Carry the Sky

by Kate Gray

(Forest Press, Sept 1)

The first novel from poet Gray, Carry the Sky is set in a Delaware boarding school in 1983 and follows two young teachers and one brilliant, bullied student.

Food Lovers Guide to Portland (2nd Edition)

by Liz Crain

(Hawthorne Books, Sept 1)

An updated version of Crain's 2010 guide to all the food in Portland worth eating.

Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours

by Luke B. Goebel

(Fiction Collective 2, University of Alabama Press, Sept 15)

Goebel's debut novel features a high-stakes, drug-inflected RV road trip across "what's left of postmodern America."

Juliet's Nurse

by Lois Leveen

(Atria/Emily Bestler Books, Sept 23)

A reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, told from the POV of Juliet's nurse.


by Peyton Marshall

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept 30)

Marshall's dystopian YA debut imagines a future where genetic testing is used to weed out and reform prospective criminals.

The Diamond Lane

by Karen Karbo

(Hawthorne Books, Sept 30)

A shiny new rerelease of Karbo's well-received 1991 novel about the comedic and romantic mishaps of a documentarian summoned home to LA for a family emergency after 16 years working in Africa.

Winged: New Writing on Bees

edited by Melissa Reeser Poulin and

Jill McKenna Reed


An anthology of poetry, essays, and stories responding to the increasingly perilous position of honey bees and other pollinators.

Children and Other Wild Animals

by Brian Doyle

(Oregon State University Press, Oct 1)

In a collection of short essays, the author of Mink River offers "notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, inebriated robins, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, sturgeon, roasting squirrels, parrots, elk, foxes, tigers and various other zoological matters."

The Cure for Dreaming

by Cat Winters

(Amulet Books, Oct 14)

A YA offering about a young suffragette in turn-of-the-century Oregon whose father hires a hypnotist to disabuse her of her uppity ways. (Spoiler: It backfires.)

Falling from Horses

by Molly Gloss

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 28)

The author of The Jump Off Creek returns with the tale of a would-be stunt rider in 1930s Hollywood.

Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping

edited by Kerry Cohen

(Seal Press, Oct 28)

A sharp, funny essay collection about women and shopping, boasting plenty of Portland contributors and such familiar locales as Lloyd Center and the Washington Square Mall.

Oh Joy Sex Toy

by Erika Moen (Self-published, Oct/Nov) Cartoonist Moen Kickstarted a print collection of her invaluable sex-advice web comic of the same title.

The Carry Home

by Gary Ferguson

(Counterpoint Press, Nov 11)

After the unexpected death of his wife, nature writer Ferguson set out to scatter her ashes in five remote wilderness locations; he chronicles that journey in The Carry Home.

Low Riders in Space

by Cathy Camper & Raul Gonzalez

(Chronicle Books, Nov 14)

A slyly educational kids' book—it's in English and Spanish—about three friends who work together to build the best car in the entire (literal) universe.

Decomposition: A Music Manifesto

by Andrew Durkin

(Pantheon, Nov 18)

Composer and musician Durkin investigates music "as a personal and cultural experience," digging into how music is composed and how we experience it.


by Ali Berman

(Triangle Square, Nov 25)

In Berman's debut YA novel, a 15-year-old atheist in a conservative Colorado town struggles to fit in.

Get It While You Can

by Nick Jaina

(Perfect Day Publishing, Nov)

The well-known Portland musician switches gears with an essay collection from one of Portland's best small publishers.

Boyfriend Mountain

by Kelly Schirmann & Tyler Brewington

(Poor Claudia, Dec)

A new collaborative poetry work from the smart folks at local outfit Poor Claudia.