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The big list of what I read in 2014

As far as I can remember, these are the books I read (or re-read) this calendar year. Most are new; some are older.

Particular gems published in 2014 are in bold.

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Young Skins by Colin Barrett
  • Before, During, After by Richard Bausch
  • Arts & Entertainments by Christopher Beha
  • The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
  • Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee
  • Adventures in Immediate Unreality by Max Blecher
  • A Brave Man Seven Stories Tall by Will Chancellor
  • Man V Nature by Diane Cook
  • Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires by Julio Cortazar
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello
  • Every Kiss a War by Leesa Cross-Smith
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
  • Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
  • The Family Cannon by Halina Duraj
  • The Wilds by Julia Elliott
  • Together We Can Bury It by Kathy Fish
  • Dreaming Rodin by John Michael Flynn
  • When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • The Up-Down by Barry Gifford
  • Never Mind Miss Fox by Olivia Glazebrook
  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Airships by Barry Hannah
  • Ray by Barry Hannah
  • The Big Seven by Jim Harrison
  • The Spark and the Drive by Wayne Harrison
  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
  • If It Is Your Life by James Kelman
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Sleeping with Gypsies by Ginny MacKenzie
  • The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
  • The City Under the Skin by Geoff Nicholson
  • Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secrets by Ondjaki
  • Wouldn’t You Like to Know by Pamela Painter
  • Twenty-Something by Tatiana Ryckman
  • Skylight by Jose Saramago
  • By the Book by Diane Schoemperlen
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • All Days Are Night by Peter Stamm
  • The Last Reader by David Toscana
  • The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya
  • The City Son by Samrat Upadhyay
  • The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg
  • The Least Cricket of Evening by Robert Vivian
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West  
  • Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
  • The Elusive Moth by Ingrid Winterbach
  • The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
Book Review Random

The Wallcreeper and the new senior editor converse

So happy to share my thoughts on Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper in this month’s issue of Numéro Cinq. This novel is really taking off, and the attention is well-deserved, even if it does feel a little like having a favorite indie band suddenly embraced by the mainstream.

Also, I’m now senior editor at NC. The rumors are true: I’m sleeping my way to the top.


Atlas and Alice Issue 2

The new issue of Atlas and Alice, a magazine I help edit, has started to appear online. We’re publishing one writer a week, starting with poems from Nicholas Grider (you may remember I chose his story collection, Misadventure, for my list of best story collections of 2013). Read his poems here, and stop by the website every week for something new to read.


Moving on up

I’m now an Associate Editor at Numéro Cinq. Here’s a blurb from the magazine:

Ben Woodard, not all that long a member of the NC Masthead, but in light of his mighty and varied contributions to the magazine, has taken a step up the Celestial Ladder and assumed the new position of Associate Editor. Click on his name and take a look at his NC Archive Page to see what he’s brought to the magazine. Notably and recently, that interview with Lydia Davis, but also review of the new translation of Ondjaki’s Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret in the current issue.

See the full piece here.