Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Today is Inauguration Day, and because
it's difficult for the publishing industry to respond to immediate
headlines with anything other than quickie books, we asked Beverly Gage, a professor of history at Yale
University, and Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
presidential historian and author most recently of "Destiny and
Power," to take a long view of the recent election and the incoming
administration. Both writers turned to the 1930s in their respective
essays. Gage writes about the legacy of Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't
Happen Here," while Meacham writes about Edward Dahlberg's "Those
Who Perish" and Nathanael West's "A Cool Million," as well as
a few later works.
Prefer to escape into fiction? There are
plenty of options this week. Ottessa Moshfegh, author of the acclaimed
novel "Eileen" (reviewed on our cover in
2015), has published a collection of short stories, "Homesick for Another World." Lucinda
Rosenfeld's new novel satirizes liberal Brooklynites and
their pieties about class and race. Plus, André Aciman has a new novel. And Marilyn Stasio's Crime column looks at a debut medical mystery,
another thriller with "girl" in the title, and a chilly suspense
novel by Randall Silvis.
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