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April 21, 2017

The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist 0

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Six titles make the Man Booker International Prize Shortlist.

April 20, 2017

2017 Albertine Prize Finalists Announced 0

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Three finalists have been named for this year’s $10,000 Albertine Prize: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal, and Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine. Voting is open until Sunday, April 30th. Also, you can read more about Volodine’s work courtesy of Grant Munroe.

April 20, 2017

The Sexless Idiot 0

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At a time when sex is the starting point rather than the goal of most romantic relationships, we don’t have a rich phrasebook for understanding why two seemingly interested people fail at step one.

April 19, 2017

Hemingway Double Shot 0

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Got a couple thousand bucks lying around? You can place a bid on one of Ernest Hemingway’s love letters. Or, for a more modest price of “free,” you can read Tim Weed’s rumination entitled “Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in Havana.”

April 19, 2017

The Video Word Made Flesh: ‘Videodrome’ and Marshall McLuhan 1

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Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s classic 1983 film, is perfect viewing for 2017 — the year a man baptized by television becomes president.

April 18, 2017

The 2017 BTBA Finalists for Fiction and Poetry 0

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Behold the finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards.

April 18, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Yuknavitch; Radtke; Baume; Joaquin; Statovci 0

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Out this week: The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch; Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke; A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume; The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin; and My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

April 18, 2017

The Afterlife of F. Scott Fitzgerald 2

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Fitzgerald found a way for his death to give Tycoon, a necessarily fragmented tale of loss, a more moving outcome than anything he might dream up.

April 17, 2017

“Brutalised Africans made Glasgow” 0

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Amidst increasing calls to “memorialize slavery’s ties with Glasgow in a more sensitive way,” Scottish poet Kate Tough recently published a tribute poem, “People Made Glasgow.” Tough calls on the city to install a permanent slavery exhibit, a memorial garden, or new street names as well.

April 17, 2017

“Dolly Parton’s song roars with need / And envy.” 0

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The University of Tennessee will offer history students a seminar on Dolly Parton’s life, so this is as good a time as any to revisit Sherman Alexie’s poem, “Ode to Jolene.”