Shorties (Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate, Beth Ditto on Her Favorite Albums, and more)

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Tracy K. Smith has been named U.S. Poet Laureate.


Beth Ditto discussed her favorite albums at The Quietus.


The Black Aether interviewed author Victor LaValle about his new novel The Changeling.


Daniel Wolff discussed his book Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 with Paste.


The Brooklyn Rail interviewed author Paul Auster.


Stream a new Chris Forsyth song.


Julia Fierro discussed her new novel The Gypsy Moth Summer with the Chicago Review of Books.


The 2017 longlist for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize has been announced.


Laurie Penny examined the present state of science fiction at the Guardian.

“I happen to think the very best books being published now are by science fiction writers who happen to be women.”


Austra covered Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”


Bookworm interviewed author Yiyun Li.


Lizzy Goodman discussed her book Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 with Rolling Stone.


Signature recommended books to understand Cuba.


Stream a new Kevin Morby song.


Who should write the books inspired by the television series Black Mirror?


Stream a new song by Amy O.


Literary Hub recommended works of “labrynthine literature.”


Rolling Stone interviewed singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.


The Rumpus interviewed author Jess Arndt.


Stream a new song by SOAR.


The Lambda Literary Award winners have been announced.


Stream a new Exit Someone song.


The Academy of New Zealand Literature recommended books by Maori and Pasifika writers.


Stream a new song by the Horrors.


The New Yorker shared an excerpt from Teju Cole’s new book Blind Spot.


Baeble interviewed members of the band Warpaint.


Paste interviewed cartoonist Simon Hanselmann.


Stream a new Lee Ranaldo song.


The Guardian recommended modern epistolary novels.


Michael Chabon on the band Carsickness.


The CBC interviewed author Scaachi Koul.


eBooks on sale for $0.99 today:

A Father’s Law by Richard Wright
The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Across the Bridge by Mavis Gallant
Blind Ambition by John W. Dean
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman
Finks by Joel Whitney
Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
The Hippest Trip in America by Nelson George
History by Elsa Morante
Insurrections of the Mind by Franklin Foer
The Humans by Matt Haig
Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford
The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown
The Memory Place by Mira Bartok
Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carole Oates

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Back to Blood by Thomas Wolfe
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Frog Music by Emma Donohue
The Group, The Company She Keeps, and Birds of America: Three Novels in One Collection by Mary McCarthy
Jackie Under My Skin by Wane Koestenbaum
Land’s End by Michael Cunningham

eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham


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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week’s best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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