(Tumbleweed) On the Road by Ben Aitken

Any account of travel ought to start with a description of the weather, so I should say that it was generally overcast in Paris on June 13. Before heading east to Nancy, we dropped by the bookstore (where we had…

Talking about the Internet with Margaret Atwood, Titiou Lecoq, and Tao Lin by Adam Biles

The Salle Carlos Fuentes is Festival America’s bunker. A windowless, underground hall, it feels like a final bookish refuge from the zombie apocalypse (AKA smartphonageddon) overrunning the streets above. Festival-goers were asked to check their skull-caving implements at the door….

Barely a Note by Linda Fallon

We are a bookshop full of musicians (I am not one of them, barely a note in my head, but I love music) and we are always curious when musicians turn their writing skills from songs to books. David Byrne…

Judging the 2014 Man Booker Prize by Erica Wagner

I admit, there were times when I got confused. One hundred and fifty-four books? One hundred and fifty-six? Well, no matter: the round number is a lot. One of the things which distinguishes the Man Booker Prize from many other…