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“Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

Here’s this week’s Roundup of Cool, a compilation of online articles and posts I found provocative and/or interesting in the book world. Happy reading!

Subversive poetry and fiction has the power to question the powerful and the status quo, and to shake up what we see as normal. One female poet does this, drawing from a Defense Department dictionary to write in the language of war.

Female writers understand the sexism in the publishing industry and the (sometimes) curse of the labeling of a female writer’s book as “Women’s Fiction.” Here’s a thoughtful examination of what it means to write about deep female characters and the lives of women.

I recently read and loved Eden Robinson’s book Monkey Beach, a captivating novel about a young woman searching for her missing brother and set within a Native reserve in British Columbia . Here’s an interview with Robinson, in which she talks about storytelling and the inspiration behind her books.

How to host a vintage library-themed party. Because why not?

Because Halloween is around the corner, a list of 100 must-read books about monsters.

Becky Mandelbaum has been named this year’s winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. I look forward to reading her collection of short stories, Bad Kansas, in the fall of 2017.

And the wildcard post of the week: your ultimate guide to NYC art walk crawls.

 

 

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