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Issue 50 / December 2012

February 2011

Books of The Times: With a Few Tweaks, Shaking Up History

In “Then Everything Changed” Jeff Greenfield turns three what-ifs from the past into a trio of novellas.... More...

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Monday, 28 February, 2011

Publishers Look Beyond Bookstores

As the big bookstores change course, publishers are pushing into new stores, like Michaels and Lowe’s, hoping to catch shoppers’ eyes.... More...

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Monday, 28 February, 2011

Banned books return to shelves in Egypt and Tunisia

Works by censored authors available again in wake of revolutionsA number of highly political titles censored by the regime of ousted Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali are now returning to the country's bookshop shelves.... More...

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

Monday, 28 February, 2011

Writers praise alternative World Book Night plan

Nicola Morgan encouraging readers to give away books that they've bought themselves on night of mass giveawayAs British readers gear up for the inaugural World Book Night on Saturday (5 March), an alternative proposal has been greeted with enthusiasm by... More...

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

Monday, 28 February, 2011

Pearson reports 12% revenue rise at FT Group

Pearson sees overall pre-tax profits jump 28% to £670mPearson has reported a 12% year-on-year revenue increase at FT Group, the division that publishes the Financial Times, with pre-tax profits at the Penguin publisher jumping by more than a quarter to... More...

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

Monday, 28 February, 2011

Books of The Times: A First Wife Can Be So Stolid and Clueless and Plain and Pregnant

Paula McLain’s novel “The Paris Wife,” about Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, is a work of literary tourism that flatters its reader but is sure to spark debate.... More...

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Sunday, 27 February, 2011

Life after Rebus: Ian Rankin turns his hand to the comic strip

Best-selling crime writer pens murder story with a twist for CLiNT magazineIan Rankin, one of Britain's biggest-selling crime writers who sparked alarm and grief among his fans when he retired his hard-boiled policeman John Rebus, will this week make a... More...

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

Sunday, 27 February, 2011

Jay Landesman, Beat Writer and Editor, Dies at 91

Mr. Landesman was a tireless impresario of one countercultural scene after another and a friend to the famous.... More...

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Sunday, 27 February, 2011

Kindle gives thriller writer a plot for success – at 71p a shot

Stephen Leather has established a parallel ebook career that has rocketed him to the top of the Kindle bestseller listsSelf-publishing has traditionally been a surefire route to obscurity and dismal sales. Now a British thriller writer who sells his novels... More...

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

Sunday, 27 February, 2011

The £400 cookbook that blends technology with food

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Sunday, 27 February, 2011

Arts | Long Island: The World’s Wonders, in an Ecologist’s Eyes

Carl Safina, an ecologist and marine conservationist, will read from his new book, “The View From Lazy Point,” on March 26 at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.... More...

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Saturday, 26 February, 2011

JRR Tolkien novel Mirkwood in legal battle with author's estate

Texas case will contest the right of Tolkien's literary estate to block fictional use of the Lord of the Rings author's nameThe estate of JRR Tolkien is embroiled in a fierce legal battle over an American novel that uses the... More...

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

Saturday, 26 February, 2011

Why We Write About Grief

Two authors discuss their personal losses — a husband, a mother — and the often potent mix of memoir and mourning.... More...

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Saturday, 26 February, 2011

Bookshelf: Adventures in an Urban Wilderness

Books about the Ramble in Central Park, running a Korean deli and the birth of Brownstone Brooklyn.... More...

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Saturday, 26 February, 2011

These Crowded Streets

The peripatetic hero of Teju Cole’s indelible novel reflects on his adopted New York, the Africa of his youth, today’s America and a Europe wary of its future.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

It Gets Worse

Susan Jacoby challenges the optimistic marketing that has made old age seem pleasant and carefree.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Mosh Pit Diplomacy

Parag Khanna offers a chaotic view of power in the 21st century.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Inky Depths

The serial killer Gretchen Lowell is locked up, but a new threat confounds Detective Archie Sheridan in Chelsea Cain’s new thriller.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

In the best-selling novel “A Discovery of Witches,” the historian Deborah Harkness trades scholarship for steamy paranormal romance.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Essay: Bent Spines

Two centuries ago, doctors blamed reading for all manner of bodily ills. One day, my back suddenly agreed.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Up Front: Darcey Steinke

Readers of Darcey Steinke’s memoir, “Easter Everywhere,” know that when she was growing up in Roanoke, Va., in the 1970s, she was attracted to all kinds of trouble.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Lorin Stein, the Paris Review’s New Party Boy

As one of the most visible characters on the young literary scene in New York, Mr. Stein is seen as capable of giving The Paris Review a much-needed infusion of its original cool.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Growing Up Fast

As this first novel’s 14-year-old narrator looks on, her affluent suburban family disintegrates.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Wang Xiaofang exposes world of Chinese bureaucracy

Bestselling author exposes shady world while readers buy his books to get insight into how to become government officialsMoney. Power. Even sex, albeit offstage. Wang Xiaofang's novels capture it all – in the dog-eat-dog world of Chinese bureaucracy. Personal ambition,... More...

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

Friday, 25 February, 2011

Stormy Weather

A historian of African-American entertainment seeks to rehabilitate the image of the pioneering actress and singer Ethel Waters.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

The Next Impasse

This crushing critique of the war in Afghanistan goes a long way toward explaining why America’s embrace of counterinsurgency strategy has not delivered its promised success.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Crime: Troubled Spirit

Mystery novels by Andrew Taylor, Keigo Higashino, Mo Hayder and Liza Marklund.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Paths of Glory

A newly annotated edition of “The Campaigns of Alexander,” by the second-century Greek historian Arrian.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Untamable Tongue

Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s novel is told in two voices, a generation and the distance from Tunisia to Sweden separating them.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Behind Every King

Helen Castor examines the lives of four plucky royal consorts who struggled over the throne of England.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

White Light

All across this deeply felt novel’s world, human pain has been made literally visible.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

With or Without You

In monologues set in Budapest, Rome and New York, Sandor Marai’s characters explore a decades-old love triangle.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

The Company He Keeps

With Saudi Arabia reeling after a series of terrorist attacks, Alex Berenson’s reluctant hero is the kingdom’s only hope.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Becoming Ottoman

A young girl is swept up by the intrigue of the sultan’s court in this novel of the late Ottoman Empire.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

The Wanderer

The letters of the travel writer Bruce Chatwin provide sharp renderings of misadventure and mores.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

T Magazine: Suddenly Susan

When the author shacked up with Susan Sontag’s son, and his brainy mom, in 1976, three was not company.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: When Lightning Strikes

The resurrected hero hits the hardcover list at no. 2 with "The Dastardly Death of the Rogues," the first collected edition of his new on-going series.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Rough Boys

Andre Dubus III recalls his upbringing in a Massachusetts mill town, and the tormentors he and his siblings had to fight through.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Shades of White

A history of how three African-American families of mixed ancestry stopped being black.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Arts Czars

In Solomon Volkov’s telling, the Romanovs nurtured and sustained Russia’s great creative minds.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Children's Bookstart scheme funding to be cut by half

Government move follows previous U-turn, after a backlash from writers led by Philip Pullman and Sir Andrew MotionA scheme to provide free books for children will have its funding slashed by a half, the Department of Education has confirmed.... More...

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

Friday, 25 February, 2011

The Medium: Living Singles

Amazon’s newest Kindle creation aims to keep narrative nonfiction alive.... More...

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Friday, 25 February, 2011

Libraries chief apologises to schoolgirl over cuts protest

Roy Clare has apologised to nine-year-old Jessica Trueman after criticising her campaign to save her local libraryA nine-year-old Buckinghamshire schoolgirl has forced an apology from the libraries chief Roy Clare, after he compared her campaign to save her local library... More...

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

Friday, 25 February, 2011

Carpetbagger: An Impressive Lineage for Animated 'Gruffalo'

"The Gruffalo," up for an Oscar in one of the toughest categories to predict, is one of two nominees based on a celebrated children's book.... More...

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Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Remembrance of Flavors Past

Gabrielle Hamilton’s brilliantly written new memoir, “Blood, Bones & Butter,” is rhapsodic about food, but it’s not just for foodies.... More...

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Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Campaigners launch legal challenge to library closures

Claims that cuts proposed by Somerset and Gloucestershire councils violate statutory obligations due to be tested in the high courtLibraries are set to be a legal testing-ground for David Cameron's vision of the "big society", with lawyers arguing that the... More...

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

Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Dwayne McDuffie, Comic-Book Writer, Dies at 49

Mr. McDuffie diversified the pantheon of superheroes by creating popular black characters in print and on television.... More...

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Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Le Carré gifts entire archive to Bodleian

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Thursday, 24 February, 2011

John le Carré gives his literary archive to Oxford's Bodleian library

Manuscripts taken from storage in Cornish barn shed new light on genesis of Smiley novelsEighty-five boxes of manuscripts, long kept in a Cornish barn, are the first batch of a vast literary archive that John le Carré, author of the... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Madison Has Been a National Stage Before

The current conflict in Madison, Wis., took much of America by surprise. But Madison has a long history of ideological conflict.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

World Book Night to open with huge public reading in London

Unprecedented Trafalgar Square event will feature star authors including Margaret Atwood and be hosted by Graham NortonWhat organisers believe will be the biggest single literary event in history is to raise the curtain on next month's World Book Night, itself... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Coming of Age With a Quick Wit and a Sharp Eye

“The Adults,” by Alison Espach, follows a girl through her life in a wealthy Connecticut suburb.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: PEN World Voices Festival Announces Lineup

A lecture by the Nigerian author and Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, readings by Wallace Shawn and Malcolm Gladwell, a debate on the prison industry, and an evening on the topic of sex led by Edmund White are among the... More...

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Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

Enid Blyton manuscript found

Unpublished novel by late children's writer called called My Tumpy's Caravan believed to have been discovered in archiveBook lovers who have long thirsted for more "lashings of ginger beer" or further "jolly japes" could be in for an unexpected treat... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

Former aide's book claims Palin breached election laws

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Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

Delight as 'lost' Enid Blyton book is discovered

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Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

This week's arts diary

Simon Russell Beale goes on pointe, a plea to concert-goers and former culture secretary Lord Smith talks cutsSimon Russell Beale debuts with the Royal BalletThe world awaits the arrival of Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, the star of Christopher Wheeldon and... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Books of The Times: A Scrappy Youth and His Fists Must Fend for Themselves

Andre Dubus III recounts the story of his childhood on the edge of the middle class, looking in.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Introducing Children's Book Reviews Online

Beginning today, the Book Review will post an online-only review of a new picture book each week, supplementing - but not replacing - our regular coverage of picture books in the print edition.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Teacher who put pupils into their own sex'n'drugs novel awaits tribunal result

English teacher was sacked for gross misconduct over book containing sexual references and swearwordsA much-praised teacher who persuaded difficult pupils to read by making them characters in their own, grittily realistic novel is about to find out whether an employment... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Children’s Books: It’s Wabbit Season

“Whimsy” is a word that runs rampant in the description of children’s literature, but Il Sung Na’s picture books certainly merit the label.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

A Founding Father’s Books Turn Up

The discovery of books that once had been in Thomas Jefferson’s library has made Washington University in St. Louis the third largest repository of his collections.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Narnia producer Perry Moore dies at 39

Producer and director who helped bring The Chronicles of Narnia to the big screen has died in New YorkA producer and film director who helped bring The Chronicles of Narnia series to the big screen as well as writing a... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

The Doctor’s World: When Alzheimer’s Waited Outside the Oval Office

“My Father at 100,” Ron Reagan’s memoir, is a reminder of the difficulty of distinguishing the initial symptoms of Alzheimer’s from, say, simple forgetfulness.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Burial ground of Bunyan, Defoe and Blake earns protected status

Bunhill Fields in north London, where nonconformists, radicals and dissenters are buried, is declared Grade 1 parkBunhill Fields, the London cemetery where some of the most radical figures in history lie quietly side by side in unhallowed ground, will today... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Writers' cemetery protected

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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Friends’ Without a Personal Touch

Sherry Turkle waves a caution flag at the technological devices, from social media to robotics, we use to build our emotional lives.... More...

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Monday, 21 February, 2011

Genghis Khan workplace manual dominates oddest book title shortlist

Khan mastered 'successful people management', says author. Now he must overcome colour-coded canines to scoop prizeA inspirational guide to Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way is emerging as the early favourite to win this year's Diagram Prize for... More...

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

Monday, 21 February, 2011

Lost Daphne du Maurier stories discovered

Bookseller unearths five early Daphne du Maurier tales including a risqué short story entitled 'The Doll'A bookseller's dedicated attempts to root out the early work of Daphne du Maurier have resulted in the recovery of five lost tales by the... More...

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

Monday, 21 February, 2011

Bleak Expectations BBC radio comedy moving to television

The BBC's popular Radio 4 Dickens spoof to make move to BBC2 as Old Shop of StuffBleak Expectations, Radio 4's spoof Dickensian melodrama, is to be the latest Radio 4 comedy to transfer to television.... More...

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

Monday, 21 February, 2011

Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins

In a digital world, scholars see an uncertain fate for an old and valued practice.... More...

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Monday, 21 February, 2011

McEwan accepts award, but still attacks Israeli settlements

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Monday, 21 February, 2011

Books of The Times: The Siren Song of the Bath Toy

Donovan Hohn’s quixotic investigation of 29,000 bath toys lost at sea works as a lively travelogue as well as a voyage of discovery and a philosophical inquiry.... More...

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Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Ian McEwan attacks 'great injustice' in Israel

British novelist launches powerful attack as he accepts book award in JerusalemThe British author Ian McEwan has made an eloquently powerful attack on the Israeli government's policies in his speech accepting the Jerusalem prize for literature.... More...

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

Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Sarah Brown's No 10 diary tells of battle over bacon rolls

Wife of former PM says she wishes she had spoken up more during 'surreal' life in Downing StreetA Stakhanovite prime minister might have thought the nation would pay for his bacon rolls when he was toiling on its behalf to... More...

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

Sunday, 20 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Top 10 Composers? Been There, Done That. What About Poets?

An English professor is choosing the 10 greatest poets.... More...

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Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Mets’ Dickey Is Writing a Self-Portrait, Warts and All

In a memoir to be published next year, R. A. Dickey will detail how a new grip on the baseball accompanied a fresh grasp of life.... More...

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Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Fan tracks down lost stories of Daphne Du Maurier

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Sunday, 20 February, 2011

The politics of opposition: A modern-day survival guide

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Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Perry Moore, Author of Book About Gay Superhero, Dies at 39

Mr. Moore, the author of “Hero,” was also an executive producer of the movie series “The Chronicles of Narnia.”... More...

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Saturday, 19 February, 2011

The Way We Live Now: Teenage Wastelands

After the vampires come aliens, alienation and elimination games.... More...

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Saturday, 19 February, 2011

Deal With the Devil

Three new collections illuminate the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, including her time as a poet for The New Yorker.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Whodunit Most Musical by a Musician Most Literary

“Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer” by Wesley Stace, also known as John Wesley Harding, is both a murder mystery and a novel about classical music.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Back in 2003, an unauthorized collection of Donald Rumsfeld’s poetic musings became a modest cult hit. Now, his verse-free memoir, “Known and Unknown,” goes straight to No. 1.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Wise Guy

Bettany Hughes examines the life and death of Socrates, and the city that nurtured and killed him.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Stories of Love and Grief

These stories present a world wrapped in spiked barbed wire, while also containing passages of searing tenderness.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Joyce Carol Oates’s Widow’s Lament

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir of her husband’s death is more painfully self-revelatory than anything she dared produce as a fiction writer or critic.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Frontier’s End

Jonathan Evison’s panoramic novel contrasts a group of visionary settlers with their pussyfooting descendants.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Sandalista!

The author, 18 and in love, dropped out of college and headed for Central America to hunt for a revolution.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Misery Loves Company

An acerbic comic novel about an old divorced couple gradually finding a spark of reconnection.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Up Front: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson has led CNN and Time magazine, and he now runs the Aspen Institute. But he is perhaps even more distinguished as one of the country’s most talented biographers.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Visuals: Irreverence You Can Almost Touch

Visual histories of fanzines, horror magazines and banned comics, and of the Italian shelter magazine Abitare.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Once on This Island

A habitat restorer and an animal lover square off in T. C. Boyle’s rollicking novel set in California’s Channel Islands.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

The Help author sued for unfair use of maid's life story

Kathryn Stockett faces lawsuit from woman who claims character in novel is unauthorised portrait of herHit novels are often followed by lawsuits, as JK Rowling and Dan Brown can both testify. But the latest to be launched – against author... More...

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

Friday, 18 February, 2011

A Maid Sees Herself in a Novel, and Objects

“The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s best seller about black maids and white families in Mississippi, draws a lawsuit.... More...

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Ian McEwan praises Israel before book award

Novelist defends his acceptance of prize after calls to reject it in protest at occupation of Palestinian territoriesThe British novelist Ian McEwan has praised Israel as a "country with true democracy of opinion" before receiving the Jerusalem prize for literature... More...

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

Friday, 18 February, 2011

JK Rowling's life story to be made into film

Harry Potter creator's rags-to-riches journey to be dramatised in forthcoming TV biopic Strange MagicJK Rowling's life story is to be made into a TV film in the US, with an Australian actor in the lead role and Canada doubling as... More...

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

Friday, 18 February, 2011

BBC to buy out Lonely Planet

BBC Worldwide to pay £42m to complete controversial purchase of travel guide publisher Lonely PlanetBBC Worldwide is paying A$67.2m (£42.1m) to acquire the 25% of travel guide publisher Lonely Planet that it does not already own.... More...

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

Friday, 18 February, 2011

Children's authors dominate list of favourite UK library books

Seven of the UK's top ten most borrowed authors write books for childrenIt's enough to give Martin Amis a nasty headache: seven children's writers made the list of 10 most borrowed authors from UK libraries last year. Only three adult... More...

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

Friday, 18 February, 2011

It's the pits! Why Bernie hates his new biography

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Friday, 18 February, 2011

Borders’ Bankruptcy Shakes Industry

Publishers mourned the loss of valuable shelf space as Borders filed for bankruptcy, and they questioned whether the company’s deep-rooted problems could be overcome.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Books of The Times: In His Own Words, a Singular Man’s Double Life

The letters of the travel writer Bruce Chatwin (and commentary by his wife) annotate a self-absorbed life.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Lucas, Burns, Souter Among Those Named To New Commission on the Liberal Arts

New commission named to support the humanities.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Maid Sues Author of ‘The Help’

Ablene Cooper, a 60-year-old woman who has long worked as a maid, has filed a lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, the author of the best-selling novel, "The Help," about black maids working for white families in Jackson in the 1960s.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Word From Stieg Larsson's Partner, and Would-Be Collaborator

The partner of Stieg Larsson has written a book about the couple's life together. She says he began a sequel to his three-part "Millennium" series and would like to finish it.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Nicolas Sarkozy triggers row with Mexico over French kidnapper

France's president accused of acting like a banana republic dictator by demanding Mexico release Florence CassezThe Mexican ambassador in Paris has walked out of a meeting at the French senate amid an ongoing diplomatic row sparked by Nicolas Sarkozy over... More...

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

Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Raymond Chandler's remains reunited with his wife's ashes

More than 50 years after her death, a fan's efforts have finally realised the noir master's wish to be buried alongside 'the beat of my heart'An extraordinary ceremony took place in a San Diego graveyard on Valentine's Day. Crime writer... More...

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

Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Borders bankruptcy spreads to US and Australia

Wave of bad news for high-street book trade across the world also sees Angus & Robertson chain go under In a savage 24 hours for bricks-and-mortar bookselling, Australian high-street chains Borders and Angus & Robertson entered administration on Thursday, just... More...

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

Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Matthew Vaughn set to film Jonathan Ross comic

Kick-Ass director wants to adapt TV presenter's forthcoming graphic novel The Golden Age for the big screenHis screenwriter of choice is Jane Goldman, who prior to becoming one of the most sought-after names in Hollywood was best known as the... More...

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

Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution

For decades, the writings of Gene Sharp have inspired dissidents around the world.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Google Announces Payment System for Digital Content

The system, called Google One Pass, aims to be more publisher-friendly than a rival plan offered by Apple a day earlier.... More...

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Borders closes the book and files for Chapter 11

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

My role in Stieg Larsson's success, by partner who was left with nothing

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Thursday, 17 February, 2011

Books of The Times: In Florida Slough With the Gators and Family Ghosts

In her first novel, set in a failing Florida alligator theme park, Karen Russell uses bizarre ingredients to absolutely irresistible effect.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Newly Released Books

Novels by Louise Dean, Hervé Le Tellier, David Levithan and Rana Dasgupta; a book of true New York love stories; and an anthology of writers’ reflections on Paris.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: In Memoriam: Margaret K. McElderry

On Monday, the world of children's publishing lost one of its last great 20th century editors, Margaret K. McElderry, who died at age 98.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Guy Ritchie tipped to direct 300 prequel, Xerxes

British director reportedly offered chance to adapt Frank Miller's comic book tale of Persian king for the big screenGuy Ritchie could be going to war, with reports today suggesting Warner Bros has offered the British director the chance to oil... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Joanne Siegel, the Model for Lois Lane, Dies at 93

During the Depression Ms. Siegel hired herself out as a model to an aspiring comic book artist, Joe Shuster, and thus became the first physical incarnation of Superman’s love interest.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Margaret K. McElderry, Children’s Book Publisher, Dies at 98

Ms. McElderry, the grande dame of children’s book publishing, recruited authors with a new sensibility, ventured into controversial subjects and led the way in publishing foreign works.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Carter, Reagan and Freaky Times

Dominic Sandbrook’s political history of 1970s conservative populism also delves into the period’s music, films, fads, cults, sitcoms, bumper stickers, best sellers and bad juju.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Library protests cause some councils to rethink cuts

Following nationwide demonstrations earlier this month, a number of local authorities are reconsidering closure plansThere are some signs that the huge public protests against proposed library closures are making an impact, with Northamptonshire county council withdrawing plans to close four... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Books on Science: Imagining a World of Total Connectedness, and Its Consequences

In “World Wide Mind,” Michael Chorost borrows from his own experience with a cochlear implant.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Books of The Times: The Shock of Losing a Spouse

In “A Widow’s Story” Joyce Carol Oates reflects on the pain of losing her husband after nearly 48 years of marriage.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Patrick Hamilton gets blue plaque

Hangover Square novelist commemorated at his west London birthplaceThe novelist and playwright Patrick Hamilton took a somewhat jaundiced view of London, writing in his unfinished story The Happy Hunting Ground that the city was "a place where you're forever hunting... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to score We Need to Talk About Kevin

Third film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel, will feature music by Radiohead guitaristIt may not be the week's biggest bit of Radiohead news, but the band's Jonny Greenwood has been announced as the composer for... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Taking Her Art Seriously, Not Herself

Judi Dench has a new book, “And Furthermore,” that chronicles her 54-year career in theater and film production by production.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Talent Is What Made Him Dangerous

The on-screen and off-screen personas of Humphrey Bogart are well chronicled, but no less seductive more than 50 years after his death.... More...

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Monday, 14 February, 2011

Lost Roberto Bolaño novel to be serialised this spring

The Third Reich, dating from the 1990s, will be published for the first time in English by the Paris ReviewA newly uncovered novel by the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño will get its first English language publication this year in... More...

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Monday, 14 February, 2011

Bill Bryson launches battle against litter on railways

Campaign led by the author aims to force Network Rail to fulfil its legal obligation to clear up rubbishStanding on a crowded, windswept railway platform can be dreary on a cold Monday morning, especially when it's filthy with crisp wrappers... More...

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Monday, 14 February, 2011

Borders poised for bankruptcy

Bookstore chain whose UK arm went bust at the end of 2009 will bid to renegotiate debts in US under chapter 11 protectionStricken US bookseller Borders, which has struggled with a long-term shift towards digital sales in the publishing industry,... More...

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Sunday, 13 February, 2011

Osama Bin Laden: The Specter

An ex-C.I.A. bin Laden hunter worries about U.S. complacency.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Nuclear Reaction

This novel’s heroine, 77, was poisoned in a cold war medical experiment.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Children’s Books: Urban Myths

Adam Gopnik’s children’s fantasy is a multilayered tribute to both the real and the mythic New York.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Solving Bobby Fischer

A biography of the admired chess master and reviled eccentric Bobby Fischer.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Swashbuckling Spymaster

A biography of William J. Donovan, the head of the World War II intelligence service that preceded the C.I.A.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Editors Choice’

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Chaos, Food, Lodging

The rise and fall of an anarchist collective is the subject of Justin Taylor’s first novel.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Children’s Books: Sudden Awakening

A young Japanese boy mistakes the real and imaginary in this picture book from Allen Say.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

The Parisienne

A novel reimagines a real Frenchwoman’s lusty life from her unclaimed belongings.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Up, Up, Up

A Harvard economist acclaims the environmental virtues of cities.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Finding a Way

A memoir of growing up disabled in the South, becoming a writer and embracing faith.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Time and Possibilities

A biblical scholar uses his encounter with death to investigate the state of mind in which one intuits something on the order of God.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Homage to Catalonia

A German detective searches for his son during the Spanish Civil War.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

What Am I So Afraid Of?

In this novel, a teenager’s crush on David Cassidy helps shape the rest of her life.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Two Voices

A father reports on, and a son describes, the experience of schizophrenia.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Terrible Swift Tongue

Amy Chua preaches tough love and high expectations in a memoir about the lengths she went to in pushing her daughters to excel.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Children’s Books: Liberty or Death

Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel about the American Revolution and colonial-era slavery is a sequel to her prize-winning “Chains.”... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Crime: Twisted Trails

Mystery novels by Urban Waite, Jed Rubenfeld, Alan Bradley and Martha Grimes.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Revolution From Within

New books tell of Mandela’s birth to a royal court, his struggle to adapt to racist South Africa, and the peace he maintained in prison.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

J. D. Salinger’s Love and Squalor

The great achievement of Kenneth Slawenski’s reverent biography, coming just a year after Salinger’s death, is its evocation of the horror of his experiences in World War II.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Bookshelf: Of Love in the City, and Black History

Ariel Sabar writes of serendipitous connections, a photographer captures the urban landscape, and a professor writes of the African-American elite.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

The Computer Made Me Do It

Two views: the Internet is leading us to temptation, or perhaps teaching us how to be good.... More...

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Amis: I’d write for children only if I'd had a brain injury

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Amis: I'd need to have brain injury to write for children

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Saturday, 12 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Introducing E-Book Best Sellers

This week's Book Review introduces revamped best-seller lists, the result of many months of planning, research and design.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother'

Featuring Susan Dominus on Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"; and Alexandra Jacobs on Allison Pearson's new novel, "I Think I Love You."... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

Tensions rise in Italy over Silvio Berlusconi sex charges

Beleaguered prime minister due to meet president as judge prepares to rule on indictment allegationA beleaguered Silvio Berlusconi is due to meet the president, Giorgio Napolitano, for urgent talks on Friday as tensions grew between his supporters and opponents over... More...

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

Friday, 11 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best-Sellers: I Think I Do

In "Scenes From an Impending Marriage," the cartoonist Adrian Tomine chronicles his own march down the aisle in a series of comic strips.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Four years ago, Ree Drummond was just another sometime city girl turned Oklahoma ranch wife with a flock of home-schooled children and a blog. Now, she’s a full-fledged media star.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

£50,000 prize for books about 'colour' announces shortlist

Warwick prize for writing pits poetry against anthropology, politics, science and fictionOne of Britain's richest, and certainly strangest, books prizes has announced its shortlist, pitting Nobel laureate Derek Walcott's poems against a study of South African censorship, a work of... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Hatchet Man Stands Up for 'Mad Men'

Dale Peck, a critic perhaps better known for not liking things, responds to Daniel Mendelsohn's recent takedown of "Mad Men" in The New York Review of Books.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

The Medium: Table Disservice

You’re welcome to linger in a cafe, as long as your reading material isn’t battery-powered.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Bilbo Baggins and the 13 Dwarves: Meet the Cast of 'The Hobbit'

Peter Jackson did not attend a news conference where the cast members of his "Hobbit" movies were introduced, and where the actor Martin Freeman denied that the project was cursed.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

Martin Amis: Only brain injury could make me write for children

Children's authors have expressed anger over 'insult' to their work on BBC programmeRemarks about children's books made by Martin Amis on the BBC's new book programme Faulks on Fiction, broadcast this week, have caused anger and offence among children's writers.... More...

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

Friday, 11 February, 2011

WikiLeaks Angry About Ex-Staff Member’s Book

A tell-all book to be released Friday is highly critical of Julian Assange, and says the Web site was disabled by a spate of defections last year.... More...

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

Former rough sleeper on literary shortlist

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Friday, 11 February, 2011

Essay: Egypt: The Cultural Revolution

The poems and songs of Tahrir Square directly challenge the official worldview propagated by the Mubarak regime.... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Scene City: The First Lady’s Look, in a Book

A party for Kate Betts’s “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style,” part coffee-table book and part historical essay.... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Peering Into a Reclusive Life

“J. D. Salinger: A Life,” by Kenneth Slawenski, is earnest, vigorously researched and revealing without resorting to voyeuristic speculation.... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

World Book Night branded 'misguided and misjudged'

Independent booksellers and authors say the million-book giveaway will damage trade and writers' incomesThree weeks ahead of the inaugural World Book Night book-giving event on 5 March, a row has broken out over whether the event will damage independent booksellers... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

WikiLeaks threatens legal action against Daniel Domscheit-Berg

Julian Assange characterised as being obsessed by power in former WikiLeaks employee's account of his time with websiteWikiLeaks is threatening to take legal action against a former employee whose book chronicling his time with the organisation characterises its founder, Julian... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Tribute to 'totally funky grandma' wins Waterstone's children's book prize

Sita Brahmachari's Artichoke Hearts, inspired by her '60s babe of a mother-in-law', takes £5,000 awardA debut novel about a teenager coming to terms with life, death and first love has won the Waterstone's children's book prize. Artichoke Hearts by Sita... More...

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Shameful secrets in the fields of the Holocaust

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Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Poems of Pain, the Raw and the Remembered

This pile of slim books is filled with poems bearing ideas large, small and distilled.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Powell's Books Announces Layoffs

The rise of e-books and declining store sales have led to layoffs at Powell's Books, the landmark bookstore in Portland, Ore.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: It's Collaboratin' Time: Spider-Man to Join the Fantastic Four

The Marvel Comics web slinger will become a member of the Fantastic Four - or, more precisely, join with the surviving teammates of that superhero group to form a new team - whose exploits will be chronicled in a new... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Malcolm X Trove Hidden During Feud

A court dispute over the estate of Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, has kept some of his writings from being published.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Hot or Not? A Model Turned Guru on What to Eat

Sitting down to lunch with the ayurvedic guru Cameron Alborzian, author of “The Guru in You.”... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Brian Jacques, Writer of Redwall Series, Dies at 71

Mr. Jacques worked many trades before finding his métier as a writer of the Redwall children’s fantasy books.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Elizabeth Bishop, Fighting The New Yorker Over Extra Commas and Steaming Cowflops

Elizabeth Bishop’s publisher is celebrating the centenary of her birth by issuing new, updated collections of her poetry and prose, as well as a plump collection of letters.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Gender Balance and Book Reviewing: A New Survey Renews The Debate

A report on gender balance and book reviewing.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

Lord of the Rings reworking a hit with fans, but not Tolkien estate

An English translation of The Last Ring-Bearer has taken off among Middle-Earth lovers but incurred the disapproval of Tolkien's publisherA Russian reworking of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has been made available as a free download after being... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

Books of The Times: In Japan: Young, Numb and Violent

The characters in the Japanese writer Ryu Murakami’s new novel are obsessed with saccharine pop music and TV but devoid of ambition and social ability.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

Jules Verne, French science fiction pioneer, marked with Google doodle

Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days, celebrated with logo that mimics submarine portholesFondly regarded as the father of science fiction, who foresaw a range of technological innovations long before their... More...

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Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

Honour at last for a 'Booker bridesmaid'

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Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Two Anti-Communists at Odds

The thinker Daniel Bell, who died last week, could be impatient with those he judged to be on the wrong side of history or ideas, as is clear from his correspondence with William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955.... More...

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Monday, 7 February, 2011

Scottish Academy of Literature plan dropped

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop says economic pressures mean the scheme cannot currently be realisedScotland's culture minister Fiona Hyslop has rejected a recommendation that a new Scottish Academy of Literature be established for the country's greatest writers, poets and novelists.... More...

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

Monday, 7 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Culinary Comfort in a Tumultuous Middle East

“Day of Honey” is a memoir about food, love and war in the Middle East, by an American foreign correspondent, Annia Ciezadlo.... More...

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Sunday, 6 February, 2011

42: The answer to life, the universe and everything

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Sunday, 6 February, 2011

The day the bookworms turned

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Sunday, 6 February, 2011

The meaning of life? 42 things about 42

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Sunday, 6 February, 2011

Off the Shelf: Early America, Ripe for Counterfeiters

Few countries, Ben Tarnoff writes in a new book, “have had as rich a counterfeiting history as America.”... More...

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Saturday, 5 February, 2011

Yell casts JR Hartley ad into digital era

Author's search for fly-fishing book becomes DJ's hunt for trance mix in search company's update of classic 1980s adAlmost 30 years after lovable gent JR Hartley and his hunt for a book about fly fishing captured the hearts of the... More...

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Saturday, 5 February, 2011

E-Readers Catch Younger Eyes and Go in Backpacks

E-readers are going mass market, enticing some members of the younger generation to pick them up for the first time.... More...

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Saturday, 5 February, 2011

Returning the Blessings of an Immortal Life

Rebecca Skloot uses royalties from her best seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” to help the descendants of the book’s subject.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Reluctant Seer

The heroine of Bradford Morrow’s novel comes from a long line of pained visionaries.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Expanding Horizons

Understanding the origins of our universe, Brian Greene argues, means accepting that there could be a multitude of others.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Castaways

Loss is a bond between two boys — one Indian, one Jewish — in this novel set on the island of Mauritius during World War II.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Karen Russell

Featuring Karen Russell on her first novel, "Swamplandia!"; and Lee Siegel on the dark side of the Internet.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Twitter Can’t Save You

A technology skeptic argues there is nothing inherently liberating about social networking. Indeed, the opposite may be true.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Infested Waters

Karen Russell’s exuberant first novel imagines the pleasures and miseries of life in a failing alligator theme park in the Everglades.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: 'The Net Delusion' and the Egypt Crisis

Evgeny Morozov's argument in "The Net Delusion" that the internet does more harm than good in political contexts is running up against violent reality in Egypt.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Waterstone mulls bid for bookshops that bear his name

Shares in parent company HMV rise as speculation mounts about intentions of entrepreneur turned novelist Tim WaterstoneThe entrepreneur turned novelist Tim Waterstone was today considering making a sixth bid in 12 years for the eponymous bookshop he founded in 1982.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: 'The Last Unicorn'

The novelist Peter S. Beagle is the latest author to have his work adapted into the graphic novel format.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Dramatic Revival

Joseph O’Connor’s novel vividly reimagines the love affair between a young actress and the Irish playwright John Millington Synge.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Fatal Flaws

A history of the race to commercialize a military technology and define a new era of air travel.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Violence and Retribution

A history of a slave revolt in Louisiana illuminates the white fear of black insurrection.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

My Husband, the Stranger

A widow’s memoir of her husband’s secret life.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Land Without Pity

In Carlos Fuentes’s new novel, Mexico has exchanged the comfort of corruption for the terror of crime.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Essay: Dreaming in English

Memoirs about language-learning reflect the fear of a world flattened by the new lingua franca.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Glamour Goes to War

A history of two beauty tycoons who profited from World War II.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

The Aftermath

The 100-year-old Bulgarian man at the center of Rana Dasgupta’s new novel is witness to the altered Eastern European dream.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

At What Cost

A look at the cold accounting that determines the value of things, even things considered priceless.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Primal Urges

A superior ape falls in love with a primatologist in this pleasurable first novel.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Reviewer Spotlight: Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue started writing fiction at age 19, although her first love was verse.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Here’s Looking at Him

A study of Humphrey Bogart’s life and his lasting influence on American film.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Polar Distress

A threatened region’s raw beauty shines amid the bleak, shameful story of the ruin of native cultures.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Poisoning the Well

A lot has to happen by 2020 if this planet is to remain a livable place, Mark Hertsgaard warns.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Up Front: Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue started writing fiction at age 19, although her first love was verse.... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Research shows male writers still dominate books world

Statistics from US campaigners Vida confirm dramatic gender imbalance in literary critics and the authors reviewedThe gender imbalance at the heart of the British and American literary establishment has been laid bare by a new study confirming that leading literary... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Dashiell Hammett's lost works found in Texas

Fifteen unpublished short stories unearthed by Andrew Gulli, who is publishing one in his magazine The StrandA cache of unpublished works by famed writer Dashiell Hammett, often seen as the father of hardboiled detective fiction, has been found and is... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Protests across the UK expected for Save Our Libraries Day

Some 80 events nationwide scheduled in co-ordinated day of action against library closures Click here for an interactive map of all the scheduled eventsAuthor Philip Pullman has described the spontaneous surge of popular support for libraries threatened with closure by... More...

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

The risqué secret behind an 18th-century bestseller

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Friday, 4 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Rumsfeld’s Defense of Known Decisions

Donald H. Rumsfeld’s memoir plays a fast and loose game of dodge ball with what are now “known knowns” and “known unknowns” about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Reading List for the Egypt Crisis

It took decades for the conditions for revolt to ripen in Egypt. A range of widely noted books offer clues to the country's accumulated discontents and thwarted desires.... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Essay: Daniel Bell, Master Builder

With the death last month of Daniel Bell, we lost a prescient big thinker on many subjects, including ideology and American politics.... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld memoirs reveal no regrets over Iraq

Defence secretary at time of Iraq invasion says human, financial and political toll has been worth it to remove Saddam HusseinThe former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes the war in Iraq has been worth the cost and remains largely... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

In Book, Rumsfeld Recalls Bush’s Early Iraq Focus

“Known and Unknown,” former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s memoir of his political career, mixes the policy and the personal.... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Brimming With Clues That Are Hard to Link

Jed Rubenfeld’s tremendous new thriller is a follow-up to his 2006 novel, “The Interpretation of Murder.”... More...

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Larsson publisher grows UK share

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Thursday, 3 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Class Action Suit Filed Against Jimmy Carter Book

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Jimmy Carter and Simon & Schuster over his 2006 book, "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid."... More...

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Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

Authors to lobby Scottish parliament on Save Our Libraries Day

Children's authors and illustrators will be leading a protest to the Scottish parliament on Save Our Libraries Day this SaturdayGruffalo creator Julia Donaldson and fellow children's writer Julie Bertagna will be among a group of authors and illustrators protesting to... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

ElBaradei's memoir to be rushed into shops following Egyptian upheaval

A memoir by Mohamed ElBaradei, leading opponent of President Mubarak, is to be published in the UK and the US on 2 MayA memoir by Mohamed ElBaradei, the most prominent opponent of Egypt's departing President Hosni Mubarak, is being hurried... More...

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Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

Waterstone's set to close 20 branches

Hit by poor Christmas sales, 11 branches will be culled this week, while Borders teeters on brink of US bankruptcyIn a tough week for high-street bookselling, it was announced yesterday that 11 branches of Waterstone's – including two in Dublin... More...

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Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

The author, the philistine PM and a crusade with no happy ending

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Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Paper Cuts Joins ArtsBeat

The Book Review's Paper Cuts blog has joined ArtsBeat.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Mohamed ElBaradei Memoir Rushed to Publication

Mr. ElBaradei's first book, "The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times," will be published on April 26 by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Phantoms of the Mind, No Longer Shocking but No Less Haunting

A memoir of a son’s descent into schizophrenia, written in alternating chapters by the Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn and his son Henry.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Life Ain't Easy for a Girl Named Sue: A Memoir from Jane Lynch of 'Glee'

The book by Ms. Lynch, who plays the deliciously nasty cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," will recount her comedy career as she learned to embrace her homosexuality and overcame alcoholism.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store

Sony said Apple had rejected its e-book app because it did not route book sales through Apple’s system.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

The stalker who stole Queen Victoria's underwear

Stalker known as the Boy Jones secretly explored Buckingham Palace three times before he was transported to AustraliaHe is reputed to have sat on Queen Victoria's throne, hidden under her sofa and even stolen her underwear during his secret explorations... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

ArtsBeat: Life Ain't Easy for a Girl Named Sue: A Personal Memoir from Jane Lynch of 'Glee'

The book by Ms. Lynch, who plays the deliciously nasty cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," will recount her comedy career as she learned to embrace her homosexuality and overcame alcoholism.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Alexandria youth 'protecting library from looters'

Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina issues message of thanks to young people he says are defending building from 'thugs'The director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has announced that his building, built in commemoration of the famous ancient library destroyed in antiquity, is... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Yann Martel halts book barrage of Canadian PM

After sending 100 volumes to his country's leader at fortnightly intervals, Life of Pi author tires 'of using books as political bullets'After four years and the donation of 100 carefully chosen books, Yann Martel, author of the 2002 Man Booker... More...

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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

Books of The Times: Soft Lyrics Set in Motion a Mad Crush

“I Think I Love You,” by Allison Pearson, channels an insecure 13-year-old with a crush on David Cassidy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

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