ahead of each chat session and also have the opportunity to submit questions about the book (or the author) in advance.
If you are interested in the Penguin First Flights program, click on the link listed under RECOMMEND SITES.