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Top Book Blogs 03/2017

[Guardian Books Blog] Why I'm writing for World Book Day
Francesca Simon explains why she has joined authors Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and David Almond to write a book for World Book DayWorld Book Day on 2 March marks the 20th anniversary of the event, and the third time I’ve written a Horrid Henry book especially for it. I, like this year’s

[The Millions] March 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 March titles, check out

[Guardian Books Blog] Robert Lowell at 100: why his poetry has never been more relevant
Lowell’s confessional work of the 1960s marked a sea change in American letters – then he fell out of favour. But on the eve of his centenary, his work offers an urgent political message in a time of Trump‘I was born under the shadow of the Dome of the Boston State House,” wrote the poet

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Anatomy of Melancholy
Daphne Merkin wrestles with the albatross of depression

[Book Forum] SYLLABI: Emmett Rensin: End of an Era

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump faces a huge problem
The real reason the GOP made peace with Trump

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Barack and Michelle Obama sell memoir rights to Penguin; CNN will attend Correspondents’ Dinner
Barack and Michelle Obama have sold the world rights to their forthcoming books to Penguin Random House. The deal was made after an intense bidding war in which offers from Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster reportedly went over $60 million, with the times reporting that the

[The Millions] The Melrose Series
Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose series will be adapted into a five-part Showtime series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. A few years back on our site, Ben Hamilton wrote, “the pleasures of reading Edward St Aubyn’s Melrose novels can feel strangely illicit.” The post The Melrose Series

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How NATO ends
President Trump's foreign policy failures are alarming Europe

[The Millions] “What was I saying?”
Recommended Reading: “Happy Birthday to Me” by Nicole Sealey The post “What was I saying?” appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The liberal academic cocoon
Guns, hostile lawmakers, and professional bigots are more dangerous to academic freedom than left-wing activists are

[Book Forum] VIDEO: The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Starting to distance
A devastating drop

[The Millions] Forty for 40: A Literary Reader for Lent
Lent is an annual search, which might explain the popularity of this post. I continue to hear from writers — Christians and non-Christians alike — who are curious about the meaning and significance of Lent. The season is all about the appeal of story; the dramatic power of the Passion

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Things about personal finance
The GOP is looking to fire one of the few adversaries of Wall Street who's slated to stay in power

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Justices are enough
Why we must not normalize the Gorsuch nomination

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The real Aung San Suu Kyi?
Aung San Suu Kyi can't, or won't, rein in Burma's army

[The Millions] The Case for Genre Fiction: A Guide to Literary Science Fiction and Fantasy
Is there such a thing as literary science fiction? It’s not a sub-genre that you’d find in a bookshop. In 2015, Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro debated the nature of genre and fiction in the New Statesman. They talk about literary fiction as just another genre. Meanwhile, Joyce Saricks posits

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The “Evergreen Review” is back; Robert Lowell’s centenary
The Evergreen Review has been reborn as an online publication. The legendary magazine, which was started in 1957 by Barney Rosset and folded in 1973, published works by the likes of Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, Susan Sontag and many other notable contributors. The new version is headed by

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump played nice for a night
Trump's speech to Congress deserves to be taken seriously

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: At the expense of the humanities
Liberal arts college students are getting less artsy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The moment is ripe to reverse anti-Muslim narratives
Trump's "Muslim ban" is about to make a comeback

[Book Forum] VIDEO: After Words: Melissa Fleming, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Three kinds
It's about to get much, much worse

[The Millions] Speculative Fiction and Survival in Iraq
In the new millennium’s parlous second decade, many countries could compete — should they care to — for the status of world’s most troubled place. The collapse of the Cold War’s nuclear-bracketed stalemates and the spread of destabilizing force multipliers like social media and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On the military
The two Americas of military sacrifice

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A Trump resistance
Civil society needs to take a stand

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Between Ukraine and Russia
Lessons and recommendations from the war in Ukraine

[Guardian Books Blog] Jan Wolkers’ Turkish Delight: a uneasy Dutch classic of sexual candour
On the school syllabus in the Netherlands, this explicit novel – that will offend some – reads wonderfully, but leaves uneasy questions about its treatment of womenIt begins with an epigraph from Tintin, in which two villains argue over who is “wickeder”, then opens proper with an unnamed

[The Millions] What Marcel Proust Taught Me About Characterization
1. Several months ago, a commenter asked if reading Marcel Proust had affected my writing, and I’ve been turning the question over in my mind ever since. I thought it would make an interesting subject for a book club entry, and I’ve started this one many times, but I haven’t been able to

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with Kelly Luce
"No one is about to do anything crazy, except me," We might want to worry if it's a murderer who says this, Thankfully, it's only Rio Silvestri, the high-functioning narrator of Kelly Luce's novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Anthropomorphic thinking is now mainstream
Does an octopus have an inner life?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Tina Brown to publish tell-all book; George Saunders on Grace Paley
At The Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance explores the timing of the contemporary news cycle, asking, “Why Do the Big Stories Keep Breaking at Night?” A book based on the diaries Tina Brown kept during her eight years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair will be published in November. Brown, who was head

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On the Trump-Russia scandal
House Republicans help shield Trump from scrutiny

[The Millions] The Underground Railroad: The Series
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins plans to adapt Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad as a limited-run series. In his review of the novel for our site last year, Greg Walkin gushed that “Whitehead’s brilliance is on constant display.” The post The Underground Railroad: The

[The Millions] “You’ll know who hunted who.”
Recommended Reading: Three poems by Danez Smith. The post “You’ll know who hunted who.” appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The EU's approach to the current refugee crisis
The refugee crisis is remaking European cities

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Rahul Mehta on No Other World: A Novel at the 2017 AWP Book Fair

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Special obligation
Courting a major crisis

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Ethical thought and talk
On the nature of normativity

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Arab world needs a new social contract
How Muslims understand democracy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What Trump means for higher education
Trumpism poses the most dire threat to academic freedom in recent memory

[Salon Books] “The Hate U Give”: Angie Thomas’ sensational debut novel should be required reading for clueless white people
(Credit: AP/Evan Vucci/Balzer + Bray) Every so often the right book comes along at the right time and quite deservedly catches fire. Angie Thomas’ debut Young Adult novel “The Hate U Give” is that book for early 2017 — it’s topical, urgent, necessary, and if that weren’t enough,

[The Millions] The Future Is Near
Wallace Shawn has written a new play, and it’s unsettling to watch. In it, a group of wealthy, middle-aged party hosts reveal their roles in a dystopian future, where political murders, random beatings and censorship are all commonplace. In an essay for The New York Review of

[Salon Books] James Franco defends himself against the haters: “I can’t and won’t let it kill my spirit”
James Franco in "In Dubious Battle" (Credit: Momentum Pictures) In his 38th year, James Franco’s obsession with turning his favorite literary works into low-budget, low-profile film adaptations has approached mania. His list of directorial IMDb credits for 2017 alone is exhausting, not counting

[The Millions] Blankly
“When she got to a passage in the book about a ‘slump,’ she looked at the children and said, ‘So sometimes you don’t feel good, right? But then – what do you do?’ The children waited.” Via Slate’s Katy Waldman, a look at the world’s greatest pool

[The Millions] The Voice
Whether or not you’ve read Grace Paley, you’re likely to appreciate this George Saunders essay about her, which justifies his contention that she’s “one of the great writers of voice of the last century.” You could also read our own Garth Risk

[The Millions] Red Dawn
Apropos of nothing, here are some books to read when your country is invaded by Russians. The post Red Dawn appeared first on The Millions.

[Salon Books] My brush with the Holy Grail
(Credit: Wikicommons) When I pulled up in front of a ramshackle four-room house at the end of a dirt road in rural North Carolina in 1989, I never thought I was beginning an almost 30-year odyssey that would end with publishing a novel about the Holy Grail. What I thought was: I’m wasting my

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: An Exhortation by PB Shelley
The Romantic poet casts worldly light on his profession in a playful and complex analogy with the chameleonAn ExhortationChameleons feed on light and air: Poets’ food is love and fame: If in this wide world of care Poets could but find the same With as little toil as they, Would they ever change

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