Little Women is turning 150 this year! Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel was originally published in two volumes: the first published in 1868, and the second published in 1869, after high demand from her readers. The two volumes were then published together in one volume in 1880.
If you think I'm going to talk about Calvin and Hobbes... you're kinda right.
Hitler and the Axis powers have won. Years later they celebrate with an annual motorcycle race from Germania to Tokyo. But this year is different. The previous year's winner, Adele Wolfe, is racing or is she? She looks like Adele Wolfe and sounds like her, but Yael is not Adele.
How do you decide what to read? Let me introduce you to an old-school but excellent technique—using books to discover books.
The biennial Man Booker International Prize is awarded to a living author who has published fiction originally in English, or whose work is “generally”, but not always, available in translation in English. The award recognizes one author for his or her overall achievement in writing fiction on the world stage. The 2015 finalists were announced today, and include authors who come from 10 different countries. The 2015 Man Booker International Prize winner will be announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 19 May.
The Impossibly, by Laird Hunt, is a spy story. Sort of.
The Urbana Free Library now has one of the funniest books I've read in, well, ever: The Truth Spinner by Rhys Hughes. Each of these stories is (more or less) about Castor Jenkins, Welsh raconteur and teller of tales tall and of all heights, whose adventures strain the limits of time, space, believability, genre, and the printed page.