Although the books I’m forever meaning to read are piled high already — these towers of tomes that will one day most likely crush me — there are still more books I’m gearing up for.
Here are nine titles I’m excited for in Publishing World F/W 2014.
1. NO BRASS, NO AMMO by John Sheppard (Moon Cove Publishing – Coming out in late summer)
2. GEEK SUBLIME: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra (Graywolf Press – September 2, 2014)
3. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Courtney Moreno (McSweeney’s – September 9, 2014)
4. URBAN GOTHIC by Bruce Benderson (Itna Press – October 21, 2014)
5. THE JANE AUSTEN RULES: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by Sinead Murphy (Melville House – October, 2014)
6. 300,000,000 by Blake Bulter (Harper Perennial – October 14, 2014)
7. THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson (FSG – November 4, 2014)
8. THE DEEP ZOO: Essays by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press – January 2015)
9. QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Alexander Chee (Houghton Mifflin – Early 2015, I think … Can’t find a date and it’s next year but regardless am excited)
This season I’m looking for a bit of renegade excitement and, as always, love.
That’s why I’m particularly eager for The Jane Austen Rules. Books that purport to provide self-help are a guilty pleasure of mine, so Murphy’s “Classic Guide to Modern Love” will be most useful.In general, it is nearly impossible to give others advice about love; however, I think Jane Austen is up to the challenge.
Also, Urban Gothic by that old, jolly harlequin Bruce Benderson looks to be quite intriguing. Earlier this month, I heard him read a tale from this collection and thought, well, I’d definitely enjoy reading the rest. And, finally, there’s Queen of the Night, a book which has been in the hopper for some time. It’s set in 19th-century France, so you know it’ll be grand.