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Notes From Elsewhere: 2016 Reading Challenges, a Gaiman Bowie Tribute + More | Word Riot

January 13, 2016      

Notes From Elsewhere: 2016 Reading Challenges, a Gaiman Bowie Tribute + More

Hello, Rioters. It’s been awhile (again), but I’ve still been paying attention to all the interesting bookish things out there, so let’s jump right in to the links catching my eye since we last met.

David Bowie and The 1970s (cover)

I’ve had this Peter Doggett book in my to-read pile forever, and I think it’s time to finally start it.

First off, like nearly everyone, I’m saddened by the death of David Bowie. Here is Neil Gaiman‘s story, “The Return of The Thin White Duke,” which he calls, “unabashedly fan fiction.”

Speaking of fan fiction, some new authors have entered the public domain — though some of them are only public domain in specific countries.

In news closer to home, Word Riot Fiction Editor Kevin O’Cuinn has a story in the forthcoming Eclectica Magazine 20th Anniversary Anthology, which has a Kickstarter you can support here.

I know it’s the new year and all that, but let’s rewind just slightly so I can share some of my favorite recent-ish posts over at The Millions:

Both Book Riot and Panels have their 2016 Reading Challenge categories available now, so if you need some direction on how to read more widely, I’d start with them.

Also at Book Riot, if you’re trying to not buy any more books for a little while, Jessica Tripler has some suggestions. Best of luck.

And here are 7 apps that may help with some of your literary resolutions, from organizing reading lists to keeping track of comics.

Submission note: “If writing about comics in the academy—and by that I mean presenting at conferences and writing in peer-reviewed journals—is what you do,” then Comics Academe wants to hear from you.

My literary crush David Mitchell has a lovely interview and advice to young writers over at Lit Hub. READY MY SWOONING COUCH.



Some other stuff I really enjoyed at Lit Hub lately:

And finally, do you need a handy list of longreads by women, including queer women and women of color? Autostraddle has you sorted.

Until next time, friends.


Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know everything. 

Currently reading:

Fiennders Keepers by Jean Marsh (now renamed Fiennders Abbey, but I’m reading an older edition)


The Believer: Issue 113

If you’re curious about what my favorite books (both new and not) in 2015 were, my list appears here.

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