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Big Brother Reads Novels…With You.

If we were to dive into that reader space, we could see they picked up a book, read the first five pages in five hours, then never picked up and engaged with the book again. What does that say, if 90% of readers stop after chapter five? It certainly provides insight for the publisher and […]

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A Super Cheesy History of the Novel

Novels are like people in most aspects except their birthday. The first novel was born multiple times between 1719 and 1750. But like everyone else, the novel had a difficult childhood, followed by an uncertain teenage life. Every step of the way, however, the worse was averted and the novel successfully came of age.  As […]

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Rushdie Fatwa Now a Video Game?

  An Iranian video game about killing Salman Rushdie? Creepy, silly, sick? I’m pretty stumped. Don’t know what to make of this. So during the late eighties, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered Rushdie’s execution and put a price on his head. For many many years, Rushdie lived as a fugitive. Apparently, this game, titled The Stressful Life […]

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Sad and Female? Eat or Go to Pinterest

I like books. I like buying, borrowing, reading books. I’m fine staining books with coffee, tears, and sometimes blood. But I also love storing books in a way that ensure they’re both safe and strategically displayed for visitors to see.  At Pinterest, I can fulfill a good range of these relationships I love to have […]

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LIT GLITZ: Literary Fashionista

Literary fashionistas are, rather surprisingly, a rare species. But J. K. Rowlings, the multimillionaire novelist wore this green Osca de la Renta gown peppered with pink flowers during the premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It just so happened that a few months before Rihanna had the white and more fitted version of the […]

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30,000 Pounds and a Very Happy Madeline Miller

The world must be colored in orange for Madeline Miller. She’s the winner of the Orange Prize for fiction, a prize given to a female novelist writing in English. The American novelist is 30, 000 pounds richer for her debut novel, The Songs of Achilles. I’m really happy for her. Of course, the sales of […]

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Frazzled Franzen

HBO has refused to go ahead with the adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections. People are saying it’s because the novel is too bookish for TV. I can imagine that Franzen isn’t finding this funny. But his haters must be tickled by this bit of disappointment for an author who has lately been touted as […]

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French Film Wins the Golden Palm

Bad fashion. Good fashion. Lovely films. Duds. Kanye is now a director. Cannes is over. And the winner of the Palm d’Or is…. Amour directed by Michael Haneke There are other movie awards beside the Oscars. Palm d’Or (Golden Palm) is one of the favorites. It’s the award given to the best film at the […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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