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Issue 50 / December 2012

January 2011

WikiLeaks: Strained relations, accusations – and crucial revelations

Extract from WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy reveals twists and turns in the fraught lead-up to the publication of US embassy cables• Buy WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy hereThree men were in the Belgian hotel courtyard... More...

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

Monday, 31 January, 2011

Cairo book fair abandoned amid unrest

Biggest literary event in the Arab literary world pulled as Egypt convulsed by protestsLiterature has been caught up in the protests that have now entered their seventh day in Egypt. The annual Cairo book fair, due to have been held... More...

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

Monday, 31 January, 2011

Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 due out in English in October

Hotly anticipated translation of Japanese sensation will be published in a single, 1,000-page volumeGreat news for Haruki Murakami fans: the long-awaited English translation of 1Q84, the writer's epic novel in three volumes that has proved a huge hit in his... More...

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

Monday, 31 January, 2011

Journalism history chair for Conboy

I am delighted to see that Martin Conboy has been given a chair at Sheffield University in journalism history. As far as he and I are aware, there is no other professor of journalism history in Britain.Conboy certainly deserves the... More...

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

Monday, 31 January, 2011

Payments by Borders Late Again

It was the second month in a row that Borders delayed payments to vendors as it struggled to restructure its debt.... More...

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Monday, 31 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Singing the Perfectionist-Folkie Blues

In “Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World,” John Szwed, a biographer of Miles Davis and Sun Ra, covers the life of a tireless music folklorist and anthologist.... More...

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Sunday, 30 January, 2011

Eleanor Galenson, Expert on Children’s Sexual Identity, Dies at 94

Dr. Galenson and a colleague concluded that children make the discovery of genital difference between the ages of 15 to 19 months. Freud had postulated 4 to 5 years old.... More...

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Sunday, 30 January, 2011

JD Salinger a recluse? No, just your average Tim Henman fan

JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, liked bus tours and burgers, according to letters recently made publicWhat a disappointment. JD Salinger, far from being the demented/spooky hermit of legend, was actually a regular, fun-loving person. All those... More...

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

Sunday, 30 January, 2011

Assange's collaborators get their knives out

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Sunday, 30 January, 2011

The Problem With Memoirs

Taking stock of four new memoirs — and of the motives for adding to an already crowded genre.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Paul Berman on Irving Kristol

Featuring Paul Berman on Irving Kristol, the "godfather of neoconservatism"; and Bruce Weber on a new book that debunks some persistent sports myths.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

A Lion in the Undergrowth

An exceptionally inventive neuroscientist sees the workings of the mind in evolutionary terms.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Paul Berman on Irving Kristol

Featuring Paul Berman on Irving Kristol, the "godfather of neoconservatism"; and Bruce Weber on a new book that debunks some persistent sports myths.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Irving Kristol’s Brute Reason

These writings, nearly all previously uncollected, offer a faithful representation of Irving Kristol’s ideas and evolution.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Game Theory

A behavioral economist and a sportswriter take on some of the most cherished myths in sports.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: An Adaptation of Robert Jordan's 'New Spring'

The work of the fantasy novelist Robert Jordan gets a graphic novel adaptation in "New Spring," part of the author's "Wheel of Time" series.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Quai d'Orsay's comic-book hero tickles French fancy

Satirical graphic novel based on former PM Dominique de Villepin has become surprise French literary hitA silver-haired aristocrat thunders through the palatial offices of the French foreign ministry quoting Greek philosophers and demanding his speech-writers pepper their efforts with poetry.... More...

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

Friday, 28 January, 2011

The Anchor

The CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien looks back on 22 years in TV news.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Up Front: Paul Berman

If there is one theme that runs through Paul Berman’s wide-ranging work, it is the impact of intellectuals on the world at large.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Essay: The Perils of Literary Profiling

We acquire the books on our shelves for all sorts of reasons, but try explaining that to a G-man.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

The War Presidents

A Yale law professor argues that under President Obama the current war on terror still betrays the principles of “just war” theory.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Olmert Memoir Cites Near Deal for Mideast Peace

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel says Mahmoud Abbas’s hesitation, his own legal troubles and the war in Gaza scotched a potential deal in late 2008.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Claire Dederer’s “Poser,” in its third week on the nonfiction list, has lots to say about yoga and modern parenting. Just don’t ask her to demonstrate Tiger Mother pose.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Nonfiction Chronicle

A family history by a ceramics artist; memoirs by a young Oxford graduate who became a military officer and from NPR’s Michele Norris; and an academic biography of the poet Andrew Marvell.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Crime: Court of Corruption

Mystery novels by C. J. Sansom, Richard A. Thompson, Michael Koryta and Erin Kelly.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Diminished Expectations

A study of the global economy marks the passing of the “Age of Optimism.”... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Thy Neighbor’s Wealth

“Anna Karenina,” Manchester United and Nero are all grist for this analysis of global inequality.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Walled City

This rich and lively novel’s hero is a chronicler of Moroccan lore.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Hot Off the Presses

Biographical sketches of early American counterfeiters and their colorful, roguish lives.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Boys to Men

Looking back at their teenage years, a novel’s narrators expose a town’s collective guilt.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

McCain Ex-Aide Suspected as Anonymous ‘O’ Author

The former aide, Mark Salter, has been named as the author by The New York Post, Mark Halperin of Time magazine and early readers of the novel, who say it bears some of his telltale marks.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

A Vanished World

H. G. Adler, a death-camp survivor who pioneered Holocaust studies, wrote the first draft of this thinly disguised bildungsroman in 1948.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Topological Fiction

These clever and oblique short stories, written over three decades, highlight the breadth and diversity of Joseph McElroy’s vision.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Ebook revolution accelerates in sales and status

Amazon is reporting Kindle edition sales outstripping paperbacks in the US, and the Booker prize jury is now reading on ebooksThe ebook revolution has swept past two more milestones in its ferocious advance upon the bastions of literary culture. As... More...

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

Friday, 28 January, 2011

Obama novel O's anonymous author named

US press pins authorship on John McCain aide Mark SalterIt was only published this week, but already the mystery may be over. The author of the anonymously-written novel O, billed as offering the inside story of the current US president,... More...

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

Friday, 28 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Biased Referees and Biased Authors

In their book "Scorecasting," Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim show that referees are often guilty of so-called omission bias.... More...

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Three-year-old helps translate Jonathan Swift's letters to his poo poo ppt

Gulliver's Travels author and satirist used baby talk for coded intimacy in journal of lettersThe line "tis still terribly cold - I wish my cold hand was in the warmest place about you, young women" would have had the satirist... More...

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

Friday, 28 January, 2011

Swift's flirtatious game of self-censorship

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Friday, 28 January, 2011

Best Translated Book awards longlist revealed

Twenty-five books in contention, but none from publisher that protested over Amazon.com's sponsorshipDavid Grossman, Per Petterson and Amelie Nothomb are the major names leading the fiction longlist for this year's Best Translated Book awards, run from the University of Rochester... More...

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

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Ronald Reagan as Dad, a Sunny Stranger

“My Father at 100,” a deeply felt memoir by Ron Reagan, underscores the bafflement Ronald Reagan’s own children often felt about their father.... More...

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Thursday, 27 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: J. D. Salinger’s Favorite Hamburger

The author's fondness for Burger King, Tim Henman and the Three Tenors are among the personal details revealed in letters recently made public by the University of East Anglia.... More...

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Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Philip Pullman's call to defend libraries resounds around web

Impassioned polemic against closures picked up by thousands of readersA passionate speech delivered by author Philip Pullman to two or three hundred people at an Oxfordshire library campaigners' meeting earlier this month has become a viral sensation through the influence... More...

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

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Patti Smith writing detective novel

Singer to follow award-winning memoir with mystery story set in London and inspired by Sherlock HolmesPatti Smith may soon follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie, Ian Rankin and Stieg Larsson. This week, the singer revealed she has completed "68%"... More...

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

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

JD Salinger's letters reveal admiration for Tim Henman

Catcher in the Rye author was fan of tennis, tenors and Burger KingJD Salinger was regarded as a recluse for much of the last 50 years of his life but previously unseen letters written by the author to a friend... More...

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

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Toibin gets Amis's job – but not his £3,000 an hour salary

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Thursday, 27 January, 2011

JD Salinger: My love for Tim Henman (and other stories)

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Thursday, 27 January, 2011

After 60 Years, a Promise Kept to Sinclair Lewis

Barnaby Conrad has written a novel about John Wilkes Booth 60 years after promising Sinclair Lewis he would do so.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Multiple-Universe Theory Made, Well, Easier

Brian Greene, the author of “The Elegant Universe,” explains another frontier in physics.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Nonfiction: Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution Is Vindicated

Vladimir Nabokov studied butterflies, and he came up with a sweeping hypothesis that, 65 years later, DNA analysis has proven correct.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Writer-for-Hire Gets a Book Deal to Write About Helping Students Cheat

This time he's hired by a publisher.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: ‘Tiger Mother’ in Stephen Colbert’s Den

In a comic interview on "The Colbert Report," Amy Chua tried to argue that her book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" was a memoir, not a how-to guide on parenting.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Orhan Pamuk attacks 'marginalisation' of non-English writers

Writer laments near-invisibility of writers in languages other than English, and persistent shortage of translationsThe Nobel prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has complained that the majority of human experience is being ignored because the literature that describes it is not... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Poet and diarist RF Langley dies

Only beginning to publish in his 60s, Langley's work was much admired for its experimental spiritThe poet and diarist RF Langley, whose meditative work was deeply influenced by the natural world and by the landscapes of Suffolk in particular, has... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Japanese woman is bestselling poet – aged 99

Toyo Shibata's self-published anthology, Don't Lose Heart, sells 1.5m copies in a market where 10,000 is seen as a success... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke writing a book

Singer moving to New York to complete first book, thought to be a collection of erotic short storiesKele Okereke is writing a book. The Bloc Party frontman has revealed he is moving to America to finish his first tome, possibly... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Colm Tóibín takes over teaching job from Martin Amis

As Amis leaves for New York, Tóibín installed as professor of creative writing at the University of ManchesterNovelist Colm Tóibín is set to take over from Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. But Tóibín,... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Daniel Bell, Ardent Appraiser of Politics, Economics and Culture, Dies at 91

Mr. Bell was a writer, editor, sociologist and teacher who over seven decades came to epitomize the engaged intellectual.... More...

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Shapcott's Costa prize is a surprise victory for poetry

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Poet wins Book of Year with meditation on cancer

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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

Jo Shapcott takes Costa book of the year award for Of Mutability

Bookies' favourite Edmund de Waal misses out as judges praise Shapcott's 'very special and unusual and uplifting' collectionIn a surprise result for the Costa book of the year award, poet Jo Shapcott has taken the £35,000 award for her book... More...

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

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: The Life, Death and Life of Superheroes

Comic book stories, like soap operas, are a never-ending series of twists and turns. And fans of super-heroes have learned that seemingly no death is permanent.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Books: A Pound of Prevention Is Worth a Closer Look

Wild enthusiasm in seeking and treating tiny abnormalities.... More...

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Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Young Writer Searches for Harlem

A young black writer seeks to reconcile Harlem past and present.... More...

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Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Arts & Letters Daily Names New Editor

Evan R. Goldstein, an editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education, was officially appointed editor of the intellectual and literary Web site Arts & Letters Daily.... More...

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Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Ian McEwan defends decision to accept Jerusalem prize

Pro-Palestinian writers had called on novelist to boycott Israeli awardIan McEwan has replied to pro-Palestinian writers who have accused him of accepting the "corrupt and cynical" Jerusalem prize for literature by insisting on his right to engage in dialogue with... More...

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

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

John Keats letter to Fanny Brawne set for auction

Letter written to neighbour Fanny Brawne as John Keats lay dying of tuberculosis could fetch up to £120,000A poignant letter in which the poet John Keats, already mortally ill, vowed to kiss Fanny Brawne's signature – since he could not... More...

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

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

BBC to provide answer to Charles Dickens' final mystery

Dickens' unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, to be given latest plot twist in new BBC adaptationWhodunnit? Was it the fog, the opium, the quicklime, the Ceylonese twin or his villainous uncle Jasper that did for Edwin Drood?... More...

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

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Fantastic Four No More

The Fantastic Four will lose one of its team members to the Grim Reaper in an issue that is to be released Tuesday.... More...

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Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Walcott's meditation on dying wins poetry prize

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Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

TS Eliot prize goes to Derek Walcott for 'moving and technically flawless' work

Success for Nobel laureate after withdrawing from Oxford professor election following sex harassment claims in 2009In a "bumper year" for English-language poetry, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, who was embroiled in scandal two years ago, was tonight named winner of the... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Books of The Times: What Africa Brought to the Table

Jessica B. Harris writes about “the Africanizing of the Southern palate,” and ultimately of the American one.... More...

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Monday, 24 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Building Bridges Between French and American Artists and Scholars

New initiative brings together French and American scholars, artists, writers.... More...

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Monday, 24 January, 2011

Urinating on Jorge Luis Borges's grave was an artistic act, says Chilean writer

Book cover depicting Eduardo Labarca apparently urinating on author's grave provokes outrage in ArgentinaJorge Luis Borges was possibly the greatest Spanish-language writer of the 20th century, but the Chilean author Eduardo Labarca felt the best tribute a fellow writer could... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Library protestors declare day of action

A 'carnival of resistance' to threatened closures planned at more than 40 libraries on 5 February 2011A "carnival of resistance" to library closures will take place on 5 February 2011, with over forty library "read-ins" scheduled in a coordinated protest... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Anthony Hopkins in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock

Actor reportedly in negotiations to portray legendary director in big screen account of the making of PsychoAnthony Hopkins is in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock in a big screen account of the making of Psycho, according to the Hollywood Reporter.... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Robert Burns letter discovered in castle

Scottish poet's 1789 letter to head of Edinburgh medical school contains early version of On Seeing a Wounded HareAn unpublished letter by the Scottish poet Robert Burns to a professor of medicine at Edinburgh University has been found at a... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Small Bookstores Struggle for Niche in Shifting Times

Take to the Internet? Sell coffee and muffins? Independent bookstores are looking for the right balance as even a giant like Borders finds it difficult.... More...

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Monday, 24 January, 2011

Poets enlist for quest to pull St George from jaws of far right

Ex-laureate Andrew Motion joins exploration of Englishness in works that redefine patron saint in 'agnostic liturgy'Andrew Motion is among a leading group of poets who have written a new liturgy exploring "Englishness" in a much-changed England, and are attempting to... More...

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

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Armitage: 'Creative writing is not a frivolous endeavour'

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Monday, 24 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Odd, Odd Case of Bobby Fischer

In “Endgame,” a longtime associate of Bobby Fischer recounts the chess superstar’s rise and fall from grace.... More...

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Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Mark Twain, Now a Career for the Mustachioed

Mark Twain impersonators are doing very well, thanks to “The Autobiography of Mark Twain,” published in 2010.... More...

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Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Anne Robinson softens style for BBC2's My Life in Books

Fearsome Weakest Link presenter to front literary version of Desert Island Discs as part of a year-long focus on writingAnne Robinson, the dark lady of teatime television and mistress of the pointed putdown, is to be re-styled this spring as... More...

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

Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Here's something novel – backing for first-time writers

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Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Race is on to cash in on WikiLeaks

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Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Libraries: 'Hands off our doors to learning'

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Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Late Style

Nicholas Delbanco asks why some artists mature early and run out of steam, while others gain momentum in old age.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Reckless Abandon

The women in Joyce Carol Oates’s latest collection display a powerful and self-destructive need for love.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Mad Women

The social historian Stephanie Coontz re-evaluates “The Feminine Mystique” and its author, Betty Friedan.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

By the Banks of the Tigris

Ahmad Chalabi’s daughter offers an absorbing social history of Iraq through her family story.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Nonfiction Chronicle

Books by Roland Barthes, Mahmoud Darwish, Xiaoda Xiao and Mark Slouka.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

The Orientalists

A novel recreates Lucie Duff Gordon’s escape to Egypt and how her Englishness slowly melted away.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Only Bitterness Remains

In David Vann’s first novel, isolation and an Alaskan winter take their toll on a marriage.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Guilty Hearts

A story collection inspired by true stories of German jurisprudence.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Lives of the Philosophers, Warts and All

James Miller argues that philosophers’ willingness to reflect on their own petty failings makes their lives more, not less, worth studying.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Lost Boy

This memoir recalls the heady, scary times of an 11-year-old Cuban’s introduction to America in the early 1960s.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Up Front: Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell heartily endorses the notion that philosophy is poorer when it loses sight of the messy lives of those who do the philosophizing.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Essay: The Philosophical Novel

Can fiction be philosophical? Even novelists trained in philosophy have sometimes insisted no.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

What It All Means

Two eminent philosophy professors take aim at contemporary nihilism in this idiosyncratic tour of the classics.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

We, Robots

Sherry Turkle once saw technology as a tool for playing with identity. Now she fears it is replacing identity.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Is Pink Necessary?

A tour of the hyper-feminine, commercialized world of young girls.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Believing in Peace, Even After the Unthinkable

A Palestinian doctor, three of his children killed in a bombing, forswears hatred and sees history as an enemy of the future.... More...

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Mann book to tell story of failed African coup

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Amis writes off star lecturer job

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Saturday, 22 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Philosophy Edition

Featuring the philosopher Sean Dorrance Kelly on the classics of Western literature; and James Ryerson on novelists who are trained philosophers.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast: Philosophy Edition

Featuring the philosopher Sean Dorrance Kelly on the classics of Western literature; and James Ryerson on novelists who are trained philosophers.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

Overnighter: Norwich, England — a Getaway for Book Lovers

Two hours from London, medieval Norwich is a reader’s town, with a university that hosts literary festivals and plentiful bookstores and cafes whose author readings draw crowds.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Manga Romance and Honors from GLAAD

The fourth volume of "Stepping on Roses," published by VIZ Media, enters our manga list at No. 8 this week.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Amy Chua’s paean to take-no-prisoners hyperparenting roars onto the hardcover nonfiction list this week.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Reviewer Spotlight: Rebecca Traister

This weekend, Rebecca Traister reviews Stephanie Coontz’s latest book, “A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.” In a recent interview, Traister gave us her take on “The Feminine Mystique” and the state... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

Gordon Murray, Retired Wall St. Executive, Dies at 60; Wrote Investment Guide

A cancer patient, Mr. Murray said writing “The Investment Answer,” a guide for laymen, probably added days to his life.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

Reynolds Price, a Literary Voice of the South, Dies at 77

Mr. Price, the novelist, poet and memoirist, found all the material he needed in the North Carolina he knew so well.... More...

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Friday, 21 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: McEwan Wins Jerusalem Prize

The prize is Israel's highest literary award for foreigners.... More...

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Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Collected John Lennon letters to be published

Yoko Ono sells publishing rights to collection of letters giving unrivalled insight into Lennon's characterJohn Lennon was a man of many words – verbose in interviews, prolific in prose and a dedicated letter-writer. Now, for the first time, fans will... More...

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

Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen to star in film of Saddam Hussein novel

Borat and Brüno star takes on film of Zabibah and the King, a romantic novel reputedly written by Iraqi dictatorSacha Baron Cohen's on-screen antics have paired him with everyone from Pamela Anderson to Janet Jackson to US presidential candidate Ron... More...

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

Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Books of The Times: A Dishy Take on the 2012 Race, by ... Somebody

“O: A Presidential Novel” by Anonymous is speculative fiction about the 2012 campaign that is trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny.... More...

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Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Jamie Oliver cooks up record sales for Pearson

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Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Ancient Koran comes into the modern age

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Thursday, 20 January, 2011

O, A Presidential Novel sparks search for anonymous author

Speculation rife that mystery writer behind fictional book depicting Barack Obama may be a political insiderThe language is not the sort we are used to hearing from Barack Obama. "Jesus Christ, do they expect you to be castrated by this... More...

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

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Newly Released Books

New novels by Alice Hofmann, Bradford Morrow, Thelma Adams, Howard Gordon, Suzanne Corso and Adam Schwartz.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Books of The Times: But Will It All Make ‘Tiger Mom’ Happy?

In “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” Amy Chua offers a highly readable screed on the art of obsessive parenting.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Wilfrid Sheed, Writer of Gentle Wit, Dies at 80

Mr. Sheed drew upon his Anglo-American background to write bittersweet essays, criticism, memoirs and fiction about cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Ian McEwan says he will accept Jerusalem prize

Author – who will travel to city book fair to pick up award – accused of giving support to Israeli leadersIn a long literary career the novelist Ian McEwan has won prizes from many parts of the western world, but... More...

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

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Liz Lochhead appointed as makar, Scotland's national poet

'Inspirational presence in British poetry' is successor to Edwin MorganThe award-winning poet and playwright Liz Lochhead has been announced as Scotland's new makar, the national poet. She will begin work without delay, when she the opens the new Robert Burns... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Bob Dylan signs six-book deal

Agreement with publisher Simon & Schuster promises two further volumes of autobiography to follow 2004's ChroniclesBob Dylan has signed a deal to write six more books for his publisher Simon & Schuster, including two works of autobiography to follow Chronicles:... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Plan a Memoir

The father and son will work together a book called "Along the Way," about a journey along an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Ian McEwan wins Jerusalem prize

Novelist acclaimed by jury as 'one of the most important writers of our time'Ian McEwan is to be given Israel's prestigious literary award, the Jerusalem prize, with the jury hailing him as "one of the most important writers of our... More...

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Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

HMV distributors denied credit insurance

New blow to HMV after fears over loan covenant and grim Christmas tradingKey suppliers to struggling high street chain HMV have been denied credit insurance in a further sign that music, movies and books retailer – which also owns Waterstone's... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Waterloo underpass poem to be restored

Eurydice by Sue Hubbard, which was painted over by Network Rail contractors, is being replaced after Facebook campaignA mural poem composed to comfort travellers descending into one of Britain's most dismal underworlds is being recreated after more than 1,000 people... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Sherlock Holmes to Resume Winding His Way Down Baker Street

Anthony Horowitz, the author of the Alex Rider series, will write a new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Books of The Times: A Touchstone of Detroit Is Dismantled

An account of what happens to a massive Detroit auto plant the year after it shuts down.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Plan to bridge separation of service families with joint reading scheme

Reading Force encourages military personnel to share reading experience with families at homeA new scheme, designed to bridge the divide separating military personnel serving overseas from their families at home by encouraging them all to read the same books, is... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Simon Cowell subject of satirical 'Sex Factor' novel

X-Factor mastermind sent on search for meaning in 'spovel' by author Bill ColesHe's a multi-millionaire music producer, and the most famous judge on TV talent show hits The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, famed for his withering put-downs to talentless... More...

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

To Dubai with love: Author reveals details of new Bond novel

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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Al Qaeda And the U.S., Still Battling

In “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda,” Peter L. Bergen draws on the work of others, his own analysis and a broad range of interviews.... More...

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Monday, 17 January, 2011

Sherlock Holmes returns in official sequel by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider author on the case, at request of Conan Doyle estateMaster detective Sherlock Holmes is to follow in the suave footsteps of spy James Bond, gaining a new lease of life in the hands of a high-profile modern novelist.... More...

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Monday, 17 January, 2011

Michael Eavis speaks out for library campaign

Glastonbury festival founder among celebrities lining up for activist filmGlastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis is set to star in a Save Our Libraries campaign film, shot by the ever-active library supporters of Somerset.... More...

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Monday, 17 January, 2011

Twitter support for libraries snowballs worldwide

Savelibraries hashtag picks up support from thousands around the worldA simple tweet from a Shropshire ICT lecturer musing on libraries while doing her laundry of a Sunday morning resulted in the hashtag #savelibraries trending worldwide yesterday.... More...

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Monday, 17 January, 2011

Dalrymple caught up in spat over 'Raj' and 'racism'

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Monday, 17 January, 2011

Books of The Times: A Family Speaks in Someone Else’s Words, but at Least It Chooses the Best

An academic family in Eleanor Brown’s “Weird Sisters” communicates through Shakespearean quotations.... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Off the Shelf: The Spirit of the Mensch

“Practical Wisdom,” a new book by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe, offers ways to enact wise decisions for the greater good.... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Flo Gibson, Grande Dame of Audiobooks, Dies at 86

Mrs. Gibson narrated more than 1,100 books, including “Middlemarch” (31 hours, 7 minutes) and “Anna Karenina” (36 hours, 7 minutes).... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Bookshelf: Putting a Stamp on New York’s Architecture

“Triumvirate,” by Mosette Broderick, is a star-studded social and architectural narrative of America’s Gilded Age.... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

A hugger or a tiger mother: battle of the baby-rearing strategies

A series of new books is likely to open up fresh controversy about the way we bring up our children; some demanding strict, regimented parenting, others a more laid-back approachThe hapless mother who innocently mashed up some sweet potato last... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Library closures: Labour's fury as users are labelled white and middle class

The shadow media and culture minister insists that libraries provide a 'crucial service' for everyoneLabour politicians and campaigners have condemned the head of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council for suggesting that public libraries are primarily used by the white... More...

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Overdue! The fight to save our libraries begins

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Sunday, 16 January, 2011

Library emptied in bid to fight closure

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Saturday, 15 January, 2011

The Family History Is Grim, but He’s Plotted a New Course

The Alaskan novelist David Vann, whose “Legend of a Suicide” was a surprise best seller in Europe, takes a new approach to a family tragedy in his latest book, “Caribou Island.”... More...

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Saturday, 15 January, 2011

Millionth book added to Bodleian annexe

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Saturday, 15 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: The Revamped O.E.D. Online

Language lovers might want to check out this week's Bits: Tech Talk podcast, which features a conversation with John Simpson, the chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Charles Baxter’s Midwest

Starkness and human isolation lurk beneath the Norman Rockwell contours of Charles Baxter’s Midwest stories.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jennifer Egan and Siddhartha Mukherjee

This week: Featuring an extended conversation with the authors Jennifer Egan and Siddhartha Mukherjee.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Scottish artists offered funds to get away from it all in Highland retreats

• Residential plan hopes to uncover future talent• £1m initiative contrasts with big cuts in EnglandUp to 1,000 artists, musicians and writers are to be offered government-funded residencies on remote Scottish islands, at art centres and Highland retreats in a... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

The Medium: Watch Me, Read Me

The Vook is to video reading what the Kindle is to reading reading.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Partner of Stieg Larsson Wants to Complete Fourth 'Millennium' Novel

Eva Gabrielsson talks about the book in a new memoir.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

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

This week: Featuring an extended conversation with the authors Jennifer Egan and Siddhartha Mukherjee.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Two Guys From Paris

A pair of French writers debate the universe and their places in it.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Rhythms of a New Land

This book introduces Martha Graham to children with reverence and finesse, recounting how she created the modern-dance classic “Appalachian Spring.”... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Library clears its shelves in protest at closure threat

Users urged to take out full allowance of library books in campaign to keep Stony Stratford branch openThe library at Stony Stratford, a town on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, looks like the aftermath of a crime, the shell-shocked staff... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: 'Appalachian Spring': From Page to Screen

In the Book Review this weekend we review "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring," a picture book about one of Martha Graham's most famous dances. On YouTube, there's a beautifully filmed version.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Paperback Row

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly’s “All Things Shining” lands on the nonfiction list — not bad for two philosophy professors.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Essay: The Deadliest Book Review

One hundred years ago, a libel accusation leveled at a famous novelist ended in the most spectacular crime in American literary history.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Children’s Books: Curses in the Air

This historical fantasy for teenagers follows the adventures of an orphaned girl in a world modeled on 16th-century Poland and Lithuania.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Children’s Books: Pig With Passport

Ian Falconer’s rambunctious piglet heroine is back, leading her family on a spree through the City of Bridges.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Delicate Planet

From his cottage near Montauk Point, a naturalist explains Earth’s perilous times and delivers an ambitious meditation on nature’s connectedness.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

An Addict in the Family

A New York Times culture reporter ­attempts to understand his father’s addiction.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Determined to Strike

Peter L. Bergen examines Al Qaeda’s history and motives and America’s ineffective response.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Following the Scent

The life of Coco Chanel as seen through her famous perfume.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Woman’s Work

Robb Forman Dew’s novel, set mostly in the 1950s, continues the story of her character Agnes Scofield, a widowed schoolteacher, and her circle.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Stories of Dislocation and Relocation

Edith Pearlman’s view of the world is large and compassionate, delivered in these stories through small, beautifully precise moments.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Up Front: Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson has written three story collections, to go along with four novels and a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Stories From an Irish Master

Like Joyce’s Dubliners, many of the characters in these stories can’t escape their homeland.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Stieg Larsson's partner plans to complete final Millennium novel

Eva Gabrielsson, late author's partner, says the pair 'often wrote together' and she will finish the hugely successful crime seriesStieg Larsson's partner Eva Gabrielsson plans to finish the fourth novel he left uncompleted on his death. According to early details... More...

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

Friday, 14 January, 2011

Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man revealed in first shot from new film

British actor appears as brooding figure in photographic peek at prequel that deals with Spider-Man Peter Parker's teenage yearsIt is said to be a "gritty, contemporary reboot" of the Spider-Man series in the vein of Christopher Nolan's 2005 reimagining of... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Neil Gaiman to appear on The Simpsons

The prizewinning science fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman is awarded another prestigious literary accolade: an appearance on The SimpsonsScience fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman is joining an elite group of writers including John Updike and Thomas Pynchon by... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Administration sparks book chain job fears

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Ruth Cavin, Editor Known to Cultivate Promising Writers, Dies at 92

Ms. Cavin, who at 60 began a second career in publishing, was respected for her hands-on editing of promising mystery-novel manuscripts.... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Joe Gores, Crime Writer in Dashiell Hammett Mode, Dies at 79

Mr. Gores’s spare, chiseled sentences and deadpan dialogue persuaded Hammett’s daughter to let him write a follow-up to “The Maltese Falcon.”... More...

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Friday, 14 January, 2011

Budget book chain in administration

• BBS becomes first retail casualty of 2011• Business will trade while buyer is sought• Source says Christmas trading was 'horrific'Budget bookseller British Bookshops & Stationers, which employs about 300 people in the south of England, has become the first... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Done With Drugs, But the Legacy Is Unfinished

A Times culture reporter’s memoir of his father’s drug addiction and its effects on his own life.... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Currents | Books: ‘The Vegetable Garden’ From Taschen

All 46 historic plates in “The Vegetable Garden” have been reproduced, bringing 19th-century garden vegetables to the modern kitchen.... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Tyler Perry's Awards Extravaganza: Nominations Galore From N.A.A.C.P.

His movie and TV projects dominante the nominations.... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Pete Postlethwaite autobiography due this summer

Memoir entitled A Spectacle of Dust submitted before the actor's death earlier this monthActor Pete Postlethwaite, whose death earlier this month was greeted with a nationwide expression of sadness and affection, has told his own story in a memoir due... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Library campaigners demand public inquiry into closures

If the government does not call one, protesters say they are ready to set up their ownSomerset library campaigners are leading a call for a national public inquiry into the threatened closures of hundreds of libraries across the country. And,... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Mailbag: Readers on Criticism

Our Jan. 2 issue on "Why Criticism Matters" drew a large number of letters from readers. Here we share more than the few we were able to publish in print.... More...

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Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Sad and True Love Story, Worthy of Its Soundtrack

The singer Rodney Crowell provides an account of his parents’ tumultuous relationship that is reminiscent of one of his country songs.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye 'sequel' to be published

Follow-up to JD Salinger's novel of teenage angst, written by a Swedish author, to be issued in a number of countriesIf you really want to hear about it … the chances are you will soon be able to, unless you... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Archie to Go Digital

Beginning in April, digital versions of comics will be offered on the same day print editions arrive on newsstands.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Report warns of 'digital Dark Age' if digitisation is left to private sector

Research commissioned by EU urges member states to take greater responsibilityThe European Union and its member states must take more responsibility for the digitisation of Europe's cultural heritage if it is to avoid a "digital Dark Age," according to a... More...

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

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Tiger Mother's book makes case for ultra-strict Chinese parenting

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua set to stir controversy with critique of liberal western childrearingLess than a fortnight into the new year and already one of the most controversial books of 2011 has emerged. Battle Hymn... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Bond 23 confirmed: Daniel Craig back as 007 in new film

James Bond returns to mark 50th anniversary of Dr No after surviving his toughest test ever: the bankruptcy of MGM StudiosThe financial problems that threatened to ensnare James Bond have been thwarted, allowing the Ian Fleming hero to return to... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

John Gross Dies at 75; Critic, Essayist and Editor

Mr. Gross, known for his fluid style and easy erudition, was the editor of The Times Literary Supplement in London and a book critic for The New York Times.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Throwing Mud and Calling It Beautiful

The French writers Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Lévy provoke each other in letters, then feign shock.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Live and in Print: Lapham's Celebrities

A gathering is scheduled for Joe's Pub on Jan. 20.... More...

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Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

'Extraordinary' Lorca manuscript discovered

Draft of 'Office and Denunciation' revealing previously unknown lines found in Library of Congress's music division"I offer myself to be devoured by Spanish peasants," writes the poet Federico García Lorca in a newly-discovered manuscript of a poem from his portrait... More...

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

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis sign up for The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings stars to return as Gandalf and Gollum in Peter Jackson's two-part Tolkien prequel, The HobbitFrom the raucous taverns of the Shire to the dreaming spires of Gondor, there will be palpable relief today. Sir Ian McKellen... More...

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Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Critics' Picks Video: 'East of Eden'

A. O. Scott looks back at Elia Kazan's 1955 film adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel.... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Newbery Awarded to Debut Author

A first-time author receives the prestigious Newbery Medal for her novel, “Moon Over Manifest.” Other children’s book awards were also announced.... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Of Home Fires Burning, or Burning Up Homes

Siobhan Fallon’s short stories delve into the lives of women left behind at Fort Hood when their husbands go off to (or return from) war.... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Paulo Coelho says Iran bans his books

The Alchemist author, whose sales top 300m in 150 countries, urges Brazilian government to interveneBrazilian author Paulo Coelho has said his books have been banned in Iran and has appealed to Brazil to intervene.... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld's memoir up against satirical unknowns

On the same day as the former US defence secretary releases his memoir, a satirical novel, Donald, will also be publishedWhen it comes to telling the story of Donald Rumsfeld's life, facts have often seemed stranger than fiction. And now... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Great Gatsby's '3D makeover' angers fans

News of Baz Luhrmann's mooted 3D remake of F Scott Fitzgerald novel meets with disapprovalGive or take the odd wild party, car crash and shooting, a 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby would not appear to promise quite the same... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Ladybird launches ebook app for babies

Baby Touch series has been adapted for the iPhone and iPod, aimed at children as young as six monthsAs of today, it won't be just the parents of toddlers who have to wrestle with their children for their iPhone. Babies... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Trent Reznor to score The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Nine Inch Nails frontman to showcase 'limited skills at stringed instruments' for David Fincher's film of Stieg Larsson novelTrent Reznor will once again work with Social Network director David Fincher, composing the score to the forthcoming Hollywood version of The... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

B. H. Friedman, a Novelist, Art Critic and Pollock Biographer, Is Dead at 84

Mr. Friedman gave up a life in the real-estate world to become a full-time author, writing novels as well as art biographies.... More...

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Monday, 10 January, 2011

Dark Tales Illuminate Haiti, Before and After Quake

Akashic Books is publishing a new anthology on the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti as part of its “Noir” series focused on specific locales.... More...

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Sunday, 9 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Twin Alone, Disconnected but Not Lost

“Twin,” a memoir by Allen Shawn, describes his life and his fears after his twin sister was placed, at age 8, in an institution for the mentally disabled.... More...

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Sunday, 9 January, 2011

A Wizard Rivals Mickey

A Harry Potter park has given new bounce to J. K. Rowling’s literary creation and ignited a rivalry between Universal and Walt Disney World.... More...

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Sunday, 9 January, 2011

Amis says au revoir to all that

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Sunday, 9 January, 2011

Off the Shelf: Sensible Spending, No Matter Your Age

New books offer personal-finance advice to two very different groups of readers.... More...

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Saturday, 8 January, 2011

Arts | Westchester: Writers Create a Haven Away From Home

The Marmaduke Writing Factory, organized in 2010, is writers’ group, part reading series, part literary network, and part local outreach.... More...

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Saturday, 8 January, 2011

No Potter plagiarism

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Saturday, 8 January, 2011

Soul Cuisine

How Africa put its stamp on America’s food traditions.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Blackboard | Readings: ‘War and Peace’ in 24 Hours

Students read the classics aloud. Think of it as an antidote to the electronic era.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Marilyn’s Manhattan, Both Public and Private

One of the 20th century’s biggest stars shot some famous scenes in Manhattan, but she also lived periodically in the city.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: David Carr on Marshall McLuhan

Featuring David Carr on the media prophet Marshall McLuhan; and Anand Giridharadas on his book, "India Calling."... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Federal Judge Makes 'Harry Potter' Plagiarism Suit Disappear

J.K. Rowling had been accused of copying from a book called "The Adventures of Willy the Wizard."... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: Book Review Podcast

Featuring David Carr on the media prophet Marshall McLuhan; and Anand Giridharadas on his book, "India Calling."... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

River of Consciousness

In this French novel of essentially one endless sentence, a secret agent exposes his guilt, and that of the West.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Dueling Rumsfelds: Novel to Appear on Same Day as Memoir

McSweeney's is providing an alternate version of the Rumsfeld story.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Marshall McLuhan: Media Savant

Douglas Coupland takes a pop-culture approach in this short biography of the media savant.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Announcing Her Existence

This first novel explores the emotional turmoil within the family of an intersex child.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Essay: The Case of the First Mystery Novelist

The true identity of the first mystery novelist has eluded literary detectives for 150 years. But reader, I know whodunit.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Crime: The Buried Past

Mystery novels by Charles Todd, Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, T. Jefferson Parker and R. Scott Bakker.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Charles Portis’s “True Grit” is back on the best-seller list, thanks to the Coen brothers’ film adaptation.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Between Pain and Peace

A luminous tale of passion and betrayal, set amid unrest and violence in Sierra Leone.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Homeland Revisited

An exploration of fundamental changes in family and class relationships, and in the very idea of what it is to be Indian.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Beyond the Edge of the World

In this first novel, a woman reimagines the life and times of her polar-exploring ancestor and his faithful wife.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

In Suicide’s Shadow

The daughter of the poet Anne Sexton describes her own harrowing struggle with mental illness.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Power of Recall

A writer recollects her schizophrenic mother, to whom she remains emotionally captive.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Up Front: Melanie Thernstrom

Melanie Thernstrom, known for her journalism based on her own life, says she always asks permission before writing about someone she’s close to.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

The Formalist

At 89, Richard Wilbur still cuts a straight path through the shifting landscape of American poetry.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Shelter Beneath an Open Sky

In her first work of nonfiction in more than 20 years, Annie Proulx chronicles her efforts to build a house on a 640 acre preserve in Wyoming.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Different, Happy Ending for Diana? Monica Ali Novel Imagines a Future

The author of "Brick Lane" ponders what might have been.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

US judge dismisses JK Rowling plagiarism claim

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

Ricky Gervais to voice Mole in The Wind in the Willows adaptation

'I had Ricky in mind for this role from the inception of the project,' says director behind new take on Kenneth Grahame's classicRicky Gervais is to voice the character of Mole in a new live-action/animatronic version of The Wind in... More...

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

Friday, 7 January, 2011

Harry Potter plagiarism case thrown out of US court

Judge rules claims that JK Rowling borrowed from The Adventures of Willy the Wizard 'strain credulity'A plagiarism case brought against author JK Rowling has been dismissed in the US, after a judge ruled that comparing the two books involved "strains... More...

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

Friday, 7 January, 2011

Critic’s Notebook: Light Out, Huck, They Still Want to Sivilize You

A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the word “nigger” with “slave” does the original Twain novel a disservice.... More...

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Friday, 7 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: First Details of New Irish Arts Festival in U.S. Are Unveiled

The full program, called Imagine Ireland, will feature some 400 events in 40 states and will be supported by a $5.3 million investment from the Irish government.... More...

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Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Books of The Times: New! Improved! Shape Up Your Life!

Timothy Ferriss’s crazy, breathless self-help book has advice on weight loss, sexual bliss, enhanced fitness and life extension.... More...

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Thursday, 6 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Colbert Sells Revised 'Huck Finn' Down the River

While others debate the merits of changing Mark Twain's novel, the contrarian comedian argues that the alterations do not go far enough.... More...

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Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Robert Pattinson to star in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis

RPattz meets the Baron of Blood as teen idol and horror supremo collaborate on adaptation of Don DeLillo novelOne is every teenage girl's dream lover, the other a horror icon nicknamed the Baron of Blood. At first glance they would... More...

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

Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Design Notebook: Selling a Book by Its Cover

In the digital age, the printed book has received a stay of execution from an unlikely source: designers.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Roddick rubs shoulders with Manning in latest UK biography dictionary

Sixty volume Dictionary of National Biography adds 216 Britons who departed in 2007, including Deedes, Coren, Sherrin and MellyTo the waiting room of history that is the Dictionary of National Biography, 216 people who died in 2007 are being added... More...

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

Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Twain's classic loses the N-word for modern age

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Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Author who created Babe the sheep-pig dies

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Thursday, 6 January, 2011

UK Kids' Author Whose Book Inspired 'Babe' Dies

British children's author Dick King-Smith, whose novel "The Sheep-Pig" inspired the hit movie "Babe," has died at the age of 88.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Stoking the Fire Larsson Ignited

In this mystery, the writing team of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom explore Polish gangsters’ plan to expand their drug trade into Sweden.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Diana, Princess of Wales inspires Monica Ali's latest novel

Untold Stories depicts a fictional princess whose life trajectory bears more than a passing resemblance to that of DianaA lot has happened since Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997. The twin towers fell, the euro was... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Unique book showcases the tools that built the west

Remarkable collection of nearly 2,000 woodworking tools from prehistoric to modern, put together by British builder, tells stories of the making of our worldThe implements used for edging and boring and planing sound as far from being aesthetically pleasing as... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Babe creator Dick King-Smith dies aged 88

Prolific author of 'farmyard fantasies' for children, whose book The Sheep-Pig was adapted into Hollywood hit, passes away at homeChildren's author Dick King-Smith, whose much-loved tale The Sheep-Pig was adapted into the hit film Babe, has died at the age... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

New Huckleberry Finn edition censors 'n-word'

Alabama publisher says expurgation of more than 200 'hurtful epithets' will counter 'pre-emptive censorship' that has seen Mark Twain's classic dropped from curriculaA new US edition of Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is to be published... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Amazon withdraws ebook explaining how to manipulate its sales rankings

Ebook claiming one can become a Kindle 'bestseller' simply by posting fake reviews temporarily removed from bookseller's listingsThe author of an ebook that gives details on how easily Amazon's bestseller rankings can be manipulated has accused the online retail giant... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Publisher Tinkers With Twain

A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” makes a change in language.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Critic’s Notebook: Is Ballet Dying? Sure, It’s Died Many Times

One of the keenest debates in dance right now has been about something larger: is ballet itself dead or dying?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Writer who was rejected 100 times is finally rewarded

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Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

Nigeria: The happiest place on earth

Nigeria is beset by poverty, corruption and violence – but a poll says it is the world's most optimistic nationThe arrivals hall at Murtala Mohammed international airport in Lagos has the kind of humidity that feels like a warm towel.... More...

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

Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Debut writer Jason Wallace wins Costa book award for Robert Mugabe novel

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Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Edmund de Waal leads Costa book awards finalists

Epic family memoir sparked by some miniature heirlooms installed as favourite for £30,000 prizeA book that uses 264 delicate Japanese carvings to tell the extraordinary story of a family living through tumultous events in Paris and Vienna was tonight named... More...

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

Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Books of The Times: A Novelist Wills Her Dream Home Into Being

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx recounts building her dream home in Wyoming.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

ArtsBeat: Bloomsbury Auctions Reviewing Plans for New York Branch

Recent auction results have been disappointing.... More...

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Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

For Tolstoy and Russia, Still No Happy Ending

The centennial of his death was treated with ambivalence as intellectuals and the church debated his legacy.... More...

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Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Books on Science: Getting to Know Your Neighbors Below the Surface

Over the last 10 years, thousands of scientists have collaborated on an enormous research effort to catalog the plants and animals in the world’s oceans.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Struggling Borders to Meet With Publishers

Borders told publishers it would delay payments and stoked fear that it would not recover from declining sales.... More...

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Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Books of The Times: The Classics as the Antidote to Modern Malaise

Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly see the “human indecision that plagues us all” and explain how we got into this mess and how we can overcome it.... More...

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Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Paper Cuts: The Art of the Very Long Sentence

In a recent essay for the Book Review, I wrote about the art of the very long sentence. Many readers sent me their own favorite examples.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 January, 2011

Janine Pommy Vega, Restless Poet, Dies at 68

Ms. Vega was a poet who found adventure and inspiration among the Beats in Greenwich Village.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 January, 2011

Books of The Times: Staying Civil as the World Convulses

“Being Polite to Hitler,” the third novel in Robb Forman Dew’s trilogy, considers how people can go on being pleasant in a world that is frequently terrible.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 January, 2011

Scotland stalls on new poet laureate

Post remains unfilled three months after first makar's death and confusion surrounds selection criteriaEdwin Morgan was Scotland's greatest living poet and the natural choice in 2004 to become the country's first makar – its national poet laureate. In fact, the... More...

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

Sunday, 2 January, 2011

Off the Shelf: Prosperity, Real or Imagined

In “Inflated,” a new book, R. Christopher Whalen looks at history to try to understand the long-term viability of the American economy after the financial crisis.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 1 January, 2011

Amazon allows customers to lend e-books to just one friend

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Saturday, 1 January, 2011

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