Profile: For the Cloud Atlas novelist, famed for playing with form, writing a short story on Twitter is just his latest challenge. But this is only the prelude to the big event, his eagerly awaited new novel
Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country -- apartheid-era South Africa -- where such commitment carried a high price.
Are African Writers Trumping African-American Authors? Read more by Dennis Abrams July 3, 2014. In the New York Times, Felicia R. Lee asks if the “new wave of African writers with an internationalist bent” are drawing attention away from ...
I think this is an unnecessarily pessimistic view of Kindle's new service. Many readers are already enjoying books via other subscription services - Scribd and Oyster. It's a way of discovering authors and trying out different genres.
Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road, published in 1932, is a greasy hairball of a novel—one of the sickest and most lurid books to have emerged from the literature of the American South. It's about as nutritious as a plate of pork cracklings. You're going to feel a little ill when you...
"We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking
Sharon Bakar's insight:
"The first people a dictator puts in jail after a coup are the writers, the teachers, the librarians — because these people are dangerous. They have enough vocabulary to recognize injustice and to speak out loudly about it. Let us have the courage to go on being dangerous people."
Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from home and a book from abroad? Or to put it another way: when I pick up a novel, is it merely a question of a free-floating
And by best, we mean favorite. Let’s be real. Share your best reads of 2014 so far with us in the comments! Adam by Ariel Schrag A straight cisgender teen boy visiting his gay college sister in New York for the summer … Continued
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Book Riot's recommendations for the best books of the year so far.
A couple of years ago, one of my brightest, most driven students asked me a simple question for which I had no ready answer: “Do you know where I could find a list of the 100 or so most important … Continued (The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1894-1994:...
Flavorwire 8 More African-Born Writers You Should Be Reading Flavorwire The flowering of new African writers is “an amazing phenomenon,” said Manthia Diawara, a professor of comparative literature and film at New York University.
Judge Chris Cleave calls on publishers to support debut fiction, or see 'literature murdered on our watch'The prize-winning author Chris Cleave has called on the writers of today to "raise up the next generation of novelists" or "be damned as the...