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Unique Writing: 3 Books That Offer Fresh Forms of Prose

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Tired of the same old, narrative style? This week we offer three books that dive deeper and offer fresh prose styles, thanks to recommendations from our friends at City Lights Books in San Francisco. These books brilliantly employ unique methods of writing to bring their stories to life. One of the country’s largest independent bookstores and publishers, City Lights also has the distinction of being the nation’s first all-paperback store. It’s been five decades since the Beatnicks discovered Jack Kerouac at this book lover’s landmark, which is why the store masthead reads, “A Literary Meetingplace Since 1953.” This week’s selections are: Counternarratives by John Keene (New Directions, 2015) Bookseller Tân Khánh Cao says: “If I had to read one book…

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Poetry Month celebrates 100th birthdays of three great poets

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Some people dread birthdays but for three of poetry’s most well-known voices, 2014 is a year to celebrate. Octavio Paz, William Stafford, and Dylan Thomas would all turn 100 this year. Though none of the three lived to blow out a century’s worth of candles—Paz died at 84 in 1998, Stafford at 79 in 1993, and Thomas at 39 in 1953—their work lives on. And since April is National Poetry Month, it’s the perfect time to discover new voices in verse. To help you get acquainted with these three talented centenarians, BookTrib offers you a quick guide to each of these wholly unique voices and suggests where to start your reading journey. Octavio Paz The quick biography A native of Mexico,…

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