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2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize is one of the leading prizes for high-quality literary fiction written in English. The shortlist will be announced September 15 and winners announced October 13 in London. See the longlist titles below, with Booklist reviews linked when available. Visit the Man Booker Prize website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news. […]

Is There a Movie in This? Hanging Out with David Foster Wallace at The End of the Tour

Is There a Movie in This? Hanging Out with David Foster Wallace at The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour, which opens nationwide tomorrow, has a funny habit of keeping David Foster Wallace offscreen. He first appears in the film through a tape recorder, as David Lipsky listens to their five-day interview for Rolling Stone in 1996 in the wake of Wallace’s suicide in 2008. But even after the audience meets […]

Summer is for World Building

Summer is for World Building

Lynn: There’s something about fantasy that seems to go perfectly with summer! Maybe because it takes a certain carefree attitude to fully jump into the intricate worlds some fantasy series have. The perfect choice this August is Court of Fives (2015), by Kate Elliott. Elliott, a 1997 World Fantasy Award finalist, is the author of many […]

Inside Elijah Wald’s “Dylan Goes Electric!”

Inside Elijah Wald’s “Dylan Goes Electric!”

July 25, 2015, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day Bob Dylan “went electric,” ostensibly stunning crowds of dedicated folk fans at the Newport Folk Festival. In the recently published Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties, Elijah Wald argues that Dylan’s performance was a seminal event of the […]

An Epic Continued: William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass

An Epic Continued: William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass

The fifth in Vollmann’s Seven Dreams cycle offers a polyphonic saga of the tragic war between the Nez Percé and the U.S. Army. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams, an epic sequence of novels about the European colonizing of North America, has been compared to Moby-Dick, Wagner’s Ring cycle, and the big novels of John Barth and Thomas […]

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Cindy: Earlier this summer, on the plane ride home from ALA Annual Conference, I read the graphic novel Sunny Side Up (August 2015) by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I hinted at this in a previous post about our exhibit haul. The book’s front cover blurb from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile (2010), […]