August 8, 2018

The Guardian has tallied the votes for its Not the Booker shortlist. Nominees include Rebecca Ley’s Sweet Fruit, Sour Land, Naomi Booth’s Sealed, Ariel Kahn’s Raising Sparks, Will Dean’s Dark Pines, and Dervla McTiernan’s The Ruin. A sixth nominee will be announced next week.

Apple has bought the series rights to Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko. Soo Hugh has signed on to write and produce the adaptation.

Catherine Lacey. Photo: Willy Somma

Catherine Lacey talks to Hazlitt about Lydia Davis, turning real people into characters, and her new short story collection Certain American States. “There’s this interaction between any writer’s life and what they’re writing about. In the past, I’ve felt extremely nervous about what this or that person thinks of this or that character, if something shows up in my fiction that looks a lot like my life or that person,” Lacey said. “I’ve been worried about hurting someone’s feelings—or, in writing a story, sometimes I realize that I don’t care anymore.”

At Folio, Cable Neuhaus reflects on Radhika Jones’s Vanity Fair, which has adopted a more modest and subdued style.

Tonight at Books are Magic, Laura Van Den Berg presents her new book, The Third Hotel.

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