Thursday, August 2, 2007

Autumnal Equinox

Fall? We're ready for fall already? The stores should have Halloween costumes out any second now, at this rate.

At least there are some decent books to anticipate. You can read about some of them in the new Fall & Winter Preview Special, brought to you by the good people at Kirkus Reviews (with a little help from me).

For this particular issue, I interviewed National Book Award winner Ha Jin about his forthcoming immigration epic, A Free Life. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Pulitzer-winning journalist Susan Faludi about her deconstruction of The Terror Dream. Lastly, there's the bittersweet triumph of the late David Halberstam's chronicle of The Korean War called The Coldest Winter, completed shortly before the author's death in a car accident earlier this year. Halberstam's friend and editor Wil Schwalbe sings his praises in the man's regrettable absence.

But, wait, there's more. Other equally capable writers handle the twin colossuses of Stephen Colbert (I Am America! And So Can You!) and Steve Martin (Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life). Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns offer a companion volume to Burns' masterful documentary The War while future James Bond novelist Sebastian Faulks delves into the life of a man named Engleby. Tom Perrota rides his Little Children into the arms of The Abstinence Teacher while Alice Sebold, Richard Russo and Ann Packer deliver their own fictional tales of love and loss.

Companion reading for a rainy Sunday in October. You can see them all here.

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