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Top 10 books about Sudan

Despite 30 years of repression that have hit writers unusually hard, Sudanese literature remains vigorous. Here is some of the best available in EnglishI was lucky to grow up in Khartoum in a house filled with books, at a time when Sudan’s public libraries flourished. One of the most startling discoveries I made as a child of about 13 was finding a couple of Tayeb Salih’s books on a shelf at home. Until that moment, I thought literature was something that took place elsewhere – in Dickens’s Engl...
Tags: Books, England, Fiction, Poetry, Africa, Culture, Sudan, South Sudan, Fiction in translation, Colonialism, Short Stories, Latin America, Dickens, Khartoum, Borges, Tayeb Salih


Books + Beach Towels for Summer 2019

Dynamic duos for the ideal summer day off Winter provides the pleasure of reading a book while enveloped in a cozy blanket, but the warmer months grant us time to read under the sun. Whether at the beach or pool, in a backyard, on a rooftop or simply a slice of ground at a park, a book and towel is all that’s needed—and we here …
Tags: Books, Music, Design, Fiction, Summer, History, Reading, Culture, Short Stories, Non-fiction, Reading Lists, Summer Reading, New Releases, Personal Essays


Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, the Poles have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against the rodent coypus, foreigners from somewhere foreign with tomato-red teeth, who had been introduced to Britain in the 1920s as a fur crop called nutria. Once these shy...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Boston, Fiction, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Short Stories, Essays, British identity and society, Article 50


Free short story vending machines delight commuters

‘Short story stations’ in Canary Wharf print one- three- and five-minute reads on demand“Every single day,” says Paresh Raichura, “I’m on the lookout for something new to read.” On his hour-long commute to Canary Wharf, where he works for the Financial Ombudsman, he picks up Time Out or a local paper or the freesheet Metro, but says: “I’ve stopped reading all the long novels I used to read.”Why? Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Canary Wharf, UK News, Cities, Culture, Commuting, Short Stories, Anthony Horowitz, Metro, Paresh Raichura


Out from the margins: meet the New Daughters of Africa writers

More than 25 years after her groundbreaking Daughters of Africa anthology, Margaret Busby reflects on the next generation of black women writers around the worldTime was when the perception of published writers was that all the women were white and all the blacks were men (to borrow the title of a key 1980s black feminist book). At best, there was a handful of black female writers – Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou – who were acknowledged by the literary establishment. This was the clim...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Poetry, Africa, Culture, Short Stories, Essays, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Swartz, Thackeray, Sambo, New Daughters of Africa, Margaret Busby


JD Salinger's unseen writings to be published, family confirms

Exclusive: The Catcher in the Rye author’s son tells the Guardian estate will publish ‘all of what he wrote’ over next decadeMatt Salinger: ‘My father was writing for 50 years without publishing. That’s a lot of material’JD Salinger’s son has confirmed for the first time that the late author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote a significant amount of work that has never been seen, and that he and his father’s widow are “going as fast as we freaking can” to get it ready for publication.Salinger died ...
Tags: Books, Fiction, World news, US news, Culture, New Hampshire, Short Stories, Rye, Salinger, Cornish, JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield


Lost Naguib Mahfouz stories discovered in Nobel laureate's papers

Fifty handwritten stories – 18 of which have never been published – by the late Egyptian writer were found in his daughter’s homeA lost collection of short stories by the celebrated Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz has been discovered in a box of the late Nobel laureate’s papers.The 50 handwritten stories were found by the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Shoair at the home of Mahfouz’s daughter Umm Kulthum. While some of the stories were published in magazines while Mahfouz was alive – the Arab world’...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Fiction in translation, Short Stories, Cairo, Naguib Mahfouz, Mahfouz, Saqi Books, Mohamed Shoair


The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories

Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the topics: his stories are unpredictable and based on haunted objects, unfamiliar beings and odd circumstances. Cynthia Zarin, of The New …
Tags: Books, Design, Writing, History, Culture, Short Stories, Authors, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, M.R. James, Montague Rhodes James, Cynthia Zarin


PHANTOM LIMB by Reiko Scott

Phantom Limb by Reiko Scott Published 9/25/2018 I received my first cybernetic arm when I was eight years old. Naomi Shimizu has undergone several enhancements. A cybernetic arm, to replace her crushed one. Smooth pale skin and visual implants, to replace what was lost in an accident. Over the course of her life, she has traded organic body parts for constructed ones—not always with her consent. So now, Naomi works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene under the Cybernet...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Japan, New York, Washington, US, Williams, New Jersey, Manhattan, Short Stories, Upper East Side, Kim, Hudson, Mount Sinai, Cortez, Parker


A Smugglerific Cover: PHANTOM LIMB by Reiko Scott

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Phantom Limb by Reiko Scott! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story I received my first cybernetic arm when I was eight years old. Naomi Shimizu has undergone several enhancements. A cybernetic arm, to replace her crushed one. Smooth pale skin and visual implants, to replace what was lost in an accident. Over the course of her life, she has traded organic body parts for constructed ones—not always wit...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Boston, Short Stories, Shell, Naomi, Book Smugglers Publishing, Smugglerific Cover, Cover Art, Reiko, BSP Original Short Stories, Reiko Murakami, Awakenings, BSP Awakenings, Raqmo, Reiko Scott Reiko Scott


RUNNING by Itoro Udofia

Running by Itoro Udofia Published 8/28/2018 I’ve got an ancestor on my back. Arit is a young woman, growing up in a home that balances two different worlds. On the TV, a preacher speaks of a God who looks nothing like her—back in her bedroom, the spirit of an ancestor speaks of a life that can never be Arit’s. Running by Itoro Udofia tells the story of a first generation Nigerian-American, straddling the line between present and past, the life Arit wants, and the life others want for her. I’ve...
Tags: Books, California, Nigeria, Africa, Fantasy, Superman, Sacramento, America, Harvard, Arkansas, Connecticut, Santa Claus, Aaliyah, Jesus, Short Stories, John


A Smugglerific Cover: NUSSIA by Michele Tracy Berger

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Nussia by Michele Tracy Berger! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story Nussia… I said her name like a wish. All Lindsay Fields has ever wanted was to have a best friend–someone to share all her likes and dislikes, who would truly understand her. When she enters a competition to host Nussia, a teenage alien from a different planet–and wins–thirteen-year-old Lindsay is ecstatic. Now, the Fields’ are not...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Horror, Short Stories, Hayao Miyazaki, Lindsay, Michele, Pascal Campion, Fike, Pittsboro North Carolina, Book Smugglers Publishing, Smugglerific Cover, Kristina Tsenova, Cover Art, Lindsay Wagner, Will Robinson


X MARKS THE STORY: APRIL 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. So what does April snow bring? I’m not sure I want to know. But it seems fitting given today’s speculative treasure hunt–I’ve traveled far and wide to unearth some short SFF that carry a rather chilli...
Tags: Books, Australia, Earth, Short Stories, Melbourne, Ken, Lisa, Lila, Fiona, Mika, Samantha Mills, Speculative Fiction, Kathrin Kohler, Cassandra Khaw, John Chu, Brandon O’Brien


X Marks the Story: March 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Spring is in the air. Kind of. Almost. Where I live (northwestern Wisconsin), it’s more of a late winter, where big snows are punctuated by periods of “warmer” weather (in the 40s and 50s), during which everyone wears shorts and t-shirts because it...
Tags: Books, America, Wisconsin, Short Stories, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, SFF, George Washington, Daniel, Colton, Kathy, Jr, Ping, Ding, James Tiptree Jr, Samantha Murray




X Marks The Story: January 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Welcome to the first installment of X Marks the Story, a series dedicated to trying to navigate the wide reaches of short-form speculative fiction. X Marks the Story aims to help you, the readers, find stories that you’ll hopefully love, and discov...
Tags: Books, Short Stories, Alex, SFF, Merc, Lane, Xuan, Zhang Kai, Kai, The House, Naima, Sakina, Rustad, Speculative Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Charles Payseur


Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

Australia Day (Text Publishing) by Melanie Cheng is worth highlighting as the 26th January draws near. The celebration of Australia Day is currently under fire and this work explores life in Australian society and on Australia Day itself from the viewpoints of characters from a range of backgrounds and beliefs. It is perhaps shaped more … Continue reading Australia Day by Melanie Cheng The post Australia Day by Melanie Cheng appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Australia, Short Stories, Australia Day, Book Reviews - Fiction, Joy Lawn, ByAustralianBuyAustralian, Text Publishing, Indie Book Awards, Melanie Cheng


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: 3 Hits, 1 Miss

Hello Monday and back to real life for those of us in the USA who are coming off an extra-long weekend. I really planned to read, read, read, but ended up with a bad cold. I was in that frustrating state of being too sick to read but not sick enough to sleep. Short stories and audiobooks came to my rescue. Besides listening to books, cooking, and resting, I spent a whole day trying to get the book stacks out of the living room. It may not bother us much in everyday life, but I like a cl...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, Usa, England, Fiction, Italy, Biography, Short Stories, Johannesburg, Montreal, Miss, Gray, Robin, Putnam, Arsenal Pulp Press, Graphic Novel


Book Smugglers Publishing: Open Call For Short Stories Submissions (2018, Awakenings)

As of October 5, 2017 Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions for publication in 2018. General information and theme We’re looking for original English language short stories from all around the world. Our goal is to publish at least four pieces of short fiction–short stories (at least 1,500 words) or novelettes (up to 17,500 words)–unified by a central theme. Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork, commissioned especially for t...
Tags: Books, Kickstarter, Short Stories, Book Smugglers Publishing, BSP Original Short Stories, Awakenings, BSP 2018, BSP Awakenings


Review & Giveaway: To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts by Caitlin Hamilton Summie

I used to think I wasn't a short story kind of person, but either I've changed or I've finally discovered the types of stories that appeal to me on a deep level. Caitlin Hamilton Summie's To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts (Fomite, August 8, 2017) is just such a collection. Although the pieces in To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts stand alone, each satisfying as a complete story, they are in fact linked through theme. Many are set in the upper Midwest, and some share characters. The stories center on everyday is...
Tags: Books, Usa, Minnesota, Colorado, America, Short Stories, Giveaway, Midwest, Colorado State University, Knoxville Tennessee, Daryl, MFA, Caitlin, Massachusetts Minnesota, Beth F, Sherry Fundin


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: This Week's Picks & Pans

Is it terrible that my mood seems to be linked with the weather? We have had a string of absolutely spectacular summer days: little wind, low humidity, lots of sun, and highs in the 70s. Can it be like this every single day of the year? My good mood sparked a pretty great reading week. It was so lovely be sitting on the deck with a book or taking a walk with an audiobook. I'm trying to be grateful for every second of these perfect days. What I Read Last Week (All books discussed in this p...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, Television, California, Fiction, Netflix, Paris, Broadway, Short Stories, Essays, Alan Alda, Anne, Putnam, Green Gables, Caitlin, Beaufort


Review & Giveaway: To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts by Caitlin Hamilton Summie

I used to think I wasn't a short story kind of person, but either I've changed or I've finally discovered the types of stories that appeal to me on a deep level. Caitlin Hamilton Summie's To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts (Fomite, August 8, 2017) is just such a collection. Although the pieces in To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts stand alone, each satisfying as a complete story, they are in fact linked through theme. Many are set in the upper Midwest, and some share characters. The stories center on everyday is...
Tags: Books, Usa, Minnesota, Colorado, America, Short Stories, Giveaway, Midwest, Colorado State University, Knoxville Tennessee, Daryl, MFA, Caitlin, Massachusetts Minnesota, Beth F, Sherry Fundin


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: This Week's Picks & Pans

Is it terrible that my mood seems to be linked with the weather? We have had a string of absolutely spectacular summer days: little wind, low humidity, lots of sun, and highs in the 70s. Can it be like this every single day of the year? My good mood sparked a pretty great reading week. It was so lovely be sitting on the deck with a book or taking a walk with an audiobook. I'm trying to be grateful for every second of these perfect days. What I Read Last Week (All books discussed in this p...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, Television, California, Fiction, Netflix, Paris, Broadway, Short Stories, Essays, Jackson, Alan Alda, Anne, Greg, Daryl, Putnam


The Madonna of the Pool ~ Helen Stancey

Books still pop through the post and I am always grateful for them. Mostly I have to set them aside for the right reading moment but just occasionally the right one arrives at the right time.The Madonna of the Pool by Helen Stancey arrived on a scorchio summer's day when I had awarded myself some peace and quiet repose up in the summer house. Bookhound had arrived home with a new gravity recliner which needed to be tested and I was up for the challenge. The book is published by a new venture, F...
Tags: Books, Madonna, Short Stories, Anna, Matthew, 2017, Turton, Pavlov, Willoughby, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Endsleigh Salon, Helen Stancey, Fairlight Books


The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson

The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson Published 6/27/2017 Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two adopted daughters. Moira and Mystique Brighton-Briggs may identical be twins, but the girls couldn’t be more different. One is all softness and light, the other sharp corners and magic. Yet despite their fights, and despite their differences, Matt, Geoffrey, Moira, and Mystique are family. And family stays together. No matter what t...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Fantasy, Disney, Short Stories, Fairy Tales, Briggs, Loch Ness, Inverness, Moira, Stewart, Matt, Jenna, Tommy, Emmett, Geoffrey


A Smugglerific Cover: The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson

In which we reveal the cover for the second short story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: The Waters and Wilds of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson! Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two adopted daughters. Moira and Mystique Brighton-Briggs may identical be twins, but the girls couldn’t be more different. One is all softness and light, the other sharp corners and magic...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Miscellaneous, New Jersey, Short Stories, Fairy Tales, Moira, Matt, MFA, Geoffrey, Speculative Fiction, Contemporary Fantasy, Gods and Monsters, BSP Original Short Stories, Jessi Cole Jackson, Hollins University Somewhere


El Periodista y La Guerrera: Yosia Sing on Inspirations and Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Our guest today is Yosia Sing, author of the superhero-themed short story “El Periodista y La Guerrera”–included in The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac: Volume 4 (available now). Please give a warm welcome to Yosia, folks. For me, the int...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Nice, Superheroes, SFF, LGBTQIA, Book Smugglers Publishing, Speculative Fiction, Inspirations and Influences, Nini, Quarterly Almanac, The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac, Amazon US ¦ Amazon UK, Guerrera, Nini BOGI


12 Books to Read in April

Happy spring everyone! The weather is changing and soon we in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to relax on our porches and decks, at the pool or at the beach with our books and eReaders. If you live below the Equator, then you're looking forward to snuggling up to a fire, book in hand. Here's what I have on my eReader for April -- all 12 books come out this month and I'm sure there are several that will catch your eye. Escape into a Story Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine (A...
Tags: Books, Florida, England, Science, London, Scotland, Fiction, Nigeria, America, Fbi, Canada, Thriller, Bulgaria, Mystery, Short Stories, National Geographic


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: What I'm Reading & What's on My Radar

So far January's weather has me baffled. Last week we had snow, a thunderstorm (rain), an ice storm, and a sunny mild(ish) afternoon. What is with Mother Nature? I can't figure out what to wear from day to day. Except for that one warm day, I've been cooped up inside. Not all bad, of course, because I've listened to a couple of audiobooks and I've been catching up on my cooking and my reading. I keep vowing to ban the news from this house, but it's kind of like a train wreck, Mr. BFR a...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, UK, London, Fiction, Fantasy, Queens, Shanghai, Short Stories, Diane, Daryl, Vicki, Michael J Sullivan, Salem Massachusetts, William Morrow, Atlantic Monthly


Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine – Diane Williams

I am a sucker for a good cover and let us be honest Diane Williams latest collection of flash fiction, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine (which always makes me think of the Mary J Blige song Just Fine), has a …
Tags: Books, Review, Short Stories, Jonathan Franzen, Mary J Blige, Diane Williams, Lydia Davis, Flash Fiction, CB Editions



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