by Hanif Kureishi: British man of letters Hanif Kureishi, OBE, has been, variously, a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, writer of pornography, victim of financial fraud, and sometimes reluctant professor of creative writing. His newest novel takes on another man of letters, Mamoon Azam, a fictional lout rumored to be based on the non-fictional lout V.S. Naipaul. Echoing Patrick French’s biography of Naipaul, Kureishi (who has assiduously avoided drawing comparisons between his novel and Naipaul) describes an imperious and irascible master of post-colonial fiction and his hapless biographer. (Lydia)
James Ferron Anderson was born in Northern Ireland. One of his first short stories, The Bog Menagerie, won the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award. He won the Escalator Award in England with I Still Miss Someone. He is a Writers’ Centre Free Reads winner. Something to Do, another short story, was broadcast on Short Story Radio. The River and The Sea won the Rethink New Novels Award in 2012. He is currently working on Terminal City, a crime story set in Vancouver in 1959.
by David Vann: Vann, whose work previously at The Millions, returns with a new novel in March. Library Journal offers high praise: “Since electrifying the literary world five years ago with his debut novel, , Vann has racked up an astonishing number of international awards. This lovely, wrenching novel should add to that list.” (Thom)
by Peter Carey:Â Careyâs new novel uses a cyberattack as the lens through which to consider the often-fraught history of the relationship between the United States and Australia. A radical hacker releases a worm into a computer system that governs both Australian and American prisoners. The doors of five thousand prisons in the United States are opened, while in Australia, hundreds of asylum-seekers escape. An Australian journalist, determined to figure out the motivation behind the attack and trying to save his career, struggles to get the hacker to cooperate on a biography.Â (Emily)