Dare to Imagine

A Year of Fiction and Poetry

Art is solace, art is instruction, art is provocation. We need art—fiction, poetry—this election year. Perhaps especially this election year. From the start, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has devoted itself to literature. This year, we are making a special effort to showcase the importance of the imagination as a counterpoint to and commentary on the shambles of our political life. We present to you each month one book of poetry and one book of fiction from our list.

The good books and the great books rise above the politics of our time. We need them for protection and nourishment. They will outlast our frenzied fighting.

Mitzi Angel, Publisher

For every month in 2020, we’ve selected one book of fiction and one poetry collection to keep you company. And each writer will recommend a title from FSG’s history, from dog-eared classics to buried gems. Our year of literature will unfurl through unmissable events and a suite of special offers, enlisting booksellers, bookmakers, readers, and writers. Visit the Dare to Imagine website here.

Fiction: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell
Poetry: Three Poems by Hannah Sullivan

Fiction: The Cactus League by Emily Nemens
Poetry: If Men, Then by Eliza Griswold

Fiction: The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Poetry: A Certain Clarity by Lawrence Joseph

Fiction: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Poetry: dayliGht by Roya Marsh

Fiction: Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
Poetry: Selected Poems: 1968-1996 by Joseph Brodsky

Fiction: The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar
Poetry: Sometimes I Never Suffered by Shane McCrae

Fiction: Fraternity by Benjamin Nugent
Poetry: The Caiplie Caves by Karen Solie

Fiction: Luster by Raven Leilani
Poetry: Here is the Sweet Hand by francine j. harris

Fiction: Likes by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Poetry: Blizzard by Henri Cole

Fiction: Jack by Marilynne Robinson
Poetry: Snow Approaching on the Hudson by August Kleinzahler

Fiction: Collected Stories by Shirley Hazzard
Poetry: Music for the Dead and Resurrected by Valzhyna Mort
Poetry: Memory Rose into Threshold Speech ; The Collected Earlier Poetry: A Bilingual Edition by Paul Celan

Fiction: Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer
Poetry: Selected Poems by Frederick Seidel

For more information, please visit fsg2020.com or contact us at fsg2020@fsgbooks.com