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[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Winterson, Lerner, Díaz, Walbert, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Jeanette Winterson, Ben Lerner, Jaquira Díaz, Kate Walbert, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which Doris Lessing book should we read in October?
This month marks the centenary of the British-Zimbabwean’s birth, and we’re celebrating her remarkable career. Help us choose a bookOn 22 October, it will be 100 years since the birth of Doris Lessing. That’s a good reason to revisit the work of the award winning British-Zimbabwean novelist

[Book Forum] Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown writing book about WeWork; Téa Obreht on the struggles of writing
A new report /> from PEN America lists the “arcane and arbitrary” titles that prisons are

[Salon Books] Men explain toxic masculinity to me, a man writing about toxic masculinity
"You shouldn’t write about toxic masculinity because it doesn’t exist," the ponytailed man in the coffee shop said

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: October 2019
Here are five notable books of poetry publishing in October. Railsplitter by Maurice Manning Manning’s collection of poems written through the persona of our sixteenth president begins, appropriately enough, with an exercise in persona from the man himself. Dated July 19, 1863, Lincoln’s short

[The Millions] Michael Bourne’s ‘The Old Home Place’ Published by Straylight
Published this week by Straylight, the novella The Old Home Place by longtime Millions staffer Michael Bourne offers an intimate look at an ambitious young couple, in love and in trouble, as they grapple with America’s complex racial history. Download the full novella for free or

[Salon Books] Donald Trump's favorite president: Andrew Jackson as father of the "white republic"
Historian Matthew Clavin: Andrew Jackson was terrible, but he likely would have despised Donald Trump

[The Millions] October 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] Ocean Vuong on the myth of the wunderkind; Jeanette Winterson on disruptive technology
Ocean Vuong reflects on the myth of the wunderkind and lists /> ten of the books he turned to while writing On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

[Book Forum] The Judgment of Paris, by Hubert Damisch

[The Millions] To the Far Sector with N.K. Jemisin
With a list that includes Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rainbow Rowell, and more, it seems that more and more authors are writing for comic books. Hugo award-winning sci-fi and fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin spoke to Charles Pulliam-Moore at io9 about scripting the new Green Lantern series, Far

[Book Forum] Archive Fever
“Are we going to burn it?” A question about the fate of the future concludes Hazel Carby’s Race Men (1998), a powerful academic book about suffocating representations of black American masculinities

[Salon Books] Dr. Justin Frank on Trump's whistleblower panic: "He is a frightened child" driven by envy and fear
Author of "Trump on the Couch" on the president's deepest fears, and how his traumatic childhood endangers us all

[The Millions] Storytelling Should Never Be Confused with Sociology: The Millions Interviews John Domini
John Domini’s stunning new novel, The Color Inside a Melon, concludes his trilogy set in Naples after a fictional earthquake. Risto, an immigrant from Somalia, investigates the brutal murder of a more recent African emigrant. As readers, we’re caught in a gripping mystery while submerged in a

[Book Forum] Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant winners announced; Jim Carrey writing a novel
The Whiting Foundation has announced /> the winners of its 2019 Creative Nonfiction Grant. Recipients include Ilyon

[Salon Books] Why the yellow cedar is a bellwether for humanity's survival
Lauren Oakes spent six years studying a tree that ties together the climate crisis in all its dimensions

[The Millions] Ten Essential Literary Thrillers
In those first sleepless months of motherhood, I listened to a lot of audiobooks. They were perfect for long walks with the baby. The literature did not have to be of the highest quality, but the plot had to be there, ready to grab my hand and tug until I was running alongside. Thrillers do this

[Book Forum] Nona Willis Aronowitz sells new book to Plume; Abrams creates new LGBTQ-focused imprint
Teen Vogue columnist Nona Willis Aronowitz has sold /> a new book to Plume. Bad Sex will be “a blend of memoir, social history, and culutural criticism” that

[The Millions] Jane Eyre Goes Global
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has been reaching readers across generations and languages, as seen by the fact that it has been translated into at least 57 languages, at least 593 times. Matthew Reynolds examines how the novel became a global phenomenon, as well as how translators all over the

[Salon Books] That waitress who thinks she can write: Waiting tables and crafting a novel in the infamous MFA town
"It must be nice to wait tables," an MFA student said to me one day. "You don’t have to think"

[Salon Books] Donald Trump and dog-whistle politics: How to beat him — and build long-term progressive victory
Ian Haney López on how a "race-class narrative" that includes white people can transform democracy in America

[Salon Books] Advice for women who want to run for office: Stop waiting for "the right time"
Inflection Point talks to Kate Black about why we need more women running for office and how they can do it

[Salon Books] Mike Pence's not-so-secret plan: "He's focused on the White House" — but how soon?
Reporter Tom LoBianco on his political biography of the secretive veep: Christian nationalist or political schemer?

[Book Forum] Atwood, Rushdie, and Others Give Advice on How to Write a Booker Contender
Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and others give tips on “how to write a Booker contender />.”

[The Millions] Am I a Bad Feminist?
“How could you publish this novel?” That’s what I heard after I chose to write about a girl falsely accusing a man of sexual assault during the #MeToo era. When The Liar was first published in Israel, a male journalist told me I should have delayed the publication. “You are hurting the

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize: vote now for the 2019 winner
It’s been a fine year of reading, and now your choice will help determine the winner. You have just under a week to pick a favouriteIt’s time to vote on the 2019 Not the Booker prize. By the end of the week, one of our six books will be declared the winner. After the high quality of the novels

[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

[The Millions] I’m Suspicious of Empathy: The Millions Interviews Jess Row
Reading Jess Row’s White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination is like reading three books in one. The first book is a memoir of Row’s artistic coming of age. The second book is a scholarly critique of white writing and how work by people of color is excluded, ignored, and

[Salon Books] October must-reads: "Call Me by Your Name" sequel to memoirs galore
New books to cosy up to as the weather starts to cool down

[The Millions] A New Generation of Historical Epics
A new generation of African women writers are taking on the task of narrating their histories and imagining their futures. For the Christian Science Monitor, Ryan Lenora Brown delves into the ways these writers are rewriting the historical epic. “This is a generation [of African writers] that

[Book Forum] All or Nun
History, Tolstoy insisted, is not driven by great men--the Bismarcks, the Napoleons of this world. It is constructed from an endless number of minute details, like drops of water, or grains of sand.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Smith, Jones, Jemc, Dancyger, Marantz
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Zadie Smith, Saeed Jones, Jac Jemc, Lilly Dancyger, Andrew Marantz, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook is our Reading group book for October
The 1962 novel is a challenging masterpiece – luckily, its author wrote a blisteringly bad-tempered guide to reading itDoris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook has won the vote and will be the subject of this month’s Reading group. On the whole, this is excellent news. If we’re going to read

[Book Forum] Rihanna working on "visual autobiography"; Crystal Hana Kim on short stories
The winners /> of this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced. Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred won the

[The Millions] We’re in a Rough Place in History Right Now: The Millions Interviews Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a National Book Award finalist and is being developed by FX for television. Her memoir, In the Dream House, publishes in November. In the meantime, Machado is the guest editor of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy

[Salon Books] Liz Phair's "Horror Stories" chronicles the real ghosts that haunt us
In her new memoir, the legendary indie rocker shares tales of the shame, fear, and violence of ordinary life

[The Millions] National Book Awards Names 2019 Finalists
The National Book Foundation announced the National Book Award finalists today. Each category—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature, and translated literature—has been narrowed down from the longlist 10 to the shortlist five. While many of the finalists have made the NBA

[Salon Books] Trolls have taken over our democracy. Silicon Valley helped
Andrew Marantz, in his new book, "Antisocial," explores how techno-utopianism decayed into alt-right madness

[The Millions] Everything Here Is a Test: Featured Poetry by Paige Lewis
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Space Struck, a deft, entertaining debut by Paige Lewis. Lewis is a poet of surprise, but never mere novelty: behind play or pun, there remains transcendence. In this great second-person piece, the narrator gives instructions on how to leave

[Book Forum] National Book Award finalists announced; Alexandra Jacobs on writing biographies
The finalists /> for the National Book Awards have been announced. Nominees include Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sarah M. Broom’s The

[The Millions] Ten Haunting Ghost Stories for Halloween (and the Rest of the Year, Too)
I adore the haunting feelings that remain after a novel explores the deep layers of all of the memory and baggage we bring to our experiences and interactions. What we traditionally call “ghost stories” can often deliver this feeling with the greatest ease, but my favorites are generally filled

[The Millions] Jane Austen Goes Electric
When we set out to see a film or TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s work, we usually expect a fair amount of bonnets, coy smiles, and men in cravats. For the Atlantic, Helen Lewis looks at more recent Austen adaptations that are turning those expectations on their heads: “These new adaptations

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: September 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] Not Just a Game
What stands out most about the new anthology Bodies Built for Game is how broadly it defines “sports writing.” Edited by former pro basketball player and poet Natalie Diaz and Lambda Literary Award–winning

[Book Forum] 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature winners announced; Ronan Farrow on his new book
The winners /> of both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been announced. Olga

[The Millions] Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Win Nobel Prizes in Literature
This morning’s Nobel Prize in Literature announcement marked a first in the award’s 118-year history: two awards will be bestowed—one for 2018 and one for 2019. Shortly after Kazuo Ishiguro won the prize in 2017, the Academy was rocked by a multi-faceted scandal: Jean-Claude Arnault,

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize 2019: join us as the judges decide the winner
The judges meet to decide the winner of this year’s award at 11am BST. Watch the meeting live to see if Daniel James will take the coveted Guardian mugLet’s get down to business. The public vote is in.At this point, we have a clear leader: The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James.

[The Millions] One Sentence at a Time: The Millions Interviews Sion Dayson
This post was produced in partnership with Bloom, a literary site that features authors whose first books were published when they were 40 or older. As a River, Sion Dayson’s debut novel, is set in Bannen, a small town in middle Georgia struggling to overcome the legacy of Jim Crow. The

[Salon Books] Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist": Racism and capitalism "will ultimately die together"
Author of new bestseller on America's second most racist president (guess!) and turning the tide of history

[Book Forum] Splinter shuts down; Sarah Ruhl writing memoir
G/O Media shut down /> news website Splinter yesterday. Although the company said there would be no layoffs as a result of the closure, Digiday reports

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