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There’s a new literary instagram you should be following yesterday already. Hot Dudes Reading is your new hometown for looking at books and nice looking guys. It’s not the pictures that make this blog, it’s the amazing commentary.


The Daily Beast looks into why international fiction doesn’t seem to make it in the US.

Writers are coming out of the wood works! After hearing that Harper Lee is publishing a new novel, Milan Kundera also let us know that his novel ‘The Festival of Insignificance’ will be translated into English. New books! And talking about Harper Lee, she spoke out about the whole controversy surrounding her book. Good to hear that she really wants to publish!

Electric Literature digs into the roots of literary genres, focusing this time on Country Noir.

And for more introductions to literature, take a look at Oyster’s guide to Philip Roth.

Joshua Rothman delves into The History of ‘Loving’ to Read over at The New Yorker.

Tolstoy’s wife, Sofiya, was not just the woman behind the man. She herself also had a novel up her sleeve.

Whit Stillman is adapting a Jane Austen novella, creating a The Last Days of Disco reunion.

Tumblr and Chronicle Books are again looking for Tumblrs that could be turned into books. So if you have that million-dollar idea about shit someone says, get on it now.

You wanna know what love is? Well, take a look at this infographic dissecting the use of the word Love in classic novels.


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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