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[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] Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary, “I must be private, secret, as anonymous and submerged as possible in order to write.” Given the multiple volumes of her diary, letters and memoirs, the outward facts of her life are well-documented, but the priority she gives to the inward life, to what lies

[Book Forum] VIDEO: NBCC Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2018

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: That way
No one at the controls

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Hey Jude by Matthew Sweeney
A wayward grandfather’s advice, this is a joyful freewheel through life’s possibilitiesHey Jude(for little Jude)When you sing your songyou can make it an angry one,and do it so loud the punks climb outof their graves to applaud.Give them your autograph. Related: Matthew Sweeney obituary Continue

[The Millions] PoMo No Mo’: What Virginia Woolf Teaches Us About How to Write Today
In the end, Virginia Woolf went for a walk, filled her pockets with rocks, and waded into the river. After a lifetime of struggling with her mental health, the onset of another depressive episode, in conjunction with the impending war, ultimately defeated her. Since then, women writers across the

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering W.S. Merwin; the Winners of the Windham-Campell Awards
The 2019 Windham-Campell Awards have been announced. Danielle McLaughlin and David Chariandy have won for fiction; Raghu Karnad and Rebecca Solnit for nonfiction; Ishion Hutchinson and Kwame Dawes for poetry; and Young Jean Lee and Patricia Cornelius for drama. Each author will receive $165,000.

[Salon Books] CIA agent turned comics writer Tom King on making art in the era of Trump's "absurdity"
Tom King was a CIA officer in the Middle East after 9/11. Now he's among the most acclaimed comic-book writers

[Salon Books] Hiking 630 miles of English coast, with nothing left to lose
Salon talks to Raynor Winn, author of "The Salt Path," about the life-changing journey she and her husband survived

[The Millions] Scathing ‘New York Times’ Book Reviews
Lolita was panned as “dull, dull, dull,” while Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats was called “as discouraging as a breakfast of cold porridge.” Read some of the harshest New York Times book reviews of literary classics. Of Ulysses, the reviewer declares: “The average

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The college admissions process
Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich

[The Millions] Dear Match Book
In her New York Times column “Match Book,” Nicole Lamy “connects readers with book suggestions based on their questions, their tastes, their literary needs and desires.” Some of those questions, tastes, literary needs and desires are stranger than others. 1.Dear Match Book, I like

[The Millions] Enemy of the State: A Tribute to Jamal Kashoggi
Sitting on the balcony at the Izmir Palace Hotel in Turkey, gazing at the silvery vista, the sky is beginning to lift after a storm. Blackbirds, seagulls, and pigeons swoop down and bicker over a crust of bread. Peaceful and quiet, fishermen cast out their lines. The occasional passerby strolls down

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Édouard Louis and Kerry Hudson: Who Killed My Father?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: There is no predicting
The importance of elsewhere

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: National Book Critics Circle awards announced; David Haskell and Adam Moss talk “New York” magazine
The National Book Critics Circle has announced its 2018 awards. Among the winners are Anna Burns (fiction) for Milkman, Steve Coll (nonfiction) for Directorate S, Zadie Smith (criticism) for Feel Free, and Ada Limon (poetry) for The Carrying. Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air took home the Nona

[The Millions] National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced
The National Book Critics Circle announced its 2019 Award Winners, and the winners of three additional prizes: the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, John Leonard Prize, and Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. The six finalists were selected from 31

[The Millions] Ten Ways to Look at the Color Black
1.One of the most poignant of all passages in English literature occurs in The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman, serially published between the years of 1759 and 1767, when its author Laurence Sterne wrote:

[The Millions] ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ Turns 50
Fifty years after the publication of Ursula K. Le Guin‘s classic work of science fiction The Left Hand of Darkness, and less than one after the author’s death, Charlie Jane Anders writes for the Paris Review about how the book served as “a guidebook to a place I desperately

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The 2020 Democratic primary debate
Democratic candidates must treat each other as honest opponents, not toxic enemies

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Tyler Cross: Angola’ by Fabien Nury and Brüno
In this excerpt from Tyler Cross: Angola, Fabien Nury and Brüno’s 1940s criminal antihero finds himself imprisoned in Louisiana’s notoriously brutal Angola State Prison after an easy insurance scam turns into a doublecross. Tough, taciturn, and relentless, Cross plots his escape, and his

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Valeria Luiselli on Trump’s Border Crisis, Ethical Storytelling & Her Book

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Even filed
Faster than facts

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Man Booker International Prize longlist announced; Alicia Keys writing a memoir
The longlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Nominees include Annie Ernaux’s The Years, Can Xue’s Love in the New Millennium, Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds, and Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. The shortlist will be

[The Millions] Our Politics, Ourselves: The Millions Interviews James Sturm
Americans, young and old, of every race and gender, saw their lives upended in 2016. I’m referring to the at least 800,000 marriages that ended in divorce that year. Many of these divorces were amicable, and in time, everyone involved was better off for them. Others left behind emotional carnage

[Salon Books] Chris Hedges: Democrats may well lose to Trump again, and Bernie Sanders is "naive"
Veteran lefty journalist: The Democratic Party's no better than Trump, but AOC and Ilhan Omar offer real hope

[The Millions] Windham Campbell Prizes Name Recipients for 2019
The Windham-Campbell Prizes announced eight winners today at an event in London. Established in 2013, the prize seeks to “call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” Each recipient is awarded

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Modern-day inequality
Income inequality and belief in meritocracy go hand in hand

[The Millions] Founding, Growing, and Evolving ‘The Millions’
It’s been more than a decade since C. Max Magee started The Millions, then a modest DIY website hosted on Blogspot. Since then, it’s grown to staff over 30 writers and editors and reach millions of readers. In a post that reflects on online publishing’s evolution in the context

[The Millions] Women and Small Publishers Dominate 2019 Man Booker International Prize Longlist
The Man Booker International Prize announced its 2019 longlist today, selecting 13 works of translated fiction from 108 entrants. The prize honors the best translated fiction from around the world and splits the £50,00 prize evenly between authors and translators. This year, the longlist features

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