Funny books recommended by funny writers; mislabeling story collections as novels; poetry and the urban experience; and other news.
National Book Award finalists announced; on women writers’ privacy and author photos; Junot Díaz on the role of the humanities; and other news.
On New Yorker poetry; serial publication and the collaborative writing process; Lena Dunham named spokesperson for Indies First; and other news.
Open Books is "a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books." The store stocks over seventy thousand donated books, including ten thousand kids books. The proceeds of Open Books' used book sales support their literacy programs for students across Chicago. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
Award-winning novelist Marlon James featured on Vanity Fair’s “Daring 25” list; Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans on publishing works in translation; Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life optioned as series; and other news.
Established in 1985, Parnassus Books is located on Stedman Street next to the Chief Johnson Totem Pole. This independent bookstore offers new and used books as well as gifts and local art. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The bookstore is closed on Mondays.
The disappearance of indie bookstores on college campuses; Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and populism; how book clubs help independent bookstores; and other news.
Literary female friendship; Harry Potter exhibit to open next year at the British Library; working at Faber & Faber with T. S. Eliot; and other news.
The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.
Revisiting Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir; Garrison Keillor retires from A Prairie Home Companion; Amazon plans to open fourth physical bookstore in New York City; and other news.