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  1. Michigan Quarterly Review

    Michigan Quarterly Review, the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry for over 50 years — and the entire archive is available online.

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  2. Abridged Classics: Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read (But Probably Didn’t)

    Wrong Hands illustrator John Atkinson blends cartoons, literature, and humor in his new book, Abridged Classics.

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  3. Ann Patchett on Philip Roth

    On Philip Roth’s death: “Now Roth has made the same mistake. He’s no longer here to represent his body of work. It’s up to us to keep reading the books. They are not of this time. They will offend a lot of people. They are some of the very best books I have ever known.”

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  4. The Orangutan Librarian

    A bookish blog featuring recommendations, lists, and other literary-minded posts, The Orangutan Librarian stays true to its name with a banana-based rating system for reviewed books.

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  5. All The Way YA

    Seeking support, feedback, ideas, and tips for writing and publishing young adult books? Look no further than the community at All The Way YA, started by Jessica Kelley, an accountant by day and writer by night.

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  6. How Do Poets Choose A Collection Opener?

    At the Chicago Review of Books, Sarah Blake asked four poets to share their thoughts on opening poems, all of whom have prologue-poems in their new books.

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  7. Red Canoe Reader

    Looking for a great book for your little one? One of retired librarian Susan’s great joys is connecting kids with the perfect book.

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  8. The Role of Imagination in Creative Nonfiction

    Heather Thomson at Commonplace Book Blog explores fact, memory, and imagination in creative nonfiction: “But there is a middle ground, one which is perhaps the most difficult to do well, but the one I feel is most rewarding as a reader, and perhaps most faithful to how the mind works.”

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  9. “There’s something about the confluence of springtime and death that feels right: life ends and life starts up in an explosion of pink blossoms. I’ve got grief on one shoulder and gratitude on the other, writing a book while losing the person who was most convinced I should be writing books.”

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  10. Meanjin

    One of Australia’s leading and longest-running literary journals, Meanjin Quarterly publishes essays, fiction, and poetry by authors ranging from the up and coming to the globally celebrated.

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  11. Michael Moreci on what science fiction can teach us about ourselves: ” . . . sci-fi possesses the unique ability to instruct and inform, to subtly—or, at times, not-so-subtly—act as a warning of what happens to worlds overrun with inequality, with war, and with hate.”

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  12. 28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball (2018)

    Scott Woods at Scott Woods Makes Lists compiles a sequel to his popular 2016 list of black picture books that aren’t about boycotts, buses, and basketball.

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  14. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

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  15. Shelf Talk

    “We’ve been ranked the nation’s most literate city several times; either we read a lot of books, or we buy a lot of books and pretend to read them.” Shelf Talk, maintained by the staff of the Seattle Public Library, is a blog for the city’s lively and diverse community of readers.

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