"The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.” Click here to see full list.
The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.
Writers and critics on the best books of 2013. It’s an eclectic list from some fine writers and critics. Click here to read on The Guardian.
A new Norman Mailer biography, A Double Life, by J. Michael Lennon. I always thought his essays and nonfiction were amazing. I wasn’t a big fan of his novels, except The Naked and the Dead. It seemed to me he threw the rest of them together as if he wrote them in a weekend.
Allen Frame’s photographs used as covers for Roberto Bolaño’s book jacket covers. Check it out here.
"Laurie Anderson’s farewell to Lou Reed is the most stirring meditation on love and loss ever." Click here to read.
A fine rage. George Orwell’s revolutions. I quick primer on my favorite author. Click here to read at the New Yorker.
Excited to be communicating with S.E. Hinton on Twitter, @se4realhinton.
Forty-five indie bookstores to shop at anytime. Click here to check them out.
“The Girl from Summer and Other Stories is fantastic debut collection from a writer with great promise and a fresh voice.” ForeWord Reviews Click here to read full review.
“Today, Albert Camus would have been 100 years young. The voice of the Nobel Prize winning author of The Stranger and The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel remains as vital today as it was during his own lifetime.”
This is a terrific and short article that outlines who Camus is and who he is not. Click here to read.
“People are now planting bombs in the tramways of Algiers,” Camus said. “My mother might be on one of those tramways. If that is justice, then I prefer my mother.”
Exciting new biography out this month, A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning by Robert Zaretsky. Click here to read more.
C’est formidable! In France independent bookstores—around two thousand five hundred of them, all told. Paris alone has nearly seven hundred, one for every three thousand citizens–New Yorker.
An impressive interview with the great Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.
Here is a sampling: “You don’t perceive the subversiveness of literature when you live in a free society. When you live in a free society you have the feeling that literature is just entertainment. But when democracy disappears, when a totalitarian regime replaces democracy, you feel immediately how literature becomes a very important vehicle to say what you cannot say otherwise.” Read the full interview here.