The 2011 Independent Booksellers Choice Award longlist has been announced, including books from Robert Lopez, Anne Carson, Adam Levin, Amelia Gray, Eugene Marten, and Orly Castel-Bloom. Publishers range in size from W.W. Norton to Tyrant Books. (In related news, at least one Vol.1 editor is reminded that he really needs to pick up Matterhorn.)
- In Slate: Emma Straub on bookstore romance.
- Paula Bomer has joined the list of contributors to Big Other; her first piece looks at work from Dan Chaon and Mary Gaitskill.
- Sound of the City interviews Mike Watt. fIREHOSE fans may be pleased by one bit of news in there.