Footnotes, January 2022: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- Breaking! The new novel by Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, is called Our Missing Hearts and will be published in October.
- … aaaand Ian McEwan’s ‘most epic book to date’ is to be published in September.
- Meanwhile, an eight-year-old hid his self-made book on a library shelf. Now there’s a waiting list to take it out.
- Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ The Love Songs of WEB DuBois and a debut story collection by Anthony Veasna So, a promising writer who died before his book was published, are among this year’s nominees for National Book Critics Circle awards.
- ‘I’m tryna write for people who don’t read. Who don’t give a shit about books.’ Find out more about the author of the new novel Fuccboi.
- Station Eleven: a look at what the show changed from the book (warning: spoilers!).
- Author and poet Maya Angelou has become the first Black woman to appear on a US quarter.
- Literary provocateur Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, ‘Annihilate‘, will be his last, he says.
- In a weird confluence of factoids, Americans read fewer books in 2021 than in any year since 1990, but book sales in the UK were the highest in a decade.
- The art of the plot twist – a thrill that’s hard to match.
- Take some time out in George Orwell’s rose garden (which is still thriving, over 70 years since his death).
- Translated novels are bigger than ever. Yet in most cases the translators are only discreetly acknowledged.
- The Novel World of Bibliotherapy: How literature is helping people navigate mental health issues.
- In the bitchy world of book reviews, the hatchet job is back with a vengeance.
- Do you set yourself annual reading goals? Or do you scoff at people who set themselves reading goals?
- The bookshop owner who has saved 200,000 books from the landfill – and counting.
- Decolonising Shakespeare: reinterpretations of Othello in Ghana and Pericles in Glasgow bring new meanings to the text.
- Hanya Yanagihara’s highly anticipated new novel To Paradise has just been published. Like its predecessor, it’s a book in which horrible things happen to people for no reason.
Image: Close-up of the cover of Afterparties by Anthony Veasna