It’s been a busy time for writer, publisher, and podcaster J. David Osborne. In the last year or so, he relocated to El Paso from Portland, Oregon; he oversaw new editions of two of his novels, By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends and Blood and Water; he collaborated with Cody Goodfellow on the taut crime novel The Snake Handler; and he released the long-in-the-works followup to his book Black Gum, A Minor Storm. Like the best of his work, A Minor Storm blends a resonant sense of the familiar with a powerful dose of the surreal and dangerous. We talked about his new book, podcasting, and his experiences with Patreon via email over the course of a few days.
As June approaches, the temperatures outside are rising, and various dreams of a long spring are dashed until next year. June also brings with it a host of books we’ve been eager to read for a while now, including new books by longtime favorites, structurally bold works that take literature into new places, and short fiction that ventures into surreal and sinister places. Here’s a look at some of the books we’re most excited about for June.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Jesse Ball and Nicolás Obregón, poetry by Christine Kitano, and more.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Jesmyn Ward and Brian Allen Carr, an interview with Kristen Radtke, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Victor LaValle, thoughts on books by Melissa Febos and Scott McClanahan, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jarret Middleton and Jeff Jackson, five lost science fiction classics, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Jac Jemc’s new novel, interviews with Teju Cole and Scott McClanahan, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on books by Lindsay Hunter and Gabrielle Civil, interviews with Steve Erickson and Monica Drake, and more.