There’s a tonne of amazing content out there from book reviews to pre-release info, to interviews, to discussions, to lists(!)
Here a few such things I’ve enjoyed this week:
I’d heard various interviews with Marlon James last year around the time A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Booker (I still haven’t read it but definitely want to!). This documentary from the BBC is part James’ life and background and part the life of his novels – though it’s not so easy to separate them.
Mentioned in the documentary is an essay he published in the New York Times which is so worth a read:
Marlon James is wonderful to listen to. Fascinating to hear of his personal experiences and how they have shaped his writing. He speaks so frankly of being a young gay man, in an all-boys school, in a country racked with gang violence, and simultaneously entrenched in church culture.
A great watch if you’ve got a spare hour. (Is there anything more wonderful than hearing an author read their own work?)
Another BBC documentary this week, focusing on Virago Press, a publishing imprint started by a group of women to promote women’s writing. This tracks Virago’s founding from an idea and a pitch for money, to present day where Virago is currently part of Little, Brown.
Featuring many of the key characters in Virago’s history, who are frank yet diplomatic about the challenges over the years. There are also great inputs from some of their current authors Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood. A great history of the importance of women’s writing and how it has changed over the last few decades.
This article in the New York Times says:
“There are far more worthy books than any of us will get to read in a lifetime. So you better get cracking in your 20s, at the latest.”
Eek. Better get on with it. I’ve actually just bought the Dave Eggers, and am also hoping to read my first Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison soon…
This piece from Slate asks: Is it tacky to display books you have no intention of reading? I just found this pretty funny.
I just like this. We may not have reached the peak of books with ‘girl’ in the title. It’s got books, it’s got stats, it’s geeky. What’s not to love?
‘I went into the novel religious and by the end I wasn’t. I wrote myself out of it’
I enjoyed this interview in the Guardian with Books editor Claire Armitstead. Read another review about The Power last week and putting it on my wishlist!
Hope you enjoy some or all of these! If you’ve read/seen/listened to any good reviews or interviews or podcasts (or anything else vaguely bookish) please go ahead and link it 🙂 Any other recommendations?