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Brit Bennett on the Opposite Sides of the Color Line

Brit Bennett discusses her latest book, The Vanishing Half, with Simran Hans at the Guardian. The novel, which was an instant bestseller and quickly optioned by HBO, follows twin sisters who decide to live on opposite sides of the color line, one as a white woman and one as a Black woman. “I think there’s a larger social context into which the book...

‘Want’: Featured Fiction from Lynn Steger Strong

In today’s edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Lynn Steger Strong’s novel Want. Following on the heels of Hold Still, the novel won praise from Kirkus, which called it “a wise, unflinching, and compelling novel about womanhood,” and Vulture, which hailed it as “a defining novel of our age of left-behind...

Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Nugent, Tenorio, Martin, and More

Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Benjamin Nugent, Lysley Tenorio, Andrew Martin, and more—that are publishing this week. Fraternity by Benjamin Nugent Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Fraternity: “Terry Southern Prize–winner Nugent digs into Greek life at an unnamed western Massachusetts university...

Colson Whitehead on Making Eccentric Ideas Plausible

Two-time Pulitzer-winner Colson Whitehead spoke to Hillel Italie at AP News about his latest book, The Nickel Boys, his quarantine routine, and his childhood reading habits. “I wanted to write from a very early age, just from reading Marvel Comics and Stephen King, and Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury,” Whitehead says. “I consumed fantastic fiction...

Nobody’s Martyr: The Millions Interviews Shannon Reed

In Why Did I Get a B?, her memoir about teaching, Shannon Reed writes “I enjoy teenagers. I like that they have to be convinced to like you.” It’s one of the many lines in Reed’s book that feels authentic.  “Authentic” gets thrown around a lot in the world of secondary school teaching because, like the teenagers peering at a new teacher, educators...

Our Private and Public Lives: The Millions Interviews Sanaë Lemoine

I met Sanaë Lemoine in graduate school nearly a decade ago, when we were both in our 20s. We often spoke about literature, writing, and teaching, and yet, we were never in workshop together. I was always curious about her writing, so when I received an early copy of her debut novel, The Margot Affair, I eagerly began. Reader, I gasped when I finished...

A Visit from the Goon Squad, a Decade Later

Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, made its debut a decade ago, and the author reflected on the book’s trajectory with Seija Rankin at Entertainment Weekly. “It was a wonderful gift and a nice shot of excitement,” Egan says. “It came at a time when I’m revisiting those characters and actually following them now...

Must-Read Poetry: July 2020

Here are four notable books of poetry publishing this month. After the Body: Poems New and Selected by Cleopatra Mathis An excellent collection that leads with her new poems, finely attuned to the body and aging. “Bed-Bound” begins: “I live in the seam of stitches and throb.” The narrator wakes to hear the “insistent / ceiling fan above,...

Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Stein, Sullivan, Baker, and More

Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of  Leigh Stein, J. Courtney Sullivan, Calvin Baker, and more—that are publishing this week. Self Care by Leigh Stein Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Self Care: “In this sharp satire, Stein (The Fallback Plan) revels in wellness culture gone toxic. Devin Avery and Maren...

Two Previously Unpublished Lucile Clifton Poems Make Their Debut

Dive into summer with two never-before-seen poems by Lucille Clifton in the Paris Review. These “two unpublished poems by Clifton, ‘poem to my yellow coat‘ and ‘bouquet,’ appear in issue no. 233, Summer 2020. They’re drawn from a group of unpublished poems that will be included in How to Carry Water, a career-spanning selection of Clifton’s work due...

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