Book deserts, literary hoaxes, and more

August 7, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Time magazine just released its list of the best books published in 2015 so far.

Rebecca L. Walkowitz’s latest book is now available. Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature explores understanding translation’s effects on fictional work, visual media, and more.

Book deserts are places where access to books, even for students, is extremely limited. The Unite for Literacy’s Book Desert maps places across the United States that suffer the most from a lack of library funding and reading material. 

Daniel Cordle wrote a piece in The Conversation which examines the literary legacy of Hiroshima’s bombing. 

The Chicago Tribune compiled a list of Cuban literature that offers insight into its culture and history.

Google now has critics’ reviews in search results for books and TV shows. 

The Washington Post examines the life of Dr. Seuss and how he rose to fame and changed the face of children’s literature. 

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Have you ever wondered if some authors were stretching the truth just a little bit in their writing? The Guardian highlights the top 10 literary hoaxes. 

NPR recently talked with Jonah Ogles, who recommended some adventurous summer reads all about survival. You can hear the entire interview and check out the book list here.

Bustle compiled a list of nine nonfiction works by women writers that are as engaging as fiction.