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Parkland survivors working on book; Jhumpa Lahiri on translating Domenico Starnone

Jhumpa Lahiri

Parkland shooting survivors and siblings David Hogg and Lauren Hogg are writing a book with Random House. #NeverAgain, which includes a foreword by Parkland student Emma González, will detail the movement’s purpose and challenges as they attempt to convince lawmakers to enact new gun control legislation. #NeverAgain will be published in June.

The shortlist for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced. Nominees include Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, Patrick McGrath’s The Wardrobe Mistress, and Jane Harris’s Sugar Money. The winner will be announced in June.

At the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring talks to Jhumpa Lahiri about translating Domenico Starnone’s novels, Ties and Trick. Starnone is married to the woman rumored to be Elena Ferrante and many readers see similarities between Starnone’s Ties and Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment. But while Lahiri acknowledges some similarities, she doesn’t feel they are related. “I think this book has a completely different energy and a completely different force,” she said. “And to be honest with you, regardless of who Elena Ferrante is—and I admire her work very much—I feel that Ties is far more sophisticated, if you want to know the truth.”

Entertainment Weekly’s David Canfield looks into whether or not Kanye West is actually writing a book.

After fifteen years, The Hill has decided to discontinue its annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful in Washington. “In a city where mudslinging, smear campaigns and partisan bickering are part of the game, 50 Most Beautiful sought to offer a fun and good-looking respite from the political noise coming out of Capitol Hill,” columnist Judy Kurtz writes. “We’ll certainly miss our sunny celebration of delightful Democrats, ravishing Republicans and elegant everything-in-betweens.” People magazine has also decided to rename their “Most Beautiful” edition. “We’re renaming it “The Beautiful Issue” — to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest,” editorial director Jess Cagle explained. “Nothing else has changed.”

Tonight at the Heyman Center at Columbia University, n+1 founding editor Marco Roth, political theorist Lori Marso, and Deborah Nelson discuss Nelson’s new book, Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil.