Posts by: Brian Hurley

Help Small Presses Live to Fight Another Day

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What if you could spend a little bit of money to make sure that your favorite books from independent publishers, like Coffee House Press, Dorothy, and Copper Canyon Press, turn up at your local bookstore? Small Press Distribution, the tiny nonprofit that makes sure your favorite indie books are stocked on store shelves, is holding a […]

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Oakland Book Festival 2016: Read, Debate, Celebrate!

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Seven hours. Sixty events. Two hundred writers. That’s what you’ll find at the Oakland Book Festival this Sunday, May 22. Michael Eric Dyson will be there. So will Mary Roach, Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau, and Larissa MacFarquhar, to name just a few. They’ll be talking about labor movements, immigration, drug trafficking, altruism, censorship, prisons, restorative justice, […]

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Make America Read Again

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What if you could spend a little bit of money to make sure that your favorite books from independent publishers—like Coffee House Press, Nouvella, Copper Canyon, Dorothy, and City Lights—turn up at your local bookstore? Small Press Distribution, the tiny non-profit that makes sure your favorite indie books are stocked on store shelves, is holding a […]

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Video on Demand

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How many times have we been told that digital technology will fundamentally alter the way we interact with text? There was hypertext fiction, which added hyperlinks so you could choose your own path through a story. Pfft. There was the enhanced e-book, which was like a regular e-book except it might decide to play audio […]

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Brit Wits

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The sun never sets on the literature of the British Empire, does it? Last year the estate of P. G. Wodehouse gave its blessing to Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, a new installment in the beloved series, written 40 years after the author’s death. The extensive works of Kingsley Amis are being reissued in handsome paperback […]

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Oakland Is The New Everything

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The lineup for the first annual Oakland Book Festival has just been announced. But you don’t have to wait until the festival—on May 31st—to put on a tweed jacket and tell your favorite Jack London story on Telegraph Avenue. On Thursday, April 30th, Greil Marcus and Justin Desmangles (of the Before Columbus Foundation) will hold […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Robert Repino

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Robert Repino talks about his debut novel, Mort(e), the publishing industry, science fiction and literary fiction, writing about religion, and how to write about complex chemical ant languages.

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Strange Things Have Happened Here

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People of the Bay Area! Come to 826 Valencia on Sunday night at 6 p.m. for a good old-fashioned Rumpus shindig, featuring writers from the USA, Russia, and Iran. Details are here. With free drinks! Also, it is entirely possible that I will be sitting at a table in the back with a typewriter, offering […]

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