“I once ate a mushroom in New Zealand,” I tell people, “though I had no idea if it was edible.” ...more
It’s true that when I speak of machines I also mean dimensions. ...more
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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It comes down to this: I feel the need to prove I belong here. ...more
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Kapka Kassabova discusses her latest book, TO THE LAKE.
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If literature functions as a mirror of the world, why was it that some of us weren’t being reflected at all? ...more
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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
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Texas bookstores hold their own Independent Bookstore Day. Dissident Hong Kong bookstore owner threatened by the Chinese government is attempting to open a bookstore in Taiwan.
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“I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing these words to myself. That’s what these songs are: a confession to my future and past self.” So Nadia Reid introduces her sophomore album Preservation, out now on new British label […]
I first met Maggie Shipstead in 2011 when she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She had not yet published her first novel, Seating Arrangements, which would later become a New York Times bestseller, but even then the magnitude of her ambition, shrewdness, and intellectual generosity was evident. After her first book debuted in […]
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Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.
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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]
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Robert Glancy discusses his sophomore novel,
Please Do Not Disturb, growing up under a dictatorship, borrowing and stealing from reality, and his love of proverbs. ...more
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Poet Terese Svoboda talks about her biography of the socialist-anarchist firebrand and modernist poet Lola Ridge,
Anything That Burns You, and remembers a time when the political was printed in newspapers. ...more
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Melissa Gira Grant talks sex workers’ rights, labor politics, the novelty of women’s sexuality, and her book,
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. ...more
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Last week, New Zealand banned the novel Into the River, the country’s first ban in over twenty years. The country’s Film and Literature Board of Review banned the sale and distribution of the award winning book. Now, Don Mathieson, president of the agency, has spoken out to defend the decision, claiming the ban was in the […]
The famed Parisian English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company is set to open a cafe. The shop is partnering with New York restauranteur Marc Grossman, the man responsible for introducing juice cleansing to Paris. The Alabama Booksmith sells only signed copies. Atlas Obscura checks in with remote bookstore that values its out of the way location. […]
New Zealand, an otherwise seemingly modern nation, has just banned a book. Ted Dawe’s Into the River was banned this week in the island nation where it is now a crime to supply, display, or distribute the book with fines starting at $3,000. In 2013, the New Zealand Post named Into the River the Book of the […]
Moving to the US as a person of color isn’t easy, even when you do everything completely above-board, come from a nation friendly with the US, and arrive with a respectable family in tow. Toni Nealie discusses her experience coming to America from New Zealand in an essay for Guernica: My iris is captured in a […]