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Silver Press is a new feminist publisher based in London. Forthcoming titles include Leonora Carrington’s The Debutante and Other Stories, which you can read about here, as well as the first U.K. edition of Audre Lorde’s essays and poetry.
Recommended Reading: “The Shallows” by Christopher R. Alonso.
Bruce Springsteen’s archive is headed to Monmouth University, which is located in his hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey.
People Who Eat Darkness author Richard Lloyd Parry’s forthcoming book on the Tōhoku earthquake and its aftermath, Ghosts of the Tsunami, will be released some time in late summer/early fall, and BBC Radio put together a 30-minute teaser to tide you over until then. You can also check out Parry’s moving yet unsettling piece for the London Review of Books.
New this week: Human Acts by Han Kang; Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh; Glaxo by Hernán Ronsino; The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen; and Transit by Rachel Cusk. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.
“Publishing is also an industry that selectively values a kind of swaggering authenticity that would never capitulate to demands for something so banal as being nice. But authenticity is too often a short hand for callous, aloof, or honest for the purpose of cruelty rather than truth-seeking.” Alana Massey writes about the “niceness” of publishing.
Margaret Wise Brown was nothing if not an interesting figure. The Goodnight Moon author, whose life is the subject of a new biography, loved hunting, partying and staging stunts, among them founding a club that claimed they could reschedule Christmas. She kept homes in Greenwich Village and a tiny island off Maine. At Slate, Laura Miller reads the new book by Amy Gary. You could also read our own Jacob Lambert’s critical review of kid’s picture books.
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Norwegian by Night Derek B. Miller
The Sellout Paul Beatty
The Trespasser Tana French
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
Moonglow Michael Chabon
Ninety-Nine Stories of God Joy Williams
Commonwealth Ann Patchett
Here I Am Jonathan Safran Foer
The North Water Ian McGuire
Swing Time Zadie Smith