Open City

His previous book, Every Day is for the Thief, told the story of an expatriated Nigerian returning uncomfortably to Lagos. This time around, Teju Cole follows a German-Nigerian protagonist on long walks through Manhattan. The reader follows the trail of the walker's (and the writer's) wandering intelligence—which evokes the sentences of Naipaul and Sebald but adds its own clauses of alertness and sensitivity—with increasingly enriched attention.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.