June Theme: Summer Reading

We’re a little late getting started with sharing our Summer Reading  list with you—can you really blame us with the New England summer thus far?—but there’s still plenty of books for us to talk about this month!

Yale University Press June 13

With updates to our Freshman Reading catalog, we’ll sponsor a Goodreads giveaway for Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen, and release the Yale Press Podcast episode for Richard Sennett’s Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation. Along with Terry Eagleton’s signature topic: How to Read Literature and the paperback publication of Robert Utley’s award-winning biography of Geronimo, there’s plenty of titles to pack your beach bags.

We’ll release the book trailer for Ivan Brunetti’s Aesthetics: A Memoir, combining Brunetti’s work as artist, editor, and teacher, into an explanation of his creative process, artistic trajectory, and obscure interests. This eye-popping account is filled with drawings, doodles, ephemera, and sketches spanning multiple decades, and we’re sponsoring an Aesthetics contest to celebrate publication!

New titles from the Margellos World Republic of Letters bring new conversations, such as that between Arturo Fontaine and Megan McDowell, author and translator respectively of La Vida Doble, a tale of violence, lofty ideals, and moral ambiguity set in the darkest years of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. And in breaking literary news, poets Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah have been awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, just as Adonis and Khaled Mattawa won two years ago for their selection of Adonis’s poetry for our literature in translation series.

And our long-awaited personal stories, inspired by James Barilla’s My Backyard Jungle, make us want for a life outdoors; new adventures await us at home every day, and you can follow more updates from Barilla’s wildlife habitat with My Backyard Jungle on Facebook. Stay tuned, as always, for more book news! 

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