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Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, November 25th, 2013

box-o-comics

 

Comic book collecting can mean big bucks. (The Telegraph)

The Washington Posts publishes its ‘Best of’ list for 2013 fiction. (The Washington Post)

More than a billion dollars is not quite enough for The New York Public Library. (The Wall Street Journal)

Anakana Schofield reflects on “unsinkable” characters in fiction in (The Guardian)

The tricky business of selling books on college campuses. (Publishers Weekly)

And what of all these book awards? Do they matter? (The Wall Street Journal)

… Daniel Mendelsohn and Jennifer Szalai talk it over at (The New York Times)

Do children learn contemplation through storytime? Michael Morpurgo thinks so. (The Telegraph)

“On this day in 1970 Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide, also known as hara-kiri). Mishima was a three-time Nobel nominee, the most famous and translated Japanese writer of his generation – The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the SeaThe Sea of Fertility, ten other novels — and, in his last year, so internationally popular that he made Esquiremagazine’s ‘Top 100 People in the World’ list. His spectacularly staged death was front-page news around the world, and it is still being analyzed for what it says about him, or his fiction, or Japan….” (Today In Literature)

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

thomas jefferson

 

A handwritten letter, from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. William Eustis about Lewis and Clark, is predicted to fetch nearly three quarters of a million dollars at auction. (BookTryst)

Paul Harding offers up some writing tips at (Publishers Weekly)

Here’s a nod to the best monsters in children’s literature from (Flavorwire)

Poet, Michael McClure, has a chat with (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Politics spawns great literature, now more than ever. (PolicyMic)

Peter Cole talks with the (Bookslut)

Writers and New York City: a love story. Oh, and love is a pain in the tail. (The New York Times)

The work routines of some famous writers make for some interesting reading. (The Telegraph)

Poet and essayist, Wanda Coleman, has died. She was 67 years old. Rest in peace. (The Los Angeles Times)

Author and translator, William Weaver, has doed. He was 80 years old. Restin peace. (The Washington Post)

“On this day in 1947 John Steinbeck’s The Pearl was published, to coincide with the release of the film version. Steinbeck developed his “parable” from a traditional Mexican folk tale, and in such a way as to guarantee it a permanent position on the high school curriculum, but some biographers interpret it in a more personal way. Kino, the poor-but-happy fisherman who finds “the Pearl of the World,” is Steinbeck finding international wealth and fame with his previous book, The Grapes of Wrath…” (Today In Literature)

Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

westley

 

Cary Elwes to write a book about the making of THE PRINCESS BRIDE. (The Los Angele Times)

Seamus Heaney was honored by some wonderful poets at a London event at The Royal Festival Hall.  (The Telegraph)

Apple’s been banning a bushel of comics this year. (Publishers Weekly)

Kelly Jensen dissects the trick of portraying a female character in YA fiction. (BookRiot)

Take the time for these very quick classics, courtesy of (The Huffington Post)

What we’ve lost in never writing letters by hand anymore. (The Huffington Post)

Writers are always complaining, but what about reader’s block (Publishers Weekly)

J.R.R. Tolkein will get his story told in an upcoming biopic. (io9)

Tim Manly talks about how Tumblr is better than an MFA. (Publishers Weekly)

Author, John Egerton, has died. He was 78 years old. Rest in peace. (Nashville Public Radio)

“On this day in 1678, ‘Ephelia’ had her first public writing licensed by the King’s censor, thereby marking her official entry into the world of Restoration literature. The writing in question is a poem on the ‘Popish Plot’ hysteria that was rocking the Court and all of England, but more interesting than poem or occasion is Ephelia herself. Once ‘a reputedly intractable case in the annals of English pseudonyma,’ she has now been almost conclusively identified…” (Today In Literature)

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

isabel allende

 

Author, Isabel Allende, takes on the Wautauga County Board of Education in rather dramatic fashion. (High Country Press)

Hey! Why don’t grown up books have pictures in them? (The Telegraph)

The School Library Journal puts out its Best of for 2013. (School Library Journal)

And Kirkus follow suit… (Kirkus)

Shakespeare, the pragmatist, needed to get the bills paid. (The Millions)

November being a month of thanks, one reader gives thanks for Harry Potter. (USA Today)

Explore some of the Library of Congress’s little known treasures with (bleedingcool)

More beautiful than useful can now also be applied to these bookshelves. (BookRiot)

“On this day in 1962 a bi-alphabetic version of George Bernard Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion was published in England, as directed by the terms of Shaw’s will. For his last half-century Shaw had argued that the irrational spelling and pronunciation of the English language caused not only semi-literacy but a great loss of time and money. He was far from alone in his crusade for an alternative, but Shaw’s reputation for tilting at monuments put him in the vanguard…” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

national book awards

 

And the winners of The National Book Awards are… (National Book Foundation)

… here’s a recap of the evening’s festivities from (The New Yorker)

… and a chat with one winner, James McBride. (Barnes & Noble)

Charles Moore takes the HW Fisher Award for his biography of Margaret Thatcher. (The Telegraph)

Controversial parenting book, TO TRAIN UP A CHILD, has a petition against it, 40,000 strong, after being implicated in three children’s deaths. (politix)

PW features the under-discovered Barry Hannah. (Publishers Weekly)

Have a peek at a rescued essay from the burning home of C.S. Lewis. (The Guardian)

Women writers in Canada seem to be a force to be reckoned with. (Publishers Weekly)

“On this day in 1694 Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) was born. Few could have predicted his Age-defining stature, but apparently the young Voltaire showed every sign of becoming, as biographer Theodore Besterman puts it, “one of those over-life-size personages who seem perpetually to attract equally extraordinary events.” As a teenager in Paris, Voltaire was so fond of the freethinking “libertins” that his father had him removed to Caen and then the Netherlands, for instruction in the political arts….” (Today In Literature)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

thomas-pynchon

 

Should he win, don’t look for Thomas Pynchon to collect his National Book Award in person. (The New York Times)

Excerpted from MY MISTAKE by Daniel Menaker, here’s a look at life at The New Yorker. (Salon)

C.S. Lewis honored at Poet’s Corner. (The Telegraph)

Andrew Solomon takes the Green Carnation Prize for FAR FROM THE TREE. (The Bookseller)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography gets heckled for inaccuracy. (The Mirror)

…and The Guardian comments. (The Guardian)

The Miami Book Fair gains momentum. (The New York Times)

Sarah Weinman profiles three woman stranded on the periphery of the conspiracy theories around the JFK assassination. (Hazlitt)

Author, Marie Myung-Ok, extols the wonders of the internet, and even of social media. (The New York Times)

Children’s author, Robert Leeson, has died. He was 85 years old. Rest in peace. (The Guardian)

“On this day in 1934, Lillian Hellman’s first play, The Children’s Hour, opened on Broadway. It was an enormous success, running for twenty-one months and beginning the string of hits – The Little FoxesWatch on the RhineToys in the Attic – that made Hellman one of the most popular playwrights in mid-century American theater. Hellman took her story of a schoolgirl’s malicious, anti-lesbian gossip from real life…” (Today In Literature)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Mary Wesley

 

Novelist, Mary Wesley, commissioned her own coffin and used it as a coffee table until she needed it. (OpenRoadMedia)

Russell Baker is awesome. And he had a chat with (Medium)

Editor, Daniel Menaker, remembers some of the most underrated books he’s worked on. (The Daily Beast)

There’s music and poetry floating around in space. How ’bout a little fiction? (The Millions)

And what of the anonymous author? (The New Yorker)

Serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin, cites the impact of Hilter’s MEIN KAMPF as instrumental in his rampage in what will likely be his final interview before lethal injection. (CNN)

The struggle of getting and reporting the news in China is profiled in (The New Yorker)

In Lafourche, Louisiana, one official finds libraries a too-liberal teat for hippies, junkies, and Mexicans trying to learn English. (The Los Angeles Times)

Elizabeth Bluemle makes a plea for updated covers for some great reading from days past. (Publishers Weekly)

Angelica Huston has stories aplenty to tell in her new memoir. (USA Today)

Have a look at the literary roots of some modern language. (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1692, British poet and playwright Thomas Shadwell died. Shadwell wrote eighteen plays and became poet laureate but, as the Columbia History of English Literature puts it, ‘he enjoyed a popularity in his own day which is not easily explicable in ours,’ as literary skill ‘was not among the gifts of his mind.’ This is utter kindness compared to the attacks suffered by Shadwell from contemporary John Dryden. For it is as loser in their satire war that Shadwell is now remembered…” (Today In Literature)

Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, November 18th, 2013

doris lessing

 

Tributes to the fabulous Doris Lessing come pouring in:

… from (The Los Angeles Times)

… from novelist Justin Cartwright in (The Telegraph)

… from Margaret Atwood in (The Guardian)

… and from James Lasdun on discovering her work later in life. (The New Yorker)

Are hotels the new literary havens? (The New York Times)

The shortlist is revealed for the Specsaver National Book Awards. (The Bookseller)

Ayn Rand takes another posthumous flogging in (Salon)

Actor, Michael Cera, tries his hand at humor writing in (The New Yorker)

V.C. Andrews’, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, gets a new screen adaptation. (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1865 Mark Twain published ‘Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog’ in the New York Saturday Press. The story was immediately popular nationally and then internationally, giving Twain first fame and the centerpiece for his first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches. As a sometime-reporter, Twain had been publishing such tall tales and hoaxes for several years — writing them as ‘Josh’ until 1863 — but his frog story was an old chestnut, first heard from fellow prospectors while sitting around the saloon stove…” (Today In Literature)

 

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

flann o'brien

 

The influential Flann O’Brien is featured at (Publishers Weekly)

How journalism changed in the coverage of JFK’s assassination. (Salon)

A peek behind the curtain at book-making from (Publishers Weekly)

Elizabeth George elaborates on five points of advice for new writers. (The Debutante Ball)

In which we get a literary tour of Austin, Texas. (BookRiot)

These illustrated author readings are wonderful. (The Huffington Post)

Nobel-prize winner, Doris Lessing, had died. She was 94 years old. Rest in peace. (The Guardian)

… the New Yorker shares a piece by Doris Lessing from their archives. (The New Yorker)

Algonquin founder, Louis Rubin, has died. He was 89 years old. Rest in peace. (NewsObserver)

Children’s author, Barbara Park, has died. She was 66 years old. Rest in peace. (Publishers Weekly)

“On this day in 1968 Mervyn Peake died, aged fifty-seven. Peake’s career as a writer and artist was prolific, varied and, some say, too eccentric for mainstream popularity. But if the critics continue to ignore or quarrel over the achievement, the fans continue to assemble, arriving from all corners and by many paths. Apart from many recent, international editions of Peake’s books, there have been stage, radio and musical adaptations…” (Today In Literature)

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Lou reed

 

Rolling Stone journalist, Anthony DeCurtis, digs in for a Lou Reed biography. (Entertainment Weekly)

Sadly, it had not occurred to me to wonder how filthy books might be…. (TIME)

Justin Kramon details his conversion to the dark side and becoming a thriller writer. (The Millions)

Strand Bookstore in New York City resorts to a sprinkler system to keep homeless people from hanging out under its awning. (The New York Post)

Some children’s book editors reflect on their most memorable titles in (Publishers Weekly)

SWANN’S WAY, by Marcel Proust, is 100 years old. (The Wall Street Journal)

Author, NoViolet Bulawayo, shares a passage from her new book, WE NEED NEW NAMES. (The Guardian)

Here are some highlights from The Authors Guild vs. Google lawsuit. (Library Journal)

… and a primer on the whole case from (The New York Times)

Have a look at a collection of most unusual cookbooks. (mental floss)

“On this day in 1762 James Boswell left Edinburgh for London, beginning the eight-and-a-half-month stay that would be recorded in his London Journal. When this and most of Boswell’s other journals — some 8000 pages of manuscript — were discovered in the 1920s and 30s, they earned him a reputation as one of the great British diarists, to go with his Life of Johnsonand his longstanding reputation as one of the great biographers…” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning Litlinks

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

joe sacco

 

Joe Sacco, author of THE GREAT WAR, has a chat with (The San Francisco Chronicle)

The experts herald the end of the dystopian trend in fiction. So what’s the next big thing? (The Christian Science Monitor)

Literary Jeopardy is great book promo. (The New Yorker)

Eimear McBride takes the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize for Literature. (The Guardian)

The very literary city of Krakow is profiled in (The Guardian)

If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, you may enjoy this Poirot quiz from (The Telegraph)

Children’s author, Eric Carle, makes an appearance in (USA Today)

Sometimes the story of a book is as interesting as the story in the book. (The New York Times)

Self-published titles rose a whopping 59% last year. (GalletCat)

Eleanor Catton takes another literary prize for THE LUMINARIES. (ONE News)

“On this day in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was published. The British edition, entitled The Whale, had appeared the previous month, but through a sequence of error, poor judgment and bad timing, it had a rearranged and incomplete ending. This set off another sequence of error, poor judgment and bad timing, this time involving not the publishers but the critics, who looked upon the botched ending as the last straw in a book already too unusual and obscure. The upshot was that Melville’s masterpiece, the book he was counting on to rescue his reputation and his finances…” (Today In Literature)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

 

StephenKing

 

Stephen King talks about the hows and whys of DOCTOR SLEEP(The Telegraph)

The unreliable narrators in literature get ranked by (Flavorwire)

Francine Prose and Daniel Mendelsohn discuss pseudonymous books. (The New York Times)

Is The New York Times bleeding talent? (The Daily Beast)

Mackin Educational Resources marks its 30th anniversary! (Publishers Weekly)

Melanie Beattie’s assistant get sentenced for bilking her best-selling employer out of nearly half a million dollars. (KARE)

The Guardian consider the help and what’s been written about them. (The Guardian)

The finalists are announced for the National Book Award in the category of young people’s literature. (The Washington Post)

Consider a fun literary excursion with your kids. (The Boston Globe)

Katrin Alcorn gets a lesson in the wilderness of public opinion. (The New York Times)

Author, Kevin Trudeau, is found guilty of talking rubbish. (Daily Mail)

“On this day in 1797 William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge began a walking holiday in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, during which they would conceive ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.’ The original idea was to produce a gothic pot-boiler, something to suit the popular magazines, and to help pay for their vacation. ‘Much the greatest part of the story was Coleridge’s invention,’ Wordsworth later wrote, though among his own contributions was the idea that the inciting incident should involve the killing of an albatross in the South Sea…” (Today In Literature)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

 

 

big brother

 

Are writers worried about Big Brother? (The New York Times)

Author, Martin Cruz Smith, has kept quiet about his Parkinson’s diagnosis since 1995. (The New York Times)

Christopher Reid talks the sunny side of poetry with (The Telegraph)

Russell Banks has a quick chat with (The Huffington Post)

Hunter S. Thompson to get memorial in Louisville. (The Atlantic)

Editors have much work to do and miles to go before they sleep. (PublishingCrawl)

The YouTube hit WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY becomes a children’s book. (The Guardian)

Amanda Nelson delves into LibraryThing for (BookRiot)

Fantasy fiction: it’s not just fluffy kids’ stuff. (The Telegraph)

Take Vonnegut to heart and this is what you could learn. (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1935 twenty-seven-year-old Theodore Roethke was hospitalized for the first of the manic-depressive breakdowns which would recur throughout his life. Roethke had just begun a teaching post at Michigan State University and, according to colleagues, had been drinking heavily all semester — dozens of cups of coffee and bottles of cola a day as well as alcohol. On the previous evening, a cold one, he had taken a long walk in the woods without a coat and eventually with only one shoe…” (Today In Literature)

Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, November 11th, 2013

bad parenting

 

Adam Mansbach (of GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP fame) delivers an hilarious (and curse-y) take on other children’s parents in (Salon)

I AM MALALA is banned in Pakastani school. (The Daily Beast)

Have a look at some offshoots of classic literature. (The Huffington Post)

The Dublin Literary Award has a helluva of a longlist. (IMPAC)

What writers could learn about their craft from… Bruce Lee? (Writer’s Digest)

If William T. Vollmann won the Nobel, a chunk of that change would be going to prostitutes. (Newsweek)

JK Rowling knows that Harry Potter was the highpoint of her career. (The Telegraph)

Koa Beck describes her reaction, at age 15, to Erica Jong’s FEAR OF FLYING. (Salon)

A debut novel fetches nearly $2 million. CITY ON FIRE is a book you’ll be hearing a lot about. (The New York Times)

The Twitter archives cough up some famous author’s first tweets. (The Millions)

“On this day in 1948 twenty-five-year-old James Baldwin left the United States on a one-way plane ticket to Paris. When he returned three-and-a-half years later — not for long — it was with the manuscript of Go Tell It on the Mountain, perhaps his most famous book. It was certainly the book which, he said later, made not only fame but mental health possible…” (Today In Literature)

 

 

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Amy Tan

 

Author, Amy Tan, talks with (The Guardian)

Publishers Weekly sticks its tongue into its cheek and bans a few too-common descriptors from its books reviews. (Publishers Weekly)

A typography book attempts to show us what it’s like to be dyslexic. (The Huffington Post)

The Battle over Gore Vidal’s estate gets gossip-worthy. (The New York Times)

Living in a library – would you? This guy would. And does. (The New York Observer)

Some famously scathing book reviews with the sharp edges edited off. (The Washington Post)

… but Ernest Hemingway would have left them the way they are so he could blast his critics. (Open Culture)

Robert Stone is profiles at (Publishers Weekly)

 

Publisher, Charles Black, has died. He was 76 years old. Rest in peace. (The Guardian)

“On this day in 1879, the troubadour-poet Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois. Lindsay would die in the same house in which he was born — aged 52, paranoid, suicide by drinking Lysol — but in between was one of the most remarkable, celebrated, and now forgotten literary careers. He believed that his father’s ancestors went west with Daniel Boone, that his mother was related to Pocahontas, that his bedroom had been slept in by Abraham Lincoln…” (Today In Literature)

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, November 8th, 2013

death_of_novel

 

I didn’t realize so many were proclaiming the death of the novel. But there’s hope yet. (The New Yorker)

MARY POPPINS author, PL Travers, was one tough lady and the film, Saving Mr. Banks, didn’t do her justice. (Variety)

The Bad Sex in Fiction awards get their contenders for the 2013 prize. (The Independent)

Haruki Murakami turns to the Fab Four for titling help. (The Guardian)

Before it was a movie (twice) TRUE GRIT was a novel by Charles Portis. (Men’s Journal)

Author, Toni Jordan, makes a meal of writers’ angst. (The Millions)

The Eleanor Farjeon Award for 2013 goes to David Almond for SKELLIG. (The Bookseller)

Have a peek at what some big names are reading this Fall. (The Daily Beast)

Zadie Smith talks book prizes with (The Telegraph)

Style in Literature: what it is; what it isn’t. (The New York Review of Books)

“On this day in 1602 the refurbished Bodleian Library at Oxford University was officially opened to the public. Sir Thomas Bodley, a wealthy retired diplomat, made it his cause to restore what had been in ruin for a half-century, spending four years and his own and his friends’ money to repair buildings and fill bookshelves — 2000 volumes to start, over 80 miles of books now. Bodley’s letters explain that he had had enough of ‘the mediocrity of worldly living,’ and knew no better gift to himself, the students of Oxford, and posterity than book collecting….” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

non-fiction

 

Today is National Non-Fiction Day! (The Telegraph)

Publishers Weekly talks the best of 2013 in comics and graphic novels. (Publishers Weekly)

Author, Barbara Taylor Bradford, puts her jewelry up for sale. (The Telegraph)

Independent bookstores seem less than impressed with Amazon’s offer to let them sell Kindles. (NPR)

… and The Bookseller weighs in. (The Bookseller)

… and (Melville House)

Steven Poole rallies for the word ‘basically’ in (The Guardian)

Margaret Atwood isn’t all that keen on writing blurbs. (Melville House)

Miami Beach hosts an invitational poetry contest to find out why people love their city. (MiamiBeach)

The Telegraph remembers Albert Camus on his 100th birthday. (The Telegraph)

“On this day in 1872 the Mary Celeste set sail from New York, bound for Genoa and, in large part because of a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for legend. His ‘J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement’ purported to be an eye-witness account of the gruesome end met by those aboard the mysterious ‘ghost ship.’ When it was published in Cornhill Magazine in 1883, many found it so convincing that the British and American governments responded with formal denials and official investigations….” (Today In Literature)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

laura lippman

 

If Laura Lippman had superpowers… (medium.com)

Agatha Christie vs. Arthur Conan Doyle in a poll to find Britain’s favorite. (The Guardian)

Stanley Crouch talks with Sarah Ungerleider about his new book, THE RISE AND TIMES OF CHARLIE PARKER. (Barnes & Noble)

Amazon reaches out to indies: You might be buying Kindles at our nearest independent bookstore in the future. (Publishers Weekly)

USA Today celebrates twenty years of book business coverage. (USA Today)

Christopher Rice takes a moment out of his joint book tour with his mother, Anne Rice, to have a chat with (The San Francisco Chronicle)

I.N.J. Cullard talks about adapting Lovecraft into a graphic novel, over at (The Huffington Post)

The new mayor of Harrisburg, PA,  Eric Papenfuse, is also a bookseller. (Shelf Awareness)

Not something you see every day: a book of illustrations of Humphrey Bogart’s mother. (BookTryst)

Some people really don’t care for Melville’s MOBY DICK. (GalleyCat)

“On this day in 1894 twenty-year-old Robert Frost departed for the Dismal Swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border, with Dark Thoughts. He was poor, jobless, unpublished, expelled from Dartmouth College and, pretty much for all of the above reasons, recently spurned by his high school sweetheart and chosen mate, Elinor White. Frost had just returned from a visiting White at Lawrence College, made unannounced but bearing gifts: the two homemade copies of his first, five-poem book of poetry…” (Today In Literature)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

James Joyce

 

Zip back in time to James Joyce’s Dublin. (Google Cultural Institute)

In TNB’s self-interview feature, Kathryn Davis asks herself some tough question. Or does she? (The Nervous Breakdown)

Jill Lepore has a chat with (National Book Foundation)

Bezos’ wife gives an anti-Amazon book a 1-star rating… on Amazon.com. (USA Today)

A look at Albert Camus, 100 years after he was born. (January Magazine)

When novelists get hitched… (The Daily Mail)

Orson Scott Card promises more Ender books. (The Los Angeles Times)

How much should literature preach politics? (The Atlantic)

Take a book, leave a book: a new kind of library. (The Chicago Tribune)

“On this day in 1943 Sam Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Because Shepard’s father was an air force pilot, his first years were spent moving base to base. The family finally settled outside of Los Angeles on a small ranch, and Shepard’s teen years were stable enough to have him join the 4-H Club and raise a prize sheep; nonetheless, according to an interview at the age of thirty-six, it was the moving around rather than the settling down that stuck: I feel like I’ve never had a home, you know? I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don’t know exactly where I fit in. And the same thing applies to the theater. I don’t know exactly how well I fit into the scheme of things. Maybe that’s good, you know, that I’m not in a niche. But there’s always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself.(Today In Literature)

Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, November 4th, 2013

takeoff

 

You can now use your ereader througouth takeoff and landing! Hooray! In other news, Kindle goes on sale. (USA Today)

Teresa Keegan loves Denver’s libraries. (The Denver Post)

When first-person plural narration works, it really works. (The Millions)

The lawsuit over the use of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD author, Harper Lee’s fame, gets a bit ugly. (The Guardian)

BookRiot hunts down some terrific author cameos on TV. (BookRiot)

More plagiarism accusations fall on Rand Paul. (The Gawker)

The Chicago Review Press is 40! (The Chicago Tribune)

Knopf scores endurance swimmer, Diana Nyad’s, memoir. (The Los Angeles Times)

One Morrissey to read another Morrisey on audiobook, aka – The Governor meets The Smiths. (The Bookseller)

“On this day in 1918 twenty-five-year-old Wilfred Owen died in France, killed by machine-gun fire while leading his men across a canal by raft. While teaching in France in 1914, Owen began to visit the wounded soldiers in a nearby hospital; moved by their suffering and courage, he returned to England to enlist, and was himself fighting in France by the beginning of 1917. ‘I came out in order to help these boys,’ he wrote a month before his death, ‘–directly by leading them as well as an officer can…” (Today In Literature)