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“Barry Co­hen, a man with 2.4 bil­lion dol­lars of as­sets un­der man­age­ment, stag­gered into the Port Author­ity Bus Ter­mi­nal.” Lake

Suc­cess (Ran­dom House, Septem­ber 2018) by Gary Shteyn­gart. Fifth book, fourth novel. Agent: Denise Shan­non. Ed­i­tor: Su­san Kamil. Pub­li­cist: Bar­bara Fil­lon.

“It started with two births / as quiet as pin­pricks // two translu­cent ripples / in the Colorado river // or two white breezes / kick­ing up clay” Peren­nial (Cof­fee House Press, Au­gust 2018) by Kelly Forsythe. First book, po­etry col­lec­tion. Agent: None. Ed­i­tor: Lizzie Davis. Pub­li­cist: Mandy Med­ley.

“One of the folk­tale archetypes, ac­cord­ing to the Aarne–Thomp­son clas­si­fi­ca­tion of these sto­ries, tells of how ‘a mys­te­ri­ous or threat­en­ing helper is de­feated when the hero or hero­ine dis­cov­ers his name.’” Call Them by Their True Names: Amer­i­can Crises (and Es­says)

(Hay­mar­ket Books, Septem­ber 2018) by Re­becca Sol­nit. Twen­ti­eth book, sixth es­say col­lec­tion. Agent: None. Ed­i­tor: Caro­line Luft. Pub­li­cist: Jim Plank.

“What was she do­ing in Ha­vana?” The Third Ho­tel (Far­rar, Straus and Giroux, Au­gust 2018) by Laura van den Berg. Fourth book, sec­ond novel. Agent: Kather­ine Faus­set. Ed­i­tor: Emily Bell. Pub­li­cist: Chloe Tex­ier-Rose.

“If any­thing dis­tin­guishes my gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can writ­ers, it’s that ev­ery­one in my gen­er­a­tion be­came a writer, sim­ply through the act of go­ing on­line.” At­ten­tion: Dis­patches From a

Land of Dis­trac­tion (Ran­dom House, Au­gust 2018) by Joshua Co­hen. Eighth book, first es­say col­lec­tion. Agent: Ed­ward Orloff. Ed­i­tor: Sam Ni­chol­son. Pub­li­cist: Is­abella Bieden­harn.

“I have be­gun, one month since, to ac­tu­ally be­lieve / only Ge­orge Zim­mer­man screamed be­hind that 911 call.” Anag­nori­sis (TriQuar­terly Books, Septem­ber 2018) by Kyle Dar­gan. Fifth book, po­etry col­lec­tion. Agent: None. Ed­i­tor: Par­neshia Jones. Pub­li­cist: JD Wil­son.

“The cof­fin had no body in it.” Ohio (Si­mon & Schus­ter, Au­gust 2018) by Stephen Markley. Third book, first novel. Agent: Su­san Golomb. Ed­i­tor: Cary Goldstein. Pub­li­cist: Sarah Reidy.

“Way back—oh, not all that long ago, ac­tu­ally, just a cou­ple of years, but back be­fore I’d got­ten a glimpse of the gears and levers and pul­leys that dredge the fu­ture up from the earth’s core to its sur­face—I was go­ing to a lot of par­ties.” Your Duck Is My Duck (Ecco, Septem­ber 2018) by Deb­o­rah Eisenberg. Sev­enth book, story col­lec­tion. Agent: Lynn Nes­bit. Ed­i­tor: Daniel Halpern. Pub­li­cist: Martin Wil­son.

“Praise be to beef liver stew, to gravy bis­cuits / and home-baked bread, to women / in work­pants and sus­penders who worked like dogs / in the pack­ing shed, up to el­bows / in rose clip­pings.” Isako Isako (Alice James Books, Septem­ber 2018) by Mia Ayumi Mal­ho­tra. First book, po­etry col­lec­tion. Agent: None. Ed­i­tor: Carey Salerno. Pub­li­cist: Alyson Sin­clair.

“The last time I saw him, Car­los Car­ballo was climb­ing with dif­fi­culty into a po­lice van, his hands cuffed be­hind has back and his head hunched down between his shoul­ders, while a news ticker run­ning along the bot­tom of the screen re­ported the rea­son for his ar­rest: the at­tempted theft of the serge suit of an as­sas­si­nated politi­cian.” The Shape of the Ru­ins

(River­head Books, Septem­ber 2018) by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, trans­lated from the Span­ish by Anne McLean. Tenth book, sev­enth novel. Agent: María Lynch. Ed­i­tor: Laura Per­ci­asepe. Pub­li­cists: Jynne Dilling Martin and Glory Anne Plata.

“En­chan­tée, says the key in my hand.” Hu­man Hours (Gray­wolf Press, Septem­ber 2018) by Cather­ine Bar­nett. Third book, po­etry col­lec­tion. Agent: None. Ed­i­tor: Jeff Shotts. Pub­li­cist: Caro­line Nitz.

“Ib­sen’s When We Dead Awaken is a play about the use that the male artist and thinker—in the process of cre­at­ing cul­ture as we know it—has made of women, in his life and in his work; and about a wo­man’s slow strug­gling awak­en­ing to the use to which her life has been put.” Es­sen­tial Es­says: Cul­ture, Pol­i­tics, and the Art of Po­etry (Nor­ton, Au­gust 2018) by the late Adri­enne Rich. Thirty-third book, eighth es­say col­lec­tion. Agent: Ellen Geiger. Ed­i­tor: Jill Bialosky. Pub­li­cist: Rachel Salz­man.

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