James Tate Hill discusses his new memoir, BLIND MAN’S BLUFF.
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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An exclusive look at the cover of Joy Castro’s forthcoming novel, FLIGHT RISK.
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Lauren Oyler discusses her debut novel, FAKE ACCOUNTS.
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Wymer is grappling with survival, with the cost of the duplicity of identity. ...more
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Emma Copley Eisenberg discusses THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL.
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In The Queer Syllabus, writers nominate works for a new canon of queer literature.
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The emblem, not the animal, mattered. We swatted mosquitoes, made no pilgrimages to Vermont to see bears and moose. I wanted to get as close as possible to my potential animal totem. ...more
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Eighty years ago, Wash Jones appeared as a minor character in William Faulkner’s masterpiece on American identity and self-invention, Absalom, Absalom! From a craft perspective Jones was put in for a purpose: to demonstrate the role that white working-class men played in maintaining white supremacy among the wealthiest people in America before the Civil War, […]
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Jonathan Corcoran discusses his debut collection
The Rope Swing, Appalachian writing communities, getting disowned by his family for coming out, and his father’s death. ...more
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Livraria Folha Seca in Rio de Janeiro was told that a sign about two-time medalist Adhemar Ferreira Silva, who passed away in 2001, violated the Olympic Committee’s advertising policies. Reuters attempts to answer why millennials love buying books. Inmates from Two Bridges Jail are helping the Wiscasset, Maine public library build bookshelves for a used bookstore.
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For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence. ...more
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Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government. A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism. Customers nostalgic for Borders bookstores need only to head […]
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Michael J. Gaynor visits Green Bank, the West Virginian town without wi-fi: In Green Bank, you can’t make a call on your cell phone, and you can’t text on it, either. Wireless internet is outlawed, as is Bluetooth. It’s a premodern place by design, devoid of the gadgets and technologies that define life today. And […]
Stories fail if you only read them once. You’ve got to meet a story again and again, in different moods, at different eras of your life. ...more
Jaimy Gordon’s National Book Award-winning novel conveys the hard-knock world of horseracing in a style reminiscent of Walker Percy and Mark Twain.