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Issue 50 / December 2012

March 2011

Book on Gandhi Stirs Passion in India

Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography has been banned in part of India because of its discussion of an intimate relationship between Gandhi and another man.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Maximized Revenue, Minimized Existence

David Foster Wallace’s posthumous, unfinished novel, “The Pale King,” was pieced together by his editor from pages and notes that the author left behind after he committed suicide in 2008.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Weekend Miser

Poetry and beer. Maira Kalman and Gypsy rhythms.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Arts Council funding for literature rises 9.9% amid the cuts

While avoiding overall cutbacks, there were still clear winners and losers with some gaining at the expense of othersLiterature has fared best in the new Arts Council England budget, with spending set to increase by nearly 10% while all other... More...

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

Thursday, 31 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Ferdinand the Bull Turns 75

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the children's book "The Story of Ferdinand," written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

BBC launches online archive of the Listener magazine

All 3,197 issues of weekly title from 1929 to 1991 digitised, featuring writing from Virginia Woolf, Phillip Larkin and TS EliotGallery: images from the Listener archiveIt was one of the most distinguished titles in British journalism for more than six... More...

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

Thursday, 31 March, 2011

H. R. F. Keating, Author of Crime Series, Is Dead at 84

Mr. Keating, the prolific British crime novelist who created Ganesh Ghote, the humble Indian police inspector, led a literary life saturated with crime.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Richard Holbrooke’s Papers Entrusted to George Packer

The papers of Richard C. Holbrooke, the diplomat at the center of many of America’s foreign policy challenges of the last four decades, have been entrusted to the journalist George Packer, who will write a book.... More...

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Le Carré refuses to join Man Booker race

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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Books of The Times: A Mother’s Devotion, a Family’s Tearful Regrets

Kyung-sook Shin’s novel about a selfish family’s penitence amid the disappearance of its matriarch has been released in English after selling more than a million copies in South Korea.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Paul Allen Writes of Plots and Slights at Microsoft

In a new book, Paul Allen describes the years with his co-founder, Bill Gates, hinting at disappointment in the way he was treated.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: John le Carré, Unwilling Prize Nominee

The spy novelist was one of 13 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize, but he's apparently not interested in winning.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Microsoft co-founder lays bare his battles with Bill Gates

Paul Allen uses memoir to portray Bill Gates as a bully who sought to deprive him of his share in Microsoft fortuneBill Gates betrayed his ailing business partner and tried to deprive him of his share of the Microsoft fortune,... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Children’s Books: The Other Jersey Shore

This picture book traces the history of New Jersey’s beleaguered Meadowlands ecosystem through its industrial nadir to the stubborn re-emergence of its indigenous wildlife.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Indian state bans Gandhi book after reviews hint at gay relationship

Gujarat votes unanimously to ban book, as its author Joseph Lelyveld dismisses claim it suggests Indian leader was bisexualA state in western India has banned Pulitzer-prize-winning Joseph Lelyveld's new book about Mahatma Gandhi after reviews said it hints that the... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

John le Carré turns down Booker honour

Doyen of spy fiction asks to be removed from shortlist for Man Booker International prize as he 'doesn't compete for awards'John le Carré has been nominated for the Man Booker International prize, which recognises an author's lifetime contribution to fiction,... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Man Booker Prize: Amelia Hill on the 'Olympics of literature'

Philip Roth, Philip Pullman, Anne Tyler and John le Carré among the nominees for the prestigious prizeIt is the most prized literary award of all, an accolade that honours a writer's entire body of work and pits all living fiction... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Zadie Smith joins campaign to save her local library

Author makes clear her belief in community institutions and speaks out in bid to save branch at Kensal RiseDwarfed by a massive electric crucifix and surrounded by dusty portraits of saints, Zadie Smith sat on stage in the back room... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Keats love letter sells at auction for £96,000

Last love letter by the poet still in private hands bought by the City of London corporation for display in museum"Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold" wrote John Keats in 1816 – but a love letter the... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

A Piece of ‘Gone With the Wind’ Isn’t Gone After All

A Connecticut library will display four chapters of the final typescript of “Gone With the Wind,” which many thought had been destroyed.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

John Keats love letter fetches £96,000

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Appreciating Gandhi Through His Human Side

In this new study, Joseph Lelyveld re-examines and humanizes Gandhi.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Shaun Tan wins Astrid Lindgren prize

World's richest children's literature award goes to Australian author-illustrator, described as a 'masterly visual storyteller'The Australian author-illustrator Shaun Tan is the winner of this year's Astrid Lindgren prize – the richest children's literature prize in the world, with a purse... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Eoin Colfer and Artemis Fowl: a beginning and an end

Eoin Colfer has announced that the eighth Artemis Fowl book will be the last. But don't despair: he has a new series coming out next summer, which he's described as "Oliver Twist meets The Matrix"Big news for fans of Eoin... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Niall Ferguson: school history lessons 'lack all cohesion'

Historian says too few pupils are spending too little time studying history, particularly in state schoolsThe Harvard academic Niall Ferguson has warned that too few pupils are spending too little time studying history – and what they do study lacks... More...

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Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones, Children’s Author, Dies at 76

Ms. Jones was a creator of the Chrestomanci series and other works that imagined magical worlds with a skeptical eye.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time

A Web site security measure is also a project to transform old books, magazines, newspapers or pamphlets into accurate, searchable and easily sortable computer text files.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Abrupt Regime Change in Egypt Is Nothing New. Just Ask Thutmose III.

Toby Wilkinson, a British scholar, traces the strengths and vulnerabilities of a civilization that keeps its hold on the imagination.... More...

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Monday, 28 March, 2011

Media Decoder: Promoting Jean Auel's 'Land of Painted Caves' as an E-Book

On Tuesday, Jean M. Auel's "Land of Painted Caves" will be released, with a relatively small print run, on the assumption that many readers will prefer e-books.... More...

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Monday, 28 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Detective Meets His End, Sort Of

In the 10th and, we’re told, final Kurt Wallander crime novel, Henning Mankell kills off his hero — sort of.... More...

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Monday, 28 March, 2011

A Cheating Husband’s World

The Swiss writer Peter Stamm imagines a man caught between a charming, frigid wife and a plain but devoted mistress.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Book for @MayorEmanuel

Scribner has acquired the rights to publish "The _____ Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel," a book based on the profanity-laced Twitter feed.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Why Experts Get the Future Wrong

We have a deep desire to know the future. But the journalist Dan Gardner argues that forecasts by experts are rarely more accurate than a guess.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Up Front: Kathryn Schulz

The idea to study the human propensity for making mistakes came to Kathryn Schulz “basically out of the ether.”... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

The Man Who Hired Jackie Robinson

Jimmy Breslin on Branch Rickey, who laid the groundwork for integrating baseball. Neil Lanctot on Roy Campanella, who helped lead the way.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Ward Just’s Portrait of an Artist

A novel of a Midwesterner’s coming-of-age in a world of art and money.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Arts cuts prompt stage stars' appeal to prime minister

Sir Richard Eyre, Tony Hall and Jude Kelly warn of lasting damage likely to result from curtailed government spendingLeading figures from the arts have written to the prime minister asking him to join a dialogue about a "long-term policy for... More...

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

Friday, 25 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Joseph Lelyveld on Gandhi

Featuring Joseph Lelyveld on Gandhi's years in South Africa; and John Schwartz on a new biography of Will Rogers.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson tells why she vetoed ebook

Interactive apps are a bad idea that keeps children from the written word, says best-selling writerThe bestselling children's author Julia Donaldson, whose signature rhyming picture books dominate top 10 lists, has revealed that she vetoed an ebook version of her... More...

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

Friday, 25 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Dead (Again) Robin?

The new book on our hardcover list this week, "Gotham Central: Corrigan," at No. 1, is the fourth and final volume of the series.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Martin Scorsese to curate Port Eliot film festival

Director to curate four night season at Cornish festival with Brunel viaduct providing backdrop to outdoor screeningsEven legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has never had a set like this to play with – a giant screen by a river under... More...

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

Friday, 25 March, 2011

A Love Triangle From Brazil to Brooklyn

In this German novel, a children’s book and the dog of the title reflect the tragic history of a menage-a-trois.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

The Rise of Édith Piaf

Edith Piaf embraced life passionately, even at its cruelest; Carolyn Burke’s biography surveys the mayhem with thoughtfulness and respect.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Hidden cuts are undermining libraries from within, claim experts

Library insiders suggest local authority plans for reductions in opening hours, funding and services could be just as harmful as closures, but Vaizey committed to volunteer-run modelLibrary opening hours are being slashed to as little as three hours a week... More...

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

Friday, 25 March, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Sammy Hagar may have lost his job fronting Van Halen, but he zooms to the top of the hardcover nonfiction list this week with “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock.”... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Crime: Mankell’s Endgame

Mystery novels by Henning Mankell, Maisie Dobbs, Michael Robertson and Louis Bayard.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Essay: Oprah Magazine’s Adventures in Poetry

Even when Oprah’s magazine wraps it in fashion, poetry can’t approach mass culture with any sense of swagger.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

American Mischief in the Carribean

Alex von Tunzelmann reconstructs an era when Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic were cold war battlegrounds.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Will Rogers, Populist Cowboy

A biography of Will Rogers reminds us that the happy-go-lucky comedian was also a powerful political insider.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Stories of Small-Town Strife

These eight tales are linked by the suffering that abounds in a small, poverty-stricken town.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Was the Civil War Necessary?

A historian asks whether the country might have spared itself the carnage of the Civil War.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Appalachian Gothic

A legacy of mysticism and fear haunts three generations of in Sheri Holman’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

How the Indians Lost Washington Territory

How a struggle over land led to war between whites and Indians in Washington Territory in the mid-1800’s.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

African Tyrant

The journalist Peter Godwin’s latest chronicle of the horrors of Zimbabwe under Mugabe.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Reviewer Spotlight: Kathryn Schulz and the Rightness of Wrongness

Kathryn Schulz, the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," discusses her interest in wrongness, as well as the roles that philosophy, science and literature have played her life.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Modern Marvel

Marvel, which has produced comics in various forms since 1939, is enjoying a hard-fought moment in the spotlight while it grapples with adapting to the 21st century.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

What Newton Gave Us

How the scientific attempt to describe the underlying order of the cosmos played out in the life of Isaac Newton.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Being Gay on the Left

The intersecting lives of two gay Americans who were involved in issues like civil rights and the Vietnam War.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

How Gandhi Became Gandhi

Joseph Lelyveld’s vivid, nuanced and cleareyed study of Mahatma Gandhi focuses on his role as a social reformer, in both South Africa and in India.... More...

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

HMV considers selling Waterstone's

Troubled retailer HMV denies it is in takeover talks but confirms it may sell book chain and Canadian operationHMV confirmed this morning that it is looking at selling off the Waterstone's chain of booksellers, but insisted that it is not... More...

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

Friday, 25 March, 2011

Just days after her death, battle begins over Liz Taylor memoirs

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Friday, 25 March, 2011

Book Ruling Cuts Options for Google

Google may seek help from Congress as it tries to salvage a book publishing settlement that was rejected by a federal judge.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

A Successful Self-Publishing Author Decides to Try the Traditional Route

Amanda Hocking, after nine self-published books, agrees to sell a four-book series to St. Martin’s Press.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Books of The Times: A Newsman’s Family, Missing in Action

John Darnton, a former New York Times reporter and editor, examines the myths he grew up with about his father, who died while reporting during World War II.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

First Person: Sharing Her Secrets

A daughter learns hidden family history through her mother’s memoirs and autobiographical novels.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Classic Editions of Children's Folk Tales Reissued

It's a merry occasion when classic folk tales illustrated by Paul Galdone are reissued. On Monday, "The Three Little Pigs," "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Bears," and "The Three Little Kittens" all landed in bookstores once again.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Currents | Books: ‘Undecorate’ by Christiane Lemieux

A new book from the founder and creative director of DwellStudio shows how to have a stylishly imperfect home.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Ride a goose to the moon: the British Library's SF odyssey

A 1628 novel anticipating space travel is the star of the show at the British Library's upcoming exhibition on science fiction in literatureWhen Francis Godwin, a 17th-century bishop, sat down to work out how man might get to the moon... More...

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

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Douglas Adams's Doctor Who story to be novelised

'Lost' serial by Hitchhiker's Guide author will be published next MarchA novelisation of the "lost" Doctor Who serial Shada, scripted by Hitchhiker's Guide author Douglas Adams in 1979, will be published next year.... More...

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

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: HBO Votes for Ed Harris to Play John McCain

Mr. Harris, an Academy Award nominee for "Apollo 13" and "Pollock," will play Mr. McCain in a television movie about the 2008 presidential campaign.... More...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Cultural history of camouflage wins Warwick Prize for Writing

Dazzled and Deceived takes £50,000 award based around theme of colourA cultural history of mimicry and camouflage has won this year's Warwick Prize for Writing.... More...

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

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Blogging anthropologist to study the City tribe for The Guardian

Pioneering journalist Joris Luyendijk is joining The Guardian to write a blog about London's financial district."I'm going to discover the City like an anthropologist going off to do field work amongst a tribe," he says.... More...

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

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Vivid Years on the Arm of a Kennedy

Christina Haag, John F. Kennedy Jr.’s onetime lover, relives a youth of romance and adventure in this memoir.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Too Much Information About 'Information'?

Information seems to be everywhere these days. And the O.E.D.'s entry on "information" has kept pace - it now runs 9,400 words.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

New York judge rules against Google books settlement

Judge Denny Chin rules settlement addressing critics of mass book scanning project is 'not fair, adequate and reasonable'Authors opposed to the revised Google books settlement are celebrating a surprise ruling in their favour by a New York judge. After 13... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Children’s Books: Out With Winter

How to explain to a child the vexing, seemingly unending misery that is March? The picture book “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” turns a shopworn simile into a fresh, rousing story.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Wordsworth home damaged in blaze

Large parts of Allan Bank property in the Lake District destroyed by overnight fire after a suspected electrical faultOne of the "big three" Wordsworth houses in the Lake District has been seriously damaged by fire after a suspected electrical fault.... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

The Magician's Nephew will be fourth Narnia film

Prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be next CS Lewis novel to be adapted for the big screen, reports sayThe makers of the Narnia films are to head back to the start of the story in... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

US judge writes unhappy ending for Google's online library plans

Some authors had complained they had not given permission for books to be scanned and made available onlineGoogle's controversial plans to create the world's biggest online library have been shelved by a US judge.... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Sara Ruddick Dies at 76; Pondered the Nature of Mothering

In her 1989 book, “Maternal Thinking,” she gave motherhood its philosophical due by analyzing the practices and intellectual disciplines involved in raising children.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

David Nevin, Author of Historical Novels, Dies at 83

Mr. Nevin’s best-known book, “Dream West,” told the epic tale of John Charles Frémont’s role in the opening of the American West.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to fly again

Family of James Bond creator commissions sequel to magic car taleIn 1964 it was a fictional Paragon Panther; in 2011 the all-new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be a souped-up VW camper van.... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

The 50 books every child should read

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Jonathan Waxman: Food Inspired by Italy, but All His Own

The chef’s new cookbook, “Italian, My Way,” features his refreshingly offhand, often irreverent voice and recipes from his restaurant, Barbuto.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Judge Rejects Google’s Deal to Digitize Books

A decision against a class-action settlement threw Google’s plans into limbo and undid years of negotiation.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Humanities 2.0: Giving Literature Virtual Life

New digital tools are bringing new ways to teach humanities courses, even Shakespeare.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Meaty Role Brings James Gandolfini Back to HBO

Mr. Gandolfini, a star of "The Sopranos," is attached to play the lead role and produce a film adapted from the book "Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack."... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Authors raise doubts over Gove's 50-book challenge

Michael Gove's remark that children should be reading 50 books a year is called into question by authors from Philip Pullman to children's laureate Anthony BrowneEducation secretary Michael Gove has suggested that children as young as 11 should be reading... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Jacqueline Wilson to update Five Children and It

The former children's laureate is going to write a 'contemporary' version of E Nesbit's classic children's bookHere's some unexpected news for Jacqueline Wilson fans: the Tracy Beaker author is going to write a new version of E Nesbit's classic Five... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Dirty Thoughts on Cleanliness, and Much More

Geoff Dyer casts a perversely wide net in his new collection of essays.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Ebook lending website Lendle shut down by Amazon

Kindle lending community site has its API access revoked by AmazonThe new ebook lending community site Lendle, set up last month to take advantage of Amazon's free Kindle ebook loan facility, has gone off-line after having its API access revoked... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Books of The Times: How George Washington, So Help Him God, Acquired His Many Myths

Edward G. Lengel’s study of the mythology of George Washington looks at the cherry tree, reincarnation rumors and whether America’s first president believed in God.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

Valerie Plame to write spy novels

Former CIA operative to pen series of books featuring a female espionage agentFormer CIA operative Valerie Plame is to write a series of spy novels with a female undercover espionage agent as the central character. Plame, whose real-life global espionage... More...

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

Monday, 21 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Beginning for Middle-Earth as 'The Hobbit' Starts Production

Peter Jackson's film project has been previously delayed by the loss of a previous director, a battle with labor unions over hiring practices and an emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer.... More...

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Monday, 21 March, 2011

Mills & Boon covers inspire self-portrait project

Artist Alex Holder recreated a range of classic romance covers in photographs for International Women's DayThey're dated, oddly posed, and rendered in a range of ghastly pastel colours. But the jacket illustrations of Mills & Boon romances from 20 years... More...

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

Monday, 21 March, 2011

E Nesbit's classic The Railway Children accused of 'plagiarism'

Victorian writer Ada J Graves's granddaughter believes pivotal scene was 'lifted' from The House by the RailwayIt is arguably the single most memorable episode of E Nesbit's much-loved children's book The Railway Children. The three children, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis,... More...

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

Monday, 21 March, 2011

On Education: J. D. Salinger Slept Here (Just Don’t Tell Anyone)

Ursinus College, where Salinger spent a semester in 1938, has long sought a way to trade on this association.... More...

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Monday, 21 March, 2011

Hazel Rowley, Who Wrote of Charismatic Lives, Dies at 59

Ms. Rowley wrote biographies that included Richard Wright, Jean-Paul Sartre and F.D.R.... More...

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Monday, 21 March, 2011

Books of The Times: A Young Muse in the Service of Male Writers

In Anne Roiphe’s new memoir, she explores her compulsion as a young woman in the 1950s to be a muse to male writers.... More...

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Sunday, 20 March, 2011

How Do I Love Thee? Count 140 Characters

Poetry and literature may be flowering in the socially networked, microblogged world of the tweet.... More...

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Saturday, 19 March, 2011

Prototype: Whisper Words of Business Wisdom

“Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles” treats the band’s successes and failures as a sort of Rosetta Stone for business types everywhere.... More...

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Saturday, 19 March, 2011

Bookshelf: A Nightmarish Time in the City Is Revisited

A new book called “Savage City” reconstructs the rampaging decade of the 1960s through the lives of three New Yorkers.... More...

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Saturday, 19 March, 2011

In Novels, an Ex-Spy Returns to the Fold

Valerie Plame Wilson, the former C.I.A. operative, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group USA to write a series of international suspense novels.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

The Misunderstood Death of Modigliani

Meryle Secrest reassesses the painter Modigliani’s notoriously self-destructive life and his place in the modernist firmament.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

A Journalist Investigates a Father Lost at War

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist investigates the story of his own family and searches for the father he never knew.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

A Novel of Hemingway’s First Marriage

Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, narrates this novel about their marriage.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

James Gleick’s History of Information

James Gleick argues that information is more than just the contents of our libraries and Web servers: human consciousness, life on earth, the cosmos — it’s bits all the way down.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Why Ed Miliband's bookcase speaks volumes

A Guardian photoshoot gives John Crace a rare chance to assess the Labour leader's reading habitsYou should never judge a book by its cover, but that needn't stop us judging a politician by his bookcase. In an exclusive issue published... More...

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

Friday, 18 March, 2011

Up Front: Geoffrey Nunberg

Geoffrey Nunberg is perhaps best known for his witty commentaries on language usage and politics.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

George Sand, Novelized

A novel intertwines the narratives of a modern professor and the 19th-century French writer George Sand.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

In Search of Moonlight

A physical and intellectual journey in search of undiluted moonlight.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

A Thriller Revisits the Cambridge Spies

Charles Cumming’s thriller posits a sixth man among Britain’s notorious Cambridge spies.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Essay: Why Last Chapters Disappoint

Books on social problems always seem to end with suggestions that are banal, utopian or beside the point.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

‘American Idol,’ the History

How a lightly regarded British import called “Pop Idol” became America’s most-watched television series.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

The Spies Who Loved Each Other

A pair of C.I.A. operatives describe the dangers and deceptions of the career they abandoned, and how they came to marry.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

I Took the Turing Test

An account of a contest between artificial intelligence programs and people to see who sounds the most human.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

From The Paris Review to a Korean Deli

How a Paris Review editor and his lawyer wife embraced a world of “lottery tickets, wine coolers and penny candy.”... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

A Historical Romance of 20th Century India

A first novel spanning much of the 20th century depicts a love triangle in the Coorg district of India.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Anne Roiphe’s Wild Oats

The novelist Anne Roiphe examines her youthful compulsion to be a muse to “a man of great talent.”... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

Grappling With Religion and Violence

James Carroll covers a lot of territory in this messy book about just about everything, religion and violence in particular.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: John Darnton

Featuring the journalist John Darnton on his memoir, "Almost aFamily"; and The Times's Holland Cotter on a new biography of Modigliani.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: The Poetry of Catastrophe

A sampler of literary catastrophe for these dark times. Don't run away. It's not as depressing as it sounds. One of the enduring paradoxes of great apocalyptic writing is that it consoles even as it alarms.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Téa Obreht’s novel, “The Tiger’s Wife” is an unlikely best seller: a debut literary novel, set in the Balkans, that balances a war story against a collection of contemporary folk tales.... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

The Age of Miracles, the earthquake novel that has shaken the publishing world

Sold for £500,000 in Britain and £620,000 in the US: the debut book eerily prescient of the Japanese disasterAn eerily prescient novel in which a giant earthquake knocks the earth from its axis has netted a £500,000 deal reminiscent of... More...

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Friday, 18 March, 2011

New Frey novel on second coming vies with British novel on same theme

US writer James Frey and British author John Niven will both publish books imagining return of Messiah to contemporary New YorkIt's as awkward as two socialites wearing the same dress to a party. Hard on the heels of news that... More...

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Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Want a New Life? Wait Here for a While

“Arrival City” by Doug Saunders looks to the world’s great sprawling shantytowns and slums and finds a wellspring of human energy.... More...

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Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Michelle Obama to write gardening book

US first lady to publish book about healthy eating and the vegetable patch she created at the White HouseMichelle Obama is hoping to join her husband on the bestseller lists with a book devoted to her experience of creating a... More...

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Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Government puts legal protection for libraries up for review

Initiative to scrap 'burdensome' duties on local authorities will review requirement to provide 'comprehensive and efficient' library serviceA ripple of horror has spread through library campaigners at the news that the only legal protection enjoyed by the public library service... More...

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Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Walter Schwarz, telling it like it was...

Walter Schwarz, a former foreign correspondent for The Guardian during those days when copy was dictated over a crackly phone or transmitted by telex, has written his memoirs.The Ideal Occupation, which is published next month, tells of his colourful experiences... More...

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Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Mystery Is a Thing With Paradoxes

In her latest Jackson Brodie novel, Kate Atkinson unleashes the quasi-retired detective into a world of cryptic characters.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Newly Released Books

New fiction by Meg Howrey, Ben Dolnick, Graham Joyce, Jon Michaud, Charles Cumming and Jim Shepard.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Remembering Those Radical Chic Evenings

The Times recently reported the death of D. L. Cox, a former member of the Black Panthers who "earned a moment of celebrity in 1970 when he spoke at the Leonard Bernstein fund-raising party in Manhattan," an event best remembered... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Children's Books: Hating to Wait

The impatient bunny rabbit in this picture book hates to wait.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Drew Barrymore to direct romantic comedy How to Be Single

Multi-story romance based on Liz Tuccillo novel is the star's second film as a director, following her 2008 hit Whip ItDrew Barrymore won plaudits for her directorial feature debut Whip It, a comedy centered around an all-girl roller derby team.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Orange prize longlist tackles difficult subjects – and alligators

The 20 novels on the longlist for this year's Orange prize for fiction deal with challenging issues 'with incredible sensitivity', say judgesDebut novelists will make up nearly half of the Orange prize for fiction longlist, which this year tackles strikingly... More...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

'The Tiger's Wife' author Obreht nominated for Orange Prize

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Big sinner of US literature turns his pen on Jesus

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Libraries face threat from review

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Books of The Times: What to Expect: X-Ray Vision, Doubled Life Spans and Lots of Robots

Michio Kaku surveyed researchers in fields like medicine, nanotechnology and astronautics to determine what advances may occur by 2100.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: All the News After 64 Years: The Story That Didn't Fly

A New York Times reporter was killed in World War II. The newspaper took awhile to explain what happened.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Children Scribbling in the Margins

Sam Anderson wrote about the delights of writing and reading marginalia in books by and for grownups. But what about children.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Deborah Eisenberg Wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Deborah Eisenberg was named the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction on Tuesday for "The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg."... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Authors launch literary auction for Japan

Writers from Adele Parks to Miranda Dickinson launch Authors for Japan auction to benefit earthquake and tsunami victimsA group of authors, led by the writer Keris Stainton, has joined together to create an auction of 150 literary lots designed to... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

James Frey ignores publishing houses to release new book through art gallery

Bad boy of American letters prints just 10,000 copies of his latest work, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, in time for EasterThese are tough times for the publishing industry, so writers are increasingly turning to unconventional ways to... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: New Gore Book Is Meacham's First Acquisition for Random House

Al Gore's new book, about what the former vice president calls "the drivers of global change," was picked up for the publishing house by Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Newsweek editor.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books

As librarians push for access to more e-books, publishers are reconsidering how much that access should be worth.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Abroad: In Germany, Uproar Over a Doctoral Thesis

The popular defense minister resigned in a very German scandal — not about sex, but a partly plagiarized dissertation.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Nicky Wire to make publishing debut

Manic Street Preachers bassist signs two-book deal with Faber & Faber, beginning with Death of the Polaroid: A Manics Family Album due in NovemberTo a list of authors that includes TS Eliot and WH Auden, Faber & Faber has added... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Steven Kroll, an Author of Children’s Books, Dies at 69

Mr. Kroll was a prolific author of popular children’s books, many of them evoking his experiences growing up in New York City.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Leo Steinberg, Art Historian, Dies at 90

Mr. Steinberg, a keen intellect and writer, is credited with opening up generations of scholars to new ways of seeing.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Hazel Rowley, Biographer With Taste for the Singular, Dies at 59

Ms. Rowley’s subjects ranged from the Roosevelts’ marriage to Sartre and de Beauvoir.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

Author Earns Her Stripes on First Try

Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, escaped the Balkan war and settled in the United States, where she has become a critically acclaimed novelist at the tender age of 25.... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Battle-Zone Absurdity and Adrenaline-Fueled Folly

Kim Barker’s book “The Taliban Shuffle” is an account of her experiences as a reporter covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing at the same time.... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

Al Morgan, Novelist, Playwright and Television Producer, Is Dead at 91

In “The Great Man,” Mr. Morgan used his experience in the radio business to tell the story of a beloved radio personality who was really a sadistic lecher.... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

'Oliver Twist' workhouse saved from demolition

The derelict building that may have served as Charles Dickens's workhouse in his famous novel has been given listed statusIt was, wrote the 25-year-old Charles Dickens with heavy irony and no little fury, "a regular place of public entertainment for... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

Latitude festival lures Suede and Steve Coogan to Suffolk's sunshine coast

The National and Paolo Nutini also headline, with Rob Brydon, David Morrissey and Simon Armitage confirmed for other tentsThe line-up for this year's Latitude festival has been announced, with the revived 1990s band Suede headlining, alongside the National and Paolo... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Nontraditional Route for James Frey Book

James Frey has avoided traditional publishers with his next novel, "The Final Testament of the Holy Bible," the story of a modern-day Jesus that his publisher, the Gagosian Gallery, predicted would be "the most compelling and provocative work of his... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

International Arabic fiction prize awarded to Alem and Achaari

Saudi Arabia's Raja Alem and Morocco's Mohammed Achaari share $50,000 prize for this year's 'Arabic Booker'This year's International prize for Arabic fiction has been awarded jointly for the first time, with Saudi Arabian Raja Alem and Moroccan Mohammed Achaari sharing... More...

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Monday, 14 March, 2011

Book of The Times: Very, Very Bad Things, Very, Very Tiny Packages

In “Spiral,” a scientific thriller by Paul McEuen, nanorobots cause mega problems.... More...

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Sunday, 13 March, 2011

The Texas Tribune: An Unorthodox Life Yields a Novelist of Promise

Taylor Stevens led an unconventional life before writing her first novel, “The Informationist,” which has drawn high praise.... More...

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Sunday, 13 March, 2011

Sports of The Times: The Champions in Verse, Far From Coogan’s Bluff

As a new baseball season approaches, a poetic ode to the Giants’ championship, “O, Gigantic Victory!” has tickled the fancy.... More...

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Sunday, 13 March, 2011

Jennifer Egan wins Critics Circle fiction prize

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Saturday, 12 March, 2011

From books to the box, Rushdie to write and produce TV show

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Saturday, 12 March, 2011

What Harlem Is and Was

A Harlem transplant documents her own experiences there, and those of many others.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Children's Books: The Teenage Sherlock Holmes

In this young adult novel, a 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes quells a possible outbreak of bubonic plague, duels a French baron and wins the affections of a rambunctious American girl.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Joshua Foer

Featuring Joshua Foer on his book, "Moonwalking With Einstein," and Frank Bruni on the chef Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir, "Blood, Bones and Butter."... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Maxine Hong Kingston’s Life in Verse

The novelist Maxine Hong Kingston opts for poetry while taking a long look back in this 229-page free-verse memoir.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

A Mythic Novel of the Balkan Wars

In her first novel, Téa Obreht uses fable and allegory to illustrate the complexities of Balkan history, unearthing the region’s pervasive patterns of suspicion, superstition and everyday violence.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

‘Visit From Goon Squad’ Wins Critics Award

Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award on Thursday night for her wildly inventive novel of interlocking stories.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Up Front: Children’s Books

Introducing Pamela Paul, the Book Review’s new children’s books editor.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Churchill, Depression and a Talking Dog

Rebecca Hunt’s humorous and amiable debut novel involves Winston Churchill, depression and a talking dog.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Is the Imperial Presidency Inevitable?

The executive outranks the other coequal branches, a pair of law professors maintain. And we should learn to accept that.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Gabrielle Hamilton, Cooking With Words

Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef at the New York restaurant Prune, tells of satisfying a variety of hungers in this memoir.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

How to Memorize Everything

A journalist who covered a memory championship gets a tutor, works at it and tries competing himself.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

A Dystopian Tale of Russia’s Future

In Vladimir Sorokin’s dystopian tale, futuristic technology reinforces the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

David Brooks’s Theory of Human Nature

The Times op-ed columnist David Brooks argues that people need to stop believing they have conscious control of their actions.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Crime: A Trophy Wife’s Tale

Mystery novels by Walter Mosley, Cara Hoffman, Ian Rankin and Sara J. Henry.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Children’s Books: Children’s Bookshelf

More children’s books reviewed.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

The 1977 best-seller “Gnomes” spent 56 weeks on the hardcover list. A reissue is due out on April 1.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Children's Books: Misadventures of a Teen Showgirl

Judy Blundell offers another noirish thriller in which teenagers uncover the questionable actions of their elders and learn to form their own judgments.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Children's Books: Picture Books for Little Princesses

Three new books bring home the current market power of the color pink.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Essay: Montaigne’s Moment

Montaigne is often called the first blogger, but his skeptical moderation is in short supply in the blogosphere.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Salman Rushdie writes TV drama series

Author's debut teleplay, 'Next People', will explore politics, sex and religion in the USSalman Rushdie will soon be able to add "screenwriter" to his extensive literary CV. The author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses is to script a... More...

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

Friday, 11 March, 2011

Celestial Sales for Boy’s Tale of Heaven

“Heaven Is for Real,” an account of a 3-year-old boy’s going to heaven and meeting Jesus, has taken paperback best-seller lists by storm.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: National Book Critics Awards Named

Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School on Thursday night for "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), a wildly inventive novel of interlocking stories.... More...

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Library book returned after 30-year world trip

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Friday, 11 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Reconstructing the Day Reagan Fell: Chaos After a President’s Shooting

Del Quentin Wilber, a Washington Post reporter, writes an account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, his surgery and the White House’s handling of the crisis.... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

No fair play for writers of Fair Game film about CIA officer Valerie Plame

Butterworth brothers tell of cloak and dagger research, secret trips to Washington and Hollywood reluctance to back projectThe British writers of a Hollywood thriller that tells the true story of a CIA officer exposed by a Bush White House leak... More...

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

Thursday, 10 March, 2011

Anonymous writer flyposts chapters from novel

Lampposts in New York are the publishing platform chosen by author of Holy CrapIn the brave new era of digital self-publishing, an unknown mystery writer in New York is managing to make headlines for him or herself by using a... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Luminous Fables in a Land of Loss

Téa Obreht’s debut novel, “The Tiger’s Wife,” gives an indelible picture of a Balkan country reeling from the fallout of civil war, while exploring the essence of storytelling.... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

Authors demand drive to raise readers' awareness of book piracy's cost

'People Who Love Books Don't Steal Books' floated as slogan for drive to protect writers' incomesA campaign is needed to educate the new wave of e-reader owners that downloading illegal ebooks from torrent sites is theft, amid signs that the... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

Pope's call for vigilance could put spotlight on sex abuse scandal

Latest book says drowsiness of Jesus's disciples lets in 'Evil One' and 'points ahead to the later history of Christianity'Pope Benedict has made a call for vigilance in his latest book that will have particular resonance in the context of... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

Owen Laster, Literary Agent at William Morris, Dies at 72

Mr. Laster ran William Morris’s worldwide literary operations and had best-selling writers who included James A. Michener and Gore Vidal.... More...

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Thursday, 10 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Investigating Un-American Activities, Now and Then

The controversy over the upcoming Congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization calls to mind the often clamorous proceedings of those held by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, better known as HUAC.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Reconstructing the Day Reagan Fell: Chaos After a President’s Shooting

Del Quentin Wilber, a Washington Post reporter, writes an account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, his surgery and the White House’s handling of the crisis.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Publisher dusts off missing chapter in Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin

Bestseller set in Nazi Germany and published in communist era is to have controversial chapter reinstatedMore than 60 years since Hans Fallada's international bestseller Alone in Berlin was published, readers will be able to digest the unabridged version for the... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

A Resistance Hero Fires Up the French

Stéphane Hessel’s left-wing booklet, “Time for Outrage!,” has become a publishing phenomenon in France.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Guillermo Del Toro won't be climbing the Mountains of Madness

Director's ambitious 3D adaptation of HP Lovecraft story fails to get green light due to potential R ratingHe envisaged it as the dawn of a new era of big-budget horror moviesthat offer a classier take on the genre. But Guillermo... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Cook From It? First, Try Lifting It

At 40 pounds, Nathan Myhrvold’s “Modernist Cuisine” is a remarkable object, but it is not for most home cooks.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Beautiful but damned: the house that inspired Gatsby

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Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Bits of Humor From a Life of Torment

The depression that the poet Les Murray suffered, detailed with self-effacing honesty in his memoir, “Killing the Black Dog,” informs the humor in his new collection, “Taller When Prone.”... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

Walter Zacharius, Romance Publisher, Dies at 87

He rode the wave of romance fiction in the early 1980s to build Kensington Publishing into a leading purveyor of bodice-rippers.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

Children’s Books: The Baker and Her Baby

In this delicious modern-day fable, the scent of cinnamon has the power to cure a colicky baby.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

T Magazine: Excerpt | Life of a Space Pioneer

An excerpt from a new Yuri Gagarin biography, from the pages of our upcoming Spring Men's issue.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

From ‘End of History’ Author, a Look at the Beginning and Middle

A new book by Francis Fukuyama presents a sweeping new overview of human social structures throughout history.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

Jewish Texts Lost in War Are Surfacing in New York

More than 1,000 volumes that were part of a Frankfurt collection on the Science of Judaism were found on the shelves of a Manhattan center for German Jewish culture.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

Stephen King pens 1,000-page JFK novel

11/22/63 tells story of time-travelling teacher who attempts to prevent the presidential assassinationHorror giant Stephen King has become the latest in a long line of novelists to settle on the defining moment that was the 1963 assassination of US president... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

International Women's Day launch for Mary Wollstonecraft memorial

Statue in north London park will commemorate pioneering feministOn the 100th International Women's Day, plans are getting underway to create the first statue anywhere in the world honouring Mary Wollstonecraft, who more than two centuries ago wrote one of the... More...

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Remember How Important It Is Not to Forget

With our collective memories slipping, Joshua Foer explores how to keep a firmer mental grasp on our experiences and why it’s important not to forget.... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

British Museum buys Assyrian treasures cleaned by Agatha Christie

The crime writer used face cream to restore the ivories discovered in the city of Nimrud by her archaeologist husbandDespite the best efforts of Agatha Christie and her pot of face cream, many of the ivory treasures just acquired by... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Christopher Hitchens jokes about joining 'cancer elite'

Beloved 'contrarian' tells 60 Minutes documentary that he's begun to look down on 'people with lesser cancers'Christopher Hitchens has survived the latest intervention in his ongoing treatment for cancer, an examination by CBS's Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes, with the... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Harvey Weinstein regrets not buying rights to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Producer says his failure to buy US film rights to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy was a 'big bloody mistake'The King's Speech producer Harvey Weinstein has told Newsweek his "favourite mistake" in Hollywood was failing to buy the US film rights... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

The real first lady of Fleet Street

Next month sees the publication of a book about the remarkable Rachel Beer, the woman who famously edited the Sunday Times and The Observer simultaneously.As the title indicates, she was First Lady of Fleet Street because she was the first... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Our Towns: Loss of Speech Evokes the Voice of a Writer

Neil Selinger quit work at 54 and started writing his memoir, only to learn he had Lou Gehrig’s disease. It didn’t stop him.... More...

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Motion pens Larkin paean for cancer charity appeal

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Ssshhh! The noisy US revolution coming to British libraries

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Monday, 7 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Drumbeat to E-Mail: The Medium and the Message

“The Information,” by James Gleick, is to the nature, history and significance of data what the beach is to sand.... More...

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Moacyr Scliar, Brazilian Novelist, Dies at 73

In existential fables like “Max and the Cats” and “The Centaur in the Garden,” Mr. Scliar explored the nature of Jewish identity in the Diaspora.... More...

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Off the Shelf: How to Stop Trading Away the Future

In a new book, Diane Coyle says government’s current actions are dangerously out of whack with its responsibilities to the next generations.... More...

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Global bestseller was turned down 60 years ago by British publisher

The story of how Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin was rejected in 1948 has emerged in a letter found in JerusalemA novel that became a worldwide publishing phenomenon more than 60 years after it was first published in Germany was... More...

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Seventy years on, Woolf reveals a new character

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Delighted! 1,000,000 Britons prepare to enjoy a rattling good read

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011

Beliefs: C. S. Lewis’s Legacy Lives on, and Not Just Through the Wardrobe

An author’s legacy keeps growing with new editions, a university and films.... More...

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Saturday, 5 March, 2011

Pastor Stirs Wrath With His Views on Old Questions

To traditionalists, Rob Bell’s statements border on heresy, and they have come at a time when conservative evangelicals fear that youth are straying from biblical truths.... More...

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Saturday, 5 March, 2011

Arnost Lustig, Who Wrote Tales of Holocaust, Dies at 84

Mr. Lustig, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, drew extensively on his wartime experiences for his novels and short stories.... More...

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Saturday, 5 March, 2011

John Haines, a Poet of the Wild, Dies at 86

Mr. Haines, who won a lifetime achievement award from the Library of Congress, was a homesteader and hunter who extolled the Alaskan wilderness.... More...

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Saturday, 5 March, 2011

Book lovers flock to hear Trafalgar Square readings

Authors including Alan Bennett, DBC Pierre and Margaret Atwood defy chill to celebrate World Book Night"I'm too cold to turn the page over," drawled Alan Bennett in his familiar Yorkshire vowels, sending ripples of laughter through the several thousand-strong crowd... More...

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Saturday, 5 March, 2011

Essay: Why Do Writers Abandon Novels?

What leads a writer to give up on a book? Despair, frustration, ambition, inexperience and even success.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Michael Frayn

Featuring the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn on his new memoir; and Donovan Hohn, the author of "Moby-Duck."... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

A Philosophy of Genocide’s Roots

A philosopher argues that dehumanization is necessary for genocide, slavery and slaughter to take hold.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

The First Chinese Exchange Students

In the 19th century, a handful of Chinese came to America to study.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Judi Dench Remembers

Judi Dench looks back on more than half a century of acting.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

City of the Future: An Airport?

The gleam in a futurist’s eye is a mega-airport in the center of every major city.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Counting Down to Nuclear War

With the means of its own destruction — nuclear weapons — humanity has itself to fear, Ron Rosenbaum cautions.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Love and Money in San Francisco

Carol Edgarian’s novel, set in high-tech California after the boom, explores the intricate economies of a modern American marriage.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Balanchine’s Golden Boy Looks Back

Jacques d’Amboise recalls his decades with City Ballet — and Balanchine — as a tale of personal transformation.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Grief and Faith in Tibet

Weighed down by grief, the author makes a pilgrimage to Mount Kailas, venerated by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and others.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Looking for Poe in Antarctica

In this relentlessly entertaining novel, a failed academic sails to Antarctica, seeking the mythical world of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.”... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

CSI: Georgian England

A historical novel of murder, bedlam and an unlikely forensic duo, set in late-18th-century England.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

‘House of Mirth,’ Updated

A penetrating interpretation of Edith Wharton’s “House of Mirth,” set in Newport Beach, Calif., during the bullish 1990s.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

28,800 Toys at Sea

A journalist on an ocean quest for 28,800 rubber ducks lost at sea discovers where they came from, where they drifted, and why.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

The Man Who Molested Me

In this memoir, Margaux Fragoso remembers her relationship with the man who molested her.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Michael Frayn’s Memoir of His Father

Forty years after his father’s death, the British novelist and playwright Michael Frayn recalls the dignified restraint that embodied their complicated relationship.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

All Around Town, Stories Well Told

Series created by WordTheatre, Selected Shorts, even Naked Girls Reading cater to the art of reading or telling a good yarn.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Tennyson verse chosen to inspire Olympic athletes

The last line of the former poet laureate's poem Ulysses embodies Olympic values, the judges agreeWhich verse could inspire athletes sprinting from their lodgings at next year's Olympic Games in London, or trudging back after their events? After the public... More...

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

Friday, 4 March, 2011

EU raids ebook publishers in price fixing investigation

Brussels suspects a cartel where publishers see a defence against distributors with the clout to drive down prices below costThe European commission has launched morning raids on several publishing houses suspected of fixing the prices of ebooks, as a huge... More...

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

Friday, 4 March, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

In “The Paris Wife,” new on the hardcover fiction list, Paula McLain gives a sympathetic portrait of Hadley Richardson, the self-effacing homebody that Ernest Hemingway divorced in 1927.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Cold War Spy Trial, Before McCarthy and the Rosenbergs

On Wednesday, the Times's obituaries included one of Judith Coplon, who in 1949 was tried and convicted of giving secrets to the Soviet Union. Her trial is a window onto the national mood in the first years of the cold... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Riff: ‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text’

It’s a brave new dawn for marginalia: I’ll show you my scribbles if you show me yours.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Block Quote: The Case for the Novella

“The novella is in its Golden Age as a form right now because no one is beating it with a stick until nickels fall out.”... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Up Front: Elizabeth Royte

What advice would the author of “Garbage Land” and “Bottlemania” offer aspiring environmental writers?... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: The Face of True Evil

"Nemesis," a mini-series published by Marvel, whose collected edition arrives at No. 8 on our hardcover list, is about the ultimate, unstoppable villain.... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Arthur C Clarke shortlist spans the publishing universe

Children's author lines up alongside a previous winner and a novelist best known for literary fiction on the shortlist for the 2011 Arthur C Clarke awardA shortlist described by one of the judges as "one of the most interesting ...... More...

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

Friday, 4 March, 2011

Commonwealth writers' prize announces regional winners

David Mitchell, Emma Donoghue, Kim Scott and Aminatta Forna go on to compete for overall winnerThe finalists for the Commonwealth writers' prize may span the globe, but with a pair of Booker-nominated authors and a Miles Franklin winner in contention... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

Patrick Ness's Monster of Men shortlisted for award

Patrick Ness has been shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award with the final book in his Chaos Walking seriesWhat should Patrick Ness do for the site? Vote in the pollPatrick Ness, the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, has... More...

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

MoD pays £150,000 to have military title pulped on security grounds

Belated decision to destroy 24,000 copies of Toby Harnden's Dead Men Risen after approval for publication withdrawnThe Ministry of Defence has paid publisher Quercus over £150,000 to pulp the entire first print run of a military title on security grounds.... More...

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

Friday, 4 March, 2011

Rescued from the bonfire, the lost work of C S Lewis

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Friday, 4 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Aldous Huxley's Brave New Storybook

Aldous Huxley's "Crows of Pearblossom," his only children's book, has just been reissued.... More...

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Thursday, 3 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Chernow Wins History Prize for Washington Biography

The author will take home a medal, a title and $50,000.... More...

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Thursday, 3 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Application Adventure: A Dad’s College Essay

“Crazy U” by Andrew Ferguson is a calm, amusing, low-key meditation on the high-fevered college-admissions process.... More...

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Thursday, 3 March, 2011

Hobbit films may be given separate titles

New Line Cinema has registered the subtitles There and Back Again and An/The Unexpected Journey for Peter Jackson's forthcoming pair of Hobbit films, say reportsEach of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films was allocated its own name. Now it... More...

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

Thursday, 3 March, 2011

World Book Day broadens focus to include teenagers

The UK's national event to promote reading among children is this year adding teenagers – and apps – to the mixTeenagers embracing the brave new world of digital reading are the focus of today's World Book Day. The annual event... More...

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

Thursday, 3 March, 2011

Nightshade Is Growing Like Weeds

Edward Gorey’s high-camp macabre sensibility is influencing museum shows, fashion and films.... More...

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Thursday, 3 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Wife on the Rebound, Husband on the Edge

Carol Edgarian’s turbulent, furiously compelling second novel deals with the complicated lives of a San Francisco couple.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

One Way to Encourage Checking-Out at the Library

Libraries across the country host literary speed-dating events in an effort to attract young professionals.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: What If? In Next Novel, Stephen King Imagines A Chance To Alter the JFK Presidency

In the new book, called "11/23/63/", a Maine high school teacher finds himself with a chance to thwart the assassination of John F. Kennedy.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Book on Obama's Mother

"A Singular Woman," a wide-ranging biography on Stanley Ann Dunham, is to be published in May.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Steppenwolf Theater Company to Tackle Doctorow's Civil War Novel

"The March," transformed to the stage, will use 27 actors.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Anjelica Huston to write memoir

Autobiography expected to detail actor's relationships with her father, director John Huston, and ex-lover Jack NicholsonOscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston is to write a memoir that is expected to detail her often turbulent relationships with her father, film director John Huston,... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Blyton-esque sleuthing tale named Blue Peter book of the year

Lauren St John takes the prize - voted for by Blue Peter viewers - for Dead Man's Cove, the tale of an 11-year-old detective solving a seaside mysteryIn the week that a new Enid Blyton story was discovered, children have... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

A Chef’s Life, With Scars and All

Gabrielle Hamilton, the owner of the East Village restaurant Prune, has written a heady rush of a memoir, “Blood, Bones & Butter.”... More...

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Roth and Oates to Receive National Humanities Medals

Others being honored with the humanities medal or the National Medal of Arts include Harper Lee and Sonny Rollins.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Bristol Palin signs deal for 'intimate' book

HarperCollins imprint to publish behind-the-scenes look at life of Sarah Palin's 20-year-old daughterBristol Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of US politician Sarah Palin, has signed a deal for a book her publisher describes as the first "intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Children's Books: Underground Figures and Overachievers

Shane W. Evans introduces young readers to the Underground Railroad; and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee capture the accomplishments of a range of heroes and heroines.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

ArtsBeat: Life After Dancing: A Book From Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin will write a book about "her life, her world, and the things that matter most," according to a statement by the publisher of the yet untitled memoir.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Books of The Times: Thinking the Unthinkable Again in a Nuclear Age

Ron Rosenbaum makes the case that we are entering a new nuclear era in “How the End Begins.”... More...

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Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures

Pressure building on culture secretary to enforce statutory service obligations on local authorities planning cutsPressure is building on culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the mounting of two new legal challenges.... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Fury over 'stupid' restrictions to library ebook loans

HarperCollins's plans to limit libraries to 26 loans of each ebook declared 'backward-looking and retrograde'Furious librarians are calling for a boycott of publisher HarperCollins over its decision to put a limit on the number of times its ebooks can be... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

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