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Beyond The God of Small Things: A Reader's Guide to Arundhati Roy

Beyond The God of Small Things: A Reader's Guide to Arundhati Roy | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
As we await the June release of Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, we're taking a look back at her works of fiction and nonfiction.
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Essay Collection: 'The Origin of Others' by Toni Morrison – On the language of race and racism in literature and life

Essay Collection: 'The Origin of Others' by Toni Morrison – On the language of race and racism in literature and life | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The author of Beloved reads that novel alongside the real-life story that inspired it, in one of a resonant set of lectures on literature and the fetishisation of skin colour
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Fiction: Robert Langdon's return

Fiction: Robert Langdon's return | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Dan Brown's latest novel, plus Richard Hannay returns, Chance - the novel, and more in our weekly new crime books column
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Nylon Honors Black Poetry Day by Inviting Poets to Share Their Faves

Nylon Honors Black Poetry Day by Inviting Poets to Share Their Faves | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In honor of Black Poetry Day, which is today, October 17, Nylon has asked 10 black poets to share, and write about, their favorite poems. The holiday
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On the Train Again: Great Books for Every Kind of Commute

On the Train Again: Great Books for Every Kind of Commute | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
If you’re on public transportation on the regular, check out our guide to what books to read based on what kind of commute you have.
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Crime Fiction: Fred Vargas’ ‘The Accordionist’ — The Three Evangelists trilogy comes to its conclusion as Kehlweiler helps a musician framed for murder

Crime Fiction: Fred Vargas’ ‘The Accordionist’ — The Three Evangelists trilogy comes to its conclusion as Kehlweiler helps a musician framed for murder | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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US History: Biltmore House, America’s Original McMansion

US History: Biltmore House, America’s Original McMansion | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Denise Kiernan unlocks the Gilded Age history of George Vanderbilt’s giant house and the aristocratic royalty that inhabited it.
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Horror Queen Primer: 11 of the Best Shirley Jackson Books

Horror Queen Primer: 11 of the Best Shirley Jackson Books | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Here’s a look at some of the best Shirley Jackson books, encompassing both her career as a writer and her lasting influence on the horror genre.
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What to Read Before You Go to Mississippi

What to Read Before You Go to Mississippi | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A travelogue, a novel and a meditation on the aftershocks of Hurricane Katrina.
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Debut Novel: Memory Loss and Nostalgia in Rachel Khong’s ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’

Debut Novel: Memory Loss and Nostalgia in Rachel Khong’s ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Sophie Browner reviews Rachel Khong’s cheerfully absurd debut “Goodbye, Vitamin.”
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The Latest, Troubling Chapter in Feminist Dystopian Fiction

The Latest, Troubling Chapter in Feminist Dystopian Fiction | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
“Gather the Daughters,” a debut novel by Jennie Melamed, imagines a world of repression and submission.
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Interview: Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur ‘Genius’ and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist

Interview: Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur ‘Genius’ and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures.
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Preview of Noteworthy Books to Be Published in 2018

Preview of Noteworthy Books to Be Published in 2018 | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
There are more great books in store in 2017, but it's impossible to keep ourselves from looking ahead to what 2018 holds. We're already noticing a trend
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Interview: Gabrielle Calvocoressi, poet

Interview: Gabrielle Calvocoressi, poet | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Jonathan Farmers interviews Gabrielle Calvocoressi about her new collection, "Rocket Fantastic."
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Fiction & Essay Collection:  Philip Pullman's 'The Book of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage' and 'Daemon Voices: Essays on storytelling'

Fiction & Essay Collection:   Philip Pullman's 'The Book of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage' and 'Daemon Voices: Essays on storytelling' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it

This cultural turn from metaphysics to metafictions helps to explain why so many readers, young and older, have greeted Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage as if it were the Second Coming. A forthright atheist, Pullman has made the secular balm of stories one of his principal themes, finding in them the “capacity to enchant, to excite, to move, to inspire”. This holds true for “science stories” as well, assuaging our fear that science repudiates wonder for analysis, prescriptive morals for descriptive accuracy. Pullman insists that scientific narratives can be as marvellous as fairy tales, and as ethical as a chivalric quest. The key is that “we have to behave honestly towards them and to the process of doing science in the first place”.

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Notes From the Book Review Archives

Notes From the Book Review Archives | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Larry McMurtry on his Pulitzer prize-winning novel “Lonesome Dove.”
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Poetry: Sholeh Wolpé on Translation as Re-Creation

Poetry: Sholeh Wolpé on Translation as Re-Creation | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Theodore McCombs talks to Iranian-American poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé about translating The Conference of the Birds (W. W. Norton, 2017), a major work from the 12th-century Sufi poet and theoreticia
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Crime Fiction: ‘And So It Began’ — Crime author Owen Mullen introduces his New Orleans private detective Vincent Delaney

Crime Fiction: ‘And So It Began’ — Crime author Owen Mullen introduces his New Orleans private detective Vincent Delaney | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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The Jet Set: How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich

The Jet Set: How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Mary S. Lovell’s “The Riviera Set” eavesdrops on the glamorous entertainments staged by the various owners of a chateau in the south of France.
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Charges of Plagiarism Leveled Against Poet & W. W. Norton Editor Jill Bialosky

Charges of Plagiarism Leveled Against Poet & W. W. Norton Editor Jill Bialosky | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The New York Times reports today that poet and W. W. Norton editor Jill Bialosky, author of Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir (Atria Books, 2017), has been accused of plagiaris
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Amid Weinstein Accusations, 3 Books on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Amid Weinstein Accusations, 3 Books on Workplace Sexual Harassment | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
These three books deal with the issue of sexual misconduct in the office.
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Interview about books with Tom Hanks

Interview about books with Tom Hanks | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Tom Hanks, the actor, producer, director and author of a new story collection, “Uncommon Type,” has no desire to read novels of murder and conspiracy.
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What Can Poetry Do That Politics Can’t?

What Can Poetry Do That Politics Can’t? | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The questions Matthew Zapruder’s ‘Why Poetry’ fails to ask
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Profile: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Humanist On and Off the Page - by Dave Eggers

Profile: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Humanist On and Off the Page - by Dave Eggers | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
She is the rare novelist to become a public intellectual — as well as a defining voice on race and gender for the digital age.
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Recommended Reading for Book Clubs

Recommended Reading for Book Clubs | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
We at Booklist are proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads. The 20 titles on this year’s list have been chosen for their appeal to reading groups by a selection committee of
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