Interesting New Books — 2017

Remember to check back often. This list grows with time.

Note: I try to make this a curated list, taking a variety of factors into account. Just because you don’t see a certain book on this list, it doesn’t mean I think it’s bad.

And also remember, publishers love to change their release dates. These dates are current as of when I tracked down the data.


Enigma Variations: A Novel by André Aciman. Jan 3.

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund. Jan 10. Knausgaard and his bro on football.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. Jan 10. As a fan of Schweblin’s stories, this is exactly the novel I hoped she would write.

Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson. Jan 17. The overlap between culture and politics.

The Old King in His Exile by Arno Geiger. Jan 17.

Recitation by Bae Suah. Jan 24. Possibly Korea’s most interesting contemporary author.

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra. Feb 7. I’ve read this one. Definitely worth your time.

Translating Translating Apollinaire by bpNichol. Feb 7.

300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. Feb 7.

The Magician of Vienna by Sergio Pitol. Feb 14.

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin. Lauren has been a friend and colleague (and co-author!) for years now. Very excited for this one.

A Separation by Katie Kitamura. Feb 7.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders. Feb 14. MFA wet dream come true.

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee. Feb 21. Coetzee is always worth a look, if not always making good on his promise. Still, this is an event.

As I Stand Living by Christopher Higgs. February 22.

A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault edited by Joanna C. Valente. Feb 22.

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli. Feb 28.

Bright Air Black by David Vann. Mar 7. A novel of Medea.

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion. Mar 7.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Mar 7.

The Uruguayan Book of the Dead by Mario Bellatín. Mar 14.

Rain: And Other Stories by Mia Couto. Mar 14.

Frontier by Can Xue. Mar 14.

How We Speak to One Another by Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold. Mar 14. New takes on the essay by one of its most interesting practitioners.

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic by Ganesh Sitaraman. Mar 14.

More Alive and Less Lonely by Jonathan Lethem. March 14. New essays by Lethem.

White Tears by Hari Kunzru. Mar 14.

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper. Mar 14.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell. March 14.

The Exploded View by Ivan Vladislavic. March 28.

The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible by Sarah Ruden. Mar 28. Bible translation is a fascinating subject.

Compass by Mathias Enard. March 28. Word is, this is better than Zone.

Literature Class, Berkeley 1980 by Julio Cortázar. Mar 28. This is a class I wanna take.

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo. April 4. Seems like a story that needs to be told.

Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays by Mary Gaitskill. Apr 4.

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town by Filip Springer. Apr 4. Translator Sean Bye told me all about this one and it sounds really interesting. More Polish reportage!

Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between by Darran Anderson. Apr 10. If you follow this guy on Twitter, you know this is going to be a cool book.

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. Apr 11. This sounds really fascinating.

The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai. Apr 15. This is a delectable little tidbit off of Krasznahorkai’s Moby Dick book.

Collected Poems by Thomas Bernhard. Apr 15. Fitting this is slated to release the same day as Krasznahorkai.

Walks with Walser by Carl Seelig. Apr 25. Commentaries from the guy who hung with Walser in the sanatorium.

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaoji. May 2. Her other book (Last Words from Montmartre) got deserved comparisons to Lispector.

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson. May 2.

Hadriana in All My Dreams by René Depestre. May 2. An icon of Haitian literature who has been underappreciated in translation.

Milena, or The Most Beautiful Femur in the World by Jorge Zepeda Patterson. May 2. I would definitely check out anything Adrian Nathan West translates.

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami. May 9.

House of Names by Colm Toibin. May 9. A new novel by Colm Toibin. That’s a big fucking deal.

General Intellects: Twenty Five Thinkers for the 21st Century by McKenzie Wark. May 9. A lot of thinkers to know about in here.

The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán. May 16. Fresán is a huge talent, and this is a huge book.

Prose Architectures by Renee Gladman. May 16.

Broken River: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon. May 16.

Wolf Hunt by Ivailo Petrov. May 16.

The Illustrious House of Ramires by José Maria de Eça de Queirós. May 23. Eça de Queirós was a god, and this is a translation by another deity (Margaret Jull Costa), so make sure to take a look.

Nest in the Bones: Stories by Antonio Benedetto. May 23. Never-before-translated stories by the author of Zama. Need I say more?

The King in the Golden Mask by Marcel Schwob. May 23.

The Table by Francis Ponge. May 23.

The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof by César Aira. May 30. More Aira.

This is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature, eds. Ahdaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton. Jun 1.

Dear Cyborgs: A Novel by Eugene Lim. Jun 6.

Black Moses: A Novel by Alain Mabanckou. Jun 6.

The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce. Jun 6.

Futureman by David Avidan. Jun 13. The first English translation of a radical stylist.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie. Jun 13.

So Much Blue: A Novel by Percival Everett. Jun 13. A man makes a mysterious painting.

Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera. Jun 13. More Herrera.

The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman. Jun 13.

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein. Jun 13.

Mac y su contratiempo by Enrique Vila-Matas. June 13.

Scribbled in the Dark: Poems by Charles Simic. Jun 13.

The Golden Cockerel & Other Writings by Juan Rulfo. Jun 27.

These Possible Lives and I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy. Jul 25. People on Twitter were going to bonkers over Fleur Jaeggy that I remembered the name.

Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish. Jun 27. Welcome reissue of a great Oulipian work. Guess what the constraint is.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams. July 3.

On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor. July 4. Paperback release of a book you may have missed and should really give a look to.

Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility by Francesco Berardi. July 4.

The Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News by Arkady Ostrovsky. July 4.

Class, Race and Marxism by David Roediger. July 4.

The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor. July 11. His only novel.

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat. July 11.

Moving Kings: A Novel by Joshua Cohen. Jul 11.

Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller by Guðberger Bergsson. July 11. Reputed to be the “Icelandic Ulysses.”

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett. July 11. Available for the first time in paperback.

Like a Fading Shadow: A Novel by Antonio Muñoz Molina. Jul 18.

History is Our Mother: Three Libretti: Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, The Magic Flute by Alice Goodman. July 18. You don’t need to like opera to love these brilliant libretti.

The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt. July 18.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan. July 25.

Beast: A Novel by Paul Kingsnorth. Aug 1. The middle book in the bizarre trilogy that began with a book in pseudo-Old English and ends in the year 3000. Also see his volume of essays.

The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet. Aug 1.

A Doll for Throwing: Poems by Mary Jo Bang. Aug 15.

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder. Aug 15.

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 by Frank Bidart. Aug 15.

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk. Aug 22.

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark. Aug 29.

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. Sep 5.

Unreconciled: Poems 1991-2013; A Bilingual Edition by Michel Houellebecq. Sep 5.

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander. Sep 5.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn. Sep 12.

Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult by D. Nurkse. Sep 12.

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. Sep 15.

Belladonna by Dasa Drndric. Sep 15.

Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking by Eric Lax. Oct 3.

Concluding by Henry Green. Oct 15.

The Kites by Romain Gary. Oct 15.

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks. Oct 24.

The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman. Nov 7.

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai. Nov 15.

The Vanishing Princess: Stories by Jenny Diski. Dec 5.

The Bakkhai by Euripides (tr. Anne Carson). Dec 15.

Time of Gratitude by Gennady Aygi. Dec 15.

Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries by Martha Collins and Kevin Prufer. November 7. Cool-looking anthology all about translating poetry.

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