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Young Adult Realism

EPL’s own Jarrett Dapier talks with author Walter Dean Myers in this fascinating interview for In These Times.  The legendary YA writer candidly discusses “the debt he owes to James Baldwin” along with the importance of mentoring teens.

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels

Mark O’Connell examines his newfound love of doorstop-sized novels in this amusing Millions essay.  Though novels like Ulysses and Gravity’s Rainbow can punish us with their difficulty and length, he says conquering them is like “climbing Everest for people who prefer not to leave the house.”

One Book, One Twitter

The Atlantic announces the debut of their Twitter-based book group 1book140.  Modeled after “One Book, One Chicago,” the global discussion group kicked things off this month with Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin and invites you to share in the reading and tweeting, reading and tweeting.