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What to read in the dog days of summer; libraries on bikes; a children's book that induces hypnosis; and other news.
by Justin Taylor
The Literary Life
Mia Alvar reads an excerpt from her debut story collection, In the Country, published in June by Knopf.
Legends of the White Lady
If you are beautiful and broke, one place left for you is Asia. Usually when I ran out of money I went to Tokyo—always a face cream or a push-up bra there that could use me. This time, I went to Manila. I’d been there once before, with my roommate Sabine. In cities like these there is a demand for blue eyes and light hair and skin like milk.
Kelly Link reads an excerpt of the story "Light" from her latest collection, Get in Trouble, published in February by Random House.
two men, one raised by wolves
Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks with the editors of five independent presses about the kind of work they look to publish, the relationships they cultivate with their authors, and the balance between publishing traditional work and developing new and innovative ideas for both print and digital literature. Panelists include Abigail Beckel of Rose Metal Press, Robert Giron of Gival Press, Andy Hunter of Black Balloon Publishing, Kimberly Steele of Augury Books, and Kathleen Wheaton of Washington Writers' Publishing House.
Lena Dunham apologizes for memoir controversy; fan fiction’s six-figure publishing deals; “books that inspired the world”; and other news.
Lemony Snicket leads an independent bookstore initiative; Tom Hanks is published in the New Yorker; horror fiction examined; and other news.
Famous writers compose an Exquisite Corpse; a tourist is accidentally locked inside a London bookstore; an essay on taboos and creativity; and other news.
Akashic Books to launch left-leaning sports imprint; Margaret Sullivan weighs in on Amazon-Hachette dispute; U.K. bookstores launch "Super Thursday"; and other news.
National Poetry Day in the U.K., a new James Bond novel in the works; Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree turns fifty; and other news.
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