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January 13, 2023

Shorties (Two Interviews with Maria Dong, New Music from Vagabon, and more)

Liar, Dreamer, Thief by Maria Dong

Maria Dong discussed her new novel with Electric Literature.

I’m mostly done writing white people. I knew I wanted her to be Asian. I knew I wanted her to be queer, because I’m queer, and honestly it’s just easier. I’m mentally ill, so I don’t know if I could write a person without mental illness. I think it would be difficult.

Shondaland also profiled Dong.

Stream a new song by Vagabon.

95 year-end lists were added to the Largehearted Boy list of "best books of 2022" lists Monday (bringing the total to 1,528).

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

January's best eBook deals.

Joni Mitchell has been awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.

Aubrey Gordon talked to NPR Books about her new book You Just Need To Lose Weight and 19 Other Myths About Fat People.

Pitchfork shared a guide to Hawaiian slack key guitar music.

The New York Times recommended the week's best new books.

PopMatters recommended David Bowie deep tracks.

Patrick Modiano talked books and reading with the New York Times.

The Pitchfork Review podcast previewed 2023 in music.

Members of Heavenly discussed their reunion with SPIN.

Kashana Cauley discussed her debut novel with Debutiful.

Stream a new Xiu Xiu song.

Kristen Iskandrian shared tips for holding literary events.

Alvvays covered Jane Wiedlin's "Rush Hour."

Slate interviewed Ross Benjamin, translator of The Diaries of Franz Kafka.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed singer-songwriter Meg Baird.

Literary Hub listed 2023's most anticipated books.

Stream a new song by Miss Grit. shared an excerpt from Mike Albo's novel Another Dimension of Us.

Stream a new song by @.

Tommy Pico and Carmen Maria Machado discussed horror at Document.

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