This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s classic, Things Fall Apart. The novel, first published in 1958, has been translated into 57 languages and has sold over 20 million copies. Things Fall Apart is the first book from The African Trilogy which tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations, from first colonial contact to urban migration. Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist and poet who is admired as the father of modern African literature. He taught at Brown University and Bard College and was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. Toni Morrison spoke of his writings, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.” Browse all the books included in The African Trilogy below:
Penguin Random House mourns the loss of author, William H. Gass, who died on Wednesday at his home in Missouri. He was 93. Gass won numerous awards for his writings, including several Pushcart Prize awards, the 1997 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and the PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award. Knopf will publish The William H. Gass Reader in June, which includes his essays, stories, and more. Gass was a leading experimental writer, known for abandoning traditional narrative, and whose style influenced other writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer and David Foster Wallace. His first novel, Omensetter’s Luck, published in 1966, is now a classic in American Literature. Browse more of Gass’ works here.
Steve Hely, author of THE RIDICULOUS RACE and HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST, chats with Lindsay about comedy writing, traveling alone, and taking ayahuasca in South America. Learn about the book here:
Today, December 12th, would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. In honor of his life and music, we’ve put together a playlist of the some of the many beautiful songs from Sinatra. If you’re looking for a book all about Sinatra, look no further:
This feature will highlight books and authors on certain significant dates in history. Today, May 25th, is Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s birthday. Born in 1803, Emerson is known best for his essays and for spearheading Transcendentalist thought in the United States. Read more. Emerson’s writings influenced thinkers such as Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau. He is perhaps best known for “Self-Reliance” and “Nature”. After attending the Harvard School of Divinity and acting as a minister in the 1820s, Emerson went abroad to Europe and on his return began giving talks about spirituality and ethics. Read more. Did you know? [Emerson’s] “concept of the Over-Soul—a Supreme Mind that every man and woman share—allowed Transcendentalists to disregard external authority and to rely instead on direct experience.” Read more. This focus on individuality goes hand-in-hand with Emerson’s urges to American writers to find literary independence and a writing style of their own. Read more.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson Browse through Emerson’s works here.