The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


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 appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →