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A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon

Sundance: The Robert Sundance Story by Robert Sundance with Marc & Marnie Gaede

Manuel de Civilite Biohardcore by Antoine Boute, Stephane de Groef and Adrien Herda

The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie

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Last year, I posted this list of recommended creepy reads for Halloween. This year, I recommend two books, both by Lisa Tuttle: the short story collections A Nest of Nightmares and The Dead Hours of Night.

Although Lisa Tuttle has long been a major name, I had somehow not read her until daishin recently introduced me to her work. Neither of these books has a story that is merely very good; every one is great — sparse, vivid, tense, and offering no resolutions or pat explanations.

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—Barry Graham

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Bookshelf with copies of Le Champion Nu by Barry Graham

In the events I did while in France, it was common for people not just to ask me if The Champion’s New Clothes/Le Champion Nu is autobiographical, but to seem to want it to be. (It isn’t.)

My Scottish and American novels have one thing in common: they’re the stories of people and places, not a person, and not this person. It’s currently fashionable to talk about “the right to tell your own story” — but what if, like me, you don’t want to tell your own story, because you don’t find it interesting? And “the right to tell your own story” isn’t a right, because it’s dependent on people being interested in listening to the story you’re telling. Otherwise, you’re not telling a story, just talking to yourself, and even you might not be listening.

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—Barry Graham

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Poster for Barry Graham author event in Paris

Tomorrow I’m travelling to Pau, France, where I’ll be at Un aller-retour dans le noir until Monday, when I head to Paris, where, on Tuesday evening I’ll be at Librairie Les Guetteurs de Vent.

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A Nest of Nightmares and The Dead Hours of Night by Lisa Tuttle

The Book of Reykjavik by various authors

The Politics of Friendship by Jacques Derrida

The Wandering Border by Jaan Kaplinski (reread)

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The Social Photo by Nathan Jurgenson

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past by Bill Porter aka Red Pine (reread)

Sarah Jane by James Sallis (reread)

The Guru Principle by Shenpen Hookham

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

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Discourses by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Minima Moralia by Theodor Adorno

Riot. Strike. Riot. by Joshua Clover

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Nonfiction is defined by what it is not, rather than what it is. Fiction is not called “nonfact.” Is this because we regard fiction as the essence, or ideal, of literature? Does it resonate more with us because we innately understand it as more “real” than “true stories”?

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Beyond the Ruins: The Fight Against Environmental Breakdown by various

Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future by Cedric Durand

Breasts and Eggs by Kawakami Mieko (reread)

Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanh (reread)

Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan

Stonehouse’s Poems for Zen Monks translated by Red Pine (reread)

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The latest books from Dockyard Press are published, and they’re all very different from one another, even though two are by the same author...

There’s Belfast author Gerard Brennan’s second Shannon McNulty crime novel, Drag. And there’s a reissue of his first novel, Fireproof, a unique hybrid of urban fantasy and crime thriller.

And there’s Poetry: Not Optional, a meditative memoir in verse by American poet and mystic Lisa MoonCat, charting her journey from childhood to adulthood and beyond.

The ebooks are available direct from Dockyard Press and all the usual outlets except for Amazon, and the paperbacks from all good bookshops… and the bad one, Amazon, because we can’t stop them. Please don’t buy them there.

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