Lit List: Wednesday October 26, 2016

Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.

  • Paul Beatty wins the Man Booker prize: the LA-born author of The Sellout, a "caustic satire on US racial politics," becomes the first American awarded the prestigious prize for fiction (The Guardian)
  • Laughter and hurt in The Sellout: Paul Beatty's Man Booker prize-winning novel stars Bonbon, a hero indicted for trying "to reinstate slavery and segregation" (The Economist)
  • Frantumaglia: Rachel Nevins on how Elena Ferrante's newly available collection of letters, interviews and essays helped her cope with a fear of fragmentation (Hazlitt)
  • Performance artist Marina Abramovic released her memoir yesterday, setting the record straight on her own terms (Art Net)
  • An ode to autumn: as the leaves change color, revisit John Keats's "To Autumn," written when the poet was only 23 years old (The Poetry Foundation)
  • Zelda Fitzgerald returns as muse: 70 years after Fitzgerald's death, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence compete in dueling films about the author and Jazz Age icon (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • "My Strange Friend Marcel Proust": an excerpt from Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, an upcoming series of mini-portraits of modernist writers and artists (The Paris Review)
  • Aziz Nesin: an essay on the great Turkish satirist whose "fighting authority was his lifeblood" (The Millions)
  • Recreating "The Library of Babel": programmer Jamie Zawinski brings Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges's infinite library into the digital world (Hyperallergic)
  • 7 books about Islam: learn more about the often misunderstood religion through these recommended reads (Book Riot)
 PAUL BEATTY (Source: Flickr)

PAUL BEATTY (Source: Flickr)