We Are Pirates preview #1.

“We Are Pirates will dazzle, disturb, and delight you. It might even do things to you that don’t start with the letter D, like remind you what it’s like to be young, or convince you that Daniel Handler can do anything.” ––Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

“Honest and funny, dark and painful, We Are Pirates reads like the result of a nightmarish mating experiment between Joseph Heller and Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket.” ––Neil Gaiman

"Daniel Handler turns whimsy into wisdom and the fantastic into the great. He is, of course, a genius." –– Lorrie Moore

Morning commute to the Brooklyn Book Festival. I’ll be at Booth 922. (at Brooklyn Bridge)

“A sustained engagement with the world, a sense of how it was and how it ought to be, and what has been lost, is imperative to good writing—I just don’t know how you can be a serious writer without it.

But I don’t think this makes it easy to settle the question of how individual moral values can be affirmed in such a dialogical and ironic art form as the novel—a form where all convictions, no matter how impeccable, ought to be contested. That’s why I am wondering if it’s better to get the beliefs and convictions out in the seven-hundred-word Op-Ed, and then use the broader imaginative space of the novel to challenge them!”
— Congratulations as well to Pankaj Mishra, another Windham-Campbell 2014 prizewinner! Read Mishra in conversation with Kamila Shamsie from our freedom of expression issue, here:

Where’s The Rage?, Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Pankaj Mishra - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)

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“There are some writers who want to leave politics out of their novels. I don’t.”
— Congratulations to Nadeem Aslam, one of the Windham-Campbell 2014 prizewinners! Read our interview with him from August of last year, here:

Mystery Is All There Is, Michael E. Halmshaw interviews Nadeem Aslam - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)

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Tonight in New York, The Windham Campbell Prizes, The Caine Prize for African Writing, and Guernica are having a party at Hotel Particulier in SoHo. 7-9pm. Refreshments. Free. In the neighborhood? Come join us. Tonight in New York, The Windham Campbell Prizes, The Caine Prize for African Writing, and Guernica are having a party at Hotel Particulier in SoHo. 7-9pm. Refreshments. Free. In the neighborhood? Come join us.

Tonight in New York, The Windham Campbell Prizes, The Caine Prize for African Writing, and Guernica are having a party at Hotel Particulier in SoHo. 7-9pm. Refreshments. Free. In the neighborhood? Come join us.

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You’re invited: NYFA & Ronna Wineberg on October 10

Please join NYFA & writer Ronna Wineberg (AFP ‘04 Fiction) as she reads from and signs her new novel, On Bittersweet Place.

Date: Friday October 10 at 7:00PM
Location: Barnes and Noble
150 East 86th Street (at Lexington Avenue)

Tuesday New Release Day

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New this week: Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret AtwoodThe Paying Guests by Sarah WatersMy Life as a Foreign Country by Brian TurnerWallflowers by Eliza RobertsonOn Bittersweet Place by Ronna Wineberg; Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce; and Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great Second-half 2014 Book PreviewSupport The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

Tales of Kaufman: Remembering a Local Writer

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As the Washington, D.C. literati know, local author Wendi Harris Kaufman lost a long battle with cancer this August. Kaufman, well reviewed by critics and beloved by her readers, left a lasting impact on those around her. Author Joyce Maynard offered this remembrance in The New York Observer, and local book critic Bethanne Patrick posted this entry in The Washingtonian. Local writer Mary Kay Zuravleff spoke in Kaufman’s place for Fall for the Book at George Mason University and shared her introduction with us below.

Kaufman’s last collection of stories, Helen on 86th Street, was released on Monday.

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Dinner with 📚 (at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

I carry this one with me, always.