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Fall culture guide: Books

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, Emma Straub

If you spend any time reading book blogs or lit tweets, you can sense a surge building behind this novel about a Wisconsin woman who flees tragedy by going to Hollywood and becoming an old studio-system star. (Sept. 4)

Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon

Chabon’s new book — set in Berkeley and Oakland in the middle of the last decade — is sure to throb with his signature prose tricks. Example: Word is there’s one sentence that goes on for several pages. (Sept. 11)

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz

Diaz follows up the monster success of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao with his second collection of short fiction, stories about love, in its many forms and ways of being lost. (Sept. 11)

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Hanna Rosin

The journalist looks at how, in many areas of life, society, culture and business, women are now the dominant force. It should be an interesting read in light of current events. (Sept. 11)

Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie

“Joseph Anton” was Rushdie’s cover name — the first names of writers Conrad and Chekhov — during the time he was in hiding. This is Rushdie’s account of those years. (Sept. 18)

The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

This blackly comic novel, about the dark side of a seemingly pleasant English town, will tell us whether her magic works beyond the YA category. (Sept. 27)

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, David Quammen

Quammen, one of our best natural history writers, tackles diseases that incubate in animals and jump to humans. Advance word is that it’s scarily convincing. (Oct. 1)

Back to Blood, Tom Wolfe

What he did for New York with Bonfire of the Vanities, and Atlanta in A Man in Full, Wolfe now attempts to do with Miami: write a vast social novel that examines the strata, fault lines and indelible characters of an iconic American place. (Oct. 23)

An evening with Cheryl Strayed

The Clark County Library will host a talk with the best-selling author of the memoir Wild. (7 p.m., Sept. 26)

Vegas Valley Book Festival

The fest this year brings in lit star Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Good Squad) and novelist Charlaine Harris, whose novels are the basis of the TV series True Blood. Plus, panel discussions and more, at downtown’s Fifth Street School. See (Nov. 1-3) SCOTT DICKENSHEETS