Slipstream may as well be what we call our bewilderment. ...more
Tags: Ali Smith, beloved, book review, Bruce Sterling, doctor who, genre, gravity's rainbow, gunter grass, Helen Oyeyemi, hysterical realism, Ian McEwan, jonathan russell clark, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joseph Campbell, Karen Thompson Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, magical realist, marlon james, maxwell's demon, metafiction, Midnight Children, philip roth, postmodern, review, salman rushdie, sci-fi, science fiction, Slaughterhouse Five, Slipstream, Stephen King, steven hall, Téa Obreht, The Comfort of Strangers, The Counterlife, the Crying of Lot 49, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Langoliers, The Raw Shark Texts, The Tin Drum, Thomas Pynchon, Tom McCarthy, Toni Morrison
Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her new novel, LIBERTIE.
Tags: African Diaspora, Algonquin, Algonquin Books, beloved, black history, black mothers, black women, Brandon Byrd, Brooklyn, Carrie Howland, Edith Wharton, Ellen Holly, genre, grace paley, Haiti, hilary mantel, historical fiction, homeopathy, Jacmel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Liz Button, Lynn Nottage, Malick W. Ghachem, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, One Life, oral history, Port-au-Prince, Reconstruction, research, slavery, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the age of innocence, Toni Morrison, We Love You Charlie Freeman, Weeksville Heritage Center
Jen Fawkes shares a reading list to celebrate MANNEQUIN AND WIFE.
Tags: angela carter, beloved, Chris Adrian, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Clare Beams, Colson Whitehead, Donna Tartt, Evelyn Waugh, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gob's Grief, Jen Fawkes, Mannequin and Wife, Sarah Rose Etter, The Bloody Chamber, The Book of X, The Illness Lesson, The Intuitionist, The Loved One, The Secret History, Toni Morrison, What to Read When
JD Scott discusses their new story collection, MOONFLOWER, NIGHTSHADE, ALL THE HOURS OF THE DAY.
Tags: american south, beloved, Bible, bodies, Brandon Sanderson, camp, capitalism, Central Florida, Christianity, Crucifixion, dreams, fabulism, florida, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, homophobia, homosexuality, jd scott, Jeff VanderMeer, Jen Cox, Karen Russell, kristen arnett, Lambda Literary, Lambda Literary Retreat, laura van den berg, lauren groff, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize, magic, magical realism, monomyth, Moonflower Nightshade All the Hours of the Day, novella, queer, queer bodies, queer pain, queerness, realism, religion, Sarah Winchester, shopping mall, short fiction, short stories, South, South Florida, Southern Reach, story collection, Toni Morrison, White Supremacy, Winchester Mystery House
Daniel Chacón discusses his new collection, KAFKA IN A SKIRT: STORIES FROM THE WALL®.
Tags: Andres Montoya, beloved, Carmen Giménez Smith, Carolina Ebeid, chicano, Chicanx, Daniel Chacón, Einstein, eneral relativity, Felicia Zamora, Hotel Juarez, identity, Internet, ire’ne lara silva, Kafka in a Skirt, Latin American literature, Latinx, Latinx writers, Martin Luther King Jr., masculinity, Noraya Ccoyure, Physics, Pierre Bourdieau, quantum mechanics, representation, short fiction, short stories, Song of Solomon, story collection, technology, Toni Morrison, toxic masculinity
C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel, HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD.
Tags: Alexandra Chang, American West., beloved, C Pam Zhang, California, Cathy Park Hong, Chelsea Bieker, Days of Distraction, debut novel, debut novels, Eva Jurczyk, family, family secret, gender inequality, gender roles, Godshot, grief, Hilary Leichter, historical fiction, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, Lakewood, lauren groff, Luster, Marilyn Chin, Megan Giddings, Minor Feelings, Raven Leilani, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, shame, siblings, speculative, speculative fiction, temporary, Toni Morrison, violence, white gaze
Chelsea Bieker shares a reading list to celebrate GODSHOT.
Tags: A Life's Work, After Birth, beloved, Brit Bennett, Chelsea Bieker, Cheryl Strayed, Claudia Dey, Domenica Ruta, Elisa Albert, Godshot, Heartbreaker, Janet Fitch, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Michele Filgate, Mother Reader, Mother Winter, Moyra Davey, Rachel Cusk, Sophia Shalmiyev, T Kira Madden, The Mothers, Toni Morrison, What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, What to Read When, White Oleander, Wild, With or Without You
Literacy, you know firsthand, is a tool, is a motivator, is the beat of education. ...more
Tags: Adam Diehl, Atticus Finch, beloved, Boo Radley, canon, class inequality, classroom, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Georgia Regents University, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, Harper Lee, hip-hop, James Baldwin, kanye west, Kendrick Lamar, King of the Hill, lesson plan, literacy, literary canon, Music, one hundred years of solitude, Politics, racial inequality, Sean Enfield, syllabus, teachers, teaching, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Blacker the Berry, To Kill a Mockingbird, To Pimp a Butterfly, Tom Robinson, Toni Morrison, W.E.B. Du Bois
Randon Billings Noble shares a reading list to celebrate BE WITH ME ALWAYS.
Tags: Be with Me Always, beloved, Blankets, Boxers & Saints, Cheryl Strayed, craig thompson, Daphne du Maurier, emily bronte, Eva Saulitis, Gene Luen Yang, Leaving Resurrection, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Cunningham, Mrs. Dalloway, randon billings noble, rebecca, Terry Tempest Williams, The Hours, Tiny Beautiful Things, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, What to Read When, When Women Were Birds, Woman Warrior, wuthering heights
Keah Brown discusses her debut essay collection, THE PRETTY ONE.
Tags: #DisabledandCute, Akwaeke Emezi, Ashley C. Ford, audience, beloved, Casey McQuiston, debut author, debut collection, depression, disability, disabled, essay collection, essays, first book, Fredonia, Freshwater, identity, instagram, Jasmine Guillory, Kate Harlin, Keah brown, pop culture, Red White Royal Blue, representation, Roxane Gay, Sarah Dessen, Social Media, suicidal ideation, The Pretty One, Toni Morrison, trauma, twitter
Governor Madeleine Kunin shares a list of books to celebrate her new memoir, COMING OF AGE.
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, At Seventy, Atul Gwande, Being Mortal, beloved, coming of age, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, Gloria Steinem, James Baldwin, Jill Ker Conway, Joan Didion, John Updike, Katherine Graham, Madeleine Kunin, Madeleine May Kunin, May Sarton, Notes of a Native Son, Of the Farm, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Personal History, The Road from Coorain, the Year of Magical Thinking, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, What to Read When
“If the door doesn’t open, it’s okay to walk away, give your poor head a rest. And try again later.”
Tags: albert camus, beloved, Daphne du Maurier, Debra Jo Immergut, Ecco, Edie Meidav, existentialism, fatalism, Flannery O'Connor, Hitchcock, Ian McEwan, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Life and Fate, Orange Is The New Black, prison, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson, The Captives, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thomas Hardy, Toni Morrison, Vasily Grossman, Washington DC, watergate
Akwaeke Emezi discusses her debut novel,
Freshwater, her public and private identities, and deciding when to translate culture for readers. ...more
Tags: Akwaeke Emezi, beloved, blog, blogging, Brooklyn, Chinelo Okparanta, Chinua Achebe, Christianity, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, first book, Freshwater, goodreads, Igbo, Igoni Barrett, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Nigeria, non-binary, ogbanje, queer, religion, Social Media, spirits, spirituality, suicide, The Unblinding, Things Fall Apart, Toni Morrison, trans, transition, trauma, Visible: Women Writers of Color, women writers, Women Writers of Color
Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.
Tags: 10000 Dresses, A Midwinter Break, A Time to Kill, Alain Deneault, Alice Walker, American Library Association, Andrew Aydin, Angie Thomas, banned books, beloved, Bernard MacLaverty, censorship, Charles Johnson, chris hedges, crank, Daughter of the Forrest, David France, Edward P. Jones, Einstein's Beach House, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Rosenblum, Empire of Illusions, growing, Harper Lee, Heather Has Two Mommies, How to Survive a Plague, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Imperial Canada Inc, In the Night Kitchen, It's Perfectly Normal, Jacob M. Appel, James Joyce, Janet Fitch, John Grisham, John Lewis, Juliet Marillier, Leslea Newman, Life is Funny, Love Comes Later, MARCH series, Marcus Ewert, Margo Lanagan, mariko tamaki, maurice sendak, Maya Angelou, Middle Passage, Mohana Rajakumar, Nate Powell, Nawal El Saadawi, No Choirboy, reading recommendations, Rex Ray, Robie H. Harris, Spencer Folkins, Susan Kuklin, Tender Morsels, the bluest eye, The Color Purple, The Hate U Give, The Known World, This One Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Toni Morrison, Ulysses, What to Read When, White Oleander, Woman at Point Zero
A list of books that wrangle, directly or indirectly, with motherhood and all that comes with it (or its absence).
Tags: A Life's Work, After Birth, Alice Anderson, alison bechdel, Ann Lamott, Are You My Mother, Asha Bandele, beloved, Blood Lyrics, Brenda Shaughnessy, Camille Dungy, Catherine Wagner, celeste ng, Dept. of Speculation, Desiree Cooper, Elisa Albert, Emily Rapp, Everything Is Flammable, Gabrielle Bell, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Offill, Katie Ford, Know the Mother, Landscape with Headless Mama, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Little Fires Everywhere, Little Labors, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Nelson, Meghan O'Rourke, motherhood, mothers, Not for Mothers Only, Once, Operating Instructions, Our Andromeda, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Zucker, reading recommendations, Rebecca Wolff, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines, rivka galchen, Silver Sparrow, Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away, Tayari Jones, The Argonauts, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Still Point of the Turning World, The Woman Next Door, Toni Morrison, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, What to Read When, Yewande Omotoso
The poet Brionne Janae discusses her debut poetry collection
After Jubilee, intergenerational trauma, and writing her way into historical personae. ...more
Tags: After Jubilee, beloved, black mothers, BOAAT Press, BOATT Press, Brionne Janae, Cincinnati, Compton, debut collection, dna, Edward Sutton, Eric Gardner, family, family secret, first book, intergenerational trauma, Jericho Brown, Korryn Gaines, Laura Nelson, Mass Poetry, michael brown, motherhood, Natasha Trethewey, New South, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Orange Country, poetry, police brutality, police violence, rape, Redivider, rhino, sexual assault, slavery, Southern Humanities Review, The Comstock Review, Thrall, Toni Morrison, trauma, Tyree Daye, Women Writers of Color, Yellow Girl
Today, the new series
Anne with an E premieres on Netflix. Here’s a list of books for times when you need a strong female protagonist like Anne Shirley. ...more
Tags: An Untamed State, anne of green gables, Anne Shirley, Barbara Goldsmith, beloved, beryl markham, blackout, Caitlan Moran, elena ferrante, female characters, Han Kang, heroines, how to build a girl, Jade Chang, Janni Fagan, Jo March, Lidia Yuknavitch, little women, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Marisha Pessl, Octavia Butler Tarayi Jones, Roxane Gay, Sarah Hepola, Silver Sparrow, Special Topics in Calamity Physic, strong female characters, The Book of Joan, The Neopolitan Novels, The Panopticon, The Vegetarian, The Wangs Versus the World, Toni Morrison, victoria woodhull, What to Read When
None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, Alice Walker, american south, Baduizm, beloved, beyonce, Chloe Bailey, cornrows, Deep South, destiny's child, eric garner, Erykah Badu, Halley Bailey, Ibeyi, Jourdan Dunn, Lemonade, Mama's Gun, michael brown, nineties, pop music, Southern, Terryn Hall, The Color Purple, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, warsan shire, Wendy Williams, women of color, Zendaya
Swati Khurana talks to the author of
The Pathless Sky, a love story centered around place, the state’s authority, statelessness, and geology. ...more
Tags: activism, Americanah, Annals of the Former World, Annie Dillard, Another Country, Austin, beloved, Chaitali Sen, Chinelo Okparanta, citizenship, Colson Whitehead, Cornell, Edward P. Jones, geology, home, immigration, India, Indian-American writers, Jaishri Abichandani, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, John Henry Days, John McPhee, love story, Memoirs of an Unrepentant Field Geologist, MFA, New York City, Peter Carey, place, refugee crisis, Richard Fortey, setting, Swati Khurana, The Known World, The Maytrees, The Pathless Sky, Toni Morrison, Under the Udala Trees, writing about place
I’ve been drawn to Morrison lately because I’ve been thinking about historical and social wakes as I’ve felt the swaying of the ones I’m in. ...more
The rapid rise of “trigger warnings” is starting to impact literature curriculums. For instance, Columbia University students lobbied to include warnings on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a core text in Western Literature syllabi. Columbia refused to include warnings, but essentially capitulated by expunging the text from its curriculum entirely. Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita were […]
Tags: academics, beloved, canon, Columbia University, literature, Lolita, metamorphoses, Nabokov, politico, Toni Morrison, trigger warnings
Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her latest book,
The Small Backs of Children, war, art, the chaos of experience, and that photograph of the vulture stalking the dying child in the Sudan that won the Pulitzer Prize. ...more
Tags: A Clockwork Orange, Alden Jones, Almanac of the Dead, anti-memoir, Artist, artist life, Bastard Out of Carolina, beloved, body, brutality, cult fiction, de kooning, Dora: A Headcase, Eastern Europe, Empire of the Senseless, fc2, Game of Thrones, Harper, Hawthorne Books, human trafficking, identity, Kevin Carter, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lithuania, mad men, memoir, multiple resolutions, Napalm Girl, Nick Ut, plot, Russia, singularity, Slaughterhouse Five, Steve McCurry, Sudan, The Chronology of Water, The Lover, The Small Backs of Children, The Things They Carried, Trainspotting, war, Zazen
What does Beloved have in common with The Hunger Games? How is the biopic Milk like Gone with the Wind? According to Amit Majmudar, they’re all variants of “the martyr story.” For the Kenyon Review blog, Majmudar explains our continued fascination with watching people be oppressed.