- The Man Booker Prize announced the 2015 longlist, and 5 slots went to US authors (the prize opened itself to US authors last year).
- The Guardian newspaper announced their longlist for the annual Not the Booker Prize.
- At The Millions, Adam Boffa writes about Lydia Davis and Twitter.
- Claudia Rankine’s Citizen has been adapted for the stage.
- Etgar Keret is interviewed at The Rumpus.
- “The most popular Poe rumor is that the godfather of gothic fiction was a hopeless drug addict.” A list of literary rumors, via Flavorwire.
- Maya Angelou has been honored with a stamp from the USPS.
- At Numéro Cinq, Robert Day writes about the fears that plague modern society.
- Issue 2 contributor Dennis Barone has a new book.
- The New Yorker tackles the rise of the nameless narrator in fiction.
- At Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Jason Diamond talks about Kim Gordon’s new memoir, Girl in a Band.
- Laura van den Berg is interviewed at The Rumpus.
- The Millions explores the art of the final sentence.
- The Guardian pick their Top 10 fictional troublemakers.
- A&A CNF co-editor, Sarah Seltzer, constructs a great list at Flavorwire of 50 Novels Featuring Famous Authors as Characters.
- Isabel Allende will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- The Millions talks to contemporary writers about the process of naming their novels and story collections.
- This year’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” nominees have been announced, and include work from Haruki Murakami and Michael Cunningham.
- Buzzfeed Books offers up 20 debut writers under 40 that need your attention.
- The Millions has an interesting essay titled When Updike Met Barth.
- Karen Russell’s story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is going to become a TV show?
- Just in time for Halloween, Book Riot presents 5 scary stories written by women, while Huff Post Books offers 9 new scary novels to keep you up at night.
- Is Humbert Humbert the scariest villain in fiction? Claire Armitstead thinks so, and she writes about it for the Guardian.
- Dylan Thomas would have turned 100 this week.
- The Los Angeles Times tries to explain why the battle between Amazon and publishers matters.
- The Guardian has five of the best writer’s sheds.
- Flavorwire has an exquisite list of new types of online literature.
- The Time dissects the controversial remarks of author John Grisham regarding the punishment for those found with child pornography.
- In publishing news, Amazon seems to have reached an agreement with Simon & Schuster regarding e-book prices. Amazon has yet still to resolve their dispute with Hachette.
- The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is holding a national ekphrastic poetry competition for writers inspired by art. Submissions will be accepted until November 30.
- At the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead discusses whether there is such a thing as bad books for children.
- Tis the season of literary prizes! Last week, the Nobel prize in Literature was awarded to French novelist Patrick Modiano.
- Speaking of prizes, Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus). This years nominees included American writers for the first time.
- Emily Temple has rounded up 50 of the Greatest Debut Novels since 1950 up at Flavorwire. A seriously gorgeous list of books! Speaking of Flavorwire, we would like to congratulate our own Sarah Seltzer, who will be the new editor at large for the site. Read her first article here.
- The Guardian has a list of some Weird and Wonderful Bookshops Worldwide (in pictures), which includes a 60-feet narrow boat in England and a van-bookshop in Portugal.
- The Los Angeles Times rounds up Highlights from the Frankfurt Book Fair.
- At the New York Times, authors Daniel Mendelsohn and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether we read differently at different ages.
- Behold! Boston has inaugurated the first literary district, which started with the unveiling of a new statue of Edgar Allan Poe.
- Who will win this year’s Nobel prize in literature, you say? Your guess is as good as ours. But bets are mostly on Haruki Mukarami and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. The winner will be announced tomorrow.
- Speaking of Haruku Mukarami, read his fiction Scheherazade up at The New Yorker.
- At the New York Times, authors Cheryl Strayed & Benjamin Moser discuss if this a golden age for women essayists.
- Over at Buzzfeed, read the conversation with Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl.
- Book Riot has gathered the 10 Best Literary Ted Talks of the Year.
- It’s Banned Books Week! Celebrate by reading some of the most challenged books in American literature. Some of our favorites include Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Here’s a list of the most challenged books of the century.
- On the subject of banned books, read this beautiful essay by Laila Lalami (author of the wonderful historical novel The Moor’s Account), on beauty & Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye published by Pen America.
- The Brooklyn Book Festival was held this past Sunday, with thousands of readers, writers and book-lovers of all kinds.
- The Los Angeles Times rounds up 10 Bookish Movies coming out this fall.
- What poetry is stored in our nation’s collective memory? That’s a question academics from the University of Cambridge will attempt to answer. Which poem do you remember most?
- Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books will be released as e-books for the first time.
- The Man Booker Prize for Fiction was revealed this week. This years nominations include superb American authors such as Joshua Ferris & Karen Joy Fowler.
- Speaking of prizes, the longlist for 2014’s National Book Award for Poetry was also announced; stunners like Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf) & Fanny Howe’s “Second Childhood” (Graywolf) are among the nominations.
- Up at The Millions, Chloe Benjamin explores the intricate relationship between dreaming & writing.
- Renowed author Dinaw Mengestu discusses the “very political” term of immigrant.
- Flavorwire rounds up 50 Romantic Novels for People Who Hate Romance Novels.
- This year’s MacArthur Genius Fellows have been announced; among them are the wonderful poets Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa.