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Meet the 35 authors who run the literary internet. Flavorwire has compiled a list of the most influential writers who like to dominate your desktop. And while you are there also take a look at this list of 50 essential cult novels.

Are you curious about what life will be like if you design book covers? Then read this insightful interview with Jamie Keenan on It’s Nice That and keep an eye out for all the pretty covers.

The Morning News – who you might still remember from the Tournament of Books – has started a new series. They ask authors to review restaurants, adhering to just two rules. Write a restaurant review and don’t write anything like a restaurant review. First up is Roxane Gay!

Bryan Lee O’Malley, author of the hit Scott Pilgrim, is finally bringing you some new work. Seconds is his new graphic novel and it explores the idea of what happens after you have come of age. Does life just stop? If your adventure over? Extremely depressing, but insanely interesting.

This is definitely not contemporary news, but I couldn’t keep this 1951 Holden Caulfield-esque review of The Catcher in the Rye for myself.

David Mitchell is writing a new story on Twitter. If you can’t get enough of the author of Cloud Atlas and his million other books, head on over there right now.

Jonathan Russel Clark discusses the art of the opening sentence over at The Millions. Some of these authors really know how to start a novel.

Sometimes you have these friends that keep raving about a book or series. They make references to it non-stop, but you haven’t read it so you can’t be part of the joke. Reeder was running into this problem with Harry Potter and now that she’s read it, she knows what everyone is talking about.

Zadie Smith will make you feel better about spending your entire summer reading while other’s are dumbly prancing around on a beach.


Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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