Footnotes, May 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.
- What do you do with books you don’t want any more? Try this one easy trick.
- How to deal with the sense of loss you get when you finish a good book.
- The week-long Durban International Book Fair will take place in August.
- Read an excerpt from Niq Mhlongo’s new short story collection For You, I’d Steal a Goat.
- Good news! The Bookseller’s latest edition is free to read – with a focus is on Black publishing.
- Bono is to release 40-chapter memoir about ‘the people, places and possibilities’ of his life. (Haven’t we suffered enough?)
- A Genius on the Wrong Side of History: a review of two new biographies of Leo Tolstoy.
- That lovely Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will give a book a month to 200 refugee children until they turn five.
- Shakespeare’s plays are full of people dying, both off- and onstage. Here’s a fascinating essay on how he killed – and healed – his characters.
- In Extremely Awkward But Predictable news, LitHub published an essay about plagiarism, by an author who plagiarised her first novel, which turned out – you guessed it – to be plagiarised.
- From the archives: The Man Who Wrote Too Much – an essay on Robert Musil’s 1,800-page novel The Man Without Qualities.
- ‘Some things ought to stay dead.’ Revisiting the Sweet Valley High series.
- A company will pay $200 for every novel you finish. (For once the weak Rand may work in your favour …)
- Dig out your childhood book projects! A woman in the US has got a book she wrote as a 5-year-old published.
- Fan of book series but don’t want to commit? Here are five book series made up of standalone novels!
- A fraudster has been impersonating a HarperCollins editorial director and sending out phishing emails offering book contracts.
- Call for writers! You are invited to apply for Fic Sci, a three-day writing intensive workshop in response to a presentation from a leading scientist. For more information click here.
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