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Issue 50 / December 2012

October 2011

Alan Hollinghurst’s ‘Stranger’s Child’ Is a Departure

For Alan Hollinghurst, a chronicler of modern gay life, his new historical novel, “The Stranger’s Child,” is a bit of a departure.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 31 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Blue Nights,’ by Joan Didion - Review

Joan Didion’s “Blue Nights” is a loving portrait of her deceased daughter and a conflicted effort to grapple with her grief through words.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 31 October, 2011

Southbank's Olympic event to showcase art, poems and pop-up proms

Tracey Emin and Thomas Hirschhorn among top artists to harness the spirit of the Games for a giant public festival in 2012The Hayward Gallery in London is to be turned into a giant art school next summer, with classes for... More...

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

Monday, 31 October, 2011

Anne Rice takes a bite out of Stephenie Meyer's sparkling Twilight vampires

Interview With the Vampire author attracts ire of Twilight fans by knocking Meyer's high school-attending, shimmering immortalsJust in time for Halloween, queen of vampire fiction Anne Rice has provoked the outrage of thousands of lovelorn teenage girls by dissing Stephenie... More...

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

Monday, 31 October, 2011

JK Rowling reveals she nearly killed off Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter author has confessed she considered giving red-haired Weasley the chop midway through writing the seriesWhat would Hermione say? JK Rowling has revealed that she "seriously" considered killing Ron Weasley "out of sheer spite" while she was writing... More...

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

Monday, 31 October, 2011

Link by Link: A London Bookstore Sells Clip Art in an Online World

For 25 years, the Dover Bookshop in London has offered copyright-free images to graphic artists, educators, even tattoo artists. But online competition now threatens the business.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 30 October, 2011

Books of The Times: Stephen King’s ‘11/23/63’ - Review

Stephen King’s latest novel, “11/22/63,” tells of a schoolteacher who travels back to 1958 to alter history, and falls in love as well.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 30 October, 2011

Jerusalem — By Simon Sebag Montefiore — Book Review

Simon Sebag Montefiore tells Jerusalem’s long history, from King David to the 1967 war.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

James Madison - By Richard Brookhiser - Book Review

Richard Brookhiser looks beyond Madison’s personal frailties in this biography.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Zone One - By Colson Whitehead - Book Review

In Colson Whitehead’s novel, humans spared the effects of a plague battle zombies in Lower Manhattan.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Frank Rich Discusses the Career of Pauline Kael

On this week's podcast, Frank Rich talks about the life of the film critic Pauline Kael; Richard Brookhiser discusses his new biography of James Madison; and Jennifer Schuessler has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Lucky Break - By Esther Freud - Book Review

Esther Freud’s novel charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama school.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Happy Halloween

The perfect book for this trick-or-treating season is "Batman: The Long Halloween," entering the graphic book paperback list at No. 9.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Pulphead - By John Jeremiah Sullivan - Book Review

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s essays balance an emphasis on pop heroism with a search for his own roots.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

The Journals of Spalding Gray - Edited by Nell Casey - Book Review

Spalding Gray’s journals reveal how hard he worked at appearing spontaneous.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Midnight Rising - John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War - By Tony Horwitz - Book Review

For John Brown, violence was necessary to defeat slavery.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

What does Colson Whitehead, whose zombie novel “Zone One” hits this week’s fiction list, have against Connecticut?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Paperback Row

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

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Horror: Ambrose Bierce: The Man and His Demons

“The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales and Memoirs” is a new collection of the most spine-chilling of the powerful American horror writer’s work.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Essay: The Short, Unsuccessful Life of the American Book Awards

In 1980, the publishing industry’s awards ceremony went Hollywood — with results disastrous enough to ensure it would never happen again.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Is That a Fish in Your Ear? — Translation and the Meaning of Everything — By David Bellos — Book Review

David Bellos offers a new approach to translation.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Mr. Fox - By Helen Oyeyemi - Book Review

In a series of vignettes, Helen Oyeyemi constructs a love triangle involving a writer, his wife and his most inspired creation.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Practical Jean - By Trevor Cole - Book Review

In Trevor Cole’s novel, a ceramist wants to make sure her friends feel a moment of joy before they die.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Samuel Beckett’s Midgame

A new collection features letters from the years when Samuel Beckett wrote “Waiting for Godot.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Thousands lobby culture secretary over library closures

Residents of the London borough of Brent have petitioned Jeremy Hunt to intervene over the council's closure of half of its librariesBrent residents have handed a petition signed by thousands to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, demanding that... More...

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

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Carol Ann Duffy – the newest of the bee poets | Alison Benjamin

The poet laureate has joined Virgil and Sylvia Plath and plenty inbetween by celebrating the 'winged saviours' in verseWhen Carol Ann Duffy's first collection of new poems as poet laureate was published this month, she joined a long list of... More...

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

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Roaring at the Screen With Pauline Kael

“The Age of Movies” and “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark” chronicle the life and career of the movie critic who transformed the sensibility and standards of mainstream pop culture criticism in America.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Pulphead,’ by John Jeremiah Sullivan — Review

In “Pulphead,” John Jeremiah Sullivan’s essays about American culture and his more personal reflections cohere into a memoirlike whole.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Up Front: Frank Rich

The former Times theater critic and Op-Ed columnist recalls a night out with Pauline Kael, and being impressed by her “capacity for alcohol and her garrulous laughter.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Holy (Cash) Cow! Vintage Comics Covers From Joker Creator Up for Auction

The estimated sale price of one cover, showing the Penguin fleeing Batman and Robin, is $300,000.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Join the Guardian children's books site as a group

Do you run a reading group in a school or library? You can now join the Guardian children's books site as a group!Since the Guardian children's books site launched on World Book Day in March, we've had lots of enquiries... More...

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

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Amazon takeover of Book Depository 'threatens future of bookselling'

The Office of Fair Trading's approval will give the web giant 'a complete stranglehold on the market' according to Booksellers AssociationThe Office of Fair Trading's decision to allow Amazon's purchase of its smaller competitor the Book Depository to go ahead... More...

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

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Larry Haun, the Carpenter’s Carpenter

In a memoir published just a month before his death, Larry Haun interwove his own history with the history of building houses in this country.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Charles Hamm, Author on American Popular Music, Dies at 86

Mr. Hamm, who became frustrated with the condescension of his fellow musicologists toward popular music, wrote two books that have become standard texts.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark’ and ‘Lucking Out’ - Review

Two new books, Brian Kellow’s “Pauline Kael,” and a memoir by James Wolcott, “Lucking Out,” focus on the swashbuckling era of criticism when Kael’s voice boomed.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

We Need to Talk About Kevin scoops top prize at London film festival

Lynne Ramsay's drama starring Tilda Swinton fights off opposition from a strong shortlist to win best film at ceremonyLynne Ramsay's bold and memorable adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin was named best film at the... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Yale Press to Publish Forgotten Eugene O'Neill One-Act in Book Form

Yale U. Press to publish lost one act play by Eugene O'Neill in book form.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Children's Books: Protest Songs for Young Dissenters

Two new picture books speak to our current hard times, each with a protest song at its heart.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Teen author Robert Muchamore banned from London school

The bestselling Cherub series author has had an appearance cancelled and his books removed from the library of Highgate junior schoolRobert Muchamore's Cherub series has sold 3m copies in the UK alone, so the author was surprised, to say the... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Archimedes Palimpsest reveals insights centuries ahead of its time

Thirteenth-century manuscript, overwritten with prayer book, deciphered after years of painstaking workYears of painstaking work by scientists to expose a manuscript hidden for nearly a thousand years have shed new light on the genius of Archimedes, antiquity's greatest mathematician.... More...

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

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Food Stuff: Martha Stewart Revisits ‘Entertaining’

The latest book from Martha Stewart arrives nearly 30 years after her first cookbook, “Entertaining.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, By Mohammed Hanif

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Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

Feed Me: Breakfast With Nancy Silverton of Mozza

Nancy Silverton, the co-owner of the popular Los Angeles restaurants Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, has a new cookbook.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Whiting Foundation Names Winners of Writers' Awards

Ten writers will each receive a prize of $50,000.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Catch-22 author Joseph Heller: 'How did I feel about the war? I enjoyed it?'

Letter by writer of famous anti-war novel reveals that, unlike the book's protagonist, he found his military service full of 'glamour'Fans of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 may be surprised to learn that the American author actually enjoyed his military service... More...

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

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘I Want My MTV,’ by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum - Review

“I Want My MTV,” by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, chronicles the rise and fall of America’s first music video channel.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Shakespeare Trust Hides Playwright's Name to Protest 'Anonymous'

A British charity organization that promotes the study and life of Shakespeare, is protesting the release of "Anonymous," a movie by Roland Emmerich that questions the authorship of his works, by covering over Shakespeare's name on several signs.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Room for Debate: Will Amazon Kill Off Publishers?

What happens when more writers have the option of a one-stop shop: agent, publisher and bookseller.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Steve Jobs book reveals a genius – and a 'hippie with BO'

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Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Ken Livingstone: The ideal sperm donor?

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Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Steve Jobs book reveals a genius – and a 'hippie with BO'

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Tuesday, 25 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Charles Dickens,’ by Claire Tomalin; ‘Becoming Dickens’ by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Claire Tomalin’s “Charles Dickens” and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s “Becoming Dickens” explore a complicated author.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 October, 2011

Books: ‘One for the Road’ and ‘The Concussion Crisis’ - Book Review

Two books examine the dangers of drunken driving and concussions on the playing field.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 October, 2011

Harold Pinter's forgotten sketch rediscovered after more than 50 years

Surprise find at British Library is the script of 'Umbrellas', part of a 1960 revue performed only once at the Nottingham PlayhouseIt was part of a 1960 revue at the Nottingham Playhouse called You, Me and the Gatepost, performed for... More...

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

Monday, 24 October, 2011

Philip Pullman declares war against 'stupidity' of library closures

Author backs library campaigners and blasts Brent council for saying that closing half of its libraries would help it fulfil 'exciting plans to improve libraries'Philip Pullman has lambasted Brent council for its comment that closing half of its libraries would... More...

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

Monday, 24 October, 2011

Books of The Times: Caitlín R. Kiernan, Geoff Ryman and Tim Powers Tales - Review

Caitlín R. Kiernan, Geoff Ryman and Tim Powers in collections of their darkest and scariest tales.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 23 October, 2011

It's a new Viking invasion of Britain – but this time it's cultural

After the discovery of a Viking burial site in Scotland, Norse history and myths are the focus of a TV saga, epic novels and a major British Museum exhibitionLongboats, funeral pyres, glinting helmets and drinking horns: the discovery of a... More...

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

Sunday, 23 October, 2011

Bella! Bella! 'Gregory's Girl' star lands deal to write crime novels

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Sunday, 23 October, 2011

Lost Hobbit images get first showing

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Sunday, 23 October, 2011

Off the Shelf: ‘Keynes Hayek’ Views Origins of an Economics Debate — Review

In “Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics,” Nicholas Wapshott looks back at the two economists whose work has shaped much of the current debate about capitalism.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 22 October, 2011

John M. Blum, 90, Historian Who Gave Theodore Roosevelt His Due, Dies

Professor Blum’s 1954 biography of a maligned Theodore Roosevelt was pivotal in establishing the 26th president’s reputation as one of the country’s great chief executives.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 22 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson - Review

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is a clear, elegant and concise book of record.... More...

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Saturday, 22 October, 2011

Poetic Connections | Occupy Wall Street: Poetic Connections From Occupy Wall Street - ‘Found Verse’ From Craigslist

Poems about the romantic repercussions of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations “found” this month in the Missed Connections section of Craigslist.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 22 October, 2011

Bookshelf: ‘New York: The Story of a Great City’ Draws on Museum Archives

With the holiday season nearing, these coffee table books are made to order for someone who loves New York.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 22 October, 2011

Children's authors join campaigners in fight to save UK's libraries

Philip Pullman and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson to attend conference after Brent residents held vigils over library closuresCampaigners including author Philip Pullman and children's laureate Julia Donaldson are gathering in London to step up their fight for the UK's threatened... More...

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

Saturday, 22 October, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Jeffrey Eugenides’s new novel may have missed hitting No. 1, but at least his vest has a Twitter feed.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Theater Talkback: I Could Read a Book

You might expect that someone who spends his time watching, writing about, living and breathing theater 52 weeks a year would prefer to turn to other subjects when it comes to the pastime of leisure reading... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 October, 2011

Cain — By José Saramago — Translated by Margaret Jull Costa — Book Review

In José Saramago’s final novel, Cain is a flawed Everyman.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Moby-Dick: A Display of Book Covers

White whales abound in this book cover collection of Herman Melville’s masterwork.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Where China Meets India — By Thant Myint-U — Book Review

Thant Myint-U explains why Myanmar is destined to play an increasingly crucial role in the world.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 October, 2011

The End — By Ian Kershaw — Book Review

A look at Hitler’s grip on Germany in the Third Reich’s last days.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China - By Ezra F. Vogel - Book Review

A look at the career of Deng Xiaoping, who changed China’s course.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

My Song — By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson — Book Review

As a singer and actor, Harry Belafonte was both a matinee idol and a proud black man.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Why Read Moby-Dick? — By Nathaniel Philbrick — Book Review

Melville’s book about sin and redemption should be read by everyone, Nathaniel Philbrick says.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Struggle for Egypt — By Steven A. Cook — Book Review

A look at the history behind the Egyptian uprising.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Visuals: The Design of Symbols

The symbols found in airports, hospitals and government buildings are ubiquitous, but few people know where they had their origins.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Essay: Dwight Macdonald’s War on Mediocrity

While the critic was on the receiving end of some of the best literary insults of the 20th century, he nearly always gave better than he got.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

The novelist has become a global imaginative force by grappling with what’s contained below the surface — of Japan and of himself.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

War Horse, the exhibition - a parable of our senseless, violent times

Michael Morpurgo's classic is the basis of a National Army Museum exhibition tracing the history of the real war horsesOf more than 120 books Michael Morpurgo has written, War Horse is not his favourite – though he concedes his epitaph... More...

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

Friday, 21 October, 2011

Paperback Row

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

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 October, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Maid - By Kimberly Cutter - Book Review

In her first novel, Kimberly Cutter explores the life and death of Joan of Arc.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Nanjing Requiem — By Ha Jin — Book Review

Ha Jin’s novel recreates the horrors of the Japanese invasion of Nanjing.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Shards - By Ismet Prcic - Book Review

The Bosnian hero of Ismet Prcic’s first novel is shattered by war.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Steve Jobs was life-long anti-authoritarian, says biography

Book written with unprecedented access to Jobs tells of his delaying cancer surgery and his disdain for Apple executivesSteve Jobs was a sceptic all his life. He gave up religion because he was troubled by starving children, called executives who... More...

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

Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Dovekeepers - By Alice Hoffman - Book Review

Alice Hoffman’s novel reimagines the first-century siege, through the eyes of women.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Stranger’s Child - By Alan Hollinghurst - Book Review

Scholars and relatives wrestle with the legacy of a Rupert Brooke-like writer in Alan Hollinghurst’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Nightwoods - By Charles Frazier - Book Review

In Charles Frazier’s novel, a young woman becomes the guardian of her murdered sister’s twins.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Up Front: Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta asks the question: How does a writer describe a broken mind “without reducing it to something false or reassuringly conventional?”... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The man behind the Jerusalem dateline

Journalist Eric Silver was sent to Israel by The Guardian in 1967 in the aftermath of the six-day war. Five years later, he became the Jerusalem-based correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer.He later freelanced, working for several papers, and... More...

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

Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Impact of Deng Xiaoping, Beyond Tiananmen Square

Ezra F. Vogel has written a major biography of Deng Xiaoping, Mao’s vice premier, who set China on its path of reform, but also authorized the use of force in Tiananmen Square in 1989.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Revisiting Deng Xiaoping: A Word With Ezra F. Vogel

In an interview at his home in Cambridge, Mass., Ezra F. Vogel discussed his book, "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China." Read edited excerpts from an interview with Mr. Vogel.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

The Dorothy Parker Mystique vs. an Apartment Building

A Dorothy Parker aficionado wants one of her childhood homes preserved, while its owner wants to replace it with a 12-story apartment building.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

New Book Details Jobs’s Fight Against Cancer

A 630-page biography on Steve Jobs also includes previously unknown details about his romantic life, his marriage, his relationship with his sister and his business dealings.... More...

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Friday, 21 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Van Gogh: The Life,’ by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

“Van Gogh: The Life” gives a tour through that painter’s personal world, illuminating the evolution of his art while articulating what is sure to be a controversial theory regarding his early death.... More...

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Thursday, 20 October, 2011

Rin Tin Tin — By Susan Orlean — Book Review

Susan Orlean follows the life of the soulful German shepherd who was born on the battlefields of World War I, conquered Hollywood and emerged victorious as a perfect icon of cold war gunslinging.... More...

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Thursday, 20 October, 2011

TS Eliot prize 2011 shortlist revealed

Carol Ann Duffy pitted against Sean O'Brien, Alice Oswald and John Burnside for 'prize most poets want to win'A showdown between some of poetry's biggest names will see poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy competing with Sean O'Brien, Alice Oswald and... More...

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

Thursday, 20 October, 2011

Occupy movement attracts support of top authors

Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Noam Chomsky among star names added to online petition at occupywriters.comAs anti-capitalism protests spread around the world, a growing group of almost 1,200 authors including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman has publicly announced... More...

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

Thursday, 20 October, 2011

Authors to Get Sales Data From Three Big Publishers

Simon & Schuster, Random House and the Hachette Book Group said they would allow authors to access book sales data online, a service Amazon began providing last year.... More...

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Thursday, 20 October, 2011

New Books by Jim Harrison and Howard Jacobson

New books by Jim Harrison, Mark Greaney, Jamil Ahmad, Daniel Woodrell, Chris Bohjalian and Howard Jacobson.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Damned’ by Chuck Palahniuk - Review

“Damned” is a book full of tastelessly hilarious gallows humor about a teenage girl in hell.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Children's Books | Board Book Roundup: This Season’s Board Books

Nine new board books for the fall season.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Brent library closures: judge fast-tracks appeal

Appeal granted against decision – opposed by campaigners at Kensal Rise and Preston Road – to close six London librariesA judge has fast-tracked an urgent hearing of an appeal against Brent council's closure of six libraries.... More...

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

Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Dark Knight Rises: Batman to Occupy Wall Street

Scenes from Christopher Nolan's final Batman film set to be shot against backdrop of Occupy Wall Street protests, claim reportsChristopher Nolan may be planning to shoot scenes from his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, against the... More...

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

Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Shine withdrawn from US National book award after nomination error

Author Lauren Myracle pulls novel from shortlist after learning it was mistaken for Franny Billingsley's Chime during phone callYoung adult author Lauren Myracle has withdrawn from the running for prestigious US literary prize the National book award after administrators admitted... More...

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

Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

In ‘West by West,’ Jerry West Looks Deep Into the Mirror

In a new autobiography, the basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West goes past the point where cheers fade and sports books end, and asks, What is it all worth?... More...

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Bookstores Drop Comics After Amazon Deal With DC

Amazon struck a deal for the exclusive digital rights to a hundred graphic novels by DC Comics, leading Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million to remove the novels from their shelves.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

The sense of a happy ending – Barnes wins the Booker

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Wednesday, 19 October, 2011

Julian Barnes Wins the Man Booker Prize

The novelist Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night for “The Sense of an Ending,” a slim and meditative story of mortality, frustration and regret.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Booker prize 2011: Julian Barnes triumphs at last

Fourth time lucky for Julian Barnes, who wins the Man Booker prize 2011 for his novel The Sense of an Ending after missing out on three previous occasionsJulian Barnes finally won the literary prize that has eluded him on three... More...

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

Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘There but for the,’ by Ali Smith - Review

Ali Smith’s new novel, “There but for the,” plays with words and symbols in explaining a man unseen for most of the book, and to say something about loss and retention.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Eichmann Drama Opening in Boston, With Broadway in Mind

"Captors," play about Eichmann, has eye on Broadway after Boston world premiere.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Big City Book Club: Big City Book Club: A Discussion of 'This Beautiful Life'

We discussed Helen Schulman’s latest book, which imagines a worst-case scenario between two New York City teenagers who encounter each other at a party.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Bram Stoker's notebook offers cryptic clues to Dracula

Private notebook discovered by author's great-grandson has 'clear parallels' with Jonathan Harker's journal in vampire novelThe private notebook of Bram Stoker has been discovered in an attic on the Isle of Wight, offering cryptic clues into the origins of the... More...

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

Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Strong showing for UK authors on Astrid Lindgren award shortlist

Meg Rosoff, Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake among 17 UK writers nominated for world's richest children's literature prizeQuentin Blake, Neil Gaiman, Meg Rosoff and Michael Rosen are competing for the world's richest children's prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award.... More...

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

Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Journals of Spalding Gray,’ Edited by Nell Casey - Review

Nearly 40 years of self-absorbed musings and uneasy feelings written by a searching and troubled artist have been condensed into “The Journals of Spalding Gray.”... More...

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Lauren Myracle Withdraws ‘Shine’ From National Book Awards

Lauren Myracle, the author of “Shine,” withdrew from the shortlist for the National Book Awards on Monday, soon after she was mistakenly named a finalist.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

Books on Science: Antarctic Odyssey, Through the Lens of Robert Falcon Scott

Photographs of Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition of 1910-13, taken by Scott himself and recently discovered, have just been published.... More...

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

Library campaigners mount vigils to prevent Brent council clearing shelves

Some locals refuse to accept loss of half borough's libraries despite high court ruling that council had right to close them"Bloody liberty," shouted the woman pushing her baby past the boarded-up perimeter of what was, until last week, Preston library... More...

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: She Coulda Been a Contender: National Book Award Finalist Withdraws After Mistake

After the National Book Foundation mistakenly includes Lauren Myracle's young-adult novel "Shine" on the shortlist and says it can stay in competition, it asks the author to withdraw and she agrees.... More...

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

Murakami's 1Q84 launches with midnight openings

English translation of much-anticipated triple-decker from Japanese novelist to be released to fans on the stroke of 12It's not quite on a Harry Potter scale, but bookshops are gearing up to mark the publication of Haruki Murakami's long-anticipated new novel... More...

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

Galaxy shortlist gives Hollinghurst a second go against Booker rivals

Alan Hollinghurst makes shortlist of commercial book awards, having been rejected by populist Booker juryHe might have missed out on the Booker shortlist, but Alan Hollinghurst is set to compete for the author of the year prize at the Galaxy... More...

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

Bookshops read the riot act to British Library

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Monday, 17 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Stan Lee Joins 1821 Comics to Launch Imprint for Children

Stan Lee joins 1821 Comics to start a multimedia imprint for children called, "Stan Lee's Kids Universe."... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

Books of The Times: Julian Barnes’s ‘Sense of an Ending’ — Review

Julian Barnes’s new novel, “The Sense of an Ending,” is on the short list for the Man Booker Prize, to be announced on Tuesday.... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

Booker prize divides quality from readability, says Andrew Motion

Former poet laureate criticises judges' choices as they prepare to announce winner of £50,000 prizeThe former poet laureate Andrew Motion has hit out at this year's judges of the Man Booker prize for creating what he calls a "false divide"... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: At the Library, Vintage Hip-Hop and Meditation

Chuck D of Public Enemy once said that rap music was the CNN of the ghetto. These days, it seems, the New York Public Library is Madison Square Garden for lions of hip-hop trying to send new books to the... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

The schoolgirl who survived the Holocaust by fooling the Nazis

Helga Weiss, now an artist in Prague, escaped death at Auschwitz by lying to Josef Mengele about her age and saying she was fit to workOn an Auschwitz station platform in 1944, Helga Weiss and her mother fooled one of... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

CS Forester's lost crime novel to be published at last

Hornblower author's 1935 novel The Pursued disappeared until found at auction in 2002. Finally, it is hitting the bookshopsA crime novel by CS Forester, written during the period 70 years ago when he created the naval hero Horatio Hornblower and... More...

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Sunday, 16 October, 2011

Russell Banks Talks About ‘Lost Memory of Skin’

Russell Banks based his new novel, “Lost Memory of Skin,” on a group of homeless sex offenders who sought refuge under a highway in Florida.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Young Adult: Daughter of Smoke and Bone — By Laini Taylor — Book Review

An enigmatic art student in Prague becomes a pawn in a centuries-old war.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Jill Abramson's 'Puppy Diaries'

On this week's podcast, The Times's executive editor Jill Abramson discusses her new book, "The Puppy Diaries"; Christopher Chabris discusses new books about the science of the human brain; Helen Schulman talks about her novel "This Beautiful Life," a selection... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: For 'Walking Dead' Creator, It Takes a Novel To Explain What Spawned 'the Governor'

The collaborators recently spoke to ArtsBeat about how the novel came about, their future plans and how they tried to make the book accessible for those unfamiliar with "The Walking Dead" universe.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Bookshelf: Boo!

Pamela Paul reviews new children’s books about Halloween and spooky creatures.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: New Biography Says van Gogh Did Not Kill Himself

Did someone else shoot him?... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Habibi - Written and illustrated by Craig Thompson - Book Review

Craig Thompson’s dark graphic novel draws on “The Thousand and One Nights,” Orientalist paintings and R. Crumb.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Essay: I Was an Under-Age Semiotician

Embracing semiotics came with certain costs, but it left an intoxicating sense that the everyday world contained a secret layer of meaning that could be deciphered with the right key.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Paperback Row

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Crime: Crime — Mystery Novels by James Lee Burke, S. J. Rozan, Ruth Rendell and John Connolly — Book Review

New mystery novels from James Lee Burke, S. J. Rozan, Ruth Rendell and John Connolly.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Until the Dawn’s Light — By Aharon Appelfeld — Book Review

In this novel, an assimilated Austrian Jew chooses a vicious, and symbolic, husband.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Liberty’s Surest Guardian — By Jeremi Suri — Book Review

Jeremi Suri argues that nation-building is central to American history.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The Keats Brothers — By Denise Gigante — Book Review

Did George Keats’s move to America inspire his brother John’s greatest poetry?... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The Cat’s Table - By Michael Ondaatje - Book Review

Three Ceylonese schoolboys on a sea journey to England take delight in their eccentric companions at the ship’s worst dining table.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Bookshelf: Night

Pamela Paul reviews new children’s books about dreams and the night.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Children's Books: Bookshelf: Night

Children’s and young adult books about the moon, the stars and the creatures of the night.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Children's Books: Bookshelf: Boo!

Children’s books about Halloween, goosebumps, goblins and monsters.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Young Adult: It Takes a Monster to Learn How to Grieve

This monster forces a boy to confront his despair over his mother’s terminal illness.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Young Adult : The Apothecary — By Maile Meloy — Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr — Book Review

Maile Meloy’s first novel for young readers combines historical fiction with fantasy.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The Marriage Plot - By Jeffrey Eugenides - Book Review

Life after college poses challenges for the three friends in Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The Mechanic Muse: Do Androids Dream of Electric Authors?

The irresistible rise of the robot-book.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Is the Brain Good at What It Does?

Three books explore the brain’s astonishing capability, as well as its flaws and limitations.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Up Front: Joseph Epstein

Mr. Epstein, who taught at Northwestern and edited the American Scholar from 1975 to 1997, discusses the changing role of the public intellectual.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

The Puppy Diaries — By Jill Abramson — Book Review

Jill Abramson shows how life with a puppy enriches middle age.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s new book “This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House” hit the top 10 on Amazon just one day after official publication.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Picture This: New 'Star Wars' Comics, and Graphic Novels of Stieg Larsson's Trilogy

'Dawn of the Jedi' is set a really long time ago.... More...

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

'Luke-warm' reception for Booker Prize alternative

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Lost notes of Bram Stoker found in attic

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Angry protests as Alan Bennett loses battle to save libraries

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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Dynasts of the Daily Press

Megan McKinney’s “Magnificent Medills” and Amanda Smith’s “Newspaper Titan” chronicle the escapades of Joseph Medill and the power and zaniness of his prominent press family.... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

What’s On at New York Comic Con

This weekend’s New York Comic Con offers activities for the geek in you.... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Puppy Diaries,’ by Jill Abramson - Review

Jill Abramson is a powerful journalist few would dream of discounting, yet when it comes to her dogs, she pleads guilty to being a hopeless pushover.... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

WH Smith launches 'Kindle killer'

Newsagent does deal with Canada's Kobo to sell e-readers and library of 2m ebooksHigh street newsagent and bookseller WH Smith is throwing down the gauntlet to US internet firm Amazon with a rival ebook reader it hopes will be a "Kindle... More...

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

Thursday, 13 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: P. D. James Writes a 'Pride and Prejudice' Sequel (but No Zombies)

"Death Comes to Pemberley" involves Elizabeth Bennet in a murder investigation.... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

High court bid to halt library closures fails

Judge rules against campaigners' claim that plans to slash London borough's library services were unlawfulA landmark legal challenge to a council's decision to close half its libraries, which saw high-profile support from the likes of Alan Bennett, Philip Pullman and... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

WH Smith to launch ebook reader

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Mildred Savage, Author of ‘Parrish,’ Dies at 92

Ms. Savage also wrote another novel, “In Vivo,” and a nonfiction book, “A Great Fall: A Murder and Its Consequences.”... More...

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

War of words: major authors launch rival to 'low-brow' Booker

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Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Currents | Q&A: The Unhappy Hipsters on Their New Book — Q&A

Molly Jane Quinn and Jenna Talbott, the creators of the Unhappy Hipsters blog, on their new book, “It’s Lonely in the Modern World.”... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Scene City: ‘Culo by Mazzucco,’ Photographs of Women, Is Unveiled - Scene City

A project on derrières took two years and involved dozens of castings with bodacious women around the world.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

T Magazine: Bookshelf

The reading list from our winter women's fashion issue: "Chicks With Guns," by Lindsay McCrum, "Adam and Evelyn," by Ingo Schulze and "White Truffles in Winter," by N. M. Kelby.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Asia Society to Host China-India Program

The event is scheduled for Nov. 3-6.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘MetaMaus’ by Art Spiegelman - Review

With DVD, photographs and drawings, Art Spiegelman revisits “Maus.”... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: New Book Coming From Author of 'Henrietta Lacks'

Rebecca Skloot will write about the bonds between people and animals.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

‘Wildwood,’ a Book by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists has turned his dark and roguish imagination to children’s novels, and his first, “Wildwood,” illustrated by Carson Ellis, his wife, has become a best seller.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

ArtsBeat: Finalists Named for National Book Awards

Wars and foreign locales are once again appealing to the judges.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Children's Books: Not Just Another Bear Story

A standout picture book about a bear and his lost hat makes a noteworthy debut for author Jon Klassen.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Asterix to invade Britain with touring attraction

Locations across Europe, including UK, will host 35,000 sq metre Asterix-themed amusement over the next five yearsEurope is bracing itself for an invasion of indomitable Gauls next year after it was announced that the world of Asterix and friends would... More...

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

Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Roberto Saviano wins PEN/Pinter writer of courage award

Bestselling author of book exposing the workings of Neapolitan mafia honoured for defiance of persecutionLiving under the shadow of death threats, Roberto Saviano was unable to collect the literary award he won on Monday night, but the Italian author and... More...

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

Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Pulp non-fiction: Jarvis Cocker becomes editor for Faber

Singer moves beyond Pulp to take a 'broad commissioning role' with upmarket publisherHome to 12 Nobel laureates and six Booker prize winners, venerable publisher Faber & Faber is now looking to bring a little Britpop magic to its list after... More...

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

Wednesday, 12 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Holy Ghost Girl,’ a Memoir by Donna M. Johnson - Review

Donna Johnson recounts growing up among a traveling caravan of evangelists, holding tent revivals in Southern backwaters, where miracles were in high demand.... More...

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Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Library books defaced by prankster playwright Joe Orton go on show

Orton and his boyfriend, Kenneth Halliwell, went to jail for adding surreal gags to dustjackets in guerrilla protestAs crimes go it was not the most heinous of offences, but Islington council's principal law clerk, Sidney Porrett, made it his mission... More...

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

Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Amy Winehouse's father to pen memoir of singer

All proceeds from former taxi driver's book, billed as 'a definitive account of Amy's life', will go to the Amy Winehouse FoundationAmy Winehouse's father will write a memoir for his departed daughter, to be published next summer. Mitch Winehouse will... More...

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Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Video: P Diddy's big book of bums

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Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Lucky Bruce,’ a Memoir by Bruce Jay Friedman - Review

In his memoir, “Lucky Bruce,” Bruce Jay Friedman, as always, milks his life for zingers.... More...

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Amy Winehouse's Father Signs Deal to Write Book About Her

"Amy" is scheduled for publication next summer.... More...

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: University of Texas Acquires Coetzee's Papers

A trove of more than 160 boxes and filing cabinets.... More...

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Jazzy New Leader for CUNY Biography Center

Gary Giddins is named acting executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography.... More...

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

Wisden to launch Indian edition of cricket's 'bible' for 2012

• Publisher believes Indian sales could reach two million• Almanack has been published each year since 1864The owner of the cricket bible Wisden is to launch a separate Indian edition as it looks to tap into demand from fans in... More...

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

Monday, 10 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Channel Surfing: 'Bored to Death'

The Season 3 premiere of HBO's "Bored to Death" on Monday reunites viewers with Jonathan, Ray and George in contemporary boho New York where they all struggle with various sorts of daddy issues.... More...

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

Wisden to launch Indian edition

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Monday, 10 October, 2011

Steve Jobs the movie: Sony buys rights

Makers of The Social Network plan big-screen biopic of Jobs's life, after buying rights to Walter Isaacson's authorised biographyThe studio behind Oscar-nominated Facebook film The Social Network is planning a biopic about Steve Jobs, based on a forthcoming authorised biography... More...

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

Monday, 10 October, 2011

Books of The Times: In ‘Gunfight,’ Adam Winkler Traces the Gun-Control Battle

In “Gunfight,” the constitutional lawyer Adam Winkler traces the history and current state of America’s battle over gun control.... More...

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Sunday, 9 October, 2011

Christopher Hitchens on Writing, Mortality and Cancer

In most respects Christopher Hitchens is undiminished, preferring to see himself as living with cancer, not dying from it.... More...

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Sunday, 9 October, 2011

Off the Shelf: In New Books, Investment Help From Many Angles

New books offer insights to investors — from a compendium of savings tips to a financially conscious novel.... More...

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Sunday, 9 October, 2011

Hollywood stars give voice to their favourite novels in audiobook boom

Kate Winslet, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are among the A-list names signing up to read 'talking books'An array of Oscar-winners and A-list stars have signed up to narrate literary classics of their choice for the rapidly growing audiobook market.... More...

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

Sunday, 9 October, 2011

Dale Carnegie's self-help bible gets a new life for the digital age

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age includes advice for bloggers but keeps rules of the 1936 originalThe grandfather of all self-help books, which spawned an industry devoted to self-improvement, is being updated for the age... More...

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Sunday, 9 October, 2011

Essay: Getting Out of Debt? It’s Child’s Play

When the family finances are low, muses John Schwartz, you could try turning your children into best-selling authors.... More...

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Saturday, 8 October, 2011

On Religion: Author Places Faith at Center of Circus of Sports

Nathan Whitaker, a lawyer turned writer, has partnered with sports figures like Tony Dungy to tell how Christianity guides their lives.... More...

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Saturday, 8 October, 2011

Piero Weiss, 83, Pianist and Musicologist, Dies at 83

Dr. Weiss, an expert on Italian opera, also was the co-author of a widely used anthology of historical documents about music.... More...

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Saturday, 8 October, 2011

Bookshelf: Books About New York City

An illustrated ode to the Missed Connections section of Craigslist, and a look at the worlds of bicycle deliverymen and New York tour guides.... More...

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Saturday, 8 October, 2011

Stieg Larsson, the author who could not get on a journalism course

Letter of rejection for campaigning reporter who went on to write Millennium trilogy likely to fetch £8,000 to £12,000 at auctionA letter of rejection from the Joint Committee of Colleges of Journalism in Stockholm to applicant 493 – the late... More...

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

Saturday, 8 October, 2011

Pullman's spat with council over library cuts, the sequel

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Saturday, 8 October, 2011

Dagger crime fiction awards unsheathed

SJ Watson, Tom Franklin, Steve Hamilton and Peter James all winners of the Crime Writers' Association honoursA first novel about a woman who loses her memory every time she goes to sleep has been named the best debut crime book... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Steven Pinker's 'Better Angels of Our Nature'

On this week's podcast, Stephen Greenblatt talks about his new book "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern"; Andre Aciman discusses his new collection of travel essays; and Jacques Steinberg profiles athletes who compete in the Ironman Triathlon.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Elizabeth and Hazel — By David Margolick — Book Review

The figures in a famous photograph of the segregated South come to complicated life.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Lists Features New Titles

"Hark! A Vagrant," by Kate Beaton, who got noticed for her Web cartoons about literary, political and historical figures, leads the hardcover best seller list for graphic books.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Letters From an Unknown Woman — By Gerard Woodward — Book Review

A World War II British family deals with its privations in unsettling ways.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Grand Pursuit — By Sylvia Nasar — Book Review

Sylvia Nasar traces the evolution of modern economic thought, from John Maynard Keynes to Amartya Sen.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Knocking on Heaven’s Door — By Lisa Randall — Book Review

Developments in physics have the potential to radically change our understanding of the world.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Ernest Hemingway’s sympathetic new biography, appearing at No. 14 on the hardcover nonfiction list, includes his earliest recorded love letter to his first wife, Hadley Richardson.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Alibis - Essays on Elsewhere - By André Aciman - Book Review

The scent of lavender is André Aciman’s madeleine, connecting him with the past.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Boundaries - By Elizabeth Nunez - Book Review

In this novel, an editor from the Caribbean makes a life in Manhattan.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Random House in Joint Effort on Politics

The publisher will team with the Web site RealClearPolitics to release a series of campaign-related e-books.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

The Night Circus - By Erin Morgenstern - Book Review

In Erin Morgenstern’s historical novel, two lovestruck magicians are engaged in a battle of imagination and will.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

You Are an Ironman — By Jacques Steinberg — Book Review

Jacques Steinberg profiles six everyday athletes and their attempts to complete an Ironman triathlon.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Your Medical Mind — By Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband — Book Review

The decisions we make as patients have a lot to do with our personal histories.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Political Evil — By Alan Wolfe — Book Review

Moralizing is not the best way of dealing with political evil, Alan Wolfe writes.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

The Reactionary Mind — By Corey Robin — Book Review

Conservatism at its core, this book argues, is about subjugating the lower orders.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Lennon — By Tim Riley — Book Review

A biographer tries to make sense of John Lennon’s pain.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

A Thousand Lives — By Julia Scheeres — Book Review

Julia Scheeres follows the experiences of five Peoples Temple members who went to Jonestown.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Essay: Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote?

The e-book may inadvertently be driving footnotes to extinction.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Paperback Row

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

A Small Hotel - By Robert Olen Butler - Book Review

Instead of signing her divorce papers, a woman checks into the New Orleans hotel “thick with the ghosts” of her marriage.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

The Matter With Morris - By David Bergen - Book Review

A newspaper columnist and grieving father turns to letter writing in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Death in the City of Light — By David King — Book Review

A crime history of Marcel Petiot, a serial killer in Nazi-occupied Paris.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

River Of Smoke - By Amitav Ghosh - Book Review

This sequel to “Sea of Poppies” unfolds in the Chinese trading outpost of Canton.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Luminous Airplanes - By Paul La Farge - Book Review

In this novel, a programmer unmoored by the death of his grandfather returns to the town where he spent childhood summers.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Lucky Bruce — By Bruce Jay Friedman — Book Review

Bruce Jay Friedman — writer, editor, actor — reflects on an era.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Lost Memory of Skin - By Russell Banks - Book Review

Russell Banks’s protagonist, a paroled sex offender living under a Florida causeway, befriends a mysterious sociologist.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Steve Jobs authorised biography tops bestseller list on pre-orders

Apple chief was 'curled up in pain' for last meeting with biographer Walter Isaacson, for book to be rushed into printThe biography of Steve Jobs, which the notoriously workaholic co-founder of Apple authorised saying "I wanted my kids to know... More...

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

Friday, 7 October, 2011

Up Front: Helen Schulman

The new novels of both Russell Banks and Helen Schulman feature young people grappling with the moral and legal consequences of sex.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

An Appreciation: Tomas Transtromer - An Appreciation

Tomas Transtromer is a Swedish poet known for his sophisticated simplicity and turbulent stillness.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Tomas Tranströmer 'surprised' by Nobel prize for literature - video

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Steve Jobs biography to be released on 24 October

Book publisher brings forward official biography of Apple co-founder, who told author: 'I want my kids to know me'The official Steve Jobs biography will be released on 24 October after being rushed forward because of the Apple co-founder's death.... More...

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

The Poet Laureate, the ode to an Achilles and a pair of Beckham's boots

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Nobel literature prize for poet unable to speak for the last two decades

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Friday, 7 October, 2011

Poetry in Performance in New York

New York is unusually rich in outlets for poetry in performance, though some poets are dubious.... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

The Better Angels of Our Nature — By Steven Pinker — Book Review

In his new book, Steven Pinker argues that our current era is less violent, less cruel and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence.... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides - Review

In Jeffrey Eugenides’s new novel, “The Marriage Plot,” a privileged English major at Brown finds herself in a Victorian mating dance during the early ’80s.... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: A Poetry Reading from Nobel Prize Winner Tomas Transtromer

In this undated audio clip, Mr. Transtromer discusses and reads his poem, "Schubertiana."... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Jobs Biography Expedited

Simon & Schuster said on Thursday that it would accelerate the publication of "Steve Jobs," the forthcoming biography by Walter Isaacson.... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Poetry wins Olympics role

Plans for major display at next year's Games unveiled to mark National Poetry DayThe nation is set to be "carpeted in poetry" next year with works by poets including laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Wednesday's Forward prize winner John Burnside... More...

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

Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer awarded Nobel Prize

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Tomas Transtromer is acclaimed as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since World War II.... More...

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Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Nobel prize for literature goes to Tomas Tranströmer

Swedish poet acclaimed for 'condensed translucent images' which give us 'fresh access to reality'The Swedish Academy has responded to accusations of insularity over recent years by awarding the 2011 Nobel prize for literature to one of their own: the Swedish... More...

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

Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Charles Dickens goes global in British Council's bicentenary festival

Celebrations will honour novelist born in 1812 with film, debates, drama and exhibitions around the worldThere is still a sizeable chunk of the world which sees the English as top-hatted toffs who can be cruel to their urchins, so it... More...

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

Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Philip Roth heads Wellcome prize shortlist

Novelists dominate Wellcome prize celebrating medicine in literatureWith the niftiness of a small scouting submarine dodging the a fleet of battleships, the Wellcome book prize has darted between the flotilla of Nobel prizes to announce its shortlist for medicine in... More...

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

Thursday, 6 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Cat’s Table,’ by Michael Ondaatje - Review

In “The Cat’s Table,” Michael Ondaatje tells of a boy’s sea voyage that forms the future man.... More...

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Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Dylan Tangled Up in Nobel Prize Speculation

Ladbrokes, the British bookmaking chain, has added Bob Dylan's name to the list of leading contenders for the Nobel Prize in literature, which will be announced Thursday.... More...

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Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

John Burnside finally wins Forward poetry prize

Shortlisted on three previous occasions, the Scottish poet takes the £10,000 honour at lastAfter being merely shortlisted in 2000, 2005 and 2007, there was a pleasing sense of "about time" to the news that John Burnside has finally won the... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

'Mumpreneur', 'mankle' and 'mamil' among new words in latest dictionary

Updated Collins book includes 70 new terms from the fields of politics, technology, fashion and contemporary culture... More...

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

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Children's Books: Men Who Made Magic

A puppeteer, a mime and a magician are the worthy subjects of three very different biographies for middle-grade readers about men who mastered some form of magic.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Books of The Times: Dale Carnegie and Emily Post for the Twitter Age

Two advice classics — Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “Emily Post’s Etiquette” — have been updated for the era of Facebook and Google Plus.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Two Directions for Moroccan Cuisine: Modern or Classic

Paula Wolfert, an American writer, and Mourad Lahlou, a chef from Casablanca who cooks in San Francisco, have both written new Moroccan cookbooks — from diametrically opposed perspectives.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ Joins E-Book Revolution

Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is joining the e-book revolution.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Calvin Tomkins Continues to Chronicle Artists

Calvin Tomkins will be honored by the Whitney Museum of American Art for his artist profiles in The New Yorker.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Nobel prize odds a-changin' for Bob Dylan

Late surge in betting sees singer-songwriter's price shorten from 100/1 to 10/1 to win literature's highest honourA late gamble on Bob Dylan has sent the singer-songwriter soaring up the odds to become the fourth favourite to win the Nobel prize... More...

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

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Figures show dramatic collapse in independent booksellers

Trade body the Booksellers Association reveals membership has fallen by more than a quarter in five yearsIndependent bookshop numbers have fallen by more than a quarter since 2006 according to official figures released by the Booksellers Association, which is calling... More...

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

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Hans Christian Andersen statue to be 'buried' in harbour

Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot to submerge monument in city harbour, with plans to raise it again to mark author's birthdayIt is, perhaps, a fitting ending for the author of The Little Mermaid: a statue of Hans Christian Andersen is set... More...

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

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Third coming? The Stone Roses plan an assault on the book charts

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Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book on Strauss-Kahn Incident Planned

John Solomon, a Newsweek reporter who interviewed Mr. Strauss-Kahn's accuser, will write a book for St. Martin's Press.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 October, 2011

David Davis looks beyond coalition with Blue Book of Tory policy ideas

Former leadership contender seeks to inject new ideas into Conservative conference debateA referendum on rewriting Britain's relations with Europe, scrapping the Human Rights Act, abandoning a high-speed London to Birmingham rail link and selling off state-owned banks were among ideas... More...

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

Monday, 3 October, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Nobel in Literature to Be Awarded on Thursday

The prestigious prize could go to one of several favorites, including a Syrian poet, or someone completely unexpected.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 October, 2011

Great Expectations voted readers' favourite Dickens novel

Orphan Pip's rise through society thanks to his mysterious benefactor wins poll by comfortable marginThe author himself might have preferred David Copperfield, but Guardian readers have voted for Great Expectations as their favourite Charles Dickens novel.... More...

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

Monday, 3 October, 2011

Harry Potter ebooks launch delayed

High demand forces Pottermore website to temporarily remove duelling game and postpone opening digital bookshopA cabal of brawling virtual wizards has overwhelmed JK Rowling's Pottermore, forcing the website to temporarily remove a popular duelling game and pushing the launch of... More...

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

Monday, 3 October, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘That Used to Be Us’ by Friedman and Mandelbaum - Review

In “That Used to Be Us,” Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum call for a strengthening of America so it can lead to a more stable world.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 October, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Sunday, 2 October, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Sunday, 2 October, 2011

Off the Shelf: After ‘Moneyball,’ Data Guys Are Triumphant

Long after “Moneyball” was published, and as the film version arrives, the book still influences how managers of all kinds of businesses look at their numbers.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 2 October, 2011

Creator's family thrilled by 'Chitty MkII'

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Sunday, 2 October, 2011

Forget the fish knives, there's still a correct way to behave

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Sunday, 2 October, 2011

DC Comics Changes Seem to Be Paying Off

The first month of refurbished comics has produced strong results for many of the titles.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 1 October, 2011

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