Publishers Are Readying The Year’s Biggest Books For Fall Release

Clay Smith of Kirkus Reviews discusses some upcoming titles worth keeping an eye out for in the fall.

By Joy DiazSeptember 18, 2017 4:25 pm,

Publishers tend to release their literary heavy-hitters during the fall.

Clay Smith, editor-in-chief of Austin-based Kirkus Reviews says this year is no exception.

Among nonfiction books to watch for is “The Future is History” by Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist. Smith says the book takes a look at the two lives that many Russians are forced to lead in order to survive under a totalitarian ruler. The book hits store shelves on October 3.

Another nonfiction title headed to stores on October 3 comes from celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates. “We Were Eight Years in Power” is a collection of some of Coates’ previously-published essays revolving around race relations, as well as some new ones including “The First White President.”

In fiction, watch for Louise Erdrich’s “Future Home of the Living God,” which Smith says is a departure from her usual style. This dystopian novel follows a young Native American woman seeking her identity in a world in which evolution has suddenly reversed course, leading to animals and children born with serious birth defects. Readers will have to wait a bit longer for this book, which will not be released until November 14.


Written by Nahila Bonfiglio.