The Guardian view on lengthening books: read them and weep

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the Guardian—The judges of the Man Booker prize have complained that some entries needed editing. As titles grow longer, the patience of readers can shorten At 500 pages, The Overstory is a “majestic redwood” of a novel. Its place on this week’s Man Booker shortlist is testament that long books are fine by the judges. It’s the long-winded ones they rejected: “We occasionally felt that inside the book we read was a better one – sometimes a thinner one – wildly signalling to be let out,” said Kwame Anthony...

Books: The lost art of reading, big changes at ALOUD, a professor resigns and more in books. It’s been a busy news week for literature lovers in Southern California. I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg with that plus more in this week’s books newsletter. THE BIG STORY 25 years ago, Louise Steinman founded the ALOUD reading series at downtown’s Central Library. The program is run out of the...