* An interview with My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kittredge author Elizabeth Strout. Who knew she was in her forties and earned a law degree–not a writing degree–before her first story was published? And here’s a review, also from NPR, of the new book. Strout is a favorite of ours at Literati, and My Name Is Lucy Barton is our January Cultura pick for our Signed First Editions Club.
- An excerpt from Our Own Bookseller the Intrepid Carla’s favorite laydown this week, American Housewife, by Helen Ellis.
- The amazing story of poet Robin Coste Lewis, whose book The Voyage of the Sable Venus won this year’s National Book Award. Imagine being told by a doctor following a traumatic brain injury not to write more than one line a day. And then writing a book that reads like it “was made over roughly forty thousand years, if we take seriously Lewis’s continuum of historical and autobiographical time,” according to The New Yorker.
- And we lost a great one to the stars this week. Here are David Bowie’s 100 favorite books. A few of our favorites are on there, too. Let’s Dance.