- REVIEW: 'Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,' by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Friday - 09/19/2014 - 02:47 PM
FICTION: A marvelous depiction of friendship, sexual relations and class struggle reflected in the lives of two independent women in 1970s Italy.
- ‘Neverhome,’ by Laird Hunt
New York Times: Books, Friday - 09/19/2014 - 11:53 AM
Disguised as a man, Laird Hunt’s heroine joins the Union Army.
- John Lahr: By the Book
New York Times: Books, Thursday - 09/18/2014 - 10:00 AM
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”
- ‘Edge of Eternity,’ the final installment in Ken Follett’s sweeping trilogy
Washington Post, Wednesday - 09/17/2014 - 04:47 PM
“Edge of Eternity,” the latest from best-selling author Ken Follett, is the final volume in a series of doorstops called “The Century Trilogy.” As the title implies, these books examine, from a variety of fictional perspectives, the central events of the 20th century. Read full article >>
- Review: ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride
Washington Post, Wednesday - 09/17/2014 - 02:47 PM
Americans finally have a chance to see what all the fuss is about over Eimear McBride’s “A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.” Its success has the makings of a minor literary legend. The Irish writer’s debut novel languished for nine years without a publisher until it was finally released last year by a tiny new press in Norwich, England: Gallery Beggar, “a company specifically set-up to act as a sponsor to writers who have struggled to either find or retain a publisher.” Soaring from that humble beginning, “A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing” went on to win the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize — about $100,000 in prize money.
- Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 09/17/2014 - 11:11 AM
A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.
- Poetry longlist for the National Book Award
Washington Post, Tuesday - 09/16/2014 - 10:47 PM
“Gabriel” (Knopf), Edward Hirsch’s devastating elegy for his son, who died at the age of 22, is among the books on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award in Poetry. One of the most celebrated poets in the country, Hirsch wrote the popular “Poet’s Choice” column in The Washington Post in the early 2000s.
- New York Times bestsellers
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Tuesday - 09/16/2014 - 02:09 PM
- Narrative magazine keeps evolving
Washington Post, Tuesday - 09/16/2014 - 08:47 AM
Eleven years ago, back in the Cretaceous Era of the Internet, an online magazine called Narrative crawled out of the primordial soup of the Web. Despite its strikingly disadvantageous traits, this free, nonprofit Web zine has survived — and even thrived. Instead of photo galleries of Justin Beiber licking a baby panda, Narrative offers poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, short stories and even long stories.
- Books: Art Entangled in Nature
New York Times: Books, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 07:20 PM
The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.
- ArtsBeat: Philadelphia Museum Losing Its Maurice Sendak Collection
New York Times: Books, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 01:06 PM
The Rosenbach Museum and Library will send thousands of Sendak items to Connecticut, where a Sendak museum is planned.
- Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly
New York Times: Books, Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 11:51 PM
Digital publishers have gotten better at creating e-books that preserve a poet’s meticulous formatting, but some writers are still leery of surrendering their work to the digital realm.