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Issue 50 / December 2012

October 2010

Books of The Times: And When I’m Gloomy, You Simply Gotta Listen to Me

With “Frank: The Voice,” James Kaplan has chronicled Sinatra’s life with all the emotional detail and narrative momentum of a novel.... More...

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Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Gabriel García Márquez Is Writing New Novel

The 83-year-old Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner is at work on a new novel, Agence France-Presse reported.... More...

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Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Novelist Harry Mulisch dies of cancer aged 83

Son of a Jewish mother and a Nazi collaborator wrote books that helped the Netherlands come to terms with the warWriter Harry Mulisch has died of cancer at his home in Amsterdam aged 83. The son of a Jewish mother... More...

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

Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Arundhati Roy's home besieged by protesters

Novelist's Delhi home besieged by Hindu women demanding that she quit India because of her views on KashmirThe Delhi home of the prize-winning Indian novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy was besieged by Hindu women today demanding that she... More...

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Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Unveiled: Author who ghostwrote a meerkat's memoir

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Sunday, 31 October, 2010

In just 30 days, you too can write a masterpiece

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Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Comics: Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

Graphic novels and comics by Charles Burns, Kevin Huizenga, Mike Mignola and Renée French.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Abnormal Psychology

A gaggle of mental patients, some secrets from the past and an earthy maid occupy this novel’s singular protagonist.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Motherless Child

A legacy of violence underpins Susan Straight’s family drama.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Drop the Weapons

A Brookings Institution defense analyst argues for a middle ground between between nuclear abolition and retaining the bomb in perpetuity.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Dream Sequence

Real estate and imagined connections bring a sense of the surreal to this novel from Spain.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Tough Love

In this impressive first novel, set in Texas after the frontier’s twilight, four brothers battle their stern father and one another.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Nation-Building

Pauline Maier revisits a time when the American Constitution was just a proposal — and a hotly contested one at that.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Sailing Alone

Geoffrey Wolff takes on the noted seaman Joshua Slocum, whose first-in-history solo navigation around the world, in the late 1890s, was far from his only sailing adventure.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Arms and the Man

A New York Times correspondent examines the six-decade history of the crude but devastatingly effective AK-47, the world’s most ubiquitous automatic rifle.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

In the Beginning

In this novel, a woman carrying an ancient codex with an alternate version of Genesis attracts the ire of a fundamentalist cult.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Gothic American

A new biography of Grant Wood, the painter of “American Gothic,” presents him as a closeted gay man who used the canvas to reveal his feelings.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Cold Case Files

A Siberian infatuation leads Ian Frazier to a road trip over hard-frozen water, a visit to Stalin’s gulag and an icy dip in history.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Up Front: Paul Simon

In his youth, Paul Simon basically listened only to R&B, doo-wop and rockabilly.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Bookshelf: City Views: Gardens, Postcards and History

Three new books take a look at the city through a variety of prisms: gardens, postcards and history.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Beliefs: Rock Critic Mines A Catholic Boyhood And Gets a Memoir

Rob Sheffield tells how a literate suburban teenager became a fan of rock ’n’ roll and of Roman Catholic Mass.... More...

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Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Jonathan Franzen: Shame made it impossible for me to write for a decade

Jonathan Franzen reveals how shame – about everything from a marital affair, to feelings of sexual and emotional inadequacy – gave him writer's blockAuthors have many reasons for writing books, or, more precisely, putting off writing them, but shame is... More...

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

Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Prize in Hand, He Keeps His Eye on Teaching

Mario Vargas Llosa has continued to challenge students at Princeton since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth

We recently published an enigmatic portrait of Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth examining a Bible in the Book Review. Here is some background on that picture.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

A Novel Whose Plot Seems Oddly Familiar

An International Monetary Fund employee has written an intriguing book that seems to borrow from the financial crisis — but was written before it.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Ian Frazier

Featuring Ian Frazier on his "Travels in Siberia"; and Deborah Soloman on a new biography of the artist Grant Wood.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Questions for Garry Wills: Inside Outsider

The historian talks about President Obama’s need to please and why he always votes the same way.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Joel C. Rosenberg is back with another policy-manifesto disguised as a political thriller, this time targeting Iran.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast

Featuring Ian Frazier on his "Travels in Siberia"; and Deborah Soloman on a new biography of the artist Grant Wood.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Egyptian Author Objects to Hebrew Translation of His Novel

Alaa Al Aswany, the best-selling Arabic-language novelist, said a Hebrew translation of his novel "The Yacoubian Building" was "piracy and theft."... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Publisher boycotts prize in protest at Amazon sponsorship

Melville House, a previous winner, withdraws from translated fiction award after organisers accepted funding from the 'predatory' retailerIndependent publisher Melville House has vowed to boycott an American prize for translated fiction after Amazon.com was announced as a sponsor.... More...

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

Friday, 29 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Labor Bill Promised for 'Hobbit' Films Is Passed

The new law was part of a deal that helped keep the "Hobbit" films in New Zealand, though some legislators said it was a sell-out to American movie studios.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

George Bush thought 9/11 plane had been shot down on his orders

Memoirs reveal former US president gave order to shoot down any hijacked planes before United Airlines flight 93 crashedGeorge Bush initially believed the only plane not to reach its intended target during the 11 September ttacks had been shot down... More...

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

Friday, 29 October, 2010

George Cain, Writer of ‘Blueschild Baby,’ Dies at 66

Mr. Cain was a writer whose 1970 novel was greeted as an important exploration of the black urban experience in the United States.... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

New Zealand law passed to keep the Hobbit

Normal parliamentary process bypassed to rush law through but opinion is plit on the issue, with protests and reports of death threats to union officialsThe New Zealand government has passed legislation clearing the way for two Hobbit films to be... More...

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

Friday, 29 October, 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. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz5. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 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. HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others2. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain3. TRICKLE UP POVERTY, by Michael Savage4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS, by Bill O'Reilly... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child2. IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, by Jan Karon3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett... More...

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Guardian first book award shortlist revealed

Three novels and two non-fiction works vying for £10,000 Guardian first book awardBooks that challenge orthodoxy and readers' expectations dominate the shortlist for this year's Guardian first book award, which includes a novel influenced by the African tradition of sung... More...

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

Friday, 29 October, 2010

The 'Simples!' idea that became a £10m empire

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Out with specs, in with skinny jeans – Clark Kent has a super new look

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

Books of The Times: A Literary Romance, Rich in A-List Names

Harold Pinter’s widow, Antonia Fraser, recalls their years together.... More...

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Thursday, 28 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: ‘Mad Men’ Character Gets a Book

"Sterling's Gold: The Wit & Wisdom of an Ad Man," a memoir attributed to Roger Sterling, will be released by Grove Press on Nov. 16.... More...

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Thursday, 28 October, 2010

Mad Men character's fictional memoir set for real-life publication

Roger Sterling's 'Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man' due out in time for ChristmasHard-drinking, philandering but charismatic advertising chief Roger Sterling from the hit American TV drama Mad Men is to have his fictional autobiography – which features in... More...

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

Thursday, 28 October, 2010

Eva Ibbotson, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 85

Ms. Ibbotson, who published her first children’s book at 50, was best known for her comic novels of enchantment.... More...

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Thursday, 28 October, 2010

Domestic Lives: Living in a Ghost Town

A couple bought land in an old Colorado town where abandoned buildings outnumber residents.... More...

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Thursday, 28 October, 2010

Books of The Times: A Vanishing and a Chance to Do Penance

In Dennis Lehane’s new novel, Amanda McCready, the child that was kidnapped in his “Gone, Baby, Gone,” disappears again as a teenager.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Margaret Atwood creates superhero outfits for Twitter avatars

Canadian writer designs 'comix costumes' for alter-egos of two of her readers - as well as a chilling enemy 'the Paniac'With more than a dozen novels, 17 poetry collections and countless literary awards including the 2000 Man Booker prize to... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

In Writings of Obama, a Philosophy Is Unearthed

The historian James T. Kloppenberg has written a book about President Obama, whom he sees as a rare breed in America, a kind of philosopher president.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Isn’t It Rich?

A fascinating compilation of lyrics, commentary and anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim, covering the years 1954 to 1981.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Simples! Aleksandr the Meerkat gives the dictionary his word

Cleggmania, bigotgate and broken society also debut in the latest volume of CollinsIt's been a momentous week for Aleksandr the Meerkat. First, the fictional mammal released his autobiography; now "simples!", his catchphrase from the comparethemarket.com advert, has made it into... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

George Bush ends his purdah with a memoir, a library and Oprah

Former US president's first account of time in White House will be 'honest and direct about flaws' Amid the Republican resurgence that has been building ahead of next week's midterm elections, one key conservative figure has been conspicuously absent.... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Sondheim’s Footnotes

There’s nothing routine about the footnotes in Stephen Sondheim’s new book, “Finishing the Hat,” which are as enjoyable and enlightening as the text itself.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Memoir reveals prisoners' book preferences

Avi Steinberg says popular requests included Anne Frank's Diary, Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power and anything by Sylvia PlathThe memoir of a former Boston prison librarian has revealed some of the literary preferences of American inmates. And according... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

'A piece of crap': Spanish author's character sketch of former minister

Arturo Pérez-Reverte, bestselling historical novelist, aims Twitter broadside at ex-foreign minister over lachrymose exitArturo Pérez-Reverte, bestselling Spanish author of swashbuckling adventure stories, does not like to see a man cry in public – at least, not when that man is... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Eva Ibbotson, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 85

Ms. Ibbotson, who published her first children’s book at 50, was best known for her comic novels of enchantment.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Arundhati Roy called a traitor for Kashmiri rights plea

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Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Schomburg Center in Harlem Acquires Maya Angelou Archive

Ms. Angelou’s papers were called a “major coup” for the New York Public Library’s black culture research branch.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Books of The Times: The Inner Lives of Airports and Voyagers

In new books, Alain de Botton investigates the life of airports and Tony Hiss explores the experience of traveling.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

New prize turns spotlight on south Asian literature

Of six shortlisted titles, two have yet to be published in BritainAmit Chaudhuri's novel The Immortals is among the six titles shortlisted for a new literary prize, the DSC prize for south Asian literature.... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Arundhati Roy faces arrest over Kashmir remark

Booker prize-winner says claim about territory not being an integral part of India was a call for justice in the disputed regionThe Booker prize-winning novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy is facing the threat of arrest after claiming that... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: 'Mad Men' for Children (What Would Dr. Edna Say?)

A satirical Web site has designed a series of children's books that mashes up "Mr. Men" with "Mad Men."... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Ang Lee casts unknown teenage actor in Life of Pi

Suraj Sharma, a 17-year-old student from Delhi, wins lead role in film adaptation of Yann Martel's novelA previously unknown Indian actor has won the lead role in Ang Lee's forthcoming big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel Life of Pi,... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

No end in sight for New Zealand's Hobbit saga

Prime minister John Key says situation 'still 50-50' after attempt to persuade Hollywood executives to shoot films in countryTalks between New Zealand's prime minister and Hollywood executives over the future of the Hobbit films ended in deadlock earlier today.... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

'Lighter than expected' cuts to publishing funding

Publishers supported by Arts Council England reacted with relief to news that cuts to subsidy will be limited to 6.9% in 2011/12Publishers supported by Arts Council England (ACE) have reacted with relief to the news this morning that they will... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Constance Reid, Biographer of Mathematicians, Dies at 92

Mrs. Reid popularized important mathematicians by drawing attention to her subjects’ often dramatic lives.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Leo Cullum, New Yorker Cartoonist, Dies at 68

Mr. Cullum’s blustering businessmen, clueless doctors, venal lawyers and all-too-human dogs and cats amused readers of The New Yorker for the past 33 years.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Ebook restrictions leave libraries facing virtual lockout

Library organisations have criticised potential ebook regulations though publishers claim they may help prevent copyright abusesFor libraries facing dwindling borrowers and brutal budget cuts, the ebook seems to offer an irresistible opportunity to reel in new readers and retain old... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Books of The Times: A Writing Stone: Chapter and Verse

Keith Richards’s memoir gives us a time-capsule feel for the madness that was life on the road with the Rolling Stones.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Amish Hackers Tell All

In "What Technology Wants," by Kevin Kelly (a founding editor of Wired), the author spends time among the Amish and finds a highly deliberate approach to technology that has a lot to teach us about how to get along better... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: New Zealand Rallies for ‘The Hobbit’

Thousands of supporters attended the rally on Monday, urging Peter Jackson and the studios behind the “Hobbit” movies to keep the $500 million project in New Zealand.... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

Turkish publisher on trial for 'obscenity' given international award

Irfan Sanci, being prosecuted for publishing erotic novel by Apollinaire, recognised with Freedom to Publish awardA Turkish publisher on trial for publishing a classic erotic novel by French writer Guilliame Apollinaire has been recognised with a special award by the... More...

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

Monday, 25 October, 2010

Burton Roberts, 88, Tom Wolfe’s Model Judge, Dies

Judge Roberts was a former justice in the Bronx and the inspiration for Myron Kovitsky in Tom Wolfe’s novel “Bonfire of the Vanities.”... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

Sol Steinmetz, an Expert on Language, Dies at 80

Mr. Steinmetz, a lexicographer and author, was sought out for his opinions on matters semantical, grammatical and etymological.... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

Self-Publisher Comes to SoHo

Based in San Francisco, Blurb hopes to show that its customers’ books don’t look like something made at camp.... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

Link by Link: Blurring the Line Between Apps and Books

Stephen Elliott’s memoir is being published as an app for iPhones and iPads, allowing readers to interact with the author.... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

A Wayward Son Checks in With Mother Russia

Gary Shteyngart, a Russian-born literary star in New York, promotes his new book, “Super Sad True Love Story,” in Russia, where he is a nobody.... More...

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Monday, 25 October, 2010

Books of The Times: What It Was All About for Alfie, Now a Grandpa

Michael Caine’s unabashedly old-school celebrity memoir, “The Elephant to Hollywood,” is written with good cheer.... More...

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Sunday, 24 October, 2010

Compare the memoir: insurance meerkat's life story on sale

Aleksandr Orlov book 'to inspire the next generation of young businesskats' enters bestseller chart before releaseThe preternatural decadence of Keith Richards, the confessional wit of Stephen Fry and the sexual candour of Tony Blair may have met their match in... More...

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

Sunday, 24 October, 2010

The drama behind the 'Lady C' defence

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Sunday, 24 October, 2010

Aleksandr Orlov to write life story? Simples!

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Sunday, 24 October, 2010

What Change Could Look Like

Nicolle Wallace, President George W. Bush’s communications director and a scapegoat for the McCain-Palin campaign, re-enters the political fray with a White House novel.... More...

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Saturday, 23 October, 2010

Pride, prejudice and poor punctuation

Jane Austen is renowned as a pristine literary stylist; but her semicolons were not her own – instead she scattered dashes through her prose, reveals new research by an Oxford professorThe truth universally acknowledged, that Jane Austen was one of... More...

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

Saturday, 23 October, 2010

Critic’s Notebook: Paris Review Editor Frees Menagerie of Wordsmiths

The 57-year-old Paris Review has made all of its author interviews available online.... More...

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Saturday, 23 October, 2010

Reports of my memoirs have not been exaggerated

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Saturday, 23 October, 2010

Jane Austen could write – but her spelling was awful

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Saturday, 23 October, 2010

Teen Spirit, Soured

James Franco, a man of many trades, explores disaffected youth in his first story collection.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

In the Region | Long Island: Two Gold Coast Estates on the Market

The storied but neglected Long Island properties, often cited as the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional West and East Eggs in “The Great Gatsby,” are facing unclear prospects.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Neighborhood Joint | Midtown: A Nook for Books, Underground

A library branch tucked next to a No. 6 train entrance in Manhattan is treasured by its mostly commuter clientele.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Editor at Embattled Literary Journal Will Stay

The University of Virginia recently released its audit investigating workplace conditions at the Virginia Quarterly Review, the prizewinning literary journal it oversees, but nearly three months after the suicide of its managing editor, Kevin Morrissey, the journal is still on... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Criminal Mind

The story of a roving serial murderer and an innovative criminologist who crossed paths in a highly publicized case in belle époque France.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Between Sisters

Danielle Evans explores the struggles and strengths of young women of color in her first story collection.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Ideological Divide

Featuring a conversation with the writers Jonathan Alter and Christopher Caldwell on the state of modern politics.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: The Ideological Divide

Featuring a conversation with the writers Jonathan Alter and Christopher Caldwell on the state of modern politics.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Double-Fault

In le Carré’s latest novel, a British couple on a tennis vacation become enmeshed in a defection.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Childhood Attachments

Myla Goldberg’s heroine is haunted by a decades-old betrayal.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Pirate Latitudes

Elmore Leonard’s heroine, a New Orleanian in the Horn of Africa to make a film about Somali pirates, falls into an interlaced web of cons, crosses and goofs.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best-Sellers: What Is Manga?

An executive at the publisher Tokyopop says that distinctions between what is and is not manga "have become meaningless."... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

On the Mend

The rambling plot of Thomas McGuane’s novel is held together by its pleasurable, acutely observed episodes, and by the sardonic Montana doctor at its center, sympathetic in his dissociated journey.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Forget the midterm elections. Let’s talk about Justin Bieber, who lands a book at No. 2 on the children’s hardcover chapter book list.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

From Bomb to Bust

The critic Nathan Rabin reports on a year he spent watching movies that we (mostly) wouldn’t wish upon ourselves.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

The State of Conservatism

New books and arguments from the right.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

The State of Liberalism

New books and arguments from the left.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Nonfiction Chronicle

A meditation on the personal essay form; Neal Pollack on becoming a “Yoga Dude”; a memoir of Dylan Thomas by his daughter; and a story of a coerced confession and delayed justice.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Essay: The Myth of Consensus Politics

For most of the past century, consensus in American politics has been more phantom than fact.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Up Front

No matter the outcome, the 2010 election season has already raised important questions about the condition of America’s dominant ideologies.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Just Win

How the Washington Huskies won ugly in the 2000 season.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Place of Last Resort

In this precision-tooled novel, an antiques dealer’s attempt to buy a country house in France disrupts the lives of his sister, her lover and two troubled French siblings.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

In the Eyes of Others

The age-old concept of honor can drive social progress, Kwame Anthony Appiah argues, because countries yearn for respect.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Slither Room

The writer and painter James Prosek travels to key eel haunts around the world, studying the mysterious fish and their decline.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Fiction Uncovered plans to highlight overlooked novels

Eight authors that have not received the attention they deserve are to be the focus of a major new promotionEight talented British authors who haven't had the exposure they deserve are to get a boost with a new promotion next... More...

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

Friday, 22 October, 2010

Public Lending Right payments face 15% cut

Author payments for library loans to be reduced from £7.45m to £6.96m over four yearsGovernment funding for the Public Lending Right (PLR) – the system by which an author receives a small royalty each time one of their books is... More...

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

Friday, 22 October, 2010

Children's author Eva Ibbotson dies aged 85

Much-loved author of Which Witch? and The Secret of Platform 13, recently shortlisted for the Guardian children's fiction and Roald Dahl Funny prizesThe children's author Eva Ibbotson died on Wednesday at the age of 85 at her home in Newcastle,... More...

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

Friday, 22 October, 2010

Robert Katz, Who Wrote About Nazi Massacre in Italy, Dies at 77

Mr. Katz incurred the wrath of the Vatican when he accused Pope Pius XII of knowing in advance of the Ardeatine Caves massacre and failing to act.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: No Small Roles: 'The Hobbit' Announces Its First Cast Members

While news of "The Hobbit" has lately focused on a labor dispute delaying the films, Peter Jackson announced the actor Martin Freeman will play the title character of Bilbo Baggins.... More...

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Rushdie memoirs to lift the lid on life under a fatwa

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

Evolution book wins science prize that could soon become extinct

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Friday, 22 October, 2010

The Games People Play: Twist the Brain, Stretch the Body

“The Games Bible” by Leigh Anderson describes hundreds of diversions, many interactive and urban.... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Nick Lane wins Royal Society science book prize for Life Ascending

Book tracing the evolutionary origins of life, sex, consciousness and death wins prestigious Royal Society prizeThe story of evolution's greatest innovations that saw life arise, thrive and dominate the planet has won Britain's most prestigious award for science books.... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 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. THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES, by Ben Mezrich5. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson3. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. PLAY DEAD, by Harlan Coben... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 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. UNLOCKED, by Karen Kingsbury4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others2. TRICKLE UP POVERTY, by Michael Savage3. OBAMA'S WARS, by Bob Woodward4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AT HOME, by Bill Bryson... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn2. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett3. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson4. THE REVERSAL, by Michael Connelly5. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Recovered addict's debut vies with Nobel laureates for TS Eliot prize

Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott are joined by a soldier-poet and a man whose work chronicles his experience of heroin addiction on this year's TS Eliot prize shortlistA debut collection by a poet drawing on his experiences of homelessness and... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Sondheim’s Rhymes and Reasons

“Finishing the Hat,” a self-portrait of Stephen Sondheim as an obsessive lyricist, is about a dynamic, unending process: it’s about finishing, not having finished.... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Keith Richards Has Memories to Burn

As his memoir of life as a Rolling Stone is published, he (improbably) says he hasn’t forgotten any of it.... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Salman Rushdie signs deal to publish memoir

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Arts Council cuts threaten independent publishers

Publishers warn dramatic reduction in Arts Council funding could send some of them out of businessIndependent publishers may go to the wall as a result of the cuts to the arts budget in yesterday's comprehensive spending review, some within the... More...

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Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Newly Released Books

Novels by Benjamin Percy, Bernhard Schlink, Antonya Nelson, Paul Grossman and Susan Henderson, and an essay collection from the movie critic Nathan Rabin.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Jewish Funhouse Mirror Is Alive and Not So Well

Angst about British-Jewish identity abounds in Howard Jacobson’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

An Author Still Writing His Way Through Big Sky Country

In Montana, the novelist Thomas McGuane divides his time between his ranching and literary lives.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Jon Meacham Taking a Job at Random House

The longtime Newsweek editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author has accepted a leading editorial position at Random House.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen literature award

Harry Potter author 'humbled and deeply honoured' by £60,000 prizeJK Rowling has become the first winner of a new Danish award, the Hans Christian Andersen literature prize. The author accepted the 500,000 kroner (£60,000) award yesterday at a ceremony in... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

Though the world of print is receding before a tide of digital offerings, college students weaned on technology appear to be holding fast to traditional textbooks, but at a price.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

The Original California Cuisine, Courtesy of Sunset Magazine

Its dedication to regional food, reliable recipes and D.I.Y. ethos has helped Sunset, a coffee-table staple of the West in the postwar boom, find new life.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

Endangered award: The science book prize

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Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

Hunting for the Dawn of Writing, When Prehistory Became History

An exhibition at the Oriental Institute in Chicago traces the origins of writing.... More...

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Books of The Times: The Readers Behind Bars Put Books to Many Uses

A young, Harvard-educated prison librarian near Boston tells his story.... More...

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Junot Díaz's 'Run, Don't Walk' Books

In a talk at The Times, Diaz recommended a slew of books, but especially the novel "Texaco," by the Martinican writer Patrick Chamoiseau.... More...

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Mumbai University drops Rohinton Mistry novel after extremists complain

• Author decries 'threats and intimidation' by Shiv Sena• Such a Long Journey insults leader Bal Thackeray – grandsonThe prize-winning author Rohinton Mistry was today at the centre of a row in India after his novel Such a Long Journey... More...

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Urgent warning over cuts threat to libraries

Campaigners are appealing to defend the service from coming local authority cuts that one lobbyist claimed could close as many as 1,000 librariesAn urgent message to local authority chiefs about the value of the public library service has gone out... More...

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Christie 'exorcised' herself of Poirot

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Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Booker Prize Winner’s Jewish Question

Howard Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize, talks about “The Finkler Question.”... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Books of The Times: The Sting of Salt Air, Old Loves and Honey Bees

Reviews of books by R. M. Ryan, Erika Meitner, Matthew Zapruder, Melissa Stein, Nathalie Handal and Atsuro Riley.... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Woody Allen's Comma Collapse

Slate's Copy-Editing the Culture columnist describes the "rise and fall" of Woody Allen, as seen through his use (and misuse) of punctuation.... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Lost Dr Seuss manuscript comes up for auction

Draft story 'All Sorts of Sports' was rejected by the author because he thought its hero would be seen as 'a schnook'The unfinished manuscript of a previously unknown book by The Cat in the Hat author Dr Seuss – real... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Faber to publish new Mario Vargas Llosa novel

In wake of Vargas Llosa's Nobel prize, publisher signs up The Dream of the Celt, based on the life of Irish revolutionary Roger CasementFaber has signed up the new novel from the freshly-crowned winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature,... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Advertising: Find Jay-Z’s Memoir at a Bookstore, or on a Billboard

The book “Decoded” is being marketed along with the search engine Bing. Its creator, Microsoft, is paying for the campaign.... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Malmesbury bids to become UK's first 'philosophy town'

Think carefully if you are considering heading to this corner of Wiltshire – the market town that gave us philosopher Thomas Hobbes is aiming to become Britain's capital of thoughtHay-on-Wye has its bookshops and literary festival while Aldeburgh has become... More...

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Revealing HG Wells archive letters made available

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Monday, 18 October, 2010

Books of The Times: A French Thinker Who Crossed Continents and Cultures

“Claude Lévi-Strauss,” Patrick Wilcken’s intellectual biography of the French anthropologist, offers clear, analytical descriptions of the basic tenets of his thought.... More...

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Sunday, 17 October, 2010

A Revolutionary of Arabic Verse

Adonis, the Syrian-born poet and perennial Nobel favorite, has a new volume of selected poems and an upcoming reading at the 92nd Street Y.... More...

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Sunday, 17 October, 2010

German resistance centenarian Hans Keilson wins UK deal for war novel

Critics hail Comedy in a Minor Key, a semi-autobiographical tale written 63 years ago recounting anti-Nazi defianceAs he nears his 101st birthday, a former German resistance fighter who wrote a novel 63 years ago is to see it published in... More...

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Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Belva Plain, Novelist of Jewish-American Life, Dies at 95

Ms. Plain, who became a best-selling author at age 59, wrote multigenerational family sagas that won a loyal readership in the millions.... More...

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Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Campaign to save DH Lawrence legacy unites arts elite

Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ken Russell and Michael Parkinson are among those backing a fight to save a visitors' centre in the writer's Nottinghamshire home townLeading names in literature, including Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis, have joined forces to try... More...

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Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Oscar Wilde's 156th birthday celebrated with Google doodle

Oscar Wilde, writer, poet, playwright, wit and gay icon. His 156th birthday is celebrated with a Google doodle"Illusion is the first of all pleasures", Oscar Wilde once said.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Children’s Books: How the West Was Won

The further adventures of Anne Isaacs’ answer to Paul Bunyan, Angelica Longrider, the greatest woodswoman in the land.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

A Life Between

Condoleezza Rice’s memoir, from Jim Crow Birmingham to George Bush’s Washington.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Hearts Full of Sorrow

In Nicole Krauss’s new novel, a writer in New York is faced with a wrenching parting when a young girl shows up to claim an enormous desk that has been in her safekeeping for decades.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Borough Skirmishes

In this explosive novel, a drug-dealing 19-year-old plans a homecoming for his imprisoned brother, whose girlfriend he has impregnated.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

The Professor Goes to Washington

The correspondence of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan reveals a man who was a hybrid on any number of levels.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Egghead

A biography of David Susskind, a producer of high-minded television dramas and a talk-show pioneer.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Path to Dissent

Stories, essays and wartime reporting by the Soviet writer Vasily Grossman.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Children’s Books: Children’s Bookshelf

More titles reviewed.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

The Life She Fled

Her family in shambles, Julia Franck’s young heroine finds little solace in the decadence of Weimar Berlin.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Winking at the Apocalypse

In her 29th novel, Fay Weldon has created a relatively cheerful near-future British dystopia, narrated, she explains, by the younger sister she never had.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Children’s Books: iRead

In Lane Smith’s new picture book, three friends discover something that doesn’t text, tweet or toot.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Crime: Final Movement

Mystery novels by John Lawton, Michael Connelly and Louise Penny, and a story collection by Loren D. Estleman.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Essay: Read My Book? Tour My House

Writers’ houses can tell fascinating stories, though not always the ones their guardians intend.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Everything Turns to Fire

Amelia Gray’s new story collection is an excursion into the realms of the unreal.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

The News From Shanghai

Neighborhood dispatches illuminate moments of China’s modern history, from the Great Leap Forward to Tiananmen Square and beyond.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Under God . . . or Not

A history of the paradoxical origins and evolution of America’s oath to the flag.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Before He Was Experienced

A biography looks at the early days of Jimi Hendrix, before he became a star.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Living Down the Past

In Bernhard Schlink’s novel, collective guilt has led a generation of German idealists down a path of violence and recrimination.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Never Grow Old

Jane Leavy chronicles the extraordinary life of Mickey Mantle, one of the most beloved, and misunderstood, Yankees.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Up Front: Keith Olbermann

Well into his 20s, Keith Olbermann was an “insatiable” Yankees fan.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Oscar Wilde: Google doodle features The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde's 156th birthday celebrated with a Google doodle, reminding us of one of the greatest writers, poets, playwrights, wits and gay icons who ever lived"Illusion is the first of all pleasures", Oscar Wilde once said.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Streetscapes: Rare Books About New York

Many of the best titles about New York’s history and architecture are out of print. But there’s always the Web.... More...

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

Blair's coupling with Cherie is up for a Bad Sex Award

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Saturday, 16 October, 2010

A Novelist’s Voice, Both Exotic and Midwestern

The main character in Dinaw Mengestu’s new book, “How to Read the Air,” is like his creator: an American whose name and accent seem to come from a different continent.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Jimi Hendrix, Innocence and Experience

A slide show of photographs from "Becoming Jimi Hendrix."... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Stieg Larsson 'spent year training Eritrean guerrillas'

The Swedish crime writer went to Africa to teach female guerrillas how to use grenade launchers, a friend has revealedThe life of Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson reads like a thriller. The anti-fascist journalist – who died just before his... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Nicole Krauss

Featuring Nicole Krauss on her new novel, "Great House"; and Steven R. Weisman on the fascinating life and letters of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Early Fiction by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson and Colum McCann

Mr. McCann, the National Book Award-winning author; Mr. Anderson, the filmmaker; and Mr. Wilson, the actor and frequent collaborator of Mr. Anderson, were all contributors to Analecta, the literary magazine of the at the University of Texas at Austin.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

The Medium: E-Readers’ Collective

What’s the use of reading in a crowd?... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Questions for Stacy Schiff: The Queen

The biographer talks about why Cleopatra wasn’t like Hillary Clinton or Liz Taylor.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast | Nicole Krauss

Featuring Nicole Krauss on her new novel, "Great House"; and Steven R. Weisman on the fascinating life and letters of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Vampire 2.0

An interview with Scott Snyder, the creator of "American Vampire," whose first collected edition lands at No. 1 on our hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: A Personal Look at Mario Vargas Llosa

On the Book Review's Paper Cuts blog, Eric Lichtblau, a reporter in The Times's Washington bureau, writes of his family's personal ties to Mario Vargas Llosa.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Shortlist announced for John Llewellyn Rhys prize

Finalists revealed for £5,000 young writers' awardA book that explores the life of a Royal Air Force pilot shot down in the second world war is included on the six-strong shortlist announced today for this year's John Llewellyn Rhys prize... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

In “At Home,” new at No. 6 on the hardcover nonfiction list, Bill Bryson aims to write a history of domestic life without leaving the house.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Amazon goes into battle with publishers over ebook prices

The online bookseller is urging customers to 'vote with their purchases' and avoid electronic editions with a price fixed by publishersAmazon has opened a new front in the battle over ebook prices, with a direct appeal to Kindle users to... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Memories of Vargas Llosa

When word came last week that Mario Vargas Llosa had won the Nobel Prize in Literature, it brought me back to a small, sun-splashed office - that of my father, who was Vargas Llosa's accidental autobiographer.... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Tony Blair in running for bad sex award

Former prime minister's memoir nominated for prize dedicated to clumsy erotic scenes in fictionTony Blair has received a double insult from the Literary Review, with the nomination of his bestselling autobiography, A Journey, for its bad sex award. The slight... More...

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Poison pens: The art of literary revenge

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Friday, 15 October, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. CRAVE, by J. R. Ward2. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson3. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. STYX’S STORM, by Lora Leigh... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 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. THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES, by Ben Mezrich5. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, by Jon... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 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. HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. OBAMA'S WARS, by Bob Woodward2. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others3. TRICKLE UP POVERTY, by Michael Savage4. THE ROOTS OF OBAMA'S RAGE, by Dinesh D'Souza5. ------ FINISH FIRST, by Tucker Max... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE REVERSAL, by Michael Connelly2. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett3. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Wallowing in Grief Over Maman

The philosopher Roland Barthes tracked the pain of losing his mother, his one true love, in a series of diary entries now ushered into print.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: British Judge Refuses to Throw Out Suit Accusing Rowling of Plagiarism

A judge is skeptical but allows the case to proceed.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Stars' autobiographies lose their lustre for WH Smith

Bookseller and stationer complains of poor selection of celebrity life stories as like-for like sales fall 3%A poor selection of celebrity autobiographies hit book sales at WH Smith last year, the retailer said today.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Paul Reiser Raises a New Book, 'Familyhood,' Alongside a New Sitcom

In scouring his life for ideas for a new NBC comedy, Mr. Reiser, the "Mad About You" star, found enough material for a new book, too.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Orange ditches Award for New Writers

As part of as yet undisclosed 'bigger plans', prize sponsor drops debut authors' prize in favour of year-round online promotionOrange, sponsor of the Orange prize for fiction, has told publishers it has new plans for the prize in 2011, including... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Simon Armitage wins Keats-Shelley poetry prize

The Present, about a futile search for icicles in Yorkshire, wins honour for a poem 'of modern relevance and Romantic inspiration'A poem inspired by a vain search for icicles in the warm winter of 2008/9 has won Simon Armitage this... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Public Lending Right body to go, but author payments will remain

The government's cull of quangos will extend to PLR, but culture secretary insists authors' library-loan royalties will continueThe body that administers Public Lending Right (PLR) is to be abolished as part of the government's crackdown on quangos, the Department for... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

National Book Awards snub Jonathan Franzen

Wildly acclaimed elsewhere, Freedom has failed to make the finalists for the prestigious American honoursPeter Carey and Lionel Shriver are there, and so is Nicole Krauss – but Jonathan Franzen isn't. Franzen's acclaimed novel Freedom is the surprise omission from... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Judge rejects bid to dismiss JK Rowling 'copying' claim

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Chile miners' story signed up by publishers

Jonathan Franklin, currently covering the story for the Guardian, has already completed early chapters of book for TransworldThe long ordeal of the 33 trapped Chilean miners is finally at an end – and the buzz about book deals and film... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

When Comic Books and Catwalks Collide

Over the years, elements of gaudy regalia inspired by graphic novels, animation and video games have been appropriated by the fashion crowd.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Domestic Lives: A Novelist’s Prime Nesting Place in Nashville

After living in her Nashville home for six years, the author Ann Patchett wouldn’t live anywhere else.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Vague, Opaque and Ambiguous: Israel’s Hush-Hush Nuclear Policy

Avner Cohen’s new book considers Israel’s policy of secrecy about its nuclear weapons program.... More...

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Howard Jacobson: Funny? Jewish? Sad? No, it's just a novel

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Howard Jacobson: Funny? Jewish? Sad? No, it's just a novel

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Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Mantle Biography Delves Into Traumas and Myths

A biographer’s research finds that Mickey Mantle probably played most of his career with a torn ligament in his right knee.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees Announced

The 20 finalists for the National Book Awards include 13 women.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Paris Exhibition Honors Némirovsky

A rare collection of documents relating to the writer, who died at Auschwitz.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

Paper Cuts: Songs That Harmonize With Chekhov

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several works of fiction. His latest book is "Celebrity Chekhov."... More...

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker Prize for ‘The Finkler Question’

The winning book by the British author is a comic novel about friendship, wisdom and anti-Semitism.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

Jacobson puts a smile on the face of the Booker

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Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Not a Hint of the Storms in the Offing

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, wrote a memoir about her family and her life before working for former President George W. Bush.... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Journalists backroomed at Booker

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Booker Prize for Howard Jacobson

The Manchester-born author Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award, on Tuesday night for “The Finkler Question.”... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Howard Jacobson wins Booker prize 2010 for The Finkler Question

• Jacobson's The Finkler Question comes out top in 3-2 vote• Andrew Motion praises 'clever, complicated, wise' novelHoward Jacobson's laugh-out-loud exploration of Jewishness, The Finkler Question, has become the first unashamedly comic novel to win the Man Booker prize in... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prize

London's mighty river was declared a dead zone 50 years ago – but now it is full of life and has been rewarded for its resurgenceIn the 1950s it was declared biologically dead – a heavily polluted river that was... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

ArtsBeat: Actors Warn Against 'Hobbit' Boycott as Costs Mount

A group of New Zealand actors said a boycott of Peter Jackson's film adaptation was "an inappropriate strategy for achieving the desired outcomes."... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Ne-Yo unveils team up with Stan Lee

R&B star collaborating with comics guru on Libra Scale, a multimedia project that tells a superhero story through music videosHe's no stranger to collaboration but US R&B star Ne-Yo unveiled his strangest team-up to date over the weekend. The R&B... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Salman Rushdie at work on fatwa memoir

Author reveals he is already 100 pages into his account of being driven into hiding after publication of The Satanic VersesSalman Rushdie has revealed that he has already written 100 pages of the memoir that will tell the story of... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Booker prize 2010: Tom McCarthy remains favourite

As betting closed ahead of tonight's ceremony – one bookie having closed bets last week after an 'inexplicable' run of money on C – the experimental novel was still leading the fieldTom McCarthy's novel C remained the bookies' favourite to... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Carla Cohen, Owner of Washington Bookstore, Dies at 74

Mrs. Cohen’s shop, Politics and Prose, sat at the nexus of Washington’s literary and political scenes and became a requisite stop for authors passing through town.... More...

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Bookies fear big loss if favourite wins Booker

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2010

Rushdie Writing Memoir About Years in Hiding

The book will cover the years he feared for his life after Muslims were ordered to kill him.... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Innocents Caught in a Web of Intrigue

“Our Kind of Traitor,” John le Carré’s bullet train of a new thriller, is part vintage John le Carré and part Alfred Hitchcock.... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Stieg Larsson had 'nearly finished' fourth Millennium novel before his death

Writer's brother says book was almost complete, but may never see the light because of a bitter dispute with his partnerThe Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson was close to completing a fourth novel to follow on from his bestselling Millennium... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Debut novelist Belinda Bauer wins Golden Dagger

Blacklands praised as 'riveting psychological suspense' that 'demands a one-sitting read'The debut novelist Belinda Bauer has taken one of crime writing's most prestigious awards, carrying off the 2010 Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger with Blacklands.... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Nelson Mandela anguished over family's suffering, says book

Conversations with Myself reveals anxiety about how his life as leader of the anti-apartheid struggle affected relativesNelson Mandela's anguish at the suffering his political activism caused his wife and children is revealed in a book published tomorrow.... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Comrades and competitors - another film highlights the fun that was Fleet Street

It's Tony Delano movie season in London just now. Well, up to a point, Lord Copper. Last week, a packed audience at the BFI had the pleasure of watching The Great Paper Chase, the BBC drama based on Delano's book... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling named most influential woman in the UK

Victoria Beckham is runner-up and the Queen at third place in National Magazine Company's top-100 listJK Rowling, the writer who created Harry Potter, has been named the most influential woman in the UK by leading magazine editors.... More...

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Monday, 11 October, 2010

In Life’s Latest Chapter, Feeling Free Again

After moving into a retirement home, the editor and writer Diana Athill was surprised at how liberating and thought provoking she found the experience.... More...

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Sunday, 10 October, 2010

Books of The Times: As Pirates Swash Their Buckles

“Djibouti,” Elmore Leonard’s newest, stars pirates and those who film them.... More...

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Sunday, 10 October, 2010

Kenneth Williams: secret loves behind the life of a tormented man

A new biography drawing on diaries that were locked away for years reveals the lonely star's unknown passion and a complex struggle with his sexual identityAs erudite as he was rude, Kenneth Williams is now remembered as the author of... More...

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Sunday, 10 October, 2010

Swindon gets a taste of Oxford's dreaming spires

Oxford's Bodleian Library is moving some of its huge collection to the Swindon Book Storage Facility, reports Vanessa ThorpeWhen the Bodleian Library in Oxford opened its doors in 1602 it was the answer to a big headache. Existing medieval institutions... More...

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Sunday, 10 October, 2010

J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women

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Sunday, 10 October, 2010

Off the Shelf: Filling Buckets, Avoiding Debt

In new books, a financial planner recommends three “buckets” of money invested with various levels of risk, and a college student warns peers to avoid accumulating much debt.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Essay: A Stimulus Plan, Disguised as Censorship

When the government bought a book’s first printing for reasons of national security, it inadvertently started a stimulus plan for publishers and booksellers. But the idea needn’t stop there.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Bookshelf: When the City Defined Who’s Who

Stories of how New York defined America’s intellectual life, Hispanics in the city and a 19th-century crime.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Sebold Takes Job as a Book Editor

Alice Sebold, the author of “The Lovely Bones,” has taken a part-time job as editor of Tonga Books, a new imprint of Europa Editions.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Man-Eater

A nonfiction hunting tale set in the wilds of eastern Russia, where a preservation team goes after a rogue cat with a taste for humans.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

The Other Side of the Water

Edwidge Danticat considers the existential quandaries of the Haitian diaspora in this collection of essays.... More...

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Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Silent Pictures

A collection of the politically charged 1930s graphic novels of the American wood engraver and illustrator Lynd Ward.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“Obama’s Wars,” Bob Woodward’s fly-on-the-wall account of Barack Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, hits the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 1.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Anatomy of an Uprising

New books that attempt to explain the Tea Party movement from Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe, Kate Zernike and Jill Lepore.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 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. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, by Jon... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson3. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child4. PIRATE LATITUDES, by Michael Crichton5. TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT, by Lara Adrian... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 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, 8 October, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. OBAMA'S WARS, by Bob Woodward2. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others3. ------ FINISH FIRST, by Tucker Max4. THE ROOTS OF OBAMA'S RAGE, by Dinesh D'Souza5. THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett2. DON'T BLINK, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan3. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen4. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks5. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK, by David Sedaris... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Bedeviled

A host of malignant spirits haunt and taunt the residents of an Irish hamlet in Patrick McCabe’s new novel.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Philip Roth's Literary Javelin

Curiously, two admirable novels published this year - both "The Ask," by Sam Lipsyte, and "Nemesis," by Philip Roth - climax emotionally with the throwing of a javelin.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Making Sense of the Tea Party

Featuring Kate Zernike on Tea Party politics; and Sam Roberts on new findings in the Rosenberg spy case.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Summer of ’44

Set mostly in Newark in 1944 and suffused with tenderness, Philip Roth’s novel tells the story of a military reject, a young phys ed teacher, who turns a polio outbreak into his own patriotic battleground.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

The Rosenbergs Revisited

A noted defender of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg changes his mind about the couple, and a journalist offers a portrait of an eccentric conspirator.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Next 'Harry Potter' Movie Will Not Be in 3-D

Warner Brothers said, "Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality."... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Making Sense of the Tea Party

Featuring Kate Zernike on Tea Party politics; and Sam Roberts on new findings in the Rosenberg spy case.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Religious Persuasion

A pair of social scientists explore whether faith builds or splinters a sense of connection.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Death March

This novel confronts genocide and the tricks of memory, from the perspective of an old Turkish man haunted by dreams of his youth in World War I.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Book by ‘Last Lecture’ Author’s Widow

Jai Pausch, whose husband, Randy Pausch, turned his ruminations on life and mortality into a wildly popular oration and best-selling book, will write about her experiences as his caregiver and as a single mother.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

The Convert

Tony Blair’s memoir describes how he redefined progressive politics in Britain, and how 9/11 redefined him.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

If Walls Could Talk

Bill Bryson invites us in for a digressive ramble through the history of domestic life.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Getting to Five

A biography of Justice William J. Brennan Jr., who in 34 years on the Supreme Court became its most liberal voice and a canny consensus broker.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Excerpts From Vargas Llosa's Books

For readers interested in taking a dip into the Nobel laureate's novels, here are links to the Google Books excerpts from some of his more famous works.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Mirror, Mirror

Patricia Engel’s understated stories are told from the perspective of a daughter of Colombian immigrants.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

The Inconstant Gardener

A spy who became a landscaper returns to MI-6 and a mission to Afghanistan in this debut thriller.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Punk Days

Kristin Hersh chronicles a turbulent year with her punk band Throwing Muses: she cut a record, learned she had bipolar disorder and had a baby. At 19.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Faces in the Crowd

Terrible at recognizing even those closest to her, Heather Sellers accepted her family as an amalgam of features — good and bad.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Essay: The Beat Generation and the Tea Party

Like the Beats, the Tea Partiers are driven by that principle at the heart of protest movements: individual freedom.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Lost in America

In this novel, an enslaved Pygmy tribesman hopes to find freedom in the wilds of 19th century Florida.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

What the Dog Saw

The murder in Scott Spencer’s 10th novel doesn’t act as a motor for the action; it glows like something toxic in the daily lives of the characters.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Up Front: Miguel Syjuco

Miguel Syjuco — a Filipino living in Montreal — is a novelist who has used the immigrant’s perspective to explore themes of family and homeland, politics and identity.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Border Songs

Dinaw Mengestu’s own origins inform this novel about an Ethiopian-American tracing the uncertain road once taken by his immigrant parents.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Reviewer Spotlight: Miguel Syjuco

Syjuco, the author of the novel "Ilustrado," makes his debut in the Book Review this weekend with his review of "How to Read the Air," Dinaw Mengestu's second novel. In an interview, he discusses the questions and subjects driving his... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Return to Oz

"The Marvelous Land of Oz," the comic-book version of a sequel to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," touches down at No. 5 on our hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Michelle Paver wins Guardian children's fiction prize

Ghost Hunter, the final volume in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, series unanimously chosen as a 'towering achievement'The writer Michelle Paver has won the 2010 Guardian children's fiction prize for the concluding volume of her bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children

Publishers are scaling back on picture books as more parents favor text-heavy chapter books for their young children.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

An Appraisal: A Storyteller Enthralled by the Power of Art

The novels of Mario Vargas Llosa, who received the Nobel Prize for literature, show a fascination with freedom.... More...

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

The Ted Hughes lost poem: Who wants to live forever?

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Book world unites to salute 'speaker of truth and power'

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Novelist, politician, literary bruiser – and Nobel Prize winner

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Ted Hughes: Who wants to live forever?

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Friday, 8 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Glory and Misery on the Way to Stardom

Patti LuPone looks back at her life, describing the hard times on the way to Momma Rose and Evita.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa Speaks About the Nobel Prize, Literature and More

You can listen to excerpts from his comments using the audio player.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

DC Comics to Lower Prices

The price for the standard 32-page comic book will drop to $2.99 from $3.99.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Readers (and Another Novelist) Respond to Vargas Llosa's Nobel Victory

This morning's announcement that the Peruvian writer has won the Nobel Prize in literature has generated a strong reaction from readers.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Waiting for Luggage With Vargas Llosa

Flying above the Andes allows time for many things: typing away on a laptop, dozing off or daydreaming as one gazes below at the jagged peaks that run up and down South America's spine. But on one such flight in... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa surprised and delighted by Nobel prize win

Peruvian-born Mario Vargas Llosa said he thought it was a joke when he received an early morning call to say he had wonMario Vargas Llosa greeted his Nobel prize for literature with astonishment and delight today having long considered himself... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

For Comics Fans, City Leaps Off the Page

New York Comic Con is this weekend, but the city has much more than that three-day show to offer fans.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Ridley Scott to return to work of sci-fi icon for BBC mini-series

Blade Runner director to executive produce four-part BBC1 adaptation of Philip K Dick's The Man in the High CastleBlade Runner director Ridley Scott is returning to the work of the late Philip K Dick to executive produce a BBC TV... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

For One Bookmaker, All Bets Are Off for British Literary Prize

The odds at Ladbrokes may not have offered the best indication of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, but the bookmaking franchise thinks a suspicious betting pattern may signal the winner of the Man Booker Prize.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Video: Mario Vargas Llosa awarded Nobel prize for literature

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Vargas Llosa Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

The Peruvian writer’s deeply political work examines the perils of power and corruption in Latin America.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Literature Prize

In its citation, the Swedish Academy hailed Mr. Vargas Llosa, 74, "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Nobel prize for literature goes to Mario Vargas Llosa

Peruvian novelist and sometime politician takes literature's highest rewardThe Peruvian writer, Maria Vargas Llosa today won the 2010 Nobel prize for literature, crowning a career in which he helped spark the global boom in South American literature, launched a failed... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Bodleian Library sets up in Swindon

Tin shed near motorway provides room for overspill from historic Oxford libraryToday Professor Andrew Hamilton and Dr Sarah Thomas, respectively vice chancellor of Oxford University and head of one of the oldest and most famous libraries in the world, will... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Booker prize betting suspended after 'inexplicable' run on Tom McCarthy

Ladbrokes refuses further bets after some £15,000 placed on novel C on Wednesday morningLadbrokes yesterday suspended betting on the Man Booker prize after a flurry of bets supporting Tom McCarthy's novel C.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Theater Review | 'Gatz': Borne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past

“Gatz,” a work of singular imagination and intelligence, chronicles one reader’s gradual but unconditional seduction by a single, ravishing novel.... More...

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

First foot forward for Heaney

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Literary giant graces German book fair

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Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Cold-Case Trial: Two Opposites on Same Side, Facing Down a Killer

Michael Connelly heads back to Los Angeles with his new thriller, creating a classic detective-story puzzle around a 12-year-old girl’s disappearance 24 years ago.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Newly Discovered Ted Hughes Poem Is Read on British Television

Undiscovered Ted Hughes poem read on British newscast... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Unknown poem reveals Ted Hughes' torment over death of Sylvia Plath

Poet's verses about wife's 1963 suicide are discovered in British Library by Melvyn Bragg and Hughes' widowThe torment of the poet Ted Hughes over the fate in 1963 of his estranged wife Sylvia Plath, is reflected in his repeated attempts... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Seamus Heaney wins £10k Forward poetry prize for Human Chain

Collection of poems inspired by Heaney's experiences after a stroke recognised by Britain's most valuable poetry prizeSeamus Heaney tonight won Britain's most valuable poetry prize – for a volume of verse inspired by his experiences after a stroke.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Peter Jackson close to sealing deal to direct The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings director set to return to Middle Earth for two-part film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's novelPeter Jackson is close to finalising a deal to direct The Hobbit films, according to industry blog the Wrap.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Paul Auster published for PlayStation

PSP edition of City of Glass graphic novel spearheads move by Faber onto new platformTo many lovers of contemporary literary fiction, American novelist Paul Auster is already a superhero. But today, the author of The New York Trilogy and The... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Italian American Songs

Mark Rotella's new book is "Amore: The Story of Italian American Song."... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Cassandra's columns get radio slot

BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast readings from the columns of Cassandra, the Daily Mirror's renowned columnist during the years of its greatest circulation.The extracts from the classic collection of his columns, Cassandra At His Finest And Funniest, will be... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Amherst President Is Expected to Lead New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is expected to name Anthony W. Marx as its new president.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Urban Beat for Poetry Festival

After years in the bucolic setting of the historic Waterloo Village in New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival goes for a different vibe in Newark.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Books of The Times: A Chef as Poet, Rock Star and Chemistry Professor

For a book that celebrates a break with traditional cooking, this biography of the avant-garde Spanish chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli lays on the cream sauce with a heavy hand.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Amherst President to Lead New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has named Anthony W. Marx, the president of Amherst College, as its leader.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers

E-book readers are used to paying less, but new titles from Ken Follett and James Patterson have bucked that trend.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Prince of Wales calls for revolution – albeit a sustainable one

In Prince Charles's new book, Harmony, he advocates a 'whole-istic' approach to science and a move away from modern architectureAny book by the heir to throne which starts "This is a call to revolution" is arresting. Add to that the... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Patrick Kennedy Memoir to Tell of Addiction

The book is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2011.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Franzen’s Glasses Pilfered

Though a ransom was demanded, the glasses were eventually returned unharmed to Mr. Franzen.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

The rhyme and reason of reading to dementia patients

Reading groups for dementia patients have inspired a new anthology, designed to be read aloudReading aloud to groups of people with dementia has been found to stimulate memories and imagination – and a new anthology, compiled by Liverpool-based The Reader... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Prince Charles records audiobook

The heir to the throne has himself recorded the audio version of his new book, Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our WorldFormer prime minister Tony Blair has read his own audiobook; now it's the turn of the Prince... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Stephen Mangan to star in BBC4 Douglas Adams drama

Green Wing and Free Agents star to join Cold Feet and Friends actor Helen Baxendale in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyGreen Wing and Free Agents star Stephen Mangan is to play the lead role in BBC4's adaptation of the late... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's glasses held to ransom

Launch party for acclaimed novel Freedom marred by theft of spectacles from author's faceJonathan Franzen's eventful UK visit for his rapturously received new novel, Freedom, took a fresh twist last night, at his launch party at the Serpentine Gallery in... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Kenyan author sweeps in as late favourite in Nobel prize for literature

Odds on novelist, theorist and activist Ngugi wa Thiong'o tumble from 75-1 to 3-1With the announcement of the winner of this year's Nobel prize for literature due later this week, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o has emerged as a late... More...

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

Franzen unfazed as thieves pinch glasses from his face in 'art stunt'

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

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Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

The Pour: Six New Books for Wine and Spirits Lovers

This season’s recommended reading includes books on whiskeys and the wines of Sicily and Burgundy.... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

The Joker in the Deck: Birth of a Supervillain

The comics artist and historian Jerry Robinson recalls how he thought up Batman’s nemesis.... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Critics' Picks: 'Howards End'

A. O. Scott looks back at Ismail Merchant and James Ivory's 1992 adaptation of the E. M. Forster novel "Howards End."... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Franzen's British Publisher Apologizes for Printing Errors

About 8,000 copies of the edition containing errors were sold before the mistakes were discovered, said Susanna Frayn, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins, the British publisher.... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Newark, 1944, When Polio Disrupted the Playground

In Philip Roth’s new novel, the protagonist wonders if he is the cause of an epidemic.... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

A Gulag Family Reunion

Sometimes, the spartan lines of a caption can't begin to tell the story behind the picture they describe. A striking example is the photograph we published in this weekend's issue with Serge Schmemann's review of "The Victims Return: Survivors of... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Frankfurt book fair finds publishers in buoyant mood

Last year's mood of austerity is apparently in the past, with high-profile titles generating much excitementLiterary agents and publishers are setting off for Germany for the annual Frankfurt book fair, which starts on Wednesday (6 October), amid a flurry of... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Tube strike inspires Roger McGough poems

With Poems on the Underground unavailable today, the poet has been moved to mark the industrial action in verseLondon commuters have long been familiar with "Poems on the Underground", selections of poetry on display in tube carriages to cheer their... More...

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Monday, 4 October, 2010

Books of The Times: Behind That Humble Pitchfork, a Complex Artist

Grant Wood’s most famous painting is the straightforward “American Gothic,” but Wood himself was much more mysterious.... More...

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Sunday, 3 October, 2010

Poets' corner: The Foyle Young Poets Award

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Sunday, 3 October, 2010

Desperate Housewife

Lydia Davis’s masterly translation of Flaubert’s novel reintroduces us to its bored, empty heroine.... More...

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Saturday, 2 October, 2010

Essay: Midnight’s Other Children

Even the sympathetic characters in Granta’s issue of “Pakistan” are full of rage at America.... More...

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Saturday, 2 October, 2010

New Sketch of a Madcap’s Mad Life

A new book recounts the strange life and humor of Al Jaffe, the Mad magazine cartoonist.... More...

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Saturday, 2 October, 2010

Granta’s List of Rising Literary Stars Spotlights Spanish-Language Authors

Granta magazine has ventured for the first time outside the Anglophone realm in its search for the best young novelists.... More...

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Saturday, 2 October, 2010

Franzen's latest book, minus the corrections, to be withdrawn

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Saturday, 2 October, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's book Freedom suffers UK recall

More than 8,000 copies of the American author's latest opus have been recalled due to hundreds of typesetting errorsThe American author Jonathan Franzen might justly be called a perfectionist: his latest opus, Freedom, took nine years of painstaking effort to... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Ingrid Betancourt has her say in “Even Silence Has an End,” which makes its debut on the hardcover nonfiction list this week at No. 6 .... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Annie Murphy Paul's 'Origins'

Featuring Annie Murphy Paul on her new book "Origins" and the emerging scientific field of fetal origins; and Gay Talese on the art of nonfiction narrative and his new collection of sports writing.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Margaret Atwood in the Twittersphere

Big Think is running an interview with Atwood, in which she talks about her creative process, dystopian versus apocalyptic literature, the reasons to preserve physical books, and the appeal of Twitter, which she calls an "improvement" in communication. Are you... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Book Review Podcast

Featuring Annie Murphy Paul on her new book "Origins" and the emerging scientific field of fetal origins; and Gay Talese on the art of nonfiction narrative and his new collection of sports writing.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

The Natural

Seven decades of sportswriting by Gay Talese, including his classic Esquire articles on DiMaggio, Floyd Patterson, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Birth Pangs

Annie Murphy Paul’s balanced, common-sense study of the emerging field of fetal origins research is structured around her own pregnancy.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2015

The convention, which drew 300 attendees when it started in 1970, now brings $163 million to the local economy each year and has become a must-attend event for makers and consumers of pop culture.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 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. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR, by Patricia Cornwell5. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 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, 1 October, 2010

Up Front: Jerome Groopman

Jerome Groopman’s children were born when the American family was transitioning from the Scotch-drinking Old Dad to the diaper-changing New Dad.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Deliverance

A memoir by Ingrid Betancourt, who spent six years as a captive of Colombian rebels.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Lost and Found

Battling breast cancer, a journalist sees her family’s new toy poodle as a “declaration of faith in the future.”... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Learning to Be Washington

Ron Chernow brings his considerable literary talent to bear on the continued hunger of many Americans for more tales of the first president’s exploits.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Crime: Uncontrollable Urges

Mystery novels by Ruth Rendell, William Kent Krueger, William Heffernan and P. J. Brooke.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Hyperlinked

This novel’s interconnected stories explore technology-saturated modernity.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Sibling Rivalry

In this novel, the arrival of the wife’s gorgeous and unreliable younger brother wreaks havoc on a New York couple’s marriage.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Learning to Be Lincoln

A Columbia professor tackles what would seem an obvious topic, Lincoln and slavery, and sheds new light on it.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Alien Nation

After a flu pandemic, this novel’s hero, born to atheist parents, is adopted by a Christian pastor.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Prairie Fires

For Antonya Nelson’s complacent heroine, the death of an estranged friend triggers memories of their reckless youth.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Last Monarch Standing

Ken Follett’s novel follows royals and commoners through World War I and revolution.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Nonfiction Chronicle

A bodybuilding memoir; personal history from a terrorism expert; a study of businesses that prey upon the poor; and a journalistic account of three Americans’ ordeal as hostages in Colombia.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Living to Tell

Stephen F. Cohen presents a portrait of Gulag survivors he came to know.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

The Uses of Enchantment

The life of Roald Dahl, who brought us hair toffee and the Chocolate River — and lived with pain and tragedy.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

The Hezbollah Project

A journalist examines Hezbollah, which is arguably the most successful radical Islamist movement in the Middle East.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Science Knows Best

Moral solutions do not reside in religion but in science, Sam Harris writes.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 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. TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES, by Sue... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others2. THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow3. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS, by Bill O'Reilly4. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern5. WHITE HOUSE DIARY, by Jimmy... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen2. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks3. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson4. BAD BLOOD, by John Sandford5. MINI SHOPAHOLIC, by Sophie Kinsella... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Graphic Book Best Sellers: Stranger in a Strange Time

Diana Gabaldon, the author of the time-traveling Outlander series, is no stranger to best-seller lists.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Granta names 'best young Spanish-language novelists'

Extending its celebrated selections of rising literary stars into the Spanish-speaking world, journal tips 22 young authors for the futureThe future Ian McEwans and Salman Rushdies of the Spanish-language literary world have been named by Granta magazine in a list... More...

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

Friday, 1 October, 2010

Nobel jury picks literature prize winner

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Granta Names Best Young Novelists Writing in Spanish

The literary publication has ventured for the first time outside the Anglophone realm, to the Western world's second most widely spoken language.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Don't miss the film of Slip-Up

If you want to understand what Fleet Street was like and, in some senses, what journalistic competition is still all about, then try to see The Great Paper Chase next Thursday.It is the BBC's film of Tony Delano's wonderful book,... More...

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

Friday, 1 October, 2010

Hidden Tigers

A primer on the geopolitical clout of investment funds, oil nations and, most of all, China.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's 'book of the century' pulped over print error

Author told the audience at London's Southbank Centre that the printers had opened and copied the wrong computer fileIt had been heralded as the novel of the century so far, but thousands of copies of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom face being... More...

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

Friday, 1 October, 2010

Eyeing the Unreal Estate of Gatsby Esq.

A journey to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional East and West Eggs, via the Long Island Rail Road and the Great Gatsby Boat Tour.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Heard Any Good Books Lately, Zelda?

“Gatz,” a seven-hour reading of “The Great Gatsby” now at the Public Theater, harkens back to the days of losing oneself in a good book.... More...

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Friday, 1 October, 2010

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