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"What Lambda Means to Me": Chinelo Okparanta, author of "Under the Udala Trees"

The winner of the Lambda Award in fiction reflects on the Orlando shooting, and offers a bit of much needed light to combat this dark time...

Jenny Diski’s Way of Seeing Beyond the Story

Recently, in a bar, I was reading “In Gratitude,” by the British writer Jenny Diski, when a loud guy with tall hair asked me what it was. I stumbled a little before saying, “It’s a cancer memoir.” I immediately felt as though I’d committed a small betrayal. Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Proehl; Steiner; Shapiro; Anam; Wright; Cluchey; Addonizio

New this week: A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl; Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner; The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro; The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam; The Swan Book by Alexis Wright; The Life of the World to Come by Dan...Show More Summary

There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer

I’m not 22 or even 42 and do not have the benefit of time, but I do have one advantage. The post There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer appeared first on The Millions.

‘The Arrangements’: A Work of Fiction

The New York Times Book Review asked the acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to write a short story about the American election.

Carter Bravo’s Christmas Bride by Christine Rimmer

I don’t read category romances these days, but they hold a special place in my heart. Back in the day, Mom and I would head out to Crown Books to stock up on the newest Loveswepts, Silhouettes, and Harlequins. She’d be curled up in the...Show More Summary

All In by Simona Ahrnstedt

I keep saying that I don’t like contemporaries, but that’s just patently not true.  Is it going to stop me from saying it? Probably not, but I need a hook to get me interested at all (unlike with historicals where all I need is a big dress on the cover and I’m in). Show More Summary

Inventory: 13 times that comics characters met their makers

Comic books have a long history of real-life creators being thrown into fictional narratives, often in smaller cameo appearances, but also in grander ways that have a deeper impact on the narrative. This inventory looks at examples where...Show More Summary

Interview: The two dudes behind White Girl Problems justify their existence

Babe Walker doesn’t exist. The voice of the incredibly popular White Girl Problems Twitter account and the ostensible author of not one but two New York Times bestsellers, Walker is an entirely fictional creation. (A third book, American...Show More Summary

'We Could Be Beautiful': New love leads to buried secrets

How far will Catherine go to uncover a past her mother tried to bury so deep?

Austin Clarke, Canadian Author Who Explored Black Experience, Dies at 81

The award-winning novelist and memoirist wrote about immigration, racial discrimination and his early days as a journalist in Harlem.

On the Shelf: Barbara Cook Tells All (and What a Tale!)

Photo: Andrew Eccles Anyone who has been privileged to hear Barbara Cook in concert or cabaret over the last thirty years is aware that she talks in a bright, refreshing but decidedly honest voice that is always friendly, but she is no pushover. Show More Summary

New Music Monday: Dreamy Folk Artist Rae Fitzgerald

Sarah Mirk We highlight female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, we’re premiering a new video from queer folk artist Rae Fitzgerald.  While she travels a lot, Rae Fitzgerald thinks of Columbia, Missouri as home. The town feels like...Show More Summary

Author’s Note: When You Write a Memoir, Readers Think They Know You Better Than They Do

After my second memoir, people stopped asking me questions. They thought they had the answers.

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em: 4th of July Barbecuing

Ten titles to make you the star of this year's Independence Day barbecue...

This Decadent Court

The Toast is nearing the end of its long, hilarious run. Hurry up and check out the new pieces while you still can — like this helpful guide as to whether or not you are in a Regency-era novel written after the end of the Regency, full of dead giveaways like: “There is lace at your throat […] The post This Decadent Court appeared first on The Millions.

Little Emotions in the Person

Recommended Reading: On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and the art of hiding one’s feelings — whether helpful or detrimental. The post Little Emotions in the Person appeared first on The Millions.

Your "Orange Is the New Black" Reading List

Orange is the new Black Victoria Law So you’ve finished binge-watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black. Now what are you going to do while you wait for season five to clear up that cliffhanger? Netflix’s most-watched series was inspired by a book—Piper Kerman’s memoir. Show More Summary

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