Lauren Korn is a Creative Writing, Literature, and Wilderness Studies student at the University of Montana interested in pursuing an education and a career in publishing and editing. You can find her at both F&F locations and at many of the off-site bookselling events. Her favorite authors include Roberto Bolaño, Haruki Murakami, César Aira, Janet Malcolm, and Gregory Martin. (Lauren's the one to see for poetry picks, too!) Search for #LolosLit on Instagram to find out what she's reading!
Patti Smith's elegiac text is dripping with nostalgia – beautiful. She is a poet, and she wasted not one line reminding us of that. Her descriptions of New York squalor aren't off-putting but optimistic, easy arguments for the beauty that lies below the grime and frustration, the opportunities (not to be wasted or forgotten) behind every hand-shake. Beyond Smith's love for the city that shaped her talent is the love she shared with Mapplethorpe, a tumultuous love that one can easily empathize with and a love that should be shared. A book for every music lover – a great gift for dear friends.
The town of Mountain City, Nevada, could very easilly be a town in rural Montana. Gregory Martin writes with such an astounding sense of place and with a unconditional, almost inherent, love for the landscape(s) and the people he is illuminating in Mountain City. Your new favorite book. Promise.
Fates and Furies, though filled with surprises and mysteries, is, at its center, the beautiful unwrapping of a marriage. Told first from the husband’s perspective (the fated romance), and then the wife’s (the repressed fury, consumed by evolving and growing love), Lauren Groff’s newest novel is ripe with colorful and curious characters, gritty Southern and crisp Northern landscapes, and language both beautiful and chaotic. Readers experience each success and devastation as though characters in the story themselves, friends of Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde—invested in their happiness and fascinated by their histories.
Mary Oliver + Rumi = ...a speechless bookseller, apparently. This collection, in its simplicity and bold statements about love and nature, is sure to become a favorite for any lover of either poet.
City on Fire is a novel drenched in nostalgia and coated with grit and a surprising and welcomed amount of generosity: Hallberg has crafted an intricate story of human connection and condition, of complicated and fragile relationships. He has captured the unbelievable, random, and colliding nature(s) of many characters intertwined so intricately with a city and with a culture—1970s New York City—and the result (over 900 pages) is not a weighty burden but a joy. After you’ve finished City on Fire, you will want to gift it (again and again, along with a thoughtful mixtape—think Billy Joel and Television) to your favorite music- and book-lovers. Truly a wonder.