Mr. Lorin Stein making a direct link between the decline of independent booksellers and the falling number of so-called “midlist” literary authors.
The long-in-coming first issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books is now set to launch online in March and as shown by the website’s list of articles and reviews coming soon – it will be absolutely unbelievably massive. Dozens and dozens and dozens of reviews and interviews of all kinds are lined up.
It helped in writing this piece that my disappointment with Durrell on a moral level paralleled his narrator’s disillusionment with romantic love. It helped because it reminded me in double-barrel fashion that literary hero worship can be dangerous.
The new issue of German fiction and poetry magazine No Man’s Land is now available online. Issue #5 contains, among many other wonderful things, “an excerpt from Werner Bräunig’s legendary, banned GDR novel Fairground,“ and an excerpt from a piece by Siegfried Lenz that acts “as a rejoinder, thirty years later, to Germany’s shrill debate on integration (pace Thilo Sarrazin).” News of [...]
Europa Editions has announced that “Lovely Bones” author Alice Sebold has teamed up with the publisher (of such names as Alina Bronsky and Amelie Nothomb) to launch Tonga Books, a new series devoted to “dark, literary” fiction. Europa also reports they’ve already committed to publish the translation of Bronsky’s next novel. Very nice news all of this.