Instead of the usual Friday intern blog post, the Sarabandistas collaborated today to bring you the book news that’s kept all our fingernails a little shorter this past week. We hope that one or more of these upcoming literary offerings entices you as much as it has us!
Something that made me excited this week was walking into a local independent bookstore and seeing Caitlin Horrock’s book, This Is Not Your City, on the “Staff Picks” shelf, just a couple days after its publication date. It shouldn’t have been too surprising, considering that the book has already received several great reviews in the likes of Publisher’s Weekly and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but it’s always exciting to see Sarabande books out in the wild, finding their way into readers’ hands.
Oh, and I found something to add to my bucket list: rigging up one of these. Probably not until after I graduate and move out of a dorm room, though.
I’m still excited after reading the AV Club’s short highlight of the forthcoming Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons from Fantagraphics. My excitement for the weekend: a glass of spiked lemonade, hanging out in my hammock rereading “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
I am mostly excited about croquet and Pimm’s Cups this weekend, all in honor of a very exciting visit from a friend. But I will add to that my other splurge: Teju Cole’s Open City. I’ve been trying to read a lot of nonfiction this summer (reading lists are one of the very few places I get competitive), but a Sebaldian novel deserves an exception.
The book news from this week that’s got me excited is the upcoming September 27th release of the third book in Clive Barker’s Abarat series after a seven-year hiatus, titled Absolute Midnight. If you’re not familiar with the series, Abarat tells the story of an otherwordly archipelago of 25 islands, in which each hour of the day is represented by an island, and a seemingly ordinary girl named Candy who discovers Abarat when an enchanted ocean flows unexpectedly into her hometown of Chickentown, USA. Juvenile fiction or not, the Abarat books still mesmerize me with the fantastic plot, imaginative characters, and hundreds of gorgeous and eerie paintings that accompany each volume. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of Absolute Midnight when it’s available, maybe along with a map of the Abarat islands for my dorm room wall to whisk me away when the stress starts in.
Do you have some book news that’s keeping you awake? Leave it in the comments below!