*Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue: In Larry Rohter’s glowing New York Times review, he calls it a “farcical duel with topspin.” Caravaggio and Quevado play tennis with a ball made from the hair of Anne Boleyn, and on the other side of the globe, Cortés and La Malinche duke it out in the game of colonial domination and resistance. Read More
- Read this gorgeous, fascinating essay by Literati’s Mairead & you’ll fall in love with the 27th letter & also want to pick up Larry Levis’s Winter Stars, first out in 1985, back in print and on our shelves now. & you’ll want to give Mairead a high-five & maybe some kind of prize.
Mostly I sell books, which is great! I really enjoy doing special orders– it’s always interesting to learn about some of the more esoteric pieces people come in asking about, plus customers are so thrilled when we can track down a title they haven’t been able to find anywhere else. I’m also the office manager, so in my off the floor time I get to help keep all the little behind the scenes pieces moving, like making sure we don’t run out of receipt paper. I also get to try and figure out the most effective use of space for our storage and office areas, which is always a fun adventure in a store this small and this crammed with books. Read More
There’s a Springtime feeling in the air with mysterious bird calls and uncanny early February shrubberies, ye aulde groundhogge predicts an auspicious season, and–phew–Mercury in Retrograde is over. Don’t you feel a bit more clear-brained and eager to refresh your mind and heart with some bright words? Read More
R.J. Fox is an Ann Arbor writer and Huron High School teacher who recently published his memoir, Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine, which is about his journey as a young man to the country of his beloved. The book has received a good deal of praise. Davy Rothbart writes of Love & Vodka: “If you’ve ever done something crazy in the name of love, R.J. Fox’s adventures in Ukraine will strike a chord,” and you can listen to Fox discuss his work with Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program here. Literati was happy to host his launch, and I had the chance to talk about love and courtship, vodka toasts, and screenwriting with the author. Thanks, R.J.! Read More
It’s always sort of gratifying when the big shots say that our favorites are their favorites too. Makes us feel fancy! The National Book Critics Circle just announced their 30 finalists up for awards in Fiction, Poetry, Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Reviewing, and Criticism, for the year 2016. Let’s shine a big spotlight on NBCC’s Fiction picks. Who knows who we love most? We won’t tell you; we can’t tell you. But we’d love to celebrate a whole bunch of great fiction. Read More