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March 2024 is full of new book releases. But as Maris Kreizman writes in Lit Hub, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Buzzy titles with noisy marketing campaigns make it difficult for the rest to compete, especially in a month like this when there are so many books to choose from. So here is Kajal‘s roundup of March new book releases, with a spotlight on books by South Asian authors.

We’re going to run this series monthly to keep you plugged in and your reading list stacked.

The Inhumans and Other Stories: A Selection of Bengali Science Fiction (The MIT Press) Ed. and trans. Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay New March 2024 Book Releases

The Inhumans and Other Stories: A Selection of Bengali Science Fiction edited and translated by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay (MIT Press, March 12) – Sci Fi/Anthology

Kicking off our new book releases for the month is The Inhumans and Other Stories. This collection brings a range of colonial-era Bengali science fiction together in English for the first time. The tradition of Bengali science fiction goes deep – you need only look at Sultana’s Dream by Begum Rokeya, a 1905 story about a futuristic feminist utopia, to grasp how pioneering the genre is. Chattopadhyay’s collection will add to this canon in English and is sure to appeal to fans of sci-fi and general readers alike. – Sana

The Siege of Burning Grass (Solaris) - March 12, 2024 By Premee Mohamed Sci Fi/Fantasy

The Siege of Burning Grass by Premee Mohamed (Solaris, March 12) – Sci Fi/Fantasy

A sci-fi saga, blending elements of fantasy, geopolitics, and anti-war activism, this book is already racking up high ratings on Good Reads by reviewers praising its deliberations on war and its skillful world-building. Indo-Caribbean author Premee Mohamed has won a Nebula award and is a scientist in addition to a speculative fiction author. Siege and Mohamed both seem like ones to watch this release season. – Nadya

A Year of Last Things by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf, March 18) - Poetry

A Year of Last Things by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf, March 18) – Poetry

In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati Alexander  (Harper, March 19) – Romance

In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati Alexander  (Harper, March 19) – Romance

Your mileage may vary on romance novels, but no one can deny the juiciness of a fake dating plot. Charlie needs a fake girlfriend to make his ex jealous and Sloane is happy to take him up on the offer of a vacation while she works out the kinks in her latest video game design. Sparks fly, angst reigns. You know the rest. – Nadya

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill (Poisoned Pen Press, March 19) – Mystery New March 2024 Book Releases

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill (Poisoned Pen Press, March 19) – Mystery

A Midnight Puzzle by Gigi Pandian (Minotaur, March 19) – Mystery New March 2024 Book Releases

A Midnight Puzzle by Gigi Pandian (Minotaur, March 19) – Mystery

Tempest Raj doesn’t just have gumption, she has the skills to solve a seemingly insane mystery: when a frustrated former client of her family’s business turns up dead, with all signs pointing to the company’s sleek architectural engineering, it’s up to Tempest to solve the mystery and save the company. For fans of escape rooms, booby traps, and brainy heroines. – Nadya

Maya's Laws of Love (MIRA) - March 26, 2024 By Alina Khawaja Romance New March 2024 Book Releases

Maya’s Laws of Love by Alina Khawaja (MIRA, March 26, 2024) – Romance

To Maya, marriage is just another item on a checklist in a life structured by rules about what she will and won’t allow herself to do. She refuses to get her hopes up about romance, until she finds herself sitting next to a handsome lawyer named Sarfaraz on the flight to her wedding in Pakistan (Excellent Muslim love interest name, IMO). When the flight gets stranded midway, she’s forced to reckon with her feelings. Was her rulebook just an excuse for not letting herself fall in love? NYT-bestselling author Abby Jimenez called this book “charming, funny, and unique.” – Sana

Boiled Owls (Nightboat Books) - March 26, 2024 Azad Ashim Sharma Poetry New March 2024 Book Releases

Boiled Owls by Azad Ashim Sharma(Nightboat Books, March 26) – Poetry

As a poet, Azad Ashim Sharma has written extensively about his alcohol and substance misuse. This is his second collection of poems, which further explores his recovery by grounding it in the interrogation of the capitalist self. If addiction is rooted in capitalism, recovery comes with writing, with family, and with melody. And these poems – lyrical, devoted, resistant – turn capitalism on its head to demystify the recovering self. – Jeevika

A Great Country by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Mariner, March 26) – Literary Fiction New March 2024 Book Releases

A Great Country by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Mariner, March 26) – Literary Fiction

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