Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book News Roundup: April 11, 2014

Booklist

As a reader I'm always fascinated by book lists. This week, in The Week, author Emma Donoghue (Frog Music, Room) shares a list of six favorites--classic, contemporary, not yet published, and even audio. (P.S. On Donoghue's recommendation I've picked up The Bees by Laline Paull, which will be published next month. It's wild!)

Propaganda!

Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago was banned in the Soviet Union and originally published in an Italian translation by an Italian publisher. Enter the CIA, which thought it a perfect propaganda tool. The Washington Post goes in-depth on the 1958 caper, and it reads like a spy novel in miniature.


Obituaries

The literary world lost a great soul last week. Peter Matthiessen, spy, activist, environmentalist, novelist, Buddhist, and the only winner of both a fiction and a nonfiction National Book Award, died at the age of 86 last week. There were many tributes and obituaries; this piece on NPR was a beautiful one.

Sue Townsend, author of the Adrain Mole series of comic novels, has died. She was 68, and her voice will be missed.


It's All Fun and Games Until Somebody Pisses Off The Hound

Jimmy Kimmel's team has made a Game of Thrones/KFC commercial which is sublime. Truly sublime. NSFW, certainly, but still, well, finger-lickin' good.

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