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Issue 50 / December 2012

August 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Neighborhood Project’ by David Sloan Wilson - Review

David Sloan Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, uses his training for social good: his neighborhood.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Rating the No. 1's: 'Justice League'

Times staffers and comic-book fans George Gene Gustines and Adam W. Kepler will review all of the 52 DC Comics titles that have been rebooted as part of a company-wide effort.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Imagining the Rolling Stones Without Keith Richards

A Times critic offers an alternate canon of Stones songs.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Guardian first book award longlist: fiction takes lead

Subjects range from 9/11 to gang warfare in London, while non-fiction titles include biography of cancerFrom gang warfare in south London to the aftermath of 9/11, a fiction-heavy longlist for the Guardian first book award shows engagement with the realities... More...

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

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Children's Books : Children's Books - 'Bailey' - Written and illustrated by Harry Bliss - Review

This picture book features a big-eared mutt whose presence at school is both welcome and unquestioned.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Waterstone's ends 3-for-2 book offers

High-street chain abandons influential sales promotion after a decadeNo longer will readers be able to chuck a third free book onto their pile of purchases as they head to the till at Waterstone's: the UK's biggest bookseller is bringing its... More...

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

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Edinburgh international book festival launches publishing project

Collection of specially commissioned work from authors including Roddy Doyle and Amy Bloom will be produced in collaboration with McSweeney'sNew work by around 50 leading authors curated by the Edinburgh international book festival is to be released in a new... More...

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

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

DC Comics Reboots Justice League and Other Series

In rebooting all its continuing series, including Justice League and Action Comics, DC Comics will revise or jettison decades of continuity in its heroes’ lives.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Barnes & Noble pins its hopes on Nook e-reader

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Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Boycott scuppers Kashmiri literary festival

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Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Jagger,’ by Marc Spitz - Review

With the biography “Jagger,” Marc Spitz weighs in on the longstanding grievances between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Dick Cheney autobiography heaps praise on Tony Blair

Dick Cheney, vice-president to George W Bush, pays tribute to 'one of America's closest and best allies in the war on terror'He may or may not welcome it, but Tony Blair has had lavish praise heaped on him by the... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Poetry by Kathleen Ossip, Tracy K. Smith and Others - Review

Poetry collections by Kathleesn Ossip, Tracy K. Smitjh, Jane Hirschfield, Dilruba Ahmed and William Carlos Williams.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Tom Perrotta Discusses the Themes of ‘The Leftovers.’

In “The Leftovers,” the comic novelist Tom Perrotta advances the more complicated worldview that has characterized his most recent works.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Amazon to take on Apple's iPad, as iTunes Match shows off streaming

Jeff Bezos's firm expected to release a tablet computer before Christmas to add to its dominance of the ereader marketAmazon is expected to release a tablet computer before Christmas which analysts forecast will finally provide serious competition for Apple's iPad,... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Thinking Cap: When Foul Language Brings Fouls

The study was meant to shed light on the larger question of whether referees should apply the letter or spirit of the law. Should "an appropriate decision" be given preference over an "officially correct" judgment?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Madonna's Sex most sought after out-of-print book

Explicit coffee-table title continues to be in hot demand, according to Bookfinder researchMadonna's explicit book Sex is once again America's most sought after out-of-print title of the year, according to BookFinder's annual report.... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Adonis becomes first Arab writer to win Goethe prize

Syrian-born Nobel favourite takes prestigious German awardThe Syrian poet Adonis has become the first Arab writer to win Germany's prestigious Goethe prize.... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Kashmir book festival cancelled amid fears of violence

First ever literary festival in the contested Indian region called off after fears of troubleKashmir's first ever literary festival has been cancelled following concerns from organisers that it could erupt into violence.... More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

Books: Two Doctors Take a Patient-Centric Approach in New Books

Two new books — one on prostate cancer, the other on the sad state of medicine today — take a patient-centric approach.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 29 August, 2011

Findings: The Local Food Movement Is Rooted in Globalization

The foods we consider local are results of a globalization process that has been in full swing for more than five centuries.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 29 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: I Me Mine: The Beatles and Their Pronouns

James W. Pennebaker, author of the new book "The Secret Life of Pronouns," crunches the numbers on Beatles songs using text analysis programs and arrives at some fascinating conclusions.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 29 August, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Cut’ by George Pelecanos - Review

A novel from George Pelecanos, a writer and producer of “The Wire,” introduces Spero Lucas, a Washington investigator.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 28 August, 2011

AS Byatt tells Edinburgh audience why she loves reading Terry Pratchett

Booker prize-winning novelist explains why she is such a profound pessimist – and why reading novels gives her hopeHe is the doyen of fantasy and one of the most widely read authors in Britain. She is the Booker prize-winning queen... More...

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

Sunday, 28 August, 2011

Edinburgh international book festival diary

Jackie Kay, Colin Thubron and AL Kennedy in our honorary awards to mark the end of the Edinburgh Book Festival• Some end-of-term reports as the Edinburgh international book festival edges towards its close. Most excitable introduction to an author award... More...

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

Sunday, 28 August, 2011

Polish journalist Adam Michnik receives Goethe medal

Former dissident and now publisher of Poland's biggest newspaper honoured for work for international cultural relationsOne of Poland's leading journalists and intellectuals has been awarded the Goethe medal in recognition of his "outstanding" contribution to the dialogue between eastern and... More...

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

Sunday, 28 August, 2011

Arab spring has created 'intelligence disaster', warns former CIA agent

Michael Scheuer, who led Bin Laden hunt, tells Edinburgh international book festival intelligence has dried up due to US and UK support for revolutionThe Arab spring has "delighted al-Qaida" and caused "an intelligence disaster" for the US and Britain, the... More...

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

Sunday, 28 August, 2011

Francesca Simon: 'I wanted Horrid Henry to be like Cain and Abel'

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Sunday, 28 August, 2011

Bookshelf: Books Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

A sampling of books devoted to the remembrances of New Yorkers who survived the attack.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 27 August, 2011

The Buddha in the Attic - By Julie Otsuka - Book Review

In Julie Otsuka’s novel, Japanese women sail to America in the early 1900s to become the wives of men they have not met.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 27 August, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Penn Jillette, the taller and louder half of Penn & Teller, appears on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 14 with his profanity-laced memoir-cum-atheist-manifesto “God, No!”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Reading Life : Reading Life: What We Do to Books

The creases, the annotations and the blood stains all imprint a book with the fact of my having read it.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Essay: Essay - A Veteran Baseball Novel Comes Off the Bench - By Matt Weiland

Robert Coover’s classic revels in the sun-bright vitality of the game while plumbing its dark truths.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Starting From Happy - Written and illustrated by Patricia Marx - Book Review

In this illustrated novel, a woman content to be alone meets her mate.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Life on Mars - By Tracy K. Smith - Book Review

The poet Tracy Smith imagines a soundtrack for the universe and mourns her father, who worked on the Hubble Telescope.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Magician King - By Lev Grossman - Book Review

A sequel to “The Magicians” revolves around an unexpected quest.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Wendy and the Lost Boys - By Julie Salamon - Book Review

A biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein reveals a full and complicated life.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Enigma of Joseph Heller

A biography and a memoir examine the life and career of the author of “Catch-22.”... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Redeemers - By Enrique Krauze - Book Review

A look at literary and political figures in Latin America.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Leftovers - By Tom Perrotta - Book Review

Tom Perrotta’s new novel examines how ordinary people react to extraordinary situations in the wake of a rapturelike event that has whisked millions of people off the face of the earth.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Unthinkable? Rehabilitating RD Laing | Editorial

He's been unfashionable for decades, but in an era of big-pharma and proliferating diagnoses, is it time to reassess?The trouble with great men or women who lead the kind of lives described as "colourful" is that they provide critics with... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Simon Hoggart's week: In Kerry Katona's world, hacking is a help

Staying in the news is vital for celebrities who are only known for being famous✒Daniel Boorstin, the American writer, said "the celebrity is someone who is known for his well-knownness". I thought of this when reading about Kerry Katona, who's... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Tom Perrotta's 'Leftovers'

Featuring Tom Perrotta on the fictional Rapture in his new book, "The Leftovers"; and Erica Heller on her father, Catch-22 author Joseph Heller.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Libyan revolution has made democracy real and tangible idea, says novelist

Hisham Matar speaks at Edinburgh international book festival after rebel cousin shot dead in Gaddafi's compound"The moment that the Libyan rebels entered the Gaddafi compound was astonishing: and it was also slightly eerie. You could see bullets, but no faces.... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Curfew - By Jesse Ball - Book Review

This dystopian novel reveals a world where music is banned and punishment is swift.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

David Hare wins PEN/Pinter prize

Playwright David Hare declared 'a worthy winner' of prize established by English PEN to celebrate the late Harold PinterFrom the privatisation of the railways to the invasion of Iraq, the banking crisis to the British press, the "unflinching, unswerving" gaze... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Up Front: Dan Kois

An avid chronicler of Harry Potter’s exploits, Dan Kois is also the creator of Ron Weasley’s Facebook page and wrote an obituary for Hedwig the owl.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Secret Life of Pronouns - By James W. Pennebaker - Book Review

A psychologist argues that pronouns, articles, prepositions, auxiliary verbs and conjunctions reflect our interior lives.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Nonfiction Chronicle

Books about the history of smallpox, Shakespeare’s impact, Anna Politkovskaya’s journalistic work in Russia and growing up in the Southern Baptist church.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

Crime: Crime - Mystery Novels by Mark Billingham, James Sallis, Maureen Jennings and Kjell Eriksson

Mystery novels by Mark Billingham, James Sallis, Maureen Jennings and Kjell Eriksson.... More...

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Friday, 26 August, 2011

The Byronic look: overweight and unattractive

BBC series on Regency Britain paints an unflattering portrait of 'self-regarding poser' Lord ByronWhen a man is noted for his Byronic looks he is generally chuffed – dark, handsome, attractively unavailable. Slightly morose, it's true, but in a sexy way.... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

The short life and cruel death of Libyan freedom fighter Izz al-Arab Matar

Booker prize-shortlisted Libyan novelist Hisham Matar writes movingly of how his cousin was killed by a sniper in Muammar Gaddafi's compoundMy cousin Izz al-Arab Matar, a 22-year-old final-year student in engineering, was shot in Bab al-Aziziya, Muammar Gaddafi's fortified compound... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Dick Cheney Tells His Side in Memoir ‘In My Time’ - Review

The famously tight-lipped Dick Cheney reveals his “undisclosed locations” and disagreements he had with the president and administration officials in his memoir of the Bush years.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 26 August, 2011

I was not a Nazi collaborator, PG Wodehouse told MI5

Creator of Jeeves was upset at British criticism of his wartime broadcasts from BerlinPG Wodehouse was questioned by MI5 as a suspected collaborator for broadcasting from Berlin during the second world war. The creator of Jeeves protested that he was... More...

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

Friday, 26 August, 2011

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad involved in new Nazi claims

Author says Swedish police kept file on Ingvar Kamprad, claiming that his flirtation with Nazism went deeper than 'youthful confusion'A new book claims Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's youth ties with Nazi groups extended beyond what he has previously admitted, saying... More...

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

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Lineup for 2011 New Yorker Festival Is Announced

Chris Colfer, Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Nancy Pelosi and Richard Dawkins will be among the actors, performers, comedians, politicians, bigwigs, authors and atheist contrarians appearing at the festival.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

Nasa hopes novel mission will take science fiction to new frontiers

A new collaboration is set to pair authors and scientists to produce a series of science-based novels to inspire the explorers and inventors of the futureTime travel and warp drives may, alas, be out of the picture in a new... More...

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

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

Murakami off reading lists in New Jersey

Complaints from parents led to Haruki Miurakami's Norwegian Wood being dropped from summer reading lists in Williamstown, New JerseyHaruki Murakami's venerated novel of love and mental illness, Norwegian Wood, has been pulled off a reading list for New Jersey teenagers... More...

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

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

BBC4 to air adaptation of The Slap

Eight-part drama based on Christos Tsiolkas's controversial bestseller will star Sophie Okonedo and Jonathan La PagliaBBC4 is to air an Australian adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas's controversial bestselling novel The Slap.... More...

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

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

British Library digs out decorative paintings to brighten up dark ages

Library will display treasures such as illuminated royal transcripts and a 13th century pilgrimage route map as part of new showThey may have been called the "dark ages", but a new exhibition at the British Library will aim to show... More...

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

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Leftovers’ by Tom Perrotta - Review

Tom Perrotta’s new novel explores how people cope with grief after loved ones disappear into thin air.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Anders Breivik massacre will change crime writing, says author

Jo Nesbø says his country's reaction to the killings made him proud to be NorwegianJo Nesbø, the Norwegian author whose books about the driven, enigmatic detective Harry Hole have made him a bestseller in Britain, said yesterday it was inevitable... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Children's Books : Children's Books - Picture Books About Sick Days

“Llama Llama Home with Mama” and “Bear’s Loose Tooth” are two new picture books that deal with childhood fevers, aches and pains.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Stephen King launches leftwing radio show

Author's new talkshow, hosted by the Green party's Pat LaMarche, aims to stall right's domination of airwaves and make people 'a little bit angry'Stephen King is hoping to "make some people a little bit angry" with a new, left-leaning morning... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Books stolen by Nazis to be returned

Berlin library to return books confiscated from Germany's Social Democrats during the Third Reich, among them an edition of The Communist Manifesto thought to belong to Friedrich EngelsAlmost 70 books stolen from the Social Democratic party by the Nazi regime... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Jorge Luis Borges' Google doodle celebrates the master of magical realism

Search engine giant pays tribute to revered Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges for his contribution to science fiction and magical realism genresThe labyrinthine mind of Jorge Luis Borges was celebrated today by Google with a doodle to mark what would... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Ghosts of Gone Birds: exhibition enlists artists to save endangered species

Ambitious multimedia art project will bring together works from high-profile musicians, writers and poets inspired by extinct birdsThey are all, alas, bleeding demised, passed on, no more, ceased to be, bereft of life and resting in peace. Like Monty Python's... More...

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

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Booktrack Introduces E-Books With Soundtracks

Booktrack, a start-up company in New York, is planning to release e-books with soundtracks that play throughout the books, a technology that its founders hope will change the way many novels are read.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Disaster Was My God,’ by Bruce Duffy - Review

In his historical novel, “Disaster Was My God,” Bruce Duffy imagines why the youthful genius Rimbaud gave up the literary life.... More...

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Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

This week's arts diary

The Dean Martin tribe, Finnegan's mobile and Stella Rimington's 007 gaffeScotland the verbose✒We recorded a fascinating discussion on Scottish literature for the Guardian books podcast, which you can hear on our website on Monday. Writers Andrew O'Hagan and John Niven... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Notting Hill bookshop fights closure with poets and writers

The Travel Bookshop played a starring role in the 1999 film with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, but is now due to closePoets and writers are engaged in fighting to save a west London bookshop which served as the backdrop... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Italy's bridges weighed down by locks of love

Lovers write their names on a padlock, attach it to a bridge and throw keys in the river in romantic act inspired by novelOn top of its usual problems of rising flood waters, sinking palazzi, tourist congestion and corrosive pigeon... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Robert Harris to adapt his novel The Fear Index for the screen

Novelist to write screenplay for financial crisis thriller, with The Bourne Ultimatum's Paul Greengrass tipped to directRobert Harris is to follow-up the success of his Roman Polanski collaboration, The Ghost, reports the Daily Telegraph. The British novelist, who co-wrote Polanski's... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Barack Obama escapes into fiction on holiday

President's reading focused on novels during his family break in Martha's VineyardBarack Obama has chosen Daniel Woodrell's acclaimed slice of noir crime fiction The Bayou Trilogy, where "corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life", for his holiday reading.... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Connie Willis wins 11th Hugo award

Two-volume time-travel sequence, Blackout and All Clear, secures author's remarkable haulConnie Willis's gripping portrait of London during the Blitz has won the American author a remarkable 11th Hugo award.... More...

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

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Thinking Cap: The Seemingly Persistent Rise of Plagiarism

Four of every five dissertations examined in a study by Dora D. Clarke-Pine, an associate professor of psychology, contained passages with 10 or more words copied without proper attribution.... More...

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Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: E-Book Author Signs Print Deal With Simon & Schuster

John Locke, the self-published e-book author of the Donovan Creed thrillers, has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish his work in print.... More...

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Monday, 22 August, 2011

Neil Gaiman to adapt novel American Gods for HBO

Author tells Edinburgh book festival of project to develop tale of ancient gods in modern US into TV seriesNeil Gaiman is to start work "in a couple of weeks" on adapting his bestselling novel American Gods into a TV series... More...

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

Monday, 22 August, 2011

Stieg Larsson's final novel '70% complete', colleague claims

Kurdo Baksi says he was shown manuscript for sequel to Millennium Trilogy, which would 'make the perfect Hollywood film'The fourth novel by Stieg Larsson, author of the 30m-selling Millennium Trilogy, is 70% complete, strongly features Camilla Salander, the twin of... More...

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

Monday, 22 August, 2011

Novelist may have been victim of psychics' $40m scam, court told

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Monday, 22 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Font Pain and Poetry: So Much Depends on a Curve

“Just My Type: A Book About Fonts” is an accessible book that makes typography noticeable and fun for people who had no idea they were interested in the subject.... More...

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Sunday, 21 August, 2011

Riff: Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace

How he both inadvertently created the voice of the Internet and ruined a generation of writers.... More...

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Sunday, 21 August, 2011

News Analysis: Fairies, Witches and Supply and Demand

Once economics is on the brain, it seems to pop up a lot in children’s literature.... More...

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Sunday, 21 August, 2011

Off the Shelf: Of Management and Mosquito Nets

In his new book, “Lifeblood,” Alex Perry shows how philanthropists have applied management principles to charitable work around the world.... More...

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Saturday, 20 August, 2011

Christopher Robin's Devon bookshop to close

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Saturday, 20 August, 2011

A Novel of Grief, Memorials and a Muslim Architect in Post-9/11 America

Amy Waldman’s new novel concerns the controversy surrounding the choice of a Muslim to design a 9/11 memorial.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Young Adult : Divided by Date Rape

Jenny Downham renews the classic formula of star-crossed romance in a story that forces a choice between youthful passion and family loyalty.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Steven Brill's 'Class Warfare'

On the cover of this Sunday's Book Review, Sara Mosle reviews Steven Brill's new book.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Young Adult: Shakespeare and Austen, Updated

Two young adult novels re-imagine two high-school staples, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Hamlet.”... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Shy, Bookish and Beastly Creatures

Creatures in need of companionship are the main features in these three picture books.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Being the New Kid Isn’t Easy

Three new picture books deal with the pursuit of friendship.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Elephants in the Room

The land heavyweights of the animal kingdom figure largely in three picture books.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Middle School Mischief

Two bullies are redeemed through art and one remains defiantly unrepentant.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Last Lullaby for My Son

In her memoir, the poet Kelle Groom struggles with the loss of her son.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

When Art Happened to L.A.

An account of how the Los Angeles art scene hit the big time in the 1960s.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

“Unlikely Friendships,” No. 7 on the paperback nonfiction list, chronicles some surprising pairings from the animal kingdom. But can these relationships last long enough for a sequel?... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Simon Hoggart's week: festival folks flip between jokes and soaks

Wet Edinburgh is the place to plug a book, see a familial fringe foray and hear the one about the magician and the media baron✒To Edinburgh, for the festival. The weather forecast promised clouds and sunny intervals, which meant the... More...

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

Friday, 19 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Ghost Stories

The manga list has the only new arrival this week, a "three-in-one" edition of Bleach. Recent collected DC Comics editions have focused on the rich past of the company's heroes.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Arthur Miller: why America lowered the curtain on his reputation

Playwright's biographer, Christopher Bigsby, defends work produced in later years at Edinburgh book festivalWhen dramatist Arthur Miller died in 2005, the Wall Street Journal obituary was headlined "The Great Pretender: Arthur Miller wasn't well liked – and with good reason".... More...

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

Friday, 19 August, 2011

Edinburgh international book festival diary

Rosamund Bartlett, Maggie O'Farrell, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Val McDermid and Stella Rimington appear before the literati• A riveting session at the Edinburgh international book festival from Rosamund Bartlett, biographer of Tolstoy, caused one to spare a thought for his wife,... More...

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

Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Tales of a Fourth-Grade Something

Marissa Moss’s book series for young readers, “Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters,” takes on the highs and lows of fourth grade.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Middle School Angst

Narrated by a brainy female outcast, this book is the third volume in James Howe’s “Misfits” series.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Steve Brill’s Report Card on School Reform

In “Class Warfare,” Steven Brill brings a sharp legal mind to the world of education reform and mounts a zealous case against America’s teachers’ unions.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books : Bookshelf: Back to School

Children’s and young adult books about behavioral issues at school, creative play, dealing with bullies and more.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children’s Bookshelf: Back to School

Picture books about school and imaginative play.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Children's Books: ‘Nasty School’ and Other Poems

Selections from “Every Thing on It.”... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Seeds, Germs and Slaves

Charles C. Mann argues that ecological encounters since Columbus have affected much of subsequent human history.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

A Tale of a Highly Articulate Cuckold

A protagonist with an odd manner of speaking strives to win back his fiancée from a hunter of giant squid.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Are All of Our Leaders Mad?

A specialist in bipolar disorder explores whether madness improves political leadership.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Essay: Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?

Boys’ aversion to reading, let alone to novels, has been worsening for years, prompting the question — what turns boys into readers?... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Up Front: Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein knew that school is far more than A B C’s and 1 2 3’s — it’s about how children figure out who they are and where they fit into the world.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Kevin Wilson, David Whitehouse, Maxine Swann and Francis Levy.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: What About the Reluctant Reader?

In a video interview, James Patterson, the mega-selling author of novels for adults and children, including the Maximum Ride series, and Rick Riordan, a former teacher and the author of the beloved Percy Jackson series, discussed how to get children... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

JK Rowling author offer denounced as 'completely false'

US publisher offering to introduce writers' work to Harry Potter author for a fee condemned by spokesman for the authorAuthors who were hoping that Harry Potter creator JK Rowling might be induced to sprinkle a little fairy dust on their... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Dickens statue planned for Portsmouth

Monument by sculptor Martin Jennings scheduled for bicentenary in 2012Charles Dickens might have written that he wanted no "monument, memorial, or testimonial whatsoever" to be erected in his name, but the UK's first ever statue of the great author is... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Males in the frame as Gold Dagger shortlist revealed

Only one woman among finalists for this year's prestigious crime novel awardFrom deception during a Russian winter to murder in rural Mississippi, suicide at a Kent mansion to a savage killing in Glasgow, the shortlist for the Crime Writers' Association's... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Her Life Since Then: Different Views of It

Patricia Bosworth’s “Jane Fonda” is about a younger woman who had very little idea of who she was, while Ms. Fonda’s “Prime Time” is a how-to book about being happy at 73.... More...

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

$84m James Patterson tops best-paid authors list

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

$84m Patterson tops best-paid authors list

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

What the...? Dickens to get unwanted statue

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

Diet book for girls as young as six provokes outrage from doctors

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Friday, 19 August, 2011

James Patterson declared world's best-paid author by Forbes magazine

Patterson earned $84m in the year to April 2011, Danielle Steel $35m, Stephen King $28m and Janet Evanovich $22m The world's highest-paid author padded to the windows of his magnificent, yellow, colonial-style mansion overlooking the sea at Palm Beach. And... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Michael Holroyd laments the decline of biography

Acclaimed biographer of Lytton Strachey and George Bernard Shaw tells Edinburgh international book festival that his current work – A Book of Secrets – will be his lastBiography is a genre in crisis, according to perhaps Britain's best-known biographer, the... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Rosamund Pike to star with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher film One Shot

The film has already attracted criticism from book fans for casting 5ft 7in Cruise as the 6ft 5in, blond heroRosamund Pike will star opposite Tom Cruise in the action flick One Shot, based on a Jack Reacher novel by Lee... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Poetry Society reinstates Judith Palmer as director

Palmer, who resigned from the troubled organisation in May, will be back in post from next weekJudith Palmer has been reinstated as director of the Poetry Society after some of the country's best known poets, including Simon Armitage, Carol Ann... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: 'The Snowy Day' Celebrates 50 Years

A snowy date would be most refreshing during the dregs of August, which is why the publication today of the 50th anniversary edition of "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats is such a welcome event.... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

James Patterson brand makes him world's best-paid writer

Earnings of $84m last year more than double nearest rival'sBook chains might be closing down and book sales tumbling, but the thriller powerhouse that is James Patterson just keeps on growing. Forbes magazine's annual look at the world's best-paid authors... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Jane McKie wins Edwin Morgan poetry prize

'Leper Window, St Mary the Virgin' beats 1,200 other contenders to the £5,000 prizeJane McKie's poem "Leper Window, St Mary the Virgin" has won the Edwin Morgan international poetry competition - at just 47 words long, earning her £106 per... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Old Bailey Trials Are Tabulated for Scholars Online

Digital tabulation methods allow historians to tabulate trials from 1764 to 1913 at the Old Bailey in London.... More...

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Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Currents | Books: ‘Nano House’ Explores the Realm of the Tiny

“Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings,” by Phyllis Richardson, examines small dwellings around the world.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Amazon's publishing arm signs up Timothy Ferriss

Self-help guru's latest book will be published by the online giant, as mainstream publishers admit fearing Amazon's 'big pockets'Amazon has made the first major acquisition for its New York-based publishing imprint by snapping up the rights to bestselling self-help author... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Newly Released Books

New books from Gordon Reece, Robert Olen Butler, Jennifer Close, Brandi Lynn Ryder, Evan Mandery and James Sallis.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Books of The Times: And Now, Wendy Gets Her Chronicles

“Wendy and the Lost Boys” is Julie Salamon’s biography of the playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who died in 2006.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Philip Glass to Write Memoir

Mr. Glass, a pioneer of Minimalist composing, has signed a book contract, according to the publisher W.W. Norton & Company.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

T Magazine: Bookshelf

On T’s bookshelf this month: a survey of the work of Hussein Chalayan, “Happy Accidents” by “Glee” star Jane Lynch, Cherie Burns’s account of the life of Millicent Rogers and a collection of stories by Sandra Novack.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Children’s Books: The Sweet Side of Sibling Rivalry

“Mine!” and “The Twins’ Blanket” are two new picture books about warring siblings aimed at the youngest readers and rivals.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Amazon Set to Publish Pop Author

Amazon moved aggressively to fulfill its new ambition to publish books as well as sell them, announcing that it had signed Timothy Ferriss, the popular self-help guru.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Amazon strikes first 'major' publishing deal

The online retailer's aggressive move into publishing has continued with its signing of bestselling self-help author Timothy FerrissAmazon.com has made the first "major" acquisition for its New York-based publishing imprint, snapping up rights in bestselling self-help author Timothy Ferriss's new... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Steve McQueen to direct 12 Years a Slave

British film-maker casts Chiwetel Ejiofor in true story of mixed-race man abducted and forced into bondage in LouisianaBritish artist turned film-maker Steve McQueen has cast Chiwetel Ejiofor in the drama 12 Years a Slave, the true-life story of a mixed-race... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

T Magazine: Off the Shelf | ‘The Wanderings of Odysseus’

This week, T talks to the restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons about his affinity for ancient Greek myths.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

T Magazine: Champagne by the Case

The bubbly flowed, the diamonds too. For one good-time girl in '70s L.A., it seemed like the party would never end.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Brooklyn Takes a Bow as a Town of Writers

Evan Hughes takes in Walt Whitman, Henry Miller, Thomas Wolfe and the young and hip of today.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Two Rick Perry Books Are on the Way

Mr. Perry's entry into the Republican presidential nomination could be good for publishers, if not for his competitors.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Thinking Cap: Angst Before High School

Harvard researchers find that elite high schools may not serve their students' long-term goals.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Charlotte Roche revisits mix of sex and controversy in new novel, Schossgebete

The Wetlands author's latest book, which explores sex within marriage, has been criticised by feminists and her familyWhen Charlotte Roche had her debut novel published in 2008 she scandalised Germany's book world with a tale about a teenager sent to... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Orlando Figes to give away royalties from next book

Historian promises he will donate to charity half his earnings from study of gulag internee's secret correspondenceHistorian Orlando Figes has vowed to donate half of the takings from his next book to charity.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Guardian books podcast helps Jackie Kay to meet birth sisters

Interview with author about her memoir prompts siblings to get in touchThe award-winning Scottish poet Jackie Kay, who was adopted as a baby, recently made contact with her birth sisters for the first time – thanks in part to an... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Books of The Times: The Right Architect With the Wrong Name

“The Submission,” the debut novel by Amy Waldman, tackles the aftermath of a terrorist attack similar to 9/11.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

First Sight: Pottermore.com, the internet

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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: T.S. Eliot Devotees Angered by Plans to Develop East Coker

Now a proposal do the first - build a development with 3,750 houses and an industrial estate on the edge of East Coker, in Somerset - has triggered protests from Eliot devotees.... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Books on Science: Shorelines, Sandy or Otherwise, That May Not Last

Four coastal scientists have come to the aid of the beach curious with a comprehensive, readable guide to the physical features of many kinds of beaches and the threats they face.... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Pottermore: A first look inside Harry Potter's digital world

First million users enrol at digital Hogwarts, learning from new content by JK RowlingFrom flying letters to a 4,500 word-discourse on wand woods, early access to JK Rowling's move into the digital arena, Pottermore, reveals a richly-imagined, elaborately realised behind-the-scenes... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Naked poets bare all for calendar of male muses

Female photographers donate services for diabetes fundraising projectEver since Wordsworth launched English Romanticism with the publication of Lyrical Ballads, the wilds of the Lake District have been synonymous with poets baring their souls. But this weekend an assortment of male... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Groovy baby! It's the pitter patter of Bridget Jones 3 and Austin Powers 4

Bridget Jones to return in a pregnancy love triangle while Austin Powers may swing back to the big screen, according to reportsA third Bridget Jones film is set to enter production, according to Entertainment Weekly. The site reports that Working... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Sarah Brown joined onstage by husband at Edinburgh book festival

Couple answered questions about phone-hacking scandal, and Gordon Brown spoke out against Sun newspaper's attempts to "destroy his character"Taking to the stage as a surprise guest during his wife Sarah Brown's appearance at the Edinburgh international book festival, former prime... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Books of The Times: A Future Wrapped in 1980s Culture

Ernest Cline’s novel “Ready Player One” imagines a world so grim that a virtual reality based on ’80s pop culture is the key to life.... More...

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Monday, 15 August, 2011

Alasdair Gray honoured by Edinburgh book festival on Lanark anniversary

'Most important Scottish writer since Walter Scott' speaks about masterpiece and more recent work at literary eventIt is 30 years since the publication of Alasdair Gray's novel Lanark – a masterpiece that, while perhaps still less well read than it... More...

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Sunday, 14 August, 2011

News Analysis: In St. Louis, I’m a Failure

Amazon now allows writers to check weekly print sales figures from retailers around the country, possibly encouraging an obsession with the statistics.... More...

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Sunday, 14 August, 2011

Off The Shelf: Inside the Greek Volcano

In a new book, the hedge fund founder Jason Manolopoulos analyzes the roots of Greece’s problems — and the larger reverberations.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Love, the Many-Splendored Emotion

Lisa Appignanesi examines the “unruly emotion” of love and its impact throughout the course of our lives.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

O’Keeffe and Stieglitz: Intimacy at a Distance

An annotated selection of the voluminous correspondence between the painter and the photographer.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Race, Inheritance and Returning to the South

Lorene Cary’s latest novel explores a family’s struggle involving race and inheritance in the South.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Nonfiction Chronicle

Books about the Monty Python actor Michael Palin, sex abuse within the Mormon Church and murder and racial issues in 1960s New York; and a collection of essays by Edward Hoagland.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Essay: Dragons Ascendant: George R. R. Martin and the Rise of Fantasy

The titanic success of George R. R. Martin’s gritty “Song of Ice and Fire” series has swept away the traditional “aren’t we a little old for this?” view of fantasy.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Romantic Mischief in 1930s Manhattan

The characters in Amor Towles’s first novel try to reinvent themselves in 1930s New York.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Novel of Nigeria, Scotland and the Quest for Perfect Silence

In this novel, a shy writer with tinnitus embraces the quiet relief of storytelling.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Good Man Is Impossible to Find

The characters in Donald Ray Pollock’s violence-soaked novel march in a parade of betrayals, sacrifices, suicides, rapes and executions.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Writer’s Beginnings in Kenya

Finding refuge in fiction, a Kenyan teenager becomes a writer in this coming-of-age memoir.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Explaining it All: How We Became the Center of the Universe

The inexhaustibly curious physicist David Deutsch offers views on everything from subatomic particles to the shaping of the universe itself.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

The Curse of Musical Nostalgia

Simon Reynolds laments how pop culture feeds on its own history, borrowing from a past that is ever more immediate.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Hacker Tells All

A pioneer of the corporate-computer break-in recounts the hacking exploits that led him on a nearly 20-year cat-and-mouse game with law enforcement.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Rough Rider Tackles a Rough Sport

This history of football’s early years examines how, over a century ago, the sport’s opponents wanted it banned; then Theodore Roosevelt stepped into the huddle.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Up Front: Sam Lipsyte

The author of the novel “The Ask” knows a thing or two about writing sex scenes.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Bookshelf: What They Said, Exactly, About New York

Two new books, “New York: The Big Apple Quote Book” and “Literary Brooklyn” explore sentiments about the city and a borough that inspires literature.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

A Lifetime Quest to Finish a Monumental Encyclopedia of Iran

At 53, Ehsan Yarshater embarked on his magnum opus, a definitive encyclopedia of Iranian history and culture. He’s 91 now, and he’s still toiling away.... More...

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Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Birmingham for Tariq Jahan by Carol Ann Duffy

Tariq Jahan lost his son, Haroon, in a hit and run incident during the riots in Winson Green, Birmingham on WednesdayAfter the evening prayers at the mosque,... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Nicholson Baker's 'House of Holes'

In Sunday's Book Review, Sam Lipsyte reviews Nicholson Baker's "House of Holes"; Deborah Soloman on the letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, and more.... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Nina Sankovitch, Allaying Grief Through Books

After the death of her eldest sister, Nina Sankovitch turned to books: reading and writing them.... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Inside Nicholson Baker’s Sexual Utopia

Nicholson Baker’s hilarious, extremely dirty novel is an episodic assortment of fantasies that celebrate desire, frailty and the comedy of life.... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Can a literary vegetarian from Brooklyn unite what basketball has torn asunder? Why else would Duke and the University of North Carolina have assigned Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” to all incoming freshmen?... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: The 80th Anniversary of Babar

A video interview with Laurent de Brunhoff, who has kept his father's Babar character alive for 80 years.... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Kashmir's first literary festival hit by controversy

Organisers face criticism that 'apolitical' event in the disputed Indian state is an 'exercise in propaganda'With its placid lakes, snow-capped mountains, and deep cultural heritage, Kashmir would seem to be the perfect location for a literary festival. Yet the first... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Hardback sales plummeting in age of the ebook

Sales of adult hardback fiction have fallen by over 10% this year alone, with ebooks now accounting for 13.6% of US marketDramatic falls in hardback sales are turning the triumph of the ebook into a defeat for paper publishing, with... More...

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Potter casts one final spell on Bloomsbury

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Friday, 12 August, 2011

Books of The Times: One Nation, Still Divisible by Race

Randall Kennedy’s new book sets what we know of Barack Obama’s presidency in relief against the sorry history of racial politics in America.... More...

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Thursday, 11 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Sales Soar for Newly Minted Poet Laureate

Some of Philip Levine's books are nearly impossible to buy.... More...

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Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Apple and major publishers face lawsuit over ebook 'price fixing'

Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins among firms accused of colluding to scupper Amazon's consumer-friendly $9.99 rateA class-action lawsuit has been filed in the US alleging that Apple and five major publishers "colluded ... to illegally fix prices" of ebooks.... More...

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Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Philip Levine appointed new US poet laureate

'I would like to bring attention to the people I've written about,' says working-class writer of role, which commences in OctoberPulitzer prize winner Philip Levine, known for his detailed and personal verse about the working class, has been appointed the... More...

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Thursday, 11 August, 2011

House Proud: A Cottage Just Right for Frodo

The Hobbit House, a guesthouse, brings the shire to Montana, with cottages, fairy houses and other tiny structures dotting 20 acres of land.... More...

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Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Books of The Times: What Befits a Leader in Hard Times? An Intimate Knowledge of Insanity

Nassir Ghaemi argues for the gloomy and even the unhinged in his book on the relationship between leadership and mental illness.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Nurturing Weird Families in Tennessee

In his first novel, “The Family Fang,” Kevin Wilson writes about unusual families after having grown up in an unusual family and hoping to raise his son in an unusual way.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Literary Lions, by Their Cubs

The daughters of the literary luminaries Joseph Heller, A. J. Ayer and William Styron have their own tales to tell — about their fathers.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: A New York Poem by the New Poet Laureate

Video of Philip Levine, named the new United States poet laureate on Wednesday, reading his poem "Two Voices" at the Library of Congress in 2007.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Children’s Books: Balto to the Rescue

The story of the famous sled dog Balto, who led his team through punishing conditions, saving lives.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Top writers tackle climate change in short stories

Authors from Margaret Atwood to David Mitchell will contribute to Verso collection imagining impact of global warmingNovelists from Margaret Atwood to David Mitchell are hoping to bring the dangers posed by climate change to life, through a new collection of... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Mr Men books mark 40th anniversary

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Popeye cookbook reveals Sailor Man's healthy-eating secrets

Healthy recipes based on Olive Oyl, Bluto, Swee' Pea and Popeye's favourites will arrive in bookshops in OctoberStrong to the finish because he ate his spinach, Popeye the Sailor Man is launching his first cookbook packed with strength-giving, healthy recipes.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Ralph Fiennes to direct story of Charles Dickens affair

Harry Potter star to adapt The Invisible Woman, an account of author's secret relationship with actor Nelly TernanRalph Fiennes is to direct The Invisible Woman, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin's account of the relationship between Charles Dickens and actor Nelly... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Critic’s Notebook: Making Rare Appearance: People and Their Appetites

The work of Philip Levine, the new poet laureate, is a plainspoken poetry ready-made, it seems, for a time of S&P downgrades, a double-dip recession and debts left unpaid.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Voice of the Workingman to Be Poet Laureate

Philip Levine, whose poems capture the industrial heartland, is to be the next United States poet laureate.... More...

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

50 years of war: Adaptable 'Commando' comic still going strong

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Movie Review | 'The Help': ‘The Maids’ Now Have Their Say

“The Help,” Tate Taylor’s movie set in civil-rights-era Mississippi, shifts between black maids and their employers.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

Books of The Times: A Foreign Correspondent in Nazi Germany Who Interpreted It for the World

Steve Wick’s “Long Night” is a biography of William L. Shirer, war correspondent and author on Nazi Germany.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: What Digital Maps Can Tell Us About the American Way

A new series of digital maps has been created by the Scholars' Lab.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Memoir by Obama's Half-Sister to Be Published in U.S.

The book was released in Germany last fall.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

City Room: From Koch, a Child's Tale of Health and Self-Acceptance

Former Mayor Edward I. Koch and his sister have written a cautionary children's book, "Eddie Shapes Up," a more or less autobiographical account of a youngster who faces down dietary demons to emerge healthy and self-accepting.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

Edinburgh festival book lovers to attempt reading record

Hundreds set to participate in reading relay of Theresa Breslin's Prisoner in Alcatraz, at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, in an attempt to smash the world recordBook lovers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival are hoping to smash the... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Thinking Cap: Preventing Groupthink

Is a unanimous decision a sign of a slam dunk or overwhelming groupthink?... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Times Books to Publish Account of British Hacking Scandal

The book will look at the genesis of the scandal and how it unfolded.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

Publishing Gives Hints of Revival, Data Show

BookStats, a large survey conducted by two major trade groups, revealed that sales of e-books and juvenile and adult fiction have helped the publishing industry expand.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

The Pour: A Seasonal Thirst for a Good Read

Four provocative wine books are suitable for the beach, pool or porch.... More...

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Monday, 8 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Andy Cohen of Bravo Plans a Memoir

Henry Holt and Company is expected to announce on Monday that it is publishing Mr. Cohen's first book, about growing up with a love of pop culture and landing a job in the television business.... More...

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Monday, 8 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Constructing a Portrait of Pakistan Through the Stories of Its People

In her book “Playing With Fire” Pamela Constable gives American readers a tour of contemporary Pakistan, a complex, little understood nation of immense importance to the United States.... More...

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Monday, 8 August, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut library offers pupils free copies of banned book

'Decide for yourself,' says director Julia Whitehead, responding to school ban by giving away 150 copies of Slaughterhouse-Five"To hell with the censors!" said Kurt Vonnegut. "Give me knowledge or give me death!" Now the late author's memorial library is acting... More...

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Monday, 8 August, 2011

Media Cache: After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France

Could the Internet giant's deal with Hachette Livre clear a path for a deal to settle longstanding litigation in the United States?... More...

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Monday, 8 August, 2011

Books of The Times: One Man’s Gluddle-Luddle Is Another’s Squoosh Squoosh

In “House of Holes: A Book of Raunch” Nicholson Baker invokes an equal-opportunity playland where anybody can seemingly fulfill any sexual daydream.... More...

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Sunday, 7 August, 2011

Fiscal Woe Haunting Baltimore Poe House

For a second year, the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore has lost its city funding and may have to close.... More...

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Sunday, 7 August, 2011

William Sleator, Fantasy Writer for Young Adults, Dies at 66

Mr. Sleator, a writer for young adults, worked in a genre that straddled fantasy, science fiction and horror.... More...

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Sunday, 7 August, 2011

Between the Covers: Jay McInerney, Man Booker Prize, publishingperspectives.com, Slightly Foxed

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Sunday, 7 August, 2011

Charles Dickens bicentenary: Call for online editors to save forgotten journal

Three billion words in great author's weekly magazine are giving academics a massive proofreading problemIn 1866 it was, said the Victorian actress Ellen Terry, "the thing that made me homesick for London".... More...

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Saturday, 6 August, 2011

Libraries will rely on volunteers to survive, says report

More and more books will be distributed from shops, churches and village halls, predict local government and library bodiesLibraries will increasingly rely on volunteers and community groups, with more books distributed from shops and village halls, according to a report... More...

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Saturday, 6 August, 2011

Cat that got the cream: book deal for Big Issue seller and his pet

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Saturday, 6 August, 2011

Model sues publisher for spiking 'misery memoir'

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Saturday, 6 August, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Amor Towles’s “Rules of Civility,” hits the hardcover fiction list at No. 16. Not bad for a first novel by a money manager.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Michael Holroyd's 'Book of Secrets'

In Sunday's Book Review, Toni Bentley reviews the biographer Michael Holroyd's "Book of Secrets;" Brook Wilensky-Lanford discusses the search for the Garden of Eden in her new book, "Paradise Lust," and more.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

A Writer Investigates Madness, His Own and Others’

A depressed writer searches for answers to his problems in the lives of kindred sufferers.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Poetry for Tough Guys

Bruce Smith’s tough-guy poems call attention to the male experience.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Which Way to the Garden of Eden?

A history of the eccentric searchers who have sought the real Garden of Eden, in the Arctic, Chinese Turkestan and rural Ohio.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

The Mathematics of Changing Your Mind

The controversial history of the mathematical theorem that tells us when we should change our minds.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Tracking Somali Pirates to Their Lair

At great personal risk, a Canadian journalist explores the rise of modern piracy.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Horror: The State of Zombie Literature: An Autopsy

Does our 21st-century fascination with these hungry hordes stem from a general anxiety about overwhelming, uncontrollable threats?... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Vita and Violet: The Greatest Bloomsbury Love Story

A noted biographer retells the love story of Vita Sackville-West and Violet Keppel in unprecedented depth.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Spider-Man No. 666

The number 666 may fill some people with dread, but for Spider-Man its cause for celebration.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

‘Reservation Road,’ Revisited

John Burnham Schwartz’s new novel returns to the broken families of “Reservation Road.”... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Crime: Grimm Lessons

Mystery novels by Reginald Hill, Will Lavender, Michael Harvey and Judy Clemens.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Too Greedy to Fail

Contributors to the financial collapse of 2008 emerge in Justin Cartwright’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Our Spy War with China

David Wise assesses the impact of Chinese spying in America.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

A Novel of Jazz, Soul and Civil Rights

In this novel, set in the civil-rights-era South, two aspiring musicians fight to preserve a forbidden friendship.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Up Front: Adam Mansbach

Before he was a novelist, the author of the best-selling “children’s” book “Go the _ to Sleep” once dreamed of becoming a hip-hop star.... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

My Week With Marilyn to premiere at New York film festival

Simon Curtis's film about encounter between Marilyn Monroe and UK assistant film director to screen as festival centrepiece• Should be a contender: the 50 big films vying for Oscar's attentionThe highly-anticipated British film My Week With Marilyn is to receive... More...

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Friday, 5 August, 2011

Books of The Times: In the Fast Company of Women on the Edge

The biographer Michael Holroyd’s new book reads like a series of short stories linking the lives of several women around whom more famous men revolve.... More...

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Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Motherlode: "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet"

A new book club book -- and a collection of things you never thought you would EVER say as a parent.... More...

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Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Barbara Cartland stole plots, rival author alleged in furious letters

Correspondence from contemporary Georgette Heyer calls billion-selling author a 'petty thief'Dame Barbara Cartland, whose romantic novels have already sold over a billion copies worldwide, faced furious allegations of plagiarism, previously unpublished letters that were sent in 1950 reveal. The writer... More...

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Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Nicholson Baker: The Mad Scientist of Smut

The novelist lives a quiet life in Maine. But boy, does his mind wander.... More...

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Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Memoir royalties of the 'Aussie Taliban' frozen

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Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Mom and Dad and the Two Kids They Damage

Kevin Wilson portrays a married couple, performance artists, who feature their son and daughter in their work, to the detriment of the children, who grow up to be damaged adults.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: National Endowment Announces Humanities Grants

249 recipients received $40 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Writers' boltholes on the market

JG Ballard, Charles Dickens and JK Rowling have all inhabited properties that were up for grabs - for the right price• For a house completely intertwined with the life and work of a writer, few can match the 1930s semi... More...

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

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Children’s Books: A Picture Book About Surviving Katrina

A fictional but realistic account of a 10-year-old boy who lives in New Orleans during the great hurricane of 2005 and its aftermath.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Shawshank Redemption tree split in half by storm

Oak near Mansfield, Ohio, used to shoot scene in which Red finds note from prison friend Andy, 'was rotted in the middle'A tree that played a central role in the denouement of The Shawshank Redemption has been semi-destroyed by a... More...

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

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

The Art of Summer: The Words We Live By

A day of wandering the semantic landscape of Manhattan with an eye out for everyday words: the language of street signs and menus, MetroCards and T-shirts.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis to get their teeth into Bait

Taxi Driver writer and American Psycho novelist are to join forces on a new shark horror filmThe history of shark movies is littered with the corpses of failed attempts to recapture the majesty of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, but a new... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Lady Gaga promises to show everything in book

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Tony Parsons seeks out Heathrow's human drama as writer in residence

Novelist commissioned to write a collection of short stories based on people who work at and travel through HeathrowThe first time Tony Parsons took a flight, it was the 1970s and he was a young music journalist travelling to Philadelphia... More...

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Tony Parsons becomes Heathrow airport's new bard of baggage reclaim

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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Shame on Me, and You for Taking Pleasure in It

In his quite good and very bad new book, Wayne Koestenbaum explores the many varieties — and, for him, pleasures — of shame.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Spider-Man Spins a New Secret Identity

The Marvel Comics hero, at least as he exists in the Ultimate universe, has a new alter ego: Miles Morales, a teenager who is of black and Hispanic descent, and a rare person of color playing a major role in... More...

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Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

ArtsBeat: Predicting Bubbles and Crashes

Would you invest when media experts speak positively about the stock market? Would you deliberately do the opposite? Post a comment in the space below.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

Peter Pan's Neverland could become forever-land

Joanna Lumley is raising £4m to turn Moat Brae in Dumfries – birthplace of JM Barrie's tale – into a children's literature centreFor the teenaged James Matthew Barrie, the sloping, terraced garden overlooking a gentle river was an enchanted land... More...

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

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

Tony Parsons jets into Heathrow airport as writer-in-residence

The resident author will be scouring the terminals for characters to revive the 'airport fiction' genrePassengers jetting off from Heathrow on their summer holidays this week will be facing more than just delays: if they're not careful, they may also... More...

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

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

Books of The Times: Upheaval and Hope in a Land of Turmoil

“Rock the Casbah,” a new book by Robin Wright, examines the causes and repercussions of the recent Arab Spring and broader trends in the Islamic world.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

First space on Guardian first book award longlist goes to new publisher

Juan Pablo Villalobos's Down the Rabbit Hole selected from readers' nominations for Guardian first book awardMexican-born novelist Juan Pablo Villalobos has booked the first place on the Guardian first book award longlist with his debut novel about Latin American drug... More...

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Monday, 1 August, 2011

DC Comics promises to hire more women after reader backlash

Co-publishers at US company release contrite statement after petition signed by 3,000 bemoans 'appalling, offensive numbers'Reader outrage at the lack of female writers and characters at DC Comics has prompted the publisher to tell fans it is taking their concerns... More...

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Monday, 1 August, 2011

Internet Archive founder turns to new information storage device – the book

Brewster Kahle, the man behind a project to file every webpage, now wants to gather one copy of every published bookTucked away in a small warehouse on a dead-end street, an internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an... More...

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

Monday, 1 August, 2011

For New Yorker on iPad, Words Are the Thing

With a minimum of bells and whistles and a focus on a readable format, The New Yorker attained iPad sales higher than those of any other iPad edition sold by Condé Nast.... More...

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Monday, 1 August, 2011

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