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[The Millions] What to Do After Decades of Teaching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Wrong?
My English department colleagues and I can spend a whole lunch break making fun of To Kill a Mockingbird. A literary roast punctuated by sarcastic regurgitations of Atticus Finch’s sanctimonious advice. Just, you know, take a walk in her shoes, dude, I might sneer, interrupting a teacher’s

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Fatima Farheen Mirza on "A Place For Us: A Novel" at the 2018 Miami Book Fair

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: So much more
Moments that define

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Adam Moss leaving “New York” magazine
After fifteen years, Adam Moss is stepping down from his role as editor in chief of New York magazine, the New York Times reports. “I’ve been going full throttle for 40 years; I want to see what my life is like with less ambition,” Moss told the paper. “I’m older than the staff. I’m

[Guardian Books Blog] Meet Bougie London Literary Woman: the bookish parody delighting Twitter
The pretentious bibliomane’s highfalutin tweets have won thousands of fans – now her creators share how they ‘channel an extremely rarefied spirit’She’s the woman who has set Lit Twitter alight, or – as the Guardian can exclusively reveal! – the women who have. The Bougie London

[The Millions] Why “Self-Promotion” Is Bullshit
The first time I ever heard the hyphenated word “self-promotion” uttered as something writers do, I was an MFA student. Seemingly every editor, author, or agent who spoke on a panel about “the publishing industry” came to tell us amateurs we had to build a platform and learn

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Liberalism in theory and practice
The many lives of liberalism

[Salon Books] Tommy Tomlinson's book about losing weight is really about "the things that haunted me"
"I was afraid of what writing about that would mean, of the emotional depths that I would have to go to"

[The Millions] We Learn to Live: Featured Poetry by Andrés Cerpa
We’re thrilled to begin a new series of poetry excerpts at The Millions. These poems come from selected new books that appear in our monthly must-read poetry column. Our first poem is from Andrés Cerpa’s heartbreaking debut collection, Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy. Like many other

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Reniqua Allen | It Was All A Dream

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Real effects
It’ll take more than research

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Leslie Jamison on longing; Hannah Sullivan wins T. S. Eliot Prize
In an exclusive essay at Entertainment Weekly, Leslie Jamison details the origins of her new book on obsession and longing, Make It Scream, Make It Burn. “At first, I thought this collection was about the connection between desire and distance, about being obsessed with what we can’t fully

[Guardian Books Blog] Good Omens isn't funny? That's hilarious
Some early critics of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel said it was short of good lines. But we could spend all day citing prize zingers …Next year, Good Omens turns 30. In those three decades, it has sold millions of copies around the world and been adapted for radio. Terry Gilliam once

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Little Monsters
Kristen Roupenian’s real-world fables

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Lipsyte; Hadley; Ghaffari; Vijay; Power; Roupenian; Korneliussen; Walker; Ullmann; Kenney; Conley; Bowman; Jonasson; Downing
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Sam Lipsyte, Niviaq Korneliussen, Kristen Roupenian, Tessa Hadley, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The longest government shutdown in US history
It’s crisis-declaring time

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with A. S. Hamrah
With his collection The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002—2018(n+1 Books, 2018), A. S. Hamrah joins the ranks of Manny Farber, Serge Daney, Renata Adler and other masters in the art of passionately caring about the cinema without buying into its illusions.

[The Millions] We’re Hiring: The Millions Needs a Social Media Editor
The Millions is hiring a paid part-time social media editor. This person will helm our Twitter feed and Facebook page, and help shape the social media presence of the site. This is an exciting opportunity to get in front of a laundry list of influential, brilliant folks in publishing, media, and

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Patrick deWitt | eh List

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How and why
This is not the outcome

[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

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Why the swan by Andrew Lambeth
The writer discovers in this familiar but enigmatic creature an elusive emblemWhy the swanBecause the swan floatsup close. Continue reading...

[The Millions] How to Buy a Used Car During A Wildfire
I am staying at my mother’s house. California is on fire. My children and I live in a tent in the woods. There is no way to keep the smoke from the wildfires at bay, no matter how much we stretch the canvas door, the buckles snapping shut, threatening to pinch little fingers. The tipi is

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Cory Doctorow lambastes legal threats to his tech blog
The Guardian is spotlighting the “hottest-tipped” debut novelists of 2019. New Yorker writer Ken Auletta is writing a biography of Harvey Weinstein, and has sold the rights to Penguin Press. Tech journalist and sci-fi author Cory Doctorow recently wrote on his blog Boing Boing about Bird, a

[Salon Books] Timothy Snyder on the shutdown showdown: Donald Trump is the national emergency
Yale historian on Donald Trump's next play: Replace democracy with "a regime in a permanent state of emergency"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Shutdown crisis
How Trump could use a national emergency to get his border wall

[The Millions] France as Told by Two
Two books by two important French writers appear simultaneously in the English language. Furthermore, both volumes take up French history of the last 50 years, with a focus on growing self-awareness of the working class in France. Annie Ernaux is a prominent French writer, known for her memoirs A

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Heather Havrilesky on "What if this Were Enough?" at the 2018 Miami Book Fair

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: After all
Real, rare, and poorly understood

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Linn Ullman on anecdotes; A new chapter for The Millions
Vulture’s Kat Rosenfield reflects on The Millions, an indie book blog that was recently sold to Publishers Weekly. Although the website has no plans to change its mission or content, “there’s a consensus among readers, writers, publishers, and critics that something has ended,” Rosenfield




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