The “Brexit delusion,” the evolution of the book, and more

July 1, 2016
by WLT
Brexit tea pot and cup
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News, Reviews, and Interviews 

The new owner of the Elizabeth Bishop House shares why she sees the poet and Neustadt laureate’s home as “sacred.” 

Recent WLT contributor Laila Lalami writes about witnessing her own privilege while attending the Palestine Festival of Literature. 

British expatriate David J. Wingrave writes about the “Brexit delusion” for Guernica magazine. 

In the most recent episode of the Between the Covers podcast, David Naimon speaks with Chilean writer Lina Meruane. A review of Meruane’s novel Seeing Red is in the current issue of WLT

A dystopian Ukrainian Facebook novel is being published in English. The satirical work by Oleh Shynkarenko was written during the protests in Kiev. 

Investigative journalist Suki Kim talks about her book Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite and how it’s been erroneously cast as a memoir. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has authored an updated Mrs. Dalloway featuring Melania Trump as Clarissa. The short story aims to illuminate today’s befuddling political climate through fiction. 

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative has paired Neustadt laureate Mia Couto with his protégé author, Julián Fuks from Brazil. 

Did you purchase an e-book between April 2010 and May 2012? If so, you might have received a credit in your Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo accounts this past week because of the e-book price fixing ruling.


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

Via Literary Hub, Kim Liao suggests that writers should aim for 100 rejections a year

Flavorwire rounds up vintage book covers and illustrations for the 159th anniversary of Charles Baudelaire’s French poetry masterpiece, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil). 

What makes a book a book? This animated video from Brain Pickings shows the evolution of the book from stretched animal skins to pixels. 

Amazon has introduced a new Kindle feature called “page flip” to make it easier to flip between pages on e-readers.