Congratuations to our 2007 National Book Award Fiction Finalist Joshua Ferris and our 2006 National Book Award Fiction Winner Richard Powers for being among the first Americans longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Norman Mailer’s Picasso-inspired illustrations.

fairytalesfor20somethings:

I just started teaching with BookUp, National Book Foundation's non-profit that puts writers into after school and summer programs to basically just have fun with reading. It is the coolest thing ever.

I had my first session with the soon-to-be fifth graders at the Cross Island YMCA in Hollis, Queens, on Tuesday. I read some fairy tales from Alice in Tumblr-land and gave the group a sneak peak behind my super-secret writing process. Then they came up with these kickass fairy tales!

(Shivery!)

(via timmanleytimmanley)

lastnightsreading:

Tiphanie Yanique at BookCourt, 7/21/14



Tiphanie was an NBF  5 Under 35 Honoree in 2010 for How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her new novel, Land of Love and Drowning, is out now!

lastnightsreading:

Tiphanie Yanique at BookCourt, 7/21/14

Tiphanie was an NBF 5 Under 35 Honoree in 2010 for How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her new novel, Land of Love and Drowning, is out now!

"Bookplates first appeared in the 1480s with the book–owner’s coat of arms. In America, people started using them as early as 1680 and in greater numbers in the 1730s. And by the end of the nineteenth century, when the Arts and Crafts Movement was challenging the excessive decoration of the earlier Victorian taste, bookplate collecting became a fashionable pursuit, one that would remain so until World War II."

Via the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Blog, the graphic contributions of American artists to the history of the bookplate.

Happy birthday, Ernest Hemingway!

Here’s a collection of photographs of the iconic writer with the animals he loved.

"My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. Although I can read almost anywhere, we’re each allowed our preferences and mine is so."

— Juan Vidal, cultural critic and 1/3 of Rhema Soul, “A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars” (via NPR)

newyorker:

On the newly redesigned newyorker.com, our entire archive—dating back to 2007—will be available, for free, through the fall. Take a look. We hope you enjoy it.
Read more about the changes, in a note from our editors: http://nyr.kr/1rDjmZ0
Illustration by Barry Blitt.



Lots of wonderful writing from past #NBAward Winners, Finalists, and Longlist Authors to discover.

newyorker:

On the newly redesigned newyorker.com, our entire archive—dating back to 2007—will be available, for free, through the fall. Take a look. We hope you enjoy it.

Read more about the changes, in a note from our editors: http://nyr.kr/1rDjmZ0

Illustration by Barry Blitt.

Lots of wonderful writing from past #NBAward Winners, Finalists, and Longlist Authors to discover.
Guess which National Book Award Author SNL alum Bill Hader thinks is a “complete genius”? (And also made Hader cry…)

Find out in Hader’s “By the Book” gab fest with The New York Times Sunday Book Review here.

 Illustration by Jillian Tamaki

Guess which National Book Award Author SNL alum Bill Hader thinks is a “complete genius”? (And also made Hader cry…)

Find out in Hader’s “By the Book” gab fest with The New York Times Sunday Book Review here.

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki

"The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time."

Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books | BOOK RIOT

millionsmillions:

"Designing a book cover is great because you can treat it as a piece of packaging, a mini poster, corporate identity, something to use illustration on, or photography, be purely typographical, figurative or conceptual with just the right amount of type to play around with, have complete ownership; and even if you mess up totally, nobody dies.”

millionsmillions:

"Designing a book cover is great because you can treat it as a piece of packaging, a mini poster, corporate identity, something to use illustration on, or photography, be purely typographical, figurative or conceptual with just the right amount of type to play around with, have complete ownership; and even if you mess up totally, nobody dies.”

"Stories – even fairy stories – are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help us articulate concepts that cannot otherwise be expressed. Stories help us communicate; they bring us together; they teach us different ways to see the world. Their value may be intangible, but it is still real."

— Joanne Harris’ “This fairy story has lost its happy ending” at The Telegraph.

Flavorwire shares “50 Essential Cult Novels

"I loved seeing the way my words travelled beyond the pages and became about so much more than what I’d lived, or what I’d felt. My writing was like a grown up child suddenly taking up residence in all sorts of strange places and sending back photos."

— Leslie Jamison, on why confessional writing isn’t just about the writer

William Faulkner reviews Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.

William Faulkner reviews Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.