Fall Arts Preview 2022: Books You Won’t Want to Miss

The fall is the busiest time of the year in publishing, but we can still find time to choose favorites—here are our book picks.

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The fall is always a busy time of the year, and it's a particularly busy season for publishing. With many new releases at big publishers and indies alike, there's a lot to look forward to in 2022. Luckily, people do love to read, or at least want to appear like they do.

Tell Me I’m An Artist: A Novel

Indie lit phenom and darling Chelsea Martin has a new book Tell Me I’m An Artist out through Soft Skull on September 20. The story focuses on an artist from a poor family experiencing class drag while adjusting to the world of the cultured milieu. Martin is certainly a duchess if not a queen of autofiction, and lovers of her previous novella Mickey or essay collection Caca Dolce will be looking for her comeback. 

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Tell Me I'm An Artist by Chelsea Martin Soft Skull

The Furrows

Incredibly talented Namwali Serpell, who one might be familiar with through her debut (and much-awarded) novel The Old Drift, is returning to print with The Furrows. Like any writer with Serpell’s talent working today, The Furrows takes a stab at our modern grief. This novel dives into the impact of grief, and how it lingers and festers into something entirely its own. This exciting follow-up is out on September 27, but if one doesn’t want to wait, there’s always Serpell’s debut novel or her nonfiction work, Stranger Faces

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The Furrows by Namwali Serpell Hogarth

Our Missing Hearts

This is debatably the most highly anticipated book of the fall, considering that Celeste Ng’s two previous novels Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere were smash successes. Our Missing Hearts dives into a future where children can be removed from their homes as a result of their parents’ political leanings, leading to forced estrangement by the state, as well as the aftermath of such loss. It’s inevitable that Ng’s book will be a hit and readers will want to have their own copy when it’s released on October 4. 

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Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng Penguin

README.txt: A Memoir

It cannot be emphasized enough how many people are looking forward to October 18 when Chelsea Manning’s memoir README.txt: A Memoir is out. As a known whistle-blower, surveillance expert, and most certainly a woman with a full life, it makes perfect sense that she is putting out a memoir. 

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README.txt by Chelsea Manning Macmillan

The Passenger

McCarthy-heads are very excited for 2022 because there will be two releases by the much beloved author Cormac McCarthy. The first release, The Passenger, out October 25, follows protagonist Bobby Western, a man going mad and losing himself. The book is meant to be read in combination with his second release, Stella Maris. A box release of the two works is planned for December 6. 

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy Knopf

Novelist as a Vocation

Anyone interested in understanding the writing habits of prolific authors will love Haruki Murakami’s new work focused on book writing as a career, Novelist as a Vocation. Murakami discusses his own career, as well as his views on the role of a novelist in society as a whole. Out on November 8, this book is certainly going to be used as a stocking stuffer. 

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Novelist as a Vocation Knopf

The Fall of Númenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth 

Previously unreleased writing of J.R.R. Tolkien is inevitably going to make a splash, as there are very few writers who have such a chokehold on fantasy and the public imagination, even after death. It would be shocking to find out that there isn’t a bidding war among Hollywood studios as we speak for the copyright. The book is out on November 15.

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The Fall of Númenor William Morrow

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