I’ve decided that none of you are reading enough. Here is a list of lists for you to read, that should in turn encourage you to read other things. Books, advice and competitions abound.
2) Vulture suggests that you read 57 books this fall, caring very little that you call it Autumn or indeed that it is not currently Autumn at all. They also list eight books that you specifically have to read during September, so save the other 49 for the rest of the season.
3) Haruki Murakami lists his three essential qualities for all serious novelists. And in the spirit of showing just how serious a reader I am, here is a Murakami bingo sheet for all of you who are currently reading Colourless Tsukuru.
4) Here’s your September Sci-Fi and Fantasy fix from Barnes and Noble book buyer, Jim Killen, over at Tor.com.
6) Suppress your jealousy for just a moment and consider this list of writing tips from 23 Booker-prize winning authors. Bonus: This year’s winner, author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, wants writers to read more. She is planning to set up a grant using her prize winnings to support five writers and allow them the time to read and produce their own work.
7) You trust Oprah with your deepest darkest secrets, so why not allow her to suggest seven books from authors around the world? (You get a book! And YOU get a book!) Authors from Mexico, Denmark, Peru and Ghana grace the list.
8) From New York’s fashion week, here is a short list of books regarding women and clothes. Learn about a woman who shops for the wealthy, what some women have learned from the clothes they have worn, and how women used their attire to aid either side of the American Civil War. Crinoline wasn’t just for getting stuck in doorways and wooing men who frankly didn’t give a damn.
9) Learn to be much cooler than you already are and check out David Bowie’s reading list.
11) And never to forget the ultimate list that towers all other lists with its aggressively indescribable shadow: 1001 books to read before you die. I’ve read/watched the BBC miniseries of around 30 of them, so good luck beating me to the finish line.
12) Agentandeditorwishlist.tumblr.com compiles all of the tweets under the #MSWL hashtag, wherein literary agents and publishers tweet their ultimate manuscript wishes. You may find someone hoping and dreaming for a manuscript just like yours.
Once you’ve read all your books, read why you should go outside and at least see what it’s like to be covered in sunshine and disgusting fresh air, and why this specifically aids innovation and creativity, thanks to the New Yorker.
In closing, I present to you Hanx Writer. Tom Hanks has developed an app so that you can pretend you are writing on a typewriter even though technology has rendered the machine useless. Is there anything he can’t do? Click on, intrepid hipster!
In other news
Seizure held its first Late Night Library event on Wednesday. Rant featured Ben Law, Alice Fraser, Lauren Beukes and David Hunt. It was a great night – we will try to put up a recording soon for those who missed it, (though nothing entirely captures the live experience). There's a neat list of forthcoming Seizure LNLs here.
The National Young Writers' Festival launched its program today. We'll have more of a breakdown of Seizure-related activities in upcoming roundups but in the meantime you can peruse the program.
That's all y'all. Catch you next time.
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