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The Obscure London Library Where Famous Writers Go for Books

Tucked into a corner of St. James’ Square, the exterior doesn’t so much scream library as it murmurs anonymous guest house, a remnant of the building’s former life as a private residence. But like Dr. Who’s famous TARDIS spaceship, the library is seemingly bigger on the inside. One million books on 17 miles of shelves are spread out across a cluster of four different buildings, creating a labyrinthine maze that director Philip Marshall says draws Harry Potter comparisons from nearly every visitor—myself included. Read more

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The Bangalore Detectives Club

Nagendra makes her fiction debut with an exceptional series launch … By placing her intelligent and clear-eyed protagonists in the multilayered and multicultural milieu of colonial India, Nagendra, a university professor in Bangalore, imbues this mystery with a rich, edifying, and authentic feel. Read more

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Vincent Kling Wins the 2022 Wolff Translator’s Prize for ‘The Strudlhof Steps’

Vincent Kling has been announced as this year’s winner of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his NYRB Classics translation of Heimito von Doderer’s novel The Strudlhof Steps. Administered each spring by the Goethe-Institut, the award comes with a prize of $10,000. Read more

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There’s a new lit fest in town: American Writers Festival

As downtown Chicago creaks slowly, slooooooowly, back to where it was before the pandemic, the American Writers Museum on Michigan Avenue has grown antsy. Its fifth-year anniversary was approaching, though like other cultural attractions, attendance had thinned. So in true big city rent-party fashion, they decided to invite everyone over. Read more

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