8 ENCHANTING BOOKS LIKE THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

Since I first read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in 2018, a decade after its publication, I’ve been on a mission to find other books like it. I’m not sure how I went so long without knowing about it. It’s not like the book was a hidden gem: in 2009, it was… Continue reading 8 ENCHANTING BOOKS LIKE THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

Sami Rohr Literary Award Inks Alliance With Israel National Library

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Library of Israel have formed a new literary partnership that will bring the prize ceremony to the library’s new Jerusalem site on alternate years and evaluate works translated into English. The prize will now be called as the “Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature presented… Continue reading Sami Rohr Literary Award Inks Alliance With Israel National Library

Mouth To Mouth By Antoine Wilson — Breathing New Life Into The Literary Thriller

What is the value of saving someone’s life if they turn out to be “an asshole”? In his latest novel, a Highsmithian literary thriller, Antoine Wilson tracks the aftermath of a fateful intersection of two strangers. The story at the heart of Mouth to Mouth is nested within a framing device. The narrator, a struggling… Continue reading Mouth To Mouth By Antoine Wilson — Breathing New Life Into The Literary Thriller

Book Lovers Can Get Up To 36% Off Kindle E-Readers

Get rid of your crowded shelves and travel with thousands of books and CDs. E-readers provide you access to a whole library whether you’re at home, on the bus, or on vacation. You don’t have to worry about choose which book to bring on your trip because you can bring them all. Kindle e-readers are… Continue reading Book Lovers Can Get Up To 36% Off Kindle E-Readers

Want To Ban A Book? Assign It For English Class

As I write, Virginia’s newly elected Republican governor is embroiled in a Twitter battle with a flamboyant high school student. And then there’s the losing. It’s like something out of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a show Moms for Liberty would certainly outlaw if they had the power to do so. Never mind that the whole incident… Continue reading Want To Ban A Book? Assign It For English Class

Coronet Snaps Up Companion Novel To Lo’s National Book Award Winner

A companion novel to Malinda Lo’s Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Coronet), which received the National Book Award in 2021, has been acquired by Coronet. Vanessa Kerr at Abner Stein, on behalf of Michael Bourret and Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, secured UK and Commonwealth rights for A Scatter of Light, excluding… Continue reading Coronet Snaps Up Companion Novel To Lo’s National Book Award Winner

Costco Promotes Controversial Anne Frank Book

A book on Anne Frank that has been pulled off the sale in the Netherlands has been designated as Costco’s February “Buyer’s Pick,” the latest sign that criticism of the book is unlikely to dampen its popularity. When “The Betrayal of Anne Frank” was released last month, it caused a stir because of its shocking… Continue reading Costco Promotes Controversial Anne Frank Book

How K-12 Book Bans Affect Higher Education

Some educators are concerned that eliminating controversial texts from the K-12 curriculum will hurt students’ critical thinking and development, as well as deprive them of the cultural capital that universities want them to have. Battles over free speech, academic freedom, and even the politics of fried chicken chains have long been fought in colleges and… Continue reading How K-12 Book Bans Affect Higher Education

What WE Are Going Through: A Literary Journey Into, Through And Past Loss

“Every Day We Get More Illegal,” a poetry anthology by former US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, was reviewed by me last summer. Because of how common it is for individuals to struggle with poetry — comprehending it, appreciating it, even wanting to read it — I began that review with a frame for thinking… Continue reading What WE Are Going Through: A Literary Journey Into, Through And Past Loss

‘The French Dispatch’ Is Wes Anderson’s Eloquent Love Letter To Literary Eccentricism

I have no qualms about joining the crowd of moderately pretentious film buffs who recommend Wes Anderson as one of their favorites. His famed portfolio of pastel flushed, symmetrical, and painstakingly detailed visual feasts are as thematically warm and nostalgic as they are gloomy and lonely, making him a movie maestro. His middlebrow, colorfully weird,… Continue reading ‘The French Dispatch’ Is Wes Anderson’s Eloquent Love Letter To Literary Eccentricism