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Issue 50 / December 2012

December 2010

Why Criticism Matters: Translating the Code Into Everyday Language

The contemporary critic has to be an evangelist — implicitly or explicitly — not just for a particular book or author, but for literary experience itself.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: Masters of the Form

A sampling of defenses of criticism from great critics past.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: From the Critical Impulse, the Growth of Literature

Negative criticism is particularly exciting, because once limitations are identified, we glimpse how to transcend them.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: The Will Not to Power, but to Self-Understanding

A serious critic is one who says something true about life and the world, not one who spins arguments merely to shape tastes.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: The Intellectual at Play in the Wider World

Literatures elsewhere offer a capacious mode of intellectual inquiry, one that can seamlessly accommodate insights offered by history, philosophy and ethnography.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: Beyond the Critic as Cultural Arbiter

The Web has organized reading audiences and changed the nature of the way new works are evaluated. This frees the critic to engage in more serious tasks.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Why Criticism Matters: With Clarity and Beauty, the Weight of Authority

Now, maybe more than ever, the critic has one important function: to write well.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Up Front: Why Criticism Matters

What is the place of serious criticism in the age of instant, ubiquitous opinion­?... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Critics on Criticism

From Matthew Arnold in 1864 to T.S. Eliot in 1923 to Alfred Kazin in 1960 (to name just a few), critics have written deliciously quotable essays on the task - some would say the art - of criticism. We invite readers... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Another New Look at Superman

In honor of January's price reduction, we surveyed the cover price of Action Comics over the years.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Why Criticism Matters

Featuring Sam Anderson, Adam Kirsch and Katie Roiphe on the art and importance of literary criticism.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The media-studies pioneer Marshall McLuhan, the subject of a new biography by Douglas Coupland, racked up a few best sellers himself.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Nonfiction Chronicle

Books about World War II leaders, the rise of Brazil, Iranian politics and the relationship between India and Pakistan.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

The Blood Suckers Next Door

The family in this novel is tormented by suppressed urges — the children find it hard to fit in. Oh, they’re vampires, too.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Bookwoman

Two biographies survey Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ career in publishing.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

The Great Unraveling

With progress has come less racial solidarity, Eugene Robinson argues, and while some transcend, others are left abandoned.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

The Nonconformist

The first full-length biography of the painter Alice Neel, a specialist in frank portraits when Abstract Expressionism was king, who found fame only in her 70s.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

The Last Mitford

Memoirs and a collection of letters exchanged with Patrick Leigh Fermor offer a look at the life of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

In Aphrodite’s Arms

A philosophical terrier narrates this homage to Marilyn Monroe.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Elegy for England

Tony Judt ranges back over his life, particularly his youth in England, in these autobiographical fragments.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

A Novelist Prepares

The second volume of Gail Godwin’s journals shows her turning life into fiction.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Forbidden Planet

How Mike Brown discovered a potential 10th planet, and ended up the unlikely force behind Pluto’s demotion.... More...

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Friday, 31 December, 2010

New Year honours: Antonia Fraser – historian, novelist and now dame

Fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, artist Steve McQueen and producer Trevor Horn among those honoured in New Year listLady Antonia Fraser, the historian, biographer and novelist, becomes one of nine dames in the honours list. The widow of Harold Pinter and... More...

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

Friday, 31 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Weak-Kneed Willpower Faces Temptation’s Lure

Daniel Akst explores ways to combat temptations as wide ranging as fattening food and the Internet.... More...

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Thursday, 30 December, 2010

Books of the Times: In Europe, Mixing Union and Diversity

A collection of short stories by writers from Georgia to Liechtenstein, in and out of the European Union.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 December, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Wednesday, 29 December, 2010

Food Stuff: From Agnolotti to Ziti, a Book Pairs Pastas and Sauces

The mission of “The Geometry of Pasta” matches pastas with sauce recipes that work well with their shapes.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Southern Writer With a Soft Spot for Wild Men Metes Out High-Octane Bonbons

A collection of stories, old and new, by the Mississippi-born Barry Hannah, who died in March.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Fellow Writers To Help Charles Bock with 'Most Literary Rent Party Ever'

Fellow novelists host fundraiser for novelist Charles Bock whose wife has leukemia.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 December, 2010

WikiLeaks Founder Signs Book Deal

Julian Assange told a British newspaper that publishing deals for his autobiography may be worth $1.7 million.... More...

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Monday, 27 December, 2010

Books of The Times: To Wagner, With Love and Morbidity

Matthew Gallaway’s “Metropolis Case” interweaves the stories of four characters who have in common a relationship to Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”... More...

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Monday, 27 December, 2010

Books on Science: Exploring Our Relationship With the Lonely Moon

Our only satellite has long been written about and revered.... More...

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Monday, 27 December, 2010

Scholars Recruit Public for Project

A project in London is using crowd-sourcing to transcribe 40,000 unpublished manuscripts of the Enlightenment philosopher Jeremy Bentham.... More...

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Monday, 27 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Kidnapped Reporter and His Wife, a World Apart, Enduring Their Test

A firsthand account of a Times journalist’s war-zone assignment gone devastatingly wrong in Afghanistan and Pakistan.... More...

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Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Scholars Say Chronicler of Black Life Passed for White

In the introduction to a new Norton edition of Jean Toomer’s “Cane,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Rudolph P. Byrd contend that Toomer was “a Negro who decided to pass for white.”... More...

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Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Political essay by 93-year-old tops Christmas bestseller list in France

Resistance hero Stéphane Hessel stuns publishing world with 30-page work that calls on readers to be outraged about societyProving that age is no boundary to publishing success, the French book world has been taken by storm by a surprise Christmas... More...

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

Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Michael Gove dubbed 'Scrooge' amid partial U-turn over free books scheme

Government promises to work with children's charity after decision to axe Booktrust's £13m grant sparks literary outrageThe government has made a partial U-turn over providing free books for children, after the poet laureate accused ministers of behaving like "Scrooge at... More...

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

Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Julian Assange to use £1m book deals for legal fight

WikiLeaks founder says he had to sell rights to autobiography to cover legal costs and keep website afloatThe founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, has said he expects to earn more than £1m from book deals.... More...

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

Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Why is this government making it harder for children to read? | Catherine Johnson

Politicians say they are saddened by children's lack of literacy, and yet they are cutting the book gifting schemeGiven we have cuts in the educational maintenance allowance, housing benefit and myriad other areas of public life, cutting the book gifting... More...

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

Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Diana Athill is still a rebel at 93, and ready to take on the Archbishop of Canterbury about God

The writer and publisher Diana Athill will be a guest editor of the Today programme tomorrow and intends to get across the way she thinks about the unknowable things in lifeIt is the Feast of Stephen, or Boxing Day, as... More...

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

Sunday, 26 December, 2010

The Guest list: Best books of 2010

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Sunday, 26 December, 2010

Booktrust faces uncertain new chapter after decision to phase out funding

Parents praise the work of the literacy charity, which will now lose its £13m government grantDanni Grady, a dentist from Poole in Dorset, had never heard of the Booktrust programmes until she had her first child, Grace, now four. "But... More...

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

Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Writers furious at plan to axe free books scheme for children

Philip Pullman and Sir Andrew Motion round on decision to slash £13m government grant to the Booktrust charityLeading writers today rounded on the government for its "repugnant, foolish and pointlessly destructive" decision to axe all funding for a free book... More...

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

Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Wombles creator Elisabeth Beresford dies, aged 84

Writer of children's books invented much-loved creatures who made use of 'things that the eveyday folk left behind'Elisabeth Beresford, the writer best known for creating the much-loved children's television programme,The Wombles, has died.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Breaks of the Game

A journalist captures the ugly side of big-time youth basketball.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Arabian Knight

A biography of T. E. Lawrence, warrior, scholar and early global multimedia celebrity.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Starry Messenger

Two biographies consider the astronomer, physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei, whose life story is full of puzzles.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

A City and Stage

In this short-story collection (or it a novel?), Budapest haunts three lives that brush up against each other.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

What’s So Funny?

Paul Johnson’s biographical essays on humorists include obvious selections (Dickens, Chaplin) and some curious ones.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Crime: Baker Street Irregular

Mystery novels by Graham Moore, Sheldon Russell, Grant Jerkins and Debra Ginsberg.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Essay: One Sentence Says It All

The book-length sentence is a literary genre in itself, though one few writers have had the nerve to tackle.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Henning Mankell, Anne Rice, Mary Volmer, Panos Karnezis and Kathleen Kent.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Oh, the Sweet Terror

New and selected stories from Barry Hannah, who reveled in characters’ derangement and beauty.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Faith and Modernity

Olivier Roy agrees with Marx and Weber that religion declines as society advances, and argues that the rise of fundamentalism is only a symptom of secularization.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Recipe for Friendship

The correspondence of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, soul mates and collaborators.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

The Gothamist

Louis Auchincloss’s memoir, written shortly before his death, is a thank-you note to the city he navigated and loved.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Notes From a Kidnapping

Chronicling a Times reporter’s captivity in Taliban strongholds — and his wife’s efforts to free him.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Chasing Virtue

Claire Dederer’s memoir describes how yoga helped her escape her lifelong perfectionism.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Thomas Bernhard, the Alienator

Two newly translated texts provide an opportunity to correct the woeful stature of the Austrian playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard in the English-speaking world.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Up Front: Dale Peck

The novelist and literary critic Dale Peck is a great admirer of Kafka, Beckett and Thomas Bern­hard, though he’s probably better known for his strong dislikes.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

Thieves’ Paradise

Matt Taibbi has harsh words for Wall Street and the politicians who do its bidding.... More...

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Saturday, 25 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Dale Peck on Thomas Berhard

Featuring Dale Peck on the Austrian playwright and novelist Thomas Berhard; and The Times's Neil Genzlinger on "Humorists" by the historian Paul Johnson.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast

Featuring Dale Peck on the Austrian playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard; and The Times's Neil Genzlinger on "Humorists" by the historian Paul Johnson.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Some of 2010’s best-selling authors share their New Year’s resolutions.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers

The latest volume of the series "Inuyasha" lands at No. 10 on the manga list this week.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Panel by Panel, a Graphic Record of Our Time

“40: A Doonesbury Retrospective” is a thoughtful sampling of roughly 13 percent of G. B. Trudeau’s consistently excellent, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strips.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Cynical Position Overcome With Yoga

Bogged down at 31, a mother of a young child goes through all kinds of contortions to find herself in “Poser,” a memoir.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Poet Gillian Clarke awarded Queen's gold medal

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Christmas Gifts May Help E-Books Take Root

Publishers are predicting that digital sales will grow rapidly as e-readers given as gifts are activated.... More...

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Friday, 24 December, 2010

Shortlists are announced for Guardian First Film and First Album Awards

Will A Single Man overcome Monsters? Can Rumer conquer Mount Kimbie?An alien invasion movie, a stately adaptation of a Christopher Isherwood story about a man in mourning, a vibrant piece of UK hip-hop and the debut from Burt Bacharach's latest... More...

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

Friday, 24 December, 2010

Gillian Clarke 'stunned' at winning Queen's gold medal for poetry

The national poet of Wales awarded medal in recognition of her latest collection, A Recipe for Water, as well as her body of workThe national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, has won one of Britain's most prestigious awards, the Queen's... More...

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

Friday, 24 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Panel by Panel, a Graphic Record of Our Time

“40: A Doonesbury Retrospective” is a thoughtful sampling of roughly 13 percent of G. B. Trudeau’s consistently excellent, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strips.... More...

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Thursday, 23 December, 2010

Ed Miliband attacks government over scrapping of Booktrust funding

Bookstart scheme gives free books to parents of newborn babiesEd Miliband today accused the government knowing "the price of everything and the value of nothing" as he rounded on ministers for pulling the funding for a scheme that gives free... More...

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

Thursday, 23 December, 2010

High-Tech Electronics Dressed Up to Look Old

Several companies are creating modern devices to look as if they come from an earlier time. Manual typewriter, anyone?... More...

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Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Cynical Position Overcome With Yoga

Bogged down at 31, a mother of a young child goes through all kinds of contortions to find herself in “Poser,” a memoir.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Ousted General Will Write a Memoir

An article in Rolling Stone led to the downfall of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

Dan Brown to adapt The Lost Symbol

Bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code working on screenplay for forthcoming adaptation of his novel Given the critical apathy that greeted the big-screen adaptations of Dan Brown's bestselling novels The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, it might... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

Coming soon to a bookshop near you: Assange in his own words

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Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Five-Million-Book Google Database Gets a Workout, and a Debate, in Its First Days

A debate over Google books research.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Death Comes to Riverdale

A longtime member of Archie's extended family goes to her reward.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Books of The Times: The Curies, Seen Through an Artist’s Eyes

An artist has presented a biography in graphic-novel form about Marie and Pierre Curie.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Government withdraws all funding for book-gifting programmes

Booktrust's schemes to give free books to children in crisis after public subsidy axedBooktrust, the independent charity set up to encourage reading, is to lose all government funding for its children's gifting programmes Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up, in England,... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Gift Books for Millionaires

The online bookseller AbeBooks has released its list of its most expensive sales for 2010, and as usual it contains some oddities along with the predictable luxuries.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Julian Assange reported to have sold memoirs

WikiLeaks founder expected to publish book in March, through UK publishers CanongateJulian Assange is understood to have sold his memoirs, to publishers Canongate in the UK and Knopf in the US. The news leaked appropriately enough via a tweet from... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Pedophile's Guide author faces obscenity charges

Phillip Greaves has been arrested on the charge of distributing obscene materialPhillip Greaves, the author of the "Pedophile's Guide" which caused a storm of outrage when it appeared for sale on Amazon.com earlier this year, has been arrested in Colorado.... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Underworld to score Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

Dance duo's crackling electronics will bring monster to life in director's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novelUnderworld are once again collaborating with Danny Boyle, teaming up with the director for his stage adaptation of Frankenstein. The National Theatre production... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Day of protest planned against library closures

'Read-ins' timetabled for February, as councils draw up final cuts budgetsLibrary campaigners are proposing a co-ordinated day of protest in February over the mass closures announced for the service since the government's comprehensive spending review.... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Blog Gives Superheroes and Supervillains Their Day in Court

A new blog addresses questions like whether Superman’s heat vision is protected by the Second Amendment.... More...

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Monday, 20 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Marriage That Defied Separation and War

In his new book, Joseph J. Ellis shows that John and Abigail Adams were connected on many levels, even though they were often apart.... More...

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Monday, 20 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: A Lawyerly Chat With 'Law and the Multiverse'

James Daily and Ryan Davidson are the dynamic duo behind "Law and the Multiverse," a new blog that looks at the legal issues in comic books.... More...

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Monday, 20 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Life Built on Illusion: More Tease Than Strip

“American Rose,” a biography of Gypsy Rose Lee, often focuses more on its subject’s times than her life.... More...

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Sunday, 19 December, 2010

True Grit, Odd Wit: And Fame? No, Thanks

Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the 1968 novel “True Grit,” is a cult writer’s cult writer, cherished by a small but devoted following.... More...

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Sunday, 19 December, 2010

Bookshelf: Twigs and Trains, Illegal Spaces and Chocolate Babka

Books explore a landscape created by plant parts, an undercover agent’s escapades, illegal living in SoHo and recipes from Sarabeth’s.... More...

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Saturday, 18 December, 2010

Books of Style: Turning the Pages on 2010

A few ideas on what books to enjoy by the fire or on the beach.... More...

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Saturday, 18 December, 2010

Conversation Across Centuries With the Father of All Bloggers

Sarah Bakewell’s biography of Montaigne, “How to Live,” takes the form of a delightful conversation across the centuries on the question of its title.... More...

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Saturday, 18 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Garrison Keillor on Mark Twain

Featuring Garrison Keillor on the "Autobiography of Mark Twain"; and The Times's Bill Carter on his new book, "The War for Late Night"... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Nicked at Night

NBC’s latest talk-show scheduling debacle, entertainingly examined by a Times media reporter; and a collection of columns by Dick Cavett.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Finding Needles in Google's 500-Billion-Word Haystack

Looking more closely at results from Google database search and how they can mislead without further historical interpretation.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Garrison Keillor on Mark Twain

Featuring Garrison Keillor on the "Autobiography of Mark Twain"; and The Times's Bill Carter on his new book, "The War for Late Night"... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Fiction Chronicle

Novels and stories in translation, by Ismail Kadare, Javier Marías, Amélie Nothomb and Juan José Saer.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

The Solitary Life

With Jonathan Galassi’s definitive English translation, the poet Giacomo Leopardi may at last become as important to American literature as, say, Rilke or Baudelaire.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Mark Twain’s Riverboat Ramblings

Samuel L. Clemens’s autobiography, embargoed at his request for 100 years and now a best seller, is a powerful argument for writers’ burning their papers.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Bush on Bush

The 43rd president reviews his choices and finds them for the most part good.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A Mixed Bag

The good, the bad, the mutant and the undead.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

What are best-selling authors like John Grisham wrapping up and giving as gifts this year?... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

The Patriarch

A historian seeks to understand Thomas Jefferson through his relationships with the women in his life.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Children’s Books: Oh, the People You’ll Eat!

A new family classic from Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, reunited a half century after they collaborated on “The Phantom Tollbooth.”... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Running in Place

This hard yet humane novel’s white South African protagonist is driven to travel by acute anxiety, but he can’t escape himself.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro gang up for new mafia film

Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel also tipped to star in story of hitman Frank 'The Irishman' SheeranMartin Scorsese will turn back the clock on his career when he reunites with Robert De Niro for a gangster movie about... More...

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

Friday, 17 December, 2010

Children’s Books: Whistles in the Distance

Two new, wonderfully illustrated books bank on trains’ innate appeal while giving children a keener sense of their former glory and power.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Children’s Books: You’re a Big Girl Now

Mo Willems brings his stuffed animal saga to its inevitable end.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Questions for Brian Greene: Greene, With Curiosity

With a new book, one Columbia University physicist looks to space for answers.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Up Front: Garrison Keillor

Does Garrison Keillor feel part of a tradition that began with Twain? “No, but I do hope that something I wrote will still be considered funny 50 years from now.”... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Funny Guys, Serious Business

Through exhaustive research and interviews with the major players, Bill Carter’s book “The War for Late Night” tells the story of the Conan O’Brien-Jay Leno battle.... More...

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

Clampdown on 'extreme manga' as Japan's censors sharpen knives

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Friday, 17 December, 2010

In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture

A Google-backed project allows the frequency of specific words and phrases to be tracked in centuries of books.... More...

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Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Google creates a tool to probe 'genome' of English words for cultural trends

Harvard and Google say they have developed a way to identify cultural trends over the past 200 years using a database of 5m digitised booksHow many words in the English language never make it into dictionaries? How has the nature... More...

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

Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Jane Austen first edition fetches £79,250

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Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Jane Austen gets Google doodle tribute

Search giant celebrates much beloved author's 235th birthdayGoogle's home page is festooned today with a doodle to celebrate the 235th birthday of novelist Jane Austen. A Regency couple – most likely the novelist's most celebrated characters, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth... More...

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

Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Newly Released Books

New books by Lorenzo Borghese, Heather Havrilesky, Richard Horne, Susan Froderberg, Keith Hollihan and Jeremy Page.... More...

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Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Sherlock Holmes Tale That’s Hardly Elementary

Graham Moore’s novel crosscuts a murder mystery and hunt for the diary of Arthur Conan Doyle with the actions of Conan Doyle himself.... More...

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Thursday, 16 December, 2010

Writer Races to Victory From Way Off the Pace

Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award Winner, was truly a dark horse of the writing world.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

That Lady With the Scales Poses for Her Portraits

A new book examines the iconography of Lady Justice and her blindfold.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Arthur C Clarke award calls on SF fans to help reinvent the prize

With funding from its founder now at an end, the prize is inviting suggestions from readers on how it should move into the futureThe prestigious British science fiction prize, the Arthur C Clarke Award, is facing "an immediate and pressing... More...

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

Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Lost Roald Dahl manuscript sells on eBay

The Eyes of Mr Croaker, a deliberately unfinished tale, fetches £1,200The original typed manuscript of a previously unseen children's short story fragment by Roald Dahl was sold last night on the auction website eBay. The highest bidder paid $1,900 (£1,200)... More...

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

Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

E-Readers With Color Open Door for Pictures

Publishers are capitalizing on the iPad and the Nook Color by producing illustrated e-books, particularly for children.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

‘Operation Dark Heart’ Author Sues for Uncensored Edition

A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who wrote an Afghan memoir wants the book’s full text restored in future printings.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Books of The Times: A Man Who Knew the People Who Mattered, and Wrote About Them

In his posthumous memoir, Louis Auchincloss describes his upbringing as a member of New York society.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Richard Holbrooke, Man of Letters

Richard Holbrooke was, like Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of those rare public intellectuals who managed to combine a life in world affairs with the life of the mind.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Juan Williams Signs Two-Book Deal With Crown

The first book from Mr. Williams, who was recently dismissed from his contract at NPR, will "focus on free speech and the growing difficulty in America of speaking out on sensitive topics," the publisher said.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

Alternative Christmas book hits complicate the simples story

Away from the trashy till-ringers, some rather more interesting titles are filling Christmas shoppers' basketsForget the celebrity memoirs, selling in their dispiriting droves to the imaginatively challenged in search of a Christmas present-by-numbers. Elsewhere, particularly in independent bookshops, a range... More...

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

Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

Nobel laureate leads Man Asian prize contenders

Kenzaburo Oe's The Changeling is among the 10 books shortlisted for this year's award for the best novel by an Asian writer in EnglishJapanese author Kenzaburo Oe, who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1994, is the star... More...

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Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Deeper Looks at the Crisis of ’08 and the Oval Office

Michael Hirsh, in “Capital Offense,” looks at the financial crisis of 2008, and Richard Wolffe delves into the Obama administration anew with “Revival.”... More...

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Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

Writers 'at greater risk of depression', survey finds

US health website lists professions in which people are most likely to be depressed and puts authors in top 10Writing is one of the top 10 professions in which people are most likely to suffer from depression, with men particularly... More...

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Monday, 13 December, 2010

Quentin Blake drawings auctioned to raise money for illustration museum

Pictures by Eric Carle, Nick Park and Raymond Briggs are also on display for first timeOriginal drawings from the creators of some of the best loved children's books of all time, including Quentin Blake and Eric Carle, have gone on... More...

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Monday, 13 December, 2010

Book of Liu Xiaobo poetry to be published in English

US publisher buys rights to collection of poetry remembering Tiananmen Square massacre by Nobel peace prize winnerMinneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace... More...

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Monday, 13 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Life Among the Upper Crust, Seen From Two Generations

Memoirs by Deborah Mitford and Ivana Lowell, women of very different generations, have some overlap in the famous-names department.... More...

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Sunday, 12 December, 2010

Missoula Journal: Along a Course of Purling Rivers, a Raw Divide

A project to ship equipment along a path in Montana that includes fly fishing rivers and scenic highways is being fought by literary opponents, among others.... More...

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Sunday, 12 December, 2010

Arts | Long Island: For Would-Be Authors, a Chance at a Happy Ending

At the Book Revue in Huntington, 187 hopeful writers signed up for “Pitchapalooza!” to promote their book ideas and win the opportunity to meet an agent.... More...

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Sunday, 12 December, 2010

American Girl

Susan Cheever and Richard Francis examine the lives of Louisa May Alcott and her (at times) eccentric family.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

European Exotic

Stephen Michael Shearer and Ruth Barton argue that Hedy Lamarr was more interesting than her lackluster place in film history would suggest.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Marilyn, Dostoyevsky and Me, Her Pup

A dog-on-dog review of “The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe,” ghostwritten by Andrew O’Hagan.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recent books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Hallucinatory Effects

Jim Carroll’s posthumous novel of the 1980s New York art scene suggests a poet’s shift to prose, in passionate, often elegiac, quasi-autobiography.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

From Hobby to Industry

Tim Wu’s ambitious history of modern communications posits that information technologies move through a cycle from open to closed systems.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jennifer Homans and Siddhartha Mukherjee

Featuring conversation with two writers who made the Book Review's list of the 10 Best Books of 2010: Jennifer Homans, author of "Apollo's Angels," and Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of "Emperor of All Maladies."... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Who knew that Jaimy Gordon — author of the dark horse National Book Award-winner “Lord of Misrule” — once wrote a musical called “The Vampire Lettuce”?... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

A Love Tormented but Triumphant

The dominant theme of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries from the 1960s is his relationship with a much younger man.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Up Front: Choosing the 10 Best

This week we present our 10 Best Books of the Year­ — once again five works of fiction and five of nonfiction.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Thunder and Lightning

A diligently researched, blow-by-blow chronicle of the athlete Jim Thorpe’s life of high triumph and bitter despair.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Waterworld

Simon Winchester tells the story of the Atlantic Ocean.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

All the King’s Men

A Revolutionary War history emphasizes the strangely neglected topic of the Americans who opposed the Revolutionary War.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Jennifer Homans and Siddhartha Mukherjee

Featuring conversation with two writers who made the Book Review's list of the 10 Best Books of 2010: Jennifer Homans, author of "Apollo's Angels," and Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of "Emperor of All Maladies."... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Learned Lolita

In this tale of an Ivy League dropout and his underage girlfriend, Paul Auster’s goal seems to be a conventionally satisfying novel that bucks many conventions of fiction.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Tragedy in Black and White

An account of an Antarctic penguin colony, and how climate change is destroying it.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Crime: Virtual Scalpel

Mystery novels by Patricia Cornwell, Margaret Maron, Leighton Gage and Loren D. Estleman.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Essay: Working on the Ending

This year, I outlived Henry James and found that now that I’m 73, writing is harder — and easier.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Fearless 'Ex Machina'

Starting with the last page of its very first issue, "Ex Machina" boldly announced its willingness to go beyond your typical funny book fare.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Douglas Coupland, Ron Cooper, Eric Gansworth, Robert Steiner and Benjamin Percy.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

The Shores of Tripoli

A history of the Barbary pirates who menaced the Mediterranean for three centuries.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

The Kitchen God Dreams of Love

In Sam Meekings’s fable-like first novel, a couple’s devotion is tested during Mao’s Cultural Revolution and beyond.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

The Final Conflict

A Stanford historian views the clash between East and West from a long perspective, and argues that we face an immediate choice — East-West cooperation or catastrophe.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

Norwegian Wood comes to the big screen

Film opens in Japan, 23 years after Haruki Murakami's novel won its first fansAny film director who adapts an acclaimed novel runs the risk of upsetting the author's hypersensitive fans. The risks magnify when the writer is the famously ruminative... More...

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

Friday, 10 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Portraits of Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger comes off quite well in "The Sixties," the second volume of Christopher Isherwood's diaries.... More...

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Friday, 10 December, 2010

'Keith Richards killed my orchid'

Rolling Stones guitarist reportedly kills rare flower in New York Public Library with second-hand smokeWhen Keith Richards encountered a library plant, only one of them walked away. The Rolling Stone has been blamed for killing an orchid at a library... More...

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

Friday, 10 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Friends Who Didn’t Mince Words

Just when we thought that this potato had been peeled, out comes a book of Julia Child’s correspondence.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Move Over, Alfred Kazin: That's Kitty Kelley Writing in The American Scholar

The queen of celebrity biographies defends her turf.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Jamie Oliver's 30-Minute Meals breaks book record

Chef's latest cookbook has sold 735,000 copies in 10 weeks to become the UK's fastest selling non-fiction title of all timeHe has persuaded schoolchildren to eat broccoli, changed government policy, revolutionised cookery on TV and was awarded an MBE aged... More...

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

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Stop the Presses: 'Brenda Starr, Reporter' Comic Is Ending

The serial about a journalist's adventures and romantic entanglements will publish its last installment on Jan. 2.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: On 'Colbert Report,' Steve Martin Interview Is No Paint-by-Numbers Affair

With the assistance of Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano, Mr. Martin tries to determine the value of a portrait of his host.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Arts Council takes over libraries, with budgets slashed

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, set for abolition, hands over responsibilities with finances squeezedArts Council England is to take over key responsibilities from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council but will only get 75% of its budget, it was announced... More...

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

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Heda Kovaly, Czech Who Wrote of Totalitarianism, Is Dead at 91

Ms. Kovaly’s memoir, “Under a Cruel Star,” described her imprisonment by the Nazis during World War II and her persecution by the Communists in the 1950s.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Lusty Tales and Hot Sales: Romance E-Books Thrive

Romance novels are the fastest-growing segment of the e-reading market, ahead of mystery and science fiction.... More...

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Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Domestic Lives: Forced From Home Yet Never Free of It

A writer has lived as though she might need to grab everything in a few seconds and run.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Dumplings With the Kitchen God

Sam Meekings’s novel follows a couple’s long, fraught marriage through decades of China’s tumultuous 20th-century history.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Vargas Llosa's Nobel address extols political power of literature

Addressing the Swedish Academy, the novelist says fiction is essential to a healthy societyPeruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa delivered a resounding tribute to fiction's power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent and to political action, in his... More...

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

Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Insider to publish tell-all Wikileaks memoir

Daniel Domscheit-Berg's account of his time at 'the world's most dangerous website' to be published in JanuaryWikileaks founder Julian Assange, this week denied bail over sexual assault allegations, with Amazon banning his site from its servers and finances squeezed from... More...

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

Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Translation as Literary Ambassador

Hoping to increase their tiny share of the American book market, foreign governments and foundations are plunging into the publishing fray in the United States.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

World's most costly book sells for £7m

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Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Laughing Matters: Discuss

A British scholar writes his appreciation of the chuckle- and the guffaw-producing.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

World's most expensive book sells for £7.3m

John James Audubon's Birds of America broke the world record for a single book when it was sold at Sotheby's last nightA copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America tonight became the most expensive book ever sold when it... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Batman's comic debut expected to fetch £25,000 at auction

Rare first edition from 1939 is star item in vast collection of vintage American comics soon to go under hammerBatman's first appearance in a restored 1939 edition of Detective Comics is expected to fetch £25,000 at auction, the star item... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Blue Peter awards drop 'unsuitable' finalist

Andy Mulligan's Trash chosen for shortlist, then excluded over 'scenes of violence and swearing'This year's Blue Peter awards shortlist, announced this afternoon, has been overshadowed by news that Andy Mulligan's Trash, initially selected by judges, was dropped from the finalists... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Danny Boyle: Trainspotting sequel 'will happen'

Director plans to follow-up his 1996 breakthrough movie with a loose adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel PornoDanny Boyle has given his strongest indication yet that a sequel to his cult film about Edinburgh drug addicts, Trainspotting, may yet find its... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Marilyn, Dostoyevsky and Me, Her Pup

A dog-on-dog review of “The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe,” ghostwritten by Andrew O’Hagan.... More...

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Monday, 6 December, 2010

Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa rules out Peru presidency rerun

Writer said he only stood against Alberto Fujimori in 1990 because country's 'fragile democracy was on point of collapse'Nobel literature prizewinner Mario Vargas Llosa said today he would not run again for the presidency of Peru, saying his 1990 candidacy... More...

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

Monday, 6 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Winfrey Picks 2 Dickens Novels

The author is not expected to appear on her show.... More...

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Monday, 6 December, 2010

Unknown Philip Larkin poem found in shoebox

Address to the poet's secretary and lover Betty Mackereth surfaces among old university papersA missing piece in the portrait drawn by Philip Larkin of his secretary and lover, Betty Mackereth, has been filled in with the discovery of a previously... More...

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

Monday, 6 December, 2010

Writers protest at 'vandalism' to library services

Leading authors call on culture secretary to prevent local authorities 'inflicting cuts that amount to cultural vandalism'A roster of leading authors including Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman, Sarah Waters, Michael Holroyd, Malorie Blackman, Kate Mosse and Jackie Kay are among... More...

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

Monday, 6 December, 2010

'Against Amazon' re-ignites book prize sponsorship row

Independent bookseller says Amazon is 'the enemy', and sets up a website to campaign against the internet retailerAn American independent bookseller has set up a blog "Against Amazon", despite being a judge for an award sponsored by the online retailer.... More...

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

Monday, 6 December, 2010

Palle Huld, Danish Actor Said to Be Model for Tintin, Dies at 98

As a teenager, Mr. Huld made a solo trip around the world that was said to have inspired the Belgian cartoonist Hergé.... More...

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Monday, 6 December, 2010

Web Site for Teenagers With Literary Leanings

Figment.com, created by former staff members of The New Yorker, gives teenagers a chance to show what they’re reading and writing.... More...

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Sunday, 5 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Downsizing: When a Heavenly Body Got the Boot

“How I Killed Pluto” is a short, eager-to-please research memoir on the rise and fall of the planet Pluto.... More...

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Sunday, 5 December, 2010

Unveiled: Work by Anthony Burgess suppressed for years

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Sunday, 5 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Computing, Rather Than, Absorbing Novels

Is "Non-consumptive research" a concept in need of a new name?... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Essay: The Joy of Lists

As great authors know, there can be poetry in a list, a Catalogue, an Inventory, a Phalanx of Facts.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Notable Crime Books of 2010

A look back at some of the best mysteries reviewed this year... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Comics

This gargantuan look back at 40 years of Doonesbury shows the strip’s evolution into a sprawling masterwork.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

End Times

Poets’ final works, with death on the horizon, as viewed by Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Our Songs

An encyclopedic account of the American musical.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Classics

This heady, hefty new single-volume reference work, a browser’s paradise, scrutinizes our ties to Greece and Rome.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Music

Will Friedwald’s musical passion shines through in these biographical essays on America singers since 1925.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Travel Books

Travel writing from globetrotters and those who find their inspiration within the confines of a few square miles.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Music Chronicle

Reviews of essays by Alex Ross; an “Anthology of Rap”; a memoir by the producer Daniel Lanois; and a new biography of Paul McCartney.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: San Francisco

In this collection of 22 maps and accompanying essays, Rebecca Solnit pays homage to San Francisco.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Drawing

200 pages of riotously distinct collages make the case for the pleasures of drawing.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Crafts

Amy Sedaris’s hyper­kinetic hodgepodge of “Crafts for Poor People” celebrates traditional American handicrafts, as well as diversions like keeping pet rabbits and making mint juleps.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Treasures

An encyclopedia with entries on diverse and beguiling subjects.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Food

Christopher Kimball recounts his two-year journey to recreating a 12-course high Victorian dinner party from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 cookbook.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Graphic Novels

This debut graphic novel asks: what if we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals — and the animals fought back?... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Comics

Graphic books by Joyce Farmer, Rian Hughes, Darwyn Cooke and Vanessa Davis.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: New York

For New York-ophiles who want a lively distillation of their city in holiday-wrapped form, it’s hard to ask for a handsomer album than this book of photographs.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Maps

George Washington’s story told using his collection of maps and atlases, probably one of the largest in 18th-century America.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Brio and Bons Mots

Selections from the works of Noël Coward, who flourished in an array of disciplines.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Notable Children’s Books of 2010

Eight of the year’s best works.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Jack-the-Lad Is Back

This isn’t the actor’s first memoir, but the stories he repeats are good ones, told with an eye for detail and a sense of humor about himself.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Up Front: Choosing the 100 Notables

How the Book Review made its annual list of 100 Notable Books.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Very Good Years

The first volume of a new Frank Sinatra biography charts his rise, fall and comeback... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Curiosities

Lena Herzog’s photographs of old anatomical specimens, including preserved fetuses, are disturbing and beautiful.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Visual Books

A roundup of art and design books, on typography, literary tattoos and modern British posters.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Americana

Maira Kalman’s new picture book for grown-ups is an investigation of democracy in America. Sort of.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Music

A history of the Fender company and its guitars, from its inception to its purchase by a mammoth corporation.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Paris

A gorgeous collection of work by the French photographer Yvon, who drew inspiration from Paris’s moody weather.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Movies

Roy Blount Jr. takes on the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup,” not as a film critic but as a passionate amateur fan.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Movies

The novelist and critic Jonathan Lethem disentangles high art and low in John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi film.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Women of Mystery

Collections of Marilyn Monroe’s private documents and of letters Jackie Kennedy received after her husband’s assassination.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Killing the Gods

Moving between ancient literature and today’s trashy tabloids, Tom Payne advances a persuasive, if unsettling, definition of what fame is and has ever been.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Gardening Books

Books by writers who farm and gardeners who write.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Holiday Books: Humor

An anthology of art, articles and cartoons from the glory days of National Lampoon magazine.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Cookbooks

This season’s cookbooks favor food that’s simple, fast and removed from the realm of fantasy.... More...

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Bob Marley 'blacked up' to blend in

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Saturday, 4 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: The 10 Best Books of 2010

Featuring the Book Review's list of the 10 Best Books of 2010; and John Schwartz on Doonesbury at 40.... More...

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Friday, 3 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Google and the Victorians: The History Goes Way Back

Details on Dan Cohen keynote address to Victorians Institute... More...

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Friday, 3 December, 2010

Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers

A computer-generated process gives scholars a view into Victorian thought.... More...

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Friday, 3 December, 2010

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Janet Evanovich, 'Fables' and More

The hardcover list this week shows the diversity of graphic novels.... More...

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Friday, 3 December, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The Bush family and Sarah Palin take their war of the words to the best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 3 December, 2010

Books of The Times: The Flesh and Blood Behind the AK-47

The Times’s C. J. Chivers examines the six-decade history of the AK-47, the world’s most ubiquitous automatic rifle.... More...

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Thursday, 2 December, 2010

Google to move into the ebook market at end of year

Google Editions will let people buy ebooks from Google or from the websites of independent bookstoresGoogle is moving into the ebook market from the end of this year with Google Editions, which will let people buy electronic books that they... More...

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

Thursday, 2 December, 2010

Dylan Thomas prize goes to US poet

Judges hail Clamor by Elyse Fenton as 'an astonishing, fully accomplished book'US poet Elyse Fenton has won this year's £30,000 Dylan Thomas prize for a collection of 21st century war poetry partly written while her army doctor husband was deployed... More...

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

Thursday, 2 December, 2010

World Book Night to give away 1m free books

Readers in the UK and Ireland can choose books to give away to people they will enjoy themNight follows day with the launch of World Book Night, as publishers look to inspire adults to read by giving away 1m free... More...

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

Thursday, 2 December, 2010

WikiLeaks cables: Solzhenitsyn praise for Vladimir Putin

Nobel prize-winning writer claimed just before his death that leader was helping nation rediscover what it was to be RussianFour months before his death Alexander Solzhenitsyn offered qualified praise for Vladimir Putin, arguing that he was doing a better job... More...

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Thursday, 2 December, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: The 10 Best Books of 2010

The Book Review picks the year’s best fiction and nonfiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Books of The Times: Some Time at the Races, With Luck and Change

Jaimy Gordon’s National Book Award-winning novel, set at a low-stakes horse-racing track, is itself a winner: assured, exotic and impossible to categorize.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Once an Editor, Now the Subject

Two new books explore Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s career as an editor.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

A Book Lover’s San Francisco

In the home of many of the very technologies that have drawn a bead on the book, visitors will find a haven for readers that, though it has surely heard the news of its own demise, isn’t buying it.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Paper Cuts: Choosing the 10 Best Books of 2010

Today we present our 10 Best Books of the Year online (they will appear in print on Dec. 12) - once again five works of fiction and five of nonfiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Alexandra Harris wins 2010 Guardian first book award

Alexandra Harris takes £10,000 prize for her non-fiction book Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John PiperAlexandra Harris's elegant re-evaluation of the arts in Britain between the wars, in which she argues that some... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Guardian first book award goes to Romantic Moderns

Revisionist study of English culture between the wars is surprise winner of £10,000 prizeThis year's Guardian first book award has this evening gone to a cultural history arguing that modernism has just as much to do with English teashops and... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

T Magazine: Phantom Twin

In this excerpt from his memoir “Twin,” the composer Allen Shawn recalls the wrenching separation he felt when his autistic twin sister was institutionalized.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Robert Burns museum opens at his former home in Ayrshire

National Trust opens Robert Burns museum after two-year delay, hoping people won't be tim'rous about comingA major new museum celebrating the birthplace, life and poetry of Robert Burns has opened at his former home in Ayrshire, after a two-year delay... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Paperboy wins inaugural prize for gay men's books

Christopher Fowler's memoir takes the first Green Carnation prizeChristopher Fowler's memoir of a lonely 1960s childhood, Paperboy, has been awarded the inaugural Green Carnation prize, set up this year to celebrate fiction and memoirs written by gay men.... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

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