The Colombian novelist Alvaro Mutis used to tell a story about his close friend and compatriot Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87. In the mid-Sixties, when the latter was writing One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), they met every evening for a drink. García Márquez would tell…
From the geniuses who brought us Bitches in Bookshops, it’s Hardcover Bound 2. There are running horses. There is Truman Capote. It is glorious.
The LA Times Festival of Books is nearly upon us! We’ll be there all day Saturday and Sunday at booth 973 in the LA Times Stage section. We’ll have books, totes, posters, lollipops, and a killer lobster tablecloth. Come say hi!
-Panio Gianopoulos will be signing copies of A Familiar Beast at 1 pm (and likely discussing Game of Thrones with anyone who will discuss it with us).
-Founder & editor Deena Drewis will be on a panel called The Editors’ Voice along with Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf), Peter Ginna (Bloomsbury Press), and Bart Schneider (Kelly’s Cove Press) on Saturday at 3:30 in the Annenberg Auditorium.
-Edan Lepucki will be signing copies of If You’re Not Yet Like Me at 10 am. (She’s also on the Fiction: Visions of California panel at 12 pm, so catch her one way or another!)
Virginia Woolf: “Jaime Lannister said he would screw his sister himself.”
Samuel Beckett: “Winter can’t go on, winter will go on.”
T.S. Eliot: “Do I dare to eat a raw stallion heart?”
Ernest Hemingway: “If you are unlucky enough to have lived in Winterfell as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Winterfell is an unmovable shitpile.”
There is a god, and it’s a good one, because next year we will have another Kazuo Ishiguro novel after nearly a decade without.
James Franco and David Lehman to Host Reality TV: America's Next Top Poet [by Stacey Harwood] - The Best American Poetry
Fox network announced today that it will headline its lineup of fall programming with “America’s Next Top Bard.” In the pilot, contestants are asked to memorize and recite a soliloquy from Hamlet, to write a bad sonnet on a quotation to be disclosed from Susan Sontag’s literary essays, and to take part in the “Instant Haiku” round. Veteran impresario Bob Holman and singer Stacey Kent join Franco and Lehman as hosts and judges. Forthcoming episodes will focus on competitors representing elite colleges, corporations, and television networks. The celebrity competitors in the pilot are Kate Mara, Josh Charles, and Elisabeth Moss,…
We were like, “WTF?!”, which means this got us good, because we never abbreviate our expletive-loaded questions.