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April 22, 2016

Shorties (The Orwell Prize Shortlist, Remembering Prince, and more)

The finalists for the 2016 Orwell Prize for the best political writing has been announced.

The New Threat from Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke
Other People’s Money by John Kay
The Tears of the Rajas by Ferdinand Mount
The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky
The Unravelling by Emma Sky
Circling the Square by Wendell Steavenson

New Yorker writers remembered Prince.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Michaelangelo Matos's 33 1/3 book Sign '0' the Times.

Authors shared their fondest Shakespeare memories at Signature.

Stream and/or download Monday night's Mountain Goats NYC show at NYCTaper.

Eileen Myles wrote about poetry submissions at Harriet.

Stream Cosmonauts' cover of "Caroline No" by the Beach Boys."

AL Kennedy shared her admiration for author Victoria Wood at the Guardian.

The autobiography of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will be released this fall.

The New York Times accompanied Bret Easton Ellis to American Psycho: The Musical.

Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic shared a mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard.

The Rumpus interviewed author Charles Bock.

Vanyaland profiled Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.

Bustle recommended essential books about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

Diffuser celebrated Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, released 14 years ago today.

Snacking at Shakespeare's plays while the Bard was still alive.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers discussed Prince's songwriting at Paste.

du9 interviewed Adrian Tomine about editing the comics of Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

MTV is rebooting its weekly Unplugged performance series.

BuzzFeed shared an excerpt from Manuel Gonzales' new novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack!.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentiss
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
South on Highland by Liana Maeby
The Time Is Noon by Pearl Buck

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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