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2 hours ago
Books

Feb 26: Brooklyn Black History Maker, June Jordan

June Jordan's challenging childhood shaped her poetic talent at a young age.
Jordan's writing depicted interracial relations and African-American experiences in a white-dominated society.
The Paris Review
2 weeks ago
Writing

The Art of Poetry No. 101

Jeremy Prynne is not a morning person but is highly productive in the evening.
Prynne's rooms at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge are filled with books and have been a meeting place for poets.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Writing

The Vast Extent by Lavinia Greenlaw review a cabinet of curiosities

17 pieces of almost-art-critical prose in this bright, mournful book
Greenlaw's instinct is to place topics in arrangement while keeping the parts apart
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1 month ago
Writing

Author Di Prisco to talk about latest work Jan. 27 in Montclair

Joseph Di Prisco, a prolific writer, stopped writing poetry for 20 years during his young adult life.
Di Prisco rediscovered his love for poetry and resumed writing, although he doesn't know why.
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2 months ago
Writing

An unpublished poem by 'The Big Sleep' author Raymond Chandler is going to print

Strand Magazine is publishing a previously unpublished poem by Raymond Chandler, known for his hard-boiled detective stories.
The poem, titled 'Requiem,' was written by Chandler after the death of his wife and expresses his grief and longing for her.
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PublishersWeekly.com
3 days ago
Books

Jessica Bull on Jane Austen, Murder Mysteries, and Libraries as a Gateway

Passion for libraries can shape a successful career and influence choice of study.
Access to libraries played a crucial role in Jane Austen's education and career as a novelist.
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7 hours ago
Writing

Wrong Norma by Anne Carson review unjoined-up thinking at its best

Anne Carson's book 'Norma' is deliberately disjointed to convey a sense of language's unreliability and difficulty in expressing precise meanings.
Carson's resistance to discussing her work in interviews adds to her enigmatic persona and aligns with her exploration of the volatility of language.
The Hindu
3 days ago
Books

Four recently-published works showcase the changing themes in graphic novels

Graphic novels demand up by over 50% post-pandemic, exploring diverse themes beyond mythology.
Publishers like Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books show commitment to graphic novel format by reissuing and reinventing content.
childhood
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3 days ago
Books

Sigrid Nunez: When I was growing up I wanted to be Dr Seuss'

Reading from a young age shapes one's love for literature and storytelling.
Exploring various genres and authors leads to personal growth and inspiration for writing.
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1 month ago
Books

Pankaj Mishra: VS Naipaul taught me you can write about your country with honesty'

Reading imaginative literature as a child was crucial to my development
Exposing oneself to different cultures and perspectives through literature can be transformative
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Time Out London
2 days ago
London

10 London shops have been shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year

London has ten bookshops shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year 2024.
77 independent bookshops across the UK were nominated for the award, celebrating community contributions.
www.theguardian.com
3 days ago
Books

Wifedom by Anna Funder audiobook review the first Mrs Orwell

The book 'Wifedom' explores the role of Eileen O'Shaughnessy, Orwell's first wife, and sheds light on her life and contributions. Anna Funder delves into the struggles of wifedom and the invisible labor often overlooked in history.
The New York Review of Books
3 days ago
Books

In My Mother's Archive | David A. Bell

Mother's life before being her daughter was largely known through publications and family stories.
The family's history was influenced by well-known writers and intellectuals.
San Francisco Bay Times
3 days ago
Books

Top of Your Stack: 2.22.24 - San Francisco Bay Times

Bold and haunting debut collection follows characters navigating Jim Crow racism.
Iconic writer's memoir explores gender identity and personal transitions, offering a tale of self-discovery and growth.
www.nytimes.com
3 days ago
Books

Let Us Help You Find Your Next Book

Recommended new books by the staff of Book Review
Oscar-nominated books, Toni Morrison's works, and 2023's best children's books highlighted
San Francisco Bay Times
3 days ago
SF LGBT

Lit Snax: 2.22.24 - San Francisco Bay Times

Exploration of queer history through hidden stories
Diverse themes like sister rivalry, ghosts, and runaways in North Woods
Harvard Gazette
3 days ago
Music

Inside Harvard's Taylor Swift class - Harvard Gazette

Taylor Swift's lyrics are being studied alongside classic literature in a new English course.
Professor Stephanie Burt compares Swift's songwriting to Romantic-era poets, emphasizing the reflective qualities in her music.
Secret London
4 days ago
Books

10 London Spots Have Been Nominated For The 'Independent Bookshop Of The Year' Award

London is a paradise for book lovers with a variety of independent bookshops.
Record number of indie bookshops have been shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year award.
LGBTQ Nation
4 days ago
Books

"Ripley's Believe It or Not!" trolls Ron DeSantis by offering free banned books to Floridians

Ripley's Believe It or Not! books were removed from a Florida county's school library shelves among many others.
Ripley's is responding with a free book offer for Florida residents until May 15th.
www.cbc.ca
5 days ago
Books

Book-ban attempts are rising in Canada. But so are the number of librarians and authors willing to fight them | CBC News

Navigating book challenges is common for authors like Danny Ramadan advocating for diverse perspectives. Clear school policies are essential for students' access to varied literature.
publishing
Pinstripe Alley
5 days ago
New York Yankees

Peace out, PSA

Yankees fan expresses gratitude for writing about the team
Transition from covering the Yankees to focusing on literature and fiction writing
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1 month ago
Books

Meet the 10 best new novelists for 2024

The Observer New Review has chosen its pick for the best debut novels from UK and Irish authors in 2024.
The list includes books from both big spending publishers and small independent presses.
Literary Hub
2 months ago
Books

Here's the longlist for the NBCC's 2023 Barrios Book in Translation Prize.

The National Book Critics Circle announced the longlist for the Barrios Book in Translation Prize.
The prize celebrates literature in translation and recognizes the work of translators in expanding American literary culture.
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Books

Telling tales: Zimbabwe's Weaver Press celebrates 25 years of championing truth-telling fiction

Weaver Press, an independent publishing company in Zimbabwe, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The company focuses on publishing literary fiction and academic nonfiction to present a complex picture of Zimbabwe to the outside world.
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The Atlantic
5 days ago
Writing

Preface

Auden was known for writing political work influenced by Marxism, but he was uncertain and uncomfortable in his role as a poetic prophet.
Auden's move to America and religious conversion led him to create more searching and philosophical work, reflecting on the pitfalls of creative work.
Public Books
1 week ago
Books

A #MeToo Novel That Must Be Read #WithYou

Novels can have a profound impact, even during challenging times.
Feminist world literature aims to deconstruct misogyny through engaging storytelling.
www.theparisreview.org
5 days ago
Books

The Paris Review

Paul Yamazaki, City Lights' chief buyer, played a significant role in shaping the bookstore's collection, specializing in poetry, literature, and left-leaning books.
Yamazaki focuses on creating a unique browsing experience by curating books that engage in conversations with each other on the shelves.
designboom | architecture & design magazine
5 days ago
Design

discover babylone, saint laurent's newly opened parisian bookstore

Babylone is a dream-like bookstore intersecting fashion, art, and design in Paris.
The Saint Laurent Babylone bookstore features carefully curated books, vinyls, and vintage design objects.
EverOut Portland
6 days ago
Music

The Top 36 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 19-25, 2024 - EverOut Portland

Experience the history and impact of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at OMSI, a symbol of a lost generation.
Erica Berry's book Wolfish, blending memoir and wolf legend, is a must-read for fans of Mary Roach and Helen MacDonald.
www.theguardian.com
1 week ago
Books

Author Peter Ackroyd: You eat a great deal of knowledge. You sick it up. And then you start again'

Ackroyd shifted from heavy drinking to sobriety to focus on his prolific writing career.
Ackroyd remains dedicated to his craft, adding numerous novels and nonfiction works to his repertoire.
Independent
1 week ago
Books

Colum McCann: 'I'd hate to name books I couldn't finish. I know too much about what it takes to go into a book to hear people disparage them'

Colum McCann has written a diverse range of literary works.
McCann has received numerous prestigious awards for his writing.
TheLeafsNation
1 week ago
Toronto Maple Leafs

On this day in 2011, the Leafs trade Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins

Margaret Atwood's activism towards climate change
The incorporation of environmental themes in Atwood's work
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1 week ago
Books

We're Going to Stand Up': Queer Literature is Booming in Africa

Queer Nigerian writer's success in depicting LGBTQ lives in conservative setting.
Emerging trend of L.G.B.T.Q. writers in Africa pushing boundaries and gaining recognition.
The New Yorker
1 week ago
Books

Our Favorite Bookstores in New York City

Unique bookshops in New York City offer a diverse selection of books in various genres and themes.
Bookstores like Freebird Books and Bookmarc provide a curated experience with interesting themes and a mix of classic and niche books.
www.theguardian.com
1 week ago
Books

God forbid that a dog should die': when Goodreads reviews go bad

Goodreads users faced a dramatic incident involving fake reviews by an author.
The significance of Goodreads in the literary world is perplexing.
BKReader
1 week ago
Brooklyn

The 17th National Black Writers Conference Returns to Medgar Evers March 20 - 23

The 17th annual National Black Writers Conference will take place from March 20-23, 2024 at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights.
The conference will explore the theme 'All That We Carry: Where Do We Go From Here?' based on the book 'All That She Carried, The Journey of Ashley's Sack, A Black Family Keepsake' by Tiya Miles.
Defector
1 week ago
Books

'American Fiction' And The Wet Eyes Of The Sentimentalist | Defector

Americans have an aversion to reality and often choose delusion and spectacle over facing the truth.
Percival Everett's novel Erasure provides insightful and relevant commentary on American culture's addiction to delusion and avoidance of reality.
Funcheap
1 week ago
Books

10th Anniversary Bay Area Book Festival: Writer's Day (Berkeley)

The 10th Anniversary Bay Area Book Festival will be held in two parts: Family Day at the Berkeley Public Library on May 4, 2024, and the full festival on June 1 & 2, 2024 in Downtown Berkeley.
The festival plans to hold the 2024 event in person, but some events may also be available via livestream. There are currently no plans to have fully virtual events.
Funcheap
1 week ago
Books

2024 Bay Area Book Festival's Family Day (Berkeley)

The Bay Area Book Festival's 10th Anniversary will be split into two parts: Family Day on May 4, 2024, and the full festival on June 1 & 2, 2024.
The festival aims to create conversation, prioritize diverse authors and topics, and celebrate boundary-pushing literature.
The Paris Review
2 weeks ago
Books

The Art of Fiction No. 243

Pat Barker's writing career has spanned a wide range of subjects and genres, including feminist literature, historical fiction, and retellings of classical stories.
She values the feedback and discussion that comes from engaging with audiences during promotional events, seeing it as an opportunity to gain new perspectives on her work.
The Atlantic
2 weeks ago
Books

How Marilynne Robinson Reads Scripture

Marilynne Robinson's novels evoke a sense of celestial light.
Robinson's novels reflect her deep knowledge and love of Christianity.
Kqed
2 weeks ago
Books

Is Bigfoot Real? A New Book Dives Deep Into the Legend

The article discusses the author's obsession with literature and cryptozoology, particularly with Bigfoot.
The article mentions a journalist who spent a year traveling and researching Bigfoot, interviewing both believers and skeptics.
Brooklyn Paper
2 weeks ago
Brooklyn

Booking for love! The Center for Fiction gets singles in Valentine's mood with speed dating event * Brooklyn Paper

The Center for Fiction is hosting a speed dating event called Booking for Love where participants can meet single literary lovers.
The event aims to create a space for bookworms to connect and bond over their mutual love for books and writing.
www.nybooks.com
2 weeks ago
Books

A Fiendish Fascination' | David S. Reynolds

Antisemitism was present in various forms in antebellum America, including in literature, political cartoons, and stage performances.
The portrayal of Jews as villains, materialistic and scheming, was a common stereotype during this time.
novels
The Nation
2 weeks ago
Books

The Many Lives of George Eliot

George Eliot criticized novels that portrayed marriage as a woman's ultimate goal.
Eliot's own life and work challenged traditional expectations of marriage and allowed her to write about it with depth and complexity.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

There is joy, and there is rage': the new generation of novelists writing about motherhood

Books about motherhood come in waves throughout history, with each wave bringing new perspectives and exploration of the topic.
The recent novels The Nursery, Soldier Sailor, and Reproduction are praised for coming close to capturing the literary truth of motherhood.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

Five of the best postcolonial novels

Literature is not a luxury for African writers, as it plays a crucial role in shaping identity and addressing the consequences of colonialism.
The list includes novels that explore topics such as labor unrest in colonial Barbados, Sudanese experiences in Europe, and the fall of the Ottoman empire.
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The Hindu
3 weeks ago
Books

Reading Asia | 'For me, "Europe" is fiction': an interview with author Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada explores the textures of inhabiting a body moving between multiple languages.
Tawada is interested in the diversity of language and the playful function of the brain in discovering new ways of thinking.
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3 weeks ago
Writing

Where to start with: Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein wrote a diverse body of work including opera libretto, poetry collections, plays, and novels that push against literary conventions.
The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas and Tender Buttons are good starting points to explore Stein's work.
Londonist
3 weeks ago
London

Literary Footprints 2024: Walking Tours Around Literary London

Literary Footprints 2024 is a festival in London that offers guided walks themed around literature.
The festival includes virtual tours as well as physical on-the-ground walks through the city.
There are walks dedicated to specific literary works, as well as broader themes and non-fiction authors.
The Atlantic
3 weeks ago
Books

The Books That Helped Me Adjust to a Big City

Reading can help people understand the history and spirit of a new city.
There are several recommended books that capture the experience of living in urban areas like New York, Tokyo, and London.
The Paris Review
3 weeks ago
Books

Too Enjoyable to Be Literature - The Paris Review

The author stumbled upon F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night and found it delicious and enjoyable to read.
Two years later, the author was surprised to find a passage from Tender Is the Night on a final exam.
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3 weeks ago
Books

Green Dot by Madeleine Gray review witty tale of obsessive love

Smart women expecting their lovers to leave their wives is a common theme in literature exploring relationship dynamics.
Green Dot stands out for its distinctive narrator and witty observations on young adult life.
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3 weeks ago
Books

Green Dot by Madeleine Gray review witty tale of obsessive love

Smart women expecting their lovers to leave their wives is a common theme in literature.
Green Dot stands out for its narrator's distinctive voice and droll observations on young adult life.
www.theguardian.com
3 weeks ago
Books

Hardy Women by Paula Byrne review where love and fiction collide

Thomas Hardy burned his personal documents and wrote his own biography in the third person to maintain control of his narrative.
This book delves into the personal and complex lives of working-class Victorian women who were central to Hardy's work.
The Paris Review
3 weeks ago
Books

Recommended Readings for Students - The Paris Review

Yu Hua, a Chinese writer, provides a syllabus of recommended readings to his creative writing students.
He avoids recommending well-known works and tailors the list to each student's writing goals.
Bustle
3 weeks ago
Books

"Lives Of The Wives" Books Won't Save Us

Marriage is often an unglamorous role for women, requiring them to play multiple roles and endure struggles.
Books about wives remain common despite the decline in marriage rates, depicting women at the center while highlighting their domestic subservience.
NPR
4 weeks ago
Books

A secret shelf of banned books thrives in a Texas school, under the nose of censors

Texas has banned more books than nearly any other state
A secret bookshelf in a Texas school contains banned books that students find empowering and relatable.
The Atlantic
4 weeks ago
Books

The Impossible Pursuit of a Good Death

The protagonist in the novel wants to find meaning in his life by studying people who died for something
The central theme of the novel is the search for meaning and beauty in a seemingly banal and meaningless world.
The New Yorker
4 weeks ago
Books

Margaret Cavendish's "Mad" Imagination

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was a natural philosopher, autobiographer, and fiction writer in a time when women were not formally educated.
Cavendish's poetry and prose explored nature's vitality and speculated about the composition of the world, from atoms to consciousness.
www.theguardian.com
4 weeks ago
Books

Jonathan Escoffery: I was trying to write novels aged nine'

Jonathan Escoffery's book, If I Survive You, was shortlisted for the Booker prize and is currently on the shortlist for the Gordon Burn prize.
The book tackles big themes like family, love, violence, race while also being funny.
books
The Atlantic
1 month ago
Books

The Human Face of American Decline

Alex Kotlowitz recommends books that manage to operate at a human scale while arriving at bigger truths.
Many authors have adopted Kotlowitz's approach to depicting social issues from the ground up.
Scary Mommy
1 month ago
Books

16 New Books That Should Absolutely Be On Your Radar In 2024

2024 is shaping up to be another promising year for reading with highly anticipated novels from various authors.
This year will see the release of new romance titles from Emily Henry, Carley Fortune, and Annabel Monaghan.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

Gordon Burn prize announces blazing' shortlist

The Gordon Burn prize shortlist includes novels, short stories, memoirs, and history books that push boundaries and challenge readers' expectations.
The judging panel chose to include seven books on the shortlist, as they felt that all seven were deserving of recognition.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

My father told me to always give a book 50 pages before deciding to put it down. It's a good rule of thumb for life, too

The advice to stop reading a book after 50 pages if not hooked can give readers the freedom to explore different books at their own pace.
The advice recognizes that reading is a relational experience and encourages readers to return to a book when they feel ready for it.
Vanity Fair
2 months ago
Books

Our 20 Favorite Books of 2023

Vanity Fair staff selects their favorite books of 2023.
The list includes a mix of poetry collections, novels, and biographies.
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Books

The best fiction of 2023

Paul Murray's book, The Bee Sting, has received enthusiastic feedback and combines humor and irony with sadness.
Other notable books of the year include Prophet Song, Birnam Wood, The Fraud, Tremor, and Old God's Time.
morebooks
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

Pankaj Mishra: VS Naipaul taught me you can write about your country with honesty'

Childhood reading experiences shape our love for literature
Books have the power to provoke intense emotions and change perspectives
PublishersWeekly.com
1 month ago
Books

2024 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2024 National Book Critics Circle Awards.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 21.
The Paris Review
1 month ago
Books

The Darkest Week of the Year: Fosse's Septology - The Paris Review

Jon Fosse won the Nobel Prize in Literature and his recent seven-volume epic, Septology, serves as a guidebook and religious text. The story follows an aging painter as he prepares for his annual Christmas exhibit and contemplates accepting a Christmas dinner invitation from a friend.
Brooklyn Eagle
1 month ago
Artificial intelligence

Artist-dissident Ai Weiwei gets 'incorrect' during an appearance at The Town Hall in Manhattan

Ai Weiwei enjoys making trouble and questioning the status quo.
Ai Weiwei discussed his new book, 'Zodiac,' during an event at The Town Hall in Manhattan.
the Guardian
1 month ago
Books

Helen Oyeyemi: 'I like other humans mediated through art'

Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, Parasol Against the Axe, is set in Prague and takes place during a weekend hen party involving a book whose text changes every time it's opened.
Oyeyemi was inspired to write about Prague after reading Magic Prague, a book by Angelo Maria Ripellino, and Vítězslav Nezval's poems about the city.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

There is joy, and there is rage': the new generation of novelists writing about motherhood

The author reflects on the lack of representation of motherhood in literature
Three recent novels are praised for their portrayal of motherhood
www.vice.com
1 month ago
Artificial intelligence

Winner of Japan's Top Literary Prize Admits She Used ChatGPT

Author Rie Kudan won Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize for literature for her sci-fi novel that was partially written using ChatGPT.
The use of generative AI like ChatGPT in creative fields is controversial, raising concerns about the future of literature.
The New York Review of Books
1 month ago
Books

The Dress Form | Kathryn Hughes

Histories of clothing and fashion can provide unique insights into the lives and experiences of historical figures like Jane Austen.
The enduring fascination with Jane Austen and her novels can be attributed to the relatability and timelessness of her characters and themes.
www.independent.co.uk
1 month ago
Writing

Paris syndrome' is real the real-life French capital fails to live up to the hype

Growing up in certain cities can lead to a sense of nostalgia and disappointment when the reality doesn't match expectations.
Cafe de Flore, a famous restaurant in Paris, has become a tourist trap that doesn't live up to its romanticized depiction in literature.
New York Post
1 month ago
Artificial intelligence

Prestigious literary prize awarded to novel written with help from AI

A novel written with the help of artificial intelligence has won a prestigious literary prize in Japan.
About five percent of the novel was composed using the AI chatbot program ChatGPT.
The Paris Review
1 month ago
Books

The Art of Fiction No. 109

John Fowles' early life and career
His notable works and achievements
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Podcast

Queen Camilla's books podcast: the case of the missing monarch

The Queen's Reading Room podcast is not about the Queen or her favorite books.
The podcast features generic author interviews, with the Queen making a brief appearance at the end.
www.berkeleyside.org
1 month ago
Books

Charmian London, literary adventurer, galloped through the Berkeley Hills in 1890s

Charmian Kittredge London was a trailblazing author, feminist, and advocate of socialism and free love, and was also Jack London's second wife and collaborator.
Charmian played a significant role in Jack London's writing, helping to write the women's parts in his books and even co-authoring some of his works.
The Atlantic
1 month ago
Books

What to Read If You're in the Mood for a Tearjerker

Getting a rise out of readers is easy, but representing life on the page authentically takes more skill.
Art can evoke strong emotions in a multitude of ways, and the effect is more powerful when the writer earns it.
www.theguardian.com
1 month ago
Books

Where to start with: Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins is being celebrated on the 200th anniversary of his birth for his contributions to the mystery genre.
His most famous works, including The Moonstone and The Woman in White, have earned him international recognition.
British crime novelist Elly Griffiths recommends The Moonstone as a starting point for those new to Wilkie Collins's work.
www.nytimes.com
1 month ago
Books

How Well Do You Know Paris and Its Literary Landmarks?

A strong sense of place can deeply influence a story
Paris landmarks and settings can serve as inspiration for novels
The New Yorker
2 months ago
Books

Circling the Planet, Looking for God

Literary predecessors never had the opportunity to see the view from an airplane window.
NASA's space missions in the 1960s brought a new perspective of Earth as seen from space.
the Guardian
2 months ago
Books

Where to start with: Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh's characters are degraded and willing to bare all to the reader
Moshfegh's works explore the strange and macabre in mundane situations
The Conversation
2 months ago
Books

Friday essay: do readers dream of running a bookshop? Books about booksellers are having a moment - the reality can be less romantic

Booksellers have a strong sense of community and connection with their customers.
Books about bookshops are a popular genre, offering a romantic escape into a world within a world.
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Books

An Ordinary Youth by Walter Kempowski review life under the Nazis

Walter Kempowski's novel tells the story of a young boy growing up in Germany during the rise of the Nazis and the destruction of World War II.
The novel explores the tensions between everyday life and historical atrocities, capturing the impact of the Germans' catastrophic role in the war.
the Guardian
2 months ago
Books

'I repeatedly failed to win any awards': my doomed career as a North Korean novelist

North Korea has an elaborate bureaucracy for artistic production, with literature being one of the most important cultural products
Aspiring writers in North Korea must register with the Korean Writers' Union and follow strict rules regarding the depiction of leaders and the party in their works
Returning zainichi Koreans were a propaganda tool for the North Korean regime, but faced suspicion and prejudice
BKReader
2 months ago
Books

Best of Brooklyn: Top 5 Used Book Stores

Brooklyn has a diverse range of used bookstores that are a haven for bookworms.
These bookstores offer a combination of used and rare books and provide a cozy and inviting atmosphere for readers.
Defector
2 months ago
Books

Defector Reads A Book Is Gonna Kiss That White Whale | Defector

Defector Reads A Book recommends Moby-Dick as a long and immersive read.
The book is described as a 'whole-ass novel' and is known for its length and depth.
The Paris Review
2 months ago
Writing

Compositions

Louise Glück, Nobel Prize-winning poet, visited Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, where she shared stories about her life and love for food.
Glück won the Nobel Prize in Literature and shared the news with her son, friend, and editor before reporters arrived at her home.
www.cbc.ca
2 months ago
Writing

The Canada Reads 2024 longlist is here! | CBC Books

Canada Reads is back with its 2024 edition, seeking a book to carry us forward in times of uncertainty and challenges.
The longlist of books and the five panellists who will champion them will be announced in January 2024.
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Books

I repeatedly failed to win any awards': my doomed career as a North Korean novelist

North Korea has an elaborate bureaucracy for artistic production, influenced by the Soviet system under Stalin.
Literature is an important tool for promoting the cult of personality surrounding the North Korean leaders.
Writers in North Korea face strict rules and competition for success, but also enjoy perks such as creativity leave and special housing privileges.
The New York Review of Books
2 months ago
Writing

The Ghost in the Labyrinth | Ursula Lindsey

A great book is only ever about nothing, and yet, everything is there.
The Most Secret Memory of Men turns out to be a truly great book, so sweeping and rich and surprising that it can't be reduced to being 'about' one thing or another.
The New York Review of Books
2 months ago
Writing

'A Powerful Day to You, Sir!' | Mark O'Connell

Werner Herzog's autobiography is reviewed as a deadpan self-portrait by a true eccentric who pursues experiences.
Herzog's memoir is seen as an argument for how an artist should conduct themselves in the world.
Thevermontstandard
2 months ago
Books

First bookshop in a decade opens in WRJ | The Vermont Standard

Cover to Cover, a used bookstore, has opened in White River Junction after a bookstore drought of nearly a decade in the area. The bookstore is operated by volunteers.
www.theguardian.com
2 months ago
Writing

Benjamin Zephaniah was a trailblazer. He broke every glass ceiling going | Lemn Sissay

Benjamin Zephaniah was a poet and activist who overcame dyslexia and became a prominent figure in the literary world.
Zephaniah used his poetry as a means of expression and to advocate for justice, often addressing issues of racism and police brutality.
www.nytimes.com
2 months ago
New York City

Honoring James Baldwin as More Than a Legend

A symposium on James Baldwin will be held at the Brooklyn Museum to discuss his legacy and impact on various fields.
The symposium will celebrate the publication of a book, 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin', featuring essays by Hilton Als, Barry Jenkins, and Jamaica Kincaid.
The New Yorker
2 months ago
Writing

What We Learn from the Lives of Critics

Critics often face backlash and revenge from authors they have criticized.
The portrayal of critics in literature is often harsh and paints a negative image of the profession.
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