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Top Book Blogs 03/2019

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘No Ivy League’ by Hazel Newlevant
In the forthcoming graphic memoir No Ivy League, Hazel Newlevant (who prefers the pronoun they) looks back on the summer when they were 17 years old and worked a seasonal job clearing ivy from the forest around Portland, Oregon where Newlevant grew up. Homeschooled, affluent, and insulated,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: New sponsor for the Booker Prize announced; Claudia Rankine and Layli Long event tonight
Sponsorship of the Booker Prize has been taken over by Crankstart, a charitable foundation run by Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman. The Man group, an investment firm that had funded the prize for the past eighteen years, will cease its involvement with the literary award in June. Crankstart has a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sides point
Calling move a win

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider | Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

[Salon Books] Teaching Jane Austen to sex offenders
I’d never envisioned teaching Austen's books to a room of men found guilty of making life deeply unfair for others

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A cascade of billionaire dollars
Democrats aiming taxes at the superrich

[The Millions] The Historic Multitudes of bell hooks
March is Women’s History Month, making it a good time to look back on the authors who have shaped us. For the New York Times, Min Jin Lee recounts the paradigm-shifting experience of reading bell hooks as a sophomore at Yale. “[It] was as if someone had opened the door,

[Salon Books] How you can write, monetize & publish your first novel
Check out this comprehensive guide to eBook self-publishing.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Rowan Ricardo Phillips Wins PEN’s Best Literary Sportswriting Award
Rowan Ricardo Williams, a poet and the author of The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, has won the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Philip Roth’s Upper West Side apartment just went on the market for $3.2 million. At the New Republic, Josephine Livingstone writes about James Lasdun’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Opener by Keith Hutson
An old-timer’s advice on choosing the best music-hall turn to open a bill is an endearing performance in itselfThe OpenerDo not book a buffoon. People can’t cope,still finding seats and folding coats, heavywith home: they’ll barrack or shut down. Continue reading...

[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

[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: In the midst
Nobody actually knows

[Book Forum] VIDEO: 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: March 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in March. Tap Out by Edgar Kunz A whirlwind debut. Stories of sclerotic lives told in wrought images, Kunz arrives with real poetic talent. In the first poem, “After the Hurricane,” the narrator’s father sleeps in a van by the Connecticut River,

[The Millions] Women’s Prize for Fiction Names 2019 Longlist
    Previously known as the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction (2013-2016) and the Orange Prize for Fiction (1996-2012), the Women’s Prize for Fiction announced its 2019 shortlist today. The award, created in the wake of a 1991 all-male Booker Prize shortlist, celebrates “excellence,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Matters for the Left
Between liberals and progressives

[The Millions] Live Like Philip Roth, Literally
A two-bedroom condo in New York City’s Upper West Side, a short distance from the American Museum of Natural History and Zabars, would easily be considered prime real estate. But add the fact that it once belonged to Philip Roth, and there’s even more heft behind its $3.2 million price

[Salon Books] Frederick Douglass and the Trump resistance: "Power concedes nothing without a demand"
Biographer David Blight on Douglass' lessons for us: "White supremacy does not die ... it revives in new forms"

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is our book for March
This wildly imaginative novel is 50 years old this month, which is all the excuse we’ll need to turn to this hilarious and humane classicThis month is the 50th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five – and that’s all the excuse we need to look at this meta-fictional classic here

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Oyeyemi, Thiong’o, Butler, Means, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Helen Oyeyemi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Halle Butler, David Means and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced; Mark Doten on imitating Trump’s speech patterns
The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Nominees include Anna Burns’s Milkman, Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage, Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, and Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater. A federal judge ruled last week that Stephen Elliott cannot sue Shitty

[Salon Books] "Survival Math" author Mitchell Jackson reckons with his "All-American" life
The award-winning author talks about his new memoir "Survival Math" and creating art that is beautiful and truthful

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: For now
Bargain extends far beyond

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mexican Writer Cristina Rivera Garza

[The Millions] There’s No One to Witness: Featured Poetry by Edgar Kunz
Our new series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from the debut collection by Edgar Kunz, Tap Out. Kunz’s poems are laconic, but also remain fleshy and full—the result of detailed lines that arrive with a good deal of punch. There’s a real sense of love and loss in this

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Animal liberation
Ending the age of animal cruelty

[The Millions] Love Letters to Walt Whitman
Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings recounts the enduring friendship—one that often bordered on infatuation—between Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman. The pair exchanged letters for years, after Gilchrist praised Leaves of Grass as “truly a new birth of the soul.” The two eventually

[The Millions] The 100 Most-Read Novels at the Library
Librarians know what people are reading, and most importantly, re-reading. OCLC, a leading library technology and research organization, has released a list of the 100 most widely read novels from more than 18,000 libraries worldwide. At the top of the list? Don Quixote, followed by classics by

[The Millions] Siri Hustvedt Is Writing to Discover
Siri Hustvedt is frustrated sometimes when people ask her how much of her work—in particular, her latest book, Memories of the Future—is based on her life. The book is a novel, and it includes fantastical elements, such as a coven of witches and a character called the Introspective Detective.

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks to Leah Dieterich
Leah Dieterich’s Vanishing Twins is more than a memoir about love and marriage, It’s a literary experiment in both structure and subject, a novel mix of theory and story, The book examines Dieterich’s marriage to Eric, a man she met in college.

[Salon Books] George R.R. Martin has "mixed feelings" over "Thrones" ending being revealed before his books finish
Martin still has two books to write in his "Thrones" literary franchise, but everyone will know the end come May 19

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: PEN/Faulkner Award finalists announced; Civil tries another token sale
There will be two Nobel Prizes in Literature awarded this October, the New York Times reports. Last year’s prize was cancelled due to “a scandal involving sexual abuse, accusations of financial wrongdoing and hints of a cover-up” within the Swedish Academy. The finalists for this year’s

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Quietly expanding
What is common, what is rare

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Lauren Wilkinson & Paul Beatty | American Spy

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: February 2019
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Framing of geoengineering
Geoengineering is a last-ditch option to stall global warming

[The Millions] How Leonard Cohen and Emily Dickinson Led Me Through Dark Days
His voice came to me right before the world began to end. It was a cold evening in October of 2016—slate grey skies, the highway flat, that Sunday feeling where the worries of the week ahead overtake the pleasure of a weekend away. Leonard Cohen on the stereo, speaking more than singing. He put

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jessica Hopper working on new book about women in music; Slate hires Jared Hohlt as editor in chief
Slate has chosen longtime New York magazine editor Jared Hohlt as the website’s new editor in chief. Hohlt had previously worked at Slate as an editorial assistant at the beginning of his career. “It was a journalistic training ground for me,” he told the New York Times. “I’ve been living

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the midst
An accounting of any time

[The Millions] Lambda Literary Award Names 2019 Finalists
Whittled down from a pool of 1,000 submissions, the finalists for the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards were announced this morning. The awards, which highlight and celebrate LBGTQ literature, feature 24 categories, including a brand new category: Bisexual Poetry. Finalists include Akwaeke Emezi, Joseph

[Book Forum] VIDEO: In Depth with Dave Zirin

[The Millions] Stalin’s Scheherazade: Was Nobel Prize-Winner Mikhail Sholokhov a Brilliant Writer or a Communist Con Man?
Stalin’s Russia was full of self-promoting con-men with invented personas, ambitious intellectuals with questionable credentials, and audacious imposters who for a time succeeded in both faking it and making it. Even some of the highest officials of the Communist Party were revolutionary

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: World of fakes
Fake news, conspiracies and myth debunking

[The Millions] Garth Greenwell’s Rules for Weathering the Artist’s Life
Over at Lit Hub, Garth Greenwell shares his commencement speech for Bennington College, in which he shares his “seven very opinionated thoughts” on weathering the artist’s life. Covering everything from envy to friendship to anxiety, the speech also cites James Baldwin, Yiyun Li,

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[The Millions] The Man Who Couldn’t Scan
The poetry community is looking inward after revelations about the treatment of a 34-year-old subject suffering from an extremely rare condition called aprosodia: the total inability to detect poetic meter. The subject’s identity remains undisclosed for privacy reasons, but officials did reveal

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Kelli Jo Ford wins Plimpton Prize; Lambda Literary announces Lammy finalists
Lambda Literary has announced the finalists for this year’s Lammy awards. Nominees include Sarah Schulman’s Maggie Terry, Édouard Louis’s History of Violence, and Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in June. The Paris Review has announced the winners of this

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Take away
This could be the beginning

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Stories From a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson

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