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2014 Nonfiction National Book Award Longlist

The National Book Award longlist for Nonfiction was announced today. Read the full post.

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Roberto Bolaño: A Little Lumpen Novelita

Trevor reviews Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita, which is apparently the last, the final, Bolaño novel we will be getting. Read the full post.

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2014 Giller Prize Longlist

This year’s Giller Prize longlist has been announced, and the Shadow Giller team is already at work! Read the full post.

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2014 Poetry National Book Award Longlist

The National Book Award longlist for Poetry was announced today. Read the full post.

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2014 Young People’s Literature National Book Award Longlist

The National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced today. Read the full post.

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Victor Lodato: “Jack, July”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Victor Lodato’s “Jack/July.” Read the full post.

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Pascal Garnier: The Panda Theory

Trevor reviews Pascal Garnier’s 2008 novel, The Panda Theory, translated from the French by Svein Clouston. Read the full post.

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Episode 14: John Williams’ Augustus

Trevor and Brian discuss John Williams’ 1972 Nationalb Book Award winning novel, Augustus. Read the full post and listen to the podcast.

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Valerie Miles: A Thousand Forests in One Acorn

Trevor reviews A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, an exceptional anthology of Spanish-language fiction and interviews from twenty-eight of “the most important Spanish-language writers of the twentieth century,” put together by Valerie Miles. Read the full post.

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2014 Man Booker Shortlist

The 2014 Man Booker Prize shorlist has been announced. Read the full post

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Danielle McLaughlin: “The Dinosaurs on Other Planets”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Danielle McLaughlin’s “The Dinosaurs from Other Planets.” Read the full post.

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Richard Powers: Orfeo

Lee reviews Richard Powers’ Man Booker Prize longlistee, Orfeo. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “Executioners”

Trevor and Betsy examine Alice Munro’s “Executioners,” from her collection Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.

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Alexander Pushkin: The Captain’s Daughter

Trevor reviews Alexander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler. Read the full post.

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Thomas McGuane: “Motherlode”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Thomas McGuane’s “Motherlode.” Read the full post.

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Jenny Offill: Sparky!

Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, one of the best novels of 2014, has also come out with one of the best children’s books of 2014. Trevor reviews Offill’s latest children’s book, Sparky. Read the full post.

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Bonus Episode: Conversation with Gregg Sutter about Elmore Leonard

Today, The Library of America is releasing Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s, which features Fifty-Two Pickup, Swag, The Unknown Man No. 89, and The Switch. This is the first of three planned volumes. In this bonus episode of The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast, Trevor interviews the volume’s editor, Gregg Sutter, who was Elmore Leonard’s researcher from 1981 until Mr. Leonard’s death on August 20, 2013. Read the shownotes and listen the podcast.

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Alice Munro: “The Found Boat”

Trevor and Betsy discuss “The Found Boat,” from Alice Munro’s short story collection Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post