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Bedbugs Hitch a Ride on Library Books

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Bedbugs reveal a taste for literature, turning up in library books.
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The magnificent 70: Guardian Not the Booker prize longlist announced

The magnificent 70: Guardian Not the Booker prize longlist announced | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The nominations are in: here are the contenders for this year’s Not the Booker prize. The next stage – creating the shortlist – is up to you. Read on …
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I look forward to this every bit as much as the Booker longlist - and the books listed are every bit as good.

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I look forward to this every bit as much as the Booker longlist - and the books listed are every bit as good.

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Man Booker prize 2015 longlist: let the 'posh bingo' begin

Man Booker prize 2015  longlist: let the 'posh bingo' begin | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
At midday on Wednesday, the opening list of runners and riders for Britain’s leading books prize is unleashed on the reading world. Who will it be? Who will it be?
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Looking forward to this.

(Great reading list, even if these titles aren't on the final list.)

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Margery Allingham: ‘A thriller is as precise as a sonnet’

Margery Allingham: ‘A thriller is as precise as a sonnet’ | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In Traitor’s Purse, Allingham gets the pace and tension deliciously right, yet she wrote it in fragments in 1940, in between air raids – and created a wartime masterpiece
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Western Lit, shot to death by ‘trigger warnings’

Western Lit, shot to death by ‘trigger warnings’ | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
So what exactly is a trigger warning? Precisely that: a label on a work of literature, history, and memoir, designed to forewarn students that what they are about to read might upset them or “trigger” an episode of PTSD. The warning allows psychologically damaged readers to opt out of an assignment, or at least steady a nervous hand while turning pages of a triggering book. One particularly silly American college gave an example of how professors might warn readers that Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe’s celebrated postcolonial novel “Things Fall Apart” could send them into spirals of despair, explaining that “it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more.” 
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Should there be "trigger warnings" on books so sensitive students can avoid scenes that might upset them?  This is a pretty ridiculous trend because lit should shake us out of our comfort zone.

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Harper Lee’s Lawyer Might Have Found Third Mockingbird Novel

Harper Lee’s Lawyer Might Have Found Third Mockingbird Novel | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Go Set a Watchman has yet to commence its inevitable mass exodus from bookstore shelves, but the much-hyped To Kill A Mockingbird sequel is already in danger of being eclipsed by yet another long l...
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The Persistence of Litmags - The New Yorker

The Persistence of Litmags - The New Yorker | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Why on Earth would you start a literary magazine? You won’t get rich, or even very famous.
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A new journal needs a reason to exist: a gap that earlier journals failed to fill, a new form of pleasure, a new kind of writing, an alliance with a new or under-chronicled social movement, a constellation of authors for whom the future demand for work exceeds present supply, a program that will actually change some small part of some literary readers’ tastes. None of this has changed with the rise of the Web. Nor has the other big truth about little magazines which emerges from Diaz and Morris’s book, or from a day spent with anybody who runs one: it’s exhausting, albeit exciting, to do it yourself.'

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Why southern gothic rules the world

Why southern gothic rules the world | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The cotton fields, the heat, the weight of history … With the publication this month of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, MO Walsh explores the reasons for southern gothic’s global appeal
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Time to read a good long book

Time to read a good long book | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The days are long, the sun is high. There is plenty you could be doing, but instead why not sit back and read a decent book
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Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius
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10 of the best summers in fiction

10 of the best summers in fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Summer provides an ambiguously idyllic setting for many novels. From LP Hartley to Tove Jansson, these are some of my favourites


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Impac prize goes to 'consummate wordsmith' Jim Crace for Harvest

Impac prize goes to 'consummate wordsmith' Jim Crace for Harvest | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
€100,000 award taken by Booker-shortlisted novel about the last days of an English village
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Wonderful book.  Well deserved, Jim Crace.

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Do women writers have ‘literary cooties’? - Macleans.ca

A remarkable study of the kinds of books that win big prizes reveals this: Don’t write about women. Unless, that is, you’re a man.
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Man Booker prize 2015: US literary agent among 13 writers on longlist

Man Booker prize 2015: US literary agent among 13 writers on longlist | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Bill Clegg among debut novelists on list of writers considered for prestigious prize, while established names include Anne Enright and Marilynne Robinson
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The Man Booker longlist 2015.  Haven't read any yet, but several authors I've read before and greatly liked (Tyler, Enright, Robinson). Different parts of the world represented. Good number of female authors. Newcomers alongside veterans. Good to see Laila Lalami on there, finally getting the recognition she deserves. Plenty of new authors to discover too.

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The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
I am a freak for the American road trip. And I'm not alone, as some of this country's best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially...
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A wonderful map of America's greatest road trips. I want to follow these routes for real!

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9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction

9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety. Curious newcomers to the genre, having enjoyed their sample of escapist literature, request more stories, more worlds to lose themselves in. More often than not, though, the recommendations that they receive are the same few critically acclaimed authors whose work is all too often presented as representative of the genre.  My belief is that Fantasy literature is the perfect lens for readers to challenge our ideas of humanity, violence, society, and power. My recommendations in this list (yes, another list!) will reflect that belief. Buckle up. 
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Very nice list of fantasy books that includes Singaporean author Joyce Chng's The Tale of Yin.

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Why I'll Wait to Read GO SET A WATCHMAN

Why I'll Wait to Read GO SET A WATCHMAN | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Questioning Harper Lee's voluntary participation in the release of Go Set A Watchman, and the tension between the book as new release versus artifact
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The author of this piece says she'll wait to read "Go Set a Watchman," but I am about to dive into my copy.

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A Book Buyer’s Lament

A Book Buyer’s Lament | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
I’ve already made a significant ethical choice by leaving my computer. I could have bought a new book from an online store, that moral abyss.
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'Reconfiguration' of Man Booker International Prize

'Reconfiguration' of Man Booker International Prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

The Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize are to merge to create one annual award for a work of literary fiction translated into English.

 

The new prize - retaining the Man Booker International Prize name - will see the £50,000 award money shared equally between the author and translator. Each of the shortlisted authors and translators will also get £1,000, meaning the winning author and translator will share a prize pot of £52,000. The total prize fund is therefore £62,000. Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, said the new prize was "the most generous prize for a work of translated literature" to her knowledge.

 

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Desmond Elliott prize goes to Claire Fuller's 'shocking' debut

Desmond Elliott prize goes to Claire Fuller's 'shocking' debut | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Fuller, 48, only began writing fiction in her 40s, encouraged by the online writing challenge NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
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Taiye Selasi: stop pigeonholing African writers

Taiye Selasi: stop pigeonholing African writers | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Why must writers from Africa always bear the burden of representing their continent? They should be granted artistic freedom, as other authors are
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Betty Trask award goes to Ben Fergusson's 'grittily evocative' debut

Betty Trask award goes to Ben Fergusson's  'grittily evocative' debut | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Spring of Kasper Meier, a ‘superbly atmospheric’ story of postwar Berlin, takes £10,000 prize for first novels
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E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn

E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.
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James Salter, a ‘Writer’s Writer’ Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90

James Salter, a ‘Writer’s Writer’ Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Mr. Salter wrote slowly, exactingly and, by almost every critic’s estimation, beautifully. But he never achieved the broad popularity he craved.
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James Salter dies. He was below my radar for a long time (apart from his short stories) now need to discover his work.

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BTN slaps bull’s-eye on Malay counterculture for anti-establishment bent

BTN slaps bull’s-eye on Malay counterculture for anti-establishment bent | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Malay independent (indie) book publishers have been tarred by the National Civics Bureau (BTN) as masterminds of an “anti-establishment” movement to influence youths voting in the 14th general election.

According to presentations slides made available on BTN’s website on March 11 that are now circulating on social media, the government agency suggested that politicians approach the publishers to understand “their aspirations” and ban their books for having “explicit and free” content.
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