What does this November hold for us, in terms of new books? For whatever reason, this month seems to abound with compelling fiction, from gripping tales of characters in flux to immersive explorations of inner lives. Some of the books we’re most excited about are the latest works from writers we admire; others fall into the category of highly-anticipated debuts. As the weather outside gets colder, here are some suggestions for your autumn reading.
In our afternoon reading: Alexandra Kleeman recommends Staten Island things, reviews of books by Christian TeBordo and Sarah Hall, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kristen Millares Young’s new novel, an interview with Adam Wilson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a review of Lee Rourke’s new novel, interviews with Cathy Park Hong and Dmitry Samarov, and more.
I met Christian TeBordo years ago at the Rainbo Club. He’s a regular. His spot is by the door, facing west. There’s a calm, self-contained quality to the way he carries himself. There’s no smartphone, notebook, or any other accessory on the bartop in front of him; just his pint of beer on the bar and a thoughtful expression on his face. He doesn’t look bored or lonely or sad like so many solitary drinkers do. The visit to the bar is clearly part of a routine. I find out later it’s the mid-point stop on his return from work between the Blue Line and home. For years we waved familiarly but rarely talked. I’m not in the habit of intruding on others’ space without a good reason. I knew TeBordo was a writer of some kind and that he was a professor at Roosevelt University, but not much more than that.
How We Lived on Main Street
by Christian TeBordo
Of course, none of us actually lived on Main Street. Main Street was for commerce. Main Street was for you. For us, Main Street was an opportunity, the opportunity, mostly, to serve you. And what a delight it now seems, not to have served you — none of us ever found ourselves missing that aspect of it — but the things we were privileged to serve.
The fact that this month’s list is larger than usual is but one indication that May looks to be an especially strong month for books. The works we’re most excited about span a variety of styles and genres, from essential writing about books and music to reissues of underrated works of fiction and nonfiction. Whether your tastes run towards the classical or the experimental, there’s a lot to enjoy; that the onset of spring means that you can do so […]
Three years ago, Christian TeBordo’s collection The Awful Possibilities grabbed our attention and held on tight. We hosted TeBordo for an event later that year, and were equally impressed with his live presence. The man’s a fine writer and a fine reader; not a bad combination. This week, we learned that Rescue Press will be releasing TeBordo’s next book, the novel Toughlahoma, next year. Rescue describes it as “a history, a scripture, a goddamn dithyramb, and a public relations campaign all in one.” […]