Monday, November 18, 2013

[News and Notes] November 18, 2013

A few news bits to start the week:

Last month the First 24 Hour Automated Library in the United States opened in Norman, Oklahoma.

November is National Novel Writing Month and it’s not to late to participate in the annual writing challenge.

During an interview with Zadie Smith, author Ian McEwen advised aspiring young writers to practice writing short stories, comparing it to “trying on your parents’ clothes.” Read the full interview at The Believer.
Writing short stories proved successful for Alice Munro. Recognized as “master of the contemporary short story,” Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson won Best Novel for Locus Magazine’s World Fantasy Awards. Click to view all the winners

Thanks to The Reader's Advisor Online blog, best-of lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, and more are available in one place for easy access.

The Guardian asks, “How Existential Are You?” Click to take the existential book quiz.


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