Well, it’s May. The last two weeks have brought to mind both winter and summer; evidently, spring this year is going for more of a median than an actual season. Much like that fluctuation, May brings with it a wide-ranging cohort of books, encompassing everything from bold travelogues to surreal comics. What are we excited about reading this month? Here are a few of the books that caught our eye.
In our morning reading: Daphne A. Brooks and Hanif Abdurraqib in conversation, exploring the music of Claire Rousay, and more.
In our morning reading: exploring Sara Gallardo’s fiction, an excerpt from Nicole Kornher-Stace’s new novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: news from the PEN World Voices Festival, interviews with Jessica Hopper and B. Catling, a look inside Two Lines Press, and more.
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press, 256 p. At some point, I’m going to be able to think of an easy way to describe Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Archivist Wasp. Maybe I am, anyway. On the one hand, it’s a deeply primal story: a hero following the lead of a more ambiguous figure, journeying on a quest into the underworld, and facing demons personal and literal along the way. It’s classified as YA–at least, that’s one of the genres […]
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jen Doll, Meredith Graves, and Nicole Kornher-Stace; thoughts on the new album from The Weather Station; and more.