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 the 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.

Poem
of the Week
May 26, 2015
by
Thomas Sayers Ellis

In honor of peaceful demonstrators around the country, here’s a poem on the power of witness and the nerve of the faithful, “fearlessly posed, in the line of fire.”—Lucia Cowles, Editorial Assistant

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