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Happy 59, Lolita!

Today marks the fifty-ninth anniversary of the US publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, and we’re celebrating by watching this video of Nabokov discussing it on Canadian TV, in a setting that… well,Read more »

Out today: The Doll Funeral

Today, we’re hugely excited to be publishing Kate Hamer’s novel The Doll Funeral. In the Guardian, Melanie McGrath writes that it “evoke[s] both Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan,” praising “the originality of the voice and the novel’sRead more »


Oh hell no. Oh absolutely fucking not. We’re not going to make nice with the Nazis. We’re not hearing them out. We’re not seeking constructive engagement with their political energies.Read more »

We miss you, Herman Hesse

If you’re wondering why you woke up this morning in a state of existential perplexity, it’s probably because today’s the fifty-fifth anniversary of the death of German writer and painter Herman Hesse, nicknamedRead more »

Out today: The Talented Ribkins

Toni Morrison wants you to read The Talented Ribkins. She writes, “For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.” A lot ofRead more »