It’s a publicist’s (and an author’s) dream: having your book dubbed “the next Gone Girl”. In February, the Wall Street Journal wondered whether debut novelist Rena Olsen’s The Girl Before might fit the bill.
China Miéville is one of the great fantasists of the English language. Perdido Street Station is a new-weird masterpiece, while The City & the City and Embassytown proved he could ably stretch into mystery and science fiction.
If you’re a poet living in Chicago, you’re likely familiar with Abigail Zimmer. A graduate of poetry powerhouse Columbia College Chicago, Zimmer has made appearances in most of Chicago’s beloved reading series.