Do you live in New York City? Please come party with us! Tuesday, October 7th, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!

(Can’t make the party? You can pre-order Pen & Ink hereherehere, or here, Mom.)


Having a pretty amazing mail day!

There I met the rest of the family – seven silent, dreamy children in total and their mother, also silent, and slender and weathered, and their father, a tall man in his fifties with long, gray hair. He was mostly toothless. He welcomed me, and motioned to a picnic table. It seemed impolite to say no.

(via Nighttime In The Devil’s Garden | The Hairpin)

A new Jami Attenberg story! A new Jami Attenberg story! FERSH_SIREN.GIF


Support independent literary publishing and buy tickets to our gala!! You’ll get all our love, not to mention a delicious Chinese banquet dinner. We promise it’s more fun than takeout.

This year we’re honoring the amazing Katie Freeman, genius publicist at Riverhead Books, and Fiona McCrae, awesome publisher at Graywolf Press. How can you say no to IRL idols?

If you like dumplings, spelling bees, and independent publishing, come sit by me!


I’m going to the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday! I’m so excited… I’m so excited… I’m so scared. (Not really. I’m mostly excited!)

Last year, Tumblr sent the wonderful Kate Gavino to cover the Brooklyn Book Festival on Last Night’s Reading. We’re sending her again, obvi, but we want to send you too! Are you in the NYC area and interested in a press pass to document the festival on your Tumblr blog in words, drawings, photos, gifs, or anything else? Email and let me know!

Attending authors include Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Salman Rushdie, Catherine Lacey, Charles Burns, Leslie Jamison, and many more!

More info coming soon, BUT please save Monday, September 15th to party with Tumblr and recommendedreading buzzfeedbooks penamerican blackballoonpublishingkickstarter in celebration of the opening night of Brooklyn Book Festival bookends!

"Mixing wisdom from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, the strangeness of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and how carpentry changes the way one sees the world."

(via Hammer Head | W. W. Norton & Company)

I survived this week by escaping twitter and the news into Nina MacLaughlin’s beautiful, meditative, and soothing memoir of sawdust, kitchen tile, built-in bookcases, table-making, roofing, and the weight of wood. I’m only sorry that most of you will have to wait until March to read it.


Anyone who’s been following me for a bit (or not—welcome new followers!) knows that I write about fan culture for the New Statesman and books for The Millionsand that this Tumblr, much like the whole of Tumblr, is basically a celebration of books and/or fandom. (Er, maybe not the whole of Tumblr? I don’t know, it certainly looks that way to me.)

Tomorrow evening George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb will be coming to London for an amazing one-night-only event. Since I live in London, my books-and-fandom-loving Tumblr and I were perfect candidates to head over on Tumblr’s behalf. So this time tomorrow, I’ll be posting words and images from the event here, and tagging posts with the event’s official hashtag: #GeorgeAndRobin. If you’re a fan of either of these authors—or both!—be sure to check back in around 7:30 pm GMT tomorrow, August 19th.

So excited that writer and fanthropologist Elizabeth Minkel will be LiveTumbling this very special event!

New Penguin Podcast with Emma Straub!

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