• Percival Everett
    May 04, 2010

    May 4, 2010 @ 8:30:00 am

    An early Thomas Bernhard story, "Two Tutors," gets its first English translation.

    Pico Iyer has always had a problem with William T. Vollmann. So what's he doing reviewing Vollmann's Kissing the Mask in the Times?

    In the new issue of The Believer, Percival Everett’s seventeenth novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitierwins the Book Award, and Rick Moody raves about Charlie Smith's forthcoming fiction Three Delays: "Want to read about how harrowing and essential love can really be? Dip in here. Be made alive."

    Emily Gould offers a free audiobook excerpt from her memoirAnd the Heart Says Whatever,

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  • Salman Rushdie
    May 03, 2010

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:30:00 am

    In the battle of fatwa versus fiction, Salman Rushdie has the last word: "One of us is dead, do not mess with novels." Rushdie, in conversation with Christopher Hitchens, gave the keynote of the PEN World Voices Festival last night. Catch up on a world of authors with blogs from the fest, excerpts from participating writers' work, photosvideo and audio clips. Highlights include Patti Smith's chat with Jonathan Lethem, a Utopia and Dystopia panel, and A. M. Homes's talk with Philippe Djian.

    Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival is in full swing.

    Tonight at McNally Jackson books, Marisa Silver, author

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  • Inga Kuznetsova, a PEN American Center World Voices panelist
    April 30, 2010

    Apr 30, 2010 @ 8:00:00 am

    A curtain call for Ted Willams at the Library of America, as John Updike's classic essay on Williams, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," is republished as a new volume, fifty years after the Splendid Splinter's last at bat, in which he blasted a homer and then didn't tip his cap to the crowd.

    Surfing the Voice Literary Supplement's online archives with artforum.com editor-at-large Brian Sholis.

    Take a long lunch break—or the day off—and wander over to the PEN American Center's World Voices Festival this afternoon. Among the many edifying events is "Utopia and Dystopia: Geographies of the Possible,"

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  • The 1930s Kindle, Allen Lane's Penguincubator
    April 29, 2010

    Apr 29, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    In the 1930s, publisher Allen Lane installed a book-vending machine, the Penguincubator, in places where books were not supposed to be. What can we learn from Lane?

    "Tell all the truth but tell it slant," Emily Dickinson wrote, and scholars have been slanting her life-story ever since. Lyndall Gordon tips the familiar Dickinson myths and spills new revelations in Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feud. Gordon places Dickinson at the center of a "seething Peyton Place of adultery, betrayal and lifelong feuding," and posits that perhaps Dickinson was epileptic


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  • Kevin Keller, from archiecomics.com
    April 28, 2010

    Apr 28, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Stephen Ambrose liked Ike plenty, but seems to have known him less well than previously thought. The popular historian's apparently faked interviews with Dwight D. Eisenhower have scholars scrambling—how many have cited Ambrose's allegedly fictional footnotes? 

    A brief on the short story's sinister appeal from this weekend’s LA Times Book Festival.

    Ken Auletta chats with the Terry Gross about e-book's viability as publishing's (latest) savior. Meanwhile, David Quigg thinks Auletta "has stopped making sense".

    Archie Comics introduces its first gay character, resulting in "hand-wringing and

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  • Charles Willeford
    April 27, 2010

    Apr 27, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Luscious and lurid, a Charles Willeford paperback is a sure score whether found in a dusty attic or in an upscale Brooklyn flea market bin. Tonight, Thirty Days Gallery hosts a Willeford symposium. He was known for his crime novels, but wasn't afraid to delve into seedier territory. His 1988 autobiography, I was Looking for a Street, was recently re-released as a Picturebox paperback edition, emblazoned with both a Jonthan Lethem blurb and an introduction from Luc Sante. Resale rates must be skyrocketing; do we hear the Library of America calling?

    Michael Foley, author of The Age of Absurdity:

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  • April 26, 2010

    Apr 26, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Bard of the postwar British working-class Alan Sillitoe has died at age eighty-two. Known for the novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958)and the story collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1959), Sillitoe was pretty mad about being lumped in with the Angry Young Man brand of British literature. He'll be widely eulogized with a quote from the film version of Saturday Night: Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not.” But it is an earlier line in that scene that's more expressive of Sillitoe’s art: "I'm not barmy, I'm a fighting pit-prop that wants a pint of beer,

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  • April 23, 2010

    Apr 23, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

    Jonathan Lethem has been tapped to fill David Foster Wallace's old teaching gig at Pomona College, while editor Sean McDonald, best known for his work on James Frey's A Million Little Pieces, is heading to FSG to take Lorin Stein's old job, as Stein helms the Paris Review.

    Let the buzz begin; Tom McCarthy's forthcoming follow-up novel to his much praised volume Remainder, the one-letter titled C, has already caused a stir in the book world. That's in part because of Peter Mendelsund's striking dot-dot-dash book jacket. The Knopf designer chats with McCarthy and Casual Optimist blogger Dan

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