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Prize-nominated poet's debut cancelled as plagiarism accusations build
Several authors have accused Ailey O'Toole of using their poems to write her own, including the Pushcart-nominated Gun Metal A prize-nominated poet's debut collection has been cancelled and her work removed from online publications after multiple writers accused her of plagiarising their work. On Saturday, Ailey O'Toole, an American poet who was nominated for a Pushcart prize for the poem Gun Metal, was publicly accused by Rachel McKibbens of taking lines from her poem, three strikes, and using them in Gun Metal. McKibbens' poem, which draws on her childhood trauma, reads: Hell-spangled girl / spitting teeth into the sink, / I'd trace the broken / landscape of my body / & find God / within myself.
Dec 6 4:32PM Guardian-Books

Broken Ground' Balances Location, Character And Props In Perfect Proportion
Prolific crime writer Val McDermid's latest catches up with plainspoken cold-case detective Karen Pirie as she deals with personal troubles, machinations at work and a mystery going back decades.
Dec 6 3:00PM NPR-Books

Sequel rights and wrongs: why some stories should be allowed to end
It makes sense to continue The Handmaid's Tale in the Trump era, but going back to Call Me By Your Name risks ruining the first book (for which there are spoilers here) While Luca Guadagnino's 2017 film of Call Me By Your Name ended with lovers Elio and Oliver parting ways on the phone, Andr Aciman's novel showed us what happened next. Throughout the book, the torment of erotic obsession builds slowly, with Elio experiencing all the agonies and ecstasies of a first serious crush as he worries over Oliver. Then Aciman shows us their futures, beyond their fateful shared summer in Italy: their separate adult lives are full of marriage and children, with only lingering memories of the time they spent together years before.
Dec 6 1:45PM Guardian-Books

The Life Intense by Tristan Garcia review - is there too much excitement in our lives?
Should our priority be to pursue 'existential intensity', to live life to the full? A young star of French philosophy is doubtful Recently I saw a woman in a train station wearing a T-shirt that read: I wish 'common sense' were more common. As a form of political protest this slogan is extremely mild, but perhaps that was the satirical point in an age of furious divisions, where increasingly everyone is either a Nazi or a snowflake. The worst, as a poet once wrote, are full of passionate intensity.
Dec 6 12:00PM Guardian-Books

There was a lot of crying': youngest Booker prize nominee on writing her first novel - video
The author made headlines this year after becoming the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with her debut novel Everything Under. Iman Amrani speaks to her about her book, which has been described as a feminist retelling of a well-known myth, which plays with the boundaries of reality and the supernatural This interview is part of a series called Fresh Voices, presented by Amrani Continue reading..
Dec 6 12:00PM Guardian-Books

Surrealism Meets Sci-Fi In 'Parallel Lives
Olivier Schrauwen's new graphic novel is cold and rejecting, giddy and uncontrolled, all at the same time. It's semi-autobiographical and loosely sci-fi, set in an unsettlingly minimalist future.
Dec 6 12:00PM NPR-Books

Lynn Neary's Reading Recommendations For The Book Lovers On Your List
Ahead of the holidays, Neary offers some literary gift ideas including a novel about a teenage spy, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a cookbook just for kids.
Dec 6 10:11AM NPR-Books

Paper Chase: 'A Christmas Carol,' by Charles Dickens, Turns 175
On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times's coverage of the author and his story over the years.
Dec 6 10:00AM NYTimes

By the Book: Michelle Obama: By the Book
The former first lady, whose new memoir is Becoming, admires Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth for its complexity and humor: Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.
Dec 6 10:00AM NYTimes

The best recent thrillers - review roundup
The Whisperer by Karin Fossum, Dan Fesperman's Safe Houses, Tami Hoag's The Boy, Murder in the Caribbean by Robert Thorogood, The Listeners by Anthony J Quinn and A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths. Norwegian author Karin Fossum is always commendably ready to show that crime - however diverting in fiction - has grim consequences in the real world. The Whisperer (Harvill Secker, 12.
Dec 6 9:00AM Guardian-Books

The New Enclosure by Brett Christophers review - the sale of public land in neoliberal Britain
In the last four decades, the state has sold 10% of the UK's land - why is no one scandalised? If you're someone who's interested in Britain - and I mean Britain tout court: the whole 80,823 square miles of its physical existence - then this is a book you must read. If, further, you're any kind of student of the nation (its politics, its social forms, its economic particularities) then Brett Christophers' painstaking survey of land privatisation since the Thatcher era will tell you many things you already know. But it will also reveal how all these things you already know are, in fact, underpinned by a single terra incognita - in this case a literal one.
Dec 6 7:30AM Guardian-Books

'Nature was my safe place': Raynor Winn on homelessness and setting off on a 630-mile walk
Without a home, and facing terminal illness, Winn and her husband decided to walk the South West Coast Path. She talks about the experience - and her Costa-nominated memoir, The Salt Path On a Thursday afternoon in August 2013, Raynor Winn and her husband, Moth, set off from Minehead in Somerset to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She was 50, he was 53.
Dec 6 6:00AM Guardian-Books

Andrei Bitov, Russian Writer Who Chose Not to Flee, Dies at 81
At a time when many of the Soviet Union's greatest authors left the country, he stayed, despite sometimes incurring official wrath.
Dec 5 10:51PM NYTimes

Novelist And 'Book Matchmaker' Tayari Jones Shares Her Favorite Books Of 2018
Ahead of the holidays this year, All Things Considered is inviting writers to talk about the books they'll be gifting to friends and family. Jones, author of An American Marriage, shares her list.
Dec 5 9:29PM NPR-Books

Books of The Times: Revelations and Reckonings in a Sex Scandal From Long Before #MeToo
In Bringing Down the Colonel, Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
Dec 5 7:16PM NYTimes

All That Heaven Allows' Examines Rock Hudson's Life As A Closeted Leading Man
Hudson lived a double life as a Hollywood heartthrob and a closeted gay man. Biographer Mark Griffin says Hudson's death from AIDS in 1985 was a turning point in public awareness of the epidemic.
Dec 5 6:18PM NPR-Books

Alba amicorum: the original Facebook for Renaissance teens?
These 400-year-old books, soon to be seen at the British Library, were a permanent record of young people's lives 'that they could show off about'. Sound familiar? Name: Alba amicorum. Age: From the Renaissance.
Dec 5 5:06PM Guardian-Books

Key 1968 Harvard-Yale Battle Sets Scene For 'The Game' And Football's Future
Author George Howe Colt's choice to delve into the lives of the players and coaches in his new book, as well as the turbulent year itself, makes his writing about the actual game pay off beautifully.
Dec 5 5:01PM NPR-Books

Axe the reading tax': book industry demands end to VAT on ebooks
Following EU directive that allows governments to waive duty on digital publications, calls grow for the UK to end 'illogical and unfair' levy The UK government is being urged to axe the illogical and unfair 20% tax currently imposed on ebooks, while print books remain exempt, after European legislation cleared the way for this to happen. The new legislation, which came into force on Tuesday, allows member states to reduce or do away with VAT on digital publications such as ebooks, audiobooks, journals and newspaper subscriptions. France, Italy and Iceland have already declared they will lower their taxes on digital publications.
Dec 5 4:15PM Guardian-Books

New York's Strand bookshop begs to avoid official landmarking
Much-loved retailer boasting '18 miles of books' says city's plans to legally recognise its status would entail expenses that might kill the business New York City's most celebrated bookshop, the Strand, is a cultural landmark for locals and tourists alike, promising 18 miles of books to its customers since 1927. But now the shop is battling attempts to make its landmark status official, saying the designation could destroy it. Run by three generations of the Bass family since it opened, the shop at the corner of 12th Street and Broadway is the only survivor of what was once known as Book Row, home to 48 booksellers in the 1920s.
Dec 5 2:11PM Guardian-Books