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We picked the 10 best books to read this September from small and independent presses.
September 2016 is packed with highly anticipated books from big names. But you already knew about those books. Here are the 10 best books to read this September that might not be on your radar yet.
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Interview: Patricia Engel talks about writing her new novel, 'The Veins of the Ocean'.
In the first chapter of Patricia Engel’s latest novel The Veins of the Ocean, a man named Carlito discovers his wife has been unfaithful, then throws his son off a bridge.
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Reviewed: Brad Watson's new novel 'Miss Jane' is "painful and hopeful in equal measure."
From Harper Lee’s Scout to Zora Neale Hurston’s Janie Crawford, young Southern women are among the most enduring, perplexing, and moving figures in American literature. And thanks to Br…
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We spoke with Justin Cronin about writing the final book in the Passage trilogy, The City of Mirrors.
Easily the best thing to come out of our 21st-century vampire craze, Justin Cronin’s 2010 breakout novel The Passage took a high-concept premise and grounded it in literary prose and a vivid …
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A conversation between Margo Jefferson and Darryl Pinckney at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
On April 30, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosted a conversation between Jefferson and Pinckney on “Style and the Black Bourgeosie” at the newly renovated Fine Arts Building in downto…
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The second annual Evanston Literary Festival opens today, and features some literary rock stars like Alexander Chee, Audrey Niffenegger, and Aleksandar Hemon.
Don’t call it a suburb. Evanston, Illinois—though perched on the shores of Lake Michigan directly north of Chicago city limits—is a vibrant, arts-loving community all to itself, home to one o…
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Interview: Chicago's bestselling crime writer Michael Harvey talks about returning to his hometown of Boston for 'Brighton'.
Michael Harvey is the well-regarded author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, The Governor’s Wife and The Innocence Game—a real Chicago’s Chicago author. Except for on…
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Reviewed: Jonas Hassen Khemiri's new literary mystery from Atria Books, 'Everything I Don't Remember'.
Could an obsession with being memorable drive someone to suicide? In Everything I Don’t Remember, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s nameless writer attempts to piece together a stranger’s final moments in Sto…
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Interview: Ben H. Winters responds to the controversy surrounding his new novel, 'Underground Airlines.'
If controversy begets book sales, then Ben H. Winters had a great week. When his latest novel Underground Airlines was published last Tuesday, The New York Times made sure the moment didn’t g…
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We spoke with Naomi Novik, author of UPROOTED, about writing the end of the Temeraire series.
The Napoleonic Wars are historically fascinating in their own right, but 10 years ago, Naomi Novik added dragons.
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"I would rather shoot myself in the head." -- Karl Ove Knausgaard, when asked about therapy and psychoanalysis at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Last month, Knausgaard made his first-ever trip to Chicago, where he spoke with Sheila Heti at the Chicago Humanities Festival about literary ambition, the price of success, and the books he’…
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Chicago's alternative to MFA vs NYC: an interview with DePaul University's writing program.
In 2010, The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach wrote a divisive essay in n + 1 magazine called “MFA vs. NYC,” about two ostensibly opposing forces in contemporary American writing: un…
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