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Watch Kathy Acker read from The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec.

Today marks the 74th birthday of the late Kathy Acker: titan of literary punk, defying genre and format, collaging autobiography and reference texts. There’s no shortage of great writing examining facets of Acker’s work—in Lit Hub alone, you can learn about her from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Douglas A. Martin, Teresa Rose Carmody, and Eileen Myles—but...

Cuomo staffers were (illegally) asked to work on Cuomo’s memoir as part of their government jobs.

A brief, unsurprising, and characteristically unpleasant update on the Andrew Cuomo book deal debacle: several current and former Cuomo staffers have anonymously told the Times Union that, counter to Cuomo’s claims, staffers were given tasks related to Cuomo’s memoir about the COVID-19 pandemic, American Crisis, as part of their governmental duties—violating...

Has anybody seen some loose ceremonial swords? The Truman Presidential Library wants them back.

Have you seen some ceremonial swords where they shouldn’t be? What if you saw them 43 years ago? Well, you’re in luck: as of today, the Kansas City FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the location of several ceremonial swords and daggers stolen from the Truman Presidential Library in . . . 1978. The FBI is offering up to $10k for...

New York bookstore figures out the perfect sideline: pickles.

Even in boomtimes it is hard to keep a bookstore afloat: the margins are razor thin and you’re in constant competition for bookbuyers with the largest monopoly in the universe (Am*zon). This is why a lot stores—particularly newer ones—build higher-margin sidelines into their business models… like, say… beer! (Alena Jones recently wrote for Lit Hub about...

Announcing Ottessa Moshfegh’s next novel, Lapvona, coming next summer.

Literary Hub is pleased to exclusively announce the publication of Ottessa Moshfegh’s next novel, Lapvona, which was written during the pandemic and is scheduled to be published by Penguin Press next summer. Here’s what the publisher had to say about the book: In Ottessa Moshfegh’s new novel Lapvona, set in the vanished medieval fiefdom of the same...

Andrea Pitzer on the Heroic—and Horrific—Arctic Voyages of William Barents

Time to Eat the Dogs is a podcast about science, history, and exploration. Each week, Michael Robinson interviews scientists, journalists, and adventurers about life at the extreme. In the late 1500s, Dutch navigator William Barents sailed north in search of a Northeast Passage. This expedition and a second one both suffered hardships, but they were...

Lit Hub Daily: April 12, 2021

TODAY: In 1826, Carl Maria von Weber’s opera “Oberon” premieres in London. Ottessa Moshfegh has a witchy new book slated for next summer, set in a vanished medieval fiefdom. | The Hub “African American literature, as a discipline, was never a promise.” Shanna Greene Benjamin pays tribute to Nellie Y. McKay, one of the scholars who fulfilled...

Bio-Waste: How Important Are Author Bios Anyway?

It was Lyz Lenz’s profile of Seth Abramson’s journalism, over at Columbia Journalism Review, that sent me to his website in the first place. Abramson had risen to something like fame in the Trump era, threading tweets and minting books: three volumes since 2018, based on other journalists’ reporting. But he’d had other lives, too—as lawyer, professor,...

Lidia Yuknavitch Wants You to Write a Triptych

First Draft: A Dialogue of Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, nonfiction, essay writers, and poets, highlighting the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. Hosted by Mitzi Rapkin, First Draft celebrates creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their...

Taking a Much-Needed Road Trip to Italy, Texas

Translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris If it’s true we hold no memory of our first three years of life, then my son won’t remember any of this, in spite of living through it. Yet there will always be some trace left in his cerebral cortex, and so for the rest of his life, he’ll feel something pushing up from below, trying to be remembered,...

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