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[The Millions] November Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this month — for more

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Marías; Nao; Lawson; Murray; Luce; Hoffman; Ashbery
Out this week: Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías; Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao; Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson; Valiant Gentleman by Sabina Murray; Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce; Faithful by Alice Hoffman; and Commotion of the Birds by John Ashbery. For more on these and

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Poem is You by Stephen Burt
Imagine a road trip across the United States with a voracious friend who eats, sleeps, and breathes music, listening to an endless supply of mixtapes and local radio stations devoted to everything from honky-tonk to underground hip hop, from post-punk to electronica, from teen pop to alt-folk. In

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: #Comeygate just got even worse
GOP hatred of Clinton will poison our politics for years to come

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Rupi Kaur signs two-book deal; Marlon James shows off loft
Peter Thiel spoke to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, about his role in Gawker Media’s bankruptcy. Thiel blamed Gawker for their editorial choices, calling the website a “singularly sociopathic bully.” He also noted that Hulk Hogan would not have been able to pursue his case against

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Bonnie McFarlane & Jim Gaffigan | You're Better Than Me

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What happened instead
Bell rings

[Guardian Books Blog] Tanya Landman: 'The MPs' expenses scandal breathed life into history'
In the second of a series by writers shortlisted for the 2016 Guardian children’s fiction award, Landman explains how Hell and High Water came about“Where did you get the idea?”There’s rarely a straightforward answer to that question. An idea often begins in childhood and then snowballs very

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Psychology's crisis
Inside psychology's "methodological terrorism" debate

[Salon Books] Why “London Calling” matters: “It’s incredibly in touch and ahead of its time for British punk”
The Clash, at JFK Airport, May 26, 1981. (Credit: AP/David Handschuh) What goes into making a timeless popular song? That’s what longtime music journalist Marc Myers went looking for in 2011 when he began a Wall Street Journal column called “Anatomy of a Song.” The column has now become a

[The Millions] Books Should Send Us Into Therapy: On The Paradox of Bibliotherapy
1. As an advocate for both books and therapy, I determined, upon first hearing the word “bibliotherapy,” that this might be my bespoke profession. I go to group therapy. I read a lot of novels. I’m constantly recommending novels to my group. Members struggling with various problems typically

[Guardian Books Blog] Pulping fiction: will art benefit from trashing copies of Fifty Shades?
A new theatre project is asking for copies of EL James’s novel to build a set, as it seeks to cut up her language. I’m not sure how great an idea this isThe Rosemary Branch theatre, a fringe venue in north London, is appealing for copies of Fifty Shades of Grey to build a set for a one-woman

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Gannett abandons bid for Tronc; Journalists announce new book on Osama bin Laden
Gannett has abandoned its bid to buy Tronc after the company was unable to secure outside financing for the purchase. The decision was made after Gannett’s quarterly earnings were announced, which showed “print advertising plummeting” and “raised concerns that the newspaper industry might be

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Wait for Election Day
The GOP's age of authoritarianism has only just begun

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 2016 National Book Festival

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Some of the things
Ruining the neighborhood

[The Millions] Whatever You’re Not Allowed to Talk About Is What You’re Obsessing About
We live in an age when there’s a new Brontë orJane Austen adaptation every year. To the contemporary reader, Victorian novels are full of petticoats, windswept walks through the country, and brooding gentlemen declaring their love through letters. The worst that could happen is you catch a cold

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: French Theory is not French
Deconstruction: An American tale

[The Millions] So Much Drool
Sorry for the mess but we’re still drooling over these photos of A Brief History of Seven Killings author Marlon James‘s Minneapolis loft. Slightly less glamorous but (we think) of equal literary importance, these pictures of our own writing spaces. The post So Much Drool appeared

[Salon Books] “Guns in the Hands of Artists” aims to change the conversation around gun violence
Jonathan Ferrara oversees the installation of the show "Guns in the Hands of Artists" (Credit: AP/Gerald Herbert) New Orleans gallery owner and exhibitor Jonathan Ferrara organized a clever art exhibit in 2014: Take decommissioned guns, give them to artists to remake into art and use the whole

[Salon Books] Bob Dylan, a laureate sure, but by what measure a poet
Bob Dylan (Credit: Getty Images) When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month, he became the first musician and the first American since Toni Morrison in 1993 to win the coveted international award. While it took the Nobel committee — which heralded him “for having created new

[Salon Books] FBI takes a page from Breitbart: Far-right “Clinton Cash” book used in Foundation investigation
(Credit: Harper) The Federal Bureau of Investigation has gone full Breitbart. OK, not really. But this nugget from a New York Times story on how the bureau kept two investigations under wraps this summer so as not to appear to be meddling in the presidential campaign could lead you to wonder. In

[The Millions] A Comatose Society: On Rabih Alameddine’s ‘The Angel of History’
1. Last year at a conference in Los Angeles, Rabih Alameddine participated in a delightfully contentious panel on politics and literary fiction. When asked why he chose to write a political novel — he was there to talk about his brilliant fifth book, An Unnecessary Woman — he said,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Panic about the election
There is no going back to business as usual once the 2016 election is over

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Gawker Media settles lawsuit; Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches to be collected in book
Nick Denton confirmed yesterday that the court case that bankrupted Gawker Media has been settled—wrestler Hulk Hogan will receive $31 million. Additionally, in what Denton calls “the most unpalatable part of the deal,” three articles—about Hogan; a dispute over the invention of email; and

[Guardian Books Blog] Refreshing breaks: how fragmented stories can be fulfilling reading
Anne Carson’s new poems make extensive use of broken snatches of writing, a modernist technique that presents readers with difficult – but liberating – challenges“Reading can be freefall,” runs the blurb on the back of Anne Carson’s new poetry collection, one of several recently

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Elena Ferrante, Private Novelist
Elena Ferrante's latest book to be published in English, Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey, is also about a woman's disappearance—her own. In it, Ferrante records her 24-year fight against the manipulation of her authorial identity.

[The Millions] Famous in France
France’s top literary award, the Prix Goncourt, has been awarded to the French-Moroccan journalist and novelist Leïla Slimani, The New York Times reports. Slimani’s book, Chanson Douce, is loosely based on a tragic case in New York City in which two children were murdered by their

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Betsy Teutsch: "100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Especially relevant
The seriousness and the satire

[The Millions] The Translator Talks Back: Megan McDowell Interviews Gonzalo Torné
Gonzalo Torné is an acclaimed Spanish writer from Barcelona whose book Divorce Is in the Air, which I translated, was recently published by Knopf. It is his second novel, but his first to appear into English. Entirely a first-person narrative, the book is nominally addressed to the Joan-Marc’s

[The Millions] Writing While Ill
“[C]ommunity building takes a lot of time and effort and can take a long time to pay off. It’s the long con that’s not a con.” In Electric Literature‘s “Blunt Instrument” column, Elisa Gabbert takes on the topic of writing with chronic illness and disability. See

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Between racism and colorism
Is diversity for white people?

[The Millions] The Things My Books Carried
I am in the habit of slipping objects between the pages of whatever book I am reading: sometimes to mark a place, more often because a book is the safest place I know for letters or receipts or tickets or whatever I need to bring with me somewhere. I have carried books for over two decades of adult

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aisha K. Finch wins Tubman Prize; Bronx residents mourn loss of only bookstore
Aisha K. Finch’s book, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba, has won the New York Public Library’s first Harriet Tubman Prize, which will be awarded next month at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. A newly-discovered poem by Anne Frank will be up for auction later this month. Auctioneers expect that

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: War theory
What happens when you replace a just war with a just peace

[The Millions] The Kirkus Is Back in Town
The recipients of the 2016 Kirkus Prize have been announced, among them the novel The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi, a meditation on her father’s gender transition, in the non-fiction category. We reviewed two of the other fiction finalists this

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Kickstarter Presents: I Read New York: A Conversation on Creativity

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Missed opportunity
Cashing in on the end

[The Millions] Papercuts Can Be Fun Too
Our friends at Electric Literature are Kickstarting Papercuts, “a party game for the rude and well-read.” We would’ve pledged anyway, but this pitch sealed the deal: “It’s what Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf would play if they were alive, locked in a room

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Election anxiety
The Trump apocalypse might not come, but the Republican one will

[Salon Books] “Screw You, Taxpayer!”: A close read of the most conspicuously Canadian “Kids in the Hall” sketch ever
(Credit: HBO) Excerpted from “This Is a Book About the Kids in the Hall” by John Semley. © 2016 by John Semley. All rights reserved. Published by ECW Press Ltd. www.ecwpress.com Here is how you play “The Kids in the Hall” drinking game: Get some drinks and put on “The Kids in

[The Millions] Life in the Company of Writers
Arisa Wright hits the nail on the head in this piece for LitHub, titled simply “In Praise of Our Black Women Poets“: “Clifton’s remark disabused me of the idea that there is something I must erase to make my poetry universal. She freed my mind and body; she freed my

[The Millions] Best Illustrated Children’s Books
Look, we know it’s nice to read highbrow literary fiction all the time, but sometimes you need a break. Luckily, here is a helpful list of the best illustrated children’s books of 2016 from the folks over at The New York Times. The post Best Illustrated Children’s Books appeared

[The Millions] Give Me Free Reading Time or Give Me Death
If the looming election has you feeling like you might need a change of address on November 9th, you might (might) consider the United Arab Emirates. Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has implemented a groundbreaking initiative which requires government employers to give workers

[The Millions] Translating the Untranslatable
Recommended Reading: In which a great translator takes on a nearly impossible project: “Schmidt violates the rules of orthography and punctuation throughout the book, and its sprawling conversations cover James Joyce, trees, magic, the moon, and Xerxes, among many other things. After getting

[The Millions] Scissoring, Othering, and ‘The Handmaiden’
When it came out in 2005 — midway through my senior year of high school — Brokeback Mountain rocked American culture. For all its critical acclaim and star-studded cast, the media seemed to fixate on the most titillating feature of the “gay cowboy movie:” two men falling in love

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This election terrifies
The GOP's dysfunction is our dysfunction now

[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 them Are 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 blog,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: PEN America reports on Hong Kong booksellers’ disappearances; “Wall Street Journal” refuses to endorse candidate
A jury decided last Friday that Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the Rolling Stone reporter who wrote “A Rape on Campus,” defamed University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo with the article. Eramo is seeking $7.5 million in damages, which will be decided in arguments next week. Erik Wemple notes


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