In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Alexis M. Smith’s new novel, an interview with Leland Cheuk, thoughts from drummer Greg Fox, and more.
Alexis M. Smith on Alternate Histories, Earthquake Aftermaths, and Writing “Something I Would Devour”
With her second novel, Alexis M. Smith has pulled off an impressive feat–neatly expanding her range as a writer without losing sight of the strengths that made her first novel so appealing. That debut was Glaciers, a sharply observed book about a librarian’s everyday routine and the bond she forms with a onetime soldier. Her new novel, Marrow Island, is set twenty years after an earthquake devastated the Pacific Northwest; in it, the possibility of connecting with an old friend […]
Afternoon Bites: Alexis M. Smith’s Playlist, Lian Hearn, Rosie Schaap Nonfiction, Lydia Millet, and More
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Alexis M. Smith, new nonfiction from Laina Dawes and Rosie Schaap, and more.
June 2016 brings with it a host of eagerly anticipated books–everything from a history of the great Chicago space The Empty Bottle to new novels by longtime Vol.1 Brooklyn favorites Alexis M. Smith and Gabriel Blackwell. June also brings with it candid memoirs, debut novels, cosmic horror, and fictional takes on everything from South Africa’s recent history to the planet’s future. Here’s a look at some of the books that have caught our eye for the month to come.
In our morning reading: nonfiction from Jami Attenberg, interviews with Joe Hill and Alexis M. Smith, and more.
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Afternoon Bites: Ta-Nehisi Coates, New Alexis M. Smith Fiction, Hari Kunzru on “Dune,” Adam Wilson on Etgar Keret, and More
In our Monday afternoon reading: an excerpt from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Hari Kunzru wrote about Dune, new writing from Jac Jemc and Alexis M. Smith, and more.
Alexis M. Smith‘s 2012 debut Glaciers was a perfectly composed work, moving from the dreamlike to the quotidian and back again. It abounded with lived-in details and evocative images, and was one of our favorite books of that year. We’ve been eager to read her followup to it, and it sounds as though we’ll finally be able to do that next year.