Jo’s Forthcoming Highlights for 2021

With new narrative non-fiction from Olivia Laing, Deborah Levy AND Maggie Nelson plus an electric celebration of Black performance, a vital manual on self-care and much anticipated second novels the publishing world is kindly offering us some much-needed Things to Look Forward To this year.

Since Maggie Nelson’s genre defying The Argonauts came out 6 years ago, we’ve been waiting impatiently for more. Her new book, an unravelling of the concept of freedom, promises more exciting cultural interrogation from her brilliant mind.

While Deborah Levy delivers Real Estate, the final instalment in her Living Autobiography series; a reckoning for women on ownership, Olivia Laing looks at the body and its troubles via the life of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

More exciting non-fiction comes from Hanif Abdurraqib who, inspired by the words of Josephine Baker has written a moving meditation on black performance, culture and community interwoven with his own personal story of love and grief. While Penguin offer us the glorious posthumous collection of Wanda Coleman who was known as “the unofficial poet laureate of LA”,  second novels come from Claire Louise Bennett in Checkout 19 and Melissa Broder’s Milk Fed which promises to be a typically funny, erotic and dysfunctional romp through themes of physical hunger and sexual desire.

Finally, mental health pioneers Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi have finally published their vital online zine Hell Yeah Self-Care! as a creative work book which draws on approaches such as Buddhism, intersectional feminism and trauma informed practice to provide us with down to earth experiential exercises to look after ourselves in these testing times.