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We asked some of our authors to recommend a book they believe every American should read over the Fourth of July, books they think are essential to the American conversation they see happening right now. As usual they did not disappoint!

"[Joshua] Cohen’s newest novel, Book of Numbers, just released by Penguin Random House, is a tome of metafiction. . . . But if you want a taste of Cohen before undertaking a book that has been compared to Infinite Jest, the stories in Four New Messages offer a condensed prophecy from a playful, dexterous, and uncannily veracious writer."—Remy Mason, Editorial Intern

"So, the goddamn flag is flying over the State Capitol. Don’t take it down, just take it. That’s what I say."

Graywolf couldn't run without our wonderful interns and we are grateful for everything they do behind the scenes—so now it's time to shine the spotlight on them! We're pleased to introduce our Summer 2015 interns.

Want to know what it’s like to work in publishing? Come to the Graywolf Press internship Informational session and get the skinny on all things intern.

On the publication of his new poetry collection, Nick Flynn offers a set of “disclaimers” on the book’s title,My Feelings.

Welcome to our latest installment of Sneak Peek. Paul Kingsnorth’s cerebral debut novel, The Wake (publication date: September 2015) was released in the UK to much critical acclaim. After sweeping up the Gordon Burn Prize, and a longlist spot for the Man Booker prize now he's headed over the Atlantic with this challenging and extraordinary book.

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to kick back with a cold beverage and a good book. Author Margaret Lazarus Dean (Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight) gives us both. Pick up a copy of Leaving Orbit and try one of these three space-themed cocktails created by the author herself.

What does it take for you to decide to read the second sentence of a book? Editorial director Ethan Nosowsky weighs in on what did it for him when it came to Maggie Nelson's electric new book, The Argonauts.

The winner of the 2015 Graywolf SLS Prize, awarded to the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, is Ling Ma, for Chinese Bible.