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[The Millions] Imani Josey Wants to Tell Black Girls’ Stories
Back in 1996, Imani Josey wrote a 60-page draft of a story she called “The Secret Cave,” about three girls who travel to an alternate universe and discover they are fairie princesses. Josey now cites this the first draft of The Blazing Star, a young adult fantasy novel about three black girls

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Findings in deliberative democracy research
Deliberative democracy as open, not (just) representative democracy

[The Millions] You’re a Writer Now
1. Like most writers, I spent a lot of time wondering how it would feel to hold my first book in my hands. I imagined I’d caress the cover gently, open the book carefully to inhale my pages. Maybe a few tears would come, but they’d be happy tears. As my book crept closer and closer to its

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s threat of war with North Korea
Trump is wholly unsuited to the North Korea crisis

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Bruce Springsteen comes to Broadway; Molly Patterson on the low expectations of women
Bruce Springsteen will perform on Broadway this fall, in a show that incorporates his music, excerpts from his autobiography, and other pieces of his writing. “Springsteen on Broadway” will run for eight weeks at the Walter Kerr Theater. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words

[The Millions] This Old House
It’s been another long week. Lighten the crush of news with The Guardian‘s literary quiz, in which you match the house to the writer/book it inspired. And once you’ve gotten your score, perhaps take a vicarious tour of the House of Brontë? The post This Old House appeared first

[The Millions] Unknown Parables
“The rest of her speech to the U.N. that day is an exact outline for what she wanted the rest of the Parable books to be about — a way out that she did not live to write herself.” For Electric Literature, Kristopher Jansma explores the unwritten Parable books of acclaimed sci-fi

[The Millions] The Longest Hike
“At the train station in Cerbère, France, M. and I have survived the grueling hike on the Sentier de la Liberté Walter Benjamin.” For Catapult, Gwen Strauss writes about climbing the path that Benjamin used to flee the Gestapo, only to take his own life at its terminus. See also: Kyle

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Is there a coherent ideology at the core of Silicon Valley?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Throwing over
Record for most

[Salon Books] Let Samantha Bee take you through the history of Steve Bannon’s mighty troll army
(Credit: TBS) Usually late-night comedians ironically read books so that their audiences don’t have to. But on Wednesday, Samantha Bee reviewed one of the more important books about the 2016 election. For her book club, “Ladies Who Book,” Bee took a deep dive into Joshua

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The field of political philosophy today
Political theory and beyond

[Salon Books] The 7-second rule: How not to be singled out on the street by a predator
It can take a seasoned criminal less than seven seconds to size you up. To decide whether you would be easy to rob, assault, kidnap, or whatever else is on his mind. Count to seven now: One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. In the time from when you started counting to when you finished, a

[Salon Books] The adaptation of “The Secret” starring Katie Holmes is already my favorite movie ever
Katie Holmes (Credit: Getty/Nicholas Hunt) So long “There Will be Blood,” “The Godfather,” “Last of the Mohicans” — news dropped yesterday that there’s an adaptation of the 2006 best-selling mystical self-help book “The Secret” starring Katie

[Guardian Books Blog] A new chapter in yoga: why the Society of Authors is reaching out (on one leg)
Joanne Harris, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman … and a Welsh Cob horse are among those striking poses during the society’s yoga week to promote well-beingMore used to wrangling over contracts and offering grants to writers in need, the Society of Authors is suddenly getting into yoga. All last week

[The Millions] Writing My Way Home
When I was 18 and insufferably over this whole “small-town suburban Midwestern thing,” I said goodbye to the only home I’d ever known—Kansas City—for what I figured would be the rest of my life. To anyone who would listen, I’d made it exceedingly clear that I’d never, ever, live here

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s woes
Is Trump preparing to leave the Republican Party?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Zinzi Clemmons on belonging; Jeffrey Lord fired by CNN
At the New York Times Magazine, Ruth Franklin profiles novelist Claire Messud. Although Messud’s works have been well-received by critics, they have not always been commercial successes. But Messud says that she has no interest in trying to make her work more attractive to a wider readership.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Google and diversity in tech
The culture wars have come to Silicon Valley

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Race In America Panel: Spring 2017 (Hosted by April Ryan)

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What does it say
Move to repeal

[The Millions] Letting Autism Actually Speak
“If we have no internal lives, then artists are free to make them for us, or to use us as tools for providing depth and motivation to the non-autistic characters, the real ones.” Sarah Kurchak writes for Electric Literature on the abysmal state of autistic representation in books, film, and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democratic factions can open up a dialogue
Who’s truly rebuilding the Democratic Party?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s latest North Korea threat
This is not a North Korean crisis, it’s a Trump crisis

[Salon Books] How “Pretty Woman” predicted the future
In “You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages,” Carina Chocano explores over five decades of popular culture and reveals what “Bewitched” and “Frozen” can tell us about the modern female experience. It’s

[Salon Books] Our festering American rage: Why “it doesn’t matter if Trump lies”
(Credit: Getty/Mark Wallheiser/Stringer) As stories go, the 2016 presidential election was so full of ridiculous characters, outlandish scenes and sick jokes that it wouldn’t pass as believable to a college fiction workshop. The national media for the most part played the role of the

[The Millions] Bulletproof
“When a female politician’s worst crime is to be unlikeable and uncompassionate, how much ration­ality and coldness is acceptable for women intel­lectuals and artists? Just how tough is tough enough?” The post Bulletproof appeared first on The Millions.

[Salon Books] The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters
The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017. President Donald Trump is approaching the end of his first 100 days in office without having signed a single major bill into law. Political polarization in both parties in Congress has turned out to be a major obstacle for the president as

[Salon Books] Looking back, after a suicide: Were there signs that she was in danger?
Madison was in her version of pajamas: a T-­shirt and sweatpants. Emma wore a variation of the same, but with the Boston College logo instead of Penn’s on the shirt. They had bagels and tea, and were making pancakes at Emma’s house. The falling snow outside gave them a reason to stay hunkered

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The growing backlash against one PEN Awards finalist
The Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation has created a list of books and articles to help “educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.” PEN Center USA has announced the finalists for its 2017 awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, research

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Helpline by Suzannah Evans
A dystopian narrative, this fragmentary story compellingly depicts a familiar world gone terribly wrong with mystery, horror and a few glints of lyric beautyHelplineIn the call centre at the end of the worldeveryone is wearing the ragsof the clothes they came to work in two weeks ago. Continue

[The Millions] I Don’t Love You, Toronto: On Books and Cities
The first time I saw the apartment building that I live in, my heart crumpled. I was moving in with my partner, D. We’d fallen in love in my hometown, Kathmandu, and had kept up a long-distance relationship after he moved to the U.S. Then he’d moved to his hometown, Toronto, to be close to his

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize 2017: 'extraordinary' Elizabeth Strout joins final shortlist
The 2016 judges have picked Strout’s novel on small-town America as the sixth book on this year’s shortlist. Now, we are on the hunt for three new judges ...The 2017 Not the Booker shortlist is now complete, with our three judges choosing Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout as the wildcard

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Charlottesville was always coming
By professing neutrality between those who support and oppose racial equality, Trump is joining the generations of pols who whitewashed Jim Crow

[Guardian Books Blog] 'Lazy and sloppy': historical novelist Philippa Gregory's bizarre take on genre writing
In an interview that raised many hackles, Gregory dismissed erotica as ‘pornography’ and crime novel villains as ‘blindingly obvious’ – despite her own novels occupying a distinct genre themselvesIn a bizarre miscalculation, the historical novelist Philippa Gregory took a sideswipe at the

[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 blog,

[The Millions] A Separatist Syllabus
How do readers recover from an abominable weekend but with a reading list, in this case one suggested on Twitter by Jay Varner, a writer and instructor based in Charlottesville. Varner links out to 12 articles about “why so many continue to believe an unequivocally false historical narrative

[The Millions] Baldwin on the Bosphorus
“He combed through the sahaflar, the second-hand bookshops that line the streets around the Grand Bazaar, their dusty wares stacked on haphazard tables. He sat by the New Mosque, drinking tea out of tulip-shaped cups, playing backgammon, and watching the fishermen’s wooden boats launch into the

[The Millions] Begin Now
“You don’t have to immediately quit your job to become a writer. You need only to start writing.” The New York Times transcribes an excerpt from the “Dear Sugars” podcast with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. For more writerly advice, see our own columnists Swarm &

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Into trouble
Fans can’t be wrong

[The Millions] 31 Writer Dreams: A List
By the time September rolls around, the publicity cycle for my latest novel, Woman No. 17, will be over. That means, unless something totally unexpected happens for the book, there won’t be any more press opportunities. It’s a little sad (Wait? It’s over? I’m already

[The Millions] A Flock of Pages
“Every one of these books is a herd of animals.” The Atlantic reports that a group of archaeologists and geneticists in the UK have used mere crumbs of parchment to study the DNA of several thousand-year-old illuminated manuscripts, the pages of which were made of cow and sheep skins. The post

[The Millions] Virtual Typesetting
“Many of the basic rules around typographic contrast and readability for print or 2D screens change in VR. When type becomes even a little bit more volumetric, the way people perceive it and interact with it changes. The type needs to be rooted in something real, otherwise it gets a little

[The Millions] Here Are Your Hugo Winners
The 2017 Hugo Award winners were announced in Helsinki, reports io9. For the second year in a row N.K. Jemisin came away with the best novel prize for her latest, The Obelisk Gate, and Ursula K. Le Guin (whom we interviewed a few years back) took “best related work” for her

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: If Trump wants a nuclear attack against North Korea
The North Korea crisis is magnifying Trump’s worst traits

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Shamsie; Kobek; Bordas; Goldstein; Sexton; Barzini; Yoon
Out this week: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie; The Future Won’t Be Long by Jarett Kobek; How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas; The World Broke in Two by Bill Goldstein; A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton; Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara

[The Millions] Help Wanted: The Millions is Looking for an Intern
The Millions seeks an extremely part-time intern or interns to help out around the virtual office with a couple of specific tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know the literary internet and engage with a readership that boasts a laundry list of influential, brilliant folks in

[Salon Books] How cops target transgender people: “They will often read gender nonconformity . . . to embody disorder”
Civil rights lawyer Andrea Ritchie’s new book “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color” doesn’t just address the concerns of cisgender women facing police violence but takes a look at the experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people as well.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Charlottesville was just a beginning
Republicans in Congress will stick with Trump

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Ryan Kelly on photographing Charlottesville attack; April Ryan on being called an “enemy” of Trump
GoDaddy is cancelling the Daily Stormer’s hosting service after the website posted a hate-filled article about Heather Heyer, who was killed by a white supremacist in Charlottesville last weekend. At Columbia Journalism Review, photographer Ryan Kelly recounts capturing the moment that James Alex


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