We’ve reached the end of 2017, and it’s been quite the year for books. December tends to be the slow period of the publishing calendar, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting books hitting stores this month. I’ve been trying to find time to pick up more nonfiction books this fall, and one of the more interesting ones that I’ve dug into is American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse. It’s a quick read about a a string of fires set by a pair of arsonists in Virginia’s Accomack County. Hesse weaves in the backstory of the county — which used to be one of the wealthiest in the nation — with a bizarre romance that led to over dozens of abandoned houses being set ablaze. If you enjoyed the Serial podcast, you’ll probably enjoy this one. There are plenty of science fiction and fantasy books coming out this month — interestingly, many are the conclusions to trilogies — all of which should make for good reading material during the holidays. December 1st Everyone: Worlds Without Walls edited by Tony C. Smith Tony C. Smith is the co-founder of the online podcast magazine Starship Sofa. Following last year’s divisive election, he found himself growing concerned about divisions and injustice, and decided to Kickstart an anthology that showcased the diversity of authors that science fiction has within its ranks. Smith recruited some impressive names for the anthology, such as Ken Liu, JY Yang, and Lavie Tidhar, and in this time of troublesome politics, this looks like it’ll be an essential read. December 5th Star Wars: Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost here. But these films aren’t self-contained stories: they come with additional novels and games that support the narrative. This new anthology is set in one of the film’s upcoming locations, the casino world of Canto Bight. It features four new stories from Saladin Ahmed, Mira Grant, Rae Carson, and John Jackson Miller. They write about a hapless traveling salesman, a fight over a bottle of wine, gambling, and power struggles among the lavish halls of the world’s casinos. Image: Del Rey Books The Girl in the