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[The Millions] Milton’s Shakespearean Marginalia
Marginalia is hallowed ground for many readers, and over at the Guardian, Alison Flood writes about a case that brings two great Western writers together. In a discovered copy of Shakespeare’s first folio, researchers found a hand-written annotation by none other than Paradise Lost author John

[Book Forum] National Book Foundation announces nonfiction award nominees; Leslie Jamison on earnestness
The National Book Foundation has announced /lithub.com/here-is-the-2019-longlist-for-the-national-book-award-for-nonfiction/> the nominees for the 2019 nonfiction prize, including Sarah M. Broom’s The

[The Millions] National Book Awards Names 2019 Longlists
Award season is back in full swing! The National Book Foundation spent the week slowly revealing the National Book Award longlists. Established in 1950, the NBAs seek to “celebrate the best writing in America.” Starting on Monday, the 10-title longlists in nonfiction, poetry, young

[Salon Books] Donald Trump and game theory: Expert says no brilliant 3-D chess is involved
NYU game-theory scholar Steven Brams says Trump's unpredictability would work better in poker than in politics

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[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass’
Eisner Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning comics writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Steve Pugh collaborate on Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, a new graphic novel about the teen years of Harleen Quinzel—better known as Harley Quinn—as she wanders the hallways of Gotham City High School. In this

[Book Forum] Kimberly King Parsons on her new story collection; Roy Scranton on narrative in the Anthropocene
Otherppl’s Brad Listi talks to /lithub.com/kimberly-king-parsons-does-great-art-need-to-be-understood/> Kimberly King Parsons about empathy, Texas, and her new story collection, Black Light. “I wasn’t

[Book Forum] Bookforum talks with Tupelo Hassman
Tupelo Hassman’s gods with a little g is out now, and announces its own universe--a town somewhere in California called Rosary. Like most towns, Rosary has its merits, but it has been overrun by

[The Millions] Translation as a Condition of Life: The Millions Interviews Aron Aji
Before I took the translation workshop with Aron Aji at the University of Iowa, I had translated two novels from English to Chinese. Literary translation struck me as hard labor, often times low paying. But Aji’s class turned out to be a life-changing experience for me. When I began translating

[The Millions] Reading with Augmented Reality
Books can open up new worlds to readers, but according to biochemist Michael D. Shaw, we’re missing out when it comes to reading about the grandeur of space. But thanks to advances being made with augmented reality, which provides immersive ways to learn about space, readers can access a much

[The Millions] All Poetry Is Political: The Millions Interviews Olivia Gatwood
Author Olivia Gatwood‘s debut collection of poems, Life of the Party, was a hot ticket at last year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, and was published by Random House last month. In addition to being an accomplished poet both in spoken word and on the page, Gatwood is also a Title IX

[Book Forum] Kirkus Prize finalists announced; Festival Albertine to focus on climate change
Finalists for the 2019 Kirkus Prize have been announced /lithub.com/here-are-the-finalists-for-this-years-50000-kirkus-prize/>. Nominees include Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Colson

[The Millions] The Universe in a Sentence: On Aphorisms
“A fragment ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.” —Friedrich Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragments (1798) “I dream of immense cosmologies, sagas, and epics all reduced to the dimensions of an epigram.” —Italo

[Book Forum] Pleasures of the Text
In 2015, French Tunisian calligraffiti artist eL Seed travelled to Manshiyat Nasr, a ward of Cairo, and created Perception, a large-scale mural and a book project. He was especially inspired by the

[Salon Books] Edward Snowden sued by Trump's DOJ over memoir government "does not want you to read"
Government suing Snowden over publication of new memoir — amazingly, he hadn't submitted manuscript for approval

[Book Forum] Moving On
The problem has to do, as it always does, with language. In When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back, Naja Marie Aidt’s reckoning with the untimely death of her son, Carl, she acknowledges this

[The Millions] Goodnight World-Building
There’s no plot to Goodnight Moon, no characterization, no conflict. Every word written by Margaret Wise Brown and every detail illustrated by Clement Hurd is designed to build the illusion of comfort and stability—much in the same way that Star Wars presents a galaxy of infinite

[Book Forum] Chris Rock writing essay collection; Booker prize committee denies rumors that Margaret Atwood has won 2019 prize
Comedian Chris Rock is writing /www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/books/chris-rock-my-first-black-boyfriend.html> a book. The essay collection, My First Black Boyfriend, will be published in 2020 by Celadon.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Cusk, Barry, Eltahawy, Foer, Klein, Kois, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Rachel Cusk, Kevin Barry, Mona Eltahawy, Jonathan Safran Foer, Naomi Klein, Dan Kois, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Guardian Books Blog] Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is charming, but it is also racist
Winifred Watson’s daffy characters are inclined to cheerful antisemitism, at a time when Nazism was taking over Europe. Can we still enjoy it? In last week’s article on Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I started with a silly but sweet bit of innuendo. It seemed a good way to introduce a book that

[The Millions] Jacqueline Woodson on the Joys of Reading Slowly
We’ve all been guilty of speed reading an article or skimming through headlines, and author Jacqueline Woodson is calling for us to slow down our reading. In a TED talk dedicated to taking the time to appreciate stories, she extols the virtues of slow reading. “Remember that story,

[The Millions] Women Have Always Been at the Center of Upheavals: Amber Tamblyn in Conversation with Janet Fitch
Amber Tamblyn and Janet Fitch first met at a tiki bar in Los Angeles in 2010, when Tamblyn was seeking the movie rights to Fitch’s second novel, Paint It Black, which became Tamblyn’s directorial debut. Since then, the two have had an ongoing conversation about feminism, politics, history,

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] The Time I Opened for Bon Iver: On Allowing Failure to Flourish
Swinging wide the door to The Local Store in Eau Claire, Wisc., it was hard not to feel like a rock star. Not because I am one (What’s the opposite of a rock star?), but because, due to the store’s back-to-back scheduling of events, I was opening for Bon Iver. All right, that’s not entirely

[Book Forum] Edward Snowden's Memoir; Edmund White Receives NBA Lifetime Achievement Award
Edward Snowden’s memoir, Permanent Record, will go on sale on Tuesday. Metropolitan Books, the publisher, has, no surprise, kept the contents of the book very secret, but two critics have managed to

[Salon Books] "These girls became perfect prey": The women who ended Larry Nassar's abuse tell their stories
Salon talks to the author of "The Girls" about the brave women who brought down the Olympic gymnastics doctor

[Guardian Books Blog] After Caroline Calloway: should ghostwriters speak out against their subjects?
Natalie Beach’s tell-all about the controversial influencer wasn’t the first case of a ghost exposing their subject, following Julian Assange and Donald TrumpThirty years after ghostwriting Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz described the experience as like putting lipstick on a

[The Millions] Emily Dickinson, Harvard-Bound
Madeleine Olneck’s new film, Wild Nights with Emily, explores Emily Dickinson’s romance with Susan Gilbert Dickinson, her sister-in-law and neighbor. Olneck was able to use Dickinson’s poems in the film with the permission of Harvard University Press, something that seems strange to Seth

[Book Forum] Ian McEwan announces satirical Brexit novel; Fleishman Is in Trouble being adapted into limited series
Ian McEwan is publishing a new satirical novel /www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/12/ian-mcewan-announces-surprise-brexit-satire-the-cockroach> about Brexit later this month. In The Cockroach, “Jim

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Pittsburgh’ by Frank Santoro
Frank Santoro’s Pittsburgh is an imaginatively rendered graphic memoir that memorializes the lives of the author’s parents and their marriage in 1960s Pittsburgh in an effort to make sense of their breakup. Beautifully illustrated in a style all its own, Pittsburgh is an irresistible, almost




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