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Baileys Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

Baileys Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The inaugural longlist for the Baileys Prize for Fiction was announced today... The prize formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction announced its longlist of twenty titles today. Past winners ...
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The Bailey's Prize (formerly The Orange Prize) is awarded for women's writing.

Longlist:

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
MaddAddamMargaret Atwood
The Dogs of LittlefielSuzanne Berne
The Shadow of the Crescent MoonFatima Bhutto
The BearClaire Cameron
Eleven DaysLea Carpenter
The Strangler VineM.J. Carter
The LuminariesEleanor Catton
Reasons She Goes to the WoodsDeborah Kay Davies
The Signature of All ThingsElizabeth Gilbert
Burial RitesHannah Kent
The FlamethrowersRachel Kushner
The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri
The UndertakingAudrey Magee
A Girl Is A Half-Formed ThingEimear McBride
Almost EnglishCharlotte Mendelson
Still Life with Bread CrumbsAnna Quindlen
The Burgess BoysElizabeth Strout
The GoldfinchDonna Tartt
All The Birds, SingingEvie Wyld


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Required Reading: 10 Classic Stories of Suburban Ennui

Required Reading: 10 Classic Stories of Suburban Ennui | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Forget summer in the city. This year, the heat is on in the suburbs. Whether in music — Arcade Fire’s third album is an extended rock homage to the burbs — or on television — Mad Men is back for it...
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A list from a few year's back but very nice.

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Five Novels That Celebrate London's Multitudes

Five Novels That Celebrate London's Multitudes | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

"Diversity is an easy catchword. It might only be a way of seeing and talking about what the status quo allows, but real diversity includes a way of hearing. Who will you listen to? Who has the voice? Being in, writing from, and hearing London requires taking on the multitudes — because London houses them all.

Voices penetrate the brick, glass, and traffic congestion. The choir of London is neither sober nor quiet. Voice distinguishes a novel, and from Charles Dickens to Zadie Smith, voice has been a way for novelists to interrogate the seemingly infinite possibilities of London characters.

Here are five novels written with the multitudes in their sights and sounds. Some might call it writing with diversity in mind, but I like to see it as telling it like it is, of participating in the rich life of London.

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Five Books That Dump You into a Pit of Despair

Five Books That Dump You into a Pit of Despair | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In the first chapter of For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher I describe my pre-teen Friday nights with my dear ol’ Mom. She’d set aside these evenings as “Family Movie Time.”...
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32 Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud

32 Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Warning: You'll probably want to read these books in private, since spontaneous maniacal laughter may ensue.
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Avoiding Amazon? Here are the 5 best 'alternative' online booksellers

Avoiding Amazon? Here are the 5 best 'alternative' online booksellers | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Amazon has been the subject of renewed criticism after an expose of its employment practices in the New York Times.
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James Tait Black prize goes to Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel

James Tait Black prize goes to Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In the Light of What We Know takes £10,000 award for story encompassing issues from war in Afghanistan to the banking crisis
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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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Do We Mistake Inaccessibility for Brilliance?

Do We Mistake Inaccessibility for Brilliance? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Zoë Heller and Leslie Jamison discuss whether we overvalue difficulty in literature.
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Great prose does not need to be difficult to read prose.  

Important article.

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22 Essential Women Writers to Read in Translation

22 Essential Women Writers to Read in Translation | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
2015 has seen Can Xue's The Last Lover honored with the Best Translated Book Award and the publication of the great Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories, so one could be forgiven for thinking that ...
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The 100 best novels in English? Irish writers and critics have their say

The 100 best novels in English? Irish writers and critics have their say | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Julian Gough, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and a host of others respond to Robert McCrum’s ‘100 greatest novels written in English’. Read on for lively debate and hot book tips
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European city offers you a free ride if you read on the bus

European city offers you a free ride if you read on the bus | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Those who can’t resist reading a good book on public transport have been rewarded by a city in Romania, which offered a free bus ride to anyone who read a book during their journey.
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Publishing in Malaysia: The early years

Publishing in Malaysia: The early years | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In part three of our series on the evolution of the Malaysian novel in English, we examine the publishers that put out those first few local English books.
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The third part of Chuah Guat Eng's series about the English novel in Malaysia.

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13 books that should have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize but weren't

13 books that should have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize but weren't | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

This year’s Man Booker dozen might be dominated by Americans but the biggest names in US literature are notable for their absence.


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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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Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, July 15, 1:59 PM

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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