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October 19, 2016

The Great Silence 0

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“I and my fellow parrots are right here. Why aren’t they interested in listening to our voices?” New short fiction from Ted Chiang over at Electric Literature (and introduced by Year in Reading alum Karen Jay Fowler)! Pair with our encyclopedic survey of primate lit.

October 19, 2016

We Can Get Behind This 0

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We would be remiss not to mention this new ‘Fifty Shades of Muppet’ trailer. Pair with our own essay on literary predecessors in published fan fiction.

October 19, 2016

The Library Is Dead. Long Live the Library! 6

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Properly maintained public libraries empower minority communities by providing access to modern technologies and the training to use these technologies.

October 19, 2016

The Legacy of Margaret Sanger: On Sabrina Jones’s ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ 1

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When we consider “life-changing” advances we tend to think of things like electricity or automobiles. Birth control never makes the list. But the ability for women to take a pill and choose when or whether to get pregnant is revolutionary.

October 18, 2016

A Place to Find Shelter: Donald Quist’s ‘Harbors’ 0

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Quist always has his feet firmly planted in multiple homelands: Maryland and South Carolina, U.S. and Thailand, the double consciousness of being both black and American.

October 18, 2016

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin 0

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“To talk to Le Guin is to encounter alternatives. At her house, the writer is present, but so is Le Guin the mother of three, the faculty wife: the woman writing fantasy in tandem with her daily life.” The New Yorker dedicates a long profile to Ursula K. Le Guin. Pair with our interview with the prolific […]

October 18, 2016

A Worthy Prize 0

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The New York Public Library has named five finalists for its inaugural Harriet Tubman prize, which recognizes non-fiction books that explore the topic of slavery. You may also want to revisit our own Edan Lepucki‘s essay from a few years back on slavery in fiction.

October 18, 2016

Blood Roots 0

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“[W]e are and we are not who our blood roots predetermine us to be.” Over at Electric Literature, Sion Dayson talks with our own Sonya Chung about race, writing, and her new novel, The Loved Ones, which is one of the books we’re most excited to read this month.

October 18, 2016

Five Novels I Won’t Write 12

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Alas, I have only one life, and one voice, and only three days of childcare a week to write.

October 18, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Lethem; Lasdun; Khalifa; Prose; Correa; Macy; Hajdu; Chung 0

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New this week: A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem; The Fall Guy by James Lasdun; No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa; Mister Monkey by Francine Prose; The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa; Truevine by Beth Macy; Love for Sale by David Hajdu; and The Loved Ones by our own Sonya Chung. For more on these and other new titles, […]