Lit List: Friday September 9, 2016

 Álvaro Enrigue (Photo by Andrew Lih via Wikimedia Commons)

Álvaro Enrigue (Photo by Andrew Lih via Wikimedia Commons)

Good evening readers. Here's your daily dose of must-read literary news, commentary and fiction. 

  • The Death Fakers: A journey into the world of death fraud. (Slate)
  • France’s ‘Prix de la Littérature Arabe’ to Translation of Inaam Kachachi’s ‘Tashaari’: The prize is awarded for its fourth year, this time to an Iraqi novel about an octogenarian doctor with a diasporic family. (Arab Lit)
  • Uncertain Women: The 2002 anthology of disgruntled wives gets a sequel titled The Bitch Is Back. (Bookforum)
  • Pew Report: Americans Still Love Libraries, Especially the Books: Libraries are highly trusted and valued; people are also showing interest in checking out ebooks. (Publishers' Weekly)
  • Saskya Jain reviews Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue: a novel that ranges from Cortez's massacres to the present day centers around Caravaggio playing a tennis match. (Asymptote)
  • Ann M. Martin on the Enduring Appeal of The Baby-Sitters Club and Rebooting Another Children’s Series: An interview with the creator of the iconic, sitcom-like YA series. (Vulture)
  • Short Story: "The Dancing Master": An imperturbable teacher takes on one pupil who is not quite like the others. (BuzzFeed Books)
  • Moral Enhancement: A Reality Check: We can't just crack our brains' codes or use science to be better people, a new book reminds us. (Los Angeles Review of Books)