The latest books in the Library of America’s Ursula K. Le Guin series are out now. “The Hainish Novels & Stories,” vols 1 and 2, collects much of Le Guin’s science fiction, including “The Left Hand of Darkness,” “The Dispossessed,” “The Telling,” and some of her best short stories in one handsome boxed set. The […]

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A truck, a Paris street, an absent-minded philosopher. On February 25, 1980, these disparate objects collided and fused into biographical fact: the semiotician Roland Barthes stepped off a curb near his Left Bank office and was hit by a laundry van. He died a month later in a Paris hospital. For the resourceful French novelist […]

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While I’m talking with the poet and novelist Paul Beatty in his Amsterdam hotel, we spot another Booker Prize winner, Hilary Mantel, sailing through the lobby. Both have novels newly out in Dutch translation, and both did interviews the day before for a books program on Dutch TV. Beatty envies her interview skills, he tells […]

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While pregnant, Camille T. Dungy fears isolation and estrangement: “I felt sure that the woman I’d worked thirty-six years to become would be pushed aside by someone else.” Yet when this poet, professor, public speaker, and holder of advanced degrees becomes a mother, she welcomes her altered identity. Motherhood, she says in her new essay […]

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I gave a talk on Doris Lessing’s early life and young motherhood at De Balie on May 29, as part of a special evening on Lessing in the series Grote Denkers. I also discussed Lessing and mothering with journalist and columnist Sarah Sluimer. More info and a video of the evening can be found at […]

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Sam Maggs, author of WONDER WOMEN and THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, will talk about women in geek culture, feminism, science, and more at Spui25, Amsterdam, on Monday, March 27. I’ll do the Q & A. You can…

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