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Issue 50 / December 2012

September 2010

Books of The Times: A Grotesque Artifact Starts a Journey From Garage Sale to Buchenwald

Mark Jacobson’s nonfiction mystery revolves around a lampshade that a DNA test shows to be made of tanned human skin, perhaps the product of a Nazi concentration camp.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 30 September, 2010

Tea Party colouring book sells 'many thousands'

Publisher says it is having to order daily reprints of 'very pleasant' infants' primer on right-wing populist lobbyA colouring book teaching children about right-wing American political movement the Tea Party has become an unlikely hit in the US.... More...

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

Thursday, 30 September, 2010

Poet tipped in Nobel prize for literature

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer declared favourite by bookmakers, with nearest rivals also poetsAfter 13 years rewarding novelists and playwrights, the odds are strong that this year's Nobel prize for literature will go to a poet – at least according to... More...

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

Thursday, 30 September, 2010

Unusual Film Gets Innovative Marketing

“Freakonomics,” an innovative film about innovative research, is being marketed in a new way.... More...

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Thursday, 30 September, 2010

Books of The Times: A 9-Year-Old Fan of ‘A Fan’s Notes,’ Finding Truth in His Own Fiction

In Brock Clarke’s novel, a prodigy in Watertown, N.Y., tries to find his dad, who left the family, any way he can.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

Living With Music: A Playlist by Larry Rohter

Larry Rohter is a culture reporter for The Times and the author of "Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed."... More...

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Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

Authors and readers rally to defend rape novel from school ban

Judy Blume has led protests against a call to censor Laurie Halse Anderson's novel SpeakJudy Blume and fellow authors and readers have rallied behind Laurie Halse Anderson's acclaimed young adult novel about the rape of a teenager, Speak, following a... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

East End chronicler Gilda O'Neill dies

Bestselling author of novels and non-fiction drawing on her background as an east LondonerBestselling author Gilda O'Neill, who chronicled the history of the East End of London in her novels and non-fiction, died on Friday after a short illness, her... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

Borders to Open 25 Temporary Stores for Holiday Sales

Borders plans to open the so-called pop-up stores in a push to sell e-readers and books during the holiday season.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

In Study, Children Cite Appeal of Digital Reading

Many children want to read on digital devices, while parents worry technology will distract young bookworms.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

In Israel, a Pork Cookbook Challenges a Taboo

A retired cardiologist has written “The White Book,” touted as the first cookbook of its kind in Israel.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Books of The Times: The Supersnooper Pursuing the Paranoid Politician

Mark Feldstein’s study of the muckraking columnist Jack Anderson and his nemesis Richard Nixon is a master class in gutter politics.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

More to the Story: A History of Gay America

Larry Kramer, author of such plays as "The Normal Heart" and "The Destiny of Me," on his coming book "The American People," envisioned as a national history of homosexuality.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Looking Back Is a Bad Habit: 'True Grit' Then and Now

A look at "True Grit" through the teaser trailer for the Coen brothers' remake and Vincent Canby's review of the original 1969 feature.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Studios Defend Jackson in 'Hobbit' Labor Dispute

Responding to charges by performers' guilds that the "Hobbit" movies were nonunion productions, three Hollywood studios said "the allegations are baseless and unfair to Peter Jackson."... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Twitter: Banned Books' New Best Friend

It's Banned Books Week, and for an event like this, it never hurts to have a cause celebre. This year, organizers had only to turn to Twitter, where people have been rallying behind the young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson, whose... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

The Wire creator David Simon wins 'genius' grant

Writer and producer of gritty US dramas joins quantum astrophysicist and stone carver on list of $500,000 winnersAuthor, screenwriter and producer David Simon, best-known as the creator of The Wire ("the best show ever", according to the Guardian), has been... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Anthony Bourdain writes 'gourmet slaughterfest' graphic novel

Author of Kitchen Confidential promises his tale of 'ultraviolent food nerds' will be a cross between Eat Drink Man Woman and A Fistful of DollarsIt will be kitchen knives at dawn when celebrated chef and author Anthony Bourdain makes his... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Books on Science: Reports From the Hive, Where the Swarm Concurs

Gaining insight by watching honeybees “waggle dance” their way to a democratic decision.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Before 'Scott Pilgrim,' a Girl Adrift

Bryan Lee O'Malley is best known for his comics series "Scott Pilgrim." But before that, he created a wonderful book, "Lost at Sea," about a girl in the midst of late-adolescent crisis.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

MacArthur Foundation Honors 23

The annual $500,000 grants go to a group that includes storytellers and 13 scientists.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

A Guided Tour of Modern Medicine’s Underbelly

In Dr. Carl Elliott’s survey of all that is shifty in modern medicine, humdrum events are exactly what make up medicine’s dark side.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Dusting Off an Elusive President’s Dull Image

“Washington: A Life,” by Ron Chernow, draws on newly unearthed papers and other material to amplify and reshape perceptions of this leader’s importance.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

Poet forced to pulp book after row with her family

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Tuesday, 28 September, 2010

DC Comics Names New Editor in Chief

Bob Harras, who will oversee editorial at DC Comics, Mad Magazine and Vertigo, served as editor in chief of rival Marvel Comics from 1995 to 2000.... More...

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Monday, 27 September, 2010

Amid Labor Dispute, Jackson Says He Could Move 'Hobbit' Film to Europe

Mr. Jackson wrote that it felt "as if we have a large Aussie cousin kicking sand in our eyes" after an Australian actors' union protested against his use of nonunion actors on "The Hobbit."... More...

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Monday, 27 September, 2010

Campaigners defend 'celebrated novels' from US censors

Authors including Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut are among those to have faced recent bans in American schoolsAmerican libraries and bookshops are celebrating the freedom to read this week but attempts to force books off shelves are still rife across... More...

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

Monday, 27 September, 2010

Polly Toynbee and Will Hutton books on how Labour did

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Monday, 27 September, 2010

Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries

Library Systems & Services was hired to run the libraries of Santa Clarita, Calif., setting off an outsourcing debate.... More...

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Monday, 27 September, 2010

Books of The Times: From Seat of Power, Battling Many Crises

Patient readers will find in Jimmy Carter’s diary entries a sense of what it is like to be president.... More...

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Sunday, 26 September, 2010

Elizabeth Gaskell joins the greats in Poets' Corner

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Sunday, 26 September, 2010

Tribute to a Hero in Twilight

In Ted Williams’s memorable final game in 1960, John Updike found a timeless allegory for solitary perfection.... More...

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Saturday, 25 September, 2010

Giving Voice to Sylvia Plath’s Pregnant Women

“Three Women,” a radio play in verse by Sylvia Plath, is coming to 59E59 Theaters.... More...

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Saturday, 25 September, 2010

Film: A Teenager Flying Over a Cuckoo’s Nest

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, directors of “Half Nelson,” have made “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” a teen comedy set in a psychiatric ward.... More...

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Saturday, 25 September, 2010

Losing Battles

In David Grossman’s somber, haunting novel of love and loyalty in time of conflict, set in Israel between 1967 and 2000, two friends are deeply involved with the same woman.... More...

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Saturday, 25 September, 2010

Simon Cowell biography tops list of books left in hotel rooms

Study of X Factor creator turned up the most in survey of books found by Travelodge staffSimon Cowell may be popular on television, but his life story is not so compelling – a Cowell biography tops the list of books... More...

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

Saturday, 25 September, 2010

Pilgrim’s Progress

Bryan Lee O’Malley brings his “Scott Pilgrim” comics series to a close.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

New Birth of Freedom

Human rights as we know them began in the ’70s, a scholar says.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Young Love

Tao Lin explores digital-age obsession in this novel of an illicit affair.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Nabob of Negativism

David Rakoff’s essays make the case for expecting the worst.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Poetic Justice

In Lan Samantha Chang’s novel, two writing-school poets take divergent paths.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Achebe Wins $300,000 Prize

The novelist wins the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Photographing Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

One of the moody pleasures of this week's Book Review is Chester Higgins Jr.'s tender-tough black-and-white portrait of the sisters Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, who are noted playwrights and the co-authors of the generational family novel "Some Sing, Some... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

‘Waterfront’ Jungle

A history of Malcolm Johnson’s Pulitzer-winning reporting on the New York waterfront, which inspired the Marlon Brando classic.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

They Did What?

Laura Kipnis examines why people behave scandalously, and why we love to watch them do it.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Bill O’Reilly, the excitable Fox News host, is no fan of this newspaper, but he’s compiled an impressive track record on our best-seller lists.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks2. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen3. WICKED APPETITE, by Janet Evanovich4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES, by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. MY... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci4. 1022 EVERGREEN PLACE, by Debbie Macomber5. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR, by Patricia Cornwell... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow2. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS, by Bill O'Reilly3. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern4. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY, by David Limbaugh5. A JOURNEY, by Tony Blair... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast

Featuring Alexandra Jacobs on James Ellroy's memoir "The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women"; and Kaiama Glover on the novel "Some Sing, Some Cry," by the sisters Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Blood Ties

This novel by two sisters creates a fictional genealogical web enmeshing seven generations of feminine strength, shot through with music.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Obsession

In James Ellroy’s new memoir, he recalls how his mother’s murder shaped his life with women.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Up Front: Kaiama L. Glover

“The first thing you notice walking into my childhood home,” Kaiama L. Glover recalled, “is the collection of family photographs that chronicle about four generations of maternal history.”... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Fiction Chronicle

Fiction by Anthony De Sa, Jon Clinch, Jenny Hollowell, Elie Wiesel and Anne Fortier.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Essay: Fight ‘The Power’

In “The Secret” and “The Power,” the bogus “law of attraction” meets the real science of the human brain.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Saved by Rock ’n’ Roll

A music geek comes of age in New England in the 1980s.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Head Screws On, Head Screws Off

For Mike Mignola, the idea of a hero who exists as a disembodied head is simply a starting point for a best-selling anthology of gothic adventures.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Falling to Earth

In search of his grandfather, whose bomber crashed in World War II, Daniel Swift also found a neglected tradition of poetry.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Character Building

On a three-year sojourn, Deborah Fallows got under China’s skin by immersing herself in its language.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Ply the Pen

Seamus Heaney mines childhood and the Ireland of the past in his latest poems.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Fairer Deal

The Clinton-era labor secretary Robert B. Reich fears that inevitable national belt-tightening could trigger a political convulsion.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

The Beauty Cultist

A biography of Serge ­Diaghilev, the avant-garde impresario who founded the Ballets Russes.... More...

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Friday, 24 September, 2010

Books of The Times: War, Revolution and a King Who Says ‘By Jove’

Ken Follett begins his trilogy about the 20th century with a sweeping look at characters living through World War I.... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

At Steinbeck’s Getaway as Heirs’ Feud Revives

Near the anniversary of the author’s jaunt with his dog Charley, his widow’s sister gives a rare tour of the family’s Sag Harbor bungalow.... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Lesson Plan | Ideas for commemorating "the freedom to read" with The New York Times.... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

PEN American Center Names Award Winners

Don DeLillo wins an award for achievement in American fiction.... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

Danielle Steel falls out of love with romance

Bestselling author Danielle Steel denies her blockbuster novels are romantic fictionDanielle Steel's book titles might range from Passion's Promise to Matters of the Heart, from No Greater Love to Now and Forever, but the blockbuster author is adamant that despite... More...

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

Thursday, 23 September, 2010

Notes on Diaghilev’s Riot

In his new biography, “Diaghilev: A Life,” Sjeng Scheijen recounts the riot that greeted the Ballets Russes premiere of “Le Sacre du Printemps” in 1913. So what was it about “Sacre” that incited such a melee?... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

Next Installment of the '39 Clues' Children's Series Due in April

Books, an online game and cards to collect.... More...

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Thursday, 23 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Afghanistan as Obama and Others Game It

Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama’s Wars,” underscores just how vociferous and personal the arguments over the war in Afghanistan have been within the administration.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Barack Obama's bitter divisions with generals revealed in new book

Ferocious infighting was punctuated by snide and bitter remarks during Afghan policy review according to authorBarack Obama was forced into a major damage-limitation exercise today after a new book by veteran investigative reporter Bob Woodward painted a startling portrait of... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Barack Obama's battle to get out of Afghanistan

The devastating new book by a veteran Washington Post reporter reveals rifts, egos and insubordination at the top as the president tried to form an exit planBarack Obama came to power promising to get America out of Iraq, a war... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Did John Milton write filthy, innuendo-laden rhyme?

Oxford lecturer finds An Extempore Upon a Faggot in 18th century anthology, supposedly by the author of Paradise LostDespite the fact that Ezra Pound wrote him off for his "asinine bigotry" and "the coarseness of his mentality", John Milton is... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Kafka’s Last Trial

A tale of eccentric heirs, Zionist claims, a cat-infested apartment and a court fight the author would have understood all too well.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Disturbia did not steal Rear Window plot, judge rules

US judge throws out lawsuit accusing Spielberg-backed 2007 film of copying the Cornell Woolrich short story on which Hitchcock's 1954 thriller was basedOne movie stars Shia LaBoeuf as a compulsive voyeur, confined to his home, who becomes convinced that his... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Jilly Cooper honoured for 'services to horseracing'

Eclipse Cup recognises author's contribution in her novels to promoting the 'terrific fun' to be had at the racesFrom the Cheltenham Gold Cup to the Grand National, horseracing trophies pepper the pages of Jilly Cooper's latest romp. Now, the bestselling... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Women dominate Dylan Thomas prize shortlist

Judges hope list will encourage 'young women writers across the world' as five out of six places are taken by female writersFemale authors have taken five out of six slots on the shortlist for this year's Dylan Thomas prize, which... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Andrew Marr books block road

Fifteen tonnes of books by the BBC journalist strewn across Berkshire road after accidentAndrew Marr's latest book is "a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the 20th century" – and it's currently lying all over... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Rare Enid Blyton manuscripts acquired by Seven Stories museum

Newcastle's children's book collection secures original typescripts for nationIn pictures: Seven Stories' Blyton collectionRare original typescripts by Enid Blyton have been saved for the nation by children's book museum Seven Stories.... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Titanic survivor's granddaughter 'reveals truth'

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Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Titanic survivor's grandaughter 'reveals truth'

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Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Gastronomes Await ‘Modernist Cuisine’

Nathan Myhrvold’s book will cover the latest kitchen techniques, sous vide to methylcellulose, in 2,400 pages.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Books of The Times: What’s a Submarine Officer Doing in the Desert?

Christopher Brownfield’s memoir of his service in the post-9/11 military recounts his bitter discoveries of dishonesty and politicization.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Historian who explored MI6 secrets

Keith Jeffrey, professor British history at Queen's, Belfast, was picked to write the inside story of MI6Keith Jeffery, author of the first – and possibly only – official history of MI6, said today he had made a "Faustian pact" that... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Graham Greene, Arthur Ransome and Somerset Maugham all spied for Britain, admits MI6

Secret Intelligence Service's first authorised history aims to debunk James Bond 'licence to kill' mythThe authors Graham Greene, Arthur Ransome, Somerset Maugham, Compton Mackenzie and Malcolm Muggeridge, and the philosopher AJ "Freddie" Ayer, all worked for MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Spy secrets revealed in history of MI6

Britain's secret service got by on shoestring budget and its spies did not have a 'licence to kill', according to authorised bookMI6 partially lifted the veil of secrecy that has surrounded its operations for the past century with the publication... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Stephen King rides in to Sons of Anarchy TV cameo

Author takes role in US drama serial about outlaw motorcycle clubStephen King will guest star in an episode of the television drama Sons of Anarchy today after being lured by the offer of riding a Harley-Davidson.... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Bus driver seen 'reading Kindle at the wheel'

Footage shot by a passenger appears to show the driver reading and turning pages on his e-readerThe battle between traditional books and e-reading devices may continue to rage, but a bus driver in Portland, Oregon seems to have made his... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Jill Johnston, Critic Who Wrote ‘Lesbian Nation,’ Dies at 81

Ms. Johnston championed lesbian feminism and caused a scandal at a debate at Town Hall in Manhattan in 1971, when she and two women started hugging and kissing on stage.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Bookseller Has Setback in Struggle Over Board

The advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services backed Ronald Burkle’s bid to replace Barnes & Noble directors and strengthen its corporate governance.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Held Captive, yet Clinging to Hope

Two new books, “Even Silence Has an End” and “Hostage Nation,” tell the stories of those taken captive in Colombia.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Brains, Brawn and an Unlikely Bond

Jay R. Tunney, a son of the heavyweight champion Gene Tunney, has written a book about his father’s kinship with George Bernard Shaw.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Unknown Now Known: Title and Release Date of Rumsfeld's Memoir

A truncated version of the famous Rummyism has been turned into the title of his coming memoir, "Known and Unknown," Mr. Rumsfeld's publisher said on Monday.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Hockey moms and bromance pimp dictionary's definitions

Some 2,000 new words have been added to the latest edition of the New Oxford American DictionaryThanks, it must be assumed, to Sarah Palin, the term "hockey mom" has made its way into the latest edition of the New Oxford... More...

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

Monday, 20 September, 2010

Frank O'Connor award goes to Ron Rash

'Incredibly well-wrought' short-story collection, Burning Bright, takes €35,000 prizeRon Rash's "bleak" collection of short stories set in Appalachia, Burning Bright, has won the American author the world's richest prize for the short story form, the Frank O'Connor award.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Douglas Coupland designs monument to Canadian firefighters

Generation X follows venture into clothes design with project to honour those killed in the line of dutyFresh from launching a new clothing line, the multi-faceted Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland has been selected to design a memorial honouring his country's... More...

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

Monday, 20 September, 2010

James Bacon, Journalist and Celebrity Friend, Dies at 96

In a long career as a columnist, reporter and book author, Mr. Bacon was a buddy of Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and many of Hollywood’s A-listers.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Bailing Out the Big Guys, Posthaste

Steven Rattner, who led the restructuring effort of G.M. and Chrysler, gives his account of the process.... More...

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

Allison Pearson reveals agonies in writing her latest book

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Monday, 20 September, 2010

William Golding's daughter reveals his 'darker side' in new book

Judy Carver's The Children of Lovers seeks to document warmth and fun of her father, but also the painful side to her upbringingThe children of lovers are orphans, so the saying goes. Drawing from that for her title her forthcoming... More...

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

Sunday, 19 September, 2010

Fibbing With Numbers

A science writer examines the many ways of fudging figures and statistics.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Evolving Circumstances, Enduring Values

A Supreme Court justice sees judges not as indifferent observers, but as partners in preserving American democracy.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Crime: Cold Cases

Mystery novels by Leif GW Persson, Arnaldur Indridason, James R. Benn and Laura Lippman.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

The Greater Terror

William Ryan’s debut detective thriller is set in the Soviet Union in 1936.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Hall of Mirrors

The alter ego Arturo Belano makes appearances in the latest translations of Roberto Bolaño’s work.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

The Violence of Bereavement

In Joyce Carol Oates’s new collection, she explores the idea that the bereaved wife is a kind of guilty party, who deserves everything — most of it violent — that comes her way.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Essay: The Plot Escapes Me

What’s the point of reading so many books when I can barely remember what’s in them?... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Straw Into Gold

In Yiyun Li’s subtle stories of hapless souls, destiny continually subverts plans for happiness.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Up Front: Julie Myerson

Is it any wonder that Julie Myerson should feel drawn to a writer like Joyce Carol Oates, who has, throughout her career, seemed to revel in risk-taking, revelatory fiction?... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Solomon’s Travels

In José Saramago’s final novel, an elephant and its mahout cross the Alps.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

At War With the Shakers

A history of an early 19th century struggle between a New York woman and the Shakers for the custody of her children.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Melting Pot

In this history, a middle-class Chinese-American family is the template for another avenue of immigration to the United States.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

The Metafictional Club

Scarlett Thomas’s heroine, a talented but floundering writer, longs to escape the conventions of storytelling.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Surf’s Up

Brainy scientists, extreme surfers and mountains of water mix it up in Susan Casey’s vivid, kinetic narrative about giant waves and the people who love them.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

On Poetry: The Age of Citation

Epigraphs have always been a part of poetic tradition, but they do seem to be unusually thick on the ground these days.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Mystery Diva

In Robert Gottlieb’s sharp, efficient biography of Sarah Bernhardt, the woman whose name is a byword for theatrics emerges as the first modern celebrity.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

A Town, a Team, a Dream Deferred

A season with the Central High football team of Little Rock, Ark., a half-century after the school’s tumultuous integration.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Separation Anxiety

In this remarkable novel, the entire world of a 5-year old boy is the 11-by-11-foot room in which his mother is being held against her will. Emma Donoghue’s child narrator is one of the most engaging in years.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Critic’s Notebook: Forget What You Know of Twain, Then Delight in Your Rediscovery

Two exhibitions put a beloved American author’s life and work in fresh light.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

A Writer’s Struggles, on and Off the Page

Ntozake Shange is having another moment, or two, this fall: she has a new novel, co-written with her sister, and the film adaptation of “For Colored Girls” will be released in November.... More...

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Germany has yet to rid itself of its guilt over the Nazis, says Schlink

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

British Library ponders the historical value of Twitter

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Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Per Petterson and Susan Casey

Featuring conversations with the Norwegian novelist Per Petterson and Susan Casey, author of "The Wave."... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Per Petterson and Susan Casey

Featuring conversations with the Norwegian novelist Per Petterson and Susan Casey, author of "The Wave."... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“Getting to Happy,” Terry McMillan’s sequel to “Waiting to Exhale,” hits the hardcover fiction list at No. 4.... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Night of the Living Fans

A compendium of the zombie series "The Walking Dead" hits the softcover list, while the comic-collecting hordes begin to gather for the New York Comic Con.... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Guardian children's fiction prize shortlist unveiled

First-time author Gregory Hughes vies with veteran authors for awardA debut novelist who wrote a road-trip tale while holed up in a room the size of a cupboard in Iceland has been shortlisted for the Guardian children's fiction prize, alongside... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Roald Dahl Funny prize shortlists writer's collaborator

Quentin Blake, the illustrator best known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, is a finalist in both categories of the award honouring the authorThe shortlist for this year's Roald Dahl Funny prize, set up to honour the late author's comic... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Christine O'Donnell praises Tolkien's women

Tea Party candidate O'Donnell said modern women should embrace JRR Tolkien's much-maligned female characters as role modelsJRR Tolkien might have been described as misogynistic by some critics for creating only a handful of female characters among the hundreds of males... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Hanif Kureishi scoops PEN Pinter prize

Harold Pinter's wife heads jury that honours The Buddha of Suburbia author for 'speaking the truth beyond any platitudes'"Courageous and irreverent" novelist and playwright Hanif Kureishi has won this year's PEN Pinter prize, which goes to a writer who –... More...

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Steven Berkoff: Rise of an 'up and coming nobody'

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Mao's Great Leap Forward 'killed 45 million in four years'

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Berkoff: Rise of an 'up and coming nobody'

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Bronte letter on display

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Friday, 17 September, 2010

Books Of the Times: Shared Homeland, Different Worldview

The poets Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon have a homeland in common but, as their new collections show, their similarities end there.... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Winfrey Picks Franzen Book

A decade after their brief feud, Oprah Winfrey has chosen Jonathan Franzen’s new novel for her book club.... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy accessed secret files to find affair rumours culprit, claims book

Allegations come as President Nicolas Sarkozy faces embarrassing investigation into counter-espionage servicesCarla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of the French president, obtained police and intelligence service reports to discover who was spreading rumours that she and her husband were having affairs, a... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Sexual Politics

A colorful, emotional argument that the 2008 election gave feminism a thrilling “new life.”... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. 1022 EVERGREEN PLACE, by Debbie Macomber3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci5. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR, by Patricia Cornwell... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls4. OPEN, by Andre Agassi5. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, by Jon Krakauer... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow2. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY, by David Limbaugh3. A JOURNEY, by Tony Blair4. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern5. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS, by Isabel Wilkerson... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. NO MERCY, by Sherrilyn Kenyon4. GETTING TO HAPPY, by Terry McMillan5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Carla Bruni books reveal there are two sides to every story

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gained access to secret service files, biography reveals

Official biography Carla and the Ambitious claims Bruni-Sarkozy obtained police report identifying source of infidelity rumoursThe official biography of France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has revealed the presidential couple used the secret services to find out who was spreading rumours... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Keeping Mr. Emerson’s House

A young couple headed East from Oregon and became the new caretakers of the Ralph Waldo Emerson House in Concord, Mass., making their home in the servants’ wing.... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Newly Released Books

Fiction by Mark T. Mustian, Danielle Evans, Joseph Skibell, Lan Samantha Chang, Sigrid Nunez and Mary Helen Stefaniak.... More...

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Bruni books reveal there are two sides to every story

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

HarperCollins secures Agatha Christie publishing rights

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Richard Dawkins: 'I never meet people who disagree with me'

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Thursday, 16 September, 2010

Boutique Publisher Names New Chief

Susan Lehman, the new publisher of Twelve, is an unorthodox choice for this small but esteemed imprint.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Books of The Times: No. 1 Planet for Alien Tourists

Jon Stewart and his staff explain Earthlings’ ways and mores; and Charles Seife explores the pratfalls and pitfalls of fudging numbers.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Amputation scenes spark revulsion at screening of Danny Boyle's 127 Hours

Reports say three cinemagoers fainted and one had a seizure at Toronto festival debut of the Trainspotting director's gory new filmHe has given us images of dead babies crawling across ceilings, small Indian children plunging into steaming pools of excrement... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Rambo writer David Morrell launches latest thriller as ebook exclusive

First Blood author David Morrell will publish his new novel, The Naked Edge, exclusively through Amazon.com's Kindle store, along with a further nine of his thrillersBestselling thriller writer David Morrell, creator of Rambo, has become the latest author to sign... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Living With Music: A Playlist by Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas is the author of "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" and, most recently, "Fury: a Memoir."... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Agatha Christie's 120th anniversary marked with Poirot Google doodle

It is 120 years since the queen of crime writers Agatha Christie was born and search engine Google is celebrating with a doodle on its home page depicting her fictional detective Hercule PoirotGoogle has marked the 120th anniversary of the... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Library purchases letters offering 'real insight' into poet Ted Hughes

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Books of The Times: What Drives Social Progress? An Argument for Honor

Kwame Anthony Appiah speculates on what finally did away with foot-binding, dueling and slavery.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Unfinished David Foster Wallace Novel Gets Cover and Release Date

"The Pale King," a novel about entry-level processors at an IRS tax-return facility, will be published on April 15.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Anatomy of a Scene: 'Never Let Me Go'

Mark Romanek, the director of "Never Let Me Go," discusses a scene from the film.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Movie Review | 'Never Let Me Go': Growing Up in a Hush, With the Ultimate Identity Crisis

The limits of beauty or, more rightly, the uses of visual beauty are revealed in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s highly regarded dystopian novel “Never Let Me Go.”... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Obama's in-tray: fix economy, fight war, pen children's book

Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters is described as a tribute to American pioneers baseballer Jackie RobinsonHe is the leader of the free world, with two wars to run, a collapsing economy to revive and a disintegrating political... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Obama Writes Children's Book

"Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," a picture book, will be published by Random House Children's Books on Nov. 16, two weeks after the midterm elections.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Trying the iTunes Model for Essays

Chuck Klosterman's essays are available online for 99 cents each.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Obama to publish children's book

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters introduces young readers to 13 'groundbreaking Americans'He has conquered the world of adult books with his two bestselling titles Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Now, Barack Obama... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Barbara Holland, Defender of Small Vices, Dies at 77

A wry essayist and memoirist, Ms. Holland argued on behalf of drinking, cursing, even smoking.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

David Foster Wallace Papers Opening to the Public

They will be available for viewing starting Tuesday.... More...

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

Vatican Library to Reopen Next Week

A $12 million renovation is completed after three years.... More...

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

Books of The Times: The Engine of Right-Wing Rage, Fueled by More Than Just Anger

“The Backlash,” by Will Bunch, analyzes the Tea Party movement and the sources of right-wing anger.... More...

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

William Burroughs graphic novel to be published for first time

Ah Pook Is Here, a collaboration between Naked Lunch author and artist Malcolm McNeill, was disdained by publishers in the 1970sA quest for immortality, the Mayan Death God and a billionaire newspaper tycoon: William Burroughs's only venture into graphic novels,... More...

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

Publishing first for Stephen Fry with new memoir launch

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

Roald Dahl Day expands into full month of special treats

Although he died 20 years ago, the author's popularity has not waned, and various events are planned to celebrate his writingRoald Dahl fans around the country are breaking out the frobscottle and preparing for a month-long celebration of their favourite... More...

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Monday, 13 September, 2010

Books of The Times: A Captive’s View of Life, and He’s 5

In “Room,” Emma Donoghue poses the question of which is safer for a young boy: life as a prisoner or life in the real world?... More...

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Sunday, 12 September, 2010

Essay: Trouble in the Monkey House

A Harvard scientist’s disputed claims about primate minds pale next to the versions peddled in popular accounts.... More...

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Sunday, 12 September, 2010

The drug billions that got me into a John le Carré spy thriller

Observer journalist Rajeev Syal is honoured that one of his articles graces the cover of the novelist's new bookI am feeling a little too pleased with myself. Smiley, you might say.... More...

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Sunday, 12 September, 2010

A Suicide Leaves a Literary Journal and Its Editor in Limbo

The Virginia Quarterly Review, and its editor, are investigated after its managing editor’s death.... More...

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Saturday, 11 September, 2010

Gender gap a scientific myth, says psychology expert

Cordelia Fine book explodes experts' consensus of major differences between male and female brains hardwired at birthThey are the questions that have troubled – and antagonised – men and women for generations: why can't females read maps, why can't males... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Otherwise Occupied

A novel about American soldiers in postwar Japan.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Paradise Lost

In this Zanzibari history, a sultan’s daughter chooses exile.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Networking

From the novelist who first conceived of cyberspace, a fable about postmodern marketing and brand transmission.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Atonement

For the novelist Darin Strauss, life changed irrevocably years ago with the accidental death of a high school classmate.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Perfect Children

Can parents in a wealthy town protect their offspring from life, Julia Glass asks.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Unsentimental Education

Liz Murray grew up in poverty with drug-addicted parents but survived without resentment and landed a place at Harvard.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

As the Smoke Cleared

Scott L. Malcomson’s post-9/11 chronicle is part memoir, part historical essay.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Conspiracy Theorem

Pythagoras’ modern followers clash in this thriller.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Darin Strauss, Jennifer Egan and More

This week, Darin Strauss talks about his memoir, "Half a Life"; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Jennifer Egan discusses her review of Tom McCarthy's new novel, "C"; and Jennifer Schuessler has best-seller news.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Darin Strauss, Jennifer Egan and More

This week, Darin Strauss talks about his memoir, "Half a Life"; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Jennifer Egan discusses her review of Tom McCarthy's new novel, "C"; and Jennifer Schuessler has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

One Kind of Folks

This novel’s protagonist grows up Asian-American in North Carolina.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Lost Walter Scott poem discovered

A Highland Journal, telling the story of a journey around Cambusmore House – where the poem resurfaced – will receive its first public reading next weekA long-lost poem by Sir Walter Scott has been discovered by the Baillie-Hamilton family of... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Code World

Tom McCarthy’s “C” delves into the meaning of meaning: our need to find it in the world and communicate it.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Graphic Books Best Sellers: Undead and Loving It

Karin, the heroine of the manga series "Chibi Vampire Airmail," is a different kind of creature of the night: instead of taking blood from humans, she gives her excess blood to them.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Books appear as footnote at South Africa's resurrected literary festival

Blacks don't read, according to a prominent African journalist. So how can such an event survive?"It's a fact," pronounced the read-me headline, "Darkies just don't read."... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Plinth commemorates Huxley-Wilberforce evolution debate

The celebrated public clash between Darwin's great defender and one of his fiercest contemporary critics is being marked with a memorial plinthThe famous debate between "Darwin's bulldog", TH Huxley, and the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, is to be marked... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Thomas Guinzburg, Paris Review Co-Founder, Dies at 84

Mr. Guinzburg was an editor and publisher who helped create The Paris Review and who later led Viking Press.... More...

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Friday, 10 September, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. 1022 EVERGREEN PLACE, by Debbie Macomber2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. PURSUIT OF HONOR, by Vince Flynn... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. DARK PERIL, by Christine Feehan4. LOST EMPIRE, by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood5. THE POSTCARD KILLERS, by James Patterson and Liza... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Jimmy Page's autobiography: £445 is a whole lotta money to pay

Led Zeppelin fans will have to stump up £445 for guitarist's leather-bound, silk-wrapped and autographed 512-page memoirThere are only three things necessary to be a Jimmy Page superfan: access to the internet, a sturdy coffee table – and £445 in... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Tony Blair’s memoir, “A Journey,” may have zoomed to No. 3 on the hardcover nonfiction list, but another Englishman has been hogging most of the headlines.... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY, by David Limbaugh2. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern3. A JOURNEY, by Tony Blair4. THE PERFECTION POINT, by John Brenkus5. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese5. SARAH’S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls4. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, by Jon Krakauer5. OPEN, by Andre Agassi... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Sean Wilentz’s History ‘Bob Dylan in America’

Sean Wilentz’s “Bob Dylan in America” touchingly conveys its author’s nearly lifelong reverence for his subject.... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Books F.A.Q.

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Citation Needed: Houellebecq Responds to Charge of Plagiarizing Wikipedia

Mr. Houellebecq said his approach to literature, "muddling real documents and fiction, has been used by many authors," and that to describe such an act as plagiarism was "a skilled insult" and "ridiculous."... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Bronx bookworm wins New York reader of the summer crown

Brittany Lopez – whose favourite book was Vampire Kisses – read 325 books and comics over a three-month periodAfter churning through over three books a day for the last three months, a 14-year-old from the Bronx has been named New... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Poet hijacks Atlanta streets with haiku advertising campaign

Artist satirises roadside adverts by nailing his poetry to traffic lights and streetlamps across the cityArtist John Morse has been peppering Atlanta's road intersections with haikus, nailing his poetry to traffic lights and streetlamps in an attempt to provide commuters... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

PD James fights to save Public Lending Right scheme from chop

Crime writer and Society of Authors president urges Jeremy Hunt to maintain funding writers receive when libraries loan out their booksCrime novelist PD James has written to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, calling his attention to the thousands of authors... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

HMV blames World Cup for sales slump

HMV shares down 10% on poor performance by entertainment and book storesHMV blamed the World Cup for a slump in sales across its entertainment and book stores that send its shares crashing by 10% this morning.... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Jimmy Page to charge £445 for autobiography

Led Zeppelin guitarist's forthcoming memoir will be a 'visual documentary' of his life consisting only of photographs – and a hefty price tagJimmy Page is to publish his autobiography, and not only does it lack deep insights, funny stories and... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

World's most expensive book comes up for sale

Sotheby's to auction Audubon's Birds of America and Shakespeare's First Folio from estate of late Lord HeskethBy any standards they form part of a truly extraordinary library: a rare copy of the world's most expensive book, perhaps the most important... More...

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Protesters force Tony Blair to call off book-launch party

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Protesters force Blair to call off book-launch party

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Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Books of The Times: At This School, Misfits Make Up the Student Body

“Skippy Dies” by Paul Murray has a lot on its mind: M-theory, lost youth, Irish history and parallel dimensions, not to mention sex, drugs and schoolboy humor.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

A Writer’s Long Journey to Trace the Great Migration

“The Warmth of Other Suns,” Isabel Wilkerson’s book about the Great Migration of blacks in America, took 15 years and much hands-on research to finish.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Currents | Q&A: The Father of Modern Architectural Minimalism

Questions for the British architect John Pawson, who has a new monograph out next month.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Deepak Chopra's 'Muhammad' to Be Released Early as E-Book

Dr. Chopra's fictionalized biography about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, will go on sale early in e-book form, weeks ahead of the print book's publication date of Sept. 21.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Elizabeth Jenkins, Woman of Letters, Dies at 104

In novels and biographies, Ms. Jenkins looked at lives with a psychological dimension.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Up Front: Dani Shapiro

The novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro reviews “Half a Life,” Darin Strauss’s account of being behind the wheel in a fatal car crash as a high school student.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Blackwell book chain owner plans to hand firm over to staff

• Toby Blackwell says he intends to emulate John Lewis • Employee-owned firms do better in slump, study findsThe privately owned book chain Blackwell has outlined plans to copy the way that the John Lewis department store does business –... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

The 38th Parallel

The Korean War still shapes world events, Bruce Cumings says.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

A Life in Nepal

A couple learn to live with each other and their pasts in this novel of Nepal.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Rooms With a View

Disparate characters sleep under the same Central American roof in this novel of linked stories.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Sorrow Wears and Uses Us

Previously uncollected writings by James Baldwin reveal his many interests, especially music.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Children’s Books: Survivor

Katniss Everdeen fights to the finish in the conclusion of the “Hunger Games” trilogy.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

In Blair Memoir, Is It the Queen or 'The Queen'?

Peter Morgan, the screenwriter of "The Queen," sees a similarity between his script for that film and a scene from Tony Blair's memoir, "A Journey."... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Living With Music: A Playlist by Rob Sheffield

Sheffield's most recent memoir is "Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut."... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Agatha Christie gets death cake tribute from Jane Asher

Actress and baking star creates 'assault on the senses' in honour of the thriller writer's 120th anniversaryIt's death by chocolate made (sort of) literal: a murderously rich chocolate cake has been created by cake maker and actress Jane Asher to... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Tony Blair's A Journey breaks sales records

The former prime minister's memoir sold more than 92,000 copies in its first four days on sale, comfortably outdoing figures for Peter Mandelson's rival accountDespite predictions that Peter Mandelson beating him into print would damage sales of Tony Blair's autobiography,... More...

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Tony Blair book launch party cancelled

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Did you hear the one about the amusing Booker Prize shortlist?

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

I stole from Wikipedia but it's not plagiarism, says Houellebecq

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Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Many Kinds of Universes, and None Require God

Stephen Hawking’s pop-science book about the origins of our universe got attention for a passage about God.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Six authors, including Tom McCarthy for his novel "C" and Emma Donoghue for "Room," were named on Tuesday to the shortlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Authors' boycott cancels Teen Lit festival after Ellen Hopkins 'disinvited'

A book festival for teenagers in Texas has been called off following the withdrawal of one writer's invitation on grounds of 'suitability'A literary festival for teenagers has been cancelled in Texas after a group of authors withdrew in protest at... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Author Spotlight | Charles Yu

Yu, the author of the novel "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe," is also a full-time lawyer. We asked, If writing became lucrative enough, would he ever quit the day job?... More...

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Booker prize shortlist drops early frontrunners

Christos Tsiolkas and David Mitchell, both much-tipped when they appeared on the award longlist, have been overlooked in the six finalistsIt headed the most controversial Man Booker prize longlist in years, but Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap has failed to make... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Booktrust teenage prize shortlist spans time, space and genre

Novels nominated range from Mugabe's Zimbabwe to ancient Greece, tales of teen heartbreak to zombie mayhemZombies, centaurs and Robert Mugabe all feature on the shortlist of a prize for teenage reading that ranges far and wide, in terms of both... More...

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Beach Reads Finished, It’s Time for the Big Books

Publishing’s fall schedule includes books by Bob Woodward, Keith Richards, George W. Bush and Jon Stewart.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 September, 2010

Dark Mysteries, Written From a Bright Beach

The British novelist Colin Cotterill, who lives on a Thai beach, stands apart from his books’ setting, the Communist Laos of the 1970s.... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Books of The Times: How Colombia Meets America, but Not Quite

In “Vida,” Patricia Engel’s world is caught between Colombia and the United States, and truly at home in neither.... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Tony Blair scrapped London book signing to avoid protest 'hassle'

Former prime minister worried BNP might have caused trouble, and says he wanted to prevent 'extra strain on police resources'... More...

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

Monday, 6 September, 2010

China Miéville and Paolo Bacigalupi tie for Hugo award

The City and the City and The Windup Girl draw equal numbers of votes for prestigious science fiction prizeFor only the third time in its 57 years of existence there has been a dead heat in the Hugo award for... More...

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

Monday, 6 September, 2010

Natascha Kampusch autobiography: Austrian kidnap victim tried to slit wrists with a needle

Kidnapped Austrian schoolgirl Natascha Kampusch's autobiography reveals details of her 3,096 days in captivityNatascha Kampusch, the Austrian woman who was kidnapped and held captive for more than eight years, has told of how she tried to kill herself after being... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Random House and Stardoll co-launch online story project

Mortal Kiss will be a serialised paranormal romance targeted at teenage girlsThe publisher Random House is exploiting the trend for vampire romance through an interactive story project in partnership with Stardoll, the social gaming site for teenage girls.... More...

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

Monday, 6 September, 2010

Christopher Hitchens asks fans not to pray for him

The author and well-known advocate of atheism, who is suffering from cancer, has asked that people refrain from 'troubling deaf heaven' over his plightAuthor and vociferous atheist Christopher Hitchens, who was diagnosed with cancer this summer, has appealed to his... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Tony Blair may cancel London book signing

Former PM considers pulling out of event, citing concern about 'hassle and cost' to police following skirmishes at previous signing in DublinTony Blair is considering cancelling a book signing in London after eggs and shoes were thrown at him at... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Books of The Times: War Intrudes on a Man’s Bucolic Idyll

Existential concepts like authenticity and selfhood, and people’s ability or inability to apprehend reality, lie at the heart of Tom McCarthy’s disappointing and highly self-conscious new novel.... More...

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Waterstone 'keen to take back control' of his bookstores

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Monday, 6 September, 2010

Looking for Tony Blair's memoir? Try the crime section

Facebook protest group takes time to 'reclassify' the former prime minister's memoirs in British book shopsWhen Tony Blair called his much-awaited memoirs A Journey, he probably expected its journey into bookshops would be relatively straightforward.... More...

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Sunday, 5 September, 2010

Tony Blair's book signing in Dublin mixes Good Friday with bad Iraq

Protesters chanted 'Butcher Blair', but others noted his achievements for peace in Northern IrelandLiterature and politics have always laid claim to Dublin's O'Connell Street, bookended by statues of James Joyce and Catholic emancipator Daniel O'Connell. Tony Blair, in his modest... More...

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Sunday, 5 September, 2010

Sylvia Plath fans call for a fitting memorial to the poet

Bid to end long-standing friction over the unassuming resting place in the Yorkshire village of Heptonstall of Ted Hughes's tragic partnerA small stone in a cemetery in the Yorkshire village of Heptonstall marks the unassuming grave of Sylvia Plath, the... More...

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Sunday, 5 September, 2010

Waterstone may take back book chain he founded

Founder considers a £100m-plus bid for the underperforming book chain if HMV's turnaround plan failsTim Waterstone, the founder of the books chain that bears his name, is considering a £100m-plus bid to take the chain private if the parent company,... More...

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Sunday, 5 September, 2010

Tony Blair's memoirs are a journey we can all enjoy

"A Journey" tells us about everything from excessive drinking to the Labour leadershipIt was more than a publishing event. The launch of Tony Blair's memoirs, A Journey, became the text through which a whole host of people could examine a... More...

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

Sunday, 5 September, 2010

Tony Blair pelted with eggs and shoes at book signing

Former prime minister attacked by anti-war protesters in Dublin as he promotes memoirsSkirmishes broke out between protesters and police at the first public signing for Tony Blair's memoirs, with shoes and eggs hurled at the former prime minister.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Blair pelted with shoes and eggs at book signing

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Blair pelted with shoes and eggs

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Crime: My Flesh Is Your Canvas

Mystery novels by Sara Paretsky, Charles Todd, Jeff Lindsay and Susan Hill.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Living in Your Head

Charles Yu wraps his lonely story of a time machine repairman in glittering layers of gorgeous meta-science-fiction.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Stormy Weather

This novel’s protagonist is a World War II meteorologist.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Lost Tribe

A New Yorker travels to Israel to make amends with her settler sister in this novel about American Jews in the Holy Land.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Hannibal Rising

A history of the Battle of Cannae in 216 B.C., where Hannibal obliterated the Roman army.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Bringing It All Back Home

The historian Sean Wilentz situates Bob Dylan in a long continuum of American music, literature, religion and politics.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Up Front: Ander Monson

No one medium can contain Ander Monson. Luckily, we live in an age when no one medium needs to.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Essay: The End of Tenure?

Two recent books resurrect the debate over universities and the supposedly pampered people who teach there.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Immortal Beloved

A man loses his wife to death but finds her somewhere else in this debut novel.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Unhappy Days

The historian Laura Kalman looks at the Ford and Carter years.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Ghost, Come Back Again

Paul Murray’s smart comic novel, set in a Dublin boys’ school, is an elegy to lost youth.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Words Cannot Express

Guy Deutscher’s argument about the basis of language is informed by the way we perceive and name colors.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Science Fiction Chronicle

Science fiction by Karen Lord, Ian McDonald, Karin Lowachee and Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

No. 1 Sleuth

A history of the beloved matinee detective Charlie Chan.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Worlds in Collision

A Brahmin astrophysicist and his Dalit assistant are the interdependent poles of Manu Joseph’s novel.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Simian Says

Sara Gruen’s busy novel, which concerns six bonobos and the people who conduct language studies with them, addresses a vast sweep of animal-human issues.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Freedom Trains

Isabel Wilkerson’s masterly account of the Great Migration tells the story of the six million African-Americans who moved away from the South between 1915 and 1970.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

Endless War

Andrew J. Bacevich forcefully denounces 60 years of American militarism in this bracing and intelligent polemic.... More...

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Saturday, 4 September, 2010

A Physician Examines His Novels

The literature of Hans Keilson, a doctor who escaped to the Netherlands from Nazi Germany, is getting new attention in America.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Cultural Studies: Are You Reading What He’s Reading?

Talk of an “Obama bump” for authors comes at a moment when the flavor of public conversation around books has gone from genteel Earl Grey to Tea Party red.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Isabel Wilkerson

Featuring Isabel Wilkerson on her history of the Great Migration, "The Warmth of Other Suns," and Sean Wilentz on his book, "Bob Dylan in America."... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

The Queen at Breakfast – painted by the Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh's impressionist painting of his wife, kept in his private collection since 1965, will be included in a book to be published on MondayShe has been painted by just about every famous artist from Annigonni to Lucian... More...

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

Friday, 3 September, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Isabel Wilkerson

Featuring Isabel Wilkerson on her history of the Great Migration, "The Warmth of Other Suns"; and Sean Wilentz on his book "Bob Dylan in America."... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Questions for Deepak Chopra: Imagining the Prophet

The spiritual guru talks about his new novel about Muhammad.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Real-life stalker jailed for online murder fantasy

Greg Downing imprisoned after writing about imagined attack on children's author he had been forbidden to contactA stalker was jailed today after writing a blog about raping and murdering a woman he had been harassing in real life for two... More...

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

Friday, 3 September, 2010

Book Sets Off Immigration Debate in Germany

Thilo Sarrazin, a former official who has been criticized as espousing racist views, has set off a discussion about Germany’s immigration policy.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

This week’s hardcover fiction list offers plenty of armchair travel to exotic locales, including Eliza Griswold’s “Tenth Parallel.”... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Throwing the Book at Them

A manga clan whose family pet may violate the terms of their lease, and an exhibition on comic-book characters who have found themselves in court.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Dan Brown tops Oxfam's 'least wanted' chart

For the second year running, the bestselling author's books are the most-donated to the charity shop chainDan Brown has hung on to the dubious honour of being the author whose books readers most want to get rid of, topping the... More...

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

Friday, 3 September, 2010

Purple Ronnie creator wins baby book award

Giles Andreae wins the Booktrust Early Years award with Emma Dodd for I Love My MummyHis latest creation is a long way from Purple Ronnie, but the creator of that ubiquitous stickman, Giles Andreae, has been named winner of an... More...

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

Friday, 3 September, 2010

Bono could have been prime minister, says Tony Blair

Former prime minister claims in memoir that U2 frontman could have ended up in No 10 if he hadn't chosen pop over politicsIn a memoir filled with profound navel-gazing, political bombshells and a few purple-prose love scenes, Tony Blair has... More...

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

Friday, 3 September, 2010

Vance Bourjaily, Novelist Exploring Postwar America, Dies at 87

Mr. Bourjaily’s novels often explored what it meant to be an American at a particular historical moment.... More...

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Friday, 3 September, 2010

Books of The Times: Simon Wiesenthal, the Man Who Refused to Forget

A detailed biography of the legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal shows him to be a complicated hero, an angel with dirty wings.... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Audio poem: Shaving the lion by Jan Bradley

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, by Jon Krakauer4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci5. DEMON FROM THE DARK, by Kresley Cole... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese5. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY, by David Limbaugh2. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern3. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot5. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON, by S. C. Gwynne... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson2. THE POSTCARD KILLERS, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund3. SPIDER BONES, by Kathy Reichs4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF (LEGENDS... More...

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Stephen Hawking says universe not created by God

• Physics, not creator, made Big Bang, new book claims• Professor had previously referred to 'mind of God'God did not create the universe, the man who is arguably Britain's most famous living scientist says in a forthcoming book.... More...

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

Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Blair's memoirs: From No10 to No1

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Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Books of The Times: At the Center of the Storm, but Still a Mystery

Tony Blair’s memoir, “A Journey,” sheds little light on his political vision or on why he took Britain to war against Iraq.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Tony Blair's memoirs: Gordon Brown holds fire over old rival's criticisms

Battle that dominated decade of Labour government reopened as former PM's draft of history becomes instant bestsellerTony Blair repeatedly assured Gordon Brown that he would not contest the Labour leadership, then resolved within minutes of hearing of John Smith's death... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Tony Blair's A Journey becomes instant bestseller

Waterstone's says autobiography has enjoyed 'unprecedented' sales for its genre on first day of publicationA Journey is already Waterstone's fastest seller ever in the autobiography and biography category. The chain said the book had "unprecedented" sales on its release this... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Borders sees sharp fall in revenue

Borders book retail chain suffers sales fallThe continuing woes of the book industry were underscored today when the US retail chain Borders, which pulled out of Britain last year, said its losses had increased amid sharply falling revenues.... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

The Updated Manual of Style

The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style went on sale yesterday. In a nod to the past, the University of Chicago Press is offering a free e-book of the very first edition, published in 1906.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Tony Blair's A Journey is hot ticket at booksellers

Retailers predict high sales for former PM's political memoirAnd so the journey – well, A Journey – begins. Tony Blair's heavily embargoed, highly anticipated political memoir hits the shelves this morning, amid feverish predictions from booksellers.... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Fighting public sector cuts with poetry

Britain's poets are up in arms about the Con-Dems' public spending cuts – and they've published an anthology to prove itIt's a familiar refrain among literary critics that British poetry has lost its polemical voice. But anyone lamenting the absence... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Why demon heads of children's fiction are role models for trainee teachers

Roald Dahl's Miss Trunchbull or Gillian Cross's Demon Headmaster demonstrate the exercise of power, study findsThey may be sadistic figures who hate children, but a study suggests that the savage portrayal of headteachers in children's literature possesses a grain of... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Roger Ebert: No Longer an Eater, Still a Cook

After losing his lower jaw to cancer, the film critic, who can’t eat, has written a cookbook that is an ode to the rice cooker.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Finally Tony Blair reveals his side of the feud with Gordon Brown

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Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

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