And here we go, deeper into fall. Daylight Savings Time looms this weekend, making for shorter days and longer nights; colder temperatures beckon. Does that make it the right time of the year to curl up with a book? Well, sure–but is there ever not a good time of year for that? Among the books we’re most excited about this month are bold riffs on detective fiction, genre-defying narratives, and works of fiction and nonfiction that put politics and culture into sharp relief. Here are some November books (plus a pair from the final days of October) that have caught our eye.
In our afternoon reading: a conversation between Idra Novey and Esmé Weijun Wang, a playlist from Donald Quist, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Verónica Gerber Bicecci and Michael A. Ferro, new writing by Idra Novey, and much more.
In our morning reading: revisiting the music of Gill Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, thoughts on collections by Carmen Maria Machado and Denis Johnson, and more.
In our morning reading: Jennifer Tseng and Idra Novey in conversation, a playlist from Elizabeth Hand, and more.
In our morning reading: talking food with Patricia Lockwood, the Best Translated Book Award winners, fiction from Sasha Fletcher, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Sofia Samatar’s new collection, an interview with Charlie Jane Anders, fiction by Gabino Iglesias, and more.
The landscape of literary awards can be an intriguing one to follow. They can point readers in the direction of books that they might enjoy. Seeking a great work of debut fiction? The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize might be a good indicator of your next favorite read. Does work in translation catch your eye? Then the Man Booker International Prize might be an award whose shortlists and award winners are in your wheelhouse. I suspect that one of the reasons […]