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Marjana Gaponenko: Who Is Martha?

P.T. Smith reviews Marjana Gaponenko’s 2012 novel Who Is Martha?, translated from the German by Arabella Spencer. Read the full post.

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David Cronenberg: Maps to the Stars

Lee reviews David Cronenberg’s latest film, Maps to the Stars. Read the full post.

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The 2014 National Translation Award Shortlist

The 2014 National Translation Award Shortlist has been announced. Read the full post.

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Ali Smith: How to be both

Michael reviews Ali Smith’s How to be both, a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize (the winner of which will be announced in one week). Read the full post.

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Watch-Along — David Lynch’s Eraserhead

Trevor and Lee announced the blog’s first “watch-along.” Come join us for David Lynch’s Eraserhead, recently released in a fantastic edition from The Criterion Collection! Read the full post.

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2014 Giller Prize Shortlist

The 2014 Giller Prize Shortlist has been announced. Read the full post.

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Haruki Murakami: “Scheherazade”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Haruki Murakami’s “Scheherazade,” translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen. Read the full post.

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2666 Read-Along — Part 2: The Part about Amalfitano

Lee and Trevor (and many of you!) continue the 2666 read-along with this post on Part 2: The Part about Amalfitano. Please come on in and let us know your thoughts! Read the full post.

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Antonio Skármeta: A Distant Father

Trevor reviews Il Postino author Antonio Skármeta’s 2010 novella, A Distant Father, translated from the Spanish by John Cullen and recently out from Other Press. Read the full post.

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Edward Hirsch: Gabriel: A Poem

Trevor reviews Edward Hirsch’s Gabriel: A Poem, a long poem of grief for Hirsch’s son, who died in 2011. This book was recently longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. Read the full post.

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Kevin Canty: “Story, With Bird”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Kevin Canty’s “Story, With Bird.” Read the full post.

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Jane Gardam: “The Sidmouth Letters”

Lee reviews Jane Gardam’s “The Sidmouth Letters,” a “thank you” to a literary hero. Read the full post

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Howard Jacobson: J

Chris reviews Howard Jacobson’s novel J, which recently made this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist. Read the full post.

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Jack Clayton: The Innocents

Trevor reviews Jack Clayton’s 1961 film The Innocents, a fantastic adaptation of Henry James’ ghost story classic The Turn of the Screw. The Criterion Collection released their edition of The Innocents on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Read the full post.

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Paul La Farge: “Rosendale”

This week’s New Yorker story is “Rosendale,” by Paul La Farge. Read the full post.

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2666 Read-Along — Part 1: The Part about the Critics

Lee and Trevor kick-off the 2666 read-along with this post on Part 1: The Part about the Critics. Please come on in and let us know your thoughts! Read the full post.

* I am grateful to Corey Goldberg, who took the original photograph of the weathered cherub (see it on his Tumblr here) and gave me permission to use in this artwork. ~Trevor

Roberto Bolaño: By Night in Chile (reread)

Lee and Trevor reread Roberto Bolano’s By Night in Chile in preparation for the read-along of 2666. Read the full post.

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2014 Fiction National Book Award Longlist

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

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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.