Critical Notes

Roundup 7

By Jane Ciabattari

Scott McLemee waxes enthusiastic about Jeffrey B. Perry’s study “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918,” and Perry’s thorough Wikipedia entry for Harrison.

Art Winslow calls the author of “The Norman McLean Reader” a “big two-hearted writer.”

Gregg Barrios finds that age (80) has not slowed down Mexican literary lion Carlos Fuentes.

Geeta Sharma- Jensen on lists for book babes and book boys.

Tim Brown moderates a literary smackdown, reported in The New Yorker. Pix on

Todd Shy alerts us to Yann Martel’s new project, sending books to Canada’s prime minister:“For as long as Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada, I vow to send him every two weeks, mailed on a Monday, a book that has been known to expand stillness. That book will be inscribed and will be accompanied by a letter I will have written. I will faithfully report on every new book, every inscription, every letter, and any response I might get from the Prime Minister, on this website,” Martel writes.

John Domini finds Daniel Grandbois “promising,” in his review of “Unlucky Lucky Days” in Rain Taxi.