Season Preview | Wyatt’s World

If you didn’t attend the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Chicago this past week—or just missed catching all the book programs you hoped to attend—here are five titles that got people talking. From formal book buzz panels to chats with other readers to conversations overheard in publishing booths, this is just a tiny sample of what readers have to look forward to in the coming months.

Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig (Riverhead: Penguin Group [USA]). Morrie Morgan, whom readers first met in Doig’s 2007 novel The Whistling Season (Riverhead: Penguin Group [USA]), takes a job at the local newspaper as an editorialist and pits himself against the greedy and ruthless clutches of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. Due out in August.

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (Morrow). Edgar Award winner Franklin writes moody, luminous novels, and Fennelly writes subversive, witty, elegantly crafted poetry. In October, husband and wife pair up to deliver a new novel set in 1927 involving missing revenue agents, bootleggers, and an orphaned infant.

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (Workman). Readers of all stripes are likely to know Chip Kidd—from Batman fans to magazine readers to those who are as thrilled by a book’s cover as its content. Out in October is Kidd’s guide to graphic design. It’s for kids but is likely to be a hit with anyone who loves good design and smart thinking—no matter their age.

Havisham by Ronald Frame (Picador). Out in November from Scotland-born author Frame, whose novel The Lantern Bearers (Counterpoint) won the 2000 Saltire Award for Scottish Book of the Year, reimagines a life for Dickens’s 19th-century character Catherine Havisham—the wealthy, jilted spinster who still wears her wedding dress and muses over Pip in Great Expectations.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (Ballantine). Not out until January 2014, Horan’s second novel after Loving Frank (Ballantine) traces the globe-spanning courtship, marriage, and adventure between Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.

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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at