Best of the Web 07/17/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


From The Guardian,"Nipples On My Knee," "Love Your Lady Landscape," and "An Ape's View of Evolution": Meet the books in the running for the 2017 Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year.

"Nipples on My Knee leads shortlist for 2017's oddest book title award."


In The Boston Globe, local author Anna Solomon discusses how her hometown of Gloucester influenced her latest novel, Leaving Lucy Pear.

"Gloucester-born author believes hometown influenced her writing style."


The Center for Fiction announces the longlist for their 2017 First Novel Prize, including Novel Generator instructor Annie Hartnett's Rabbit Cake, Grub instructor (and GrubWrites columnist) Crystal King's Feast of Sorrow, and Grub instructor Julie Lekstrom HimesMikhail and Margarita. Congrats to all!

"Announcing the Long List for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize."


From Lit Hub, the guidance so many of us are crying out for: 

"How to Be a Writer on Social Media."

Featuring former Muse & the Marketplace presenters Celeste Ng, Roxane Gay, and Alexander Chee.


BookRiot's favorite books of 2017 so far, including Annie Hartnett's Rabbit Cake and Grub instructor Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir. 

"Best Books of 2017 So Far."


"What you love about it: Less the voice, exactly, than who you can be in it." In a second entry from Lit Hub, Mairead Small Staid romances the second person. (Also, check out Grub Instructor Jonathan Escoffery's defense of the second person on GrubWrites.)

"The Intimacy of Writing in the Second Person, in a Bar."


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