Gatsby Was First Published in 1925. So What Else Was Going on?

Gatsby Was First Published in 1925. So What Else Was Going on?

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On April 10th, 1925, Scribner published a short novel by popular author F. Scott Fitzgerald which didn’t sell many copies or receive positive reviews. Today, The Great Gatsby is one of the most widely taught works of fiction in the United States.  Safe to say, the publishing climate in the 1920s was about as unpredictable as international conflict at the time — so what other bookish things were happening in 1925?   1. the Argosy Book store opened     New York City’s oldest independent bookstore, Argosy Book Store, opened for the first time in 1925, although it later moved from 114 East …

Haruki Murakami Discusses Parallel Realities in ‘Killing Commendatore’

Haruki Murakami Discusses Parallel Realities in ‘Killing Commendatore’

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Hey Bookstrs, good news here! The internationally distinguished author Haruki Murakami’s 2017 novel Killing Commendatore is going to say hi to all the English readers in this October!  Recently, an article titled “The Wind Cave,” an excerpt from Murakami’s novel, was published by The New Yorker, followed by an interview in which Murakami shared his inspirations, metaphors, reality, imagination, and his belief in parallel universes.   Though Murakami’s latest work Killing Commendatore has been declared “indecent” by Hong Kong censors (hey! the political intervention in literary composition is no doubt unwelcome!), Murakami is beloved by global readers, and has therefore been named as one of four finalists for the New Academy’s …