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Issue 50 / December 2012

February 2010

The Free-Appropriation Writer

Copying passages from another author used to be an unforgivable sin. But remix culture is coming to literature.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Novelist says girls are ready to have babies at 14

Hilary Mantel, the prize-winning author, has opened up a public debate over teenage sex by claiming that girls are ready to have babies when they are 14-years-old.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Agatha Christie delivers another mystery beyond the grave

Jewels belonging to the murder mystery author Agatha Christie have been discovered in a battered trunk bought for £100.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

The Day the Music Died

An epic novel of rock ‘n’ roll, from its glory years to the guttering and sputtering of the music industry.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Gilbert Sorrentino’s Last Novel

This posthumous novel collects 50 comic set pieces on life’s absurdities: here an homage to Rimbaud, there a nod to Bellow.... More...

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Saturday, 27 February, 2010

On Top of the Happiness Racket

A conversation with Gretchen Rubin, the author of “The Happiness Project.”... More...

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Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Arts | Westchester: A Tragedy of Freedom and Humanity Denied

Toni Morrison wrote the libretto for “Flight to Freedom: The Story of Margaret Garner,” returning to the tragedy which inspired “Beloved,” her 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Obama biography by 'New Yorker' editor due out in spring

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Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin2. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young3. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot4. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres5. WILLIE MAYS, by James... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Nightmare on Easy Street

This tender, humane novel, set in Southern California, follows a suburban family that starts falling apart when a real estate deal goes bad.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Crime: Devil’s Island

Mystery novels by Mark Mills, Robert B. Parker, Matt Beynon Rees and Frank Tallis.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

In Richard Bausch’s Stories, Peril and Temptation

This collection’s characters circle a disturbing truth: the power to shape our lives can be as terrifying as it is liberating.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

American Wasteland

A slim but powerful meditation on Yucca Mountain in Nevada, long the proposed site for storage of America’s nuclear waste.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Music Chronicle

A behind-the-scenes rock memoir; a music history of 1989; a study of Andy Warhol and glam rock; and a biography of Phish.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Children of Exile

Peter Akinti’s first novel is a visceral attempt to detail the harsh lives of the poor and black in Britain.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Middle of the Journey

An exploration of the force of spirituality, by a veteran student of life’s fragility.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Murder Most Global

In Henning Mankell’s new crime novel, the causes of a massacre in Sweden stretch into the past and around the world.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Subcontinental Tour

Paul Theroux casts himself as a character in this tantric mystery novel about a travel writer at the end of his rope.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks2. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci3. SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane4. PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE, by Kresley Cole5. THE SCARECROW, by Michael Connelly... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler5.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett2. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown4. POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL, by Jackie Collins5. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid

This account of Willie Mays’s career concentrates on the baseball brilliance, reminding us of when the only performance-enhancing drug was joy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Red Highways

Peter Hessler chronicles the effects of China’s expanding road network on individual lives.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The Norwegians may have won the Scandinavian medal count in Vancouver, but the Swedes own the best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Essay: I Was a Teenage Illiterate

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young and ignorant of the classics was very heaven.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Big Think: How to read a poem

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

The Bluest Eye

A mixed-race girl confronts her identity in this autobiographical first novel.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Nina Simone, Diva Out of Carolina

A biography of the talented and tempestuous Nina Simone.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Murder by the Drop

A rich history of the development of forensics in New York, by a Pulitzer-winning science writer.... More...

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

New Yorker editor to publish Obama biography

David Remnick's book, based on hundreds of interviews with the president and close associates, will be published in the US in April, and in the UK in MayPulitzer prize-winning author and New Yorker editor David Remnick's biography of Barack Obama... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Stolen René Descartes letter discovered at US college

150 years after it was stolen from France, a letter by René Descartes has been discovered at Haverford CollegeA letter by René Descartes that was stolen over 150 years ago has been discovered in a small American college by a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Batman triumphs over Superman as comic fetches record price

Detective Comics No 27 sells for more than $1m, beating record set by book featuring rival superheroThe 70-year-old comic book in which Batman made his debut has sold at auction for more than $1m (£655,000), breaking a record set earlier... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Up Front: Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill roots for the Mets these days, but he hasn’t really been much of a baseball fan “since the steroid scandals, and the impunity that engulfs them.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 February, 2010

Weekly books agenda: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' follow-up, prequel

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Batman beats Superman in record comic book sale

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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Books of The Times: A Nation 400 Million Strong

The urban scholar Joel Kotkin makes bold predictions about what America will look like when the population passes 400 million before midcentury.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Gordon Brown dismisses claims he accused Blair of 'ruining his life'

Gordon Brown has dismissed claims that he accused Tony Blair of ruining his life as "completely wrong".... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

UK Web Archive launches with plea for law change

British Library will by next year have archived 6,000 of estimated 8m sites and is being slowed down by need for permissionA digital black hole will open in Britain's national memory without a change in the law to ensure the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

John Grisham to write legal thrillers for children

Thriller writer John Grisham reveals that new children's series will feature a teenage legal maverick, Theodore BooneIf his success with young readers is anything like his achievement with adults, horsehair wigs for kids may soon be ousting Harry Potter merchandise... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Terry Pratchett welcomes assisted suicide policy

Author and euthanasia campaigner says new rules are best possible outcome in absence of law changeThe author and euthanasia campaigner Sir Terry Pratchett has welcomed new guidelines on assisted suicide set out by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) today.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Descartes Letter Found, Therefore It Is

A letter by René Descartes stolen from the Institut de France in the mid-1800s has turned up at Haverford College in eastern Pennsylvania.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Books of The Times: A Devil Who Takes the Side of Angels

In Joe Hill’s new novel, a man who finds himself turning into a demon, with horns sprouting from his head, struggles to stay pure of heart.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Rushdie planning book about his time in hiding

Story of his experience of the fatwa 'needs to be told' says author, as his archive goes on display in AmericaSalman Rushdie is planning to write a book about the decade he spent in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Lorrie Moore joins 'richly American' PEN/Faulkner award shortlist

A Gate at the Stairs running against two other novels and two short story collections for $15,000 prizeLorrie Moore's acclaimed novel of the tensions of family and race, A Gate at the Stairs, has been shortlisted for a PEN/Faulkner award... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Feeling at Sea on the Roads of New China

Peter Hessler’s account of his adventures on China’s burgeoning highway system makes for an ambitious portrait of a country that’s feverishly on the move.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Dick Francis's funeral held at his Caribbean home

Dick Francis, the crime thriller writer, was buried at his home in the Caribbean yesterday.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Christopher Hitchens joins the fray: writer backs Martin Amis in row with Anna Ford

Hitchens, the third man in the room, backs novelist's version of what happened at Mark Boxer's deathbedNow come the reinforcements. A third combatant has rolled up his sleeves and hurled himself into the epistolary brawl between novelist Martin Amis and... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

"Assassin's Creed" book plays off videogame

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Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Alexie, Kingsolver among PEN/Faulkner fiction nominees

On February 23, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced nominees for its 2010 fiction award, one of the US's most prestigious literary prizes. Books by Sherman Alexie, Barbara Kingsolver, Lorraine M. López, Lorrie Moore, and Colson Whitehead are all in the... More...

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Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: 'Shutter Island' climbs to top spot

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Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Iranian graphic novel draws interest as multi-language webcomic

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Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Anne Boleyn was guilty of adultery, new biography claims

Charges for which she was executed, long thought to have been cooked up, are likely to have been true, says historian George BernardA new biography of Anne Boleyn is set to claim that, far from being framed for adultery, Henry... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Thousands of authors opt out of Google book settlement

Some 6,500 writers, from Thomas Pynchon to Jeffrey Archer, have opted out of Google's controversial plan to digitise millions of booksFormer children's laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer and Louis de Bernières and critical... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

First Superman comic sells for $1m

1938 edition of Action Comics No1 with cover showing superhero lifting car sets record for comic book sale... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Martin Amis hits back at Anna Ford

Martin Amis has hit back against claims by Anna Ford that he is a whingeing narcissist who smoked over her husband's deathbed.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Superman comic sells for a million dollars

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Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Books: Doing an About-Face on ‘Overmedicated’ Children

Judith Warner thought she would find pushy parents and irresponsible doctors behind children on drugs like Ritalin and Prozac. She did not.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Odeon refuses to screen Alice in Wonderland after Disney row

Cinema chain opposed studio's proposal to shorten release window for Tim Burton's 3D adaptation to three monthsIt may be fanatical about film, but Odeon cinemas is drawing the line at showing Tim Burton's 3D adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Poem provides evidence that Anne Boleyn had numerous affairs

A poem about the adulterous behaviour of Anne Boleyn has provided new evidence that she had numerous affairs during her marriage to Henry VIII.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Superman vs. Batman comic book battle fetching $1 million, so far

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Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

True story behind Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap' to be published

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Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

Books of The Times: The People We Pay to Look Over Our Shoulders

At its best “The Watchers” provides an insightful glimpse into how Washington works and how ideas are marketed and sold in the back rooms of power.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Martin Amis responds: A poor godparent, yes, but I did not 'fill in time' at friend's deathbed

• Novelist responds to Anna Ford's 'ungenerous' attack• Letter suggests 'personal troubles' behind criticismsRarely one to turn the other cheek, the novelist Martin Amis – who was the subject of an open letter from Anna Ford in ­Saturday's Guardian accusing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Michelle Obama's 'socialist books' disappear on closer study

'First Lady' who brought historical studies of the American Left to the White House turns out to have been Jackie Kennedy"Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library," blared the headline on conservative radio host Rob... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 22 February, 2010

China Miéville makes shortlist for Nebula awards

The City and the City nominated for Science Ficction and Fantasy Writers of America's prestigious gongChina Miéville's surreal venture into crime fiction The City and the City has been shortlisted for major American science fiction and fantasy awards the Nebulas.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Blending Tea and Hearts

Helen Simonson’s first novel has intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally

Macmillan is introducing software that will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks without consulting the original authors or publisher.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Racy Memoir for the French National Library

The French National Library has bought itself a belated valentine in the form of manuscript pages by the hand of Giacomo Casanova, Reuters reported.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Hiroshima blockbuster under threat after US airman's tale unravels

• Avatar director Cameron has film rights to book• Veteran's account of flight dismissed as inaccurate... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Georgelle Hirliman, ‘Writer in the Window,’ With Answers, Is Dead at 73

Ms. Hirliman’s innovative solution to writer’s block a quarter-century ago gave her a national career as a performance artist.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Is Gay's the Word being priced out of the marketplace?

Ain't nothing going on but the rent at the gay bookshop that's being squeezed to death by the councilThe key player... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Alone at the end: the tragic muse who inspired James Joyce

A new biography reveals the sad story of the Irish author's only daughter, who fell for Samuel Beckett only to be rejected by him and end up in an asylum for 30 years An unprecedented glimpse into the hidden life... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Time for another Martin Amis Arrow

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Sunday, 21 February, 2010

A new age of steam

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Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Time for another Amis Arrow

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Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Off the Shelf: In Practice, Stock Formulas Weren’t Perfect

Advanced mathematics shaped trades that bolstered profits on Wall Street, a new book says, but then the bottom fell out.... More...

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Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Anna Ford launches attack on Martin Amis

Anna Ford, the former BBC newsreader has launch a high critical attack on Martin Amis, one of Britain's most distinguished authors.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Of Gold and Bondage

A history of the Chinese immigrants who streamed to America in the wake of the California gold rush.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Anna Ford to Martin Amis: stop your immature whingeing

Former newsreader accuses writer of a moan too far in open but highly personal Guardian letterOne is a literary titan, arguably the most original stylist of his generation, ­sparkling chronicler of the absurdities of our postmodern times, author of some... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Usain Bolt set to pen autobiography

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Saturday, 20 February, 2010

'Worm Hunter,' 'Autonomous Robots' vie for Oddest Title Prize

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Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Takin’ It to the Streets

A social history of New York’s music scene during the fertile 50-year period from 1927 to 1977.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 February, 2010

Joy to the World

Derek Bok, a former president of Harvard, argues that public policy should be based on social scientists’ understanding of what makes us happy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 February, 2010

The Enemy Within

Lee Smith argues that Mideast violence may be a local product, not the result of a culture clash with the West.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

My Life as a French Movie

This novel of a New York courtship is an homage to the filmmaker Eric Rohmer and to Marcel Proust.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Life With Death

Thomas Lynch, a poet and a mortician, looks unblinkingly at death. But nihilism is nowhere in these stories, and love is everywhere embraced.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

The Widow in Winter

The tough Newfoundlander heroine of Lisa Moore’s new novel is haunted by the death of her husband.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Annus Periculosus

Robert Harris’s latest historical novel follows Marcus Tullius Cicero through the dangers of his consulship.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

The President and the Prosecutor

Recounting the Clinton vs. Starr clash, a law professor creates a case study in political excess.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Ted Conover’s Roadside Attractions

Ted Conover’s globe-spanning travelogues can be fascinating in themselves, and his meditations on highways are thoughtful, temperate and generous.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Essay: Do Not Pass

The character who jumps the color line is a fascinating rogue, a self-constructed person, a trickster.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

A Blessing and a Burden

The posthumous memoir of The Times’s first black managing editor.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Front Page, Back Story

A novel that combines newsroom drama, espionage and military adventure.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

The Rose Did Caper on Her Cheek

Jerome Charyn imagines an Emily Dickinson consumed with obsessive desire for a handyman, a scholar and other fictional men.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

3 Known for Creativity Will Oversee DC Comics

Jim Lee, an artist, and Dan DiDio, executive editor, will become co-publishers. Geoff Johns, a writer, was appointed chief creative officer of DC Entertainment.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Glenn Beck sends 'evil' anarchist manual's sales rocketing

The Coming Insurrection's condemnation at the hands of Fox News commentator provides huge boost to anonymous authorsIt's undoubtedly the last thing he wanted to happen, but when Fox News's vocal right-wing presenter Glenn Beck described French anarchist revolution manual The... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 19 February, 2010

Brother of child who inspired Agatha Christie mystery to publish story

Terence O'Neill, whose brother's killing provided a plot for Agatha Christie, has won a publishing deal for a memoir about the eventsThe brother of the boy whose brutal death inspired Agatha Christie to write The Mousetrap has landed a book... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 19 February, 2010

Oddest book title prize pits worm hunter's afterthoughts against Nazi spoons

Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter and Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich lead the shortlist for this year's Diagram prize for the oddest book titleAfterthoughts of a Worm Hunter, David Crompton's musings on his career as a parasitologist, is emerging... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 19 February, 2010

Judge Hears Arguments on Google Book Settlement

The proposal to create the world’s largest digital library has put giants like Sony and Microsoft on opposite sides.... More...

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Publish and be damned: Young writer's ego dramatically punctured

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

Weekly book agenda: Oddest Title online voting, 'Precious and the Puggies'

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Friday, 19 February, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Political gossip continues to own the podium this week, and there’s even some political hanky-­panky in Jackie Collins’s latest novel, new at No. 6 on the fiction list.... More...

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Under a Strange, Soulful Spell

A fascinating if turgid new biography of Nina Simone details her rise, her role in the civil rights movement and her long, slow, painful decline.... More...

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Anonymous buyer pays £4 million for Casanova's uncensored diaries

Mystery donor presents 18th-century seducer's 3,700 pages of memoirs to French national library... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

JK Rowling plagiarism claim: key passages

These are examples of ideas that JK Rowling stole from Willy the Wizard for the Goblet of Fire, according to lawyers acting for Adrian Jacobs' estate.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

JK Rowling 'stole plot' for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, High Court writ claims

JK Rowling has been accused in a High Court writ of stealing ideas from a children's book about a wizard published in the late 1980s for her novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin2. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young3. STAYING TRUE, by Jenny Sanford4. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres5. ON THE BRINK, by Henry M. Paulson Jr.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick3. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler5.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks2. THE SCARECROW, by Michael Connelly3. HOT ROCKS, by Nora Roberts4. FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON, by Jeaniene Frost5. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown4. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah5. FLIRT, by Laurell K. Hamilton... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

James Cameron to write novel based on Avatar

Avatar director James Cameron's planned book will not be a novelisation, but a 'big, epic story that fills in a lot of things'Avatar fans desperate for a deeper insight into the world of the Na'vi are set for a treat... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

JK Rowling brands Harry Potter plagiarism claims 'absurd'

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Contest for Oxford poetry professor begins again

Geoffrey Hill and Anne Stevenson are among the names being suggested, as hunt for a successor to Ruth Padel beginsThe names of eminent poets including Geoffrey Hill and Anne Stevenson are being suggested as potential candidates for the Oxford professor... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Faber republish novel smuggled out of Nazi Germany in a cake

Jan Petersen's Our Street, a million seller in its time, to reappear in publisher's print-on-demand seriesA manuscript which was smuggled out of Nazi Germany in a cake is being brought back into print by Faber & Faber.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Newly Released Books

New books by Eric Puchner, Paul Theroux, Cathleen Schine, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Chris Bohjalian and Henning Mankel.... More...

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Harry Potter plagiarism lawsuit could be billion-dollar case, says claimant

Friend of Willy the Wizard author Adrian Jacobs says addition of JK Rowling to suit raises possibility of multi-jurisdiction actionPublishers could face legal action worldwide over claims that JK Rowling stole ideas for Harry Potter from a British author's book... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Apple’s Prices for E-Books May Be Lower Than Expected

Apple wanted publishers to discount best sellers, so its $12.99-to-$14.99 range is merely a ceiling, according to people familiar with talks with publishers.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Up Front: Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan, reviewing André Aciman’s novel “Eight White Nights” this week, has good reason to notice the book’s allegiance to Proust.... More...

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

New Karachi literary festival hopes to turn page on bombs

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Free titles and more during 2010 Read an E-Book Week

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Best Translated Book Award announces international fiction shortlist

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Thursday, 18 February, 2010

Books of The Times: A Collector of Road Trips, Just Passing Through

Ted Conover’s globe-spanning book about roads is best appreciated as a set of separate adventure stories.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

A Cartoon Depiction of Real Iranian Life

A comic strip, called "Zahra's Paradise," will blend current events with fictional composites of actual Iranians, and begins in June 2009 during the turmoil surrounding the contested presidential election.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

European court rules against Turkey's Apollinaire ban

Human rights court rules that censorship of 1907 erotic novel The Eleven Thousand Rods 'hindered public access to a work belonging to the European literary heritage'Turkey violated freedom of expression laws and prevented access to Europe's literary heritage when it... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Literary Life

The writer's plight, drink,drugs and novelists, reading fatigue... Mark Sanderson surveys oddities of the books world... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Rail line launches book club

First Capital Connect is piloting a book club for its passengers, giving away sample chapters on around 10 days each monthJammed into a packed commuter train on a Monday morning, the last thing most people would think of doing is... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Lucille Clifton, Poet Who Explored Intricacies of Black Lives, Dies at 73

Ms. Clifton was a distinguished American poet whose work trained lenses wide and narrow on the experience of being black and female in the 20th century.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

James Patterson to collaborate on comic book series

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: 'Dear John,' 'Shutter Island,' 'A Reliable Wife'

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Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Tolstoy & Co. as Objects of Obsession

Elif Batuman’s odd and oddly profound study of her favorite Russian authors is also an exploration of the question: How do we bring our lives closer to our favorite books?... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Fewer than half of children read for leisure or walk to school

Less than half of children aged nine to 14 read fiction more than once a month, a study by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) has found.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Half of children don't read fiction

Less than half of children aged nine to 14 read fiction more than once a month, a study by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) has found.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Excitement as George RR Martin announces he's 1,200 pages into new book

But bestselling fantasy author insists that he is not finished yet, and urges impatient fans to 'calm down'Bestselling epic fantasy author George RR Martin has sent his fans into a frenzy after announcing that he has written 1,261 pages of... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Jobs Is Said to Assist With Book on His Life

Apple’s chief executive is set to collaborate on an authorized biography, to be written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

On the Road: Travel Sites or Guidebooks: Why Not Dip Into Both?

Where do you turn when looking for reliable, practical travel information — online or in print? The answer is all of the above, because one complements the other.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Ralph McInerny, Scholar and Mystery Novelist, Dies at 80

Mr. McInerny was a prolific novelist and scholar of Roman Catholicism who taught at the University of Notre Dame for more than half a century.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Books of The Times: It’s a Plot! No, It’s Not: A Debunking

In “Voodoo Histories,” the journalist David Aaronovitch deconstructs a dizzying array of conspiracy theories with logic, common sense and at times exasperated wit.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Letters reveal JD Salinger was writing regularly long after 1965

Letters to go on display for the first time in New York show that JD Salinger wrote regularly for years after he stopped publishingLetters written by JD Salinger to the designer of The Catcher in the Rye's jacket, which are... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 15 February, 2010

Iran blamed for blocking Goodreads networking site

A dramatic fall in Iranian traffic on the Goodreads book networking site may be the result of government censorshipA sudden, dramatic fall in Iranian traffic on the popular social networking site for book lovers, Goodreads, is being blamed on censorship... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Sidewalk Verse in St. Paul

The city of St. Paul has announced the third year of a sidewalk poetry contest.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Dick Francis: tributes paid to 'people's champion'

Leading horse racing figures and authors paid tribute to a ''people's champion'' after the death of Dick Francis, the jockey turned best-selling thriller writer.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Damages: Bill Clinton’s Legal Mess

“The Death of American Virtue” is a labyrinthine account of the legal nightmare that beset Bill Clinton’s presidency and led to his impeachment trial.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

The Media Equation: Inviting In a Brash Outsider

Vice magazine’s libertarianism and cultural literacy brings to mind Playboy in its prime, mixing nudity with in-depth reports from the world’s most troubled spots.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Dick Francis, Jockey and Writer, Dies at 89

Mr. Francis’s notable but blighted career as a champion steeplechase jockey for the British royal family was eclipsed by a second, more brilliant career as a popular thriller writer.... More...

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Dick Francis, champion jockey turned thriller-writer, dies at 89

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

New Dr. Seuss apps offer interactive reading experience

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Monday, 15 February, 2010

Descartes was 'poisoned by Catholic priest'

French philosopher was killed by arsenic-laced holy communion wafer after airing 'heretic' views, says academicFor more than three and a half centuries, the death of René Descartes one winter's day in Stockholm has been attributed to the ravages of pneumonia... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Dick Francis dies aged 89

Former jockey-turned-author who rode Devon Loch passed away at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman, according to a statement released through his publicist.... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Dick Francis, Novelist, Dies at 89

Mr. Francis, a best-selling crime writer, drew on his experience as a successful steeplechase jockey for his racing thrillers.... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Dick Francis: a life in pictures

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Thriller writer Dick Francis dies aged 89

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Author Dick Francis dies aged 89

Dick Francis, former champion jockey who sold more than 60m books, dies in the Cayman Islands... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Dick Francis dies aged 89

Former jockey-turned-author who rode Devon Loch for the Queen Mother passed away at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman, according to a statement released through his publicist.... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

William Tenn, Science Fiction Author, Is Dead at 89

Mr. Tenn wrote satirical science fiction at a time when few writers in the genre displayed a sense of humor.... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Forget 'serious' novels, I've turned to a life of crime

Murder mysteries, once looked down on, are now fit for the literary eliteIt was the titles that first lured me in. Shroud for a Nightingale. The Black Tower. The Skull Beneath the Skin. An Unkindness of Ravens. Every time I... More...

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Sunday, 14 February, 2010

Poet Spans Two Worlds, but Has a Home in Neither

Tato Laviera was rendered homeless after emergency brain surgery left him unable to maneuver in his apartment.... More...

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Saturday, 13 February, 2010

The Life of a Death Penalty Lawyer

David R. Dow is a Houston lawyer. His dark, raw memoir exposes death-penalty machinery that can’t be mediated by truth, logic or fact.... More...

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Saturday, 13 February, 2010

Getting Faster With Age: Sam Shepard’s New Velocity

With a new play and a major revival running at the same time, the playwright has an opportunity to reflect on where he has been, and where he is today.... More...

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Saturday, 13 February, 2010

Crime: Free-Range Villains

Mystery novels by James W. Hall, Robert Crais, Charlie Huston and Elly Griffiths.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Young Adult: Game Face

A damaged former football pro befriends a high school quarterback in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Morbidity and Hilarity

This novel turns a teen’s fatal condition into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Freedom’s Laboratory

Timothy Ferris argues that the scientific frame of mind played a leading role in the emergence of democratic governance and individual rights.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Cold Mountains

An Appalachian tale of the fraught bonds of motherhood, and of violence passed from one generation to the next.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Home Alone

Women have hurt themselves by being unreasonably picky about whom they’ll marry, Lori Gottlieb provocatively argues.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

What to Expect When You’re Abducting

A woman kidnaps her own 5-year-old and heads south with her boyfriend, causing headaches for all involved in this taut novel about letting go.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Written on Coffeehouse Walls

Justin Taylor’s sharp first story collection documents the confusion of being young, disaffected and human.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Man of Constant Sorrow

Peter Handke’s novel of Don Juan ponders beauty and eternity — and it’s not about sex.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Pride and Avarice

Adam Haslett meditates on the financial crisis through this timely novel’s protagonist, one of the brains behind a rotten banking conglomerate.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Writing and Rocking

A memoir by the critic Robert Hilburn and a collection of essays and reviews by Robert Palmer.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Andrew Young’s Memoir of John Edwards

A memoir by an aide who assisted in the rise of John Edwards — and played a key role in the scandal that brought him down.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

A Different Kind of Love Triangle

In Cathleen Schine’s novel, two sophisticated Manhattan sisters, one wildly emotional, one smartly sensible, come to the aid of their beloved aging mother.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Children’s Books: Children’s Bookshelf

More children’s books reviewed.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Jews and the Burden of Money

A provocative survey of how Jewish culture and historical accident ripened Jews for commercial success — and why that success led to so much misfortune.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Empire of Savagery in the Amazon

The history of an early-20th-century crusader against a rubber baron’s abuses in the Amazon.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Children’s Books: Bunny Love

Peter McCarty’s latest picture books — “Henry in Love” and “Jeremy Draws a Monster” — feature a lovesick calico cat and a little boy whose only companions are his drawings.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Essay: Why Orwell Endures

Sad as George Orwell’s early death was, one can’t escape a sense that in some way it was providential.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Odysseus Remixed

This version of the “Odyssey” claims to be based on fragmented narratives unearthed from an ancient rubbish mound.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Do E-Readers Cause Eye Strain?

Despite what your mother might have told you, doctors say that looking at an electronic screen doesn't hurt the eyes. Ergonomics and lighting play a much bigger role in eye strain.... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Newly discovered plantation diary was key inspiration for Faulkner's novels, says academic

Nineteenth-century journal, known to Faulkner, 'likely served as an important source' for his Yoknapatawpha fictionsA 19th century plantation diary was a source of inspiration to William Faulkner as he plotted the creation of his imaginary Yoknapatawpha County, the setting for... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 12 February, 2010

Sweet Valley High sequel to follow characters into 30s

Francine Pascal promises 'shocking' update on the progress of the much-loved Wakefield twinsElizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, the blond, tanned, teenage twins of the bestselling Sweet Valley High series, are set to grow up after creator Francine Pascal announced she was... More...

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Weekly book agenda: 'Mr. Nobody,' 'Abraham Lincoln,' Abu Dhabi book fair

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Friday, 12 February, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett3. FLIRT, by Laurell K. Hamilton4. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah5. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann2. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. A PEOPLE''S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by Howard Zinn5.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks2. HOT ROCKS, by Nora Roberts3. TATE, by Linda Lael Miller4. THE SCARECROW, by Michael Connelly5. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick2. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks3. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin2. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young3. ON THE BRINK, by Henry M. Paulson Jr.4. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Rebecca Skloot’s much praised “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 5... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Mother Nature’s Lost Children, Up Close

T. Coraghessan Boyle’s rollicking new collection has no larger philosophical point to make, just some good, old-fashioned, funny-suspenseful-head-shaking stories.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Outsized praise for a new novel quickly turned to a torrent of outrage as its young German author admitted to using full passages from another work.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Catherine Cookson drops out of library charts

Rise of the US crime thriller leaves tales of northern, plucky women on the shelf, figures for most borrowed books revealCatherine Cookson, for years the most ­borrowed writer from the UK's lending libraries, has been comprehensively overshadowed by the giants... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Unsealed Letters Offer Glimpse of Salinger

A set of 11 letters that are being made public offer a view of his writing habits and his fascination with pop culture.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Oldest privately-owned Encyclopedia Britannica found

Medical advice including a recipe containing crushed millipedes, and the distinction between a fool and a madman, are among entries in the oldest set of Encyclopedia Britannica owned privately in Britain.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Julian Gough slams fellow Irish novelists as 'priestly caste' cut off from the culture

'We've abolished the Catholic clergy, and replaced them with novelists' says writer, describing his peers as 'a pompous, provincial literary community'Irish novelist and award-winning short story writer Julian Gough has launched a scathing attack on his country's authors, describing them... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Jacqueline Wilson is most popular library book author of noughties

Jacqueline Wilson has triumphed over better selling authors such as JK Rowling and Dan Brown to be named the most popular library book author of the last decade.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Louise Bagshawe running for parliament – and Romantic novel of the year

Prospective Tory MP for Corby and East Northants is shortlisted for her novel PassionA romantic thriller by author turned aspiring Conservative MP Louise Bagshawe is in the running to win the Romantic Novel of the Year award.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Downing Street 'insiders' reveal No 10 office politics

New book by former No 10 media adviser uses interviews with staff who have worked under Gordon Brown to build up a picture of Downing Street after he became PM in 2007... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 11 February, 2010

E-Book Price Increase May Stir Readers’ Passions

The most voracious readers of e-books have shown a reflexive hostility to prices higher than $9.99 for popular titles.... More...

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' prequel published in Scots, then English

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Thursday, 11 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Mark Twain: A Public Image as Tailored as His Snow-White Suits

Michael Shelden’s lively and surprise-filled portrait of Mark Twain in his final years reveals an author who had decided to enjoy the perks of his celebrity at the expense of his writing.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Faulkner Link to Plantation Diary Discovered

The author William Faulkner appears to have drawn the names of characters and other inspiration from a plantation diary just discovered by scholars.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Great Hamster Massacre wins Waterstone's children's books prize

Katie Davies wins £5,000 award for 'sweet and funny story' of gory pet bloodlettingA children's book that started life as "a collection of horrible hamster deaths" has won the Waterstone's children's book prize for debut author Katie Davies.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Title Deed: How the Book got its Name

Gary Dexter explains the origins of Peter Carey's Bliss... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Katie Davies wins Waterstone's book award

The wife of comic actor Alan Davies, scooped a prestigious children's book award with her first book about a girl's relentless quest for a pet hamster.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Katie Davies wins Waterstone's book award

The wife of comic actor Alan Davies, scooped a prestigious children's book award with her first book about a girl's relentless quest for a pet hamster.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Literary Life

Mark Sanderson's survey of the book world takes in the biggest sellers, extra Gormenghast, Barbara Follett and more... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

David Willetts 'pinched' my book cover

David Willetts has won rave review for his book Pinch, but he is now being accused of doing some pinching himself, by copying a rival author's book cover.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Writers should focus on true crime, says David Peace

'I don't really see the point of making up crimes,' the Red Riding quartet author tells websiteThe future of crime fiction lies not in inventing ever more colourful crimes but in focusing on real-life wrongdoing, according to novelist David Peace,... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Books of The Times: A Nice Guy in a Perfect Baseball World

James S. Hirsch’s biography of Willie Mays is the first written with the baseball great’s participation.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: 'Dear John,' 'Food Rules,' 'The Lightning Thief'

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

Tiger Woods biography to include new details and interviews

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Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

A Calculus of Writing, Applied to a Classic

Zachary Mason, author of the critically praised first novel “The Lost Books of the Odyssey,” is a computer scientist eager to understand “thought with computational precision.”... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Dennis the Menace redrawn to appear less violent, Beano admits

Eight-year-old boy exposes 'boring' Dennis the Menace.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Alexandre Dumas novels penned by 'fourth musketeer' ghost writer

Alexandre Dumas has a special place in France's literary hall of fame as the father of great swashbuckling historical epics.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Martin Amis: 'women went on Napoleonic rampage in attempt at equality'

Women have gone on a "Napoleonic rampage" since the 1970s to achieve parity with men but it will be another century before they achieve it, Martin Amis has said.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency prequel published in Scots

A prequel to the best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels is being published in the Scots language, a year before it is translated into English.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Film reignites literary debate over Alexandre Dumas's ghostwriter

Scholars clash over Auguste Maquet's role in creating masterpieces such as The Three MusketeersHe spent his life in the shadow of one of France's most celebrated authors and in death has become a mere footnote in literary history. Despite having... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

McSweeney's inspiration dies

The eccentric whose name adorns Dave Eggers's literary quarterly has died aged 67The man after whom Dave Eggers named his literary quarterly McSweeney's has died, the journal has announced.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Independent bookshops 'closing at rate of two a week'

Figures from the Booksellers Association show 102 shops closed in 2009, leaving just 1,289 left in businessThe UK's only specialist crime bookshop, Murder One, shut up shop at the beginning of last year, Lancashire's award-winning Kaydee Bookshop was forced out... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

A World of Words Reinvented in Pictures

The initial print runs for a graphic-novel adaptation of “Twilight” and a new graphic novel by Janet Evanovich are staggering.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Delivering Bad News and Bearing It

Sarah Blake has coaxed forth a book that hits hard and pushes buttons expertly.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight

Publishers have managed to take some control — at least temporarily — of how much consumers pay for their content.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

Media Talk: Kindle Books in Snack Sizes

FT Press is selling stripped-down, 1,000- to 2,000-word versions of books, for $1.99, and a new series of essays of about 5,000 words, for $2.99.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

BP's Sun King Lord Browne reveals his darker side

Former oil chief admits to obsession and loneliness during his 12-year reign at BPLord Browne has admitted he stayed at BP too long because he had become obsessed with running the oil group. He has also suggested in his revealing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 8 February, 2010

Neil Gaiman to write Dr Who episode

The author of novels including Coraline and Anansi Boys told fans they could expect to see the episode in early 2012Neil Gaiman has been picking up literary prizes left, right and centre over the last year, but the fantasy author... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Ambitious Banker, Not to the McMansion Born, Ascends the Ladder of Class

“Union Atlantic” is a lumpy, disappointing book.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

A Chronicler of the World Now Looks Inward

The historian Tony Judt, who has written nine books and scores of essays, has lost the ability to move nearly every muscle in his body.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

A Well-Written War, Told in the First Person

A new group of soldier-writers explore the futility of war — but wars that they for the most part support.... More...

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

US book publishers smiling again as Kindle rivals emerge

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Monday, 8 February, 2010

British Library to offer 19th Century first editions for free download on Amazon Kindle

The British Library is to make more than 65,000 rare first editions of 19th Century fiction available for the public to download for free from the spring.... More...

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Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Parents will raise happier children 'if they put them second to their marriage'

US therapist David Code argues that an over-focus on kids creates demanding offspring and anxious, exhausted parents... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Memoirs shed new light on La Dolce Vita era of drugs, sex and debauchery

The character played by Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's classic film was partly based on a gossip columnist now writing his own account of Rome's scandalous 1950sWhen the gossip columnist Victor Ciuffa emerged blinking from a private viewing of La... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Why the literary world has still got it in for Martin Amis

As his new novel, The Pregnant Widow, is published, the knives are out again for the 60-year-old authorMartin Amis, you may have noticed, has just published a novel. The response to it has been predictable: a couple of appreciative reviews... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 7 February, 2010

The return of the werewolf

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Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Bob Dylan's "All the Animals" inspires children's book

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Sunday, 7 February, 2010

India's book restorers: saving the past for the future

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Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Off the Shelf: Terrorism and the Pocketbook

To fight terrorism effectively, a new book says, governments must understand its economics — and cut off its revenue streams.... More...

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Saturday, 6 February, 2010

New Albany Journal: A Voting Result That Faulkner Could Drink To

In a couple of months, a person will be able to buy a beer legally in New Albany, Miss., William Faulkner’s birthplace, for the first time in more than 50 years.... More...

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Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Random House to publish final Gormenghast book

Titus Awakes, written by Mervyn Peake's widow based on notes left by the author to complete the sequence, set for publication in 2011Three weeks after it emerged that Mervyn Peake's wife had written a fourth book in her husband's acclaimed... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Tomás Eloy Martínez, Argentine Author Who Merged Fact With Fancy, Dies at 75

Mr. Martínez was an Argentine writer whose fiction mingled journalistic and novelistic techniques.... More...

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Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Drinking and Grieving

The characters in Amy Bloom’s erotically charged, linked stories struggle with love and its loss.... More...

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Saturday, 6 February, 2010

'Mein Kampf' to see its first post-WWII publication in Germany

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Saturday, 6 February, 2010

Questions for Douglas Coupland: Dreaming of a White Olympics

The Vancouver writer talks about artificial snow, Generation X and luge lessons.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Books, Readers and Teachers: A Wrap-Up

Students and teachers weigh in with passionate and personal picks for their favorite titles and authors to read and teach.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Essay: The Book of Self-Love

Christopher Lasch’s “Culture of Narcissism” offered an indictment of American life that displeased both the right and the left.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Graffiti’s Story, From Vandalism to Art to Nostalgia

A one-time illegal tagger who started out marking up subway trains now has a book that chronicles a phenomenon born in the ’70s.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Cruel Love

Louise Erdrich’s new novel is a portrait of an “iconic” marriage on its way to dissolution, and it appears to be seeded with deliberate allusions to her own marriage with the writer Michael Dorris.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

He’s So Vain

The life of Warren Beatty, a man as hungry for artistic control as he was for women.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

A Touch of Evil

This slender mystery novel from Roberto Bolaño presents a surreal vision of prewar Paris.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Truth or Dare

Poems that shun trickery and flirt with both beauty and boredom.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

The Scoundrel and the Bride

Clare Clark’s tale of a woman sent to Louisiana to marry a colonist she’s never met is told in the spirit of a 19th-century novel.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

French Contentions

This history examines the moral, religious, artistic and political struggles gripping France before and after the Dreyfus Affair.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

A Wrinkle in Time

Don DeLillo explores the radical manipulation of time in this novel, which brings an Iraq war planner, his daughter and a filmmaker together at a house in the desert.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Some Fun Tonight

An appreciation of Little Richard, one of rock ’n’ roll’s originators.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Moving the Deck Chairs

Joseph Stiglitz has harsh words for President Obama’s approach to the economic crisis.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Faith-Based Defiance

How the church has figured in the lives of black women battling racism and sexism, from the days of slavery to the present.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Slice of Lives

A clever murder and a dose of Big Pharma intrigue sever this novel’s protagonist’s ties to his former life.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Eternal Life

Rebecca Skloot untangles the ethical issues in the case of a woman whose cancer cells have been the basis for a vast amount of research.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

From Russia, No Love

English became a secret path to personal freedom for the author of this memoir, who escaped the confines of the Soviet Union at age 24.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Tales Out of School

A survey of the state of American research universities.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Author Michael Crichton's art collection goes under the hammer

Late author of Jurassic Park left £20m worth of paintings including works by Jasper Johns, Picasso and LichtensteinArtworks collected by the late Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton and valued at £20m are being showcased to the British public before going... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 5 February, 2010

Animals come to rescue of biography market

The biography of Casper the commuting cat is just one of a spate of 'animalit' titles being snapped upThe story of Casper the commuting cat, set to be published this autumn, is the latest in a slew of animal memoirs... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 5 February, 2010

Bondage for Beginners vies with Origin of Faeces as contenders line up for oddest title prize

A bumper year for strange books as longlist for 2010 prize is announcedFrom Bacon: A Love Story to An Intellectual History of Cannibalism, Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich and The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, the Bookseller magazine has announced... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

What is the Google Books Settlement?

What does Google's proposed plans for digitising millions of books mean for publishers, authors and web users?... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Justice Department criticises Google Books Settlement

Proposals failed to adequately address copyright concerns, says US Justice Department... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

NYC: Did Salinger Leave a Word for Posterity?

Hoping for any unpublished works, yellowing letters or random notes to complete an artist’s biography.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Justice Dept. Criticizes Latest Google Book Deal

While the Justice Department did not explicitly urge a rejection of the deal, its opposition on copyright, class action and antitrust grounds is a setback for Google.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Rebuffing Scholars, Germany Vows to Keep Hitler Out of Print

There is a developing showdown with scholars over the first German publication of “Mein Kampf” since the end of World War II.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Hans L. Trefousse, Historian and Author, Dies at 88

Professor Trefousse was a specialist in Civil War and Reconstruction-era history who taught at Brooklyn College for almost 50 years.... More...

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Chick-lit author killed herself, coroner rules

Susan Morgan, who wrote as Zoe Barnes and Sue Dyson, died after an overdose of painkillersA best-selling author who was regarded as a pioneer of the chick-lit genre killed herself by taking an overdose of painkillers, a coroner has ruled.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 5 February, 2010

Amazon squares up to Apple with its own Kindle

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Amazon squares up to Apple with its own Kindle

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Weekly book agenda: literary fashion, odd titles, the Lost Booker

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Friday, 5 February, 2010

Books of The Times: The Free Verse Is in Aisle 3

Tony Hoagland’s erudite comic poems are backloaded with heartache and longing.... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by Howard Zinn5.... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks2. HOT ROCKS, by Nora Roberts3. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold4. THE ELUSIVE BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens5. TATE, by Linda Lael Miller... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick2. THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold3. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin2. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres3. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young4. COMMITTED, by Elizabeth Gilbert5. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett2. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown3. KISSER, by Stuart Woods4. BLOOD TIES, by Kay Hooper5. THE FIRST RULE, by Robert Crais... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“Gator A-Go-Go” is the first of Tim Dorsey’s 12 acid-splashed Florida crime capers to make the list.... More...

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Best-selling author Zoe Barnes killed herself after marriage break-up

The best-selling novelist killed herself in a hotel room after her husband left her, an inquest heard.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Authors join fight in Macmillan's battle with Amazon

Writers hit by Amazon's removal of their titles are cutting links to the online shop and calling on readers to boycott itAuthors are fighting back against Amazon.com in its battle with Macmillan after the retailer had failed to restore a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Oddest Book Title prize draws record number of submissions

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Thursday, 4 February, 2010

Don DeLillo, a Writer by Accident Whose Course Is Deliberate

Don DeLillo got the idea for his new book, “Point Omega,” when he happened upon Douglas Gordon’s video installation “24 Hour Psycho” at the Museum of Modern Art.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Amazon Said to Buy Touch Start-Up

The Internet retailer has acquired Touchco, a New York start-up, according to a person briefed on the deal.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Facing Scandal, Keeping Faith

Jenny Sanford’s account of Gov. Mark Sanford’s headline-making extramarital adventure is a surprisingly energetic exemplar of the “little did I know” genre.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Literary Life

Mark Sanderson casts his eye over Dickens and gays, a new prize, the cost of discounting and other goings on in the literary world... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Scott of the Antarctic's final diary published online

British Library makes explorer's account of final days of doomed Edwardian polar expedition available to worldwide readers... More...

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: Kathryn Stockett’s 'The Help' holds top spot

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Salinger titles to be re-launched with new author-approved cover designs

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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Bankruptcy Complicates Deal for Roosevelt Papers

A new twist in efforts to free some 5,000 pages of documents that belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s last personal secretary from legal limbo.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Who should win the Lost Booker prize?

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From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Books of The Times: A Woman’s Undying Gift to Science

A provocative and moving book about a line of cells taken from a poor black tobacco farmer, without her permission, and how they changed the face of medicine.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Grisham and Updike among authors banned by Texan jail authorities

Bestselling and classic books have been banned from prisons in Texas over security, race or sex concernsWhat does Annie Proulx's tale of the romance between two cowboys Brokeback Mountain have in common with Jenna Bush's non-fiction book about a teenage... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

New Walter Scott prize to honour historical novels

Inaugural £25,000 award to be presented in June at Borders book festivalHe is seen as the father of the historical novel, so it's perhaps only fitting that a new literary prize honouring the genre is to be launched in the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Ricky Gervais suspects 'Flanimal Rights' extremists after theft of thousands of books

Consignment of 12,000 pop-up books by the comedian go astray in the USPolice are investigating the loss of 12,000 copies of Ricky Gervais's Flanimals books from a delivery truck in the US.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Faber editor bids to woo Morrissey to 'the House of Eliot'

Lee Brackstone says publishing singer's memoirs would be 'the fulfilment of my most pressing and persistent publishing dream'A Faber editor has written an open letter to Morrissey pleading with the singer to bring his "much-rumoured memoir to the House of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Baghdad Journal: Speaking Freely Where Fear Rules

Salons, a vital part of Iraqi intellectual life for centuries, have sprung up around Baghdad as violence has dropped.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Books on Science: Tale of an Unsung Fossil Finder, in Fact and Fiction

Two books examine the life of Mary Anning, who rarely got the credit she deserved for her early contributions to paleontology.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

England is 'cesspit' breeding Islamists, says Soyinka

England is a "cesspit" and breeding ground for fundamentalist Muslims, the Nobel laureate and political activist Wole Soyinka has said in an interview in which he also accused Britain of allowing the existence of "indoctrination schools".His extraordinary attack on what... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

David Tennant takes on role of rebel UK ambassador

Playwright David Hare brings Craig Murray's Murder in Samarkand to life in play for Radio 4He drank a lot of whisky and had a shamefully leery eye when it came to women but, as our man in Tashkent, Craig Murray... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

'Up in the Air,' 'Precious' among Oscar-nominated literary adaptations

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Original Mr. Men character discovered in archives

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Macmillan raising e-book prices, Amazon opposed

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Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

Old media wins battle in ebook war as Amazon raises prices to match Apple

Macmillan capitalises on bitter rivalry by forcing through price increase for digital versions of its bestselling titlesIn a plot twist worthy of one of its own thrillers, publisher Macmillan has capitalised on the bitter rivalry between two of America's largest... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Books of The Times: Make War. Make Talk. Make It All Unreal.

Like many of Mr. DeLillo’s earlier books, “Point Omega” has an ingenious architecture that gains resonance in retrospect.... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Charles Dickens 'gave characters a secret queer side'

Charles Dickens gave many of his characters a hidden homosexual side, according to an academic.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Authors cry foul over Google 'rights grab'

Proposed settlement could prove to be one of the most important agreements in digital publishingBritish authors are divided over plans by Google to create the world's largest online library and profit from out-of-print titles.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

'Reverse provincialism' denied Karen Blixen Nobel prize

The Danish author had committee's majority support in 1959, but lost out amid anxiety that too many Scandinanvians had already wonOut of Africa author Karen Blixen missed out on a Nobel prize for literature because judges were concerned about showing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Salinger's widow thanks neighbours for guarding husband's privacy

Colleen Salinger expresses gratitude for 'protective envelope' provided by the people of Cornish, New HampshireJD Salinger's wife has thanked residents of the town he made his refuge for more than 50 years for protecting the world's most famous literary recluse... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Sir Terry Pratchett calls for euthanasia tribunals

Author wants euthanasia tribunals to give sufferers from incurable diseases the right to medical help to end their livesThe author Sir Terry Pratchett is calling for euthanasia tribunals to give sufferers from incurable diseases the right to medical help to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

The Media Equation: To Deliver, iPad Needs Media Deals

The iPad is a device for consuming media, not creating it. So are the media providers ready to do business?... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Cornish Journal: J. D. Salinger a Recluse? Well, Not to His Neighbors

To the residents of Cornish, N.H., J. D. Salinger was not a recluse. He was a townsperson — just a guy called Jerry.... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

IPad Can’t Play Flash Video, but It May Not Matter

Many video sites have been experimenting with a new format, HTML5, that may reduce an attitude that devices failing to support Adobe’s Flash technology are wanting.... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Books of The Times: The Folks Who Live on Easy Road

“The Privileges” is excessively cryptic, but the story is so invitingly told that it’s much easier to be drawn in than turned off.... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Publisher Wins Fight With Amazon Over E-Books

In a strongly worded message, Amazon said that while it disagreed with Macmillan’s stance, it would accept the publisher’s plan on e-book prices.... More...

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Lost Man Booker prize longlist to award best omitted novels of 1970

Any of 22 authors, including Iris Murdoch and Joe Orton, could be awarded the coveted Lost Man Booker prize for novels that missed out due to rule changes in 1971The few seconds between the reading of the shortlist and the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Judges to name winner of 'lost' Booker Prize

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

Lost Booker Prize honors a missing year in Booker history

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

'Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland:' hyper-literate lonely hearts strike again

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Monday, 1 February, 2010

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