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[Book Forum] In 1971, Clifford Irving tried to pull off the literary fraud of the century. The republication of Hoax tells how it came undone.
Clifford Irving was once a household name. On December 7, 1971, McGraw-Hill Book Company announced the imminent publication of The Autobiography of Howard Hughes, a book Irving had assembled from more

[Salon Books] What if the president of the United States was mentally ill — and no one really cared?
As we turn the page on 2019, our president is mentally unwell — but that's only one symptom of deeper illness

[Salon Books] Trump's tremendous, totally real favorite books list
Obama's not the only one that can drop a reading list. Trump reads all the books. The best books, in fact!

[The Millions] Books Are a Place to Put Your Feelings: The Millions Interviews Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg, author of seven novels and recent New Orleans transplant, is a very considerate interviewee. I know everyone starts these little intros with gushing remarks; it just seems polite. But I was her third interview of the day. She asked which publication I was with, again? She told me

[Book Forum] Elif Shafak on anger; Authors reflect on Little Women
At the New York Times, Jesse Green looks at /www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/arts/theater-in-movies-tv-books.html> how theater is portrayed in movies, books, and television. At The Guardian, Elif Shafak

[Salon Books] Biographer and journalist David Maraniss on Trump, Obama and history turned "upside down"
Biographer of Obama and Clinton explains why he'd never take on Trump, explores his father's resistance to tyranny

[The Millions] Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis gained acclaim as a children’s author for his classic series The Chronicles of Narnia. He also gained acclaim for his popular apologetics, including such works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. What is more, he gained acclaim as a science fiction writer for his Ransom

[Book Forum] Hamilton Nolan on the past decade in media; R. O. Kwon's 2020 reading list
For Electric Literature, R. O. Kwon lists /electricliterature.com/55-books-by-women-and-nonbinary-writers-of-color-to-read-in-2020/> fifty-six books by women and nonbinary writers of color that she’s

[Book Forum] Merve Emre and Others Discuss Their "Ferrante Letters"; Boris Kachka Named Books Editor at the LA Times
Boris Kachka, a longtime writer and editor at New York magazine, has been named the new books editor /www.latimes.com/about/pressreleases/story/2020-01-03/boris-kachka-named-los-angeles-times-books-editor?fbclid=IwAR3tNrD62Xfn334gSRyltvcxzzFWpLrR5sUl6bspIPhpcn_bgVfI9hvbaGg>

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: January 2020
Here are five notable books of poetry publishing this month. Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era by Chad Bennett “Isn’t every poem / for someone? Why not you?” Bennett’s songs of longing are clever and carefully rendered—smooth control over lines being only one defining

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: House by Robert Browning
A brilliantly wry poem about poetry that reaches farther into society than you might expectHouseI Shall I sonnet-sing you about myself? Do I live in a house you would like to see? Is it scant of gear, has it store of pelf? “Unlock my heart with a sonnet-key?” 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

[Salon Books] 7 must-read novels to kick off 2020 right
An airplane crash, mass poisoning, a new love affair – these are just three provocative beginnings for the new year

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Popkey, Hass, Reid, Palahniuk, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Miranda Popkey, Robert Hass, Kiley Reid, Chuck Palahniuk, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The

[Book Forum] Jonathan Coe wins Costa Prize; Anna Wiener on her new book
Jonathan Coe has won /www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/06/jonathan-coe-wins-costa-fiction-prize-for-perfect-brexit-novel> the Costa Prize for his novel, Middle England. “One of the jobs of a novelist

[Guardian Books Blog] Half of a Yellow Sun summons a gilded age as well as an atrocious war
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel turns to the the tragedy of war only after conjuring the ‘marvellous complexity’ of intellectuals’ lives in early 60s NigeriaThere’s an agonising social exchange towards the end of the first part of Half of a Yellow Sun. Richard, a British man, is talking

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2020 Book Preview
The year has gotten off to a rocky start worldwide, but we hope this semi-annual Millions tradition will be a bright spot. We seem to say this every year, but at 140-something books, this is truly our most gratuitously enormous Preview to date. And yet there are even more books to be read in the

[Book Forum] Booker Prize judges announced; Remembering Elizabeth Wurtzel
Stacey Abrams is writing /apnews.com/8cb5167a6fefc9655933ba03dd154c2c> a book. Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America will be published by Henry Holt in June. “The future of

[Book Forum] Sarah Moss on writing residencies; Authors on their career breakthroughs
Viking has bought /www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-book-works-ny-times-bloomberg-reporters-1267680> It’s Not TV, “the first in-depth history of HBO” by Bloomberg editor Felix Gillette and New

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: December 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] Story Prize finalists announced; Leslie Jamison on objectivity
Edwidge Danticat’s Everything Inside, Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Sabrina & Corina, and Zadie Smith’s Grand Union have been selected /thestoryprize.org/20182019> as finalists for this year’s Story Prize.

[Book Forum] Nell Zink
The National Book Critics Circle has announced the thirty finalists /www.bookcritics.org/2020/01/11/announcing-the-finalists-for-the-2019-nbcc-awards/> for its 2020 awards. Crime Reads has posted part

[Book Forum] Nell Zink's Robert Walser Tour; Simon Reynolds to Give Mark Fisher Lecture
The National Book Critics Circle has announced the thirty finalists /www.bookcritics.org/2020/01/11/announcing-the-finalists-for-the-2019-nbcc-awards/> for its 2020 awards. Crime Reads has posted part

[The Millions] The Subjective Mood
In my 2019 “A Year in Reading” entry, I wrote about the way Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie engages with itself on a moral level. In short: Spark’s controlling headmistress Jean Brodie metaphorizes Spark’s controlling narration, and the whole book serves to—among many other

[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] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Wiener, Greenwell, Jin, Hurston, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Anna Wiener, Garth Greenwell, Meng Jin, Zora Neale Hurston, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The

[Book Forum] Kiley Reid on literary caregivers; Jessi Jezewska Stevens reconsiders Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping
At Literary Hub, Such a Fun Age author Kiley Reid reflects /lithub.com/kiley-reid-5-novels-with-incredible-child-caregivers/> on literary caregivers. “The literary nanny must be drawn akin to a ghost,”

[Guardian Books Blog] Half of a Yellow Sun is a masterpiece in balancing truth and fiction
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the long-forgotten Biafran war tells a story that feels truthful, but is also clearly a work of fictionLast year, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave the inaugural Gabriel García Márquez lecture and spoke about truth and storytelling. “To start a story, a true

[The Millions] I Wake to Bury You Again: Featured Poetry by Cori A. Winrock
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Little Envelope of Earth Conditions, the new collection by Cori A. Winrock. Her lines loll with the rhythm of grief: “I wake to bury / you again, stumbling // for the rotary receiver on its vine— / swinging from the wall of a

[Book Forum] Novels often let their characters do the work
Unlike television--where every profession is indicated through props, like a cup from Starbucks--novels often let their characters do the work. Work is a fount of material, what with the complaining,

[Book Forum] “How does one not write a depressing book about depression?”
Mary Cregan’s debut work of nonfiction, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, is likely shelved in the bookshop’s memoir section. And The Scar does present--with remarkable clarity,

[The Millions] Jenny Offill Exerts Herself
It’s a Friday afternoon, and Jenny Offill, author of the widely acclaimed 2014 novel Dept. of Speculation, is at her home in the Hudson Valley. She’s speaking via Skype, about to broach the subject of her new novel, Weather (Knopf, Feb.), when her internet goes down. The conversation switches

[Guardian Books Blog] Tom Watson’s betrayal thriller – and other politicians who vent in fiction
After quitting parliament over its ‘brutality’, Watson is co-writing thriller The House. Can we expect a tale about a deputy leader righting wrongs?Fresh from publishing his guide to weight loss, Downsizing, the former deputy leader of the Labour party, Tom Watson, is set to write a political

[Book Forum] Jabari Asim on a new collection of Zora Neale Hurston stories; Anna Wiener at the Strand
The New York Times has an excerpt /www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/books/review/hitting-a-straight-lick-with-a-crooked-stick-by-zora-neale-hurston-an-excerpt.html> and a review /

[Book Forum] An Unblemished Record of Defeat
The United States, we are told, is the most powerful nation in world history, the sole superpower, winner of the Cold War, the “indispensable nation,” a “hyperpower” that has achieved “full spectrum

[Book Forum] Anna Wiener reports on start-up culture from the inside
The best pieces of long-form journalism are those where you get the sinking feeling the subject has no idea what the point of journalism is. No inkling that a salacious story is better than a puff

[The Millions] The State of #MeToo
Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement, a multi-genre anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that I compiled and edited for McSweeney’s, was released in September and is now headed toward its third printing. Recently, after returning home to Brooklyn from

[Salon Books] Former GOP strategist Rick Wilson: "F**king hating" Trump is the key to winning in 2020
Former Republican political wizard outlines Democratic strategy vs. Trump: "This guy is a lying liar who lies"

[Book Forum] Garth Greenwell on his new novel; The New York Times to offer editing training to staff
The New York Times will be offering its staff editing training in 2020. The paper celebrated with an oversized custom cake /twitter.com/marclacey/status/1217591551293054976?s=20> bearing the words “

[The Millions] Annotate This: Marginalia and the
“We have all seized the white perimeter as our own And reached for a pen if only to show We did not just laze in an armchair turning pages; We pressed a thought into the wayside, Planted an impression along the verge.” —Billy Collins, “Marginalia” Sometime after the fourth century, an

[Guardian Books Blog] Discworld fans are right to be nervous about the BBC's 'punk rock' The Watch
Terry Pratchett’s books about Ankh-Morpork’s City Watch have been adapted into a ‘punk rock thriller’ – and some are not happyWe Terry Pratchett fans have been lucky, in recent years. We were given Good Omens, which thanks to co-author Neil Gaiman’s shepherding and incredible

[Book Forum] Ronan Farrow on “journalists under fire”; Alex Shephard looks at Amazon's bestseller book deals
At the New Republic Alex Shephard looks /newrepublic.com/article/156228/can-amazon-finally-crack-bestseller-code> at recent deals between Amazon.com /amazon.com/> and best-selling authors Dean Koontz

[Book Forum] This Side of Paradise
In Provincetown, a collection of portraits taken in the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz captures bodies amber-locked in the beach town’s summer lassitude. The photographer discovered some

[Salon Books] Five ways to recycle your unwanted books
640,000 tons of books end up in landfills — but your used books don't have to succumb to such a fate

[Guardian Books Blog] A Pushkin theme park? How about Discworld World, StephenKingLand …
After many children’s book attractions, an ‘immersive experience’ based on the poet’s fairytales is planned in Russia. Isn’t it time for more adult resorts?There are lovers of fairytales and lovers of Russian literature and lovers of theme parks, and sometimes, just sometimes, everyone’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Harlem Shadows by Claude McKay
Free from moralising, this study of life on the streets of 1920s Harlem has a flowing rhythm and charm Harlem ShadowsI hear the halting footsteps of a lassIn Negro Harlem when the night lets fallIts veil. I see the shapes of girls who passTo bend and barter at desire’s call.Ah, little dark girls

[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] Lee Child letting go of his creation is a tale told by other bestsellers
The Jack Reacher author says he will hand on his character to his brother – following other writers who have surrendered their stories“Not much surprises me these days but this news did,” said Ian Rankin of Lee Child’s revelation this weekend that his brother, Andrew Grant, would be

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Allende, Smith, Eisenberg, Cummins, Chayka, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Isabel Allende, Danez Smith, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Jeanine Cummins, Kyle Chayka, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Book Forum] The new Yale Review launches; Ashley Feinberg on the Times’s Democratic primary endorsement
The new /yalereview.yale.edu/> Yale Review, with Meghan O’Rourke as editor, has launched with a redesigned website. O’Rourke’s first issue features essays, stories, and poetry by authors such as Cathy


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