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Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

He received acclaim while living in the United States; when he returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid, he was welcomed as a hero.

Podcast 281, Your Transcript is Ready!

Our transcript this week is sponsored by Judy, a listener overseas and generous supporter who loves the transcripts and asked if she could sponsor one. She tends to overspend on romance novels and perfume — what could be better?  She...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: In This Thriller, a Cold Case Turns Hot 26 Years Later

Christopher J. Yates’s “Grist Mill Road” opens with a shooting involving three teenagers, then revisits the crime and its consequences once they’re grown.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2017

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 … The post The Millions Top Ten: December 2017 appeared first on The Millions.

HaBO: In Vitro Fertilization & a Kidnapping

This HaBO is from Debbie and she’s looking to help find this book for her sister: This question is from my sister who hears me rave about your site on a daily basis. The heroine wants a child and goes through in vitro fertilization. She is unaware that the sperm was switched. Show More Summary

David Simon is adapting Philip Roth's 'The Plot Against America' for television

David Simon, the award-winning writer and producer of the hit series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Wire,” is adapting Philip Roth's novel “The Plot Against America” into a six-part television miniseries. The news was announced in a New York Times interview with Roth, which noted that...

Ian Nairn and the Art of Seeing a City

It’s not easy to pigeonhole the late English writer Ian Nairn. But after reading his work—and I’ll be focusing here on Nairn’s Paris, originally published in 1968 and just reissued by Notting Hill Editions—you might rightly decide that there’s no need to do so. Show More Summary

Will Self on the literary novel’s demise, and why Naomi Klein won’t fix the world

The one-time enfant terrible of British literature talks about information overload and how emotion rules the political sphere The post Will Self on the literary novel’s demise, and why Naomi Klein won’t fix the world appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The Permanent Sabbatical

Victor Brombert writes about professorial sabbaticals and his impending retirement.

Elyse Watches The Bachelor Episode 3: Uncomfortable Defense Mechanisms

Elyse is not watching this episode of The Bachelor. She’s on vacation sitting in one location alongside an immobile lizard long enough that she’s named him. He’s The Dude. He abides. When she said in the last recap that she wasn’t going to be around to do this week’s, my first thought was, Well, that’s too bad. Show More Summary

HaBO: Younger Hero Saves Heroine from Sinking Boat

This HaBO comes from Amy, who is looking for a book from over two decades ago: I have a vague recollection of a book I read twenty-five years ago and would love some help figuring out what it is. It’s set in the 1800s in the Pacific Northwest. Show More Summary

Flattering Feline Fashions

Cat Knits Coss 1988 I am going to guess every librarian knitter/cat lover will be rushing to the stacks to grab this book with their knitting needles locked and loaded! Who wouldn’t love to get their needles going on a big sweater that...Show More Summary

Interview: No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

Match Book: Around the World in Books

Authors from across the globe unearth their national roots in both fiction and nonfiction.

Tuesday New Release Day: Lee; Wirkus; Block; Phillips; Johnson

Out this week: Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee; The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus; Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block; Wild Is the Wind by Carl Phillips; and The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by the late Denis Johnson. For...Show More Summary

Things Fall Apart: On Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’

It’s a care, a real care, when a writer whose work you love takes on a project like a seasonal quartet. The potential for readerly woe is plain: four novels forced into a form already replete with corny allegories and tired themes. Ali...Show More Summary

A landslide of Lansdale advice

Author Joe R. Lansdale got 2018 off to a rousing start with a landslide of writing advice on his social media pages.

The Ice Wagon’s Wheels Come Off: Mavis Gallant and Sadia Shepard in The New Yorker

Yesterday I learned that an short story featured in the February 8, 2018 issue of The New Yorker—“Foreign-Returned” by Sadia Shepard—bore a more than casual resemblance to the late Mavis Gallant’s story,

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