National Book Award Fiction Longlist Announced

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The National Book Award Foundation announced their Fiction Longlist last night. It’s an exciting list! We were happy to see many staff favorites recognized.

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Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken
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Elizabeth McCracken is one of our own! An Austinite, she holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas and the Associate Director for UT’s New Writers Project. We hosted a big ol’ event to help her launch Thunderstruck. This is the second time she’s been up for a National Book Award; her previous novel, The Giant’s House, was also a finalist for the award.

Julie thoroughly enjoyed this collection: “McCracken explores the unexpected avenues of loss in this absorbing new collection. What I love about McCracken is knowing that the characters I meet on her pages will never be typical. I come again and again to the little girl dressed as Patrick…

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On the Books: Alison Bechdel’s next graphic memoir due in 2017

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Geniuses never rest. Earlier this week, cartoonist Alison Bechdel was selected as a MacArthur genius grant recipient, but she hasn’t wasted any time getting back to work. The author has sold her next graphic memoir, the follow-up to 2006’s Fun Home, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Secret to Superhuman Strength should hit shelves sometime in 2017. [The New York Times]

HarperCollins imprint Ecco plans to release ISIS: The State of Terror, by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, in January 2015. Meanwhile, Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is rushing Jay Sekulow’s 30,000 word e-short—Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, released Monday—to print. Physical copies are due on Oct. 15. [Publishers Weekly]

Ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, authors from the state have weighed in on the issue. J.K. Rowling (Harry…

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I (and my family) Read Banned Books!

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Clip art courtesy of the American Library Association

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

This is the time of year that your librarians are getting ready to school you on the fact that there are many books challenged or banned by the public every year, and some of these attempts are even successful at getting books pulled off the shelves of your favorite library. Public, school and higher ed. libraries will be putting up displays on tables, in cases and on websites alerting users to the annual event,  Banned BooksWeek (September 21-September 27). You may even come across the Library Bill of Rights, which many of you outside the world of librarianship may not even know exists, but which many libraries and librarians ascribe to, which helps in the purchasing of materials, the planning of programs, and is the foundation for this very important week.

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The wonderful thing about the annual Banned Books Week

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No One Writes Utopian Novels Anymore Because Utopian Novels Are Boring

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This morning over at Vulture, Adam Sternbergh wrote about the dystopian novel craze — and the fact that we have, in his words, “hit Peak Dystopia.” True enough — even Lois Lowry says so. He suggests that if we’re burned out on dystopian novels, “there might be an opening for a return to Utopian novels — if such a thing as ‘Utopian novels’ actually existed anymore.” Towards the end of the article, he writes, “increasingly my hunch is that the next Great American Novel, or earth-rattling film, will be a Utopian one. Wouldn’t you love to read a modern Utopian vision by Margaret Atwood? Or Zadie Smith? Or Cory Doctorow?”

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Revenge by Yoko Ogawa and The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke

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The Mussel FeastAugust is Women in Translation month hosted by Biblibio and I have recently read two works of translated fiction written by women which were both shortlisted for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Firstly, there’s ‘The Mussel Feast‘ by Birgit Vanderbeke which is a novella translated from the German by Jamie Bullock and was originally published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The second is ‘Revenge’ by Yoko Ogawa which is a collection of eleven loosely connected short stories translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder.

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Words, Glorious Words

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Over the weekend, our friends at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Oxford Dictionaries Online added some new words to its listings

More than 400 of them, give or take a few.

I always think of Ammon Shea whenever these sorts of announcements happen.

Reading the OED He’s the author ofReading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,710 Pages, an account of the year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary.

“If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on,” writes Ammon Shea in this wonderfully quirky book. “I have read the OED so that you don’t have to.”

Ammon Shea loves words. He also loves dictionaries, and has amassed quite the collection. “By last count, I have about a thousand volumes of dictionaries, thesauri, and assorted glossaries,” he writes, adding, somewhat unbelievably, that he doesn’t view these thousands volumes of dictionaries…

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New Releases – 8/5/14

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Joe’s pick of the day: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
“Lev Grossman’s deconstruction of C.S.Lewis’ mythology reaches its conclusion. Beginning with a sorcerous heist and culminating in an apocalyptic ‘Last Battle,’ new faces are introduced and old friends reappear. Meanwhile new twists on old mysteries are revealed as we see the true origins of Fillory. A fantastic page-turner and a fitting end to Grossman’s loving tribute to the Chronicles of Narnia!”

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn’t realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. As three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets…

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The ‘Outlander’ Books Are Feminism’s Answer to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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The hype surrounding STARZ’s new adaption of Outlander may come from the fact that it’s a new series by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore, or that it stars the Internet’s new crush Sam Heughan, but what you may not know is that Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of historical novels has been around since the early ’90s — and that her take on raunch, romance, and time travel might just be feminism’s answer to Fifty Shades of Grey.

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“At Night” — Franz Kafka

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Mumbai Confidential by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde

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Mumbai Confidential by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde Title: Mumbai Confidential
Author: Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde
Publisher: Inked, Penguin
ISBN: 9780143333357
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 144
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

What better way to depict the dark and gory underworld and cop politics of Mumbai, than through a graphic novel? The underbelly is fantastically done with shades of brown, black and grey. Sometimes it also may happen that some graphic novels fail to convey what they want to, but that is not the case with “Mumbai Confidential” by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde.

The book is set in Mumbai (but of course). It is the story of a cop, rather an ex-cop, Arjun Kadam who had it all going for him, till it all fell apart – both personally and professionally. He is no longer the man he used to be. He is addicted to heroin. He somehow has no will to live. There is the ACP…

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