News in August 2019

News in August 2019

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
16th August, 2019

Barack Obama has shared his summer reading list. One of the books he recommends is EXHALATION by Ted Chiang. Obama says Chiang’s second collection of speculative short stories “will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.” Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.

FIND ME by Andre Aciman
16th August, 2019

Andre Aciman’s sequel to his bestselling novel CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, is one of PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on October 29, 2019.

ASTRO POETS by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky
16th August, 2019

Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky’s ASTRO POETS, based on their hit Twitter account, is one of PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019. Flatiron Books will publish ASTRO POETS on October 29, 2019.

LOVE AT FIRST LIKE by Hannah Orenstein
16th August, 2019

Hannah Orenstein’s LOVE AT FIRST LIKE received lots of love from Bustle, landing on their End-of-Summer Reading and 11 Rom-Coms About Love in the Age of the Internet lists. AP has a wonderful review of LOVE AT FIRST LIKE, picked up in the San Francisco Chronicle. Hannah joined Buzzfeed’s morning show AM2DM to discuss her book and how social media affects relationships. Atria published the book on August 6, 2019.

 HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
16th August, 2019

The New York Times chose HEAVY as one of their 50 best memoirs of the past 50 years. It is, they write, “full of sharp, heart-rending thoughts about growing up black in the United States, and his fraught relationship with his body — Laymon’s weight has severely fluctuated over the years, a subject he plumbs with great sensitivity. This is a gorgeous, gutting book that’s fueled by candor yet freighted with ambivalence. It’s full of devotion and betrayal, euphoria and anguish.” Scribner published the book on October 16, 2018.

COMMUTE by Erin Williams
16th August, 2019

Erin Williams debut graphic memoir, is one of PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019. Abrams ComicArts will publish the book on October 8, 2019.

HOW TO READ THE AIR by Dinaw Mengestu
16th August, 2019

Barack Obama, for his summer reading list, testifies that reading Dinaw Mengestu’s HOW TO READ THE AIR will give you “a better sense of the complexity and redemption within the American immigrant story.” Riverhead published the book on October 14, 2010.

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
6th August, 2019

De’Shawn Charles Winslow was interviewed about his debut novel on the most recent edition of the New York Times Book Review podcast. The book also received a rave review in the New York Times book review which said “From the first page, Winslow establishes an uncanny authority and profound tone that belie the book’s debut status…Much of the story is told through dialogue, rich and truthful conversations among characters reminiscent of those in August Wilson’s plays, expressing so much more than what is on the surface." Bloomsbury Publishing published the book on June 4, 2019.

LOVE AT FIRST LIKE by Hannah Orenstein
6th August, 2019

Hannah Orenstein’s LOVE AT FIRST LIKE is one of Glamour’s Best Romance Novels, Cosmopolitan UK’s New Good Books to Read, and Buzzfeed’s Best Summer Romance Novels. Atria will publish the book on August 6, 2019.

SCREEN TESTS by Kate Zambreno
6th August, 2019

Kate Zambreno’s SCREEN TESTS, previously excerpted in the Paris Review, has received extensive coverage upon its publication. On July 29, SSENSE published a feature on Zambreno, with Claire Marie Healy writing that the new collection “is full of jokes. In it, [Zambreno] twists around moments that feel glamorous, tragic, and bleakly ironic… Reading Zambreno has always felt more intimate than many writers: with Screen Tests, she is more teasing than before. Because what’s more intimate than a joke?” Harper Perennial published the book on July 23, 2019.

HOW TO BREAK THE WORLD by Quinn Slobodian
6th August, 2019

On July 25, the New York Times published an op-ed by Quinn Slobodian and Alexander Kentikelenis on the same topic as Prof. Slobodian’s forthcoming book HOW TO BREAK THE WORLD. “Right-wing economic nationalists speak of increasing the welfare of ‘their’ people,” Slobodian writes, “but they do so by scapegoating outsiders and turning a blind eye to — if not actively supporting — the very machinery that has helped produce domestic inequality. Without democratizing finance, wealth will never be shared in a way that rewards people fairly for their labor.” Metropolitan will publish the book in 2022.