This week’s coverage of October titles ranges far and wide. Fiction opens with Pakistani octogenarian Jamil Ahmad’s The Wandering Falcon, the portrait of a remote corner of the Middle East, and closes with Colson Whitehead going supernatural. Nonfiction opens with André Aciman’s resonant Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere and closes with Nathan Wolfe’s The Viral Storm, an important book on the threat of pandemic. In between, you’ll find so much more. In addition, please check out What Else Is Hot?: Current Poetry for National Poetry Month, my mini-reviews on core titles and up-and-comers in the poetry arena that I could not fit into print.