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Top Book Blogs 02/2019

[The Millions] A Glimpse into a Different World: The Millions Interviews Bruce Humes
Translator and blogger Bruce Humes has worked to advance global interest in borderland fiction from China, often spotlighting voices from Altaic cultural perspectives. This work began with his English translation of Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian, a novel about the Tungusic-speaking Evenki.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Nice for What
A comic’s look at dating now

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Dylan Thomas Prize longlist announced; Marlon James on the “ridiculous convention” of genre
The Dylan Thomas Prize longlist has been announced. Nominees include Sally Rooney, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Emma Glass, and Jenny Xie. The shortlist will be announced in April, and the winner announced in May. Marlon James talks to the New York Times “By the Book” column about holograms,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Think more
Secret plans to take

[Book Forum] VIDEO: National Book Festival Gala 2018

[The Millions] Biography of a Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel
In retrospect, it’s easy to look at the life and career of John Williams and see a disconnect. Here’s a writer who was in charge of the Association of Writers and Poets, who networked his way into the lit scene through small presses, and who won the National Book Award for his 1973 novel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of sports
Would our early ancestors have watched the Super Bowl?

[Salon Books] Trump, Colin Kaepernick and the Super Bowl: Scholar David Leonard on white privilege in sports
Author of "Playing While White" on the lose-lose dynamic of black athletes, white blowback and political activism

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Marianne Williamson Announces 2020 Run
Bestselling author Marianne Williamson, who ran for congress in California in 2014, has announced that she is running for president as a Democrat in the 2020 elections. Williamson is the author of A Return to Love, in which she reflects on the spiritual guidebook A Course in Miracles, and many other

[The Millions] ‘Bowlaway’: Featured Fiction from Elizabeth McCracken
For today’s fiction excerpt, we present a chapter from Elizabeth McCracken’s new novel Bowlaway, out tomorrow from Ecco. The title was featured in our Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview, with Edan Lepucki writing: It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since McCracken published her first

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Sono by Suji Kwock Kim
The journey from gestation to childbirth unfolds as a giddy, fantastic voyageSonoOut of albumen and blood, out of amniotic brine,placental sea-swell, trough, salt-spume and foam, Continue reading...

[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: Public nature
Genuinely distinctive

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Costa Book of the Year 2018

[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

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Age of nuclear instability
Paving the way for a new arms race

[Salon Books] Mar-a-Lago: Where Donald Trump learned to be king
From lies to sketchy Russian deals and porn stars, Mar-a-Lago groomed Trump for his unique presidential leadership

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring James, Li, Wang, McCracken, Bolaño, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Marlon James, Yiyun Li, Esmé Weijun Wang, Elizabeth McCracken, Roberto Bolaño, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria by Donatella Della Ratta
Not long before the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and Northern Africa in 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt trumpeted a “coalition of the connected” as the antidote to authoritarianism. Schmidt claimed that “governments will be caught off-guard when large numbers of their

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which book about love should we read this month?
From Homer to Hemingway and beyond, these stories are eternally compelling. Please help choose which should win our hearts this February This month on the reading group we’re asking for nominations of books about love. Since Valentine’s Day is on the way, and since last month’s choice of a

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Marlon James on writing about his mother; Morgan Parker on the playfulness of poetry
In an essay at LitHub, Marlon James explores why he has written extensively about his father, but never about his mother. “She was the one always there, and yet the one harder to write about. It’s easy to spin a clever fiction about my father. Not so easy to string words about my mom, the ...

[The Millions] Welcome, Kate!
This week we are delighted to announce that Kate Gavino is joining The Millions as Social Media Editor! Kate is a writer, illustrator, and creator of the website Last Night’s Reading, which was compiled into a published collection by Penguin Books in 2015. Her second book, Sanpaku, was

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: From now
Few brief thoughts

[Salon Books] "Stranger Things" gets a girl gang in the prequel novel "Suspicious Minds"
Salon talks to author Gwenda Bond about writing the story of how Eleven's mother came to Hawkins Lab

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Overlooked: Ida B. Wells

[The Millions] You Can’t Stop Mourning: Featured Poetry by Morgan Parker
Our new series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem by Morgan Parker from her new book, Magical Negro. Parker’s previous book of poems, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, ends with the unpunctuated line “Why do you get up in the morning”—and Magical Negro offers playful and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About the 2020 Democratic primary
The 2020 election will be a competition of two stories about America

[The Millions] Family Stories and Folktales: Sarah Moss’s Fiction Digs Deep
In an early scene from Sarah Moss’s newest novel, Ghost Wall, the teenage narrator notes one of many logical holes in her family’s unconventional vacation: “Within days, our feet would wear a path through the trees to the stream, but that first night there was moss underfoot, squashy in the

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: 2019 Wellcome Prize longlist announced; Elizabeth McCracken considers the doughnut
The 2019 Wellcome Prize longlist has been announced. Nominees include Thomas Page McBee’s Amateur, Tara Westover’s Educated, and Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation. The winner announced in May. PEN America has announced the winners of this year’s nomination-based literary

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Time and time again
The record number

[The Millions] Autism as a Literary Device
Susan Sontag once wrote that the truest way to portray illness was without metaphor. Our own Marie Myung-Ok Lee takes a look at autism in recent literature and the ways its writers (ranging from Don DeLillo, Jonathan Lethem, and Louise Erdrich) have often reduced those with autism to a literary

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Life of a Poet: Marilyn Chin

[The Millions] He Is All of Us: The Millions Interviews David Bowles
Many readers may know David Bowles from his Twitter feed, where he schools us on Mexican and Latin-American cultural touchstones and indigenous languages. And he has the academic and literary chops to back up his tweets. Bowles—who self-identifies as half Chicano from South Texas—is an assistant

[The Millions] Emo Allan Poe
Quoth Edgar Allan Poe or an emo band? Take this trickier-than-it-looks quiz, and decide for yourself. The post Emo Allan Poe appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Reflecting on religion
The measure of all gods

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: February 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in February. Dolefully, a Rampart Stands by Paige Ackerson-Kiely “You put your hands over everything / the throats limned, the tags snipped— / your throats snipped, your hands bit / the roses nip and nod.” Playful, punchy, clever, and strange,

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: We Screwed Up!
An insider’s memoir of falling out of love with Facebook

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Craig Newmark donates $10 million to Columbia Journalism School; Reniqua Allen on burnout
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is donating $10 million to the Columbia Journalism School to endow the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security. Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for drug trafficking until Kim Kardashian convinced Donald Trump to commute her

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Shaping up
Ghost still haunts

[The Millions] A Unified Theory of Doughnuts
For LitHub, Elizabeth McCracken proposes, at last, a unified theory of doughnuts: “Perhaps I cling to doughnuts because doughnuts still exist in the world, though Woolworth’s and Howard Johnson’ses don’t.” The post A Unified Theory of Doughnuts appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Jason Reynolds: 2018 National Book Festival

[The Millions] Dear John: Benedict Wells in Conversation with John Irving
It is rare that we get to meet our literary heroes, but in 2010, a young German-Swiss writer, Benedict Wells, approached John Irving at a reading in Zurich. More than a decade prior the 15-year-old Wells, feeling adrift at boarding school, picked up a copy of Irving’s enchanting coming-of-age

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Left on taxes
Democrats’ tax plans reflect profound shift in public mood

[The Millions] Post Apocalypse Now: The Hard Work of Cli-Fi
Climate change is here. Trees are dead and dying, insects and songbirds are disappearing, wildlife has declined by 60 percent, glaciers worldwide are melting and ice sheets are collapsing, and weather patterns are shifting. What will our future look like? How fast and for how long will things

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jill Abramson accused of plagiarism; Dan Mallory set to publish second book
Dan Mallory, the pseudonymous author of The Woman in the Window who was recently exposed by the New Yorker for lying about his health and past, will publish a second novel with HarperCollins UK, The Guardian reports. “Professionally, Dan was a highly valued editor and the publication of The Woman

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What’s in it
Definition and inconsistencies

[The Millions] Sandra Cisneros Goes International
Mexican-American novelist Sandra Cisneros was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, judged by a panel that consisted of authors Alexander Chee, Edwidge Danticat, and Valeria Luiselli. Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel,

[Book Forum] VIDEO: K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher

[The Millions] Obscene and Digitized at Last
Need a giggle? You can now access the British Library’s collection of obscene writing online, which have previously been locked up for over a century. The newly digitized collection includes the works of the Marquis de Sade, Thomas Stretzer, and more. The post Obscene and Digitized at Last

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sense of ethics
Moral theory and its development

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