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[Book Forum] Jonathan Karp named president and CEO of Simon & Schuster; American Academy of Poets announces Poets Laureate Fellowships
Longtime Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp has been selected /> as the company’s president and CEO. Karp, who was previously the publisher and editor of

[The Millions] I Didn’t Have a Plan: The Millions Interviews Nick Flynn
In 2000, Nick Flynn’s debut poetry collection, Some Ether—which examines family, childhood, and trauma—won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He followed it up with collections like Blind Huber, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, and My Feelings, as well as the memoirs Another Bullshit

[Book Forum] Remembering Larry Kramer; Chan Koonchung on China's collective amnesia
Author, activist />, and playwright Larry Kramer died yesterday at the age of eighty-four. A founder of ACT UP, Kramer was called “one of America’s

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Weathering with You’
Acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai not only directed the Weathering with You anime released in 2019—he also wrote the novelization published in the U.S. and the forthcoming manga adaptation. It’s the story of Hodaka, a teenage boy who runs away from his small island home to the big city of

[Book Forum] Tech Support
Welcome to part three of our ongoing series about supporting the literary community during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we focus on independent bookstores and authors in need. Support

[The Millions] The 2020 Best Translated Book Awards Goes Virtual
Looking for a way to celebrate the best of this year’s translated literature? The Best Translated Book Awards reading and ceremony will be streamed online this year. Join them on Wednesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. EST for a reading from the finalists (RSVP here), and then don’t miss the

[Book Forum] C Pam Zhang on publishing a book during the coronavirus pandemic; Deadspin editors on relaunching the site
“There was some grief at the beginning over not being able to go out and celebrate, but that kind of dissipated because as unfortunate as this is, I have to remind myself that the whole point of writing

[The Millions] Craft Corner: The Millions Interviews Samanta Schweblin
Samanta Schweblin’s absolutely terrifying second novel, Distancia de Rescate, published in America as Fever Dream and nominated for the Booker Prize, was among many readers’ and critics’ favorites of 2017. Her third novel, Little Eyes, published in May of this year, is somewhat less

[Salon Books] How Airborne Toxic Event's album "Hollywood Park" became the "soundtrack" to Mikel Jollet's memoir
Jollet spoke to Salon about grieving for his father and how this led to writing his memoir and TATE's new album

[Book Forum] Literary Hub’s summer book highlights; The struggle of reporting on COVID-19
Literary Hub has posted /> its Summer Books Preview for 2020. Highlights include Masha Gessen’s Surviving Autocracy, Megha Majumdar’s A Burning, and Patrick

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which book by Charles Dickens should we read in June?
A century and a half since he died, his protocinematic storytelling retains its power to take readers out of themselves. Please help choose one for us to enjoy togetherThis June marks 150 years since Charles Dickens died. Like so many of his characters, he left the world in tragic and unusual

[Salon Books] Fintan O'Toole on America the "pitiful," corrupted by Trump's malignant spectacle
Irish author and critic on the "suspension of disbelief" that has made Trump's destruction of America possible

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Coetzee, Masad, Jollett, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of J.M. Coetzee, Ilana Masad, Mikel Jollett, and more—that are publishing this week. Death of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Death of Jesus: “The thoughtful, clear-eyed

[Book Forum] Lawrence Wright’s pandemic thriller
Aside from being in poor taste, exchanging high-fives is no doubt a clumsy business on Zoom, which is presumably how Alfred A. Knopf’s marketing team does its conferring these days. Even so, they must

[Book Forum] Searching for prophecy in the midst of a pandemic
A FEW NIGHTS AGO, I WAS VISITED BY AN EMAIL. Back before the world gasped, my brother, the doctor, hardly ever wrote me anything beyond a “dinner Friday y/n,” and yet here he was, in the breathless

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Godhuli Time by Srinivas Rayaprol
An anglophone Indian poet, mentored by William Carlos Williams in the US, considers an Indian sunset in a voice that spans centuries and continentsGodhuli TimeIt is the cow-dust hourAnd smoke lies heavy over my headAs I walk across these earthen pathsAnd smells of burnt milk from insideMingle with

[Book Forum] Nick Tosches follows his subjects down to the crossroads
For all his love of Dante, I don’t think Nick Tosches was much of a Boccaccio man. Still, he might have admired the saga that begins The Decameron. It is the story of one Ser Cepparello da Prato, un

[Book Forum] Dream City
When Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was fifteen and growing up in New York, she called the restaurant where her father worked as a deliveryman and pretended to be a beat reporter at a city paper to get

[Book Forum] State secrets, Edward Snowden, and the conscientious journalist’s predicament
The mood, when a story about Edward Snowden begins any time before the news-breaking Guardian piece of June 5, 2013, is a clean dramatic irony. We know the identity of the anonymous source; the characters

[Book Forum] A historian of racial capitalism uncovers the city’s bloody past—and the possibilities for its future
In the twelfth century, the city of Cahokia, settled on mounds near the Mississippi River, had a population greater than London’s. Its trade and travel routes stretched to present-day Minnesota and

[Book Forum] Lydia Millet discusses her new novel of teens, biblical allusions, and plausible environmental disaster
CHRISTIAN LORENTZEN: In your new novel, A Children’s Bible (Norton, $26), a group of kids, teens mostly, are on vacation with their parents in an old mansion when a flood occurs and American society

[Book Forum] Hervé Guibert’s account of the AIDS epidemic
A few months ago, the thirtieth-anniversary republication of a book written at the peak of the HIV epidemic and chronicling the impact of the virus on an intimate social circle of French writers,

In Murals of New York City, all of the Big Apple’s bygone eras seem to blend together. On the walls of Neoclassical courthouses and Art Deco airports, hallowed hotel bars and brick borough halls, we

[Book Forum] The start of the (indie) world as we know it
“In Athens, Georgia, in the 1980s, if you were young and willing to live without much money, anything seemed possible,” Grace Elizabeth Hale opens her new book Cool Town, about how the B-52s, R.E.M.,

[Book Forum] A group biography of five female artists who met at the dawn of the feminist revolution
For many of its participants, the women’s liberation movement represented a saving break with an unremittingly bleak past. A switch flipped at the end of the 1960s, and the culture flooded with light.

[Book Forum] A new book tracks Frida Kahlo’s Paris years
It’s the second week of March in Paris, and COVID-19 still hasn’t shut the city down. I am staying at the Hotel La Louisiane, the haunt of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlie Parker, Miles

The titles of Thaddeus Mosley’s recent wood sculptures are often plainly descriptive: There’s a curve in Curved Closure, branches in Branched Form, and an oval in Oval Continuity. This straightforward

[Book Forum] The season’s outstanding art books
But is it art, or fashion? In FASHION WORK 1993–2018: 25 YEARS OF ART IN FASHION (Damiani, $45), Danish-born curator and critic Jeppe Ugelvig offers a refreshing take: that this question should not

[Book Forum] J. M. Coetzee concludes his Jesus trilogy
He has answered the boy’s questions about condom use, about human nature, and about poo (“the poo-ness of poo”). He has weighed in on the probability of an afterlife (pretty probable) and the pitfalls

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