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Book Bits: National Book Award, Art Taylor, ‘The Mist,’ Salman Rushdie, Millennium Series

National Book Award Fiction Long List

National Book Award Fiction Long List

  1. News: And here’s the National Book Award longlist for fiction! by Laurie Hertzel – “Without further ado, the long list for the Natonal Book Award in fiction, with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available.  The short list will be revealed Oct. 14, with the winner announced in November.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  2. Essay: Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing? by Heather Havrilesky – “I feel like you get lots of letters from folks either starting out pursuing their passion, or looking for a passion to begin with, but here I am, midlife, mid-career, full of passion but in a slump.” The Cut
  3. Taylor


    Interview: Art Taylor (“On the Road with Del & Louise”), with J. Kingston Pierce – “After years of penning crime-oriented short fiction for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and other publications–and collecting a shelf-full of prizes for his efforts–Taylor’s inaugural leap into novel composition has paid off rather handsomely. ”  January Magazine

  4. EssayThe Art of Going the Distance: On Writing, ‘The Swimmer’, and Getting to the Other Side, by  Belinda McKeon – “I always begin a semester by asking my students to read Cheever’s ‘The Swimmer.’ I like hearing what they have to say about Ned Merrill, about the ways in which he is lying to himself and about the ways in which Cheever chooses to reveal this to the reader, or keep it from the reader—to keep the reader rolling along, for a while, like one of Neddy’s gin-sozzled buddies—and it’s a good story, too, through which to talk about allegory, ambiguity, the stuff of readerly sympathy and the place of social bugbears (all these snobs and their pool parties!) in a narrative’s worldview.”  Literary Hub
  5. News: Stephen King’s The Mist materializing as TV series – “A new television series based on Stephen King’s 1980 horror novella and Frank Darabont’s 2007 film adaptation is in in the works, Dimension TV has announced.”  Entertainment
  6. M-trainReview: “M Train,” by Patti Smith – “When Just Kids–Patti Smith’s memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1960s and ’70s New York City–surprised the literary world and won the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction, it changed the way many perceived her artistry. She was not just a poet rocker from the grassroots punk club scene and former lover of Sam Shepard. Instead, she proved to be a deliberate, observant, refreshing writer; M Train, her new memoir of musings and reminiscences about her life and travels, confirms it.”  Shelf Awareness
  7. News: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ passes 200k sales in a single week – “The fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series is flying off the shelves in the US and will debut at the top of the New York Times Best-Seller list.”  Yahoo News
  8. News: Books: New and Noteworthy, by Jocelyn McClurg – McClurg takes a look at “The Marvels,” “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” “The Art of Memoir” and “House of Thieves.”  USA Today
  9. twoyearsReview: “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” by Salman Rushdie, reviewed by Cat Acree  – “This is a fairy tale for the modern era, A Thousand and One Nights for the age of reality TV, The Odyssey in the time of Disney World…In this boisterous doomsday legend, reality is no longer a given, and what remains is a brilliant, bawdy world where stories are both the knife and the wound.”  Book Page
  10. Viewpoint: Shelf Talkers – What independent booksellers do isn’t easy, by Ron Wiersema – “I spent more than two decades—the greater part of my adult life—as a bookseller. I know their concerns, the pressures upon them, the constant flurry and flux they face as the industry shifts and heaves around them. And as a writer, I want to say, simply, thank you.”  49th Shelf

KIndle cover 200x300Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the Jim Crow era, magical realism novella “Conjure Woman’s Cat”






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