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Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

There was the flu that exploded like a neutron bomb over the surface of the earth and the shock of the collapse that followed, the first unspeakable years when everyone was traveling, before everyone caught on that there was no place...Show More Summary

So I was prepared to write a column defending the notion of reading being more than just entertainment when...

I saw some chatter on Facebook yesterday about an article in The New Yorker by Rebecca Mead entitled "The Percy Jackson Problem." I didn't have time to read it then (I was at work and just checking messages during my break time), but...Show More Summary

Howard Jacobson, J

Before chancing his nose outside his cottage in the morning, Kevern 'Coco' Cohen turned up the volume on the loop-television, poured tea – taking care to place the cup carelessly on the hall table – and checked twice to be certain that his utility phone was on and flashing. Show More Summary

Things I'm supposedly going to be working on this month

My second bout with kidney stones this weekend set me back quite a bit. Not only did I miss the final two days of the 2014 Southern Festival of Books due to sometimes intense kidney/abdominal pain, but I didn't get any reviews written this weekend. Show More Summary

Inaugural Kirkus Prize shortlist for Fiction

Another new lit award I forgot to blog about, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction will be awarded on October 23. Here are the six finalists:Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing WorldLily King, EuphoriaDinaw Mengestu, All Our NamesBrian Morton, Florence...Show More Summary

2014 Southern Festival of Books book purchases

Yesterday, I attended the first day of the 2014 Southern Festival of Books (I didn't go today, due to a recurrence of kidney pain; might go tomorrow, but uncertain). I first stopped by the McKay's booth, where I was pleasantly surprised to see three leatherbound Franklin Library editions on sale for $12 each. Show More Summary

2014 Goldsmiths Prize

Forgot to blog about this the other day, but the second Goldsmiths Prize for literature just announced their shortlist. Here they are:Rachel Cusk, OutlineWill Eaves, The Absent TherapistHoward Jacobson, JPaul Kingsnorth, The Wake Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We KnowAli Smith, How to be Both The winner will be announced November 12th.

Prix Médicis shortlist, 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature announced

Two bits of literary news to share, both of which deal with French writers:It was announced this morning that French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is the first Prix Goncourt (France's most prestigious...Show More Summary

Claudie Hunzinger, La langue des oiseaux (The Language of Birds)

Je ne sais pas ce qui s'est dit. Je sais seulement que ce fut mon tour. La question était: Est-ce que les livres nous regardent? Je savais que les tableaux, eux, oui, les tableaux que nous voyons nous voient du fond de leur éclat lointain – même quand ils sont proches. Show More Summary

Ali Smith, How to be Both

Consider this moral conundrum for a moment. George's mother says to George who's sitting in the front passenger seat. Not says. Said. George's mother is dead. What moral conundrum? George says. The passenger seat in the hire car is strange, being on the side of the driver's seat is on at home. Show More Summary

Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory

At one level? None of this mattered. It was hard enough surviving day to day, both navigating the hordes at Zombie High and listening to the bomb that had started ticking inside my father's head. A little flirting with Finn? That wouldn't hurt. Show More Summary

A few things I'd like to write about this week

Been a bit busy this weekend to have much time to write reviews, but I do plan on reviewing the two Booker Prize finalists (Howard Jacobson's J and Ali Smith's How to be Both), along with at least two National Book Award-longlisted titles for Fiction (Phil Klay's Redeployment and John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van). Show More Summary

Tentative panels/signings I'll attend at the Southern Festival of Books October 10-12

Unless something comes up, I plan on attending my fourth straight Southern Festival of Books lit festival in Nashville this upcoming weekend, October 10-12. It's a (mostly) free event, with only parking costs being the only guaranteed expense. Show More Summary

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad. Show More Summary

Angélica Gorodischer, Palito de naranjo

Para empezar, a las mujeres encarceladas nadie las visita nunca. A los varones sí, siempre. Siempre la mujer o la madre, y hasta la hija, pero eso es más raro, va los jueves a las dos de la tarde con paquetes de comida y de ropa, a veces con revistas, a veces con un ejemplar de la Biblia. Show More Summary

September 2014 Reads

Due in part to my back injury keeping me out of work for most of the month, I had more time available for reading. Finished 51 books this month, my highest for the year so far. Managed to finish above the 1 book/day pace for the first time since January and I moved closer to achieving most, if not all, of my 2014 reading goals. Show More Summary

National Book Awards' 5 under 35 authors for 2014

The National Book Awards have chosen the 2014 5 under 35 authors. It's an interesting list, including one (Phil Klay) on this year's longlist for Fiction:Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Panic in a SuitcaseAlex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy...Show More Summary

Kelly Barnhill, The Witch's Boy

Once upon a time there were two brothers, as alike to one another as you are to your own reflection. They had the same eyes, the same hands, the same voice, the same insatiable curiosity. And though it was generally agreed that one was slightly quicker, slightly cleverer, slightly more wonderful than the other, no one could tell the boys apart. Show More Summary

A couple of pics of my leatherbound books

This weekend, I bought my 101st leatherbound book, a Franklin Library edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. I now own 78 Easton Press editions, 24 Franklin Library editions, plus 4 Folio Society books bound in buckram and 135 Library of America volumes. Show More Summary

Here's a list of already-read books that I want to have reviewed by October 31st

Although I have no energy to review tonight (been traveling much of the time that I wasn't watching college football), I have been trying to decide which reviews should be forthcoming. Seems that I have almost two dozen books that I've already read for which I haven't yet written reviews. Show More Summary

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