A Year in Reading: 2021

December 1, 2021 | 15 books mentioned 1 3 min read

Well, here we are. The beginning of Pandemic Winter 2: The Omicron Story, and the 17th annual Millions Year in Reading. We are grateful to our contributors for sharing their years with us, some of them very difficult years, and to you for returning every December to celebrate the role of books and reading in our lives.

The names of our 2021 contributors will be unveiled throughout the month as entries are published—starting with our traditional opener from Languagehat’s Stephen Dodson later this morning, and ending Dec. 23. Bookmark this post, load up the main pagesubscribe to our RSS feed, or follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram to make sure you don’t miss an entry—we’ll run three or four every day.

Stephen Dodson, proprietor of Languagehat
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Gina Apostol, author of Insurrecto
Mai Al-Nakib, author of The Hidden Light of Objects
Anuk Arudpragasam, author of A Passage North
Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets
Anjali Enjeti, author of Southbound and The Parted Earth
Chris Stuck, author of Give My Love to the Savages 
Eric Nguyen, author of Things We Lost to the Water
Naima Coster, author of What’s Mine and Yours
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, author of  My Monticello
Adam O’Fallon Price, staff writer for The Millions
Jianan Qian, staff writer for The Millions
Edan Lepucki, contributing editor for The Millions
Nick Ripatrazone, staff writer for The Millions
Kate Gavino, social media editor for The Millions
Ed Simon, staff writer for The Millions
Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez
Chet’la Sebree, author of Field Study
Ella Baxter, author of New Animal
Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers
Hermione Hoby, author of Neon in Daylight
Francesco Pacifico, author of  The Story of My Purity
Farah Ali, author of People Want to Live
Anna North, author of  Outlawed
Margaret Verble, author of When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky
Daniel Loedel, author of Hades, Argentina
Ariel Saramandi, a writer whose work has appeared in Granta, LA Review of Books, and Brooklyn Rail
Tim Lane, author of  Rules for Becoming a Legend
Morgan Thomas, author of Manywhere
Arif Anwar, author of The Storm
Aja Gabel, author of The Ensemble
Claire Luchette, author of Agatha of Little Neon
Emme Lund, author of The Boy with a Bird in His Chest
Dan Kois, author of  How to Be a Family
Namrata Poddar, author of  Border Less
Kat Chow, author of  Seeing Ghosts
Hannah Gersen, staff writer for The Millions
Zoë Ruiz, staff writer for The Millions
Nick Moran, special projects editor for The Millions
Sonya Chung, contributing editor for The Millions
Anne K. Yoder, staff writer for The Millions
Iľja Rákoš, staff writer for The Millions
José Vadi, author of Inter State: Essays from California
Callum Angus, author of A Natural History of Transition
Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine
Sara Saljoughi, co-editor of 1968 and Global Cinema
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The Freezer Door
Ken Layne, author of  Desert Oracle Vol. 1 
Cecilia Rabess, author of Everything’s Fine, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster
Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck
Krys Malcolm Belc, author of  The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood
Jonathan Escoffery, author of If I Survive You
Carribean Fragoza, author of Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Mina Seçkin, author of The Four Humors
Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of Book of the Little Axe
Mark Slouka, author of All That Is Left Is All That Matters
Uwem Akpan, author of New York, My Village
Liv Stratman, author of Cheat Day
Marlowe Granados, author of Happy Hour
Arianna Rebolini, author of Public Relations
Monica West, author of Revival Season
Melissa Lozada-Oliva, author of Dreaming of You
Michael Bourne, staff writer for The Millions
Garth Risk Hallberg, contributing editor for The Millions
Matt Seidel, staff writer for The Millions
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, staff writer for The Millions
Bill Morris, staff writer for The Millions
Lydia Kiesling, contributing editor for The Millions
Ruth Ozeki, author of The Book of Form and Emptiness
Obi Kaufmann, author of The California Field Atlas
Melissa Febos, author of Body Work
Rabeah Ghaffari, author of To Keep the Sun Alive
Julietta Singh, author of The Breaks
Santiago Jose Sanchez, author of the novel Hombrecito, forthcoming from Riverhead.
Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., author of Sacred Smokes
Jennifer S. Cheng, author of Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems 
Carolyn Quimby, associate editor for The Millions
Kyle Winkler, author of The Nothing That Is
Larissa Pham, author of  Fantasian and Pop Song

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One comment:

  1. Grateful! That is what I was going to say – I’m very grateful for this wonderful series every year. Books especially a balm this year. Thanks Millions!

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