We recommend: Joanna Rakoff

Joanna Rakoff

Our booksellers recommend: My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

Subject: Memoir

Review: There are shades of Devil Wears Prada in this charming memoir recounting the author’s time in a storied New York literary agency. It happened to be the firm that handled a certain Mr JD Salinger, and Rakoff is put in charge of answering the fan mail…  (by CG)

Trivia: In the book, Rakoff uses a Selectric typewriter. Remember them?

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We recommend: Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut

 

Our booksellers recommend: Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

Subject: Contemporary fiction

Review: Galgut applies his fictive imagination and beautifully controlled prose style to a crucial period in the life of EM Forster, as Forster scours India and beyond searching for connection and finding the inspiration for his his masterpiece, A Passage To India. Tenderly devastating. (by CG)

Trivia: EM Forster refused a knighthood in 1949.

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We recommend: Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alacorn

Our booksellers recommend: At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón

Subject: Contemporary fiction

Review: This simply-written, deeply unnerving tale of actors and impostors, dreamers and deceivers, conjures a foreboding atmosphere by slowly, gently turning the screw. (by CG)

Trivia: The author was once chosen as one of The New Yorker’s elite 20-Under-40 list.

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The Manchester launch of @anneliesemack’s #AnyOtherMouth: 18 June 2014

 

Book launch poster

Any Other Mouth is the debut short story collection by Manchester-based author Anneliese Mackintosh, and we’re delighted to be hosting the English launch of the book here in Blackwell’s.

Anneliese Mackintosh is a Bridport Short Story Prize shortlistee and her fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. She is an associate editor in her spare time, and this collection was years in the making.

Supporting her on the night will be master of very short fiction David Gaffney, novelist Socrates Adams and multi-talented author Michelle Green. The event will be hosted by the inimitable Fat Roland.

Click here to join the Facebook event page. Click here to read a five-star review of Any Other Mouth.

Date: Wednesday 18 June 2014
Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Blackwell’s bookshop, Manchester
Admission: free

How #BardDirection saw Shakespeare join One Direction

April 23 is the birth date of Ngaio Marsh and Vladimir Nabokov, but it is also the day on which the birth of William Shakespeare is traditionally celebrated.

And so it seemed entirely inappropriate for us to post pictures of the bard against quotes attributed to him – but actually said by members of the British / Irish pop sensation One Direction. They all appeared on Twitter under the hashtag #BardDirection.

It’s what William would have wanted.

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