Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lilliam Rivera Make PW’s Summer Reads 2023 List


It’s never too early to plan your summer reading, if you ask us… and if you ask Publishers Weekly, they’ll recommend Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Silver Nitrate and Lilliam Rivera’s Barely Floating as 2023 Summer Reads!

The editors at PW select titles in different categories each year, recommending the books they think stand out in their respective genres. Silver Nitrate lands in the SFF & Horror category, and is forthcoming in mid-July this year. It follows Montserrat, a talented but overlooked film audio engineer, and her best friend Tristán, a charming but faded TV actor battling demons from his past, as they investigate a once-legendary horror director’s final film and the haunting curse that plagues it.

Publishers Weekly also gave Silver Nitrate a starred review, calling the novel “a knockout” — we definitely have to agree with that!

Barely Floating falls in the Middle Grade recommendations, and is publishing in June (just in time to bring to the pool!). This dazzling story centers around Nat, a twelve-year-old swimmer whose life is changed the first time she sees the LA Mermaids, a synchronized swimming team, perform. Despite the misgivings of those who think she doesn’t look the part, Nat becomes determined to shine at her synchronized swimming dreams.

Congratulations Silvia and Lilliam — we can’t wait to see your summer standouts on the shelf!