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The Academy Awards for books; Marlon James on his new novel

In anticipation of this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, LitHub The Los Angeles Times reports from a literary event this week featuring Roxane Gay and Marlon James. The two authors discussed James’s new fantasy novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a book that’s often been compared to R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. But James thinks Martin fans might not be totally on board: “They’re going to be so disappointed . . . except for the sex and violence.”

Elizabeth McCracken talks to The Millions about living abroad, community, and her new novel, Bowlaway.

On Monday at Books are Magic in Brooklyn, Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her new memoir, Mother Winter, with Melissa Febos.