Tuesday New Release Day: Robinson; Schwehn; Sachdeva; Westover; Lee

[og_img] Out this week: What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson; The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn; All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva; Educated by Tara Westover; and The Undressing by Li-Young Lee. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out great books coverage? Then become a member today. The post Tuesday […]

Literary Citizenship: How to Handle Rejection and Nurture Emerging Voices

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/rejected.jpg Around Christmas, LitHub put up their round-up of The Most-Rejected Books of All Time (Of Those That Were Eventually Published), and the literary Internet chimed in—I chimed in, too, sharing that my forthcoming novel had been rejected 98 times. The reality of rejection is not a new topic for lit mags or bookish media, […]

The Year of Only Publishing Women

[og_img] “When author Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to publish only women in 2018 to help address a gender imbalance in literature, just one publisher took up the challenge.” And Other Stories, an English publisher who publish translations and English language books, has decided to only publish women writers in 2018, according to the […]

The Literary Identity

[og_img] “Being someone who’s an outsider, there are so many ways in which the world acts on you or assigns narratives to you.” Literary Hub interviews author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi about literature, identity, and her new novel, Call Me Zebra. From our archives:  Nur Nasreen Ibrahim‘s review of Call Me Zebra. The post The Literary Identity appeared first […]

First He Marched, Now He’ll Run

[og_img] “But the civil rights movement didn’t stop in Selma.” In a follow-up to March, his award-winning graphic novel trilogy, Congressman John Lewis will have a new series published later this year by Abrams ComicArt, according to Time. Run, which will also be a multi-book series, will pick up where March left off. Pair with: The Millions‘s review of March. The […]

Unchecked Complacency and Privilege: On Prayaag Akbar’s ‘Leila’

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/0143126997.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg The first day of this year marked an important event for the Dalit community in India. Historically marginalized by the caste system, where a Brahmin is ascribed the status of priest and scholar of religious texts, and the Dalits (formerly called “Untouchable Hindus”) are declared “impure” owing to the economic functions they are to […]

On Imitation

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/mirror.jpg The first time I stole, I was told it was wrong. It was borrowed from a Garfield cartoon—one character says, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and then in the next panel, a dictionary falls on his head. I thought it was funny; I included it in […]

Motherhood as Muse

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/hands.jpg 1. We were living in Philadelphia with our twin 13-month-old daughters when one night I returned from the store to find my husband holding E, her face blue. Her arms and legs made a slow but steady jerk jerk jerk, only her eyes were closed and when we lifted her lids the pupils darted […]

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Read More

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reader.jpg It’s the first week of February and I’ve already failed in my resolution to read more books. Between the ever-accelerating news cycle, snow days, weekend road trips, and the three-month-old baby who is smile-drooling by my side as I write this, I’ve started six books and finished exactly…one.[1] I’m probably the last person who […]