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[Guardian Books Blog] Sebastian Barry's second Costa win crowns a singular career
Days Without End sees the novelist venturing in to the 19th-century American west to find a tender story of ‘two wood-shavings of humanity in a rough world’Sebastian Barry’s unprecedented second win of the Costa book of the year is a marker of the singular place he occupies in contemporary

[The Millions] February 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 February titles —

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Ever Green
The lives of Henry Vincent Yorke

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: The Story of a Little Sailor
The first time I ran away I must have been seven, soon after the victory,In early June I spent several days in the wild, I didn't sleep in Strukovsky Garden: around there, all the usable spots had been defiled; through the cracks in the band shell I could see feces and mold.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Ever Green
The lives of Henry Vincent Yorke

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: The Officers' Club
The first time I ran away I must have been seven, soon after the victory,In early June I spent several days in the wild, I didn't sleep in Strukovsky Garden: around there, all the usable spots had been defiled; through the cracks in the band shell I could see feces and mold.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Muslim ban echoes authoritarian states
Do Republicans remember when they promised they'd be a check on Trump?

[The Millions] Translating Bigly
Pity the translators. The post Translating Bigly appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “New York” names first Washington correspondent; Arundhati Roy on her first novel in twenty years
Political reporter Olivia Nuzzi will become New York magazine’s first Washington correspondent. Nuzzi, who most recently covered Trump’s presidential campaign for the Daily Beast, talked to the Columbia Journalism Review about her new job covering “the psychodrama of the Beltway,” which she

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A huge gift to ISIS
Donald Trump is already recruiting terrorists for ISIS

[Book Forum] VIDEO: The effect of migration on the countries that have received migrants

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Much more than that
Review and revival

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's disdain for truth and accuracy poses a threat
Can a president who disregards the truth uphold his oath of office?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The world is failing refugees
Can Westerners help refugees from war-torn countries?

[Guardian Books Blog] How travel writing maps the world
The Stanford Dolman travel book of the year shortlistee reflects on the allure of the travel writer’s journeyWhat is the relation of travel writing to geography? How important are physical movement and the covering of distance to the literature of travel? At the most basic level, interest derives

[The Millions] Ghost Stories
A controversial homebirth midwife; a woman cop who took six bullets as she helped stop a terrorist attack; a young woman making the best of life despite a disfiguring disease; a ’60s-­pop-music buff who, after his fourth bout with cancer, decided to live out his dream of writing about his

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Surrender to Trump
President Trump isn't a fan of dissent

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Hillary Clinton announces book of essays; CNN journalist files lawsuit against immigration ban
Hillary Clinton will write a book of personal essays, to be published by Simon & Schuster next fall. The currently-untitled book will include her thoughts on the 2016 election. In a statement, publisher Jonathan Karp said, “For the past 21 years, the Gallup survey has ranked Hillary Rodham Clinton

[The Millions] The Family
Recommended Reading (National Prayer Breakfast edition): Jeff Sharlet’s terrifying, timely The Family. The post The Family appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats must oppose Neil Gorsuch
Democrats should use the coming court fight to spotlight Trump's authoritarianism

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of Bessie Margolin

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Become a problem
Sometimes they're very wrong

[The Millions] A Classic Nightmare: On Emily Fridlund’s ‘History of Wolves’
In one classic nightmare, you seem to keep waking up only to experience a new version of the same terror. Or you’re running away from a monstrous being, and then, just when you think you’re safe, he comes from behind and looms over you. Emily Fridlund’s unnerving, beautifully crafted first

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Loyalty to Russia's president
Putin's great patriotic pseudoscience

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Left has been reborn
The best news liberals have had in a long time

[Guardian Books Blog] The Girl on the Train: the UK’s favourite library book in 2015-16
Northern Ireland borrowed the Guinness World Records, Wales and Scotland thrillers by Lee Child and Paula Hawkins, while Londoners crammed for their driving testEvery year, the release of figures detailing the number of books borrowed from the United Kingdom’s public libraries provides a

[The Millions] The Devils, Damsels, and Discipline of Jorge de Sena
Translated Portuguese literature lies mired in five names: postmodernist celebrities Fernando Pessoa and António Lobo Antunes; José Saramago, whose shiny Nobel Prize mesmerizes publishers crow-like; and the classic authors Eça de Queiroz and Luís de Camões. These are the ones that get

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The case of Donald Trump and white supremacist violence
Steve Bannon is turning Trump into an ethno-nationalist ideologue

[The Millions] “Most of my hike was saying, this is a black body, and it belongs everywhere.”
“There is no divorcing the lack of diversity in the outdoors from a history of violence against the black body, systemic racism, and income inequality,” writes Rahawa Haile in her description of hiking the full length of the Appalachian Trail. Along the way, Haile documented her journey

[The Millions] “The chorus needs to be real to make this work.”
Millions staffer Edan Lepucki contributed “Chorus” to Slate‘s Trump Story Project, an ongoing series of short fiction pieces written by contemporary authors. The post “The chorus needs to be real to make this work.” appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Colm Tóibín named chancellor of University of Liverpool; Abrams announces photo book of Women’s March
The Weekly Standard reports that the conservative, pseudonymous writer Publius Decius Mus, who advanced one of the few intellectual arguments in support of Trump during the 2016 election, is now a senior national-security official in the Trump administration. As Decius, Michael Anton wrote numerous

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's trade agenda is on a collision course
What did NAFTA really do?

[The Millions] Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship
Submissions are open for the Oxford American‘s Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship, which awards a $10,000 living stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship toward a nine-month residency with the magazine. The goal is to support the writing of a debut work of creative nonfiction, and the

[Book Forum] VIDEO: After Words with Julissa Arce, "My (Underground) American Dream"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: At the intersection
Seen as "dangerous"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Federal workers push back against Trump
First, destroy the federal workforce, then rule like an autocrat

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Are we really stuck with President Donald Trump?
Our institutions and people are refusing to give in without a fight

[Guardian Books Blog] Calling all BAME writers: entries open for the 2017 prize
The BAME short story prize that reaches out to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers is now open for this year’s entriesAbiola Oni was shocked when she won last year’s Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story competition for her wondrous story “75”. She had submitted her entry close

[Salon Books] “All political leaders would rather be dictators”: Authors of “The Dictator’s Handbook” on whether Trump can pull it off
(Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson) There is widespread agreement among political commentators that Donald Trump is a unique figure in the political history of the United States — and a uniquely dangerous one as well. David Frum recently published a chilling article in The Atlantic titled “How to

[Salon Books] Donald Trump needs to read this book: What he doesn’t understand about jihadists and counterterrorism will make America less safe
(Credit: Getty/Drew Angerer/Salon) Last week, President Donald Trump banned the entry of 212 million Muslims from seven countries, with the objective of saving the “Homeland” from “radical Islamic terrorism.” Trump invokes this expression with a sneer, attacking the courage of those who

[The Millions] We’re Gonna Make It
Recommended Reading: A chapter of Janice Shapiro’s new graphic memoir Crushable, on the subject of the late Mary Tyler Moore. The post We’re Gonna Make It appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] A Hunger Artist
On August 1st, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia. Also, Franz Kafka went swimming. Moreover, the Metamorphosis author mentioned both events in his diary, writing simply and strangely that “Germany has declared war on Russia — went swimming in the afternoon.” Was this odd

[Salon Books] Rita Dove: “The first thing that goes when a government becomes a tyranny are words”
Rita Dove (Credit: AP/Charles Tasnadi) There are few writers worthy of such high distinction, but to read Rita Dove is to encounter the transformative. Her feeling comes in aid of your feeling. Suddenly, you believe you have undergone an alteration of mind and spirit. Dove’s poetry breathes life

[The Millions] “Be realistic! Demand the impossible!”
Want to go to Paris but don’t have the money? You can read these books instead. In the Times, a list of new books that bring you to the City of Light. The post “Be realistic! Demand the impossible!” appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] Caught
“Were you happy? With Green it’s likelier you were in love, attuned to the littlest differences, rapt at eventless descriptions that should be boring but aren’t, in awe of the way a cut-rate bunch of flowers is described, interpreting each symbol as a sign, sickened when your

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: On the Mountain by Lavinia Greenlaw
A careful engagement with nature ‘in its fault and fold’ is also a watchful flight from human complicationOn the MountainTo travel the world explicitin its fault and fold. Continue reading...

[The Millions] Free Speech Is a Black-and-White Issue: The Millions Interviews Paul Auster
“One of the Big Apple’s most celebrated sons,” the BBC once described Paul Auster. “A literary giant.” Auster, the screenwriter of four films (and director of three), hit a knockout with Smoke. The 1995 classic is a lovely, emotional look at Auggie Wren’s Brooklyn community smoke shop.

[Guardian Books Blog] 30 years of Culture: what are the top five Iain M Banks novels?
These gritty space operas combine extravagant, high-tech invention with real human drama. Thirty years after they began appearing, here are some of the bestOur first image of Iain M Banks’s Culture universe is a man drowning in sewage: a stark precedent for what was to come. And 30 years after its

[Guardian Books Blog] Translation – and migration – is the lifeblood of culture | George Szirtes
Even the literature that seems most rooted in one place is animated by writing from elsewhere – and trying to keep that influence out is profoundly dangerousCulture is not a purely national business. I work as a poet and translator and would find it inconceivable to read Chaucer without being

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's yuge Week Two
Is no part of American life safe from politics in the Age of Trump?

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