A stack of three closed books. Next to them lies an open notebook and a pen. Title: 2022: A Literary Review

2022: A Literary Review

‘Expressive times’: Publishing industry an open book in 2022

“In 2022, the story of book publishing was often the industry itself,” writes Hillel Italie for AP News.

A Novelist’s Review of the State of 2022 Literary Fiction

Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose first novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy”—was an instant New York Times bestseller and both longlisted and shortlisted for numerous awards.

After Askaripour’s breakout year, Good reads interviews him about his 2022 year in reading and what he’s looking forward to in 2023.

A Year in Reading: 2022

“Over the last two decades, Year in Reading has grown into a beloved Millions tradition, an annual gathering of writers and thinkers to share the books that shaped their year.” This is the landing page for The Millions’ annual Year in Reading feature. Read how several contributors answered such questions as “What did you love? What did you dutifully trudge through? What eerily coincided with your personal life, or maybe illuminated something in it?”

Our Favorite Lit Hub Stories From 2022

Lit Hub editors showcase the best “of all of the 6,000+ pieces we’ve shared in 2022.”

The Year in Sequels

“It’s hard not to take the omnipresence of sequels in 2022 as a sign of creative torpor,” writes Katy Waldman in The New Yorker.

Bookforum and a Bleak Year for Literary Magazines

“Criticism has a way of surviving without infrastructure, but there is no replacement for institutions that cultivate a point of view over time.”

Another New Yorker piece, this one by Kyle Chayka.

Shop Talk: The Year in Review

“Eli Cranor reflects on a year of talking to crime writers, with the distilled wisdom, superstitions, and coffee recommendations to prove it.”

Cranor summarizes her year of interviewing writers about how they structured their lives to do what they do.

The Top 10 Library Stories of 2022

Publishers Weekly “looks back at the library stories that captivated the publishing world this year, and what they portend for 2023.”

The Award-Winning Novels of 2022

From Lit Hub.

Publishing, Under Pressure

From the New York Times: “The books business has had a difficult year.”

The Biggest Literary Stories of the Year: 50 to 31

Countdowns always start at the end, so this is the first entry in Lit Hub’s annual list of the year’s Biggest Literary Stories. Start here, and you’ll find links to the rest of the segments.

How 2022 became the year of the fragmented-identity novel

Here’s a classic illustration of what is called a “think piece.” Mark Athitakis, writing in the Los Angeles Times, examines how the fiction of 2022 reflects the crumbling, disintegrating world around us.


“The hottest book trend in 2022 is this 200-year-old German word”

Erin Somers writes about the “resurgence of a word for a specific kind of novel, a novel about an artist coming into maturity: the Künstlerroman.”

© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

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