December 8th, 2010 / 11:30 am
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What books are coming out in 2011 that you’re most excited about?  Indie or major press, doesn’t matter.  This post is semi-selfishly motivated: I’m making my annual personal list of must-read books coming out in the upcoming year.  I want a stack of likely-awesome books to read.

57 Comments

  1. Blake Butler

      new Dennis Cooper novel

  2. Blake Butler

      it will be out from Harper in the Fall/winter of 2011 as far as I understand.

  3. letters journal

      Bolano essays, ‘Pale King’ by DFW, Antal Szerb short stories, ‘Tyrant Memory’ by Castellanos Moya, ‘Fiasco’ by Kertesz, ‘Life on Sandpaper’ by Kaniuk.

  4. letters journal

      Bolano essays, ‘Pale King’ by DFW, Antal Szerb short stories, ‘Tyrant Memory’ by Castellanos Moya, ‘Fiasco’ by Kertesz, ‘Life on Sandpaper’ by Kaniuk.

  5. Lincoln Michel

      I heard The Pale King by David Foster Wallace might be alright.

  6. Sam Cooney

      Steven Amsterdam has a new book coming, according to his publishers. No idea what it’s about, which is the best way.

  7. St Craig Davis

      Ben Lerner’s first novel.

  8. Trey

      seriously? woah. where?

  9. Craig Davis

      Coffee House

  10. Amber

      Seth Fried’s first collection. Steve Himmer’s Bee-Loud Glade. Ms. Roxane Gay’s Haiti collection. And apparently now, the new Steven Amsterdam, too. Isn’t Karen Russell’s novel coming out next year, too?

  11. Blake Butler

      new Dennis Cooper novel, which by all descriptions i’ve heard is going to be out of control

  12. Shira

      Blake, is that a fantasy of yours or is an actual new Cooper novel is coming out in 2011? I can’t recall hearing anything about it.

  13. Justin

      I still have a fantasy that the long-mentioned Charles D’Ambrosio novel (or whatever it is he’s writing) will show up next year.

  14. Blake Butler

      it will be out from Harper in the Fall/winter of 2011 as far as I understand.

  15. Tony O'Neill

      Found out that Patrick De Witt’s new book, ‘The Sisters Brothers’ will be out in 2011 on Ecco, and I cant fucking wait as ‘Ablutions’ was terrific, and he’s definitely one of my favorite new writers.

  16. Tim

      Ablutions was pretty goddamn wonderful.

  17. Michael

      Wow I am beyond excited for that, thanks for the headsup.

  18. Lukewarmresolve

      cara hoffman=so much pretty

  19. Bill

      New Dennis Cooper, Blake Butler, Justin Taylor, for starters. 2011 will be a good year.

      Bill

  20. letters journal

      Bolano essays, ‘Pale King’ by DFW, Antal Szerb short stories, ‘Tyrant Memory’ by Castellanos Moya, ‘Fiasco’ by Kertesz, ‘Life on Sandpaper’ by Kaniuk.

  21. raynola

      Kevin Wilson has a novel coming out next summer. I reread his short story collection “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth” three times.

  22. Bill

      Sorry, I was hallucinating about Justin Taylor. But Kevin Wilson, yay.

      Bill

  23. Jack B.

      English translation of The Opportune Moment, 1855 by Patrik Ourednik.

      And thanks to the people above, this novel by Ben Lerner now, too.

  24. Jack B.

      Oh, and the mud luscious novels by Mathias Svalina and Michael Stewart.

  25. Trey

      I’m really excited for all the mlp stuff, especially the svalina and the stamp story anthology.

  26. gina

      anna joy springer’s “the vicious red relic love,” from jaded ibis, and kate zambreno’s “green girl,” from emergency.

  27. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      Second Blake’s book, Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl and Roxane’s Ayiti, also Bill Walsh’s Re:Telling anthology (Ampersand), Molly Gaudry’s anthology TELL (Flatmancrooked), They Could No Longer Contain Themselves (incl. chapbooks by Mary Miller, John Jodzio, Elizabeth Colen, Sean Lovelace and some other dude, Rose Metal Press) and Look! Look! Feathers by Mike Young.

  28. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      and lily’s UNFINISHED — is that 2010 or 2011?

  29. Franny

      ‘Pale King,’ duh.

      Megan Boyle’s book from Muumuu House.

      ‘Tree of Codes’ by Jonathan Safran Foer, because paper sculpture is awesome.

  30. Chris

      Poetry Books that Will Be Exciting:

      Solar Throat Slashed by Aime Cesaire (trans. by Arnold & Eshleman)
      The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle
      I Heart your Fate by Anthony McCann
      Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit
      Destroyer and Preserver by Matthew Rohrer

  31. Sara H

      I think Warren Ellis’ new novel is supposed to come out in 2011, but I’m not sure. He’s always delightfully bizarre.

  32. John Minichillo

      Ben Loory’s collection.

      And…oh, yeah…my book!

      The Snow Whale, Atticus Books, July 31.

      My novel is a contemporary comic retelling of Moby-Dick. White guy gets a DNA ancestry test that comes back Inuit. Joins tribal whale hunt in Alaska.

  33. Ronnie

      The Flame Alphabet.

  34. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      Yay.

  35. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      Second Blake’s book, Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl and Roxane’s Ayiti, also Bill Walsh’s Re:Telling anthology (Ampersand), Molly Gaudry’s anthology TELL (Flatmancrooked), They Could No Longer Contain Themselves (incl. chapbooks by Mary Miller, John Jodzio, Elizabeth Colen, Sean Lovelace and some other dude, Rose Metal Press) and Look! Look! Feathers by Mike Young.

  36. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      and lily’s UNFINISHED — is that 2010 or 2011?

  37. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      oh, and meg pokrass’s Damn Sure Right

  38. Ryan Ridge

      “Fog Gorgeous Stag” by Sean Lovelace
      “COWBOY MALONY’S ELECTRIC CITY” by Michael Bible
      “I AM A VERY PRODUCTIVE ENTREPRENEUR” by Mathias Svalina
      “Widow” by Michelle Latiolais
      Christopher Kennedy’s new collection from Boa
      Blake’s novel

  39. Trey

      oh man, I keep forgetting about the new Christle for next year. yes! and Emily Pettit’s should be one to watch for too, good call.

  40. ravi

      Roy Kesey’s novel.

  41. Steve

      Hey, thanks, Amber. I’m looking forward to George Perec’s The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise, Peter Grandbois’ Nahoonkara, and — whenever it arrives in English — Michel Houellebecq’s latest.

  42. cameron pierce

      Sam Pink’s Home Alone novelization, Riley Michael Parker’s novel, and “By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends” by J. David Osborne, although that one is technically due out at the end of this month.

  43. jesusangelgarcia

      No, man. JT’s debut novel is coming out, as I understand it, right around the time of Blake’s (February?). I’m interested in both — AND, I think it goes w/out saying (but WTF, I’ll say it anyway…) I’m definitely interested in reading (from) my debut novel, which hits in May. After four years of writing and revising and pitching and revising and pitching and revising… it’s about time. Summer tour!

  44. jesusangelgarcia

      curious about the JSF, too. i’ll probably read in a bookshop first, though, just to make sure.

  45. Caleb J Ross

      I think Jose Saramago’s English translation of Cain is suppose to come out next year. It will perhaps be is final novel to see publication. So very sad.

      Other than that, Brandon Tietz’s Out of Touch is coming out in January. I read an earlier version; it’s damn good.

  46. michael

      are you FUCKING kidding me.

      i had no idea this was going on. ben lerner made me believe in poetry when my belief was faltering bigtime. this information makes my day.

  47. NLY

      In reading this I realize I have absolutely no idea who 95% of these people are.

  48. michael

      and it’s named after “Leaving the Atocha Station.” christ, it’s like this guy is trying to seduce me. in a very indirect manner.

  49. Patrick

      Yeah, “Ablutions” is one of those books I can pick up and just start reading at a random spot. Funny thing is, I have friends who work in bars who couldn’t get through it because “being in the industry is depressing enough.”

  50. William Owen

      Wise Man’s Fear by Pat Rothfuss, the sequel to The Name of the Wind, and Pale King.

  51. Guest
  52. Cole

      I hear good things about Evan Lavender-Smith’s new book.

      Bruno Bosteels has several books coming out in 2011, including one called La Révolution de la honte, which I’ll read when it comes out in English. It’s not a novel. But he looks like a younger, more rugged JMG Le Clezio.

      I’m still looking forward to reading Ecrivains (Antoine Volodine, 2010) and Avec les moines-soldat (Lutz Bassmann, 2008). (If it’s fiction, it’s worth the bother to struggle to read French.)

      I thought there was some unpublished work by Eve K Sedgwick in preparation, but maybe I’m wrong.

  53. Cole

      I hear good things about Evan Lavender-Smith’s new book.

      Bruno Bosteels has several books coming out in 2011, including one called La Révolution de la honte, which I’ll read when it comes out in English. It’s not a novel. But he looks like a younger, more rugged JMG Le Clezio.

      I’m still looking forward to reading Ecrivains (Antoine Volodine, 2010) and Avec les moines-soldat (Lutz Bassmann, 2008). (If it’s fiction, it’s worth the bother to struggle to read French.)

      I thought there was some unpublished work by Eve K Sedgwick in preparation, but maybe I’m wrong.

  54. Dawn.

      Ethel Rohan’s Hard to Say, Justin Taylor’s The Gospel of Anarchy, Emma Straub’s Other People We Married, Roxane Gay’s Ayiti, Flatmancrooked/Molly Gaudry’s Tell: An Anthology of Expository Narrative, and Kirsty Logan’s You Look Good Enough To Eat Me.

  55. Grat

      The Chukchi Bible by Yuri Rytkhue (Archipeligo); Night Soul and Other Stories, Joseph McElroy; Spurious, Lars Iyer; Destiny and Desire, Fuentes; Victor Halfwit, Th. Bernhard; Ice Trilogy, Sorokin; Kornel Esti, by Kosztolanyi; Diviner’s Tale, Bradford Morrow; Illumination, Kevin Brockmeier.

  56. Tim Horvath

      William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters is another one to keep eyes and ears on.

  57. Bernadette

      I recommend King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de Haar – ‘infused with pathos and wit’ and ‘a cracking read’. An original coming-of-age story set during the most recent war in Europe.