In our afternoon reading: an interview with Manuel Astur, thoughts on new books by Jim Woodring and Achy Obejas, and more.
In our morning reading: exploring the work of Halldor Laxness, an excerpt from Nghi Vo’s new novel, and more.
As the year draws to a close, plenty of lists are appearing online looking back at the literary highlights of 2018. (Spoiler: we’ll have some of those in the coming weeks as well.) But the year isn’t over yet, and December still has plenty of intriguing books to offer us. From acclaimed and award-winning fiction to unpredictable poetry to challenging literature in translation, here are some of the most notable books due out this December.
Morning Bites: Achy Obejas, Bill Roorbach’s Playlist, Osama Alomar, Joanna C. Valente Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: fiction by Achy Objeas, interviews with Joanna C. Valente and Osama Alomar, and more.
Morning Bites: Alexis Coe on the Gold Rush, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Darryl Pinckney Interviewed, Vijay Iyer, and More
In our morning reading: new nonfiction from Alexis Coe, interviews with Jonathan Lee and Tanwi Nandini Islam, and more.
Reviewed by Tobias Carroll Akashic, 2009 205 p. Political novels aren’t easy. More specifically: subtle political novels aren’t easy. It’s one thing to make the case for a particular viewpoint by enlisting the aid of ideologically-opposed straw men; it’s far more difficult to thoroughly cover a contentious topic without resorting to talking points or cliche. Consider two novels that use the chaos of the 2000 presidential election as their background. Paul Auster’s The Brooklyn Follies stops dead in its tracks […]