Among the books out today in the US Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life, and Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons, which is excerpted on LitHub.

Salman Rushdie has a new book due out in September which address current events in America.

Luton Council is to name two streets after characters from the comic series-turned-TV-show Preacher.

Chris Cleave, author most recently of Everyone Brave is Forgivenexplains how his grandparents’ fortitude inspired a story that reflects uncomfortably on the way we live now.

Podcasts

Novelist Charlotte Hobson is among guests discussing Russian Art and Revolution on the latest Arts and Ideas podcast by BBC Radio Three.

Lord Viktor Adebowale and musician Rachel Unthank talk books with Harriet Gilbert on A Good Read.

Kamila Shamsie talks to James Naughtie and the Bookclub audience about her Orange-nominated novel Burnt Shadows.

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