The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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It’s Sunday, and, as always, The Rumpus is here to round up some blogs for you.

Stephen King is  waiting a month after the release of his new hardback to start selling an electronic version. Also, the e-book will cost just as much. (via Powell’s)

“I would stand there, a small piece of chalk in one hand, a dilapidated book in the other, lecturing grimy boys with runny noses as they sat on the floor outside my home. Ironically, I was too young to read..” — Ying Compestine on “pretending to be a teacher.”

President President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville just released a book with a glowing forward by Nelson Mandela. This struck some as odd, given that the Congolese president isn’t necessarily a good guy, what with coups and election fraud and all that. Well, it turns out Mandela didn’t write anything of the sort, and boy is he pissed. (via)

Gregory Maguire releases 2500 free copies of his new book and suggests that recipients forward them on when they’re finished. Is our own Stephen Elliott’s idea catching on? (via)

Has nothing good ever come from your sleazy uncle? Now you can use him to win a copy of Nick Cave’s new book.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He’s been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →