Critical Linking for April 10th, 2015


Who needs playdates when you have fictional friends?

These 28 Signs You Were a Bookworm as a kid ring awfully true.


The longlist for the Best Translated Book Awards was announced Tuesday. Twenty-five fiction titles and 17 poetry collections are in the running for the prizes, which will award $5,000 each to the author and translator in both categories.

This longlist is a reliable source of interesting book recommendations from around the world.


A graduate writing degree, unsurprisingly, turns out a lot of opinionated writing. Sample manifestoes from blogs and chat rooms: “Why you should hate the creative writing establishment (…as if you needed any more reasons)” and “14 Reasons (Not) to Get an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (and Two Reasons It Might Actually Be Worth It).”

The great MFA debate continues.


The bestselling title on Amazon in the US right now is not Harper Lee’s hugely anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, or George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, or even Zoella’s much-mocked but much-bought young adult hit, Girl Online. Instead, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford is topping the charts, with her colouring books for adults taking top spots on’s bestseller lists.

Now this is something I would never have guessed.


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