In our morning reading: thoughts on a Sonic Youth live album, an interview with David Grann, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Interviewing Christine Sneed, Hannah Sloane’s Recommendations, Paul Tremblay’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Christine Sneed, book recommendations from Hannah Sloane, and more.
And now it’s July. Most of the time, when we assemble these lists, there are one or two themes that stand out across the books selected. This time out, it’s a little more of a grab bag: a little experimental fiction here, a little translated comics there. Still, we’re very enthusiastic about what the month has in store, including new books from some longtime favorites — and a few Sunday Stories alumni.
A couple of years ago, while on a trip to a city I’d wanted to visit in ages, I ended up with an extra night there due to a canceled flight. At least, I nominally had an extra night in town — but instead, I stayed in my hotel room because I’d just started reading Paul G. Tremblay‘s The Cabin at the End of the World — and there was no way I was going to put it down before I knew how it ended. Since then, I’ve sought out more of his work, impressed by both his command of dread and his ability to sustain narrative ambiguity across the space of a novel. Knock at the Cabin, an adaptation of the novel that first drew me to Tremblay’s work, is now in theaters, and provided the perfect backdrop to talk to him about his work, the movies, and the places they intersect.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Erika T. Wurth and Deeshaw Philyaw, a playlist from Daniel Torday, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Paige Clark’s Collection, Revisiting Paul Tremblay, Vladimir Sorokin’s Dystopia, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Paige Clark and Vladimir Sorokin, the case against prison book bans, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Elvia Wilk, notable books in translation, and more.
What are we looking forward to reading this month? Stories of the uncanny, for one thing. Candid true-life stories, for another. If there’s a running theme here, it might well involve New England, which several of the writers with books out this month have ties to. Does this prefigure us spinning off Vol. 1 New England? We can’t say for sure, but if you read on, we can point you in the direction of some notable July books.