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Published January 27, 2010
Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment from Dalkey Archive Press of what will become an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. This year's edition is edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur “Genius-Award” winner Aleksandar Hemon. The authors featured include: Ornela Vorpsi, Antonio Fian, Peter Terrin, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Igor Štiks, Georgi Gospodinov, Neven Ušumović, Naja Marie Aidt, Elo Viiding, Juhani Brander, Christine Montalbetti, George Konrád, Steinar Bragi, Julian Gough, Orna Ní Choileáin, Giulio Mozzi (AKA Carlo Dalcielo), Inga Abele, Mathias Ospelt, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė, Goce Smilevski, Stephan Enter, Jon Fosse, Michal Witkowski, Valter Hugo Mãe, Cosmin Manolache, Victor Pelevin, David Albahari, Peter Krištúfek, Andrej Blatnik, Julián Ríos, Josep M. Fonalleras, Peter Stamm, Deborah Levy, Alasdair Gray, and Penny Simpson.
Published January 06, 2010
BOOKISHNESS: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age
Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2009

"We... live at a double moment: the death of the book and the dearth of reading face off against a proliferation of virtual books, the overabundance of writing. At such a time, everything seems up for grabs in ways both threatening and promising; it's either a brave new world or Brave New World that confronts us... Without abandoning our sense of what is lost, we mustn't lose the imagination of what is potentially—and increasingly, actually—to be gained..." — Jonathan Freedman, "Bookishness; A Brief Introduction"

Leah Price, "Reading As If for Life"
Alan Liu, "The End of the End of the Book: Dead Books, Lively Margins, and Social Computing"
Phil Pochoda, "UP 2.0: Some Theses on the Future of Academic Publishing"
Jessica Pressman "The Aesthetic of Bookishness in Twenty-First-Century Literature"
Paul N. Courant, "New Institutions for the Digital Age"
Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, "The Taste of Mice"
Benjamin Busch, "Growth Rings"
David Kirby, "The Traveling Library"
Michael Wood, "Distraction Theory: How to Read While Thinking of Something Else"
Stephen Burt, "Poems about Superheroes"

[Cover image: Ann Arbor's Shaman Drum Bookshop "Going Out of Business Sale" signs.]
Published December 23, 2009
Starting this December event in 2008, Carleen Brice celebrates the second annual Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Somebody Not Black Month. Her effort is intended to focus attention on the works of African American authors outside of the mainstream. Brice also maintains a blog White Readers Meet Black Authors, which she labels as an "official invitation into the African American section of the bookstore."

Each year Brice recommends a short list of authors, as well as provides plenty more on her blog. For 2009:

The Book of Night Women By Marlon James
Kiss the Sky by Farai Chideya
Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Big Machine by Victor LaValle
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
The Air Between Us by Deborah Johnson
Published December 23, 2009
Still looking for a holiday gift for that literary person on your list? A Journey Through Literary America is a collaborative work by writer Thomas R. Hummel and photographer Tamra L. Dempsey. The publisher's site describes the book: "This 304 page coffee table book takes a look at 26 of America’s great authors and the places that inspired them. Unique to this book of literary biography is the element of the photograph. With over 140 photographs throughout, the images add mood and dimension to the writing – and they are often shockingly close to what the featured authors described in their own words."

It is indeed a gorgeous book. Neither the text nor photos dominate, but work well in harmony to create a book that can be browsed for its images or curled up with and delved into for its writing. The content on the featured authors provides commentary about their lives in the places where they lived. Even if you already know the background of these authors (click here for the table of contents), seeing them recounted here in context with the photographs adds a new, warmer sense of story to their lives. The information looks both at the authors' lives past as well as how they continue to be recognized within the community in which they lived, and in some cases, in which their characters lived.

Additionally, the authors are running a writing contest on the theme My Hometown: "We want you to write about your hometown (we leave it up to you how you choose to define the term, whether it be the town your grew up in, the town you have adopted as your own, the place that feels most like 'home.') The most important thing is that your entry must strongly evoke place." Deadline August 1, 2010.
Published December 03, 2009
Another great holiday gift - UDP basic subscriptions (limited to 200) receive more than 20 books throughout the year, sent directly to your home, including new works of poetry, essays, and artist books by emerging and established writers and artists. The books are all uniquely designed, with frequent use of letterpress, hand-sewn binding, and more, demonstrating “a philosophical curiosity about what makes a book a book” (Michael Miller, Time Out New York).
Published December 01, 2009
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has spoken out about his dislike at being labeled "the father of modern African literature".
Published November 30, 2009
Newly launched by Thomas P. Kelly, author of Payback, the Actors and Writers Book Club has a purposely limited range, but could soon be coming to your town.
Published November 16, 2009
Through the month of November, buy one Coach House fiction book from their online store at regular price, get the second one half off. A great deal with no stupid membership fees. How refreshing.
Published November 10, 2009
Save 60% and get free shipping in the U.S.* with Dalkey Archive's Holiday Sale, running through November 22, 2009.

10 Books for $65!
20 Books for $120!

Offer applies to all Dalkey Archive books and issues of The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Choose one copy of several books, or multiple copies of a single book - while supplies last.

To take advantage of this offer:

1. Choose which books you would like.
2. Click on the sale option below for 10 or 20 books.
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10 books for $65 w/free shipping

20 books for $120 w/free shipping
Published October 22, 2009
The National Book Award Nominees

Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)
Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search
for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)
T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)

Young People's Literature
Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)
Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

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