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Issue 50 / December 2012

May 2011

In Novel by Mayor’s Daughter, Hints of Family Life

Georgina Bloomberg’s new book, “The A Circuit,” is about a family headed by a blunt-talking Wall Street billionaire who lives in a Manhattan town house and “owns half of New York.”... More...

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Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

Spaniards outraged over favourable Franco biography

Admirer of the Spanish dictator was commissioned to write entry in dictionary of national biographySpain's royal academy of history has triggered a row after publishing a publicly funded dictionary of national biography which includes an admiring description of the country's... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Sony Says 'Dragon Tattoo' Trailer Was Probably Pirated in U.S. Theater

Some conspiratorially minded viewers wondered if a YouTube trailer for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was a clandestine release by the studio, roughed up to look like the work of a video pirate.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

UK's largest ever poetry festival planned for Olympics

Poets from all 205 competing countries to join event in 2012From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, poets from the 205 Olympic nations are competing to be part of the UK's largest ever poetry festival next year.... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

Books: Broad Brushstrokes Obscure a View of Brain Trauma

In this tripartite story of brain, art and family life, the author aces the first part but comes up surprisingly short in the other two.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Young Russians in Brooklyn Find Love, the Wonder Wheel and Then Life

Haley Tanner’s “Vaclav & Lena” is a story of two Russian immigrants who first meet at age 6 in an English as a Second Language class at their Brooklyn school.... More...

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Monday, 30 May, 2011

Celebrated literary feud ends after Naipaul and Theroux bury the hatchet

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Monday, 30 May, 2011

Books Of the Times: Five Poets Seasoned by Life

New poetry by Dean Young, Dorianne Laux , Jim Moore, Tom Sexton and Laura Kasischke.... More...

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Lake Geneva as Shelley and Byron Knew It

When the two poets descended on the Swiss lake in 1816, the plan was poetry and pleasure. The result? Frankenstein, vampires and a love child.... More...

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Bereaved author David Grossman writes novel about loss of a child

Celebrated Israeli writer lost 20-year-old son in war with Lebanon five years ago but new book is not autobiographicalCelebrated Israeli author David Grossman has written a new novel about coming to terms with the death of a child, to be... More...

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

Sunday, 29 May, 2011

New crowdfunded publishing project signs up major names

Unbound.co.uk launches with projects from Terry Jones, Tibor Fischer, Amy Jenkins and othersBestselling authors including historian and Monty Python writer Terry Jones, Booker-shortlisted novelist Tibor Fischer and the cloud-spotting Gavin Pretor-Pinney have signed up to a new initiative that bypasses... More...

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

Sunday, 29 May, 2011

The Texas Tribune: Novelist and His Hero Wonder, Will It Last?

The Texas novelist Stephen Harrigan has been successful, but never in fashion among the New York literary set.... More...

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Up Front

It shouldn’t be surprising that a writer whose work includes a story collection called “Throw Like a Girl” should have strong opinions on the pigeonholing of writers by gender.... More...

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Op-Ed Contributor: A Verb for Our Frantic Times

Why “run” has surpassed “set” as the word with the most meanings.... More...

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

George Best's widow and his lover unite against 'totally unfair' memoir

Celia Walden's book would have made the Manchester United star 'absolutely livid', say women who knew him bestThe former mistress of George Best, Gina Devivo, has joined forces with the footballer's widow to claim that a new book about the... More...

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

Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Shakespeare gets the starring role in cultural celebration alongside Olympics

Experts ask if the Bard is Britain's only exportable brand as leading organisations recruit playwright for GamesThis country may be the birthplace of Chaucer, Milton, Austen, the Brontë sisters and Dickens, but Britain has only one dominant calling card on... More...

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

Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Pint of bitter and a juicy murder story, please, librarian

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Sunday, 29 May, 2011

Chairman Mao may not be the author of his 'Little Red Book'

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Saturday, 28 May, 2011

Is World War II Still ‘the Good War’?

With new books challenging our collective memory, can we still take pride in World War II?... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Tempting Fate and Tolkien Purists, Peter Jackson Adds Orlando Bloom to 'The Hobbit'

Mr. Bloom will reprise his role from Mr. Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies as the elf Legolas, even though that character doesn't appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's original "Hobbit" novel.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Adultery in the U. K.

Tessa Hadley’s novel is divided between two characters who once intersected for an affair.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Rebirth of a Poet

A new translation brings a revered body of Indian verse into sharper relief.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

How Paris Created America

David McCullough explores the intellectual legacy that France settled on its 19th-century visitors.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Noah Webster, Founding Father

Noah Webster was a journalist, reformer and lexicographer.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Washington and Wall Street: The Revolving Door

An account of the financial crisis highlights individuals who played crucial roles of responsibility.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

A Novel of Surreal America, with Rabid Dog

The narrator of Jim Krusoe’s novel tries to find a way for the living to get through to the dead.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: David McCullough and Gretchen Morgenson

The historian David McCullough talks about his new book "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris."... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Book Best Sellers: A Treatise on Sex Workers

"Paying for It," a memoir about prostitution by the cartoonist Chester Brown, lands at No. 2 on our hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Celebrities may rule the best-seller list, but psychopaths rule the world — or so suggests Jon Ronson, author of “The Psychopath Test.”... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Essay: What Did Qaddafi’s Green Book Really Say?

Qaddafi’s Green Book mixes utopian socialism and Arab nationalism with a streak of Bedouin supremacism.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

How to Care for Your Mother

Jane Gross recounts her struggle to help an infirm parent and offers practical advice on eldercare.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Why Life is So Boring

Admitting he’s been bored for large tracts of his life, a classicist offers a history of his affliction.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Roddy Doyle’s Dubliners

In Roddy Doyle’s stories, characters struggle with the funk brought on by middle age.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

The Secret Life of Cairo’s Jews

Tattered documents, dating back centuries, endure in a synagogue.... More...

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Friday, 27 May, 2011

Michael Mann set to steer racing thriller Go Like Hell

Director of Public Enemies on course to bring legendary battle between Ford and Ferrari to the big screenMichael Mann's next film could be an adrenaline-fuelled motor racing tale about the legendary 1966 Le Mans grand prix, a fierce battle between... More...

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

Friday, 27 May, 2011

Serial killer novel wins Independent foreign fiction prize

Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo, which uses murder story to dramatise impact of Shining Path in Peru, takes £10,000 awardPeruvian novelist Santiago Roncagliolo, who cites Alan Moore's graphic novel From Hell as a major influence, has beaten Nobel laureate Orhan... More...

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

Friday, 27 May, 2011

Author loses appeal against Singapore conviction

British author Alan Shadrake to start six-week jail term over claims in his book about Singapore's use of death penaltyThe British author Alan Shadrake has lost an appeal against his contempt of court conviction and will begin a jail sentence... More...

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

Friday, 27 May, 2011

Critic’s Notebook: Books to Bury Yourself In

The beach book this summer is likely to have new names and new twists, even when it comes to Scandinavian mysteries.... More...

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Thursday, 26 May, 2011

The Wrongful Conviction as Way of Life

Since the ’80s, Brandon L. Garrett writes, DNA testing has exonerated over 250 people convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.... More...

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Thursday, 26 May, 2011

John Banville wins Kafka prize

Irish novelist given honour thought by some to be a Nobel prize auguryLanguishing in the Nobel prize for literature odds last year at 66/1, Irish author John Banville may be in with a better shot this time round after landing... More...

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

Thursday, 26 May, 2011

UEA launches new creative writing courses with Guardian

New programme of masterclasses works with UK's most celebrated fiction-writing facultyProbably the best know graduate from the University of East Anglia's creative writing programme, Ian McEwan, is backing a new partnership between the prestigious course and the Guardian.... More...

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

Thursday, 26 May, 2011

E-Business Is the Buzz at Book Fair

This year’s BookExpo America, an annual publishing business trade show, is full of talk of e-reading and other shifts in the industry.... More...

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Thursday, 26 May, 2011

Books of The Times: A Lifetime of Anxiety and Lust

One of the many revelations in Alfred Kazin’s journals, published now for the first time, is the sense they impart of how ill at ease, how easily wounded, he was behind his bluff cosmopolitan mien.... More...

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Thursday, 26 May, 2011

Bloomsbury brings Edith Sitwell to the ebook

Publisher joins forces with Matthew Freud's literary agency to digitally republish out-of-print classicsHarry Potter publisher Bloomsbury has joined forces with the literary and talent agency owned by PR guru Matthew Freud to set up a new ebook publishing venture, providing... More...

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

Thursday, 26 May, 2011

Money never dies: A tale of two spies

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Thursday, 26 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Boiling Down ‘Ulysses’ for Twitter

A project to turn a 265,000-word novel into a somewhat shorter form.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

New James Bond novel lands in London

First copies of Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver delivered to author by abseiling marines in St Pancras stationAbseiling marines delivered the first copies of Jeffery Deaver's new James Bond book to the author today, in a scene straight out of... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Red Cross and Vatican 'helped thousands of Nazi war criminals escape'

New research suggests number of Nazis and collaborators who used travel documents meant for genuine refugees was much higher than previously thoughtThe Red Cross and the Vatican both helped thousands of Nazi war criminals and collaborators to escape after the... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Pretty Princesses, Not So Grimm

Two new picture books — “Rapunzel,” by Sarah Gibb and “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” by Brigette Barrager — offer highly sweetened variations on classic Grimm’s fairy tales.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Desmond Elliott prize unveils shortlist

Anjali Joseph, Stephen Kelman and Ned Beauman contend for £10,000 awardA story of love and loss in Bombay by a former commissioning editor of Elle India has been narrowly installed as the favourite to win a £10,000 literary award for... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Dick Wimmer, Whose Persistence Got Him Published, Dies at 74

After 25 years of submissions and more than 150 rejections, Mr. Wimmer finally got his book “Irish Wine” published — to very positive reviews.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Books of The Times: A Graphic Memoir That Earns the Designation

In “Paying for It,” Chester Brown, a Toronto cartoonist, delivers a comic-strip memoir of his life with prostitutes.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Like a rolling ode: academic conference weighs up Bob Dylan's poetic licence

Seven Ages of Dylan event at Bristol University sees professors discuss whether musician should be considered a poetTwenty-year-old Natasha Tabani had queued for three hours to make sure of her place in lecture theatre three of Bristol University's English department.... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Why Waterstone's is vital to the book trade

More and more book sales may take place online, but there's still a crucial role for the high-street chainThe sale of Waterstone's to Alexander Mamut, if it passes its final hurdles, looks to be tremendous news for readers and writers:... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Ondaatje prize goes to Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes takes £10,000 award for evoking 'the spirit of a place'"Pitch-perfect in its haunting evocation of time and place", Edmund de Waal's much-praised biography of his family's history, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been named... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Wodehouse prize awarded to US author Gary Shteyngart

Judges praise first American writer to win accolade for 'wild comedy' of his novel Super Sad True Love StoryJeeves and Wooster may be as English as cream teas and Pimm's, but the literary prize named after their creator, PG Wodehouse,... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Rare Austen work for sale

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Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Where Dissidents Are the Prey, and Horror Is a Weapon

In “The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe,” Peter Godwin details many of the brutal actions employed by the Mugabe government to maintain control.... More...

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Monday, 23 May, 2011

William and Kate 'Gypsy' spoof withdrawn from Tesco shelves

Will & Kate's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding pulled following complaints from Romany Women's UnionTesco has removed all copies of a spoof book which imagines Prince William and Kate Middleton's "Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" from its shelves, following complaints that its... More...

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

Monday, 23 May, 2011

Connie Willis takes seventh Nebula award

Pair of linked novels, All Clear and Blackout, add to SF author's trophy chestConnie Willis's story of time-travelling historians trapped in London during the Blitz has won the much-garlanded American author her seventh Nebula award.... More...

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

Monday, 23 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Agent and Former Publisher to Lead New Imprint for Amazon

Laurence J. Kirshbaum joins a growing publishing venture.... More...

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Monday, 23 May, 2011

Aminatta Forna wins Commonwealth writers' prize

The Memory of Love's 'immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience' takes £10,000 awardAminatta Forna has won the Commonwealth writers' prize for her story of postwar Sierra Leone, The Memory of Love.... More...

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

Monday, 23 May, 2011

Books of The Times: The Parisian Experience of American Pioneers

The historian David McCullough’s latest volume begins in the 1830s and follows waves of young Americans who would become important in the arts, education and technological innovation.... More...

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Sunday, 22 May, 2011

Raising Children Is Heck

Curse words litter play titles, pop songs and everyday talk. But a new book shows where they’re still subversive: in parenthood.... More...

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Sunday, 22 May, 2011

Bookshelf: A Case That Put a System on Trial

Books revisit the Central Park jogger case, examine the role of the health department and make city zoning understandable.... More...

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Sunday, 22 May, 2011

Sunday Routine | Gary Shteyngart: A Day Spent Foraging for Food, and Ideas

The author of “Super Sad True Love Story” spends hours wandering the streets of New York, his mind attuned to the idea, “Must feed ... must feed ... must feed.”... More...

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Sunday, 22 May, 2011

Philip Roth protest had nothing to do with feminism, says Virago founder

Carmen Callil defends decision to quit Booker panel and says dislike of author based on literary shortcomingsThe founder of the feminist press Virago who withdrew from the judging panel of the Man Booker International prize over its decision to honour... More...

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

Saturday, 21 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Harold Bloom and Albert Brooks

A conversation with Harold Bloom about his life and work and the comedian Albert Brooks.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Book Best Sellers: Star-Crossed Romance

The first volume of "Ai Ore-Love Me!" hits the manga list at No. 10 this week.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts” hits the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 4, without any help from Navy Seals or Steven Tyler’s hairdresser.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Egyptian novelist hails revolution as a 'great human achievement'

The country's most celebrated writer, Alaa al-Aswany, was inspired by the Tahrir protesters, but fears a counter-revolutionOn 28 January a young Egyptian man was urging the novelist Alaa al-Aswany to write a book about the revolution that was gathering momentum... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

Crime: Touch of Evil

Mystery novels by Lawrence Block, Jo Nesbo, Stefanie Pintoff and Scott O’Connor.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Essay: The Case for Self-Publishing

For a writer like me — midcareer, midlist, more or less middlebrow — self-publishing seems to make a lot of sense.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Extra Innings

Dan Barry finds layers of meaning in baseball’s longest game.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Pete Hamill’s Tabloid Thriller

A New York murder tale unfolds over the 24-hour news cycle.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Finding More Founders

A collection of essays expands our textbook view of the American Revolution.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Consciousness: The Great Illusion?

A psychology professor offers the theory that consciousness is a show we stage for ourselves.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

The Muslim Art of Science

An Iraqi-born physicist recalls the golden age of Islamic astronomy, mathematics, medicine and philosophy.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

A New York Jewish Girl Becomes an Islamist

How a Jewish girl from Larchmont became an Islamic polemicist.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Can Social Networking Cure Social Ills?

A journalist argues that social networks can mitigate social ills.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Book Review: Harold Bloom: An Uncommon Reader

At the age of 80, with almost 40 books behind him and nearly as many accumulated honors, Harold Bloom has written a kind of summing-up of his monumental career as a critic and scholar.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Julian Barnes on Not Talking About Love

Julian Barnes’s stories cover loss, friendship, sex and what it takes for two people to click.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Who Was Theodosia Burr?

A novel ties the fate of Aaron Burr’s daughter to a cloistered community on the Outer Banks.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Ann Packer’s Unhappy Heroines

In the stories of Ann Packer, individuals struggle against personal devastation.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Growing Up Anxious and Androgynous

Jon-Jon Goulian has a peculiar strategy for coping with physical insecurity, lofty expectations and other “pressures of modern life.”... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Editors' Choice: Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Albert Brooks’s Dark Vision of the Future

Albert Brooks’s first novel imagines a cancer-free future in which parents live longer than ever — and children resent them for it.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

HMV sells Waterstone's to Russian billionaire for £53m

Alexander Mamut promises to refocus Waterstone's as local bookseller – and will install Daunt Books founder to run itThe cash-strapped HMV retail chain clinched a deal on Friday to sell its Waterstone's bookshops to the Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

Who knows about Basil Clarke, PR pioneer and war correspondent?

Can anyone out there help Richard Evans with his biography of Sir Basil Clarke, the public relations pioneer who was previously a celebrated journalist?The Wikipedia entry for Clarke, pictured here, shows how interesting a figure he was during his lifetime... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

Stephen Fry masters Peter Jackson's Hobbit

Comedian Stephen Fry cast as Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequelStephen Fry has been cast as a mayor in The Hobbit movies being made in New Zealand by Peter Jackson, a move widely cheered by... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

PJ Harvey plans to release paintings, poetry and prose

Singer reveals ambition to 'regularly release' artwork and writings she has been working on for decadesAfter issuing what is perhaps the year's best album so far, PJ Harvey has revealed her latest ambition: to "regularly release" the paintings, poetry and... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

HMV sells Waterstone's for £53m

Embattled retailer sells its 314-store book chain to fund controlled by Russian billionaire Alexander MamutHMV has sold its Waterstone's book chain to a fund controlled by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for £53m.... More...

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

Friday, 20 May, 2011

Up Front: Tom Carson

The critic Tom Carson has written about music, books, television and film for publications as diverse as The Village Voice and GQ.... More...

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Is Philip Roth a truly great American novelist?

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

The truly great American novelist – or just master of the same old same old?

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Friday, 20 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Perched in Berlin With Hitler Rising

A Berlin post in the 1930s was no plum, but William E. Dodd accepted the role of ambassador to Germany, and he and his family offer a glimpse into life as Hitler rose to power.... More...

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Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Amazon and Waterstones report downloads eclipsing printed book sales

Success of Kindle electronic reader prompts rapid rise of ebooks, with UK enthusiasm outstripping USLike the death of Mark Twain, the demise of the printed book is greatly exaggerated, although the latest news from Amazon – which announced that it... More...

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

Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Children's book aims to save dying Alaskan language

Scholar's version of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse translated into Tlingit with the help of local eldersThe first ever children's book to be translated into the endangered Alaskan language of Tlingit has just been published, with hopes riding... More...

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

Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Turn up for the books: Fiction Uncovered boosts eight neglected authors

Arts Council initiative, launched today, supports novelists who 'deserve wider recognition' with shop promotions and a series of summer eventsFrom a winner of the Whitbread award to an author who left school at 16, eight writers who have failed to... More...

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

Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Newly Released Books

This month’s new releases include Will Allison’s “Long Drive Home,” Mark Watson’s “Eleven,” Danzy Senna’s “You Are Free,” Marcelo Figueras’s “Kamchatka” and Anna Gavalda’s “French Leave.”... More...

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Thursday, 19 May, 2011

At Home on the Farm and in E-Books

Susan Orlean’s new book, a long essay called “Animalish,” about her love of animals, was written for Amazon’s Kindle Singles collection.... More...

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Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Booker judge quits over prize for 'suffocating' Philip Roth

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Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Roaming the Streets, Taking Surreal Turns

Teju Cole’s first novel follows a lugubrious narrator as he wanders around New York.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Widow of Madoff Son to Write Memoir

Stephanie Madoff-Mack's book is to be published in December.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Melvyn Bragg films John Steinbeck documentary

Broadcaster will explore the continuing relevance of The Grapes of Wrath to AmericaNovelist and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg is set to explore the work of the Nobel prize-winning American author John Steinbeck in a BBC documentary out later this year.... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Bedtime Books for Boys

Three new picture books lull children to sleep with a construction site going to bed, a boy in search of his lost bedtime bunny and the story of a little bear’s day told backwards.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Philip Roth Wins Prize; Judge Dissents

Carmen Callil, the founder of the feminist publishing house Virago, stormily withdrew from the panel over the decision to honor Philip Roth for extraordinary work in fiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Judge withdraws over Philip Roth's Booker win

Carmen Callil retires from panel after decision to give award to writer whose work she considers a case of 'Emperor's clothes'Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel of the Man Booker International prize over its decision... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him

In his forthcoming autobiography, Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually abused by “a prominent Olympic boxing coach” as a young boxer.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Exhibition Review: Oh, the Stuff Those Lions Guard

In “Celebrating 100 Years,” the New York Public Library shows its populist side in a millennium’s worth of artifacts.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Why Be a Tree Stump When You Can Soar?

A loquacious, high-strung, daft and vaguely sad new memoir by Jon-Jon Goulian, a grandson of Sidney Hook’s.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011

Orwell prize goes to Tom Bingham

Posthumous award for former lord chief justice's examination of The Rule of LawSenior law lord Tom Bingham, who died last September, has won the Orwell book prize for his accessible examination of the rule of law.... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

T Magazine: Operation Seduction

Is everyone in France out to rope you in? Mais oui! Elaine Sciolino unmasks a nation forever obsessed with the soft sell.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Read Me: HarperCollins Lands Pete Townshend Memoir

The book prompted a bidding war among publishers.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

Go the Fuck to Sleep bedtime book is hit with parents

Pastiche children's book tops Amazon's bestseller chart a month ahead of publicationA tongue-in-cheek bedtime book for parents which exhorts children to "go the fuck to sleep" has soared to the top of Amazon's bestseller chart a month before publication.... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

William Burroughs publisher faces obscenity charges in Turkey

Charges of 'incompliance with moral norms' and 'hurting people's moral feelings' brought over edition of The Soft MachineWilliam Burroughs was acclaimed by Jack Kerouac as the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift", but a Turkish publisher is currently facing obscenity... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and realityIt's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: New York Public Library Launches iPad App

the New York Public Library has created a new iPad app that bring the library's research collections to users' tablet computers.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Penguin's New Imprint: Blue Rider Press

David Rosenthal's new imprint at Penguin Group USA will be called Blue Rider Press and will publish its first book in the fall.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Running Down a Sanity Checklist

In “The Psychopath Test,” Jon Ronson takes his mistrust of psychiatry along on his expeditions, visiting people everywhere from prisons to the corridors of power.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Video: Rob Lowe on Writing His Memoir

The actor Rob Lowe recently visited The Times to talk about his memoir, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends."... More...

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Monday, 16 May, 2011

Fury over book fair's welcome for Saudi Arabia

Index on Censorship condemns prestige places for oppressive regimes at events that 'should be standing up for freedom of expression'Writers and freedom of speech campaigners have hit out at the organisers of Prague's Book World fair, after it emerged that... More...

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Monday, 16 May, 2011

JK Rowling reveals her favourite Harry Potter character

Oddly enough, it's the boy wizard himselfShe caused a scandal when she killed him off at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but Albus Dumbledore is still the character JK Rowling would most like to have dinner... More...

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Monday, 16 May, 2011

The Unreality of Being a Celebrity

In their new memoirs, Shirley MacLaine and Rob Lowe treat the reader like a friend while making it clear that noncelebrities can never really understand the strangeness of celebrity life.... More...

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Monday, 16 May, 2011

Books of The Times: A Military Post’s Secrets: Espionage, Not Aliens

Annie Jacobsen’s exhaustively researched book asserts that its title subject was a cold war site, not a home to little green men.... More...

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Sunday, 15 May, 2011

Parenting guru Bryan Caplan prescribes less fuss – and more fun

Economist Bryan Caplan argues that nurture counts for so little that parents can 'cut themselves a lot of slack'Amid the blizzard of books telling parents how to best raise their children, a new volume has shocked many middle-class families in... More...

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

Sunday, 15 May, 2011

Off the Shelf: Behind the Greening of Wal-Mart

In a new book, Edward Humes tells how a former river-rafting guide convinced Wal-Mart to change its environmental policies.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Children’s Bookshelf: Wheels

Picture books about bicycles, wagons and cars.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: Novels About Abusive Relationships

Two young adult novels explore abusive dating relationships.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children’s Books: An Outsider’s Comeback

Gary D. Schmidt tells a tale of an eighth grader’s healing and discovery through art.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

The Pacifists and the Trenches

Adam Hochschild’s stirring account of World War I concentrates on appalling losses in the ranks and the courage of dissenters.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: In This Dystopia, Teens Must Choose Wisely

In Veronica Roth’s first novel, an urban dystopia is divided into five factions, each guided by a particular virtue.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

How Bernard Madoff Did It

A Times journalist explains how Bernard Madoff pulled off history’s greatest Ponzi scheme, and how he got away with it for so long.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Making Sense of a Toxic World

An effort to come to terms with the unknown consequences that synthetic chemicals may hold for consumers.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Gilbert Gottfried’s Laughs and Gaffes

The sometimes controversial comedian Gilbert Gottfried looks back on the performances that brought him attention.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: Scarier Than Senior Year

In this supernatural romance inspired by the myth of Persephone, a girl flirts with a death deity.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: The Time Travel Gene

In this novel, a London schoolgirl inherits a time-travel gene.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Paperback Row

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Up Front: Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens sees similarities between those who protested World War I and his generation’s antiwar movement in the ’60s.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: A Victorian Novel for the 21st Century

A Victorian orphan goes in search of her missing sister in Mary Hooper’s historical novel.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: Shipwrecked Beauty Queens

Beauty pageant contestants crash on an island, and defy expectations.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children’s Books: A Runaway’s Curious Adventures

When an 8-year-old boy gets fed up and leaves home, he meets some strange characters.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Edna O’Brien’s Elemental Fiction

Some of the restless, searching people in Edna O’Brien’s stories confront political violence, others reflect on disappointing loves.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Science Fair Comics

A science project in the “Babymouse” graphic novel series takes on a life of its own in “Squish: Super Amoeba.”... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Geraldine Brooks’s Pilgrims and Indians

In Geraldine Brooks’s historical novel, a missionary’s daughter forms a bond with a scholarly Indian.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children's Books: Children’s Bookshelf: Cats & Dogs

Picture books about pets and working animals.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Inside the World of Conspiracy Theorists

A journalist travels the world of conspiracy theories, about everything from President Obama’s birthplace to 9/11 to vaccines.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Being Obama’s Mother

This biography of Barack Obama’s mother presents a more complex picture than the president offered in his own books.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

An Artist of the Botanical World

A biography of an 18th-century widow who, in her 70s, invented a new way to depict flowers.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Lincoln Steffens: Muckraker’s Progress

This biography of Lincoln Steffens traces the convictions and delusions of one of the original “muckrakers.”... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Folk Music, Passed Generation to Generation

In these two picture books, an appreciation of folk music is passed from generation to generation.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Into the Heart of Guyana

The narrator of this novel journeys into Guyana’s interior to seek answers about the country’s past.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Henry Kissinger on China

China and America are mutually dependent economic giants, Henry Kissinger argues, but they need a design of partnership.... More...

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Saturday, 14 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Video: Jane Goodall

This week's Book Review contains a special section on children's books.... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

Tim Waterstone poised to buy back book chain with Russian partner

Speculation billionaire Alexander Mamut has stepped in with a £43m bid to clinch control of the Waterstone's outletsTim Waterstone, the founder of the book stores that take his name, is poised for a dramatic come-back after his new, rich Russian... More...

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

Friday, 13 May, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Navy Seals like Eric Greitens, author of “The Heart and the List,” may have nabbed Osama bin Laden. But can they stop the celebrity invasion of the best-seller list?... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

Alexander Mamut in £43m bid for Waterstone's

Russian billionaire reported to have put in a cash bid for HMV's book chainHMV has received a reported £43m cash bid for its Waterstone's book chain from Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut.... More...

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

Friday, 13 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Long-Lost Heroes

On our hardcover list this week, "S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever" (no. 10), uncovers some big secrets about the Marvel Universe.... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

More women break into crime fiction prize longlist

A third of contenders for Theakston's Old Peculier award are by womenThe chair of the UK's biggest crime fiction prize has hailed a new stage in women writers' struggle for recognition, announcing a female-friendly longlist for the Theakston's Old Peculier... More...

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

Friday, 13 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Jane Goodall’s Childhood Fascinations

A pair of biographies connect a pre-eminent primatologist’s lifelong work to her childhood fascinations.... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

Riff: Eat, Pray, Love, Rinse, Repeat

What happens when a character from the book decides to write a memoir about being in a memoir? It’s the dawn of a new genre: the meta-moir.... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

The Bay Citizen: At Google, the Book Tour Becomes Big Business

Many authors may be concerned over Google’s plan to make their books available free online, but a number of them are happy to promote their work at the company’s speakers series.... More...

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Friday, 13 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Primordial Soup, a Musical Brew

Rob Young’s new book explores folk music during the 1960s and early ’70s in Britain.... More...

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Thursday, 12 May, 2011

Rare Edward Ardizzone illustrations of Huckleberry Finn rediscovered

Pen and ink drawings for 1961 edition surface in publisher's studyAn extremely rare collection of drawings by the much-loved children's illustrator Edward Ardizzone for Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been discovered in a publisher's study. The... More...

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

Thursday, 12 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Near the Top at Paramount, Handling Players and Egos

Peter Bart’s new memoir recalls his years as a vice president at Paramount under Robert Evans in the late 1960s and 1970s.... More...

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Thursday, 12 May, 2011

At 100, Still a Teacher, and Quite a Character

Bel Kaufman, the granddaughter of the great Yiddish storyteller Sholem Aleichem, taught a course on Jewish humor this year at Hunter College, where she graduated in 1934.... More...

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Thursday, 12 May, 2011

Researchers find 20 unpublished Anthony Burgess stories

Burgess's Manchester archive houses many short stories, film and theatre scripts and musical compositions as well as the original screenplay for A Clockwork OrangeAt least 20 unpublished stories by Anthony Burgess, the author of A Clockwork Orange, have been discovered... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Children’s Books: Kids and Cameras

“Grandma’s Wedding Album” depicts an album within a book; “A Photo for Greta” is about a bunny whose father is a photographer.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Richard and Judy in WH Smith deal

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Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Donald Trump comic book tells tycoon's life story

Tycoon and presidential hopeful to be subject of graphic biography due out this autumnWhether he will be portrayed as superhero or supervillain remains to be seen, but Donald "The Donald" Trump is set to take a step into the world... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Joyce Carol Oates defends 'breach of narrative promise'

Author justifies failure, criticised by Julian Barnes, to mention remarriage in her memoir A Widow's StoryJoyce Carol Oates has defended herself against Julian Barnes's accusation that her failure to mention her remarriage a year after her husband's death in her... More...

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Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Billy Corgan to write 'spiritual memoir'

Smashing Pumpkins man working flat out on new book, God Is Everywhere, From Here to There, putting in, er, an hour a dayBilly Corgan is writing a book that he describes as a "spiritual memoir."... More...

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Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Books of The Times: A Cautious Memoirist Who Ends With a Laugh

This memoir by the Nobel laureate José Saramago, who died last spring, ends with a series of old family photographs that he has mischievously annotated.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Joyce Carol Oates Updates Her 'Widow's Story'

In a letter to The New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates defends her decision not to include the fact that she remarried 13 months after her husband died and suggested an appendix to “A Widow’s Story.”... More...

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Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

LA Noire videogame inspires short story collection

Joyce Carol Oates among writers contributing to anthology inspired by much-hyped detective gameA literary glimpse into the world of much-hyped new videogame LA Noire is being provided by authors including Joyce Carol Oates and Lawrence Block, who are contributing to... More...

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

Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

US prisoners refused all books except Bible

American Civil Liberties Union says jail in South Carolina is banning books 'for no good reason'Prisoners at a jail in South Carolina are being denied any reading material other than the Bible, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

Alan Bennett joins campaign against library closure

Writer speaks out over closures in appearance at threatened Kensal Rise library in LondonAlan Bennett has joined Zadie Smith and Philip Pullman in the campaign to save a London library – opened by Mark Twain in 1900 – from closure.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 May, 2011

Books of The Times: An Insider Views China, Past and Future

Henry A. Kissinger’s fascinating, shrewd and sometimes perverse new book, “On China,” tries to show how the history of China has shaped its foreign policy and attitudes toward the West.... More...

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Author opens one-book shop to sell his own work

Andrew Kessler sets up 'monobookist' outlet in New York to promote his study of Nasa's Mars probe, Martian SummerNew author? Don't want to compete with the bestselling might of Stephenie Meyer or Stieg Larsson? Then why not try Andrew Kessler's... More...

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

Monday, 9 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Teenage Girls in a Dystopian World

A new crop of dystopian young-adult novels explores what happens when a government legislates romantic choice.... More...

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

'African Booker' prize shortlist announced

The five finalists for this years £10,000 Caine prize have been revealed, providing a 'portrait of today's African short story'From a comic tale about a Botswanan bachelor who "made a vocation of troubling married women" to the distressing story of... More...

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

Monday, 9 May, 2011

China bars Liao Yiwu from attending Sydney Writers' festival

Poet forbidden to leave China to attend Australian festival, the second time in recent months he has been forbidden to travelOutspoken Chinese author and poet Liao Yiwu has been denied permission to leave China to attend the Sydney Writers' festival,... More...

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Link by Link: A Digital Critique of a Famous Autobiography

A multimedia project at Columbia, created by the late Manning Marable, combs over the famous 1965 autobiography of Malcolm X.... More...

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Google doodle celebrates Roger Hargreaves's Mr Men books

Google unveils 16 doodles of characters from much-loved books by English author and illustratorThe 76th birthday of Roger Hargreaves, the English author and illustrator who delighted generations of children with his Mr Men books, has been celebrated by the unveiling... More...

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Myspace is the thang, innit? Yes, if you want to win at Scrabble

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Favoring Immigration if Not the Immigrant

Susan F. Martin’s book “A Nation of Immigrants” argues that the United States has historically favored immigration more consistently than it has immigrants.... More...

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Sunday, 8 May, 2011

Nurturer of Authors Is Closing the Book

The editor Robert Loomis, who is retiring from Random House after 54 years, is known for nurturing writers including Maya Angelou, William Styron, Shelby Foote and Calvin Trillin.... More...

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Sunday, 8 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Muscle Memory: The Training of Navy Seals Commandos

Two new memoirs by former members of the Navy Seals, “Seal Team Six” by Howard E. Wasdin and “The Heart and the Fist” by Eric Greitens, are very different in tone.... More...

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Sunday, 8 May, 2011

The Scientific Revolt Against Death

John Gray, a philosopher, explores a century or so of investigations into immortality by mystically inclined intellectuals.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

A Psychoanalyst Runs Amok

As his wife chases after beauty, the narrator of this novel, an aging psychoanalyst, obsessively sleeps with his patients.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

A Memoir of Living Off the Grid

A memoir of a family sundered by their return to the land in the 1960s.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

A Midwestern Family’s Withered Roots

In this sympathetically witty novel, which spans 30 years, a Midwestern family struggles for economic and emotional stability.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Paul Allen: Microsoft and Me

The Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen charts his uneasy relationship with Bill Gates during the software giant’s early years.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Crime: The Departed

Mystery novels by Thomas Perry, Belinda Bauer, Chris Knopf and the late Robert B. Parker.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Up Front: Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningam, who has lived for 25 years with a psychoanalyst, on how that profession is portrayed in fiction.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Stories of Biracial America

Race, class and gender affect the identity struggles of the nuanced characters in Danzy Senna’s story collection.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Retold in San Francisco

Chris Adrian’s novel is a loose retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set in contemporary San Francisco.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Death and Afterlife on the Slopes

After an avalanche, a couple on a skiing holiday notice changes to their existence, in this eerie fantasy of isolation, marital love and the afterworld.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Essay: Selling Books by Day, Writing Them by Night

Once a bookseller, always a bookseller, say some published authors who haven’t quit their day jobs.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

What Shostakovich Was Really Expressing

A critic speculates about what Shostakovich was really expressing in his string quartets.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Inspector

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel prize-winning former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a major player in the revolution in Egypt, describes his quest to stem the atomic tide.... More...

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Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Children's authors rail against Michael Gove's reading lists

Michael Rosen and Alan Gibbons line up to reject proposal for primary schools floated by national curriculum panelChildren's authors are gearing up for a fight over whether schools should be given government-approved lists of books that children should have read... More...

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

Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Friedrich A. Hayek, Big-Government Skeptic

The definitive edition of the economist Friedrich A. Hayek’s monumental work, which argues that no central government can know enough to organize society as efficiently as the market.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

The Founding Fathers and Their Gardens

A history of the founding fathers’ passion for agriculture and botany, and how those pursuits reflected their political ideas.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: She-Hulk Issues Warning to Potential Fans

Entering the best-seller list for paperback graphic books this week, at No. 4, is Vol. 1 of "Sensational She-Hulk," by the writer and artist John Byrne.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

What Disabled Children Teach Us

In this memoir, the journalist Ian Brown tries to understand his profoundly disabled son.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Bernie Maddoff files his review of Diana Henriques’s “Wizard of Lies,” disputes charges that he is a closet Danielle Steel fan.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

Thomas Pynchon sends 'good vibes' to book exhibit

Limelight-shunning author planned 'to skydive into proceedings', but restricted himself to sending greeting by proxyThe obsessively private Thomas Pynchon appears to be in good spirits, sending "good vibes" by fax to a Los Angeles audience on Wednesday.... More...

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

Friday, 6 May, 2011

Study finds huge gender imbalace in children's literature

New research reveals male characters far outnumber females, pointing to 'symbolic annihilation of women and girls'From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the Cat in the Hat, Peter Rabbit to Babar, children's books are dominated by male central characters, new research... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

Riff: On (Digital) Photography: Sontag, 34 Years Later

Amid a blizzard of images, what is the worth of one photograph?... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

Family approves Godfather sequel

Based on an unfilmed screenplay by Mario Puzo, The Family Corleone will be published in 2012It must have been an offer Mario Puzo's heirs just couldn't refuse: a prequel to the author's novel The Godfather has been snapped up by... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Love, Loss, Change and Being English

The latest story collection from Julian Barnes is filled with both gems and should-have-been discards.... More...

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Friday, 6 May, 2011

Pogue's Posts: Al Gore Invents a Showpiece E-Book

Al Gore's book "our Choice" has been converted into an e-book app that is a showpiece for the new world of touch-screen gadgets.... More...

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Thursday, 5 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Legislator Apologizes for Calling Neil Gaiman a 'Weasel'

Matt Dean, the Republican leader of the Minnesota House, said he was sorry for insulting the Neil Gaiman but still criticized the author for accepting a speaking fee from the state the lawmaker thought was excessive.... More...

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Thursday, 5 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: New Study Finds Gender Bias in Children's Books

According to a new study published in the April issue of "Gender and Society," there has been a bias toward male characters - men, boys and, yes, animals - in children's literature over the last century.... More...

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Thursday, 5 May, 2011

Amazon embraces romantic books publishing

Venture is latest stage in online retailer's growing expansion into publishing its own titlesAmazon.com has announced plans to move further into publishing with the launch of a new romance imprint, Montlake Romance, "bringing readers the freshest, most innovative and compelling... More...

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

Thursday, 5 May, 2011

New publisher dedicated to essays hopes to revive the form

Notting Hill Editions launches with work from authors including Roland Barthes, John Berger and Georges PerecA new publisher dedicated to reinvigorating the art of the essay launches this week, featuring works by Roland Barthes and John Berger, and new introductions... More...

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

Thursday, 5 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Hired Killer, Forced Out of Retirement, Says Hello Again to an Old Adversary

The Butcher’s Boy, Thomas Perry’s unflappable hired killer, is forced out of retirement to settle old scores in “The Informant.”... More...

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Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

Children’s Books: This Time, a Stuffed Alligator

Mo Willems’s latest picture book features a little girl and her stuffed animal. But in contrast to his Knuffle Bunny series, this one is told from the toy’s point of view.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: The Godfather, Before He Was

A new prequel to "The Godfather" promises to explain the "unknown history" of how Vito Corleone rose to power in Depression-era New York.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

Kafka's Metamorphosis given 'OMG so cute' makeover

Meowmorphosis is latest literary 'remix', transforming tortured hero into 'an adorable kitten'Gregor Samsa, "waking up from anxious dreams", is transformed not into a cockroach but into an "adorable kitten" in The Meowmorphosis, the latest attempt to "remix" classic literature from... More...

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

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

Australian 'Orange prize' to promote women writers' status

'Systemic exclusion' prompts plans for prize to 'respect and reward' marginalised authorsA group of Australian women writers and publishers are working to set up an equivalent of the Orange prize in their country, to combat what they describe as "the... More...

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Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: End in Sight for Darwin Letters Project Thanks to $8.2 Million in Grants

The entire collection is to be published by 2022.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: Rick Riordan's Favorite Childhood Books

We asked Rick Riordan, who was voted "Author of the Year" at last night's Children's Choice Book Awards, to tell us about three of his own childhood favorites. Here they are, in his words.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Daring the Devil on Wheels

In “Evel,” a former Sports Illustrated writer recounts the daredevil life and times of Evel Knievel.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Andrew Morton publishes royal wedding book in record time

William and Kate title in shops within 72 hours of marriagePublisher Michael O'Mara is hoping to make it into the record books after hustling Diana biographer Andrew Morton's book on William and Kate into shops just 72 hours after the... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Richard Cornuelle, Libertarian Author, Dies at 84

Mr. Cornuelle’s book, “Reclaiming the American Dream,” promoted volunteerism to help solve social problems.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

In Book, Ryan Is Ryan, Like It or Not

In his book, “Play Like You Mean It,” Rex Ryan has produced an inside look of his first two years as Jets coach and managed to spark myriad reactions.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

A Comedian Laughs All the Way to Dystopia

The comedian Albert Brooks, who publishes his debut comic novel, “2030,” next Tuesday, finds humor amid misery.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

UK ebook sales rise 20% to £180m

Figures boosted by Amazon's Kindle and popularity of Stephen Fry and Stieg Larsson ebooksThe growing popularity of digital readers such as Amazon's Kindle and ebook titles by authors including Stephen Fry and Stieg Larsson helped boost UK sales of digital... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Navy Seal memoir raced into print after Bin Laden killing

US publisher speeds publication of Seal Team Six in wake of elite soldiers' killing of al-Qaida figureheadA US publisher is racing out a timely behind-the-scenes account of Seal Team Six, the elite counter-terrorism unit that killed Osama bin Laden in... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Norman Mailer’s Eclectic Life, as Seen Through His Last Home

Norman Mailer’s apartment, now for sale, is filled with furnishings, photographs and knickknacks that evoke the writer’s life.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

Books of The Times: Journey and Legacy of Obama’s Mother

In “A Singular Woman,” the author Janny Scott goes beyond what we know about Barack Obama’s mother — a “white woman from Kansas” — to portray a woman who took a more difficult path than her peers’.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 2 May, 2011

Boswell's own life set to be celebrated

Book festival in his honour inaugurated at his Ayrshire home, and plans tabled for dedicated museumDuring his lifetime, James Boswell – the chippy, vain, lecherous and occasionally remorseful 18th-century biographer, whose work enshrined Dr Johnson as one of the wonders... More...

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

Monday, 2 May, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Survey of Books About Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda

Since 9/11, there's been an outpouring of books about Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the September 11th attacks and the war in Afghanistan. Here is an annotated list of some of the more useful books on those subjects.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 2 May, 2011

Ernesto Sábato, Argentina’s Conscience, Is Dead at 99

Mr. Sábato was an acclaimed novelist who led a commission that documented the atrocities committed by Argentina’s military dictatorship.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 2 May, 2011

Britain's 'Gomorrah' to expose gangland violence

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Monday, 2 May, 2011

Books of The Times: A Wry Eye on Problems of the Future

Albert Brooks, actor, screenwriter and director, tries his hand at writing a novel, one that looks ahead to what awaits Americans.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 May, 2011

TV war historian Professor Richard Holmes dies

Richard Holmes presented BBC documentaries and wrote more than 20 books on warfareFriends and colleagues have paid tribute to war historian Professor Richard Holmes, who has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer. Holmes, known for his television documentaries... More...

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

Sunday, 1 May, 2011

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