5 new books to read this October

October has finally arrived, and we can’t wait to see you all at our Virtual Festival! Below, we’ve listed five upcoming books we cannot wait to dive into. We recommend purchasing and preordering these captivating reads from our friends at BookPeople.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Released October 6th, 2020

This suspenseful and provocative novel was a Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in the Fiction category. Rumaan Alam writes a gripping story of two families, strangers to each other, who are forced to spend an eventful weekend together after a peculiar turn of events.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Released October 6th, 2020

Sayaka Murata writes an engrossing, dreamlike, and inventive story of feeling out of place. Growing up, Natsuki spent her summers with her cousin Yuu in the wild Nagano mountains before they were driven apart. Now adults and soon to be reunited, Natsuki and Yuu must utilize their strengths and do what it takes to survive.

Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates by Rebekah Manley

Coming: October 13, 2020

Rebekah Manley’s debut work is a heartfelt and hilarious picture book parody for adults. Follow along with the main character Alex as she ventures on thirty dates in thirty days. We are thrilled to feature Rebekah Manley and her book at this year’s Festival – register to attend a panel with Manley in conversation with Twenty Guys You Date in Your Twenties author Gabi Conti on Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. CST!

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Coming: October 20, 2020

We are looking forward to reading this brand new memoir from our 2020 festival author Matthew McConaughey. The first 350 people who register for our event with McConaughey on November 7 will receive a copy of the book with a signed bookplate. All other registrants will receive a copy of Greenlights.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Coming: October 27, 2020

We loved the stories in Bryan Washington’s Lot and cannot wait to read his upcoming narrative. A heartfelt novel about love in a time of change, Bryan Washington’s Memorial stars Mike, a Japanese-American chef, and Benson, a Black daycare teacher, a gay couple in Texas. At this year’s Virtual Texas Book Festival, Washington will be in conversation with fellow Texan debut novelists Richard Z. Santos and James Wade. Register to attend their session here.

Additional October 2020 releases on our to-read lists: