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The BFG: An Enchanting Tale of Magnificent Friendship

By Ashley Hay | Off the Shelf I missed Roald Dahl's The BFG when it appeared in 1982. Perhaps, being eleven, I thought I'd outgrown such things, busy instead with Judy Blume and L. M. Montgomery who wrote Anne of Green Gables. It would...Show More Summary

"You Can't Write S on Cough Syrup": Mishka Shubaly on Drinking, Running, and Writing

Bestselling Kindle Singles author and musician Mishka Shubaly stopped by our offices to talk about his new book, his struggles with addiction, and the inherent advantages of physical books when you need to hit your best friend on his head.

Elena Ferrante Revealed

Elena Ferrante has revealed her true identity. At McSweeney’s. You could also read this piece on Ferrante’s “encompassing vision of human experience.” The post Elena Ferrante Revealed appeared first on The Millions.

Spend & Save: The Narrative of Fair Trade and White Saviorism

The Money Issue Bani Amor Illustration by Jenn Kitagawa This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue, Money. Subscribe today!   The refrains are nearly identical. While perusing artisanal fair-trade websites, you’ll inevitably findShow More Summary

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Someplace Else: A Guide to Responsible Summer Travel

Bani Amor Quilotoa, Ecuador photo by Daran Kandasamy (creative commons) In a few days, I'll board a plane, catch a ride, hop on a bus, and board another plane, and then I’ll be on the road until fall. Naturally, I'll start packing on the eve of my flight, and not until I pass security will I realize that I forgot one to six things. Show More Summary

Fighting Words

At WBUR’s Modern Love podcast, actress Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black, How To Get Away With Murder) reads author Laura Munson’s essay “Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear” from her memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is. The post Fighting Words appeared first on The Millions.

Best Children's Books of 2016 So Far

What new and wonderful children's books have you discovered this year? We looked back at our favorites and chose the ones we think are 2016's best (so far):

Supreme Court Upholds Tribal Rights in Key Sexual Assault Case

Sarah Mirk Photo of a Native-led protest against Dollar General. Photo courtesy of FORCE.  The Supreme Court ruled this morning on an important case involving sexual assault and the ability of American Indian tribes to prosecute crimes that happen on their land. Show More Summary

5 Entrepreneurial Tips for Authors Who Want to Up Their Game

This month I'm a new author all over again with the publication of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. I wrote this book to answer the many good questions authors lob my way every day. One ofShow More Summary

Titling Publishers

How did Random House get its name? A joke. Book Riot gives the stories behind eleven publishers’ names. You could also read a piece on how writers title their novels. The post Titling Publishers appeared first on The Millions.

Peter Singer On The Most Good You Can Do

Peter Singer is a personal inspiration to me. He is a well known Australian philosopher and author who has spent his entire life in pursuit of doing more good in the world. Singer is perhaps best-known for his book Animal Liberation (1975), a highly influential book in the animal rights community, as well as his essay Famine, Affluence, and Morality. Show More Summary

One Place misUnderstood

With the recent release of my book, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, a novel that is set in mountainous eastern Kentucky, David Joy's powerful words resonated. They are an accurate and honest portrayal of why we write what we write, and why we must continue to write human stories that arise from our cornerstones. Show More Summary

Cole Swensen Talks About Translation As A Continual Opening

Cole Swensen is a poet with fifteen books out, most based in research and many ekphrastic. She also translates contemporary French poetry, experimental prose, and art criticism. She co-edited the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and is the founding editor of La Presse, which publishes French work in translation. Show More Summary

Well Fed: Breastfeeding in Literature

For the first months of my daughter's life, when I was nursing a lot more often and for longer sessions, I depended on TV and books to keep me sane. The post Well Fed: Breastfeeding in Literature appeared first on The Millions.

B&N or Bust

We need Barnes & Noble. Alex Shephard writes on the role of the retailer for publishers and readers. You could also check out our series on the Future of the Book. The post B&N or Bust appeared first on The Millions.

Newswire: The apocalypse arrives—again—in an exclusive Worst X-Man Ever preview

X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever is a miniseries that has flown under the radar, despite doing some very interesting things. To start, it debuted as a weekly digital comic before being released in monthly print issues; while it’s unfortunateShow More Summary

Family Language

Our own Bruna Dantas Lobato reflects on her position living between languages. “I learned English out of necessity and that comes with its own problems—aesthetic and political ones. With childhood in one language and a writing life in...Show More Summary

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

Kim Liao reviews Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan today in Rumpus Books.

Hollywood Dogs

Red Carpet Pups Foster 2013 I have a pet peeve about animals in outfits. Just no. They always look embarrassed. However, I am quite sure that there is an audience for this book. Kristin Stewart and Niki Menaj fans, maybe? The copy I looked as sturdy as a magazine, but I would probably keep it. […]

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