austin summer reading from new books to authors doing events

The calendar is finally catching up to our summer temperatures, and it’s time to contemplate your (local) summer book plans. All the authors listed below have some link to Austin, either as a resident or through an upcoming event. Read on, mark your calendars, and enjoy dipping into literary worlds both familiar and new.

Ottessa Moshfegh, ‘Lapvona’

Ottessa Moshfegh’s accolades are many: “Eileen” won the PEN/Hemingway prize for debut fiction, and both “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” and “Death in Her Hands” were New York Times bestsellers. Ella’s Moshfegh’s newest, “Lapvona” (Penguin Press, $27), takes place in a medieval fiefdom where a young shepherd boy’s faith is tested through a series of bizarre, sometimes gory, happenings. She’ll talk about the book at 7 pm June 26 at BookPeople.

Author Ottessa Moshfegh will be at BookPeople on June 26 to talk about her latest, “Lapvona.”

Dalia Azim, ‘Country of Origin’

A multigenerational saga that begins with a teenage girl watching the fall of Cairo from the safety of her cosseted existence, Dalia Azim’s “Country of Origin” (A Strange Object/Deep Vellum, $16.95) explores freedom in all its forms. Azim, who by day is the manager of special projects at the Blanton Museum of Art, will talk about her debut novel by Ella at 1 pm June 12 in a virtual event as part of the Lone Star Lit book-club series at Malvern Books.

Austin author May Cobb latest is called

May Cobb, ‘My Summer Darlings’

Women who do what they want – no matter the cost – populate Austinite May Cobb’s dishy, ​​twisty thrillers, and “My Summer Darlings” (Berkley, $27) is no exception. Cobb sets her sultry new tale in East Texas, where a trio of friends grapples with their relationships with each other and their children. The arrival of swoony (very) bad boy Will Harding stretches their sometimes-tenuous bonds to a breaking point.

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