With Fringe and Free Fringe on the horizon in Philadelphia, it’s gotten quiet in the city. Perfect! Now’s the time to rest our eyes and get away from the streams. If you’ve been feeling fatigued from the screens, this week’s roundup is just for you. I’ve assembled a collection of BIPOC writers releasing books this week. If you decide to pick up a book or two (or all of them), be sure to support your local bookstore, too!
Native American author David Heska Wanbli Weiden releases Winter Counts, a fiction novel that takes a “bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life” on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Against the Loveless World
Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa tells the story of Nahr, a refugee who after solitary confinement seeks a new life and home in Israeli-occupied Palestine.
Where Dreams Descend
In Filipino-American author Janella Angeles's debut novel, a group of magicians compete for headliner status in the ‘Conquering Circus’ only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger. The first book in the series is promised to be both “startling” and “romantic.”
Darius the Great
Book two of the Darius the Great series by Adib Khorram has arrived this week. In case you missed the first, Darius the Great tells the story of Iranian American Darius Kellner and his first trip to Iran, and how he struggles to feel at home in either country.
This magical young adult novel reimagines an America “shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not.” It follows 17-year-old Elatsoe, who can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. A mystery falls on her hands after her cousin is murdered, and no one wants to “pry.” The debut novel comes from Darcie Little Badger, an Earth scientist and member of the Lipan Apache Tribe in Texas.
Now That I’ve Found You
Evie Jones is 18 and ready to be Hollywood’s next big star until a close friend’s betrayal leads her to being blacklisted. The new novel from Kristina Forest is a story about “searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.”