Footnotes, March 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.
- Book festivals are back! The Franschhoek Literary Festival will be taking place from 13-15 May, the Kingsmead Book Fair on 21 May, and Open Book from 26-27 March. (Click on the links for the programmes.)
- ‘I pretend death doesn’t exist.’ New Poetry From Ukraine by Iryna Shuvalova.
- Cormac McCarthy – who has two new books out this year, his first in 16 years – ‘doesn’t give interviews, doesn’t give lectures, and doesn’t do book signings’. But he did reply to an email from two Arizona high school students for a project.
- Why isn’t cookbooktok a thing?
- Haruki Murakami’s ‘highly personal’ dive into novel-writing, Novelist as a Vocation, will be published later this year.
- ‘The Idea That Slavery Was a Long Time Ago is Profoundly Untrue’: An interview with Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed.
- Good news everyone! Ted Cruz may have just boosted sales for the anti-racist children’s book he attacked.
- Something In The Water: Robert Bilott on Corporate Greed and Chemical Contamination.
- The author of the Neapolitan quartet, Elena Ferrante, talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout about identity, ambition, truth – and the ‘convulsive’ urge to write.
- Enjoy My Flames: On heavy metal’s fascination with Roman emperors.
- The Paris Review’s new Art of Fiction interview with Jamaica Kincaid.
- ‘Being a “lady” is, of course, about class and race. Being a “lady” depends on some women – many women – never gaining admission to the club.’
- In The Books of Jacob, Olga Tokarczuk has learned to do the impossible.
- Sixteenth century literature provides a compelling explanation for women’s engagement with true crime: in many cases, it portrays women in control, rather than victims, of violence.
- And finally, the First Drafts of the Greatest Opening Sentences in Literature, courtesy of McSweeney’s.