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Issue 50 / December 2012

November 2010

Books of The Times: Isherwood’s Singular Second Wind

The second volume of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries covers 1960-69, the period when he wrote “A Single Man.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Insect Metaphor Leads to Bad Sex-Writing Prize

Rowan Somerville's novel "The Shape of Her" claimed Literary Review's annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for a phrase that included the word lepidopterist.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Do Zombies Eat Ivy? The Undead Reach Academia

Three Australian professors have sent out a request on the scholarly listserv H-Ideas for contributions to a book on how zombie culture resembles the culture of higher education itself.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Massive library service cuts 'may be illegal'

Protesters say swingeing cuts to areas including culture minister Ed Vaizey's constituency could break statutory rulesFar-reaching cuts to the library service planned for Oxfordshire may be illegal, according to protesters who have contacted culture minister Ed Vaizey, whose constituency of... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Former British Lions hooker Brian Moore wins sports book of the year

• Moore awarded William Hill Sports Book of the Year • 'Beware of the Dog' praised as 'uniquely engaging'Former British Lions hooker Brian Moore has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2010.... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

City Room: An Encyclopedia Sure to Please and Irritate

A second version of a popular volume tracing the extraordinarily rich and diverse history of New York City is sure to inspire debate as much as for what is left out as for what is included.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Booksellers failing to reach British South Asian readers, survey finds

New research shows half of British South Asian readers would never visit a high-street bookshopBooks by South Asian and British South Asian writers such as Aravind Adiga, Kamila Shamsie, Monica Ali and Hanif Kureishi may be high-profile fixtures in Waterstone's,... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Amazon asked to investigate 'stalker' leaving poison-pen reviews

Novelist Rosie Alison asks online bookseller to look into suspicious pattern of comments left about her booksAuthor Rosie Alison has asked Amazon.co.uk to intervene over the reviews of her books on its site, after tracing a pattern of negative reviews... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Bad sex award goes to novelist Rowan Somerville

Lurid insect imagery secures prize for The Shape of Her, just ahead of Alastair Campbell, who was disqualified for wanting to winWith one killer sentence using the image of a butterfly collector – "like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Bella Akhmadulina, Bold Voice in Russian Poetry, Dies at 73

Ms. Akhmadulina’s startling images and intensely personal style, couched in classical verse forms, established her as one of the leading literary talents in the post-Stalin Soviet Union.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Music Review: Celebrating Mark Twain With a Piano

The pianist John Davis honored Mark Twain and his fondness for the music of Thomas Wiggins at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Celebrating a Man With Many Acolytes

“Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World” by Norman Lebrecht is a new biography of the composer.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

An Odyssey Through the Brain, Illuminated by a Rainbow

A glossy art book, “Portraits of the Mind,” hopes to draw the general reader into neuroscience with the beauty of its images.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 29 November, 2010

National Short Story award goes to David Constantine

Judges praise Tea at the Midland for its 'rich poetry' and 'deep understanding of the form'The story of a relationship foundering over a quarrel in a Morecambe hotel has bagged poet and translator David Constantine the 2010 BBC National Short... More...

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

Monday, 29 November, 2010

Mariella Frostrup files writ over Salman Rushdie claims

Presenter takes legal action over Sunday Times magazine article published on 26 SeptemberMariella Frostrup, the Sky Arts and Radio 4 presenter, is taking legal action against the Sunday Times over claims she "snogged" author Salman Rushdie at his bachelor party... More...

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

Monday, 29 November, 2010

Design: On an Innovative Device, Apps Lacking Imagination

With so much going for them, why, eight months after the iPad’s release, are the designs of so many magazine and book apps so boring?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 28 November, 2010

Books of The Times: A New York Tale of Art, Money and Ambition

Steve Martin’s new novel follows a heroine with fierce, outsize ambition as she makes her way in New York’s art world.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 28 November, 2010

Critic’s Notebook: When a Skinny Singer Crooned to Knock Your Bobby Socks Off

A Sinatra biography reminds us that from his days with Tommy Dorsey to the end of his Columbia years, Sinatra was a singularly incandescent vocal phenomenon.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 28 November, 2010

Vladimir Nabokov's unpublished love letters are released

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Sunday, 28 November, 2010

Christopher Hitchens 1-0 Tony Blair

Staunch atheist wins over audience in debate with Catholic convert over whether religion is a force for good in the worldIn theory it was not an event that should have created a stir: a philosophical debate on the moral merits... More...

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

Saturday, 27 November, 2010

What Evil Lurks

In this collection of four new long stories, Stephen King returns to a favorite theme, the divided soul.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A New Look at a Classic

An adaptation of "The Little Prince," the 1943 parable by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is new to the hardcover list this week.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Taking Flight

Jennifer Homans has written the only truly definitive history of ballet, tracing dance across four centuries of wars and revolutions, both artistic and political.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Paperback Row

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

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Desert Song

A writer’s memoir of her relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds, and of the menagerie of creatures that share her home.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Statesman, Fixer

Felix Rohatyn, the investment banker who saved New York City from bankruptcy, recalls less hucksterish days on Wall Street.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Path of Least Resistance

In gripping and painful detail, Alan Riding shows how French writers and artists adapted to the Nazis.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

This Old World

Ted C. Fishman’s book argues that aging populations accelerate globalization.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Jay-Z — whose “Decoded” hits No. 3 on the hardcover nonfiction list this week — appeared at the New York Public Library to talk hip-hop and philosophy with Cornel West.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Essay: C.I.A. Agents, Blowing Their Own Cover

In the last decade, former C.I.A. officers have started oversharing as eagerly as the cast of “Jersey Shore.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Failure to Communicate

James Zogby advises less shouting at the Islamic world and more listening in this book of poll numbers harvested since 9/11.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Our Unlettered Landscape

An “odd sort of distraction” has hindered the art of reading, David L. Ulin says.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

The Devils’ Playground

How Poland, Ukraine, the Baltics and Belarus were victimized by two mass murderers with competing utopian visions.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

The Voyager

A novel of Herman Melville’s life, especially at sea.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

What Was I Thinking?

Consciousness is grounded in the body, a neuroscientist posits.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Binary Breakthrough

A biography of John Atanasoff, the little-known creator of the first digital computer.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Only Collect

Steve Martin’s novel, set in the world of high-stakes art dealers and collectors, is a paean to New York City.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa allowed novels to be censored in Spain

Peruvian novelist admits to editing sections of his 1963 classic City and the Dogs after meeting General Franco's chief censorHe may now be a Nobel laureate and one of the world's most respected novelists, but when Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas... More...

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

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Up Front: Geoffrey C. Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward is probably best known as the principal writer on the Ken Burns series about the Civil War, for which he won an Emmy, the first of six.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

A Headlong Life

The third and concluding volume of Edmund Morris’s monumental biography of Theodore Roosevelt covers the nine eventful years after he departed from office.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: On William Trevor

Featuring Charles McGrath on William Trevor's short stories, Patricia Cohen on the digital humanities and Alexandra Jacobs on Steve Martin's new novel.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: On William Trevor

Featuring Charles McGrath on William Trevor's short stories; Patricia Cohen on the digital humanities; and Alexandra Jacobs on Steve Martin's new novel.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

The Oft-Examined Life

Some of the material in these essays, a follow-up to “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” is familiar, but it gets spicier in each iteration.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Cash Registers Will Ring Before Wedding Bells: The First William-Kate Book Is Out

And it won't be the last.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Built to Last

William Trevor’s story collection is frequently melancholy, concerned with loss and disappointment, but warmed with radiant moments of grace or acceptance.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: A Camp Classic of 19th-Century Ballet

If the notion of camp had existed in late-19th-century Italy, the wildly successful ballet "Excelsior" would have been a prime example.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Norwegian publishers offer reward to solve William Nygaard case

Investigation into attack on the man behind the Norwegian edition of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses reopens 17 years laterNorwegian publishers have offered a 500,000 krone (£50,000) reward for new information to help solve the case of the attempted assassination in... More...

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

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Dame Stella Rimington to chair Man Booker prize

Former head of MI5 turned crime writer joins 2011 judging panel for Britain's best known literary awardDame Stella Rimington, a former director general of MI5, is to chair the Man Booker prize next year.... More...

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

Thursday, 25 November, 2010

Hari Kunzru criticises Turkey over VS Naipaul Islam row

British writer attacks Turkish record on free speech as he steps in to replace VS Naipaul at opening of literary event in IstanbulBritish novelist Hari Kunzru has attacked Turkey's record on free speech at the Istanbul literary event the European... More...

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

Thursday, 25 November, 2010

Palin’s Publisher and Gawker Settle Case

Gawker was not afraid to cross the publisher of Sarah Palin’s book, “America by Heart.” But when a judge ordered excerpts removed, Gawker changed its mind.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 25 November, 2010

Selling History With ’50s Pulp Pow and Punch

“Pulp History,” a new book series, uses the style of razzle-dazzle fiction and comic books to interest youngsters in history.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Enticing Readers to a Long Road With Sudden Shocks of Self-Recognition

Damon Galgut’s taut, mesmerizing novel follows an isolated South African traveler far more adept at crossing geographical boundaries than emotional ones.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: 100 Notable Books of 2010

The Book Review’s annual list of outstanding works.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Dwight Garner’s Top 10 Books of 2010

Favorite books of the year from one of The Times’s book critics.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Domains: On Location With Nora Ephron

The writer and film director, whose book “I Remember Nothing” was released this month, lives with her husband, Nicholas Pileggi, in a “not huge” Upper East Side apartment.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Choosing the 100 Notable Books of 2010

Today, we published our 100 Notable Books of the Year online.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Jonathan Safran Foer's Book as Art Object

An interview with Jonathan Safran Foer about his new book, "Tree of Codes," which features cutout pages, with text peeking through windows as the tale unfolds.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

VS Naipaul withdraws from Turkish event after row over Islam comments

Turkish writers expressed outrage at Nobel laureate's invitation to European Writers' Parliament, after comments he made about Islam in 2001The Nobel laureate VS Naipaul has pulled out of a literary event opening in Istanbul tomorrow, after Turkish writers threatened a... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

'Big society' chosen as Oxford University's Word of 2010

David Cameron's policy idea comes out narrowly on top after close contest with vuvuzela and Boris bikeIt may make some people gag – and others feel a flush of enthusiasm – but the term "big society" has made its mark... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Minority publisher celebrates 40th birthday

Black and minority ethnic publisher Hansib brings out new collection based on black family life in Britain to mark its 40th anniversaryIt is 40 years since book-loving businessman Arif Ali sold his Caribbean food store in north London and founded... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Chalmers Johnson Dies at 79; Criticized U.S. Role in World

The Asian studies scholar believed that the United States was using its military to try to control the world economy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Power Struggles and Riddles, in Romance and Political Intrigue

The Albanian author Ismail Kadare’s new novel begins like a thriller and then turns into something else entirely.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

The Palins Ensure They Stay in the News

Sarah Palin embarks on a book tour while her daughter Bristol performs on “Dancing With the Stars” and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” continues on TLC.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Theater Books

A handful of new theater-related books make fine gift choices for a footlight addict.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2010

Favorite books of the year from one of The Times’s book critics.... More...

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Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010

Favorite books of the year from one of The Times’s book critics.... More...

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Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Amy Sackville wins John Llewellyn Rhys prize for The Still Point

Judges call novel 'breathtaking', predicting a future littered with international awards for the first-time authorFirst-time novelist Amy Sackville was hailed as "a writer of seemingly limitless promise" this evening, as her book The Still Point took the John Llewellyn Rhys... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Portrait of the Author as a Very, Very, Very Young Man

A work of experimental fiction written by David Foster Wallace, age 9.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Tom Waits to publish book of poetry

Singer teams up with photographer Michael O'Brien on Hard Ground, a collection of poems and images about homelessnessTom Waits is to publish his first book of poetry, in collaboration with photographer Michael O'Brien. Hard Ground is described as a portrait... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

James Howson to be first black actor to play Heathcliff in film

Unknown actor from Leeds to play brooding lead in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea ArnoldEmily Brontë described him as a "dark-skinned gypsy in aspect and a little lascar" in her classic 1847 novel. Now Heathcliff is... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Lara Marlowe's nine lives on the frontline

One of the ornaments of the Irish Times is its foreign correspondent Lara Marlowe. Now billeted in Washington, she spent many years in Paris and before that, Beirut. She also roamed the globe on assignments.She wrote in Saturday's Irish Times... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Book trade dreams of a fairy-tale Christmas

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Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Philip K. Dick’s Masterpiece Years

Anne R. Dick, the third wife of the science-fiction novelist Philip K. Dick, has written a book about him.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Jay-Z Deconstructs Himself

“Decoded” is less a conventional memoir than an elliptical collage.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Michael Savage to Write Two Thrillers

A move from nonfiction to fiction.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 November, 2010

French authors' body warns over GooXgle-Hachette deal

La Sociéte des Gens de Lettres de France advises writers to scrutinise contracts carefully in the wake of groundbreaking digitisation agreementLast week's deal between Google and the publisher Hachette Livre should put authors on high alert, according to the French... More...

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

Monday, 22 November, 2010

Library cuts and job losses condemned by leading authors

Councils are expected to look to volunteers in attempt to balance budgets hit by the government's spending reviewWriters Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse and Will Self have criticised government cuts that could see up to a quarter of librarians lose their... More...

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

Monday, 22 November, 2010

Norris Church Mailer, Artist and Ally, Dies at 61

Ms. Mailer, bred in the rural poverty of Arkansas, married Norman Mailer and managed his career and family life over three decades while carving out her own niche as a writer.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 22 November, 2010

Television Review: Opinions You Won’t Find on Twitter: Fran Lebowitz Talks

Fran Lebowitz speaks her mind in Martin Scorsese’s documentary “Public Speaking,” on HBO.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 21 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Lawrence: Fresh Look at Warrior of Desert

The strength of Michael Korda’s new biography of T. E. Lawrence, “Hero,” lies in its ability to analyze its subject’s accomplishments and to add something to the body of Lawrence lore.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 21 November, 2010

James Frey forced to defend literary ethics, four years after Oprah attack

Following Oprah reprimand over first book, the controversial US writer is now accused of exploitation for group writing projectJames Frey, the bad boy of American letters who was given a very public dressing-down by Oprah Winfrey over his first book... More...

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

Sunday, 21 November, 2010

Off the Shelf: The Pain of Change at Boeing

“Turbulence,” a new book by four authors, uses employee surveys to examine a stressful period of change at the Boeing Company.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Indianapolis Honors Its Literary Native Son

The author Kurt Vonnegut’s friends and family agree that his museum belongs in Indianapolis, the hometown with which he had a complicated relationship.... More...

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Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Saul Bellow’s Quest for the Vernacular Sublime

Only two-fifths of Saul Bellow’s “epistling” is represented in this magnificent book, but the riches are immense.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Crime: An Eye for an Eye

Crime novels by Walter Mosley, Stuart Neville, Joseph Wambaugh and William G. Tapply.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Shaking the Family Tree

The daughter of Lady Caroline Blackwood and stepdaughter of Robert Lowell takes stock of the emotional wounds that shaped her.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

The Missing Piece

A novelist sets out to see what can be found of her grandmother, who died when her father was still a small boy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Paperback Row

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

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Up Front: John Adams

Does the composer John Adams listen to John Cage very often these days?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Essay: Obama and the Book of Job

The connection between Job’s trials and Obama’s midterm rebuke came to mind as I read a new translation.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Zamperini’s War

The author of “Seabiscuit” chronicles the ordeal of an Olympic runner turned World War II airman whose bomber crashed in the South Pacific.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

An Affair to Remember

An entertaining, touching memoir of Antonia Fraser’s life with Harold Pinter, which began in their 40s when they met and fell madly in love.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Daddy’s Little Protagonist

The protagonist of this novel struggles in a world that knows him as the hero of his father’s children’s books.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

The ‘O’ Word

The history of that most American of expressions, O.K.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

The Zen of Silence

A new biography of the composer John Cage, who prodded listeners to re-evaluate how we define not only music but the entire experience of encountering art.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Ann Beattie, Distilling Her Generation

Ann Beattie’s collection, assembling tales dating back to 1974, lets readers imagine their way into a New Yorker fiction editor’s moment of discovery.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Cynthia Ozick’s Homage to Henry James

This nimble homage to Henry James’s “Ambassadors” brilliantly upends the theme, meaning and manner of its precursor.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

The New Great Game

Robert D. Kaplan examines the Indian Ocean, where the interests of America, China and India are starting to intersect.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Welcome to the Casino

Two business journalists examine the toxic marriage between the housing market and Wall Street.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Mark Twain’s Autobiography Flying Off the Shelves

The book’s publisher cannot print copies quickly enough, leaving bookstores stranded as holiday shopping begins.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

Dickens house finds generous benefactor in Heritage Lottery Fund

Property in central London receives £2m grant to renovate in time for bicentenary of author's birth in 2012In true Dickensian style, a magnificent gift has arrived at the doorstep of Charles Dickens's only surviving London home, just as volunteers were... More...

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

Saturday, 20 November, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“Decision Points,” George W. Bush’s new memoir, enters in the top nonfiction spot, just as his wife’s “Spoken From the Heart” did last spring.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

This Ballerina Found History In Her Footsteps

Jennifer Homans, a dancer turned historian and critic, published a history of classical ballet, “Apollo’s Angels,” that has been received with praise and pique.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Keith Richards

Featuring Keith Richards on his memoir, "Life"; and the composer John Adams on a new biography of John Cage.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Winfrey and Franzen in New Interview

Jonathan Franzen, the author of "Freedom," taped his first appearance for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since a previous invitation to the program was rescinded in 2001.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Keith Richards

Featuring Keith Richards on his memoir, "Life"; and the composer John Adams on a new biography of John Cage.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Absolute Morrison

The hardcover list has a double dose of Grant Morrison this week.... More...

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Friday, 19 November, 2010

Currents | Built: Alain de Botton’s First Effort to Bring Modern Architecture to the British

The first of the five homes Mr. de Botton’s group has commissioned — all of which will be available year-round for vacation rentals — recently opened to the public.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

Books of The Times: How Economic Brawn Transformed a Nation

A first-rate history of the extraordinary economic transformation of the United States in the 35 years that followed the Civil War.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: An Underdog Takes the Book Award

Jaimy Gordon's victory last night at the National Book Awards was a classic underdog moment, about a little-known writer with a little-seen book who overcame long odds to capture the prize and, at least for one night, revel in the... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: 'Lighthead,' by Terrance Hayes: A.D.D. Poet Wins N.B.A. Poetry Award

I was pleased to see that the poetry award went to Terrance Hayes for his fourth collection, "Lighthead," which Stephen Burt reviewed for us in April.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Patti Smith, godmother of punk, wins award for her first book – at 65

Memoir of her bohemian days with artist Robert Mapplethorpe earns acclaimed musician National Book Award in USFor a musician who virtually dropped out of public life for almost two decades, Patti Smith has become remarkably ubiquitous. Barely a month passes... More...

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

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: 'Gatz' vs. 'Gatsby': To Read or Not to Read?

Is it better to read (or more likely, re-read) "The Great Gatsby" before settling into your seat at "Gatz," or to go in cold?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Alastair Campbell outlasts Tony Blair in Bad sex awards

Former spin doctor beats off stiff competition from ex-PM to reach shortlist for prize honouring clumsy prose about coitusAlastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, has put one over on his old boss by joining literary big-hitters Jonathan Franzen and... More...

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

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Moths, Chiggers and Amorous Cats

The theme was the 1930s, but the vibe was very early-21st-century hipster eclectic when devotees of the Moth gathered in Manhattan on Tuesday night for the storytelling organization's annual Moth Ball.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Alastair Campbell book in line for an unwelcome award

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Anatomy of a Scene: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'

In this scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," the director David Yates turns a coffee shop into a battlefield.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Andrew Morton working on Prince William and Kate Middleton book

Biographer who wrote explosive book about royal marriage Diana: Her True Story plans another about princess's sonBiographer Andrew Morton, who with Princess Diana's covert assistance revealed the inside story of her marriage in the explosive book Diana: Her True Story... More...

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

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Women are their own worst enemies, study finds

The Twisted Sisterhood book says 90% of women surveyed have felt mean and negative 'undercurrents' from other womenGirls can be mean to other girls, but it is adult women who vie to destroy each other, according to a new book... More...

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

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Patti Smith wins National Book Award with Robert Mapplethorpe story

Singer-songwriter's memoir of life with photographer and within 1960s New York scene wins prestigious US prizePatti Smith's bitter-sweet memoir of a youthful affair with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe won her a prestigious National Book Award in the US last night.... More...

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

French deal may break deadlock between Google and publishers

Agreement for digitising out-of-print works could be template for relations between publishers and internet search giantA new agreement between Hachette Livre and Google could offer a way forward in the ongoing dispute between authors, publishers and the search engine over... More...

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Living With Music: A Playlist by Dana Jennings

Dana Jennings's book "What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing From a Small Pooch" has just been published. He is the assistant editor of the Times's Arts & Leisure section.... More...

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

National Book Award for Patti Smith

The rock musician Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction last night for “Just Kids,” a memoir.... More...

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Final Scenes From a Life of Bully Adventure

Edmund Morris’s biography of Theodore Roosevelt deserves to stand as the definitive study of its restless, mutable, ever-boyish, erudite and tirelessly energetic subject.... More...

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Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Steve Martin’s Sketch of the Art World

Steve Martin’s new novel, “An Object of Beauty,” is a tale set in the Manhattan art world that draws from decades of personal observation.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Newly Released Books

New fiction by Paul Auster, Anita Shreve, Armistead Maupin, Kathleen Kent, Adrienne Sharp and E. C. Osondu.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Google Strikes Deal With French Publisher

The deal will allow Hachette Livre to decide which out-of-print books Google has the right to scan. The agreement follows a landmark settlement with American publishers last year.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: An E-Book Bonanza: 12 Saramago Novels

And a novella, too.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: New Director for Schomburg Center Named

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a history professor at Indiana University, has been named the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in July, 2011.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Louise Rennison has last laugh by winning Roald Dahl funny prize

Queen of Teen author's Withering Tights beats entries from David Walliams and Quentin Blake in 7-14 categoryLouise Rennison's tale of a gawky teenager called Tallulah has taken this year's Roald Dahl funny prize. The Queen of Teen author beat Mr... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Franzen and Moore on the Midwest

When Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore met Monday night at the 92nd Street Y, the vibe among the sold-out crowd was a bit like that at the Margarito v. Pacquiao bout at Cowboys Stadium. Nobody got hurt, but that didn't... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

No more Harry Potter, JK Rowling 'promises' Daniel Radcliffe

Star of Harry Potter films says author JK Rowling told him by text she would write no more stories about the schoolboy wizardWill she or won't she? Author JK Rowling appears to have ruled out writing another Harry Potter novel... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches

Digitally savvy scholars are exploring how technology can enhance understanding of the liberal arts.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Explaining the Modern World and Keeping It Short

the fiscal prophet and self-appointed flâneur Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers scornful aphorisms to explain the modern world.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

An Israeli Novelist Writes of Pain, Private and Public

A visit with the Israeli novelist David Grossman, whose book “To the End of the Land” was nearly finished just before his son died in battle.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Obama tells daughters of his heroes in new children's book

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Battle to save George Eliot's unspoilt vista

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Costa judge laments a weak year for fiction

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

Movie Review | 'William S. Burroughs: A Man Within': Naked Lusts and Natural Painkillers: Portrait of a Literary Outlaw

“A Man Within” is a sort of genealogy of hip that connects William S. Burroughs with many currents of America’s outlaw cultural tradition.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

Costa prize shortlist falls short on biographies

Costa book award judges announce contenders in all five groups – but fail to find enough biographies to fill out the categoryEyebrows were raised tonight when judges for one of the UK's most important book prizes failed to find enough... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

Carey Mulligan is Baz Luhrmann's Daisy in remake of The Great Gatsby

British actor Oscar nominated for An Education beats Natalie Portman and others to role opposite Leonardo DiCaprioCarey Mulligan has won the role of F Scott Fitzgerald's manipulative jazz-age socialite Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming remake of The Great Gatsby.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Alec Baldwin Is Mark Twain: Reports of His Depth Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The quintessential American humorist and the "30 Rock" star apparently bore a striking resemblance to each other.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

Barack Obama writes home about US history in children's book

Barack Obama's first work of children's literature is addressed to his daughters and focuses on 13 inspirational AmericansJackie Robinson, the first black Major League baseball player, Sitting Bull, the Sioux chief, and singer Billie Holiday are among the inspirational Americans... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

What Barack did next

Are you sitting comfortably? Obama isn't. Maybe that's why he has decided writing a children's book is a good use of his time... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

British author jailed for contempt by Singapore court

Alan Shadrake was sentenced to six weeks in prison and fined US$15,400 for contempt over claims in his book about city-state's application of the death penaltyA court in Singapore today sentenced the British author Alan Shadrake to six weeks in... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

A Jamesian Pays Tribute in a Retelling

Cynthia Ozick’s sixth novel, “Foreign Bodies,” shows she is still in the thrall of Henry James. This time, she retells the story of his novel “The Ambassadors” from a very un-Jamesian point of view.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Colorless, Tasteless but Not Dangerous

Christian Lander’s “Whiter Shades of Pale,” a sequel to “Stuff White People Like,” has more fun at the expense of a certain class of modern society.... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

Colin Farrell offered Schwarzenegger role in Total Recall remake

Irish star of In Bruges and Alexander beats actors including Michael Fassbender to lead in update directed by Len WisemanMove over Arnie. According to Variety, Colin Farrell could be set for a trip to mutant-ridden Mars in Hollywood's forthcoming remake... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

Language is no barrier as Impac Dublin prize longlist takes on the world

The 162 novels up for this year's librarian-nominated award come from 43 countries, with 42 novels in translationThe Impac Dublin literary award continues its ever-widening mission to encompass the globe, with a record-breaking 42 novels in translation among the books... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

McCanns to use book earnings to continue search for Madeleine

Advance and royalties from account of disappearance will boost depleted fund to find daughter, four years onKate and Gerry McCann plan to use money from a book about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine to help continue their search.... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

Carnival shows enterprising spirit for mainstream TV drama

Carnival, producer of C4's Any Human Heart and ITV's Downton Abbey, is backing a different funding approachAny Human Heart, Channel 4's imminent adaptation of William Boyd's sprawling novel of the rollercoaster life of Logan Mountstuart, shares a common provenance with... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers

Not many book buyers have an e-reader, but publishers and booksellers expect this holiday season to change that.... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Enduring All Tests, Time Included

Laura Hillenbrand, the author of “Seabiscuit,” wrote a biography of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and World War II hero.... More...

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Monday, 15 November, 2010

George Bush accused of borrowing from other books in his memoirs

Former US president's Decision Points contains anecdotes seemingly lifted from books by several authorsGeorge Bush's memoirs were billed as offering "gripping, never before heard detail" of his time in the White House.... More...

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Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Philip Carlo, Who Wrote About Killers, Dies at 61

Mr. Carlo produced novels and nonfiction accounts of serial killers and hit men before writing about his own struggles with disease.... More...

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Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Cat and Mouse

The life of the 80-year-old father in Günter Grass’s soul-searching novel parallels the author’s own career.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

The Ancestral Home

In this novel, a woman looks back on generations of her Irish-American forebears.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Original Sins

A. J. Langguth connects Indian removal and the Civil War.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Essay: The Hipster in the Mirror

Why do people get so agitated when discussing hipsterism? Pierre Bourdieu’s “Distinction” provides some clues.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

A Good Day to Die

Thomas Powers’s textured account tells much that is revealing, and often moving, about the Great Plains Sioux in their last days as free warriors.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Mean Girls and Bad Mommies

Two books examine women’s ambivalent feelings as friends and as mothers.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Back to the City

Armistead Maupin reunites scattered “Tales of the City” characters in San Francisco after decades apart.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Spy vs. Spy

The back story of the 2003 C.I.A. kidnapping of an imam off an Italian street in broad daylight.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Spheres of Influence

Timothy Garton Ash’s latest “history of the present,” from 9/11 to Obama, examines life in a post-Western world.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Potluck

Mark Kurlansky presents a selection of small-plate fiction.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

The Resilient Brain

Oliver Sacks examines how the visual cortex makes sense of what we see and what we don’t.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

The Mind of a Disease

A powerful and ambitious history of cancer and its treatment.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Up Front: Liz Phair

Liz Phair’s classic first album, “Exile in Guyville” (1993), was “a direct song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street.’ ”... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

The Cerebral Set Picks Up a Paddle

Writers and other literary types compete at Ping-Pong to support a cause and promote a new book about the game of table tennis.... More...

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Saturday, 13 November, 2010

Film: A Screenwriter’s Hogwarts Decade

The screenwriter Steve Kloves has been adapting J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels since the late 1990s.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Film of Paul Bowles Short Story Rediscovered

A film by the director Sara Driver that was believed to be lost was found in a dusty Moroccan house.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

A roundup of coffee table and gift books.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Art Books

A roundup of art books selected by The Times critics Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith, Ken Johnson and Karen Rosenberg.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Antiques Books

A roundup of gift books about antiques.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Graphic Books

A roundup of graphic novels and comics.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Featuring Charles McGrath on Siddhartha Mukherjee's "Emperor of All Maladies"; and Pamela Paul on two new books about mean girls and mean moms.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

How Osborne's small, select team helped Cameron do the unthinkable

Extracts from Tory ex-whip Rob Wilson's book Five Days to Power, The Journey To Coalition Britain, which gives vivid account of five dramatic days of coalition talksBritain's first peacetime coalition in 70 years, which celebrates its six-month anniversary today, was... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: 'Garfield' Creator Apologizes for 'National Stupid Day' Cartoon

The comic strip, which was published on Thursday, was criticized by some readers who thought it was insensitive to the Veterans Day holiday.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Featuring Charles McGrath on Siddhartha Mukherjee's "Emperor of All Maladies"; and Pamela Paul on two new books about mean girls and mean moms.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“Cleopatra,” Stacy Schiff’s biography of the Ptolemaic tabloid queen, joins a hardcover nonfiction list full of celebrity memoirs.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 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. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. SOUTHERN LIGHTS, by Danielle Steel5. DEEPER THAN THE DEAD, by Tami... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

BBC National Short Story award nominees have a long history of success

Three of the five authors on a heavyweight shortlist have already received major literary prize attention for longer pieces of fictionFive tales dissecting the complexities of human relationships are in the running for this year's BBC National Short Story award.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Midtown Goes Downtown

The New York comics retailer Midtown Comics opens a third location as it grows to become a formidable comics industry presence.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

A Slice of Life. Or Three!

The second annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off Benefit; the New Literature From Europe festival; the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America hosts its Whodunit Slam event.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Movie Review | 'Cool It': Global Warming and Common Sense

Ondi Timoner’s documentary about the Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg, who earned the ire of the green movement.... More...

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Friday, 12 November, 2010

Books of The Times: For Eloise’s Mother, Life Wasn’t All Dandelions

A biography of Kay Thompson, the eccentric entertainer and author of “Eloise,” written by Sam Irvin.... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS, by Portia de Rossi4. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others5. ME, by Ricky Martin... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls4. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin5. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. HAPPY EVER AFTER, by Nora Roberts2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham3. INDULGENCE IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Amazon removes 'paedophile's guide' ebook after protests

An ebook for sale on Amazon's website called The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure has been taken down after protests from customers and children's charitiesThe internet retailer Amazon has created a storm of protest with customers and children's charities... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

King Arthur medieval manuscript to fetch up to £2m at auction

Three huge volumes of Rochefoucauld Grail tell tales of Arthur, Merlin, the Round Table, Guinevere and Lancelot, and the quest for the Holy GrailOne of the most romantic manuscripts of the medieval ages, the stories of chivalry, treachery and passion... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Domestic Lives: The Hazel Effect

A novelist learns what it means to be at home from a young child, and the strangers along the way.... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Times Will Rank E-Book Best Sellers

The New York Times will publish e-book best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction beginning early next year, a reflection of the growing sales and influence of digital publishing.... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

No Bridge Too Far: Literary Agents Move to Brooklyn

Manhattan literary agencies are doing the previously unthinkable: moving to Brooklyn.... More...

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Thursday, 11 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Cancer as Old Foe and Goad to Science

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes a “biography” of cancer and of those who have fought it throughout history.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Book Review: Jet Age — The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World

Sam Howe Verhovek writes of the dawn of the jet age and of those who designed and flew the planes.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: 'Catch Me If You Can' Nabs Its Broadway Cast

Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit will assume the lead roles of an FBI agent and a charming scoundrel who were played by Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 movie.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Richard Nixon: Zombie Hunter

Last spring, Seth Grahame-Smith scored a best seller with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Now, another president is apparently enjoying some hot paranormal action, this time in the coming video game release "Call of Duty: Black Ops."... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

George Bush's memoir set for sales success

Decision Points, by former president George Bush, has seen strong early salesGeorge Bush's memoir looks set to become a UK bestseller according to book trade experts, who feel that confirmation of the former president's authorisation of waterboarding – not to... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: The Idiots' Guide to Publishing

A Q. and A. with Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, founders of the independent press Idiots' Books, who recently signed a contract to create an installment of the children's series "Marvel Super Hero Squad."... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Emotional Johanna Skibsrud scoops Scotiabank Giller prize

Debut novelist wins Canada's top literary award with The Sentimentalists, a book about a Vietnam war veteran father that has sold just a few hundred copiesThe young Montreal writer Johanna Skibsrud, whose debut novel The Sentimentalists looked set to languish... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Harry Potter revival idea fails to grab Daniel Radcliffe

Actor 'very doubtful' about playing Harry Potter beyond Deathly Hallows, despite J K Rowling's hint about writing more booksWhen author JK Rowling revealed last month that she had not ruled out writing more Harry Potter books, it was the news... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

RNIB celebrates 75 years of Talking Books

Some 75m books on vinyl, cassette and now special compressed CD, have been issued free to more than 2 million people with sight problemsIt was soldiers who lost their sight during the first world war and complained that learning to... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Marilyn Monroe’s Stuffing Recipe Stars in a Remake

A new book includes a recipe in the starlet’s handwriting that suggests that she not only cooked, but cooked confidently and with flair.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Books of The Times: How a Little Man Became a Big, Big Marine in World War II and Beyond

Robert Coram recounts the life of “Brute,” Gen. Victor Krulak of the Marines.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Bush is back – and he has 1.5 million books to shift

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Do Bush's claims stand up under interrogation?

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Bush is back – and he has 1.5 million books to shift

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

Life and afterlife of a woman who will live for ever

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director lashes out at US remake

Neils Arden Oplev criticises casting of American actor in lead role of Lisbeth Salander in American version of Swedish filmThe director of the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has questioned the need for the upcoming... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Henrietta Lacks's legacy lives on as Rebecca Skloot wins medical book prize

True story of African-American woman whose cancer cells transformed modern research wins Wellcome Trust awardListen to the Science Weekly podcast starring Rebecca SklootReview: The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe true story of an American woman who died in obscurity 60... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions Manual goes on sale

Cracking manual, Gromit: creators team up with Haynes for guide to duo's inventionsIt may just be the perfect Christmas present for the Wallace and Gromit aficionado who thought they knew everything about the odd couple. The creators of the man-and-dog... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Fela! musical is sued by biographer

Show based on life of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti faces $5m lawsuitHailed as the Muhammad Ali, James Brown and Bob Dylan of Africa all wrapped into one, modern hip-hop wouldn't exist without Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Afrobeat star.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Edinburgh's Hogmanay hopes star haiku writers provide the fireworks

Top Scottish writers commissioned to write poems as organisers play up festival's artistic sideIt has become famous around the globe for seeing in the New Year with open-air rock concerts, kilts, kissing and a spectacular fireworks display above the spotlit... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Dune rights holders set to desert Paramount

Film adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction bestseller could be shelved as pressure builds for production to beginA new film adaptation of Dune, the book often cited as the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, looks likely to be... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

George Bush's memoir turns to crime

US activists, inspired by British campaign against Tony Blair's book, vow to move George Bush's memoir into bookshop crime sectionsThe special relationship is being turned on its head, with US peace activists following the lead of their British counterparts to... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director attacks Hollywood remake

Niels Arden Oplev says that Noomi Rapace, star of his original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, should not be overlooked as Stieg Larsson's heroine hacker Lisbeth SalanderThe director of the original Swedish adaptation of the bestselling novel The Girl With... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Waterboarding is torture, Downing Street confirms

No 10 dismisses George Bush's claim in his memoirs that interrogation technique is legal and helped foil attacks on Heathrow and Canary WharfDowning Street today dismissed George Bush's claim that waterboarding is not torture after the former president used his... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

The TV Watch: A New Bush, a Lot Like the Old One

There was something jarring about suddenly seeing George W. Bush on screen again, and it wasn’t déjà vu.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Amazon Increases Kindle Royalties to Publishers

By making the royalty rate more attractive, Amazon is trying to encourage publishers to sell digital versions of their periodicals in the Kindle Store.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Dispatches and Details From a Life in Literature

Although Saul Bellow repeatedly apologizes for being a lousy correspondent in this volume of his collected letters, he shows himself to be a gifted and emotionally voluble letter writer.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

How Cancer Acquired Its Own Biographer

Once a patient asked Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee to tell her what she was up against. Answering that question led him to write a book.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

Controversial writer wins top French award

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

With Book, Bush Is Back in Spotlight

George W. Bush will end a self-imposed silence about his presidency in an NBC special with Matt Lauer on Monday.... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Spalding Gray Archives to U. of Texas

The archives include more than 90 performance notebooks and more than 100 diaries that chronicle the development of Gray’s performance pieces, including “Swimming to Cambodia,” “It’s a Slippery Slope,” “Morning, Noon and Night” and “Monster in a Box.”... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

George Bush's memoirs reveal how he considered attacks on Iran and Syria

• Bush admits: Tony Blair was my closest foreign ally• Waterboarding 'helped to break up terror plots in UK'• Iraq was the right thing to do, says former presidentGeorge Bush ordered the Pentagon to plan an attack on Iran's nuclear... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Michel Houellebecq wins Prix Goncourt

Controversial author wins France's top literary prize for novel in which character who shares his name is brutally killedFrance's most controversial novelist Michel Houellebecq has received what could be perceived as a backhanded compliment, winning the country's leading literary prize,... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Rupert Bear turns 90 – but it's just another day at the office

Cartoon character becomes a nonagenarian, leaving young ursine rivals Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear in the shadeWith the stoical can-do attitude which has carried him through the decades, Rupert Bear is back at work today without a mention of... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Zac Efron 'to play lead in Akira remake'

High School Musical star Zac Efron lined up to play Shotaro Kaneda in Hollywood version of classic Japanese anime based on manga comic, reports sayHe is the blue-eyed star of the High School Musical series and dream date for teenage... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Dan Hind on the crisis of 'the public'

One of the best books I've read in the past month is The Return of the Public by Dan Hind. It is a superb analysis of the way in which citizens have lost power in a political and economic system... More...

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

Monday, 8 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Morality Tales as Horror and Suspense

John Grisham’s “Confession” is about a man wrongly convicted of murder and the man who claims to be the killer; Stephen King’s “Full Dark, No Stars” contains four short stories.... More...

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Literary lion of the lens

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Monday, 8 November, 2010

Alan Shadrake faces Singapore jail term for criticising use of death penalty

Contempt of court conviction for British author whose book fiercely criticises Singaporean justice systemWhen his head hit the pillow in his Singapore hotel room in the early hours of 18 July, Alan Shadrake must have believed his gamble had paid... More...

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

Sunday, 7 November, 2010

Adrian Paunescu, Poet Who Praised a Dictator, Dies at 67

Mr. Paunescu, Romania’s most famous poet, remained popular among his countrymen despite his praise for the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.... More...

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Sunday, 7 November, 2010

V&A museum pleads for cash to save Charles Dickens's manuscripts

Handwritten drafts of David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and The Mystery of Edwin Drood are suffering from acid paper rotWhen Charles Dickens picked up his quill in 1859 to write the words, "It was the best of times,... More...

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Sunday, 7 November, 2010

Sales soar as talking books mark 75 years

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Sunday, 7 November, 2010

Off the Shelf: Working (and Living) the Company Way

Hardy Green provides an account of the rise and fall of company towns across the last 180 years of industrialization.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

A World Unto Themselves

Joseph J. Ellis explores the exceptional partnership of John and Abigail Adams.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children's Books: Reading Dogs and Untrained Boys

Stories about zoo animals who visit their caregiver when he calls in sick; a dog who learns to read; a bear cub who keeps a human pet; and a parade of pigs.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: Just Over the Page, a Parallel Universe

A girl’s shadow play comes to life in “Shadows”; and the stories of families living in Australia and Morocco unfold on facing pages in “Mirror.”... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: How We Learned to Recycle

The story of a barge carrying 3,168 tons of garbage that couldn’t find a home — and how its ill-fated journey helped usher in the recycling era.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: A Life Preserved in Clay

A picture book about a South Carolina slave, born about 1800, who made a name for himself as a potter and a poet.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: A Star to Steer By

The pilot in this graphic novel adapted from the classic parable is a ringer for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry himself.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: A Beautiful Relationship

A picture book about two friends, one cheerful, fearless and messy; the other skinny, precise and arrogant.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Rubina’s little sister spoils the first American birthday party she’s ever attended in “Big Red Lollipop”; and black siblings are bussed to a new school in the early 1970s in “Busing Brewster.”... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children's Books: Interactive Books (‘E’ Not Included)

A new genre of books for children tries to tweak narrative norms by using the Internet to expand beyond print.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children's Books: Angels, Demons and Blockbusters

A teenage guitar prodigy from Brooklyn goes on a supernatural adventure in France in “Revolution”; and “Halo” aims to be “Twilight” with angels.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: Spellbound

In Salman Rushdie’s new children’s novel, a sequel to “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” his hero must enter a magical realm to protect the very existence of storytelling.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children's Books: When a City Feels Like Home

“Popville” encourages children to think like urban planners and “The Lonely Phone Booth” and “Subway” are unfettered tributes to New York.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Children’s Books: When Stories Had Sharp Teeth

Three novels that jump off from the creepily delicious fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

Femme Fatale

Stacy Schiff penetrates an ancient thicket of personalities and propaganda to reconstruct the Macedonian-Egyptian queen Cleopatra in all her ambition, audacity and formidable intelligence.... More...

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Saturday, 6 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Stacy Schiff on the Life of Cleopatra

Featuring Stacy Schiff on her new biography, "Cleopatra: A Life"; and Julie Just on her five years as the Book Review's children's books editor.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Better All the Time

For the former editor of Wired magazine, technology is like a living organism, animated by the same evolutionary forces that shaped the human brain.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

The Lay of the Land

Two decades after “Spartina,” John Casey revisits his fictional seaside town in Rhode Island’s South County.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Wasting Away

Four Parisians argue and philosophize their way through the AIDS epidemic in this debut novel.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Jousting Justices

A group portrait of Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, Hugo Black and William O. Douglas.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Get Me Out of Here

The editor of Foreign Affairs on why Americans have never really figured out how to disentangle themselves from wars.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Lost in Juárez

A journalist studies narco-violence on the United States-Mexico border.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Holy Warrior

In this 1,000 page novel, part theologico-political tract and mostly a chronicle of four days in the life of a junior high schooler, a 10-year-old Jewish rebel takes hostages, and Philip Roth calls to talk him down.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Neighborhood Watch

The heroine of Gish Jen’s novel, a Chinese-American woman mourning her husband and best friend, helps a Cambodian family who have lost even more.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Beyond Tourism

Tony Hiss’s meditation on travel centers on its power to awaken a latent, childlike sense of wonder at the world around us.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

The Nobelist and the Pygmies

In his look at indigenous African religion, V. S. Naipaul is newly willing to acknowledge human frailty, starting with his own.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Stacy Schiff on 'Cleopatra'

Featuring Stacy Schiff on her new biography, "Cleopatra: A Life"; and Julie Just on her five years as the Book Review's children's books editor.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Christian Campbell takes Aldeburgh first collection prize for poetry

Caribbean poet Christian Campbell collects Aldeburgh poetry prize for his book Running the Dusk, a 'bravura performance'Caribbean poet Christian Campbell has won the best first collection prize at the Aldeburgh poetry festival for his book Running the Dusk, described by... More...

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

Friday, 5 November, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Crime: Hard Times

Mystery novels by Dennis Lehane, Reggie Nadelson, Jeffery Deaver and Andrea Camilleri.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Essay: All the President’s Memories

When it comes to protests against political books, few can match the furor surrounding Richard Nixon’s “RN.”... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Toni Morrison receives France's Legion of Honour | Benedicte Page

Beloved author awarded highest French accolade as minister calls her 'the greatest American woman novelist of her time'American novelist Toni Morrison has added France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, to her collection of awards. In a nod to her... More...

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

Friday, 5 November, 2010

Questions for Sophie Crumb: A Life in Pictures

The comics artist talks about her new book and how her father played with Barbies.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Up Front: Eliza Griswold

Eliza Griswold, whose new book is about clashes between Islam and Christianity, is the daughter of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Keith Richards’s autobiography, “Life,” hits the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 1, unsurprisingly.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best-Sellers: It's … Superman?

A new version of the Man of Steel, re-imagined for the present day, has comics readers talking.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Bush/Nixon

George Bush may have left office with rock-bottom approval ratings. But if the experience of another unpopular ex-president is any guide, both editions of his book - the plain old hardcover and a "deluxe" version - may do surprisingly well.... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 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. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 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. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher... More...

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Jagger: Keith's new book is 'a bit bitchy'

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Friday, 5 November, 2010

Window-Dressing Warriors

David Hoey and Linda Fargo, the brains behind Bergdorf’s windows, are being honored in a coffee table book from Assouline.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Books of The Times: I Feel Bad About My Memory

Nora Ephron worries about a failing memory in her new collection of essays.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Living With Music: A Playlist by Bill Peschel

Bill Peschel's new book "Writers Gone Wild," has just been published.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Rescue of Chilean Miners Will Be Recounted in Book

Jonathan Franklin, a reporter for The Guardian who spent a month living at the site of the rescue operation, will write a book for G. P. Putnam's Sons.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Miffy biffs Cathy in Kitty copycat case

Dutch court imposes ban after ruling Hello Kitty sidekick Cathy the rabbit infringes the copyright of Dick Bruna's MiffySanrio, the Japanese maker of the children's character Hello Kitty, has vowed to fight a court ruling that its rabbit character Cathy,... More...

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

Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Stray Cat Blues

How a former Boy Scout and choirboy became the heart and soul of the Rolling Stones.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Woman’s Best, but Not Only, Friend

The author of “You Had Me at Woof” describes her fears of being pegged as a dog person and how she defied the stereotype.... More...

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Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Arts Council funding changes threaten literary organisations

Arts Council England scraps regularly funded organisation status, raising fears for publishers and campaigning bodiesSome literature organisations may "find their days numbered" following major changes to Arts Council England's funding system, according to some industry insiders.... More...

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

Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Books of The Times: In Bush Memoir, Policy Intersects With Personality

President George W. Bush looks back on his years in office in a new memoir.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

Stars fall in Amazon protest about ebook prices

Readers give authors including Stephen King one-star reviews in concerted campaign against price rises for Kindle digital editionsAuthors found themselves in the firing line this week as fans furious at sudden rises in Amazon's Kindle prices protested by giving their... More...

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

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

British author faces prison sentence in Singapore

Alan Shadrake convicted of challenging integrity of Singapore judiciary in book on state's use of death penaltyThe British author Alan Shadrake is today facing a possible prison sentence after a court in Singapore convicted him of challenging the integrity of... More...

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

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Literary Tree-Spotting

Among the fall season's several new book releases with an arboreal bent is a 30th-anniversary edition of "The Tree," John Fowles's beautiful meditation on art, nature, individualism and mortality.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Paper Cuts: Literary Tree-Spotting

Among the fall season's several new book releases with an arboreal bent is a 30th-anniversary edition of "The Tree," John Fowles's beautiful meditation on art, nature, individualism and mortality.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Manu Joseph's controversial tale of caste wins Indian literary prize

Hindu Best Fiction award panel praises 'panache' of Serious Men, the divisive story of a Dalit who spins lies about his sonManu Joseph has won the Hindu Best Fiction award 2010 with his first novel, Serious Men, a groundbreaking examination... More...

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

Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Books of The Times: Engagements With History Punctuate a Lifetime in Books

A memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and critic.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Books on Science: Wrapped in Data and Diplomas, It’s Still Snake Oil

“Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre skewers quack health claims and other deliberate deceptions perpetrated in the name of science.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

Revered Writer Becomes Girl Detective

“Zora and Me” is a new children’s novel featuring a young, fictionalized Zora Neale Hurston as a girl detective in central Florida.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: It's Alive: Big Audience for Debut of 'The Walking Dead'

The first episode of the show, adapted from Robert Kirkman's comic books, drew the largest audience for any original series on AMC.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

ArtsBeat: Prize Is Created for Gay Literature for Young Readers

Tthe Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, for a book "of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience," will be given by the American Library Association, which also awards the Newbery and Caldecott prizes.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

Books of The Times: The Woman Who Had the World Enthralled

Stacy Schiff gives us a cinematic portrait of Cleopatra that is far more compelling than any fictional creation.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

Gregory Hughes wins Booktrust teenage prize for Unhooking the Moon

Author's first novel, about two orphaned siblings' road trip to New York, hailed as marking 'the beginning of a great career'An "astonishing" debut novel has won the Booktrust teenage prize, beating past winners and established names in children's fiction.... More...

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

Monday, 1 November, 2010

Harry Mulisch, Dutch Novelist, Dies at 83

Mr. Mulisch’s gift for writing with clarity about moral and philosophical themes made him an enormously influential figure in the Netherlands and earned him recognition abroad.... More...

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Monday, 1 November, 2010

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