An early Thomas Bernhard story, "Two Tutors," gets its first English translation.
In the new issue of The Believer, Percival Everett’s seventeenth novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, wins the Book Award, and Rick Moody raves about Charlie Smith's forthcoming fiction Three Delays: "Want to read about how harrowing and essential love can really be? Dip in here. Be made alive."
Mark McGurl writes of the Zombie Renaissance: "Perhaps the zombie attack on Jane Austen’s novel is telling us that the novel is neither alive nor dead but undead. We are living... in the heyday of zombie computers and zombie banks, zombie this and zombie that. Why wouldn’t we also be living in a time of zombie literary forms?"
An excerpt from Hampton Sides's new book, Hellhound on His Trail, detailing MLK's last hours.
In the battle of fatwa versus fiction, Salman Rushdie has the last word: "One of us is dead, do not mess with novels." Rushdie, in conversation with Christopher Hitchens, gave the keynote of the PEN World Voices Festival last night. Catch up on a world of authors with blogs from the fest, excerpts from participating writers' work, photos, video and audio clips. Highlights include Patti Smith's chat with Jonathan Lethem, a Utopia and Dystopia panel, and A. M. Homes's talk with Philippe Djian.
Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival is in full swing.
The comma, a punctuation mark worth praising.