It’s mid-June, which means the Bibliomanse is abuzz from production all the way to publicity. Fall books are being finalized, media coverage continues to roll in, and we’re starting to look ahead to next year’s books. Mid-June also means Gemini season, so in honor of the Twins, please enjoy this pleasantly paired round-up of recent media hits.
And double the love from our friends at Publishers Weekly. Of Ondjaki’s Transparent City, they write: “darkly pretty…peppered with poetry…These disparate stories are woven into a beautiful narrative that touches on government corruption, the privatization of water, the dangers of extracting oil for wealth, and the bastardization of religion for profit.. The novel reads like a love song to a tortured, desperately messed-up city that is undergoing remarkable transformations.” In a second review, PW calls Alex Pheby’s Playthings “intricate and intelligent…effectively transports readers into Schreber’s experience and tragedy.”