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Issue 50 / December 2012

June 2011

Books of The Times: Golf Phenom, Not Tiger Woods. Sure.

In this novel about a very famous golfer whose extracurricular kinks become a public embarrassment, the authors Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck know their man and know their game.... More...

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Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Biography Gives Strauss-Kahn’s Allies a Forum

A book released before Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested added elements that answer some critics.... More...

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Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Campaign to preserve Christina Stead's home seen off by footballer

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has had plans approved to renovate novelist's home, in face of opposition from authors including Jonathan FranzenIt's a far cry from the usual sort of attack headed off by Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, but the Australian... More...

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

Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker to publish book of lyrics

Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics to be released by Faber in OctoberPulp singer Jarvis Cocker is to publish a book of his song lyrics in October.... More...

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

Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Poetry Society troubles continue as chairman resigns

Peter Carpenter's departure continues spate of high-level departuresJune continues to make its claim to be the cruellest month for the Poetry Society, with the chairman of the board, Peter Carpenter, adding his resignation to a spate of departures which has... More...

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

Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Real-life Ian Rankin mystery of 'reverse heist' sculptures

Series of intricate paper artworks linked to Rebus author's work left around EdinburghIt's a mystery worthy of the skills of Ian Rankin's detective John Rebus: a collection of intricate paper sculptures are being left around Edinburgh by an anonymous individual,... More...

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

Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Books of The Times: On a Fool’s Mission in a Dying Colonial World

In this newly translated novel, the Portugese writer António Lobo Antunes recalls the waning days of his country’s colonial efforts in Angola.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Better Reading for Madoff?

Bernard L. Madoff said he is reading James Michener’s novels in prison. What else could he be reading?... More...

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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Children’s Books: My First Superhero, Sort Of

The second graphic novel in Dav Pilkey’s “Super Diaper Baby” spinoff of his wildly popular “Captain Underpants” series.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

What Does Newt Gingrich Know?

Let’s consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Frank Miller's Holy Terror sends superhero to battle al-Qaida

Author describes comic featuring hero 'closer to Dirty Harry than Batman' as 'a piece of propaganda'A "hard-edged" new superhero, The Fixer, is set to take on al-Qaida in acclaimed comic book author Frank Miller's latest outing, the "gut-wrenching" graphic novel... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Ruby Redfort to star in new Lauren Child books

Maths prof Marcus du Sautoy to invent real problems for Clarice Bean sidekick Ruby to solveLiterary superstar Lauren Child has appointed a very special accomplice to help her create the new and exciting adventures of Ruby Redfort. Marcus du Sautoy,... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

John Llewellyn Rhys prize 'suspended'

Administrator Booktrust says funding problems have forced them to cancel this year's awardThe suspension of the UK's second oldest literary award due to lack of funding has been met with dismay by authors from William Boyd to Margaret Drabble, who... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Roth's rift with Booker judges fails to reach a happy ending

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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Sticky Fingers, Used in Service of a Covetous Nature

Rachel Shteir offers a cultural (and literary) history of shoplifting in her new book.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Gateway to Great Books on Your iPhone

Penguin Classics, that more-than-1,500-titles collection of English-language literary classics, has a new free app for iOS devices available on Tuesday.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

A Word With: Tomi Ungerer: An Author Embodies His Books’ Childlike Spirit

Tomi Ungerer, the author and illustrator of children’s books, is his old mischievous self as he nears 80.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Monty Python team to reanimate Graham Chapman

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will turn late actor's memoir into animated 3D filmHe found himself laughed at, misunderstood and nailed to a cross while the crowd looked on the bright side. Now Graham Chapman, Monty... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Patrick Moore publishes first poetry book at 88

The celebrated astronomer turns hand to collection of nonsense rhymes for children "of all ages"Astronomer, television presenter and musician, Sir Patrick Moore is turning his hand to a new metier at the age of 88 with the publication of a... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Bosnian novelist has town built in his honour

Work of Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić to be commemorated with 17,000-square metre 'Andrićgrad' in the Republika SrpskaWork is set to begin building a new town inspired by the writing of Yugoslavian Nobel literature laureate Ivo Andrić, following plans by film... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Poetry Society riven by mysterious divisions

No explanation for string of resignations at senior levelLike a summer storm, the row that has engulfed the Poetry Society seems to have come out of a cloudless sky. Membership is up, audiences are up and the society has been... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Nation Goes on Its Merry Way to Ruin

Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner dissect the financial meltdown, paying particular attention to the legal and regulatory changes that stoked the unsustainable housing boom.... More...

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Monday, 27 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Philip Roth No Longer Reading Fiction

Philip Roth, the prolific and ornery novelist, said he no longer has "the same interest in fiction that I once did."... More...

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Monday, 27 June, 2011

Books of The Times | 'The American Heiress': Money May Not Buy You Love, but It Might Help You Land a Spouse

Daisy Goodwin’s novel is about a Gilded Age Newport belle who heads for England to marry her way into a title.... More...

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Monday, 27 June, 2011

Edinburgh book festival: record levels of interest cause booking chaos

Director apologises to those unable to book online after high-profile events sell out on first day of full ticket salesMany of the highest-profile events at the Edinburgh book festival sold out on the first day of full ticket sales after... More...

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

Sunday, 26 June, 2011

The Mechanic Muse: What Is Distant Reading?

To uncover the true nature of literature, a scholar says, don’t read the books.... More...

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Sunday, 26 June, 2011

Off the Shelf: Lessons in Communication, for Newspapers Themselves

In “The Deal From Hell,” James O’Shea argues that what’s killing newspapers isn’t the Internet and other forces, but rather the way some newspaper executives have responded to them.... More...

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Sunday, 26 June, 2011

Essay: The Rise and Fall of Pseudonyms

Even when the reasons for its initial adoption are utilitarian, a pen name can assume a life of its own.... More...

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Sunday, 26 June, 2011

Final hours of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca revealed

Historian claims to know who made up Franco's execution squad and where they buried the poet during Spain's civil warOne of the great mysteries of Spain's recent history may have been solved by a local historian from the southern city... More...

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

Saturday, 25 June, 2011

A Prep School Confronts the ’60s

In Carolyn Cooke’s first novel, an insular New England prep school is upended in the late 1960s.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

The Trouble With Common Sense

Why “common sense” is a thoroughly unreliable guide to the social world.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

An Alternative Life for Princess Diana

Monica Ali’s new novel asks: What if Princess Diana had faked her own death and eventually gone to live under an assumed name in America?... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Tony Blair's top reads: Tolkien, Trotsky and Treasure Island

Former prime minister's Desert Island book choice shows he's a lover of baddies, wizard collaborators and political outcastsTony Blair is a lover of baddies, wizard collaborators, religious prophets, political outcasts and obsessives, according to a list of his favourite nine... More...

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

Friday, 24 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Introducing the Mechanic Muse

Featuring Kathryn Schulz and Alex Star on a new Book Review column about literature and technology; and Andrew Delbanco on the importance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Tom Clancy is back at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list with his latest thriller, “Against All Enemies.”... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

The Impact of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

An account of the writing, reception and modern reputation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which taught whites to see slaves as human.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Campaigning for Change in Mexico

Jorge G. Castañeda assesses the contradictions that shape and afflict Mexico.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Taking Literary Revenge on Joseph Conrad

The narrator of this novel emends Joseph Conrad’s “Nostromo.”... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Steven Tyler’s Warp Speed Memoir

There’s a lot to be said, especially by Steven Tyler, of his rise to fame with Aerosmith.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

A Frontier Schoolhouse Story

Dorothy Wickenden tells the story of her grandmother’s stint as a teacher on the frontier.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Testing the Conscience of a Village Under the Nazis

In the fourth of Ursula Hegi’s novels to be set in the same German village, a schoolteacher heroine, seduced by Nazi propaganda, struggles to follow her moral compass.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A Bounty of Buffy

There's only one new book on our lists this week and that honor goes to Volume 8 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Eager for Celebrity Sightings? Try the Children's Books Section

This fall there will be a strikingly broad range of celebrity children's books written by a strikingly broad range of celebrities. Here's a preview.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Inside the Churchill Clan

This history of the Churchill clan skips the oratory and war-making in favor of juicy domestic tangles.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

‘The Great Gatsby’: The Next Generation

The “Great Gatsby” baby grows up to be the worldly heroine of Tom Carson’s picaresque novel, and a perfect mirror of “the American Century.”... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Cambodia After Year Zero

A journalist finds that poverty, trauma and corruption persist in Cambodia.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Love and Real Estate in South Asia

The characters in Anuradha Roy’s first novel wrestle with love and real estate.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Curing the Pelvic Headache

Tim Parks details his suffering from chronic pain and explains how he found relief from an unexpected source.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Hüsker Dü’s Propulsive Liberation

Two books look at the rise and acrimonious demise of Hüsker Dü, a powerful force in the indie rock scene of the 1980s.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

The Death Camp Pharmacist

In this “documentary novel,” a Romanian pharmacist collaborates with the Nazis.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Up Front: Introducing The Mechanic Muse

The Book Review inaugurates a new column, named in homage to the critic Hugh Kenner, that will examine the intersections of technology and literature.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Digital Helping Hand for Scholarly Work

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has unveiled PressForward, a new open access platform for online scholarship.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

A Primer on Pakistan

A guide to the complex landscape of Pakistan from a veteran foreign correspondent.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Robert Lipsyte: Skeptic in the Press Box

Robert Lipsyte looks back at his writing career, and considers the evolving cultural significance of sports in America.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

The Rules: Version Française

The Times’s Elaine Sciolino navigates the Parisian maze of unspoken assumptions about the cultivation of pleasure.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Riff: ‘An Accidental, Experimental Masterpiece’

What a quaint, imminently obsolete, inherently limited almanac can teach us about handling the crush of information on the Internet.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Why Nerds Succeed

Alexandra Robbins argues that many of the traits attributed to “losers” in high school contribute to success later in life.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

The American Jihadis

A sober, factual account of Americans, naturalized and native-born, who have joined the global jihad.... More...

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Anjali Joseph wins Desmond Elliott prize

First novel Saraswati Park wins £10,000 awardA continent-crossing author with roots in Mumbai, Paris and Norwich has taken the 2011 Desmond Elliott prize, with Saraswati Park, a story of a young man who goes to stay with an uncle in... More...

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

Friday, 24 June, 2011

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award - winner!

In the busiest-ever day for books news, Helen Limon wins an award which celebrates diversity in children's fictionHas there ever been so much big books news in a single day? First JK Rowling revealed Pottermore, then Patrick Ness and Grahame... More...

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

Friday, 24 June, 2011

Potter moves online (official)

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Friday, 24 June, 2011

Books of The Times | 'Fire and Rain': Why 1970 Deserves Its 15 Minutes of Fame

The journalist David Browne recounts the stories behind four famous rock albums made in 1970.... More...

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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Harry Potter next chapter? Wizard website tells and sells all

JK Rowling shows off Pottermore site which will not have new material, but will be only place selling digital downloads of novelsJK Rowling shocked and thrilled her fans and the publishing industry on Thursday by announcing details of Pottermore –... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

JK Rowling gifts fans Harry Potter website

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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Rowling Releases 'Harry Potter' Into the Ether on Pottermore

J.K. Rowling, the author behind the Harry Potter series, said Thursday in London that a new Web site built around the series will also sell the e-book editions of the seven books.... More...

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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Ebooks: the latest frontier for spam

The ease with which you can license content and repackage it to sell as an ebook has created a growing problem for Amazon and other resellers – spam ebooks. Distributors are worried, tooWith Google clamping down on content farms, the... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Emma Stone to carve out niche with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies role

US star could follow performance in Zombieland with lead in adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen mashupWith the news that she's been offered the lead role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Emma Stone cements her status as the go-to... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Patrick Ness accepts Carnegie medal with fierce defence of libraries

Receiving the honour for Monsters of Men, the author launches a passionate attack on library closuresPatrick Ness, who has won this year's prestigious Carnegie medal for his young adult novel Monsters of Men, used his acceptance speech to launch a... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Pottermore website launched by JK Rowling as 'give-back' to fans

Harry Potter author unveils free, collaborative website for which she has written extensive background materialJK Rowling has written extensive new material about the world of Harry Potter for her new venture, Pottermore, she revealed at a press conference launching the... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Desmond to Bower - I won't waste time on your inflammatory comments

Richard Desmond has responded to the attack on him by author Tom Bower that I reported here yesterday.Bower told the parliamentary committee considering the draft defamation bill that the proprietor of Express Newspapers was "a violent and fundamentally dishonest man."... More...

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

Thursday, 23 June, 2011

E. M. Broner, Jewish Feminist, Dies at 83

Ms. Broner explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female, producing a body of work that placed her in the vanguard of Jewish feminist letters.... More...

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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Harry Potter's secret is out after PR slip gives the game away

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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Surveying That Soft Stuff of Wings and of Dreams

The biologist Thor Hanson assembles an overview of the structural marvel that is the feather.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

A Raw Voice of Young Manhood Makes a Bid for Literary Respect

In his third novel, Chad Kultgen tries to be “something more substantial.”... More...

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Cloud Atlas to be filmed in Berlin as city eyes starring role in movies

City hopes £62m adaptation of David Mitchell's book will become first German blockbusterAs far as arthouse cinema goes, Germany has a good reputation. The Stasi thriller The Lives of Others won an Oscar in 2007, The White Ribbon clinched the... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Pottermore: What's Next for Harry Potter?

Everything seems to be a possibility when J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, makes her announcement Thursday in London about her latest project: Pottermore.com.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Farm Books That Sing

“Farmyard Beat” and “Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk” invite young readers to sing along.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Marvel kills off Spider-man

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Harry Potter to live on in internet treasure hunt game

JK Rowling's new venture, Pottermore, reported to be online game leading users to prizes hidden in the real worldThe final chapter of the Harry Potter series may have been closed, but it looks like fans of the boy wizard can... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Spider-Man death 'changes everything' for Marvel

Peter Parker perishes in new comic, but a new Spider-Man is on his wayNot since Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes has such a dramatic death hit the pages of fiction. Those with a sensitive disposition should look away... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Richard Desmond is 'violent and dishonest', Bower tells law-makers

No-one seems to have noticed a comment made about Richard Desmond, the proprietor of Express Newspapers, in evidence to a parliamentary committee on 13 June. He was said to be "a violent and fundamentally dishonest man, exactly like Robert Maxwell."... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Come Meet the Author, but Open Your Wallet

To increase revenue, independent bookstores are charging for author events.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords working on memoir

Arizona congresswoman who was shot in head is working with husband Mark Kelly on book to tell 'story from our point of view'Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a political rally, is to release... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

50 Cent turns new leaf with children's book

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Self-published author joins Kindle's elite million-seller list

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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Victorian Goddesses, a Real Wife and a Sour Marriage

A biography of Effie Gray, whose marriage to the Victorian critic John Ruskin notoriously ran aground.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Stieg Larsson's Coffee Mania, Revisited

Today marks the publication of Eva Gabrielsson's memoir of Stieg Larsson, a book that confirms my widely derided theory that the late Millenium-trilogy author was an extreme coffee-drinker even by Swedish standards.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Giffords and Husband to Write Memoir

No publication date is announced.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

JK Rowling keeps Harry Potter fans guessing over next venture

Online campaign builds up excitement but the revelation of an eighth Harry Potter book seems unlikelyHarry Potter fans are on tenterhooks before a press conference in which JK Rowling has promised to lift the veil on her next venture.... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Books: A Feat of Engineering That Doubles as a Home

“Avian Architecture” provides what it calls “case studies” of each of 10 broad categories of nests, with photographs and detailed drawings.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

The Girl Who Cast a Viking Spell

The longtime companion of Stieg Larsson, the posthumously best-selling author of the Millennium trilogy, has resorted to unusual means to win control of Larsson’s literary legacy.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Novel About Bullying From 50 Cent

"Playground" is scheduled for publication in January.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

On the Road 'amplified' in app of Kerouac classic

Adaptation for iPad features interactive map of novel's famous pan-American journeyReaders will now be able to relive the journey taken by Dean and Sal in Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat novel On the Road, thanks to the release of an "amplified"... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Germany honours Le Carré with Goethe Medal

Spy novelist receives top award for developing 'coalescence, peace and creativity in Europe'John le Carré might have withdrawn from the running for the Man Booker International prize because he "doesn't compete for literary awards", but the thriller author has nonetheless... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

50 Cent to write book on bullying

Rapper says novel inspired by childhood experience will be a positive influence on teenage readers 50 Cent is set to follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton, Madeleine L'Engle and JK Rowling, publishing a young adult novel in 2012. The... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

A. Whitney Ellsworth, First Publisher of New York Review, Dies at 75

Mr. Ellsworth helped get The New York Review of Books up and running as its first publisher and also served in the mid-1970s as chairman of Amnesty International USA.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Tall Tales From Gifted Storytellers

This collection of stories by Adam Ross underscores the same dark view of human relationships that animated his debut novel, “Mr. Peanut.”... More...

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Monday, 20 June, 2011

British Library and Google bring 18th-century hippos to the web

Digitisation project will make out of copyright books from 1700 to 1870 available online, including account of Prince of Orange's stuffed animal interestsAn 18th century treatise on the Prince of Orange's interest in a stuffed hippo will join one of... More...

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

Monday, 20 June, 2011

The Hobbit: latest casting revealed on Facebook

Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien classic will star Australian comedian and actor Barry Humphries as the Goblin KingIt's enough to shake Tolkien fans to the soles of their furry feet: director Peter Jackson has revealed on Facebook his latest casting... More...

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

Monday, 20 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: 'Hobbit' Cast Adds Evangeline Lilly, Dame Edna and Sherlock Holmes

Ms. Lilly, a "Lost" alumna, will play a new elf character named Tauriel in Peter Jackson's film adaptation. Barry Humphries will play the Goblin King and Benedict Cumberbatch will provide the voice of the dragon Smaug.... More...

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Monday, 20 June, 2011

Andrea Levy wins Walter Scott prize

The Long Song takes £25,000 award for historical fictionAndrea Levy's story of the end of slavery, The Long Song, has won the £25,000 Walter Scott prize for historical fiction.... More...

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

Monday, 20 June, 2011

Crime writers help out at morgue

Authors including Val McDermid, Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell join fundraising drive for new morgue in DundeeAfter picking the brains of forensic experts for years to ensure the grisly details of murder and mutilation in their books are correct, a... More...

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

Monday, 20 June, 2011

250,000 antique books go online

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Monday, 20 June, 2011

Benedict Cumberbatch joins The Hobbit as Smaug

Sherlock Holmes actor revealed as voice of Smaug the dragon in Peter Jackson's forthcoming Lord of the Rings prequelBenedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of the dragon, Smaug, in The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's forthcoming two-part prequel to his... More...

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

Monday, 20 June, 2011

The Media Equation: Ugly Details in Selling Newspapers

James O’Shea reported out the deals that tipped over the owners of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.... More...

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Monday, 20 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Two Women Love One Man, Worthy of Neither

In “Break the Skin” Lee Martin weaves the stories of two women to explore the evils that can lie beneath the banality of small-town life.... More...

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Sunday, 19 June, 2011

Bookshelf: Femme Fatale of a Newspaper War

Books about the dawn of the tabloid wars, enduring sights of historic Dutch New York and civil rights in the city.... More...

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Sunday, 19 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Jack Kerouac Tailgates T.S. Eliot Into the App Store

Last week "The Waste Land" hit the iPad. Now here comes an "amplified version" of the 1957 novel "On the Road."... More...

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Saturday, 18 June, 2011

A Writer’s Estate to Yield $150,000 Literary Prizes

A surprise from the estate of the memoirist Donald Windham: at least $1 million a year in grants to writers.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

The Central Park Jogger Case Revisited

This is the first sustained treatment of the Central Park jogger case since the defendants’ convictions were vacated.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Young Love in Little Russia

A first novel about young love in a Russian émigré community.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Escaping Hitler, Cracking Up in L.A.

The cultural diaspora of the Nazi years, through the eyes of Thomas Mann’s brother and unlikely sister-in-law.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 'Ten Thousand Saints'

Featuring Eleanor Henderson on her novel, "Ten Thousand Saints"; and Asti Hustvedt, the author of "Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris."... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

What Physics Owes the Counterculture

In the 1970s, eccentric young scientists challenged convention and re-energized modern physics.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Malcolm X: Criminal, Minister, Humanist, Martyr

Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm X draws upon letters, diaries, F.B.I. reports and interviews with contemporaries to trace his career and illuminate his intellectual and spiritual development.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

How Hitler Could Have Won

This clear, accessible account of World War II asks how the Wehrmacht, the best fighting force, wound up losing.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Footsteps: Blood, Sand, Sherry: Hemingway’s Madrid

Ernest Hemingway loved Madrid, leaving a distinct, mostly booze-stained trail.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Farm

New picture books about farms and farm animals.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Ann Patchett’s Amazon Wonder Drug Novel

Ann Patchett’s heroine, on the trail of a reclusive scientist in the Amazon, faces demons real and imagined.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

David Mamet’s Right-Wing Conversion

David Mamet comes out swinging against liberalism, offering his views on religion and American culture.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Sex selection and the rise of Generation XY

A new book explores western involvement in what has become a scourge of the developing world: sex selection of babiesIn 1979 China signed a $50m four-year deal with a UN body designed to help it control its spiralling population through... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

The Pseudoscience of Hysteria

Asti Hustvedt examines the dubious research of a 19th-century French doctor who used hypnosis to induce hysteria in female subjects.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Loud Music, Clean Living

Eleanor Henderson’s fierce, elegiac novel follows a group of friends, lovers, parents and children through the straight-edge music scene and the early days of the AIDS epidemic.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Crime: Final Curtain

Mystery novels by Peter Lovesey, Marcus Sakey, Elizabeth Brundage and Duane Swierczynski.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Life of a Psychohistorian

A memoir by Robert Jay Lifton, a leading “psychohistorian” who studied how individuals have coped with extreme circumstances: war, torture, genocide.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Essay: I’m O.K., You’re a Psychopath

Worried about whether you’re evil? Two new books, complete with diagnostic checklists, can help you decide.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Story of a Jazz Age Murder

A sensational Jazz Age crime that also inspired James M. Cain and William Styron is the basis for Ron Hansen’s propulsive novel.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Ann Coulter comes roaring back to the list with “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America,” though her brand does seem to have undergone a bit of tweaking.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

When Women Lost the Vote

Between 1640 and 1760, Mary Beth Norton contends, men were increasingly viewed as public beings and women as private ones.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Lark Rise to Candleford writer to adapt Zola novel for BBC1

Series based on The Ladies Paradise tells story of a young girl in 1890s working in department store after death of her fatherThe writer of Lark Rise to Candleford is to return to BBC1 with a new series based on... More...

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

Friday, 17 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Book Best Sellers: Wonder Woman and Zombies

At No. 1 on the hardcover list this week is "Wonder Woman: Odyssey," in which the superheroine wakes up to find that someone has altered her past.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Children’s Books: A Beachcomber’s Guide to Growing Up

A blossoming 10-year-old seeks a rare seashell in this middle grade novel.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Paradoxical Storytelling for Children

“The Lying Carpet” and “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” celebrate paradox and the transformative power of storytelling.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Little Frogs, Big Family

“Leap Back Home to Me” and “999 Tadpoles” involve little frogs and the security that family brings.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Have Superman and Lois Lane reached the end of the road?

Fans divided as DC Comics co-publisher lets slip that the man of steel's 15-year marriage could be overComic book fans are reeling after hints that one of the longest-standing marriages in superhero history, the 15-year union between Superman and Lois... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Magazine Preview: Storyseller

How Amanda Hocking, 26, having reached peak rankings on the Kindle e-book best-seller list, solved the publishing business all by herself.... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Joyce's puzzle solved: how to cross Dublin without passing a pub

Software developer Rory McCann charts pub-free route across the city"Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub," muses Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses. It's a conundrum that has intrigued literary visitors to the city for... More...

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

Friday, 17 June, 2011

Enid Blyton legacy bequeathed to children's books centre

Newcastle-based Seven Stories will receive assets of Enid Blyton Trust for Children, which is being wound upA £750,000 legacy from the much-loved Famous Five author Enid Blyton is to go to the Newcastle-based children's books centre Seven Stories.... More...

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

Friday, 17 June, 2011

Up Front: Stacey D’Erasmo

Stacey D’Erasmo confesses: “I was never cool enough to be a punk, and I wouldn’t have had the stamina, or the discipline, for straight-edge.”... More...

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Computer plots Joyce's pub-free Dublin route

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Friday, 17 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Need a Kidney? A Skull? Just Bring Cash

The journalist Scott Carney reports on the grisly market for human body parts.... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Colum McCann Wins Rich Novel Prize

He is honored for "Let the Great World Spin."... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Ben Affleck tipped to direct Tell No One remake

Director of The Town reportedly attached to new version of 2006 French thriller, adapted from Harlan Coben's crime novelHollywood remakes of European films are hardly in short supply, with English-language iterations of Let the Right One In, Taxi and Le... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: On Bloomsday, Joyce Fans Say Yes, Yes to Twitter

Stephen from Baltimore is spending today making sure the story of Stephen Dedalus develops on time.... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Asterix books contain 704 victims of brain injury, study finds

Most were male, many Roman and more than half were attacked by Asterix and Obelix themselves ... medical academics get their heads around violence in the Asterix comicsBy Toutatis! A group of academics have analysed the traumatic brain injuries in... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Hugh Jackman on song for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables film

X-Men actor reportedly in talks for lead role in King's Speech director's take on long-running musicalHugh Jackman is in talks to play the lead role in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's forthcoming big-screen take on the hit stage musical... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower

Hodder & Stoughton is set to publish King's new novel in the Dark Tower series, The Wind Through the Keyhole, next springHorror author Stephen King is set to return to the world of his bestselling fantasy series, the Dark Tower... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Colum McCann wins 2011 Impac Dublin prize

Irish author brings beefy €100,000 international literary award home to Dublin for his novel Let the Great World SpinThe world's richest literary prize, the €100,000 Impac award, was brought home to its native city by the Dublin author Colum McCann... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Harry Potter fans flock to JK Rowling's mysterious new website, Pottermore

Launch of JK Rowling's Pottermore site sparks rumours of a new Harry Potter novel among fans of the bestselling children's seriesHarry Potter fans have been sent into a frenzy of excitement after the creator of their favourite wizard, JK Rowling,... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Ex-picture editor's novel plot - a thriller about a bid to murder a duchess

I see that one of my former colleagues, Ron Morgans, has joined the ranks of royal authors. The former Daily Mirror picture editor has written a novel Murder at the Royal Wedding.Somewhat confusingly, there's a picture of the Duchess of... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Writers in revolutionary mood at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Authors from 40 countries to attend literary event, with Alasdair Gray and AS Byatt among those unveiling new worksFrom the Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, whose father was abducted in Cairo more than 20 years ago, to Longitude author Dava Sobel... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

New York Public Library Buys Timothy Leary’s Papers

The archive of the drug guru Timothy Leary includes accounts of Allen Ginsburg’s and Jack Kerouac’s experiments with psilocybin.... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Books of The Times: In France, Sauciness Extends Well Beyond Food

The Times’s Elaine Sciolino explains the French art de vivre.... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Domestic Lives: Lost in Time and Words, a Child Begins Anew

After a childhood illness and a prolonged hospital stay, a writer’s first language — Spanish — suddenly seemed like a foreign tongue.... More...

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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Newly Released Books

New books by David Ignatius, Rosamund Lupton, Melissa de la Cruz, Rebecca Makkai, Tom McNeal and J. Courtney Sullivan.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Fit for Life’s Challenges

A sixth book, another job in television and other opportunities are on the way for the fitness guru Jillian Michaels.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Picture Books About the Backyard

“My Baby Blue Jays” chronicles a family of birds living on the author’s balcony; and “How Things Work in the Ward” explains the everyday mysteries of acorns, dandelions, rocks and dirt.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: For His Children's Book, Weird Al Gets a Weird App

The application, based on Mr. Yankovic's book "When I Grow Up," offers young readers the opportunity to practice fanciful future occupations like shaving a tarantula or massaging a gorilla.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

First ever direct English translation of Solaris published

Stanislaw Lem's 1961 classic has only previously been available translated from a 'poor' French versionThe first ever direct translation into English of the Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem's most famous novel, Solaris, has just been published, removing a raft... More...

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

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Mao, Bismarck and Caravaggio contend on Samuel Johnson prize shortlist

Six finalists for £20,000 award acclaimed as 'reflection of a remarkable publishing year'Edmund de Waal's much-heralded and bestselling history of his family, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has missed out on a place on the £20,000 Samuel Johnson prize shortlist... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Critic of James Has a Happy Ending for His Book

Scott Raab is finishing a fan’s memoir that will mix his passion for Cleveland teams with his loathing of LeBron James.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

New Che Guevara diary published

Diary of a Combatant covers revolutionary's arrival in Cuba in 1956 with Fidel and Raúl Castro through to late 1958A previously unpublished diary kept by Ernesto "Che" Guevara during the guerilla campaign he fought alongside Fidel Castro has been released... More...

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

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

The Cook Who Couldn’t Taste

In her memoir, Molly Birnbaum, an aspiring chef, recounts her recovery from a head trauma that left her without a sense of smell.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Samuel L. Jackson Gives Voice to 'Go the ____ to Sleep'

He records an audiobook of the best-selling parody.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Books of The Times: After Metal Music’s Deafening Roar, Hüsker Dü’s Guitarist Pauses to Reflect

The Hüsker Dü guitarist Bob Mould traces his career and life in and out of the closet in “See a Little Light.”... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Books on Science: From Hitler to Mother Teresa: 6 Degrees of Empathy

Simon Baron-Cohen proposes that evil can be is more scientifically defined as an absence of empathy, made worse by negative parental and societal factors, with a genetic component.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Werner Herzog reads potty-mouthed bedtime audiobook

Fitzcarraldo director gives spoken-word treatment to controversial children's book pasticheLegendary film director Werner Herzog has agreed to narrate an audio version of the surprise hit Go the Fuck to Sleep, a comic bedtime book for parents that has become an... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth

Rationality evolved to win arguments, some scholars suggest, and flawed reasoning is itself an adaptation.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Terry Pratchett defends Choosing to Die documentary from critics

Critics round on writer and BBC for promoting assisted dying in film that included footage of man's death at Dignitas clinicSir Terry Pratchett has defended his BBC2 documentary, which showed the death of a millionaire hotelier suffering from motor neurone... More...

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

Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Tom Cruise takes a shot at Jack Reacher

The Hollywood megastar may have to convince fans he's capable of playing a 6ft 5in vigilante drifter, but author Lee Child is convincedHe's a 6ft 5in, 250lb saturnine killing machine who travels around the US slaying baddies with nothing but... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Op-Ed Contributor: Rescuing the Real Uncle Tom

The hero of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel was an inspiration for oppressed people at home and abroad.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Imagining a Secret Life for Diana

In Monica Ali’s “Untold Story,” the world’s most famous woman fakes her death and starts a new life in small-town America.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

Batgirl back on her feet after 23 years in DC comics reboot

Fans lament end of paraplegic storyline as DC Comics announces all 52 of its series are to revert to issue number oneHoly broken bones! Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl character paralysed from the waist down in a dastardly deed by... More...

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

Monday, 13 June, 2011

Harry Evans lands yet another editorship

Harry Evans, the former Sunday Times editor, has become editor-at-large for the news agency Reuters. In announcing the appointment, Thomson Reuters said Evans would "moderate news-making conversations with global leaders and host live events that showcase Reuters world-class photojournalism." "Harry... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: For His Tonys Speech, Rylance Turns to a Favorite Source

Receiving his acting prize for "Jerusalem," Mark Rylance once again recited a work by the poet Louis Jenkins, as he did when he won his previous Tony in 2008.... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Carole King to Tell Her Story in Memoir

The book is scheduled for release next April.... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin dies

Industry stalwart behind Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets dies of breast cancer at 61 after seven-year battleFamed Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin, who oversaw the Spider-Man series and helped make Julia Roberts a star in Pretty Woman, has... More...

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

Monday, 13 June, 2011

Women writers round on Naipaul

Nobel laureate's remarks about 'inferiority' of female authors provoke furious responses from Keri Hulme and Francine ProseVS Naipaul has been described as a "misogynist prick" and a "slug" by the Booker prize-winning New Zealand novelist Keri Hulme for his dismissal... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

Survey anatomises British taste for murder

Research for Crime Writers' Association finds average crime novel's body count is 8.38Sliced to death in an olive machine? Decapitated by a glider cable? Squashed by a large brass wind instrument? These are just some of the ways in which... More...

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

Monday, 13 June, 2011

Zev Birger, Jerusalem Book Fair Leader, Dies at 85

Mr. Birger was a Holocaust survivor and former official of the young state of Israel who turned the book fair into a thriving literary event.... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

Movie Studios Reassess Comic-Con

Comic-Con has long been a marketing platform for movie studios. But the convention’s effect often can be negative and the studios have noticed.... More...

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

Foyles bucks bad news for booksellers with latest branch at Olympics site

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Monday, 13 June, 2011

Restarting Comics’ Clock Is Issue No. 1

DC Comics announced that it is restarting 52 well-known series from No. 1.... More...

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Sunday, 12 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Looking for Truth in All That Lying

In “Tangled Webs” James B. Stewart looks at four celebrated federal perjury cases emblematic of “a surge of concerted deliberate lying” by the affluent.... More...

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Sunday, 12 June, 2011

David Mamet launches tirade against 'antisemitism' of British writers

American playwright says books, plays and essays by contemporary authors are full of anti-Jewish 'filth'Leading US playwright David Mamet has launched an attack on the British literary establishment over what he claims are inherently antisemitic attitudes.... More...

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

Sunday, 12 June, 2011

David Norris still sees his destiny as Ireland's first gay president

Senator David Norris still confident of nomination despite conservative uproar over 'paedophilia' interviewJames Joyce railed against family, religion and nationalism as the nets that Ireland casts around its artists and free-thinkers. As the annual celebration of his greatest work, Ulysses,... More...

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Sunday, 12 June, 2011

Pratchett starts process to end his life

The fantasy writer Terry Pratchett says he has received consent forms requesting assisted suicide but has not yet signed themSir Terry Pratchett, the fantasy writer who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008, said yesterday he had started the formal process... More...

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Sunday, 12 June, 2011

Patrick Leigh Fermor, Travel Writer, Dies at 96

Mr. Fermor crossed Europe on a three-year journey, then wrote about his adventures.... More...

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Saturday, 11 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 'In the Garden of Beasts'

Featuring Dorothy Gallagher on Erik Larson's new best-seller, "In the Garden of Beasts"; and Emily Gould on Emma Forrest's memoir, "Your Voice in My Head."... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

The Idea of Germany, From Tacitus to Hitler

How a long-lost Latin manuscript became a Nazi talisman.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

More Reviews: Summer Reading Special Issue

The complete June 5 Book Review, with roundups of cookbooks, gardening books and travel books; new fiction; books about Hollywood and music; and more.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Ellen Willis’s Pioneering Rock Criticism

Now out of the vault, the collected work of a New Yorker critic who bore eloquent witness to the heyday of rock.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

The Golden Age of the Secretary

Two books offer workplace history and advice, with particular regard to the matter of gender.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

The Unhappiness Project

In this novel, a 33-year-old bureaucrat with his own problems sets out to reveal a nation of fake smiles.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Sleeping With the Gestapo

How an American ambassador to the Third Reich, and his daughter, gradually realized what a mess they were in.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Jorge Semprún, Who Blurred Line Between Novel and Memoir, Is Dead at 87

Mr. Semprún was a member of the French Resistance, a Communist organizer, a novelist and a screenwriter.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Lessons From Jane Austen

A memoir of how Jane Austen’s novels transformed one reader’s life, and a study of why we still read the “Lady novelist.”... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Your Own Facts

A progressive political activist asks whether the personalization of search-engine results is a blessing or a curse.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

A Memoir of Self-Destruction and Therapy

A young writer overcomes her self-destructive behavior with the help of a gifted therapist.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A Slice of Real Life

A sales clerk takes her place along with a lot of super-heroes.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

David Eagleman, who hits the hardcover nonfiction list this week with “Incognito,” is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Rimbaud’s Wise Music

John Ashbery brings a long and deep familiarity with French life, language and culture to this translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

A Novel as Big as America

John Sayles’s novelistic reimagining of America at the turn of the last century nods to both Harriet Beecher Stowe and Thomas Pynchon.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Beach Retreat, Baggage Included

In J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel, three generations of a family’s women take guilt, secrets and old wounds on a beach retreat.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

The Constitution After 9/11

David K. Shipler laments the state of the Constitution in the aftermath of 9/11.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Did J.F.K. Lose Berlin?

An account of the construction of the Berlin Wall asks whether J.F.K. should be blamed for losing the city.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Reunion of Sorts: Two Pieces of Unpublished Austen Novel Are Both in New York

"The Watsons" was written in 1804 but never finished.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Travel writing great Patrick Leigh Fermor dies aged 96

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to author revered for his account of walking across EuropeThe writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who walked his way into the eternal affection of restless souls with his account of a journey across Europe on foot,... More...

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

Friday, 10 June, 2011

Up Front: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is well known for her extremely short, elliptical stories. But in her parallel career, as a translator of French literature, she has tackled wordier writes, including Proust and Flaubert.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Essay: The Pleasures and Perils of Creative Translation

The French novels I read in my youth were really English novels by translators, based on original ideas by Camus and Cocteau.... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Hitchens on the Art of the Feud

Perhaps no one has distinguished himself as a literary feudist in the past few decades more than Christopher Hitchens, who in an e-mail gave some helpful hints on how to start a feud - and more important, how to keep... More...

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Friday, 10 June, 2011

Women's Institute joins battle to save libraries

AGM votes overwhelmingly to support campaign2011 has been a dismal year for the UK's embattled libraries, but help is now finally at hand. The 208,000 members of the Women's Institute have thrown their weight behind the campaign to save them.... More...

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

Friday, 10 June, 2011

Landmark US library set to close

Troy, Michigan's public library – celebrated by numerous celebrated writers – will shut unless a dedicated local tax is voted inA library "is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine... More...

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

Friday, 10 June, 2011

Books of The Times: A Comrade by Accident, a Seeker by Design

In Lisa See’s new novel, a headstrong young woman who grew up in Los Angeles rejects her family and the United States to find out what China is like during the Great Leap Forward.... More...

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Thursday, 9 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: What the Hippest Preschooler on the Block Will Be Reading

This month marks the debut of McMullens, a children's book imprint from Dave Eggers's publishing house, McSweeney's.... More...

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Thursday, 9 June, 2011

House collapsing under weight of rescued books

Home of Canadian who saved collection from being burned now threatened by their bulkA Canadian woman's house is collapsing under the weight of the 350,000 books she rescued from a neighbour who was planning to burn them after her bibliophile... More...

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

Thursday, 9 June, 2011

Orange win makes Obreht the hottest name in fiction

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Thursday, 9 June, 2011

At Home With Tom McNeal: An Imagination With Built-Ins

Tom McNeal’s new novel, “To Be Sung Under Water,” took shape at his home overlooking an orange grove in Southern California.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Summer Reading: Comics

A roundup of new comics collections and graphic novels on grown-up themes.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Books of The Times: An Intimate Biography of Millions

In “India: A Portrait,” a new biography of a sort, Patrick French tries to get his arms around the size and import of this teeming country.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Summer Reading: ‘On the Media’: Comics Edition

A media manifesto from N.P.R.’s Brooke Gladstone, delivered in comics form.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Summer Reading: Visuals

A roundup of new art and design books, about screen printing, graffiti lettering, signage in South African townships and pavement chalk artists.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Téa Obreht Wins Orange Prize for Fiction

She is the youngest person to win the annual award.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Summer at the Book Review: What We're Reading

From whale tales to political writing to Parisian escapes, editors of the Book Review weigh in on their summer-reading lists.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Orange prize 2011 goes to Téa Obreht

Surprise victory for The Tiger's Wife makes Obreht the award's youngest ever winnerNot only is the newly announced winner of this year's Orange prize for fiction a first time novelist, she's also strikingly, surprisingly young – only 25 – making... More...

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

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Young Adult: A Girl and Her Ghost

A graphic novel about a teenage girl and her friend Emily, a 100-something-year-old ghost who died 90 years earlier.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

David Cameron warns against Syria UN veto

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Cameron warns against Syria UN veto

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

The Guardian sponsors Edinburgh International Book Festival

Festival's director says two-year deal will open new avenues for authors and expand debate and discussionThe Guardian is going into partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, sponsoring the two-week event – the biggest of its kind in the world... More...

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

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Orange prize 2011 tipped to go to Room

Emma Donoghue's novel is 2/1 favourite to take £30,000 award for women's writingRoom lost out on the Booker to Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question, but Emma Donoghue's story of a boy and his mother locked in a tiny room for... More...

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

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

A Heckuva Book Pitch. That’s Putting It Mildly.

A mock children’s book with an obscenity in the title has become a hit for a small Brooklyn publisher, which now has to gear up for what it hopes will be big sales.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Pushy parents can put children off reading for life, says new laureate

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Smiths going digital after Dawson deal

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Julia Donaldson: A writer with a quick ear

New children's laureate demonstrates her deft rhyming abilities with poem celebrating the seven previous holders of the postJulia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo and numerous other best-selling picture books, accepted the children's laureate medal for 2011-13 with a poem... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Motherlode: Introducing the Motherlode Book Club

Starting off a conversation about parenting books with “TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.”... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Suskind Plans Book on Financial Crisis

HarperCollins says it will be released in September.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Introducing the Motherlode Book Club

Over at Motherlode, The Times's parenting blog, Lisa Belkin is introducing a book club.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Mesopotamian dictionary completed after 90 years' work

Project begun in 1921 to translate ancient cuneiform finally concludedA 21-volume dictionary detailing an ancient Mesopotamian language has finally been completed after 90 years' work.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson named Children's Laureate

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Travel journal wins V&A Illustration award

Olivier Kugler's pictorial account of a journey across Iran wins top prizeIllustrations of a truck driver's journey across Iran have won the top prize at the V&A Illustration awards.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Freewheeling Essays Pair Nicely With Bitters

The excellent thing about “Between Parentheses, ” a collection of Roberto Bolaño’s nonfiction, is how thoroughly it dispels any incense or stale reverence in the air.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Teen fiction accused of being 'rife with depravity'

Authors react with anger after columnist argues that these books are promoting 'hideously distorted portrayals of what life is'Are you a teen with a view on young adult fiction? Email your comments to childrens.books@guardian.co.uk and we'll post them belowBestselling young... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson is new children's laureate

Donaldson plans to promote music and drama and champion libraries during her tenureJulia Donaldson, known to millions of unsleepy children and their drooping adult bedtime readers as the creator of the Gruffalo, he of the "terrible tusks, and terrible claws,... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World

Scholars at the University of Chicago have completed a project that includes 28,000 words from ancient Mesopotamia, covering a period from 2500 B.C. to A.D. 100.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Josephine Hart, Author of Best-Selling ‘Damage,’ Dies

“Damage,” Ms. Hart’s first novel, told the story of a powerful, married member of Parliament who embarks on an ultimately disastrous affair with his son’s fiancée.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Terry Pratchett's BBC documentary reopens debate on assisted dying

Fantasy writer's film shows final moments of a man with motor neurone disease at Dignitas clinic in SwitzerlandWhen his own time comes to die, the author Sir Terry Pratchett has said, he would like to be sitting on a chair... More...

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Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Fooling Them All With a Big Name

How a 17-year-old immigrant came to America and assumed a succession of identities, eventually passing himself off as one Clark Rockefeller.... More...

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Monday, 6 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Slim Book by Resistance Hero, Riding Fat Sales in Europe, to Be Published in U.S.

The work is only 29 pages long.... More...

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Monday, 6 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: The Hot and Sweaty Side of Summer Reading

The illustrator Frank Viva discusses his cover design for the Summer Reading edition of the Book Review, as well as other projects in the pipeline.... More...

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Monday, 6 June, 2011

Lost Conan Doyle novel to be published

The Narrative of John Smith, Sherlock Holmes author's previously unpublished debut novel, due out this autumnAfter languishing unpublished for almost 130 years, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel is set to be released for the first time this autumn.... More...

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Monday, 6 June, 2011

Smurfs accused of antisemitism and racism

Fans angry over new book alleging that Peyo's much-loved children's tale contains overtones of both Stalinism and nazismA little blue army of fans has mobilised to defend the Smurfs against accusations of antisemitism, racism and communism.... More...

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Monday, 6 June, 2011

Books of The Times: An Affair, a Murder, a Sensation

In “A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion” Ron Hansen delves into the real-life case of a wife who coaxed her lover into killing her husband for insurance money.... More...

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Sunday, 5 June, 2011

Richard Dawkins heads line-up at private £18,000-a-year university

Niall Ferguson and Steven Pinker also join AC Grayling's initiative but critics complain of greater inequality in educationUniversity lecturers and students reacted with dismay on Sunday after a group of leading British academics took a step towards the establishment of... More...

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

Sunday, 5 June, 2011

Off the Shelf: Fresh Tomatoes for Inner Cities

In “Fair Food,” a new book, Oren B. Hesterman suggests fixes for what he sees as a broken American food system.... More...

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Sunday, 5 June, 2011

Bookshelf: Views of New York, From Past to Present

Stories handed down from father to son, a love letter to the dogs of New York, and guides to the city, sincere and snide.... More...

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Sunday, 5 June, 2011

Children's Laureate: Cuts are 'outrageous'

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Sunday, 5 June, 2011

In Book Circles, a Taming of the Feud

One of the last old-school literary dust-ups passed into history last week. Can Twitter feuds fill the void of swinging fists?... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Johanna Fiedler Dies at 65; Wrote of the Met Opera

Ms. Fiedler wrote tell-all books about the Metropolitan Opera and about her father, Arthur Fiedler.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Crime: Ghostbusters

Mystery novels by Michael Koryta, Justin Evans, Jason Starr and Sara Gran.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Building the Perfect bike

The cyclist Robert Penn sets out to assemble a “talismanic machine.”... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Science Fiction Chronicle

Speculative fiction by Lauren Beukes, Genevieve Valentine, Peter S. Beagle and Jo Walton.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Bleak Childhood, Dark Comedy

This darkly comic novel’s child heroine quotes Nietzsche at the dinner table and names her pet rabbit “God.”... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

After the Holocaust

In this first novel, a couple shattered by World War II struggle to start anew.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Richard North Patterson’s Al Qaeda Thriller

In Richard North Patterson’s new thriller, Al Qaeda plans to set off a nuclear bomb on Sept. 11, 2011.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Lynne Tillman’s Innovative Stories

Lynne Tillman experiments with narrative form in these innovative stories.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Teaching Aliens How to Lie

On a distant planet, humans introduce the natives to a destructive habit — lying.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Paul Theroux’s Travel Miscellany

Paul Theroux’s literary travel volume cites passages from his favorite authors.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Extreme Travel of ’45

How three World War II sightseers survived a crash in remote New Guinea.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Baseball Chronicle

A grudge-bearing memoir by Bill White; accounts of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak and a 19th-century manager’s back-to-back pennant wins; and a retired ballplayer’s Zen-inspired meditation on the game.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Summer Reading: Travel Books

In this season’s travel books, the most resonant journeys are recorded by writers who hit the road to escape failed relationships, broken marriages and dead-end careers.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Summer Reading: Gardening Books

A bumper crop of new gardening books that make a good case for the simple joy of growing things.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Cookbooks

More than a dozen new cookbooks, full of fantasy, truth, good meals and bad.... More...

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

How did they get in? Hay Festival's success spawns its own fringe

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Saturday, 4 June, 2011

Up Front: Sam Sifton

In the age of Google, it’s not that hard to find a photograph of of The Times’s restaurant critic — but we’re not about to make Sam Sifton’s day job any more difficult by printing one here.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

The Murder That Transfixed 1930s Paris

A lurid murder case from the 1930s sheds light on a time of social change in France.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Tabloid Murder

A baseball statistician turns to his other passion: true crime cases, from Lizzie Borden to JonBenet Ramsey.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Figuring Out Dad

In this middle grade novel, a boy becomes aware of his father’s strengths, and his own, while spending the summer with relatives.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Children’s Books: When New York City Went Dark

A Brooklyn family experiences a blackout in this picture book.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Paramount Pictures, From the Peak

Paramount Pictures as seen from on high when the American new wave came in.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

A Daughter Remembers Cary Grant

Cary Grant’s daughter celebrates their relationship.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

What Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Eden Wrought

Memoirs by Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Eden recall a pioneering era of television comedy.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Robert Redford, Mr. Nice Guy

A meticulous, tiptoeingly respectful biography of Robert Redford: actor, director and environmental activist.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

The Mystical Heart of British Folk Music

Rob Young traces the pastoral roots of Britain’s folk music scene of the 1960s and ’70s.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

The Life and Times of Metallica and Queen

The life and times of Metallica and Queen, two of the world’s biggest, loudest and most emotionally complicated rock groups.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Still Captivated by Bob Dylan

New books by Greil Marcus, David Yaffe and Daniel Mark Epstein reaffirm Bob Dylan’s enduring ability to captivate.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Considering the Lobster

Two short books on lobster, the food and the creature.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

An Illustrated History of the Funny Papers

An illustrated history of American newspaper comics, from the Yellow Kid to Dilbert.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

St. Derek Jeter

This biography of the Yankees’ shortstop has only good things to say about him.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Of Writers and Boxers

Essays on boxing by A. J. Liebling, Richard Wright, Joyce Carol Oates, Gay Talese and others survey a world of extreme risk and unique nobility.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

A Journey Down South America’s Spine

A somewhat unlikely adventurer describes his trek down South America’s great mountain range to its icy finish in Patagonia.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Who Really Discovered America?

Andrea di Robilant’s discovery of an antique travel book sends him on a journey of his own.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Memoirs of an Insatiable Traveler

For this traveler, each new place is more mirage than reality.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Science and the Race for the South Pole

In time for the 100th anniversary of the conquest of the South Pole, a history of Antarctic exploration through the lens of science.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

The Mystery of a Sister’s Death

In this novel, a free-spirited sister’s death — perhaps it was murder — forces a highly conventional woman to examine the truth of their relationship.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Books: The Books of Summer, Awaiting Your Armchair

There is good automotive reading for the summer out there, and while the books may be too hefty for the beach, they are certainly good for the front porch.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Rant of His Own: V.S. Naipaul Takes on Women Writers

In an interview at the Royal Geographic Society on Tuesday, Mr. Naipaul, 78, derided Jane Austen.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Modern Is Modern Is ...

San Francisco exhibitions a block apart explore Gertrude Stein as an art collector and as half of a public gay union.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Cooking and Gardening

On this week's podcast, The Times's restaurant critic, Sam Sifton, discusses the season's new cookbooks, good and bad; and Dominique Browning reviews the new crop of gardening books.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Growing Up

Reviews of new picture books.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Anthony Horowitz: Young offenders policy is 'bizarre way of wasting money'

Screenwriter and author set his new drama, Injustice, inside a young offenders institution after visiting many of themAnthony Horowitz, the screenwriter and bestselling author of the Alex Rider children's books, has criticised policy on young offenders, calling the current regime... More...

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

Friday, 3 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Collected Cool

While softcover and hardcover editions have proved popular with fans, there's been a growing number of deluxe, Absolute, Martini and Omnibus editions that have been catching fire.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Young Adult: Teens After Armageddon

In this debut young adult novel, a girl searches for her brother in a postapocalyptic world.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Beach-reading season may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot of constitutional law being debated on the best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Silent Slugger

A biography of Stan Musial, one of baseball’s great hitters who nonetheless kept a low profile.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

The Glory of Joe DiMaggio and Hank Greenberg

Short biographies of Joe DiMaggio and Hank Greenberg, two of the most feared hitters in baseball.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Josephine Hart, novelist and poetry promoter, dies aged 67

Former West End producer and author of bestselling DamageJosephine Hart, the bestselling novelist and committed poetry ambassador, has died, aged 67.... More...

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

Friday, 3 June, 2011

VS Naipaul's attack 'just made me laugh' says Diana Athill

Former publisher rubbished by Naipaul for writing 'feminine tosh' says she is not taking his criticism seriouslyAward-winning author Diana Athill has dismissed VS Naipaul's claim, made in an interview at the Royal Geographic Society on Tuesday, that she writes nothing... More...

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

Friday, 3 June, 2011

Leonard Cohen's 'oeuvre of immutable merit' wins major Spanish literary prize

Cohen's Prince of Asturias Award for Letters announced as Bob Dylan nominated for Neustadt International prizeFans have long argued that the best rock music has literary merit, but all of a sudden it's becoming officially recognised. Leonard Cohen has just... More...

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

Friday, 3 June, 2011

Hans Keilson, Novelist of Life in Nazi-Run Europe, Dies at 101

Mr. Keilson, a German-born psychoanalyst, won literary fame at the end of his long life when his long-forgotten stories, set in Nazi-occupied Europe, were republished to great acclaim.... More...

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Friday, 3 June, 2011

Love bluebells, give up the dogs – Germaine Greer tells Britons

Author calls for banning dogs from woodland, claiming their excrement is killing the spring flowerGermaine Greer has called on Britain to give up its reputation as a nation of dog lovers to save the bluebell.... More...

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

Friday, 3 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Crunch the Numbers; Solve a Famous Murder

Bill James, known for his analysis of baseball statistics, tackles data pertaining to well-known murders.... More...

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Thursday, 2 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: A New 'Sweet Valley High' Spinoff, Online

The new follow-up will be published as a digital-only serial.... More...

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Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Glenn Beck to become book publisher

Right-wing broadcaster launching new imprint for 'books and authors that Glenn is passionate about'Glenn Beck has found a new outlet for his "million book ideas". The right-wing radio host is launching a publishing imprint in conjunction with Simon & Schuster.... More...

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

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Scorsese planning Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor biopic

One of the most tempestuous relationships in Hollywood history set to be made into movie by Martin ScorseseTheir romance was one of the most tempestuous in Hollywood history and ushered in an era of intense media interest in celebrity lifestyles.... More...

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

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Terry Pratchett reveals winners of his debut writers' award

First Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now prize divided between two first-time novelistsTerry Pratchett has chosen a story of sex-crazed zombie cows and an Iain Banks-esque coming-of-age novel as the joint winners of his inaugural Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But... More...

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

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

At Home With Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen: Living Large, Off the Land

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen gave up a long commute to promote a do-it-yourself revolution from their home in Los Angeles.... More...

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Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Currents | Q&A: A Fire Lookout on Solitude (and Lots of Time to Read)

Philip Connors, the author of “Fire Season,” spends his summers living in a remote cabin in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico, where he is on the lookout for fires.... More...

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Thursday, 2 June, 2011

VS Naipaul finds no women writer his literary match – not even Jane Austen

Nobel laureate says there is no female author whom he considers his equalVS Naipaul, no stranger to literary spats and rows, has done it again. This time, the winner of the Nobel prize for literature has lashed out at female... More...

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

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Books of The Times: Will Perilous Trek to Amazon Reveal Heart of Darkness?

In Ann Patchett’s new novel, a research scientist goes outside her comfort zone, to the Amazon jungle, to help solve the mystery of a colleague’s death.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Glenn Beck Starts New Publishing Venture

Glenn Beck announced a new publishing imprint, Mercury Ink, that will be a joint venture between his Mercury Radio Arts production company and Simon & Schuster.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Noticed: In Their Own Words? Maybe

There is an understanding among publishers, editors and agents that ghostwriters are behind many novels by celebrities.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Children’s Books: Science and Art at Sea

A field biologist and ornithologist’s illustrated journal of a four-month scientific voyage on the Pacific Ocean.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Fans dismiss claim romantic novels 'unbalance' readers

Psychologist ridiculed for arguing that romantic fiction harms womens' mindsRomance novelists and readers have come together to defend their chosen genre against the accusation that "women can become as dangerously unbalanced by these books' entrancing but distorted messages as men... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Deborah Voigt to Offer 'True Confessions' in a Memoir

The book is scheduled for publication in 2013.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

ArtsBeat: Comic Book Math: DC to Renumber Series, Starting Again With No. 1

Starting Aug. 31, the company will renumber its entire line of superhero comic books, which includes Action Comics, Superman, Detective Comics, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Global book club launches on Twitter

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is first pick for 1book140From New Zealand to Brazil, India to Japan, thousands of readers around the world are coming together to tackle Margaret Atwood's Booker-prize winning novel The Blind Assassin through a global Twitter... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Three in 10 UK children 'own no books'

Research reveals startlingly high numbers of boys and girls have no books of their own, with worrying implications for their future prospectsThree in 10 children in the UK do not own a single book of their own, with alarming implications... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

George Clinton to speak at British Library

Funk legend will discuss science fiction, Afro-futurism and 'all things galactic' at an event called Space ChildrenFunk legend George Clinton is to make a one-off appearance at the British Library in London. The Parliament-Funkadelic founder will speak about science fiction,... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Books of The Times: The Manly Art of Cooking Has Its Bards

John Donohue has assembled a collection of essays and recipes by men who love cooking.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

Gluten-Free: Flavor-Free No More

A slew of cookbooks have been published to help bakers navigate a gluten-free kitchen.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 June, 2011

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