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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.


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.


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

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Joshua Ferris: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Lee reviews Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which is on this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist. Read the full post.

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Joseph O’Neill: “The Referees”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Joseph O’Neill’s “The Referees.” Read the full post.

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Episode 13: Olivia Manning’s Fortunes of War

Trevor and Brian are joined by Nick During to discuss Olivia Manning’s series of novels, The Fortunes of War, comprised of The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy. Read the full post and listen to the podcast.


Read-along: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Trevor and Lee are hosting a readalong of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, a book they’ve both read and have not been able to shake. Not that this will help. Read the full post and learn about the readalong.


John Cheever: “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor”

Michael continues his trek through The Stories of John Cheever with “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor, first published in the December 24, 1949 issue of The New Yorker. Read the full post.

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Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Lee reviews Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Read the full post.

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Tessa Hadley: “One Saturday Morning”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Tessa Hadley’s “One Saturday Morning.” Betsy offers her thoughts. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Tell Me Yes or No”

Trevor and Betsy look at Alice Munro’s “Tell Me Yes or No,” from her collection There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.

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Marc Pastor: Barcelona Shadows

P.T. Smith reviews Marc Pastor’s crime novel, Barcelona Shadows, translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem. Read the full post.


César Aira: Conversations

Trevor reviews the most recent César Aira book to appear in English, Conversations, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. Read the full post.


Jonathan Glazer: Under the Skin

Lee reviews Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film, Under the Skin, based on the novel by Michael Faber. Read the full post.

Review copy courtesy of Broadway Books.

Emma Campion: A Triple Knot

Betsy reviews Emma Campion’s historical novel, A Triple Knot, which centers on court intrigue in fourteenth-century England. Read the full post.

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Jane Gardam: “The Great, Grand Soap-Water Kick”

Lee reviews “The Great, Grand Soap-Water Kick,” the third story in The Stories of Jane Gardam. Read the full post.


Jean-Pierre Jeunet: A Very Long Engagement

As we think back on the beginning of World War I, Amanda reviews Jean-Pierre Jeaunet’s 2004 film, A Very Long Engagement. Read the full post

The Burning of the World

Béla Zombory-Moldován: The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

Trevor reviews Béla Zombory-Moldován’s The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914, translated from the Hungarian by the author’s grandson Peter Zombory-Moldován, and just out from NYRB Classics. This is the first time this exceptional memoir has been available in any language. Read the full post.

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James Dickey: To the White Sea

Chris reviews James Dickey’s 1993 novel, To the White Sea. Read the full post.

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The 2014 National Translation Award Longlist

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