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Top Book Blogs 01/2019

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which funny book should we read this month?
Terry Pratchett, PG Wodehouse, Muriel Spark, Beryl Bainbridge ... we want to start 2019 with a laugh, so nominate a book hereLet’s have a laugh this month on the Reading group: to start off the year, we’re going to be taking nominations for the book that brings you the most pleasure and the best

[The Millions] Literary Obituaries of 2018: Let Us Now Praise the Under-Sung
We’re all aware of the big fish of the literary world who died in 2018—Ursula K. Le Guin, V.S. Naipul, Philip Roth, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Wolfe, Stan Lee, Neil Simon, Harlan Ellison and Amos Oz, to name a few. Let us now praise some of the under-sung literary figures who left us. They may have

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Going back
More of it, not less

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Sujatha Gidla: 2018 National Book Festival

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The administrative state
Administrative law for an era of partisan volatility

[The Millions] The Future Is Coming, That’s a Fact: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Schulman in Conversation
Sarah Schulman and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore are both iconoclastic queer writers known for their activism and analysis (and their activist analysis), their fiction and nonfiction (and everything in between), their instigation and experimentation (all or nothing). Sycamore first became aware of

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Shill Your Darling
A new book tries to capture Eve Babitz’s SoCal life

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: What Hollywood gets wrong about publishing; How Sally Rooney thinks
At The Atlantic, Derek Thompson looks at worrying trends in the media business, noting four in particular: there are “too many players,” a lack of “saviors,” no “clear playbook” for how to move forward, and publications are stuck with “patrons with varying levels of beneficence.”

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: To the day
Except for all the others

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Eric Klinenberg: Palaces for the People

[The Millions] Maryse Meijer Sketches the Figure of Cruelty in ‘Northwood’
Most books are an experience, some books act as precious objects, but occasionally—when many stars and aesthetics align—a book can be both. Maryse Meijer’s Northwood enters that slim, murky category of journey and sculpture. Here is what you will notice about it first: It is physically,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Equality matters
We’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society

[The Millions] I Don’t Want So Smooth a Shape: The Millions Interviews Laura Adamczyk
Laura Adamczyk‘s stories are not for the faint of heart. Her stories involve sisters and estranged fathers and young men and women attempting to remake themselves, those “who commit to no life even [their] own,” there are lovers both potential and unrequited who are truckers and

[The Millions] The Millions Is Joining Publishers Weekly
Today we are making a big announcement about the future of this project: The Millions has been acquired by Publishers Weekly. The Millions has grown over time into a vibrant and necessary project, and in recent years I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how the project might live beyond

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: A Brief History of Jacobin
At the Columbia Journalism Review, Robert P. Baird reports on Jacobin magazine, the socialist print publication that has gained a sizable following since its launch in 2010. Baird talks to Jacobin’s founding editor and publisher, Bhaskar Sunkara, and tracks the magazine’s unlikely rise. As one

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the broadest sense
How that works

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Evan Narcisse Talks About Writing Rise of the Black Panther

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: At the United Nations
The case for reforming the United Nations

[The Millions] Books Decide for Me: The Millions Interviews Ersi Sotiropoulos
Greek writer Ersi Sotiropoulos’s novel, What’s Left of the Night, is a lyrical and erotic reimagining of the gay Greek-Alexandrian poet C.P. Cavafy’s three-day trip to Paris in 1897. The book, which won the prestigious Prix Méditerranée Étranger, is dizzying, fevered and beautiful, and

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Furious Seasons
The life and work of Lucia Berlin

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Karamo Brown working on memoir; Chigozie Obioma on language
Queer Eye star Karamo Brown is writing a memoir, which will be published by Gallery Books in March. In Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope, Brown will detail his life story, from his upbringing in the South to his television career, as well as his unique outlooks on life,

[The Millions] All the Free Books Fit to Download
The new year ushered in more than soon-to-be-broken resolutions. This January 1, a vast cache of works released in 1923 entered the public domain—including tens of thousands of books. Here’s how to download them for free, and here’s what all this means for publishers and readers

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Set to make
Plans to do a lot more

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon with Hans Ulrich Obrist

[The Millions] Beyond Shame: The Beauty of Lucan Poetry
The Italian town of Matera, with its arresting ancient beauty, has been elected as one of 2019’s two European Capitals of Culture. Located within the province of Basilicata, formerly known as Lucania, it is a city nestled within a small canyon carved out by the Gravina, characterised by its

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democracy and technology in the age of artificial intelligence
The coming competition between digital authoritarianism and liberal democracy

[Salon Books] What a skeptic learned from consulting psychics — and astrologers, tarot readers, empaths and more
Salon talks to Victoria Loustalot, author of "Future Perfect," about her journey through the mystical unknowns

[Salon Books] Author Sohaila Abdulali: "It's not a survivor's duty to cure rape"
Salon talks to Abdulali about her new book "What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape"

[Salon Books] "Farenheit 451": We recommend a flaming cocktail with Bradbury’s cautionary tale about burning books
"I’d prefer the book-burning scenes remain firmly in the fiction category, thank you"

[Guardian Books Blog] What are your favourite independent bookshops and why?
As independent bookshop numbers rise for the second year in a row after 20 years of decline, we want to hear about your favourites After weathering two decades of decline, that also saw the rise of Amazon and fall of international chains like Borders, independent bookshops appear to be in good

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The Return of Michel Houellebecq
  In her new book, Merchants of Truth, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson writes that the paper drafted a letter to the Chinese government “all but apologizing” for a story that exposed corruption in the country. The article, by David Barboza and Sharon LaFraniere, went on to

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: From Paradise Lost by John Milton
The muscular blank verse of this great classic reveals a visionary amalgam of the biblical and the classicalFrom Paradise Lost, Book TwoHe ceased; and Satan stayed not to reply, But glad that now his sea should find a shore,With fresh alacrity and force renewedSprings upward like a pyramid of

[The Millions] Fate’s Brutality: The Millions Interviews Chigozie Obioma
Chigozie Obioma explores the thematic power and appeal of fate in his masterful sophomore novel, An Orchestra of Minorities. “I think it’s the question of fate’s unknowingness, its unquestionability, its irrationality, its madness, its unpredictability, its mercy, its brutality, its

[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

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Coming to terms
The force that could end

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Andrew Sean Greer: 2018 National Book Festival

[The Millions] We Are All Cold Callers Now: Sam Lipsyte’s Savagely Satirical Fiction
“The consolation of acute bitterness is the biting retort.”Hark 1.“Is it too soon?” It’s one of those recurring cultural questions that has lately been revived in the context of the #MeToo movement, regarding the matter of when, if ever, such high-profile sexual abusers as Charlie Rose,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Taxing inequality
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is our book for January
Starting the year with some much-needed mirth, this collaborative novel promises much wisecracking fun in a race to stop the apocalypseGood Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman has come out of the hat and will be the book to bring us a smile this month on the reading group.This is good timing.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Schweblin; Sims; Maren; Moss; Obioma
Out this week: Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin; Looker by Laura Sims; Sugar Run by Mesha Maren; Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss; and An Orchestra of Minorities by our own Chigozie Obioma (whom we interviewed on Monday). Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview
As you learned last week, The Millions is entering into a new, wonderful epoch, a transition that means fretting over the Preview is no longer my purview. This is one of the things I’ll miss about editing The Millions: it has been a true, somewhat mind-boggling privilege to have an early look at

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Sally Rooney wins Costa Novel Award; What Marie Kondo gets wrong about books
Sally Rooney has won the Costa Novel Award for Normal People. Rooney is the youngest author ever to win the prize. Other winners include J. O. Morgan’s poetry book Assurances, Bart van Es’s memoir The Cut Out Girl, and Stuart Turton’s debut novelThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Two

[Guardian Books Blog] JK Rowling's writing advice: be a Gryffindor
On her website, the Harry Potter author has listed essential qualities for budding authors – including resilience, humility and courageJK Rowling has taken time off from a recent (and inexplicable) venture into laying out wizards’ toilet habits from days of yore to give her readers a glimpse

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Between the words
These three things

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Meet the Author: Ariel Levy (THE RULES DO NOT APPLY)

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: January 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in January. Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems by Dorianne LauxThe final 20 poems of Laux’s book are written in memory of her late mother, and they are unflinching and resigned. “I am not deceived,” she begins the poem “Lapse.”

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democratic presidential candidates
Progressive ideas matter to voters

[The Millions] Harmony, Authentic or Contrived: On ‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’
It seems appetite is limitless and everyone is its victim. In Power, Pleasure, and Profit, University of York historian David Wootton explores how and why the appetite-driven modern values that make up the title of his book have endured since they were elevated in the Early Modern and Enlightenment

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux
The Nietzsche that emerges in the first pages of Sue Prideaux’s ambitious and stylistically accomplished biography is not the prodigy philologist or the ruthless diagnostician of modernity, but the fanboy. In a letter to a friend, he recounts getting ready to meet Wagner for the first time.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Lin-Manuel Miranda buys Drama Book Shop; Kristen Roupenian on going viral
Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his collaborators from Hamilton have bought the Drama Book Shop, the New York Times’s Michael Paulson reports. The bookshop has been searching for a new, more affordable space since late last year, something that the new owners intend to help with. The shop will

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