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New in eBook, August 3: Ian McEwan, Diane Ackerman, and More

…Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas New York Graphic by Adam Lloyd Baker African Folktales by Roger Abrahams Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas by Barbara Crossette Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn Movies and Money by David Puttnam Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta…

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Nathan Hill on The Nix: An Exclusive Q&A

…nown as a nixie, neck, nikker, nøkk, and so on. It’s one of many Norwegian folktales I use in the novel. I love those old ghost stories, where spirits appear incognito and cause all sorts of trouble. My family on my mother’s side emigrated to the U.S. from Norway, and so these old stories just have a special place in my heart. But sometime during the writing process I began to realize that the story of the Nix would be a useful organizing metaphor…

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ON AN IRISH ISLANDby Robert Kanigel

…rs befriended, loved and inspired. Thanks to their influence, dialect-rich folktales and life histories that would otherwise have perished found their way into Irish literary history. “The portraits in this book are classic Kanigel: lively, sympathetic and thoroughly engaging. Yet what makes the narrative so affecting is the loss that permeates the text. As cultures like those on Great Blasket continue to be destroyed by the march of progress, so…

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Q&A: Jennifer McMahon on The Winter People’s Haunted World

…f West Hall, Vermont—surrounded by spooky forests and teeming with strange folktales. How does setting function in ghost stories, and yours in particular? JM: I think of setting as almost a character of its own, influencing the other characters in ways they’re not even aware of. So much of the success of a good ghost story rides on creating a creepy atmosphere; details of the landscape itself can help create a sense of dread. The concept of the “H…

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‘Daemon Voices’ by Philip Pullman

‘Daemon Voices’ by Philip Pullman

…but always lucidly argued ruminations on the nature of story. He explores folktales and why they endure and matter, parallels and differences between literary and visual arts, and, a central theme in His Dark Materials, the profound conflicts between the reductive, authoritarian Christian ‘Kingdom’ and the freer, more ideologically spacious ‘Republic of Heaven.’ Amid animated tributes to Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Me…

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