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[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

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: A dialogue in praise of the owl and the cuckoo by William Shakespeare
These two songs from Love Labour’s Lost read exquisitely as poems, a light warning to not expect more from nature than it can giveSpringWhen daisies pied and violets blue And lady-smocks all silver-white And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight, The cuckoo then, on every

[The Millions] April 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] PAPER TRAIL: Where Amy Hempel starts her stories; Pitchfork and Ars Technica Unionize
Gallery Books is publishing a new book by Meghan Daum this October. The Problem With Everything: A Journey Through the Culture Wars is “about calling out the tribalistic click-bait of the current moment and finding a way back to rational thought and intellectual honesty.” Daum also “offers a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Processing the end
What has to happen

[Book Forum] VIDEO: James Meek on the dreams of Leavers and Remainers

[Salon Books] Why I write carefree Muslim girls
I am trying to find the words for what it means to be a carefree Muslim girl, when Christchurch has just happened

[The Millions] Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Gets the Book Treatment
A New Orleans police cruiser sinks beneath rising floodwater. A bouncy and ratchet-grooved R&B beat pummels like the noonday sun of Louisiana. And, looking resplendent in a striped red dress, Beyoncé reclines atop the squad car chanting, “I slay, I slay.” This unforgettable scene closes out

[Salon Books] Building the alternate-universe New York: Novelists Seth Fried and K Chess in conversation
The authors "The Municipalists" and "Famous Men Who Never Lived," discuss writing about immigration, AI and more

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Supreme Court’s conservative majority
Is there a split among conservatives between ideology and the court’s long-term legitimacy?

[The Millions] Letters from AWP: Re-Entry Is Hard
AWP 2019 is done.  The tweets tell the tales, from a fish that got into the hotel minibar, to many pictures of people I don’t know posing together, to the surest evidence that a literary conference has just taken place: tote bags.  There are also, of course, many photos of many

[The Millions] Ponyboy Breaks Into Song
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton‘s classic coming-of-age novel about Socs and Greasers in Tulsa, Okla., has been a staple of required reading in schools since its publication in 1967—even gaining new life as a 1983 film by Francis Ford Coppola (which starred much of the ’80s Brat Pack). Now

[Salon Books] Scholar Kathleen Belew on New Zealand, Donald Trump and the rise of "white power"
Author of new book on "white power movement" says the recent outbreak of violence was a long-planned strategy

[The Millions] ‘A Wonderful Stroke of Luck’: Featured Fiction from Ann Beattie
In today’s featured fiction, we present an excerpt from chapter three of Ann Beattie’s new novel, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck, out today from Viking. Kirkus praised the book, calling it an “elegantly sculpted tale that is both wrenchingly sad and ultimately enigmatic.” A Wonderful

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which Margaret Atwood book should we read this month?
The Handmaid’s Tale is the obvious choice but let’s discuss the other possibilities in a phenomenal body of workThis month on the reading group, we’re going to choose a book by Margaret Atwood. As her legions of fans will tell you, there’s never a bad time to read Atwood – and right now

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Lust Never Sleeps
Two new books on sex and power

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Bill Keller’s “exit interview”; Irin Cameron on the limits of #MeToo reporting
At New York magazine’s Intelligencer, Irin Cameron wonders why the Washington Post killed her and Amy Britton’s story on 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager’s history of sexual harassment. “I’d believed, in the fevered months of #MeToo, that journalism could swoop in where other institutions

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Set out
Where they may end up

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Investigating Bias

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Beattie, Toews, Boyle, Filgate, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Ann Beattie, Miriam Toews, T.C. Boyle, Michele Filgate and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[The Millions] I Do Not Wish to Sing: Featured Poetry by Jericho Brown
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem by Jericho Brown from his new book, The Tradition. In one piece, Brown synthesizes everything I love about his poetry: tightly-rendered scenes, graceful yet smooth control over syntax and lines, and a spiritual sense that focuses on the struggles

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Puerto Rico
What Puerto Rico is, and isn’t, getting in disaster relief

[The Millions] Hugo Awards Names 2019 Finalists
The Hugo Awards announced its 2019 finalists this morning. Voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards are “science fiction’s most prestigious award.” (If you can’t get enough

[The Millions] Ernest Hemingway in Cuba
Not everyone knows that Ernest Hemingway spent more than 20 years living in Cuba, at Finca Vigía on the edge of Havana. Now, a restoration center has opened on the property where Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea, A Moveable Feast, and Islands in the Stream, with holdings that include

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: April 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in April. Honeyfish by Lauren K. Alleyne There’s not a page in Honeyfish untouched by grace and grief. In “How to Watch Your Son Die”: “His name // will become a strange music / in the foreign instrument of your voice.” The masterful

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli began volunteering as a translator for children in immigration court around five years ago. Drawing on that work, and the activism that followed, she wrote two books: Tell Me How It Ends, an extended essay based on the questionnaire used to interview the children, and her latest,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Miriam Toews on men narrating women’s stories; Bryan Goldberg’s plans for a media empire
Columbia Journalism Review’s Mathew Ingram wonders if Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Washington Post op-ed calling for regulations on Facebook, as well as a nascent plan to pay publishers for content it posts on the platform, are “a genuine attempt to help media, or another part of a long-running PR

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Already happened
Systems are transforming

[Book Forum] VIDEO: MARCI VOGEL - Poetry.LA Interview

[The Millions] Four New Friendship Novels and the Bonds That May Not Tie
It’s there in the early books we read—the ideal of friendship, its glimmer. “But his favourite person of all was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she had four names just as he did,” writes Mem Fox in Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. “He called her Miss Nancy and

[Salon Books] Wearing someone else's scrubs: The comfortable cotton of the road not taken
In a family full of doctors, I always thought I'd be one too. But gradually I realized I'd have to go my own way

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Speech on university campuses
For college students and presidents alike, free speech is a balancing act

[The Millions] Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Tangled Legacy
How do we approach the tarnished legacy of a renown writer? Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wall-Paper and Herland, is known for her feminist classics—but she was also a devotee of eugenics. In an excerpt from her introduction to a new Penguin Classics edition of Gilman’s

[The Millions] Island Time: On the Poetics of the Isle
“The isle is full of noises, /Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.”—Caliban in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610) “Is our island a prison or a hermitage?”—Miranda in Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête (1969) In 1810 a struggling whaler by the name of Jonathan

[Guardian Books Blog] Books within books: the bestsellers we'll never get to read
An author obsessed with an imaginary novel, bodice-rippers in Stephen King’s Misery, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ... why do writers love to write about writing?In David Quantick’s new novel, All My Colors, Todd Milstead, a budding novelist with delusions of grandeur, a vastly inflated

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Ruth Reichl on the similarities between restaurant and publishing culture; Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” gets TV adaptation
At Columbia Journalism Review, Allison Salerno explains how her own journalistic standards changed after interviewing undocumented immigrants for an article on a municipal policy in Georgia that withholds water service from residents without Social Security numbers. On the centennial of his flight

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Influence remade
The sidelines matter

[Salon Books] "JT LeRoy" trailer: Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern scandalize the literary world
Can you ever forgive them?

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Eric Klinenberg: "Palaces for the People" | Talks at Google

[The Millions] Put the Best Books in Your Pocket
Great books don’t have to weigh a ton. Subscribe to the Early Bird Books newsletter for daily alerts of free and discounted e-books, featuring bestsellers in every genre. Check out The Reader newsletter for the latest book recommendations and news sent straight to your inbox. These great

[The Millions] International DUBLIN Literary Award Names 2019 Shortlist
The International DUBLIN Literary Award—which is given to a novel written in or translated into English—announced its 10-title 2019 shortlist. In its 24th year, the award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries, with nominations submitted by “library systems in major cities throughout

[Salon Books] What do Uber and sugar daddies have in common?
In "Sugar Daddy Capitalism," Peter Fleming argues the casualization of work culture creates all kinds of ills

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Travels through the Internet
The World Wide Web turns 30

[The Millions] Nabokov on the Run
One hundred years ago this week, a teenage boy named Vladimir Nabokov fled revolutionary Russia with his family for the safety of Western Europe. Seventeen years later, he fled again, with his Jewish wife, from Nazi Germany. Stacy Schiff writes, “[s]windled by history, Nabokov had—thanks to

[The Millions] Jernigan: The Last Unhappy White Guy
Have you read Jernigan? It’s a novel by David Gates, published in 1992. It was a finalist for that year’s Pulitzer Prize, and it is a great book that, according to a very informal poll I recently conducted, no one has read, and most people haven’t heard of. The only reason I have: when I

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Southern Discomfort
Bryan Washington’s stories of Houston’s underclass

[Salon Books] Trump wants to settle scores and hit New York Times Best Sellers list with explosive memoir: report
"He said it would sell better than even 'The Art of the Deal,’” said a person who has heard Trump talking about it

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Albertine Prize shortlist announced; Nicole Chung on why we need more stories about transracial adoption
The shortlist for the 2019 Albertine Prize has been announced. The nominees are Gaël Faye’s Small Country, Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental, Nathacha Appanah’s Waiting for Tomorrow, Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny, and Éric Vuillard’s The Order of the Day. The prize will be awarded in a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Going on
Lifelong consequences

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Leila Slimani | Adèle

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