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March 18, 2009

The Millions’ Collaborative Atlas of Book Stores and Literary Places 47

Update: Because Google’s tools for maintaining this map are limited, and because the map was getting frequent spammy and irrelevant edits, we’ve closed the editing feature on the map for now. In the meantime, the map includes plenty of stores and places to check out. Hopefully we’ll be able to allow people to add to […]

March 15, 2009

Curiosities: Thug, Libidinal, Linoleum, Limn 0

The Tournament of Books rolls along with a few first round upsets (Congratulations, Sarvas!), but the highlight thus far might be a glimpse of Junot Díaz’s one-of-kind victor’s shirt from last year. Meanwhile, Stop Smiling offers up a Díaz interview. John Leonard’s son compiles a concordance to his father’s vigorous criticism, in which “thug,” “libidinal,” […]

March 10, 2009

Staff Picks: Morrison, Marcom, Lethem, Frankfurt, Binelli, Seidel 2

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many former (and current) booksellers in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. A Mercy by Toni […]

March 7, 2009

Curiosities: Hamsters in Jackets 0

Book lists galore: The Believer announces its annual book award winner, along with the always eclectic reader survey results; Forty of Nick Hornby’s favorite books – he thinks you’ll like at least a few; You may not be able to register for Zadie Smith’s fiction seminar, but you can read the same books. Rushdie considers […]

March 5, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Three) 6

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]

March 4, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Two) 1

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]

March 3, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part One) 7

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the first volume of M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. This 2006 novel was a National Book Award winner and a New York Times Bestseller. However, the literary-industrial complex hasn’t given Anderson the […]

March 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten: February 2009 1

Time again for another installment of one of our newer features, The Millions Top Ten. Check out last month’s introduction for an explanation of how it works. The new list: ThisMonth LastMonth   Title On List 1. – Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 1 month 2. 1. […]

February 28, 2009

Curiosities: Bootleg Translations 1

Rumors of John Cheever’s death? Greatly exaggerated. HarperCollins sets out to test the proposition that there really is no such thing as bad publicity. BHL rips Valkyrie and Tom Cruise. Maud lauds Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women. The New York Public Library names Millions guest contributor Sana Krasikov a finalist for […]

February 23, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids) 4

Betsy recently wrote in with this question: I’m looking for some good non-fiction titles about “People and Places That Interest Us” for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds […]