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National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On Tuesday, January 17, the National Book Critics Circle listed the finalists for their award for outstanding books published in 2016. The finalists are in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The awards will be given to the winners on March 16, 2017, in New York City....

Kevin Starr will never be replaced: William Deverell remembers the historian and author

Kevin Starr mastered the stage whisper.  At a stiff faculty or committee meeting, and with twinkle in his eye, he’d bring a hand or a book to his mouth, and, thus poorly disguised, offer a thought, a bon mot, an impertinent question, or even a joke.  It was his version of sotto voce, but it came...

NBCC 2016 Finalists, Leonard Prize, and Balakian Award Winners

The finalists for the NBCC Book Award have been announced. The post NBCC 2016 Finalists, Leonard Prize, and Balakian Award Winners appeared first on The Millions.

HaBO: Amber-Haired Heroine in a Russian Gothic Romance

This HaBO is from Erica and she’s trying to track down a book she found at a library sale: It was a gothic romance I got from a public library sale in, like, 1995, so who knows when it was actually published. Anyway, the heroine is…not particularly memorable; although I do remember a very vivid description of her amber hair. Show More Summary

Newswire: Take a look behind the scenes of the new How To Train Your Dragon graphic novel

Dark Horse Comics is one of the top publishers for licensed comics, and How To Train Your Dragon joins the publisher’s stable this year with a new graphic novel in February. How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir picks up right...Show More Summary

I Don't Want This Gift, Veronica. Where Do I Return It?

For months now, readers have talked about the problematic racial elements present in Divergent author Veronica Roth's latest novel, Carve The Mark.  Young Adult author Justina Ireland wrote about the damaging content in Carve The Mark and the now-postponed release The Continent. Show More Summary

In the Footsteps of the Flâneuse

Kathleen Rooney reflects on gals gadding about town in literature...

A Tree That Is All Branches: On Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’

The peripheral narrative construction of Transit -- the feints and evasions and elisions -- is finally peripheral to the central pleasure: spending time with the book’s animating intelligence. The post A Tree That Is All Branches: On Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’ appeared first on The Millions.

Brave New Writers: SF & Fantasy Authors Recommend Talented Newcomers You Shouldn't Miss

Learn which new writers have gained the attention of top-notch science fiction and fantasy authors such as Terry Brooks, Elizabeth Bonesteel, Seanan McGuire, Greg Bear, Michael J. Sullivan, K.B. Wagers, and Genevieve Cogman.

Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon Among National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Jane Mayer and Ann Patchett are also among the 30 finalists in six categories.

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin

Today in Rumpus Books, Elizabeth Stark reviews Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin.


It took me almost 30 years to finally watch Blade Runner all the way through, a nerd travesty I know, and the story was intriguing. It is not perfect, but it made me pick up ‘Do Androids Drink of Electric Sheep’ finally. When I heard...Show More Summary

The Boss’s Papers

Bruce Springsteen’s archive is headed to Monmouth University, which is located in his hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey. The post The Boss’s Papers appeared first on The Millions.

Elyse Watches The Bachelor – Episode Three: Whipped Cream

Previously on Elyse Watches The Bachelor… Last week I got really drunk on Dark and Stormys while Nick Viall aka The Bachelor took the contestants to a photo shoot and The Museum of Broken Relationships. Corrine took off her top, Josephine slapped Nick across the face, and Liz was sent home–meaning 21 women remain. Show More Summary

Letters to a Young Muslim

I started reading Omar Saif Ghobash’s Letters to a Young Muslim when I was in Los Angeles with my wife over the holiday break. We decorated a small plastic tree and exchanged wrapped gifts. It was the first time either of us had ever done the Christmas thing. Show More Summary

Ghosts of the Tsunami

People Who Eat Darkness author Richard Lloyd Parry’s forthcoming book on the T?hoku earthquake and its aftermath, Ghosts of the Tsunami, will be released some time in late summer/early fall, and BBC Radio put together a 30-minute teaser to tide you over until then. Show More Summary

Who’s Who in the USSR?

  Who’s Who in the Soviet Union 1984 Submitter: To be honest, “Who’s Who” books are always something I’ve regarded as being somewhat irrelevant in the first place, but the fact that it’s so laughably out-of-date, on leaders of a country that no longer exists, just makes it all the better.  One of the things […]

Literate Housewife Turns 10!

It’s hard to believe, but today my blog turns 10 years old. What began as a way to keep myself honest about reading 52 books in on year became the best habit I’ve ever picked up. It has added friends, great reads, great reads, audiobooks, author and narrator friends, and trips to New York and […]

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