In our weekend reading: exploring Sandra Cisneros’s literary influence, nonfiction from Robert Lopez and Kristen Arnett, and more.
Whether she’s navigating the secrets people keep from one another or venturing into the world of the uncanny, Jac Jemc has established a particularly haunting corner of fiction where she explores the unpredictable and disquieting. This week brings with it the release of False Bingo, her second collection of short fiction, and one which demonstrates Jemc’s impressive range as a writer. I talked with her about the collection’s origins, her work in both the supernatural and realistic, and caught a glimpse of what might be next from her.
Besides the promise of cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, and sweaters on the rise, what does October have to offer? If you’re looking for new books to read, the answer is “plenty.” This month brings with it candid and harrowing memoirs, stunning short fiction, and expansive novels — a fantastic array of literary work to carry you into the autumn. Here’s a look at some of our most-anticipated books for the month.
Weekend Bites: Maaza Mengiste, Jac Jemc on Ghost Stories, Farooq Ahmed, N. K. Jemisin on Comics, and More
In our weekend reading: reviews of books by Maaza Mengiste and Farooq Ahmed, book recommendations from Jac Jemc, and more.
Afternoon Bites: PJ Harvey, Dennis Cooper Interviewed, Jac Jemc Fiction, Lucas Mann’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: a look back at a classic PJ Harvey album, fiction by Jac Jemc, an interview with Dennis Cooper, and more.
In our afternoon reading: fiction by Jac Jemc, news of a new anthology edited by Chris Abani, and more.
Certain themes keep popping up in the fiction that impressed us most this year: the potential horrors of ambiguity, the nature of immigration, the threat of state violence, mysteries that can’t be solved, and the malleability of memory. That’s not too surprising, given the year we’ve had. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fiction from the year that was.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Kobo Abe and Renee Gladman, fiction by Luke B. Goebel, and more.