Lit Hub Weekly: October 26 – 30, 2020


TODAY: In 2004, French publisher Denoël publishes Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française, consisting of two novellas written and set in 1940–1941, from a sequence left unfinished on the author’s death in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942.

Also on Lit Hub:

Michiko Kakutani on why we love books • Shirley Jackson, soothing as ever, in a letter to a young reader • Talking to Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris about The Lost Spells 50 of the best apocalypse novels ever writtenNoam Chomsky and David Barsamian, calling it like they see it • Fran Lebowitz on the glamorous worlds of Camilla McGrath • On Sylvia Plath’s creative breakthrough at the Yaddo Artists’ Colony • Life advice from a mythic Slavic witch? • Emily Van Duyne considers a monumental new biography of the Sylvia Plath • Duncan Wu on the poetic appeal of our very best friends: dogs • Sonya Bilocerkowycz on what it’s like to jaywalk in a dictatorship, at home and abroad • Madelaine Lucas on rituals of home and return in Marilynne Robinson • Paola Ramos profiles the work of young environmental justice activists • Mark Polizzoti on Patrick Modiano’s literary career that comprises a “single work” • Scott James recommends five books to help us understand the rise of Trump that have nothing to do with TrumpTommy Orange on vulnerability, and familial love • Allison Wood talks to Luna Adler about what a memoir can do • When a Marilyn Monroe met Richard Avedon • Peter Mishler talks to the poet Pamela Sneed • What we still don’t know about the Cuban missile crisis • Kate Bernheimer on the melancholy at the heart of

a beloved children’s classic • On the 19th-century food writer who embraced gluttony as a virtue • Inside the spare and extravagant homes of six iconic writers • Riding in cars with John Ashbery • We could all use a Leonard Woolf right about now • Christina Baker Kline and Bonnie Friedman in conversation about a classic of literary craft, Writing Past Dark • Lulu Dewey nearly loses it working as a tech writer in Silicon ValleyMonica Youn, poet and frontline defender of democracy • Lily Wachowski on confronting fascism at the ballot box… and in the streets • Tyler Malone explores the dark, cinematic world of eco-horror • Lucile Scott on pandemic weddings and rules for witches • Myléne Dressler on what ghost stories mean in 2020 • Claire Cronin on writers and their many hauntings • A brief history of bones • Somebody had to do it: 50 Draculas, ranked

Best of Book Marks:

Indie booksellers from around the country rave about their favorite reads • 10 terrifying 21st century novels for Halloween • A classic review of Dracula • Sarah Shun-lien Bynum on William Faulkner’s transporting language and Mary Gaitskill’s greatest sex scene • Scott James recommends five books to help us understand the rise of Trump that have nothing to do with Trump, from A Civil Action to Where the Crawdads Sing • Max Seeck on Animal FarmA Little Life, and hating The Master and Margarita • Joshua Ferris on Jess Walter, Ron Charles on Bryan Washington, and more of the Reviews You Need to Read This Week • Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis, David Attenborough, and Sutton Foster lend their voices to some of October’s best audiobooks • New titles from Jess Walter, Bryan Washington, Martin Amis, and Evan Osnos all feature among the best reviewed books of the week

New on CrimeReads:

Max Seeck explores the most haunting settings in crime fiction • Stephen Spotswood with a crime lover’s guide to classic radio mysteries  • Travel the world from home with these international crime novels out in October • Western noir: an unlikely combination, but it works. Nick Kolakowski explains why • My First Thriller: Rick Pullen interviews Scott Turow • Elizabeth Hand on outsiders, punks, and subcultures, interviewed by Lisa Levy • Olivia Rutigliano celebrates Arsenic and Old Lace as a perfect Halloween film  • Nicci French on the pantheon of prison fiction • Evie Green looks at 7 novels featuring imaginary friends • 9 fictional haunted houses that aren’t actually houses, from Matthew Lyons

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