Delany, Samuel R. Shoat Rumblin: His Sensations and Ideas. N.p.: Samuel R. Delany, 2020.
I just found out about this weighty (539 pages) self-published novel that came out last year, and bought it right away. Delany has had so many difficulties with keeping his books in print throughout his career that it makes sense to publish himself because he already has a large, devoted readership to draw on as a market.
Koestenbaum, Wayne. Figure It Out: Essays. New York: Soft Skull Press, 2020.
I love Koestenbaum’s work and am excited to read this recent collection.
Rekdal, Paisley. Appropriate: A Provocation. New York: W.W. Norton, 2021.
I recently attended a Zoom reading where Rekdal read from this new book on cultural appropriation. This is an issue I have written about and continue to find important, so I look forward to reading her book.
Shapland, Jenn. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir. 2020. Portland: Tin House, 2021.
I enjoy McCullers’s fiction, and I am also interested in writing that blends memoir and literary history/criticism. I’m therefore looking forward to reading Shapland’s lauded volume on her experiences with McCullers’s work.