Saturday, May 9, 2015

Truly entertaining new website for all booklovers goes live!

Literary Hub has launched! Billing itself as “the best of the literary internet every day,” the site will aggregate “bookish links” from around the web. It will also offer original reporting and essays, as well as excerpts from new and soon-to-be-published books from both traditional and nonprofit publishers.

It’s free and you can subscribe to receive daily emails. One of my recent “issues,” for example, tells me
that on May 6, 1862, Henry David Thoreau died, leaving behind 24,750 bean plants. Now, really, where else could you get info like that?

Other items are about photographer and memoirist Sally Mann (who actually does have a file called “Maternal Slights”); PEN honoree Khadija Ismayilova, a journalist imprisoned in Azerbijan; the discovery of new Mark Twain stories; the theft of a $60K edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude from a Bogota Book Fair; an excerpt from Tim Parks’ Where I’m Reading From and more, much more.

Morgan Entrekin, publisher of Grove Atlantic, is the founder of the new service. On its website, the site is described:

Literary Hub is an organizing principle in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life. There is more great literary content online than ever before, but it is scattered, easily lost. With the help of its partners—publishers big and small, journals, bookstores and non-profits—Literary Hub will be a place where readers can return each day for smart, engaged, and entertaining writing about all things books.

To sign up, go to

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