Early buzz and praise for Dream Country



Early buzz for DREAM COUNTRY by Shannon Gibney!


DREAM COUNTRY by Shannon Gibney

Dutton / on sale September 11, 2018 / ages 14 & up



«A marvelous literary tapestry.” Booklist, starred review


« “A necessary reckoning.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review


« Historically grand and intimately detailed.” –BCCB, starred review


« “An excellent choice.” –School Library Journal, starred review



THE LILY, the Washington Post’s online vertical for women ran a “Three Questions” interview with Shannon Gibney about DREAM COUNTRY in today’s newsletter. Read and share the full interview here!



The 88 CUPS OF TEA podcast taped an interview with Shannon Gibney onDREAM COUNTRY. The episode will release the first week of September.   


HELLO GIGGLES (11.5 million uvpm) will include DREAM COUNTRY in a “New Releases” roundup the week of September 10th.  


THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE (circ. 260,975) will review DREAM COUNTRYin early September.


THE ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS (circ. 177,349) will run an interview with Shannon Gibney about DREAM COUNTRY to release the week of on-sale, September 10th.  


BOOKRIOT (1.2 million uvpm) recently spotlighted DREAM COUNTRY in both its “What’s Up in YA” newsletter and “Hey YA” podcast.  BOOKRIOT also includedDREAM COUNTRY in a roundup of “Books About Immigrants” roundup.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY included DREAM COUNTRY in a piece on “First-Generation” stories earlier this year.


B&N TEEN highlighted DREAM COUNTRY in its list of “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December.”



This fall Shannon Gibney will participate in a variety of regional appearances including:


September 12 – Dream Country Launch Event

St. Catherine’s University (St. Paul, MN)


September 18  – Local event in conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman

Shoreview Library (Shoreview, MN)


September 21 – Reading & Signing at Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)


October 4 – Heartland Fall Forum (Minneapolis, MN)


October 13 – Twin Cities Book Festival (Minneapolis, MN)


October 19 – Reading & Signing at Marcus Books (Oakland, CA)


November 4 – “Minding Your Mind in Teen Literature” Panel (Excelsior, MN)

Trinity Church, book sales by Excelsior Bay Books




A Midwest Connections Selection


« “A marvelous literary tapestry of family, sacrifice, and dreamsPowerful.”

Booklist, starred review


«  “A moving and melancholic metaphor for the struggle for place and home experienced by those still trapped by the legacy of the triangle of trans-Atlantic trade…. A necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora—an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.”   Kirkus Reviews, starred review


«Historically grand and intimately detailed.”BCCB, starred review


«  “The importance of giving immigrants power to create their own story is wonderfully illustrated in this book. An excellent choice for both public and school libraries.”  School Library Journal, starred review


“[A]n illumination of how humans end up treating each other cruelly and how they resist.” The Horn Book


Remarkable…Gibney weaves this painful history masterfully.” –BookRiot


Dream Country is gut wrenching and incredible.”—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes


“This story, both sprawling and intimate by turns, is a miracle of construction, and Gibney fits its diasporic pieces the way a master should—with a keen eye, an open heart, a courageous spirit, and a sharp, sharp needle. This novel is a remarkable achievement.—Kelly Barnhill, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal


“In Dream Country, Shannon Gibney has masterfully woven together the histories of America and Africa through the multigenerational journeys of young people in search of home and self. Beautifully epic, timely, and outstanding in its breadth and scope, this story truly conveys what it means to be African American.”—Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award Finalist


“Shannon Gibney has taken history and imagination and gelled them into a time machine. Here is tragedy and survival, struggle and love, rendered with precision and an empathy born of a writer who has experienced the ‘dream-loop’ of history. Sometimes a story can’t promise healing, or neat closure. Sometimes a story, even a magical one like this, is the necessary reopening of a wound. —Bao Phi, award winning author of A Different Pond and Thousand Star Hotel

Dream Country is a gift of storytelling, of culture, and of understanding for an America that needs this book desperatelyThrough stories woven of manhood and humanity, of growing up and growing into oneself, Gibney shows us how the worlds between us grow wider even as our world grows smaller. She takes us through time and space to find the heart of an imperfect home.”—Kao Kalia Yang, award winning author of The Latehomecomer

Fans of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing will eagerly embrace this outstanding intergenerational family saga by Shannon Gibney. Skipping across 200 years of history, the characters in Dream Country encounter danger, trauma, and the unwavering desire to find a better life for themselves and their children. This is a must read for 2018 and will have readers of all ages talking and remembering these characters.”—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books





«School Library Journal—starred review!—August issue

«Kirkus Reviews—starred review!—August 15 issue

«Booklist—starred review!—September issue

«BCCB—starred review!—September issue

The Horn Book—review—September/October issue

The Minneapolis Star Tribune—review—September TK

The St. Paul Pioneer Press—interview—September TK



BookRiot’s Hey YA Podcast—mention—July 25 episode

88 Cups of Tea—interview with Shannon—September 6



BookRiot—Books about immigrant roundup—February 23

Minneapolis Star Tribune (online)—cover spotlight—March 7

Publishers Weekly—First-Generation Tales roundup—May 5

B&N Teen–Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December—June 18

BookRiot—What’s Up in YA Newsletter—July 26

The Lily (Washington Post)—Three Questions interview—August 20

HelloGiggles—new releases roundup—September 10 TK

Diversity in YA Guest Post—run-date TK



Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @6:30 PM

Launch Event –  Recital Hall at St. Catherine’s University (St. Paul, MN)

Book Sales by Moon Palace


Tuesday September 18 @ 7 PM

Shoreview Library (Shoreview, MN) – In conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman

Book Sales by Moon Palace


Friday, September 21 @ 7 PM

Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)- Reading and Signing


Thursday, October 4

Heartland Fall Forum (Minneapolis, MN)- Moveable Feast


Saturday, October 13

Twin Cities Book Festival (Minneapolis, MN) – Panel Appearance 


Friday, October 19 @ Time TK

Marcus Books (Oakland, CA) – Reading and signing


Sunday, November 4 @ 3 PM

Trinity Church (Excelsior, MN) – “Minding Your Mind in Teen Literature” Panel

with Kathleen Glasgow, Peter Bognanni, Rachel Gold, & Pete Hautman

Book Sales by Excelsior Bay Books

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