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    The very best of 2017 according to The Wild Detectives’ family.

    Bestest 2017

    The very best of 2017 according to The Wild Detectives’ family.

    2017 is about to end. The macro perspective can be dreary, but from a local point of view, we can’t complaint. It’s been a great year for The Wild Detectives!

    Having better author events, more engaging and dynamic, was one of our key objectives for 2017. We’ve managed to bring great authors this year such as Chris Krauss, Morgan Parker, Amelia Gray, Jami Attenberg, Deb Olin Unferth, Melissa Febos… while keeping our events as a platform for local talent and community driven events (Rejected, Backyard Story Night, Shakespeare in the Bar…). We’ve expanded our Spanish program with the visits of top Spanish language writers. It was such an honor to have authors like Carlos Velázquez, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Santiago Gamboa or Cristina Rivera Garza presenting their work in our bookstore. Our Spanish event will be a key part of our mission in 2018.

    We’ve also consolidated our new co-curation system which has helped us not just to sell more books, but more importantly, to sell books that are relevant for our community.

    Last November, Damien Jurado (and Jacob Metcalf) inaugurated our series of intimate shows in our backyard last November and we’re already planning to bring great artists to our spot.

    What else… oh yeah, our friends at Dieste came up with the #LitBait campaign and we won 2 Lions at Cannes!

    Ok, enough with blowing our horn, let’s go to the ‘bestest’ of 2017 according to us, our collaborators and friends. Again, a very heterogeneous list, which just speaks tonnes about how diverse our community is. It’s the first time we have a book in Spanish as the best book of the year and that makes us immensely happy (even better: a book written by a friend).

    Just so you know, our list includes not just those books, albums and movies/TV shows released on 2017, but also those that have been read, listened to and watched this year regardless of the publication date. Kind of interesting, that 1984, which was published in 1949, made it to the top 3. Why would that be. Any idea?

     

    Books:
    1.
    Conjunto vacío – Verónica Gerber Bicecci
    2.
    4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster
    3.
    The Kingdom – Emmanuel Carrere
    Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
    Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jasmyn Ward
    My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
    1984 – George Orwell

    Albums:
    1.
    Masseduction – St. Vincent
    Melodrama – Lorde
    2.
    American Dream – LCD Soundsystem
    Damn
    – Kendrick Lamar
    Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
    Salvavidas De Hielo – Jorge Drexler

    Movies:
    1.
    Get Out – Jordan Peele
    2.
    Ladybird – Greta Gerwig
    3.
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

     

     

    At The Wild Detectives:

     

    Jean Paul Caron

    Best Book:
    Sticky Fingers – Joe Hagan

    Best Album:
    Villains – Queens of the Stonge Age

    Best Movie:
    Silence – Martin Scorsese

     

    Andrés de la Casa Huertas

    Best Book:
    4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster

    Best Book in Spanish:
    Patria – Fernando Aramburu

    Best Album:
    Garden of Ashes – Duke Garwood
    Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

    Best Movie:
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

     

    Jose Garay

    Best Book:
    Absalom, Absalom – William Faulkner

    Best Album:
    Psycho Tropical Berlin – La Femme

    Best Movie:
    Pickpocket – Robert Bresson

     

    Javier García del Moral

    Best Book:
    The Kingdom – Emmanuel Carrere

    Best Non-Fiction:
    Oil Blood – Leif Wenar

    Best Book in Spanish:
    La Uruguaya – Pedro Mairal

    Best Album:
    Music for the Age or Miracles – The Clientele

    Best Movie:
    A Ghost Story – David Lowery

     

    Victor Rimach

    Best Book:
    Quien Mató a Palomino Moreno – Mario Vargas Llosa

    Best Album:
    Salvavidas De Hielo – Jorge Drexler

    Best Movie:
    Los Perros – Marcela Said

     

    Leala Rosen

    Best Book:
    The Song Poet: Memoirs of My Father – Kao Kalia Yang

    Best Album:
    Masseduction – St. Vincent

    Best Movie:
    Ladybird – Greta Gerwig

     

    Lauren Smart

    Best Novel:
    We Are Never Meeting in Real Life – Samantha Irby

    Best Poetry Collection:
    There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
    (plus having her read her poems in the shop was MAGICAL!)

    Best Album:
    Empressionism – Ruby Empress

    Best Movie:
    Ladybird – Greta Gerwig

     

    Paco Vique

    Best Book:
    Camanchaca – Diego Zúñiga

    Best Album:
    City Music – Kevin Morby
    Relatives in Descent – Protomartyr

    Best Movie:
    The Florida Project – Sean Baker

     

     

    Our collaborators:

     

    Elizabeth Alexander
    Check Elizabeth’s articles on our website here and here

    Best Book:
    Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions – Valeria Luiselli

     

    Luis Borges
    Check Luis’ article on our website (Spanish)

    Best Book:
    Conjunto vacío – Verónica Gerber Bicecci

    Best Album:
    Salvavidas de hielo – Jorge Drexler

    Best Movie:
    Coco – Lee Unkrich (Pixar)

     

    Camile Bradley
    Co-Heart-and-soul of The WD’ book club

    Best Book:
    Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness – Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

    Best Album:
    Damn – Kendrick Lamar

    Best Movie:
    The Big Sick – Michael Showalter

     

    John Bradley
    Co-Heart-and-soul of The WD’ book club
    Check his article on our website here and here

    Best Book:
    Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

    Best Album:
    Goths – The Mountain Goats

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

    Kelsey Capps
    Check Kelsey’s articles on our website here and here

    Best Book:
    4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster

    Best Album:
    Mr. Finish Line – Vulfpeck

    Best Movie:
    Blande Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve

     

    Ana Lourdes Campoy
    Ana is El Book Club –our book club in Spanish– coordinator

    Best Book:
    Fiesta en la Madriguera – Juan Pablo Villalobos

    Best Album:
    Qué lindo es el amor – Interactivo

    Best Movie:
    The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead – Elliot Cowan

     

    Trey Carlock
    Check Trey’s poems on our website

    Best Book:
    The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

    Best Music:
    Bon Iver’s 2017-18 live tour

    Best Movie:
    Snowden – Oliver Stone

     

    Marina Cuesta
    Creative Director at Dieste. Responsible for this campaign and the 2 Bronze Lions in Cannes we got this year

    Best Book:
    The Girls – Emma Cline

    Best Album:
    Residente – Residente

    Best Movie:
    Your Name – Makoto Shinkai

    Best TV Show:
    Ozark – Bill Dubuque

     

    Austin Dupree
    Austin helped us to put Women Galore together last March

    Best Book:
    Sex and Rage – Eve Babitz

    Best Album:
    Hallelujah Anyhow – Hiss Golden Messenger

    Best TV Show:
    Godless – Scott Frank

     

    Katy Dycus
    Check Katy’s articles on our website here, here and here

    Best Book:
    Theft By Finding – David Sedaris

    Best Album:
    Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

    Best Movie:
    Ladybird – Greta Gerwig

     

    Matías Jaramillo
    Digital Director at Dieste. Responsible for this campaign and the 2 Bronze Lions in Cannes we got this year

    Best Book:
    Death’s End – Liu Cixin

    Best Album:
    EP2 – Yaeji

    Best TV Show:
    Halt and Catch Fire – Christopher Cantwell & Christopher C. Rogers

     

    Janielle Kastler
    Director and co-creator of the Movies that should Be Musicals series

    Best Book:
    Commonwealth – Ann Patchett

    Best Album:
    Melodrama – Lorde

    Best Movie:
    Ladybird – Greta Gerwig

     

    Bret McCormick
    Check Bret’s stories on our website here and here

    Best Book:
    Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers

    Best Album:
    The Authorized Bang Collection – Van Morrison

    Best Movie:
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

     

    Ernesto Montiel
    Dj, music erudite and the engine behind our Further Sounds and Further Jazz series

    Best Book:
    Pim & Francie – Al Columbia
    Conjunto vacío – Veronica Gerber Bicecci
    The Old Ways – Robert Macfarlane
    La gesta del marrano – Mario Aguinis

    Best Albums:
    Bronshoj (Puncak) – Senyawa
    Tibetan Buddishm Trip – Kink Gong
    Hand in Hand – Felicia Atkinson
    The Kid – Katlyn Aurelia Smith
    Cosmogony – Demdike Stare
    Superlative Fatigue – Errorsmith
    Nídia é má, Nídia é Fudida – Nidia
    For Organ and Brass – Ellen Arkbro
    Musikautomatika – Musikautomatika
    Estórias para voz, instrumentos acústicos e eletrónicos – Jocy de Oliveira
    Motore Immobile – Giusto Pio

    Best Movies:
    The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
    Patterson – Jim Jarmusch
    The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos

     

    Brigham Mosley
    Performer and co-creator of the Movies that should Be Musicals series

    Best Book:
    Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

    Best Album:
    Melodrama – Lorde

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

    Laura Pacheco
    The super talented illustrator of our web-comic series Reading Quirks

    Best Book:
    El libro de Gloria Fuertes para niñas y niños – Gloria Fuertes

    Best Album:
    Los Ángeles – Rosalía

    Best TV Show:
    Ozark – Bill Dubuque

     

    Ashuni Lucía Pérez
    Check Ashuni’s poems on our website

    Best Book:
    General Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas, 1686-1690 – Lola Orellano Norris

    Best Album:
    Chsss! EP – Los Manises

    Best Movie:
    Una mujer fantástica – Sebastián Lelio

     

    Vicky Sanz
    Vicky is our moderator in all our bi-lingual events

    Best Book:
    Conjunto vacío – Verónica Gerber Bicecci

    Best Album:
    I See You – The XX

    Best Movie:
    The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro

     

    Tempranillo (David Piorno)
    Dj and our Mondays music curator

    Best Book:
    The Heavenly Table – Donald Ray Pollock

    Best Album:
    Slowdive – Slowdive

    Best Movie:
    Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan

     

    Robert Tinajero
    Check out Robert’s poems on our website

    Best Book:
    Angels of Our Better Nature – Steven Pinker

    Best Album:
    American Teen – Khalid

    Best Movie:
    War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves

     

    Julia Ruth Worland
    Check out her article Confessions of a Wannabe Bibliophile on our website

    Best Book:
    1984 – George Orwell

    Best Album:
    Capacity – Big Thief

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

     

    Our friends:

     

    Andrea Amosson
    Author

    Best Book:
    1984 – George Orwell

    Best Movie:
    Coco – Lee Unkrich (Pixar)

     

    Will Clarke
    Author

    Best Book:
    Autumn – Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Best Album:
    Sleep Well Beast – The National

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

    Barak Epstein
    Texas Theatre

    Best Book:
    My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris

    Best Album:
    Generation X – Generation X
    Jawbreakers – Unfun

    Best Movie:
    A Ghost Story – David Lowery
    The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska

     

    Will Evans
    Deep Vellum (boh, Publishing and Books)

    Best Book:
    Radiant Terminus – Antoine Volodine

    Best Album:
    The Dusk in Us – Converge

    Best Movie:
    Blade Runner 2019 – Denis Villeneuve
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

    Patricia García
    Professor in Hispanic and Translation Studies at The University of Nottingham

    Best Book:
    Desoriental – Negar Djavali

    Best Album:
    The First Days of Spring – Noah and the Whale

    Best Movie:
    The Salesman – Ashgar Farhadi

     

    Veronica Gerber Bicecci
    Author

    Best Non-Fiction:
    Los condenados de la pantalla – Hito Steyerl

    Best Poetry Collection:
    O reguero de hormigas – Yolanda Segura

    Best Graphic Novel:
    My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris

    Best Movie:
    Homo Sapiens – Nicolaus Geyrhalter

     

    Kendra Greene
    Author

    Best Book:
    Among the Living and the Dead – Inara Verzemnieks
    Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello
    Don’t Come Back – Lina Ferreira
    All the Agents and Saints – Stephanie Elizondo Griest
    This is the Place (anthology)

     

    Brittany Griffiths
    Poet and publisher at Spontaneous Afflatus

    Best Book:
    Leaving the Atocha Station – Ben Lerner

    Best Album:
    Masseduction – St. Vincent

    Best Movie:
    Song to Song – Terrence Malick

     

    Louisa Hall
    Author

    Best Book:
    The Kingdom – Emmanuel Carrere

    Best Album:
    Heavn – Jamila Woods
    Pleasure – Feist

     

    Brentney Hamilton
    Dallas Morning News

    Best Book:
    You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

    Best Album:
    Lotta Sea Lice – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

    Best Movie:
    A Decade On – Ethan Newberry

     

    Juan Jaramillo
    Al Día Dallas

    Best Book:
    4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster

    Best Album:
    American Dream – LCD Soundsystem

    Best Movie:
    The Florida Project – Sean Baker

     

    Kathleen Kent
    Author

    Best Book:
    Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jasmyn Ward

    Best Album:
    Fake Sugar – Beth Ditto

    Best Movie:
    Wind River – Taylor Sheridan

     

    Josh Kumler
    Bar Politics

    Best Book:
    Battles for Freedom: the Use and Abuse of American History – Eric Foner

    Best album:
    Damn – Kendrick Lamar

    Best song:
    Wear Black – The Mountain Goats

    Best Concert:
    Jacob Metcalf & Damien Jurado (at The WD)

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

    Best TV Show:
    Master of None – Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang

    Best Play:
    Shadow Woman – Claire Carson

    Best Podcast
    The Miseducation of Dallas County

     

    Julián Lacalle
    Publisher at Pepitas de Calabaza

    Best Book:
    Conjunto vacío – Verónica Gerber Bicecci

    Best Album:
    Fuego – La Bien Querida

     

    Alex Macon
    D Magazine

    Best Book:
    I Hate the Internet – Jarrett Kobek

    Best Album:
    Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

    Best Movie:
    Good Time – Ben & Josh Safdie

     

    Joe Milazzo
    Writer, editor, educator, and designer.

    Best Book:
    Time Travel for Daydreamers, Volumes 1 & 2 – James Barret Rodehaver, with illustrations by Nadia Wolnisty

    Best Album:
    Cedars – AF Jones & Derek Rogers

    Best Movie:
    Telefóto – Richard Bailey

     

    Charles Dee Mitchell
    Wordspace

    Best Novel:
    Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

    Best Story Collection:
    Things We Lost in the Fire – Mariana Enriquez

    Best Non-Fiction:
    Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70’s and ‘80’s Horror Fiction – Grady Hendrix

    Best Biographies:
    The Invention of Angela Carter – Edmund Gordon
    Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas de Quincey – Frances Wilson

    Best Album:
    Masseduction – St Vincent’s

    Best Movie:
    Cure – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (1998)

     

    Michelle Newby
    Lone Star Literary Life

    Best Book:
    Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jessmyn Ward

    Best Album:
    Melodrama – Lorde

    Best Movie:
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

     

    Jason Roberts
    Better Block

    Best Book:
    Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

    Best Album:
    Hot Thoughts – Spoon

    Best Movie:
    Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan

     

    Cristina Rodriguez
    Deep Vellum Books

    Best Book:
    We Were Witches – Ariel Gore
    The Book Of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

    Best Non-Fiction:
    Word By Word: The Secret Life Of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper

    Best Album:
    About Time – Sabrina Claudio

    Best Movie:
    Get Out – Jordan Peele

     

    Carlos Velázquez
    Author

    Best Book:
    Burning Your Boats – Angela Carter

    Best Album:
    American Dream – LCD Soundsystem

    Best Movie:
    Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
    Transpotting 2 – Danny Boyle

     

    Tonya Wardell
    Deep Vellum Publishing

    Best Book:
    Exist West – Moshin Hamid
    The Iliac Crest – Cristina Rivera Garza

    Best Album:
    Okovi – Zola Jesus
    Process – Sampha
    Expect the Best – Widowspeak
    Tropix – Céu

    Best Movie:
    Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
    Transpotting 2 – Danny Boyle

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