I’m almost never on top of upcoming events. More often than not, I will find out that my favorite author was in town for a book-signing yesterday or that a musical I wanted to see played last week (ok, that doesn’t happen too often). I’m generally very bad at keeping up with upcoming releases. But not this time! This time I am so prepared. There are two book releases and one literature documentary coming up this fall that I’m very excited about.
First up, the next Jonathan Franzen novel. I discovered Franzen only after the release of his bestselling Freedom. See, I’m always late to the party. But I absolutely loved that novel. Yeah ok, it may not be the Great American Novel, but as far as entertaiment value goes, it’s unbeatable. And I near tire of dysfunctional families and complete jerks.
Purity, as Franzen’s next novel is called, sounds like it’ll be along that same vein, so it has to be good. It has to!
Description stolen from Amazon:
“Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she’ll ever have a normal life.
Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.”
I only hope my local book pusher will get it on release, September 1.
Next up is some exciting news about my absolute favorite Danish author, Jakob Ejersbo. Unfortunately he died before the release of his critically acclaimed Africa Trilogy (Exile, Revolution and Liberty). A great loss to Danish and Scandinavian literature, if you ask me. His writing is beautiful, dark and gritty. Three of my favorite things! On November 25 a documentary film about Ejersbo is premiering and I can’t wait. He lived part of his life in Africa and I’m very excited to know more. Not a lot of info or screening times yet, but it’s released by DOXBIO. Here in Aarhus it looks like it’ll show at Øst For Paradis. Anyone want to join?
As if that’s not enough, November 6 will see the publication of a biography on Ejersbo by Rune Skyum-Nielsen. I don’t know a whole lot about it, except it’s called Jakob Var Her and is about a group of Ejersbo’s friends going to Tanzania to spread his ashes. Here’s a short article about it. I’m definitely preordering.
If you hear about any other exciting upcoming releases, let me know!