Amelia Gray

50 Great Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read

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Sometimes, it seems as though the arguments about genre — be it poetry vs. fiction, fiction vs. nonfiction, literary fiction vs. SF vs. fantasy vs. mystery vs. vs. vs. — will never end. So why not just take yourself off the board entirely? After all, marketing professionals aside, does anyone really care what genre they’re reading if the book is good? After the jump, 50 genre-bending novels guaranteed to enthrall you, whether you’re a literary fiction snob or a die-hard fantasy nerd. Enjoy without judgements!
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10 Must-Read Books for April

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There is no question that April brings with it many of the year’s most impressive works of fiction and nonfiction. (And don’t worry about poetry; we’ll handle it separately.) From Renata Adler to Masha Gessen, through established masters of fiction like Toni Morrison and Steven Millhauser, to undeniable new talents like Amelia Gray and Viet Thanh Nguyen, this month sprints the gamut before the industry takes a short and probably literal …Read More

50 Books Guaranteed to Make You More Interesting

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Everybody out there could stand to be a little more interesting. Yes, even you, trilingual lion-tamer astrophysicist reader. And you know what makes you more interesting? Books, of course. (You knew it was going to be books, because you’re already a little interesting) But not just any books. Some books have more capacity to raise your interest level than others. Here’s a list of 50 books that will make you smarter, funnier, deeper, and yes, more interesting — at least to some …Read More

50 Excellent Novels by Female Writers Under 50 That Everyone Should Read

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It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, Lessing, Austen, Brontë. Of course, these are essential authors for a reason, and you should definitely read all of their books. That said, there’s something to catching a writer at the beginning of her career and following her for years that is supremely satisfying — not to mention the fact that young female writers need readers rather more than Jane Austen does. So in an effort to get you in on the ground floor (or at least, like, the third floor), here’s a compendium of 50 novels written by 50 female novelists under 50 that are worth your …Read More

50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

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Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment — although whether it’s truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along, all this time, while others might blink and wonder what you’re talking about. Such is always the case with magic. But whether you’re a newbie or an old hat, there are always new corners of the fantastic to discover. So, here you’ll find 50 excellent novels and short story collections by fabulists, fantasists, and fairy-tale-tellers, literary books that incorporate the irreal, the surreal, and the …Read More

The 10 Best Millennial Authors You Probably Haven’t Read (Yet)

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Recently, we came across an article focusing on the Millennial authors — that is, writers born in 1980 or later — who are “poised to take the literary world by storm.” While we have no qualms with the writers name-checked in the article, they’re all pretty well known voices, and from where we’re sitting (to shift the metaphor) their storms are already in progress. After the jump, we nominate ten lesser-known writers who we think are likely to be the next big literary voices of the “Millennial” generation — check them out, and let us know who we’ve missed in the comments.
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‘Threats’ Author Amelia Gray on Being Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award

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Yesterday, we were thrilled to see Flavorwire favorite Amelia Gray’s first novel, Threats, among the (also very good) 2013 nominees for the storied PEN/Faulkner award. The novel is so strange, so mischievous, so daring, that we have to admit our (pleasant!) surprise that it found its way onto such a high-profile shortlist. With a few notable exceptions, in our experience these things tend to stick a little closer to the mainstream. That said, Threats is definitely worthy of the honor — and the entire list skews a little left of center, so bravo to the judges for that. We pounced on Amelia to ask her thoughts about her nomination, and here’s what she told us:
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