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Litstaff Rec: The Oysters of Locmariaquer & Longbourn

The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark Late in Eleanor Clark’s extraordinary book, she tells us the oyster needs the same landscape that a plein air painter does: a certain air, light, chemistry. “The explanation,” she writes, “might be quite simple, not esoteric at all—in some common equation of factors …

National Book Award Shortlist Unveiled

The nominees have been pared down to five finalists in each category (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature) as the countdown continues …