As we creep towards the end of the year, there is one title which appears to be on everyone’s lips. Wintering, the phenomenal memoir by Katherine May, has been caught in a relentless whirlwind of press since its US publication by Penguin Random House last month!
Katherine has been having a time like no other; it’s incredible to think that it has only been one month since Wintering‘s American release on the 10th November. Since then, the book has captured the public imagination and soared to uncommon heights.
High-profile American readers have been mesmerised by her takes on the healing power of nature and the necessity of retreat, during life’s most trying times. Actress Gen Padelecki has selected the title for her December Book Club Pick, whilst author and activist Rachel Cargle announced how much she was enjoying the book to her 1.9 million followers this week. In terms of Katherine’s writing peers, household name Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, took to social media to declare her love of the “thoughtful, elegant memoir”, and award-winning memoirist, Cheryl Strayed, has deemed it “absolutely beautiful and engrossing.”
Wintering is the American Bookseller’s Association’s No.1 December pick , and we were thrilled to watch it soar to the top of the regional indie charts last week, peaking at No. 9 in the Pacific Northwest and No. 14 in the Midwest. As of this week, we have received confirmation from the ABA that the book is now an undisputed national indie bestseller – we’re over the moon to announce that it currently sits at No. 10 overall in Hardcover Non-Fiction!
Media attention for the book has been unending – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a major platform which hasn’t released a glowing review or feature. NPR has officially named Wintering as one of their best books of the year, in addition to interviewing Katherine for their ‘Morning Edition’. The book has received outstanding mentions in The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Review, as well as being profiled in round-ups for GenTwenty and Glamour – with much more to follow, we’re sure! Katherine additionally made her New York Times debut last month, with her charming personal essay. We’re also delighted to finally confirm that the book is Veranda magazine’s ‘Sip & Read Book Club Pick‘ for December.
Outlets have been clamouring for a chance to hear more insights from the writer herself; Katherine has graced numerous podcasts since publication, including The goop Podcast, Motherhood Unstressed and The Astral Hustle. In what is truly major news, Krista Tippet will be interviewing Katherine this week for her wildly popular public radio show, On Being, which has a following of 1.5 million listeners. And UK fans, be sure to make a note of the 11th December, when she’ll be starring in Jo Brand’s Channel 4 documentary, How to Stay Sane in a Mad World.
Very fast turnaround – but really pleased with this little show! Made almost completely remotely, under strict covid-protocols. With #JoBrand @RevRichardColes @emmakennytv @DrRanj @josierones @BabatundeComedy @inel @VickiTurk @_katherine_may_ @TheEmanEffectUK @C4Press @Channel4 pic.twitter.com/xyhnTFbbPO
— Sizzles (@IanSizeland) December 8, 2020
On both Penguin Random House’s UK and US socials, Wintering has, unsurprisingly made stellar appearances, being highlighted on PRH UK’s Instagram as a “poignant celebration of the fallow seasons of life“:
Additionally, if you’re in any doubt of the mass reach the book has been having, note its recent highlight in PRH US’ ‘trending this week‘ round-up, alongside names like Charles Yu and Barack Obama!
— Penguin Random House 🐧🏠📚 (@penguinrandom) November 27, 2020
Katherine’s book represents the very best of what non-fiction writing can inspire. ‘Proud’ does not even begin to express how our team has felt watching the book ascend so rapidly and so deservedly. If you, for some reason, haven’t purchased Wintering yet, you certainly need to before the year is out!