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.
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.
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.
300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. Feb 7.
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.
Bright Air Black by David Vann. Mar 7. A novel of Medea.
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.
More Alive and Less Lonely by Jonathan Lethem. March 14. New essays by Lethem.
White Tears by Hari Kunzru. Mar 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.
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.
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.
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 Table by Francis Ponge. May 23.
The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof by César Aira. May 30. More Aira.
Futureman by David Avidan. Jun 13. The first English translation of a radical stylist.
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.
Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish. Jun 27. Welcome reissue of a great Oulipian work. Guess what the constraint is.
The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor. July 11. His only novel.
Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder. Aug 15.
The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk. Aug 22.
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. Sep 15.
Belladonna by Dasa Drndric. Sep 15.
Concluding by Henry Green. Oct 15.
The Kites by Romain Gary. Oct 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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