And it’s October, home of colder weather, heated political talk, and a growing number of Halloween decorations. Awards season shortlists are growing; so too are lists of seasonally-appropriate scary books. (We’ve got a few of those here as well.) So here’s a look at some of the October books that have caught our attention.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the writings of Colson Whitehead and Tommy Pico, an interview with Daniel Saldaña París, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Amber Sparks and Morgan Parker, a preview of fall books, and more.
Putting together this list of standout fiction published so far this year wasn’t an easy task, mostly because it could just as easily have been twice as long. It’s been a very good year for fiction, whether your tastes head more towards classical storytelling, or narrative innovation, or incisive societal observations. What follows is a list of some of the books published in the first half of 2016 that have impressed us the most.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Daniel Saldaña París and Kathleen Alcott, Jason Diamond on The Empty Bottle, 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.