John Rechy, a prophet of liberation
Friday, October 19, 2018
It’s a hot fall day. The bright blue sky, cloudless and indifferent, holds an air of volatility, as if the whole city is on edge, waiting for something terrifying and brilliant to happen. I have come to the home of author John Rechy. He lives at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet section of Encin... .. read more..

'Heavy' by Kiese Laymon may be the most important memoir you read this year
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
“At our house,” writes Kiese Laymon — recalling a Mississippi childhood in a startling, essential new memoir, “Heavy” — “there was no pantry. There was hardly any food other than spoiled pimento cheese, the backs of molded wheat bread, a half-empty box of wine, and swollen green olives.” When he... .. read more..

Carmen Maria Machado's unusual 'Her Body and Other Parties' headed to the sma...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Carmen Maria Machado's short story collection, "Her Body and Other Parties," which offers a feminist take on horror and fantasy, is being developed as a television series by the FX network. Machado's 2017 collection was one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of the year. It won the National... .. read more..

'It’s nice to feel I’m solvent. That’s a huge gift': Anna Burns on her life-c...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The author was in terrible pain and couldn’t afford to feed herself when she wrote her novel Milkman. She talks about growing up during the Troubles – and her ‘dreamlike’ success Winning the Man Booker prize is clearly a life-changing event, but never more so than in the case of Tuesday night’s s... .. read more..

Five books to understand Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Ian Black picks five books that get inside the secretive kingdom Understanding Saudi Arabia has never been easy: leaks, rumours and official denials surrounding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are a grim reminder of a noto... .. read more..

Anna Burns's Booker prize win and poet Kate Tempest – books podcast
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Milkman delivers the 2018 Man Booker prize, while we listen in as a poet discusses the lyric art with her editor This week saw Anna Burns crowned as winner of the 2018 Man Booker prize . We discuss how Milkman speaks to us in the era of Brexit and #MeToo, despite its setting in 1970s Northern Ire... .. read more..

Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat “Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “ Kaffi og kleina ” – in the... .. read more..

10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
This comprehensive examination of America’s 40th president represents presidential biography at its best. Noted biographer Bob Spitz (previous subjects have included The Beatles and Julia Child) resea... .. read more..

Hell Yeah! 'Lucifer' Is Bringing the Heat Back to Comic Books (VIDEO)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
We know it's been hell waiting for Lucifer to rise again on Netflix, but hopefully this will help fans pass the time before Tom Ellis blesses us with his newly-jacked self on screen. On stands today i... .. read more..

New Science Fiction and Fantasy Publisher Founded by Former Tor Books Editor
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The world of literary speculative fiction just got a little bit bigger with the news that former Tor Books editor Liz Gorinsky has founded Erewhon Books, a new prose publishing company focused on scie... .. read more..

USGA, R&A settle on changes to green-reading books, slightly scaling back pro...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
When the USGA and R&A announced their planned action to restrict the viability -- and therefore, the usage -- of green-reading books, the biggest initial concern was regarding enforcement. .. read more..

Robin Ince's top 10 books about the human condition
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
From Douglas Adams to Oliver Sacks, the standup comedian reveals some of the writers that have helped him try to work out what makes us tick Most of my standup shows, whether about the behaviour of the bonobo ape or my addiction to celebrity narrowboat TV shows, are really me trying to work out w... .. read more..

The 10 Best Books on Productivity, According to People Who Get Things Done
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Welcome to Reading Lists, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party companion) in hyperspecific or newsworthy topics, from mi... .. read more..

Nine Pints by Rose George review – all about blood
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
From leeches and quackery to scandal and superstition … an absorbing investigation into blood Nine pints, give or take. That’s how much blood you have, surging in time to “the old brag”, as Sylvia Plath put it, of your heart. Although for Rose George in the opening scene of this book, it’s eight,... .. read more..

This startup is the 'Netflix for books,' with unlimited access to a huge libr...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Scribd's mission is "to change the way the world reads," but its CEO Trip Adler says that mission came about by chance. "We kind of got into books a little bit accidentally," Adler told us. Initially, ... .. read more..

6 Seriously Scary Horror Books to Read For Halloween
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Our friends at Kensington Books have six novels that will keep you up at night and get you fully in the mood for Halloween. If you’re the brave sort who enjoys serious chills and terrifying thrills, r... .. read more..

Friends of Rochester Hills Library go Bowling for Books!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Friends of the Library bowl for books; you can, too! Remember bowling as a kid, an adult or in a league? Remember how much fun it was sharing a day or night at the lanes with friends, family or co ... .. read more..

Our Editors Pick the Best Audible Books
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Between testing technology, writing stories, and busy social lives PCMag editors don't always have a lot of time to sit down to read books. Luckily, since we're based in New York City, the MTA gives u... .. read more..

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami review – a rambling voyage of discovery
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Paintings become magic portals in this digressive, beguiling novel about an artist in flight from himself Anyone who has ever stared for hours at a blank laptop screen or surfed a deadline on to the rocks would be forgiven for feeling aggrieved by the serene, steady progress of Haruki Murakami. W... .. read more..

For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
LOS ANGELES — Even at age 88, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. Early last week, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood’s legendary Golden Apple Comics. But they w... .. read more..

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Books for Better Sex and Better Relationships
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Having recently found myself single again, I approached the latest crop of books on sex and relationships with more than scholarly interest. Anything new happen while I’ve been on ice for the past 25 ... .. read more..

Man Booker goes to Anna Burns' 'Milkman,' an innovative novel set during Irel...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Anna Burns won the Man Booker Prize for her novel "Milkman" on Tuesday, becoming the first author from Northern Ireland to win the award, one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for fiction. She is the first author from the United Kingdom to win the prize since 2012. "Milkman," Burns' fourth... .. read more..

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on the difficult queer '90s Boston of her novel '...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
“I think about how sometimes I feel so lonely talking to the people I love, and sometimes I feel so lonely talking to the people I hate,” thinks Alexa, the young, queer narrator of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new novel. “And sometimes I just feel so lonely.” “Sketchtasy,” published today by Ars... .. read more..

How The Lonely Londoners extends the novel's language
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
By integrating Caribbean dialect into his narrative, Sam Selvon takes the English novel a step beyond even Dickens The Lonely Londoners is a milestone in English literature. Or at least, it is if we are to believe its author Sam Selvon. He wrote in an essay in 1973: I think I can say without a tr... .. read more..

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