Full disclosure: I blurbed Oliver Zarandi’s new collection Soft Fruit in the Sun, so I’m not exactly an impartial observer when it comes to his writing. But that’s not a bad thing: Zarandi is a writer worth championing, someone whose writing takes readers to wholly unexpected places and revels in bizarre yet familiar imagery. And so we talked about the making of his collection, the writers he admirers most, and what his take is on the current Premier League season.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Tash Aw, essays from Gabrielle Bellot and Oliver Zarandi, and more.
And lo, we’re in September. Nominally, the weather should start to get cooler; by month’s end, we might just see the first glimmerings of the coziness that autumn brings. What are we looking forward to reading this month? A whole array of books, from new works by old favorites to long-awaited debuts. There’s a lot to look forward to here; what follows is a look at some of the books we’re most excited about.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Rachel Lyon, news on a film adaptation of Nico Walker’s novel, and more.
In our morning reading: fiction by Mia Couto, reviews of books by Elizabeth McCracken and Yiyun Li, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the fiction of Cristina Rivera Garza, Jeff Jackson-inspired posters, an interview with Gabino Iglesias, and more.
In our afternoon reading: book recommendations from Roxane Gay, new nonfiction by Amanda Petrusich and Nancy Hightower, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Rachel B. Glaser, new writing by Rosie Schaap and Oliver Zarandi, and more.