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Monday’s Margins: Jennifer Egan Wins Tournament of Books

It’s been almost a year. We’re happy to be back.A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan just won The Morning News 2011 Tournament of Books, edging Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.HTMLGIANT asks: Is David Foster Wallace the American Roberto Bolano?This Saturday, April 9th is Dzanc Day, aka National Workshop Day.On Identity Theory: we posted a […]

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The Man Nobody Knows

Having watched two full seasons of Mad Men on DVD this month, I’ve had old-school advertising on the brain pretty much nonstop lately. Season two of the hit AMC drama about Madison Avenue frequently intersects the Catholic Church with the advertising industry, which got me thinking about the role of consumer culture in the perception […]

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Lit and Writing Links of Marginal Interest, 9-3-09

The PEN American Center announced its Beyond Margins Award winners.Lorrie Moore has a new book out. Here’s an old interview with her from The Believer.Gretchen Rubin offers 13 Tips For Actually Getting Some Writing Done.The Positivity Blog reveals Ernest Hemingway’s Top 9 Words of Wisdom.For those of you suffering from writer’s block, Writer’s Digest has […]

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Picture Books.

Are today’s students required, when they make bad choices at school, to copy pages out of the dictionary? This question assumes, of course, that schools continue to make use of dictionaries in their paper form at all. Apparently, school libraries have been shrinking in size since 1995, and why would these embattled librarians choose actual […]

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Bad Writing.

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Random literary links

Over at Fictionaut’s Blog, they have started a new series featuring places where writers write. The lovely Lauren Cerand is the most recent writer to be featured.Speaking of Lauren, you can see her talk and many other publishing professionals/authors over at Book Expo America’s Blip website. Lots of good stuff there, including a conversation between […]

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Monday’s Margins: A review of another Brian Evenson story.

Ed. note: Blake Butler has been reviewing stories from Brian Evenson’s forthcoming story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press, July) at his website. He agreed to let us share two of them with you here. This review is for the story “Dread.” ‘Dread’ – the fifth story in the collection – is immediately different than […]

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Monday’s Margins: A review of a Brian Evenson story.

Ed. note: Blake Butler has been reviewing stories from Brian Evenson’s forthcoming story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press, July) at his website. He agreed to let us share two of them with you here. This review is for the story “Invisible Box.”  Another story will be reviewed next Monday.At four pages, this is the […]

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Monday’s Margins: The I’m So Tired from BEA I Don’t Know What I’m Typing Version

I got back today from a wonderful weekend at Book Expo America, held this year at the Javits Center in New York City. In honor of that, I present you with links to mostly Book Expo stuff, and some literary news. Watch my own blog for a more personalized recap in the next couple of […]

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Obama: literate

President, Mrs. Obama To Be Honorary Chairs of National Book Festival Ninth Annual Event on Sept. 26 Will Draw Book-Lovers to the National Mall (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 26, 2009 — President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2009 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library […]

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Monday’s Margins: Really brief Memorial Day edition.

… There’s an iPhone app on the way for Bookmooch.… The Fictionaut blog has started a “Rediscovered Reading” series. First up: Father Must by Rick Rofihe.… Real or hoax, I love it (and would love to see it copied everywhere): high school student opens his own lending library, of banned books, in his locker. Nice!

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Monday’s Margins: Ha Jin, Paul Auster, a new e-book reader, and tools for readers and writers.

… The Granta summer fiction issue is available for purchase; it has Banville, an excerpt from Paul Auster’s forthcoming novel Invisible, and a new Ha Jin story, which you can also read here.… Another entry in the e-book reader market: the COOL-ER. Their store has over 750,000 titles, their device will accept various formats. It […]

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Monday’s Margins: Jeanette Winterson, Italo Calvino, The Critical Flame, and more

Better later in the day than never…Jeanette Winterson writing about Italo Calvino makes me very, very happy. Two of my all-time favorite authors.There’s a new journal of literature and culture called THE CRITICAL FLAME. (Via Conversational Reading).I want to read Matthew Pearl’s The Last Dickens after hearing his recent interview on NPR. Here I thought […]

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Monday’s Margins: Short stories, end of Sentences, value of writing, end of deep reading.

Short Story Month is in full effect. Wyatt Mason is closing up shop at Sentences and moving on to other matters. Look through the archives for lots of good material.In other countries, when the manuscripts of a treasured author are transported to a permanent archive, it is done under a veil of secrecy. Here, eh, […]

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Monday’s Margins: An audio/visual book club, Evenson online, "Gilead" and the left, reference books, swine flu, and eARCs.

The Onion’s AV Club has started an online book discussion group. Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love is the first book up for chatting.A new online lit magazine, Wag’s Revue, has a Brian Evenson story for your enjoyment. Evenson (The Open Curtain) has two new books right now: the detective/noir/gothic/psychotic Last Days and the short story collection […]

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