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[Lit Saloon] Prize: FT/GSBBotY longlist
       They've announced the longlist for the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and in the Financial Times Andrew Hill runs it down, in A reading list to reflect loss of faith in capitalism.        None of these titles

[Lit Saloon] Frisch & Co. profile
       In Berlin ex-pat shares Europe's literary gems at DeutscheWelle Holger Heimann profiles E.J. Van Lanen and his new publishing venture, Frisch & Co. -- the new approach they're taking being that they focus on books on translation, but publish them only as

[Lit Saloon] Two Lao She books
       At the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time weblog Debra Bruno reports that New Release of Lao She Books Revisits a Dark History, as Cat Country ("considered by some to be the first Chinese science-fiction novel") and Mr. Ma and Son are appearing

[Lit Saloon] Niyi Osundare Q & A
       In The Guardian (Nigeria) Kabir Alabi Garba has a Q & A with Niyi Osundare, Who begat African Literature ?        Fortunately, Osundare sensibly doesn't think much of that particular question: The so-called 'debate'

[Lit Saloon] The Silence and the Roar review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Syrian author Nihad Sirees' timely 2004 novel, The Silence and the Roar, now out in English.        Other Press brought this out in the US, and it's really

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 9, 2013 @ 12:44:00 am
Lewis Lapham talks to the New York Times about his love of e-cigarettes; a case for appointing a writer as the next Federal Reserve chairman; Paying a visit to Flannery O'Connor's peacocks.

[The Millions] A Literary Hedonist In The Classroom: On Professor Borges
A puzzling entry in an old encyclopedia, a country not to be found on any map, the subsequent search through libraries, book stores, atlases, and obscure travel memoirs, leading to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society: this is not the plot of some paperback thriller you bought in an

[Guardian Books Blog] Poster poems: Found poetry
Cut-up or collage, the challenge this month is to concoct something new from other people's wordsOne night sometime in the early 1930s a New Jersey doctor left a note for his wife on the door of their fridge. He looked at it again and saw something he hadn't noticed when first writing it down,

[Guardian Books Blog] Has William Boyd spoiled Henning Mankell?
US readers are up in arms about how much plot Boyd has given away. Are they right? Don't hold backJust a few weeks before he publishes his top-secret James Bond novel, Solo, William Boyd is under fire. Beneath the sly headline "Treacherous", letters in the New York Times's books

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Everything we've come to think of as American
How we talk about class and wealth in the United States today

[Guardian Books Blog] That'shhh entertainment: drawing up a library playlist
The Wellcome Library is hoping to distract its readers from noisy building works with a Spotify playlist. Can you add some quiet suggestions?Most of us prefer a bit of peace and quiet if we want to do some serious reading but the folks at the Wellcome Library won't be getting much of that since a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The other provisions
Outwit the chumps and get what you want

[NYT] Book Review Podcast: Who Was T. E. Lawrence?
Scott Anderson discusses "Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East."

[Salon Books] James Franco: My image is “a creation, like a painting or a movie”
James Franco, the actor/blogger/singer/artist/writer constantly balancing on the brink of self-parody, is now the Voice of a Generation thanks to Penguin Classics. The publishing house has this month issued a new translation of Hermann Hesse's bildungsroman, "Demian," by award-winning translator

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Changing gender politics
How to get more women (and men) to call themselves feminists

[Guardian Books Blog] Edinburgh: the ultimate literary city
Auld Reekie has writers deep in its bones, so there is no more appropriate city to hold a book festivalPatrick White spent his schooldays in Cheltenham ("a four-year prison sentence"), and Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard got together illicitly there, but that's about all that underpins its

[Guardian Books Blog] Edinburgh international book festival 2013: week one liveblog
Join us here for all the news, events, reviews and discussions from the 30th anniversary Edinburgh international book festivalHannah Freeman

[Guardian Books Blog] Words' worth
The novelist kicks off a new series, coinciding with the Edinburgh international book festival, where writers consider the words that mean most to themOnce again, I'm afraid that I haven't been filing at all regularly. This is the year – apparently – of looking after myself and so working in the

[Guardian Books Blog] Edinburgh international book festival 2013: week one live blog
Join us here for all the news, events, reviews and discussions from the 30th anniversary Edinburgh international book festivalHannah Freeman

[The Millions] Conversations & Connections, 2013
Are you a writer in the Philadelphia area? Are you looking for “a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, editors and publishers?” If you answered yes to both of these questions, then this September’s Barrelhouse Conversations & Connections conference will be

[The Millions] “You Need a Rhyming Word? That’s What We Heard!”
Sesame Street turned in a literary puppet parody in their Sons of Anarchy send-up: Sons of Poetry. Related posts: Bert and Ernie’s Wedding Plans Sesame Workshop has released an official statement to address calls... Kunzru Reads at WORD On Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm, Hari Kunzru will visit...

[Salon Books] Fiction: “Americca” by Aimee Bender
When we came home from the movie that night, my sister went into the bathroom and then called out to our mother, asking if she'd bought another toothpaste as a hint.I know I have major cavities, she said.  But do we really need two?Two what? asked my mother.Two toothpastes, said Hannah.My mother

[The Millions] John Lewis’s March
Comics specialist Dominic Umile checks out March: Book One, the first installment in a nonfiction graphic novel trilogy and biography of civil rights activist and current Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Related posts: Young Fandom Dominic Umile recalls his directionless 20s spent working menial

[The Millions] To Booker or Not to Booker
Maybe you’re a speed-reader or maybe you’re a psychic who plans their reading lists months ahead of time. Those are the only two possible scenarios by which you may have finished reading all of the books on this year’s Man Booker Long List. And if that’s the case, it’s time to get started

[Salon Books] Everything you know about drugs is wrong
It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off of everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work, "High Price," does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster, the fast-paced read details his journey from a violent Miami ghetto to the halls one of the

[The Millions] Must-Read Books for Kids
School hasn’t started back up yet, so if you’re looking for ways to entertain your kids until the end of Summer, I recommend perusing NPR’s round-up of “100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14.” (Or, you know, tell them to just go outside already. And to be sure to shut the door to keep the air

[Guardian Books Blog] What I'm thinking about ... ambitious women
Which was the first have-it-all generation of women? They were swinging half a century before the sixties, says Judith MackrellWriting biography is always a juggling of perspectives, an attempt to show the daily random life of your subject while imposing the logic of history and argument. It's a

[Salon Books] We worship the iPhone: Steve Jobs is our savior!
Steve Jobs’ first experience designing telephones involves the now famous story of the “blue box” device. In the early 1970s, Jobs’ friend Steve Wozniak was captivated by an Esquire story about the creator of a phone-hacking device that made it possible to dial long distance calls for free.

[Salon Books] North Carolina’s shocking history of sterilization
People generally have two reactions when they hear about American eugenics programs for the first time: the first is shock, and the second is distancing. How could those people have done that to them?Most have heard of the program in Nazi Germany, in which more than 400,000 people considered

[The Millions] Book Bailouts
Ukraine is investing approximately $61 million in order to “bolster [the nation’s] reading, publishing and bookselling beginning in 2014 and lasting through 2018.” One concern held by Ukranian literati is the rapidly expanding influx of Russian writing, which some claim have been “push[ing]

[Salon Books] John Grisham calls for justice for Guantánamo Bay detainees
In a heartwrenching op-ed in the New York Times on Sunday, novelist and activist John Grisham expressed his disgust at President Obama and the United States government for the on-going human rights atrocities occurring in Guantánamo Bay. After learning that some of his books have been banned at

[The Millions] Patriotic Poetry
Writing for Vouched Books (of which I’ve raved previously), Tyler Gobble dedicates his “Best Thing I’ve Read This Week” column to Laurie Saurborn Young’s Patriot chapbook. The work collects thirteen poems – each entitled “Patriot” – which “craft as they go a sense of living,

[The Millions] New André 3000 on the way
The possibility of a new André 3000 solo album (even if it’s “no sure thing”) is liable to make this writer giddy. Fun Fact: In a print-only interview with Oxford American, National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward nominated Three Stacks as “the most underrated Southern writer.” (And

[The Millions] Fantastical Fowl
What’s the deal with all the fake birds animated into fantasy and sci-fi films these days? According to Brian Thill, these digital flocks “aren’t just there to make the unreal scenes feel a bit more real” but are rather signifiers of “our oldest and most common metaphor for freedom.”

[The Millions] Citation, Please
Fun Fact: British radio and television presenter Alan Partridge (a fictional character played by Steve Coogan) is referenced in not one, not two, but seven entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oh, you cheeky Brits. Related posts: Whodunnit And then there was you: the Oxford English Dictionary

[Salon Books] Our last legal heroes?: Fighting to kill the death penalty
"In 1963 Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg dissented from the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the death penalty case, Rudolph v. Alabama. The dissent was a compromise with Chief Justice Earl Warren, who feared taking on the issue, and far less ambitious than the document originally envisioned by

[Salon Books] “To the End of June”: Stories from foster care
"Every night in every city, children are buckled into vans or police cars (like criminals), as wards of the state (like criminals) and driven to strangers' houses and told to behave. Children explain this to themselves in a myriad of ways: often, because they're children, it's because of something

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Lovers' Discourse
Javier Marías's infatuating story of murder in Madrid

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 12, 2013 @ 12:03:00 am
A summer camp in Key Largo, Florida, was inspired by the Hunger Games series; Bret Easton Ellis reviews a book by a writer who donated $5,000 to Ellis's film; Grisham attacks Guantanamo Bay

[Lit Saloon] Popular in ... South Korea
       A recent Korea Gallup poll found that, as Jin Eun-soo reports in The Korea Herald, Haruki Murakami most-read foreign novelist in Korea.        Yes, 24 per cent of people surveyed reported having read a book of his.

[Lit Saloon] The Story of my Purity review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Italian author Francesco Pacifico's The Story of my Purity.        This came out in English a few months ago and was pretty much DOA in the US/UK; The Guardian

[Lit Saloon] Mountain Echoes festival
       The Mountain Echoes festival -- the Bhutan Festival of Literature, Art, & Culture -- runs through today -- and apparently some of it is being live-streamed.        See also, for example, reports such as that in the

[Lit Saloon] Writing in ... Pakistan
       In Dawn Ajmal Kamal writes about Urdu literature and the events of Pakistan's history -- finding: "it was only after many years that Urdu fiction writers began the process of serious introspection and produced realistic literary works in the healthy

[Lit Saloon] 11 years of the Literary Saloon
       The complete review was started in 1999, and this weblog, the Literary Saloon, was added in 2002 -- the first post posted 11 August, exactly eleven years ago. And here we are, well over 10,000 posts later .....        I'm

[Lit Saloon] Translation in ... Ukraine
       A reader alerts me to an interesting look at Book translation in Ukraine, or Read much but not anything by Daryna Schwartzman at forUm -- Ukraine being a market that is linguistically (and otherwise ...) close to Russia(n), which compounds some of the

[Lit Saloon] Vladimir Sorokin Q & A
       At the Bomblog Kathrine Tschemerinsky has a Q & A with Day of the Oprichnik-author 'Vladimir Sorokin on writing, pets, and questions that would make Nabokov ask you to leave the room' -- complete with a (metaphysical ?) photograph he took (see the note

[Lit Saloon] Unfinished reads
       Via, I'm pointed to John McMurtrie's piece at the San Francisco Chronicle's Bookmarks weblog, collecting responses from quite a good variety of authors on Those bedside books we can't quite finish.        Not just the

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Lock Me Away by Clive James
An unsettling meditation on the mental disarrangements of encroaching senility manages a rare balancing of poetry and comedyAs a poet, Clive James shares some qualities with the English "Movement" writers, and an intellectual affinity with his compatriot Peter Porter. Typically, James combines

[The Millions] Ask the Writing Teacher: Story Arc(s)
Dear Writing Teacher, Could you explain in as much detail as possible what a story arc is? Thank you, Narratively Challenged I’m gonna be straight with you: I have put off answering this question not only because I’ve been busy editing my novel and potty training my kid, but also because

[Guardian Books Blog] Summer voyages: The Expedition Of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
A holiday journey around 18th-century Britain is irresistably sweetIt's a profound shame that the reputation of Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) seems to be waning. A few generations ago, he was part of the quartet of Great 18th-century Novelists, alongside Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding and Laurence


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