In our afternoon reading: Joshua Chaplinsky on his literary influences, thoughts on Téa Obreht’s fiction, and more.
What does April have in store for avid readers? Mind-expanding fiction, incisive nonfiction, and emotionally affecting poetry — and that’s just the beginning. What is perhaps most notable about this month’s intriguing books is how wide a range they cover, from traditional to experimental. Regardless of where your own tastes fall, there’s likely something due out this month that will get your attention. Here’s a look at some of the April books that have piqued ours.
Morning Bites: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tournament of Books Championship, Joshua Chaplinsky, Hanif Abdurraqib Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Kaitlyn Greenidge and Hanif Abdurraqib, thoughts on Joshua Chaplinsky’s new novel, and more.
Morning Bites: Jeremy Robert Johnson, Paul Tremblay Fiction, Karen Tei Yamashita, Claire Cronin Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Jeremy Robert Johnson’s new novel, an interview with Claire Cronin, and more.
Morning Bites: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Joshua Chaplinsky Interviewed, Hart Island, “Little Women” on Film, and More
In our morning reading: a look back at the Art Ensemble of Chicago, an interview with Joshua Chaplinsky, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kimberly King Parsons, Leland Cheuk Interviewed, Great Indigenous Writers, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Kimberly King Parsons and Leland Cheuk, great books by Indigenous authors, and more.
Joshua Chaplinsky‘s new collection, Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape, boasts one of the best titles I’ve seen in ages and a cover that suggests some lost cosmic horror classic. The stories contained within range in tone from surreal to horrific to satirical; it’s a terrific statement of purpose, and one that never lets the reader rest. I talked with Chaplinsky about the genesis of the book, the ways in which it came together, and what’s next for him.
Afternoon Bites: Nick Cave, Joshua Chaplinsky Interviewed, Shea Serrano, Boduf Songs’ Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Nick Cave’s new album, an interview with Shea Serrano, and more.