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Jul 02, 2021
We’re not particularly interested in covering JD Vance anymore here at Lit Hub. Granted, he did at one point write a book, but Hillbilly Elegy is looking more and more like that classic first move from the politician’s playbook, the preemptive mythmaking maneuver that gets you close enough, here in America, to the kind of […]
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Jun 18, 2021
To say there are “two Americas” immediately calls to mind any number of great sociocultural divides—Black/white, rich/poor, urban/rural—but one of the abiding tensions in this country has long been between civic conformity and individual eccentricity; or, if we are to locate these ideas as places in the American imagination: Suburbia and Bohemia. This particular divide—very […]
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Dec 11, 2020

Colorado bookstore chain Tattered Cover has been acquired by an investment group that includes Kwame Spearman, who is Black, an arrangement that has led to more than a few stories referring to Tattered Cover as “the largest Black-owned bookstore in America.” This is not sitting well with Black booksellers across the country. As this thoroughly […]

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Oct 26, 2020

In a perfect world I would have had this conversation with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris in a cozy pub in the English countryside, sat by the fire with a properly sized pint of stout, trying and repeatedly failing to stay on topic (in this case, the topic being their latest collaboration). Instead, we corresponded […]

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Oct 08, 2020

Congratulations to the great Louise Glück, who was a surprise choice for this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Granted, the prize is rarely obvious, but Glück —a former poet laureate of the United States—wasn’t mentioned much in any of this year’s pre-prize chatter. The prize committee cited Glück’s “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty […]

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Sep 11, 2020
Wouldn’t it be great if instead of an endless stream of crashed-out, Donald Trump-adjacent memoirs/tell-alls/self-interested “scoops,” we had more quirky graphic novels for kids? And why not? They certainly sell. To wit, Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man: Grime and Punishment, released September 1, has been the number one selling book in North America […]
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Sep 04, 2020
I love old Volkswagen vans and I love bookstores and because it’s Friday I also love feel good stories (I also love hardworking local newspaper headlines, but that’s another story). So that’s why I’m bringing your attention to the story of Melanie Moore, who at the very last second—the night before she was about to […]
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Aug 07, 2020
Yes. It’s a set of bookshelves that can convert into a coffin. And yes, it’s real. Sure, it sounds like some kind of morbid gag (that we’re all quite enjoying here in the virtual Lit Hub offices, aka Slack), but designer William Warren is taking it very seriously: When you die, the shelves can be […]
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Jul 10, 2020
I am clearly a coastal elite out of touch with how people really read* because I did not know there’s a robust, overcrowded field of sports-themed romance novels. This is one of the things I learned in this feature at The Athletic about one former ad executive’s marketing-driven entrance into the world of novel-writing. Specifically, […]
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Jun 05, 2020
Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of New York City’s Strand Bookstore—one of the largest independent bookstores in the country—purchased stock in Amazon three times between April 6 and May 1, totaling somewhere between $115,000 and $250,000, according to Barron’s. If you’ll recall this was a time period which saw the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of […]
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