Vanessa Veselka

Last week when Hugo Lindgren posted Kurt Andersen’s shortlist of annoying “words we don’t say” from his late-90s New York Magazine days (ie “celeb,” eatery,” “hubby”) readers responded with dozens of words and phrases they find irritating.

Publishers Weekly picks the big books from BEA, and makes this year’s Expo sound almost retro: “Hardcover fiction is back.”

Quirk Books has unleashed sea monsters into Sense and Sensibility and zombies into Pride and Prejudice, but now they’re infesting a book with the most terrifying beast of all. Bedbugs is a novel featuring the nettlesome insects as they haunt the quiet lives of two Brooklyn brownstoners. Are you itching yet?

Colson Whitehead on the zombie movies that influenced his forthcoming novel, Zone One.

Tonight at Word bookstore in Brooklyn, Lynne Tillman will read from her new book, Someday This Will Be Funny, along with another fiction writer published by Red Lemonade/Cursor: Portland novelist Vanessa Veselka, who will read from her new book, Zazen.

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