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January 5, 2012

Books I'm looking forward to in 2012

I’ve posted my Winter/Spring 2012: Most Anticipated Books of the Season post for Canadian Bookshelf, which I think is impossible to read through without being overwhelmed with some serious book lust. I’m looking forward to so many of these books, which will certainly be enough to carry us through the winter to the spring. In addition to the Canadian picks, I’m longing for Arcadia by Lauren Groff, who is perhaps my favourite American author of the moment– I loved The Monsters of Templeton and Delicate Edible Birds. I’ve already pre-ordered a copy of the latest Penelope Lively, How It All Began— she is wonderful, as is everything she touches.  I know that Ali Smith’s There But For The came out last year, but I missed it, a mistake I will be fast to rectify. Can’t wait for Emily Perkins’ The Forrests, her latest book since Novel About My Wife. I’m also looking forward to finally reading Douglas Gibson’s Stories About Storytellers, about Gibson’s adventures in editing some of Canada’s greatest writers (which I’m particularly in the mood for after reading the terrific interview with Robert Gottlieb in The Paris Review Interviews Vol. 1). And then The New Republic by Lionel Shriver, which apparently is a reissue of a book from early in her career, and I will read it because Shriver is such a good writer, even if her novels themselves (save …Kevin) are not always altogether satisfying.

6 thoughts on “Books I'm looking forward to in 2012”

  1. Kristin says:

    New Lauren Groff!!! Can’t wait!

  2. Sarah says:

    This blog and list made my day Kerry (as your blog so often does 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Carrie says:

    Obviously need to find out more about Lauren Groff. I have missed her somehow.
    Also, thanks and loved your list on Canadian Bookshelf! So exciting to see Juliet there.

  4. Sheree says:

    I look forward to Gibson book – he has edited the greats — actually heard him tell a tale once about editing- or rather working to get No Great Mischief in his hands. Wonder if that tale is in there. Thanks for heads up Kerry.
    ( is is there a way I can get your blog to come in my inbox automatically?)

  5. Melwyk says:

    I am also really, really looking forward to Penelope Lively’s newest. Very thrilled about her being made a “Dame” as well 🙂

    1. Kerry says:

      Oh my, Melanie! I didn’t know that. So cool! And deserved.

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