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Issue 50 / December 2012

November 2011

New York’s Literary Cubs

A group of young, ambitious writers and editors have created a scrappy online journal and roving clubhouse that functions as a kind of Intellectuals Anonymous for the city’s literary underclass, one that has been largely ignored by the publishing establishment.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Arundhati Roy: 'The people who created the crisis will not be the ones that come up with a solution' | Arun Gupta

The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaningSitting in a car parked at a gas station on the outskirts of Houston,... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Soviets Invade Finland, in Real Time

Sometime around 9:15 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, Soviet troops and tanks began crossing the border in eight different places, according to the RealTimeWWII Twitter. Shortly thereafter, Soviet planes began dropping propaganda leaflets over Helsinki urging Finns to overthrow their "capitalist... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: David Milch Strikes Deal to Bring Faulkner Works to HBO

Mr. Milch, a creator of "NYPD Blue" and "Deadwood," will work with the executor of Faulkner's literary estate in choosing from among 19 novels and 125 short stories that could be adapted for television or film.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe eyes role of Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings

Harry Potter star expected to swap potions for poetry in forthcoming John Krokidas thriller, in which he'll play beat poetDaniel Radcliffe's frantic attempts to kill off Harry Potter continue apace. The 22-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play Allen... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

ArtsBeat: The 10 Best Books of 2011

The most notable mini-statistic this year is that four of the five best works of fiction are first novels.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Best Books of 2011

The Book Review picks the year’s best fiction and nonfiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

War Horse painting turns Morpurgo's 'black lie' into a white one

To please fans, a painting of Joey, Michael Morpurgo's equine hero, has finally been hung in Iddesleigh village hallFor years, fans of the Michael Morpurgo story War Horse have made the pilgrimage to the village hall where – according to... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Nobel author Gabriel García Márquez wins 17-year legal fight over murder classic

Colombian court rules against man who claimed author used his life story for main character in Chronicle of a Death ForetoldOn the day they were going to kill him, Cayetano Gentile Chimento got up oblivious to his impending murder. Within... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Picture Books: Reviews of Picture Books -‘Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas,’-‘The Money We’ll Save’ — ‘The Perfect Christmas.’

Reviews of “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas,” “The Money We’ll Save” and “The Perfect Christmas.”... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Fahrenheit 451 ebook published as Ray Bradbury gives in to digital era

Longtime opponent of new publishing media sanctions electronic editions in new dealScience fiction legend Ray Bradbury, who at 91 has long been one of the last bastions against the digital age, has crumbled, with his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 finally... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

George Harrison's sister plans book about Beatle's life

Louise Harrison says she has a 'duty to get the truth out'As fans mark the 10th anniversary of George Harrison's death, his sister is writing a book about his life. "So much garbage has been written about George and the... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Mark Twain gets birthday tribute from Google

Pictorial homage to Tom Sawyer graces search engine on the author's 176th birthdayMark Twain's classic scene of boyhood one-upmanship, when Tom Sawyer tricks his friends into whitewashing a fence for him, has been immortalised online by Google's home page.... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

With ‘Dior Couture,’ Patrick Demarchelier Opens the House’s Doors

While not a complete record, “Dior Couture” (Rizzoli), by the photographer Patrick Demarchelier, is far and away the most gorgeous on the fashion house.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Feed Me: Pop-Up Cafe for Alice’s Tea Cup — Feed Me

An Alice’s Tea Cup pop-up cafe at Books of Wonder caters to grandmas and grandsons alike.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Mark Twain celebrated in Google doodle

Google Doodle pays tribute to Mark Twain by depicting scenes from The Adventures of Tom SawyerGoogle celebrates Mark Twain's 176th birthday today with its latest doodle, which depicts a famous scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: Notable Cookbooks of 2011

The Dining staff highlights some favorites from 2011.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

When the Chefs Come Home

In new cookbooks, star chefs like Mario Batali and Ferran Adrià step into the home kitchen.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Holidays in Heck,’ by P. J. O’Rourke - Review

P. J. O’Rourke’s new book, “Holidays in Heck,” a sequel of sorts to 1988’s “Holidays in Hell,” is a collection of essays and observations about his health, travels and family.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Martin Amis murder mystery to be directed by Shekhar Kapur

London Fields, which centres on a woman who arranges her death, to be helmed by Indian director of ElizabethDespite his often-professed love for cinema, film versions of Martin Amis novels have had a difficult history. The movie of Money never... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

For Bibliophiles, Titles of Distinction

The Times’s book critics pick their top books of the year.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Barack Obama backs independent bookshops

US president goes on book shopping spree to mark 'Small Business Saturday'Barack Obama picked up a copy of classic children's novel The Phantom Tollbooth on a trip to an independent Washington DC bookshop on Saturday.... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Helen Forrester, bestselling memoirist, dies aged 92

Author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey and other influential accounts of an impoverished Liverpool childhoodHelen Forrester, whose bestselling autobiographies about her impoverished upbringing in Liverpool's slums provided an influential new template for the memoir, has died at the age... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Smiley's People: Gary Oldman spies a thrilling return in Le Carré sequel

Star of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy says screen adaptation of the third novel in John le Carré's Karla trilogy looks on the cardsGary Oldman looks set to return to the world of cold war espionage in a sequel to Tinker... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Higher Gossip’ by John Updike - Review

A posthumous collection of essays and criticism reminds the reader of how skilled a literary decathlete John Updike was.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

British Library's early newspaper archive goes online

More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing newAs the Leveson inquiry reveals fresh horrors about press behaviour every day, the British Library's archive of early newspapers, which has gone online,... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: 'Civilization' and Its Discontents: Ferguson Threatens Suit Over Harsh Review

Niall Ferguson spars with Pankaj Mishra over his harsh review of Ferguson's "Civilization"... More...

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Monday, 28 November, 2011

Books: ‘Open Wound’ Book Review - Doctor and Patient, Bound Together

Dr. William Beaumont’s contribution to medical science was small, but it was unique and made all the more remarkable by his circumstances.... More...

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Monday, 28 November, 2011

William Hill award won by Ronald Reng's biography of Robert Enke

• Judges praise book on goalkeeper who took his own life• A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke 'outstanding'Ronald Reng has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011 for A Life Too Short: The... More...

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

Monday, 28 November, 2011

William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award winner to be announced

• Winner to be unveiled on Monday afternoon• Former winner Paul Kimmage on seven-title shortlistThe winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011 will be announced by the broadcaster John Inverdale at a lunchtime reception at... More...

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

Monday, 28 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Last Testament: A Memoir by God’ - Review

In “The Last Testament,” God (via David Javerbaum) reveals his weakness for Broadway musicals, and, in blatant self-promotion, explains how buying the book may save us.... More...

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Sunday, 27 November, 2011

What the Dickens? Exhibition reveals novelist's spooky plagiarism scare

Author's bicentennial exhibition at British Library has material showing Victorian rival's claim to have written same ghost storyThe spirits which terrorise and ultimately reform Scrooge in A Christmas Carol may have been due to a nightmare brought on, as the... More...

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

Sunday, 27 November, 2011

Académie Française challenged to update language with fresh bon mots

Could attachiant, eurogner or bête seller win approval from the French-language watchdog and make it into the dictionary?The French may be notoriously touchy about their language, but it seems even the watchdogs of the august Académie Française – whose members,... More...

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

Sunday, 27 November, 2011

The Mechanic Muse: The Mind’s Ear

With audiobooks, the spoken-word performance becomes inseparable from the text.... More...

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Sunday, 27 November, 2011

Wired for Sound

What do our preferred approaches to reading say about us?... More...

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Sunday, 27 November, 2011

Civilization - The West and the Rest - By Niall Ferguson - Book Review

How did the West come to dominate the rest of the world, and is its 500-year reign ending?... More...

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Saturday, 26 November, 2011

Ghost Lights - By Lydia Millet - Book Review

A journey to the jungles of Belize becomes a soul-searching expedition for Lydia Millet’s mild-mannered hero.... More...

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Saturday, 26 November, 2011

Niall Ferguson threatens to sue over accusation of racism

Historian claims writer Pankaj Mishra accused him of racism and must apologise or face court actionIt has been an intellectual spat of some savagery, so far largely confined to the refined pages of one of Britain's most respected literary magazines.... More...

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

Saturday, 26 November, 2011

Tom Wicker, Journalist and Observer, Dies at 85

Made prominent by his coverage of the Kennedy assassination, Mr. Wicker became Washington bureau chief for The New York Times and an iconoclastic columnist.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Gender Bending Romance

Two arrivals on the manga list this week have me reconsidering my reluctance to begin reading a series already several volumes in.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Michael Gove to send copy of King James Bible to all English schools

Education secretary will write a brief foreword in special edition marking 400th anniversary of its publicationEvery state school in England is to receive a new copy of the King James Bible from the government – with a brief foreword by... More...

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

Friday, 25 November, 2011

Thinking, Fast and Slow — By Daniel Kahneman — Book Review

In the conflict between intuitive and rational decision-making, which side wins?... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Parallel Stories — By Peter Nadas. Translated by Imre Goldstein — Book Review

Peter Nadas’s novel takes a sweeping look at 20th-century Europe.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

The Ecstasy of Influence — Nonfictions, Etc — By Jonathan Lethem — Book Review

This collection presents Jonathan Lethem as a reader and writer, but also showcases his nonliterary interests.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Kerouac's 'lost' debut novel is published 70 years after its conception at sea

Beat generation author Kerouac shows signs of future rebellion in 158-page maritime tale published by PenguinThe American beat generation author Jack Kerouac is said to have spent just eight days on active service in the US merchant marines on board... More...

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

Friday, 25 November, 2011

Essay: What Muncie Read

People make hoary generalizations about changing American reading habits but we actually know very little about the history of reading.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Ed King — By David Guterson — Book Review

David Guterson’s Oedipal tale takes America to task.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Will in the Middle

Rome’s influence on Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s on Verdi.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Free Ride — By Robert Levine — Book Review

Web sites that drive down content prices are “parasites,” Robert Levine says.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

“Kill Alex Cross,” the latest entry in James Patterson’s signature detective series, storms the hardcover fiction list at No. 1.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Van Gogh - The Life - By Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith - Book Review

A speculative biography suggests that Vincent van Gogh might have been murdered.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

The Last Sultan - The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun - By Robert Greenfield - Book Review

A biography of Ahmet Ertegun, who built Atlantic Records on black music.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Up Front: Robert Christgau

The eminent rock critic Robert Christgau lets on that he favors Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction over most of his fiction.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

The Not-So-Invisible Empire

Two books examine the political power and religious roots of the Ku Klux Klan in the early decades of the last century.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

‘Something Urgent I Have To Say To You — The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams’ — By Herbert Leibowitz — Book Review

A biography of the doctor-poet William Carlos Williams.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

Pacific Crucible — War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 — By Ian W. Toll — Book Review

The author of “Six Frigates” traces the war with Japan from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

The Tigress of ForlÌ — By Elizabeth Lev — Book Review

Elizabeth Lev tells us why Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici was both celebrated and feared.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

And So It Goes - Kurt Vonnegut: A Life - By Charles J. Shields - Book Review

Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, but one gets the sense from Charles J. Shields’s sad, often heartbreaking biography, “And So It Goes,” that he would have been happy to depart this vale of tears sooner.... More...

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Friday, 25 November, 2011

MPs to investigate library closures

Culture, Media and Sport select committee to examine whether cuts are compatible with statutory dutiesAs campaigners up and down the country fight to keep their local libraries open, the Culture, Media and Sport select committee has announced the launch of... More...

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

Thursday, 24 November, 2011

Anne McCaffrey, ‘Dragonriders’ Author, Dies at 85

Ms. McCaffrey married elements of fantasy to pure science fiction in her young-adult “Dragonriders of Pern” series set on the planet Pern, which Earthlings have settled.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 November, 2011

Ruth Stone, National Book Award Winner, Dies at 96

Ms. Stone won the National Book Award for a poetry collection in 2002 at the age of 87.... More...

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Thursday, 24 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Drop,’ by Michael Connelly - Review

Michael Connelly’s detective Harry Bosch returns in “The Drop,” with cases old and new vying for attention.... More...

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Thursday, 24 November, 2011

Currents | Q&A: Q&A: Authors on Aging Boomers and Housing Options

A new book by an architect and a gerontologist collects examples of homes designed to bridge the distance between one’s vital and declining years.... More...

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Thursday, 24 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Clues to Raymond Chandler's Life and Career in Sale of His Books and Papers

A coming Sotheby's auction of works from Chandler's personal collection offers a unique look at his legacy and literary influence, not to mention his uneasy relationship with that "showman's paradise" known as Hollywood.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Lexicographers cram 'squeezed middle' into word of the year slot

Phrase Ed Miliband ushered into widespread use beats bunga bunga and occupy to award lavished on 'big society' last yearAfter a year defined by economic turmoil, austerity and cutbacks, the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary have chosen the phrase... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Children’s Books: Just a Second-Steve Jenkins- Review

In his artfully designed book “Just a Second,” Steve Jenkins offers young readers a useful perspective on the passage of time.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Anne McCaffrey, Pern creator, dies aged 85

Writer of bestselling SF novels featuring 'good guy' dragons passes away in Ireland following a strokeAmerican science fiction author Anne McCaffrey, who created the hugely popular Pern series of books about the symbiotic relationship between humans and dragons, died at... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Stanislaw Lem gets animated Google doodle treatment

Search engine marks 60th anniversary of Polish SF author's first book with interactive cartoonA spiky-haired, bespectacled animation of the Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem marches across Google's doodle this morning, as the search engine marks the 60th anniversary of... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Baghdad Journal: American Collection at Baghdad University Draws Few Visitors

At Baghdad University’s library, a collection of books compiled by the American Embassy to pique students’ interest in the United States has been largely overlooked.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Google doodle marks 60th anniversary of Stanislaw Lem's first book

Polish science fiction author's work provides inspiration for one of Google's most elaborates doodles yetGoogle has created one of its most elaborate doodles yet to celebrate the 60th anniverary of the first book publication by Stanislaw Lem, the Polish science... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

This week's arts diary

From stormclouds over Scottish literature to storming out of a concert... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Embattled Intellectual Historians Make a Stand

A new generation of scholars argues for the reclamation of intellectual history, a discipline long considered, if not quite boring, then certainly musty, elitist and out of touch.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

Martin Scorsese set to direct crime thriller The Snowman

Scorsese's return to crime genre will be adaptation of novel by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø featuring detective Harry HoleMartin Scorsese is to return to the crime genre with The Snowman, an adaptation of the seventh book in Norwegian writer Jo... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: 100 Notable Books of 2011

The Book Review’s annual list.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

Mark Z Danielewski wins seven-figure advance for serial novel

Cult author signs deal to produce 27-volume sequence The Familiar at three-monthly intervalsCult favourite Mark Z Danielewski has scooped a reported million-dollar advance for the first 10 books in his epic 27-volume new serial novel.... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Rome,’ a Personal History by Robert Hughes - Review

Robert Hughes’s “Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History” offers a guided tour through that city in its many incarnations.... More...

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Monday, 21 November, 2011

Personal Health: ‘The Hoarder in You’ - A Book That Can Help Cut Through the Clutter

“The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life,” can help in decluttering a life overrun by needless things.... More...

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Monday, 21 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: First Play by Nathan Englander Postponed From Public Theater Season

Nathan Englander play "The Twenty Seventh Man' postponed till November at Public Theater... More...

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Monday, 21 November, 2011

Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey writer, dies aged 71

Actors and writers pay tribute to Salford-born playwright and writer, who became an overnight success at 19Shelagh Delaney, the acclaimed playwright whose ground-breaking debut, A Taste of Honey, challenged many of the taboos of 50s Britain, has died. She was... More...

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

Monday, 21 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Breakfast Comrade to Write Memoir of Lucian Freud

The author, Geordie Greig, was one of a group who gathered regularly for breakfast on Saturdays.... More...

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Monday, 21 November, 2011

Lenore Hart rejects plagiarism accusations

The American author has disputed similarities between her novel The Raven's Bride and Cothburn O'Neal's The Very Young Mrs Poe, following accusations of plagiarism on the internetAmerican author Lenore Hart has rejected accusations of plagiarism on Facebook, after allegations she... More...

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

Monday, 21 November, 2011

Leeds academy unveils mural of Carol Ann Duffy's Mrs Schofield's GCSE

Penned after her work Education for Leisure was banned from the GCSE syllabus, a school has immortalised the poem in artWhat would Pat Schofield say? Carol Ann Duffy's poem Mrs Schofield's GCSE, written in response to the complaint which led... More...

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

Monday, 21 November, 2011

War Horse transfers to Australia

National theatre's mega-successful play to follow high-selling Broadway run with stint at the Arts Centre in MelbourneAfter successful stints in the West End and on Broadway, War Horse will open in Australia next year.... More...

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

Monday, 21 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Last Sultan,’ by Robert Greenfield - Review

Robert Greenfield’s “Last Sultan” tracks the life of Ahmet Ertegun, the Turkish-born record company executive who set the high-water mark for personal panache and who remains a sacrosanct figure to most who knew him.... More...

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Sunday, 20 November, 2011

Médecins sans Frontières book reveals aid agencies' ugly compromises

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed gives inside account of forced deals with regimes which abuse human rightsA controversial new book produced by one of the world's best-known aid agencies, Médecins sans Frontières, lifts the lid on the often deeply uncomfortable compromises aid... More...

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

Sunday, 20 November, 2011

Anthony Burgess archive reveals vast body of previously unseen work

Gifted by the author's widow, the resource includes a great deal of music writing, as well as new literary gemsA greatly expanded slang lexicon for the delinquent droogs of the novel A Clockwork Orange has been unearthed in a vast... More...

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

Sunday, 20 November, 2011

Bookshelf: Books Explore Architecture and Atmosphere of New York

Newly published books explore New York City skyscrapers and sustainability, and the architect Philip Johnson’s favorite reading.... More...

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Saturday, 19 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Books Podcast: Pat Nixon's Receding Self

This week, historian David Greenberg assesses Ann Beattie's latest book, "Mrs. Nixon: A Life"; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Alexander Star takes an anthropological view of Afghanistan; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Twin Sightings

The ever-imaginative writer Alan Moore pulls off a nice trick this week as his "Neonomicon," illustrated by Jacen Burrows, arrives on both the hardcover and softcover list. But the bigger comic book news revolved around a popular writer of the... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Catherine The Great - Portrait of a Woman - By Robert K. Massie - Book Review

Mounted on a white stallion, the Russian empress once led 14,000 soldiers to arrest and unseat her feckless husband.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Essay: Importing Italian Cuisine

Elizabeth David’s “Italian Food” was ahead of its time, and not just because the food was unrecognizable to most Americans.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Inferno - The World at War, 1939-1945 - By Max Hastings - Book Review

Max Hastings’s survey of World War II concentrates on the experience of those who took part.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Room For Improvement - Notes on a Dozen Lifelong Sports - By John Casey - Book Review

In these personal essays, John Casey shares his love of sports and the outdoors.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

The Prague Cemetery - By Umberto Eco - Book Review

Umberto Eco’s novel explores the twisted history of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

‘Afghanistan’ and Other Books About Rebuilding — Book Review

Can the study of politics, power and culture at the local level reshape efforts to rebuild Afghanistan?... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

The Unmaking of Israel — By Gershom Gorenberg — Book Review

Israel’s victory in the 1967 war may have carried the seeds of the country’s decline.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Tales Of the New World - By Sabina Murray - Book Review

Sabina Murray’s stories delve into the lives of explorers, reimagining the pivotal moments that secured their place in history.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

The Angel Esmeralda - Nine Stories - By Don DeLillo - Book Review

Each of the stories in Don DeLillo’s collection addresses a different kind of unease.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

‘Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life’ — Review

In Ann Beattie’s portrait, Mrs. Nixon remains polite, traditional, lonely and in the end unknowable.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Mycophilia - Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms - By Eugenia Bone - Book Review

Mushrooms have much to offer, Eugenia Bone tells us.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” has spent 52 weeks on the hardcover nonfiction list and Stephen King’s new novel, “11/22/63,” leaps right to the top of the hardcover fiction list.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Crime: Sue Grafton’s ‘V is For Vengeance’ and Other Crime Books

Sue Grafton is nearing the end of her alphabet crime series — only four more books and, yes, we’re counting.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Editors’ Choice

Reviews of recent books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Before The End, After the Beginning - By Dagoberto Gilb - Book Review

Dagoberto Gilb’s stories explore prejudice, nostalgia and subdued rage.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Up Front: David Greenberg

David Greenberg, whose book “Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image” was published in 2003, has had plenty of opportunity to consider the ways we view the presidency.... More...

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Friday, 18 November, 2011

Kenyan author attacks insularity of British fiction

Binyavanga Wainaina says authors fail to tell 'universal' stories, leaving their books 'indigestible' for modern AfricansListen to Binyavanga's interview on the books podcastThe prize-winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has attacked the insularity of British authors, describing their work as "indigestible"... More...

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

Friday, 18 November, 2011

David Sinclair - The Sun sub who became a prolific author

David Sinclair was a hack, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It is meant as a compliment to a man I was privileged to worth with briefly, but who remained in touch for years afterwards.David, who died... More...

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

Friday, 18 November, 2011

Mackenzie memoirs banned for spilling spy secrets to be republished

Sir Compton Mackenzie was prosecuted in 1932 for revealing information about intelligence service in Greek MemoriesThe first world war memoirs of Sir Compton Mackenzie are to see the light of day 78 years after they were banned after the intervention... More...

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

Friday, 18 November, 2011

BBC and HBO line up Wolf Hall drama

Four-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historical novel would be broadcast on BBC2The BBC and HBO are developing a TV drama mini-series adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker prize-winning historical novel Wolf Hall.... More...

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

Friday, 18 November, 2011

Myths, mobs and moral panics - understanding the reasons for the riots

I mentioned the "media and the riots" conference yesterday, which is taking place in a week's time.Perhaps the participants should first read an ebook entitled Mad mobs and Englishmen? Myths and realities of the 2011 riots, which is available from... More...

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

Friday, 18 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Then Again,’ by Diane Keaton - Review

In her memoir “Then Again,” Diane Keaton entwines her story with that of her mother.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: The X-Men Go to College

Chris Claremont, one of the most influential writers of "X-Men" comics, known for his engaging, complex plot lines and strong female characters, is donating his archives to Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Charles Dickens bicentenary to be marked with film and TV retrospective

BFI plans comprehensive season celebrating most adapted author of all time in early 2012From Alec Guinness as a memorable Fagin to Miss Piggy as a sweetly psychotic Mrs Cratchit, the BFI is to show some of the very best examples... More...

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

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Zombiegate!

We asked Glen Duncan if he wanted to clarify his review of Colson Whitehead's novel "Zone One" or reply to his critics.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Newly Released: New Books Include ‘Out of Oz’ and ‘The Boy in the Suitcase’

Gregory Maguire’s “Out of Oz” is the final installment of the series based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”... More...

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Thursday, 17 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Newly Surfaced Tagore Manuscript Up for Auction

The manuscript includes poems and song lyrics and could fetch $250,000.... More...

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Thursday, 17 November, 2011

John Grisham: 'We deserve better leaders than we've got' - video interview

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

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Hurricane Katrina novel wins National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones takes prestigious US prize after rejections had left her close to giving up writingThe story of a poor black family struggling to weather the horrors of Hurricane Katrina has won the National Book Award for... More...

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

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Hilary Mantel writes second sequel to Wolf Hall

Bring up the Bodies, to be published in 2012, will focus on Anne Boleyn's downfallHilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, her dazzling, utterly absorbing invention of the inner life of Thomas Cromwell, will have not one sequel, as expected, but two. Mantel... More...

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

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Mixed Martial Arts Books by Matthew Polly and Jim Genia

Matthew Polly and Jim Genia, two chroniclers of mixed martial arts, a popular sport that is illegal in New York State, participated in a “Battle of the Books” last week.... More...

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Thursday, 17 November, 2011

Books of The Times: Don DeLillo Stories, Led by ‘The Angel Esmeralda’ - Review

The novelist Don DeLillo’s first collection of short stories includes “The Angel Esmeralda,” a dazzlingly told tale of despair and ruination.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

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Plan your holiday shopping with The New York Times 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Remedy And Reaction - The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform - By Paul Starr - Book Review

Paul Starr examines the history behind the health policy choices of the Obama administration.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: National Book Awards Go to 'Salvage the Bones' and 'Swerve'

Jesmyn Ward's work won for fiction and Stephen Greenblatt's for nonfiction. Nikky Finney took the prize for poetry and Thanhha Lai for young people's literature.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Eva Braun - Life With Hitler - By Heike B. Görtemaker.Translated by Damion Searls - Book Review

A look at Hitler through the lens of his lover.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Painting by mythical artist Nat Tate sells for very real £7,250 at Sotheby's

Author and screenwriter William Boyd brought tormented, gifted artist to life in 1998, fooling many – including David BowieThe anonymous bidder who paid more than £7,000 – far above the top estimate – for a painting by an utterly obscure... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Have a Little Faith? At NYU, the Debate Rages On

IntelligenceSquared, a debate series founded in 2006 to promote old-school Oxford-style debate on urgent public issues, with a digital-age twist, brought some significant intellectual power to a debate at NYU over the world's prospects with or without religion.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Warning to Rahm and Ari Emanuel: Big Brother Was Watching, and He Has a Book

Zeke Emanuel has written a memoir, "Growing p Emanuel."... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Books of Style: Two Books on Perfume — Review

Perfumes, two books say, have not lost their ability to beguile, even as the industry is more and more scientific.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Penguin moves into self-publishing

Venerable publisher's US arm offers 'direct path' into print for aspiring authorsWant to be published by Penguin, the historic press which is home to authors including Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Kathryn Stockett? Now you can be – and for... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Children’s Books: Days and Nights at the Museum

A new nonfiction picture book, “How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum,” by Jessie Hartland tells the story of how dinosaur bones go from fossil in the ground to blockbuster museum exhibit.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Christopher Paolini's Eragon sequel is runaway hit

Inheritance sells more than 76,000 copies in UK in first week of publicationInheritance, the final title in Christopher Paolini's young adult series about a boy and his dragon, has become the fastest selling book of the year so far, averaging... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Discover the Costa children's book award shortlist

Four books are going to battle it out for the Costa children's book award - find out more and help to review themThe shortlists for the Costa book awards have been announced and there are four great books lined up... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Amazon's Kindle lending library is contract breach, say US authors

Authors Guild says online retailer is using 'brute economic power' to push books into scheme without proper permissionsAmerican authors are up in arms about Amazon's new Kindle lending library, accusing the online retailer of "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers... More...

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

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Ann Patchett Bucks Tide of Bookstore Closings by Opening Her Own

Nashville’s reading faithful have found a savior in Ann Patchett, the best-selling author, whose Parnassus Books will open Wednesday.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Doors,’ by Greil Marcus - Review

Greil Marcus’s achievement in “The Doors” is to isolate and resurrect this band’s best music and set it adrift in a swirling and literate cultural context.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

Costa book awards shortlists unveiled

Debut novel from Christie Watson joins Julian Barnes, Carol Ann Duffy and Claire Tomalin in contention for £30,000 awardAn intensive care nurse at Great Ormond Street children's hospital in London will compete for one of the UK's biggest literary prizes... More...

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

Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Rushdie Runs Afoul of Web's Real-Name Police

Salman Rushdie's fight over which name he is allowed to use on Facebook points to an increasingly vital debate.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Jeff Kinney's Favorite Books From Childhood

As part of an occasional series on authors' favorite children's books, we asked Mr. Kinney to tell us about his own favorites when he was a child.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

QR Markham apologises for 'awful pantomime' of plagiarism

Assassin of Secrets author admits compulsion 'to conceal my own voice with the armour of someone else's words'QR Markham, the debut novelist who stitched his spy novel Assassin of Secrets together from a multitude of sources, has spoken out for... More...

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

Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Margaret Atwood Named Mentor in Rolex Arts Program

Under the program, six mentors choose and work with emerging young talents.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 November, 2011

Books of The Times: Niall Ferguson’s ‘Civilization’ Traces West’s Decline - Review

In “Civilization,” Niall Ferguson, the British historian and popular author, traces what he sees as the decline of the West.... More...

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Monday, 14 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Hilary Mantel to Write 'Wolf Hall' Sequel

The writer, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 for the historical novel about Thomas Cromwell, will follow up with a sequel titled "Bring Up the Bodies.''... More...

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Monday, 14 November, 2011

Blackpool bucks library cuts trend with £3m upgrade

Seaside council's investment contrasts with widespread budget cuts and closures across the UKAn English council is investing more than £1m in its libraries, in contrast to the rolling programme of closures across many areas of the country as authorities make... More...

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

Monday, 14 November, 2011

Jane Austen 'died from arsenic poisoning'

Crime writer Lindsay Ashford bases claim on reading of author's letters and claims murder cannot be ruled outAlmost 200 years after she died, Jane Austen's early death at the age of just 41 has been attributed to many things, from... More...

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

Monday, 14 November, 2011

Chinua Achebe refuses Nigerian national honour

For a second time, writer declines to become a Commander of the Federal Republic, saying corruption remains unaddressedChinua Achebe has declined the Nigerian government's attempt to name him a Commander of the Federal Republic.... More...

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

Monday, 14 November, 2011

Barbara Grier, Publisher of Lesbian Books, Dies at 78

Ms. Grier became a revered figure to several generations of lesbian writers and readers after founding Naiad Press in 1973 with three other women.... More...

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Monday, 14 November, 2011

Books of The Times: Judy Collins’s Memoir ‘Sweet Judy Blue Eyes’ - Review

Judy Collins’s memoir addresses her early life, career, romantic relationships, alcoholism and eating disorder, as well as the fraught life of her son, Clark.... More...

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Sunday, 13 November, 2011

Texas Monthly: Writer’s Body Is Weaker, but Voice Remains Strong

The short-story writer Dagoberto Gilb is still recovering from a serious stroke in 2009, but he has returned to top form with his writing.... More...

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Sunday, 13 November, 2011

Apps become the secret ingredient in the battle of the celebrity Christmas cookbooks

As hefty new tomes from Heston, Jamie and the rest vie for a place under the tree, the digital revolution hits the kitchen. But can a smartphone ever replace a battered, beloved hardback?The struggle to win the title of bestselling... More...

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

Sunday, 13 November, 2011

Europe's archived trove of rare Great War documents goes online

Libraries across Europe are collaborating to make 400,000 documents available to the publicRemembrance Sunday will be marked for the first time today without the presence of a surviving serviceman from the Great War. Claude Choules, who served in the navy,... More...

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

Sunday, 13 November, 2011

'Your Lifelong Prisoner' – Liu Xiaobo's poem from prison

New book by the jailed dissident and Nobel peace prizewinner contains a moving tribute to his wife, the poet Liu XiaTo Xia... More...

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

Saturday, 12 November, 2011

Liu Xiaobo: new book lifts China's gag on jailed Nobel peace prizewinner

Liu Xiaobo, winner of Nobel peace prize, will have his collected writings published in English for the first timeRead 'Your Lifelong Prisoner' – Liu Xiaobo's poem from prisonThe collected writings of Chinese Nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo have been translated into... More...

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

Saturday, 12 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Worlds Apart

"Flashpoint" will likely go down in comics history as "the event that changed everything" right before the next event that really changed everything.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Book Review: George F. Kennan - An American Life - By John Lewis Gaddis - Book Review

The debate in America between idealism and realism played itself out inside George F. Kennan’s soul.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

'[Sic]' — A Memoir — by Joshua Cody — Book Review

Joshua Cody’s frenetic memoir encompasses devastating illness, creativity, sex, drugs and 30-something life in New York.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Up Front: Errol Morris

The documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, who reviews Stephen King’s novel “11/22/63,” is well known for poking around history to challenge received wisdom.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Lightning Rods — By Helen DeWitt — Book Review

Helen DeWitt’s protagonist offers a way for employers to address sexual tension in the workplace.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

‘Rights Gone Wrong’ by Richard Thompson Ford — Book Review

The author of “The Race Card” argues in his new book, “Rights Gone Wrong,” that both the left and the right stand in the way of sensible approaches to discrimination.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Book Review: London Under - The Secret History Beneath the Streets - By Peter Ackroyd - Book Review

Peter Ackroyd provides a tour of the hidden realms below London.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

The Sense of An Ending - By Julian Barnes - Book Review

Mr. Barnes tells a tale of memory and missed opportunity.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

China In Ten Words - By Yu Hua.Translated by Allan H. Barr - Book Review

In these essays, China is a land of contradictions and moral compromises.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

11/22/63 — By Stephen King — Book Review

Stephen King’s time traveler tries to undo some painful history.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Higher Gossip - Essays and Criticism - By John Updike.Edited by Christopher Carduff - Book Review

This posthumous collection shows John Updike responding to his contemporaries’ work.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Arthur Phillips on New Books About Ernest Hemingway

Three books provide glimpses of Ernest Hemingway and the relationship between fact and fiction.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

The Bible according to David Cameron: verse choices surprise

Prime minister ignores options offered by aides as he contributes to celebrity section of handwritten People's BibleFor someone who once likened his religious faith to the "patchy reception of Magic FM in the Chilterns: it sort of comes and goes",... More...

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

Friday, 11 November, 2011

Unseen Siegfried Sassoon poems reveal 'heroic' view of war

Work written early in Sassoon's deployment shows a very different view of the conflict to his now-famous condemnationsUnpublished poems by Siegfried Sassoon have cast a new light on the way the author of poetry about the futility of conflict, including... More...

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

Friday, 11 November, 2011

Cancer biography competes with four novels on Guardian First Book award shortlist

Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies up against quartet of novels for £1,500 prizeSiddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer prize-winning biography of cancer is jostling with four debut novels on the shortlist for the Guardian First Book award.... More...

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

Friday, 11 November, 2011

Morris Philipson, Who Led the University of Chicago Press, Dies at 85

Mr. Philipson steered the University of Chicago Press as it became one of the nation’s most important publishers of monumental scholarly works, modern fiction and postwar European philosophy.... More...

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Friday, 11 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Beauty and the Sorrow,’ by Peter Englund - Review

“The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War” by Peter Englund is an unconventional history, focusing on personal accounts of the war.... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Tbr: Inside the List: Inside the List

The actress and comedy writer Mindy Kaling lands at No. 6 on the hardcover nonfiction list this week with her memoiristic essay collection, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).”... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Guardian children's fiction prize won by anarchic school story

Andy Mulligan follows Philip Pullman and Anne Fine to win £1,500 award for Return to RibblestropA teacher's vision of life at the most inappropriate boarding school he could imagine – think tots of rum to keep the pupils warm, regular... More...

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

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Paperback Row

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Essay: The Subconscious Shelf

Our bookshelves reveal at once our most private selves and our most public personas.... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

A Train In Winter — By Caroline Moorehead — Book Review

Caroline Moorehead recounts the Nazis’ internment of a group of women involved in the French Resistance.... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Robert K. Massie’s Latest Subject Is Catherine the Great

Robert K. Massie, the biographer who became famous for the vivid “Nicholas and Alexandra” more than 40 years ago, has come out with a new book about Catherine the Great.... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Medieval monarchs' books showcased by British Library

Illuminated manuscripts owned and annotated by kings and queens go on display in exhibitionFor more than 600 years England's medieval monarchs – many of them better known for their belligerence than their scholarship – collected illuminated manuscripts, which were among... More...

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

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Dylan Thomas prize goes to Lucy Caldwell

Novelist and playwright takes £30,000 award with second novel The Meeting PointNovelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell has beaten Orange prize winner Téa Obreht to the £30,000 Dylan Thomas prize.... More...

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

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

ArtsBeat | Q. and A.: Errol Morris Interviews Stephen King

After reviewing Stephen King’s new novel, “11/22/63,” the filmmaker Errol Morris chased Mr. King down for a Q. and A.... More...

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Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Stephen King to donate $70,000 to heat Maine homes

Horror writer Stephen King steps in to help neighbours hit by federal energy assistance cutsHorror novelist Stephen King is donating up to $70,000 to help keep residents of Maine warm this winter.... More...

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

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Currents | Books: Todd Oldham’s ‘Alexander Girard’

A new book by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee collects work that the prolific designer Alexander Girard did between 1929 and 1981.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Children’s Books

New books about New York City traditions, boys with imaginary friends and other topics.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Books of The Times: Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Ecstasy of Influence’ - Review

In “The Ecstasy of Influence,” Jonathan Lethem creates his own subversive pantheon that includes Marvel comic books and misfit writers.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami - Review

In “1Q84,” the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami writes about characters in a Tokyo with two moons.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

‘The Great Big Book of Horrible Things,’ by Matthew White

Matthew White’s “Great Big Book of Horrible Things” chronicles what it defines as history’s 100 worst atrocities, based on death counts, although scholars quibble with the numbers.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Pippi Longstocking books charged with racism

German theologian says that Astrid Lindgren's books contain 'colonial racist stereotypes'Astrid Lindgren's much-loved books about Pippi Longstocking, she of the red hair, incredible strength and impossible lies, have been described as racist by a German theologian.... More...

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

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Children’s Books: Little Brothers, Good and Bad

“Big Little Brother” is the first book for children by Kevin Kling, a storyteller who provides commentaries for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

James Bond's words live twice in plagiarised novel

Publisher withdraws Assassin of Secrets by QR Markham after readers uncover host of material copied from other novels including 007 storiesAssiduous sleuthing by James Bond fans has forced QR Markham's newly published spy thriller Assassin of Secrets to be pulled... More...

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

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Food Stuff: The ‘Serious Eats’ Book, Stuffed to the Cover

The book, by Ed Levine and the editors of the Serious Eats Web site, digs with gusto into what’s mostly everyday fare across the country.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Little, Brown Pulls Novel, Citing Plagiarism

The publisher said it had withdrawn the mystery novel "Assassin of Secrets'' because it plagiarized passages from James Bond novels and books by Robert Ludlum.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

Roald Dahl funny prize goes to naughty schoolboy

A doodling, distracted schoolboy and pirate cats have been declared the funniest children's books of the yearThe trials and tribulations of a cheeky schoolboy and the escapades of pirate cats have triumphed at the Roald Dahl funny prize.... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

Amazon signs 'game-changing' publishing deal with Deepak Chopra

The bestselling self-help guru has become the highest-profile author yet to sign book deal with AmazonGuru Deepak Chopra has found yet another key to spiritual enlightenment: become the latest in a string of big name authors to sign a deal... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: A New Edition of Betsy-Tacy Greets Fans, Old and New

First published more than 50 years ago, the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace retains a feverishly devoted contingent of fans.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

Green Carnation prize shortlist snubs famous gay writers

Alan Hollinghurst, Ali Smith and Philip Hensher all passed over in shortlist for LGBT writing awardAn eclectic mix of thriller, science fiction, memoir and short stories makes up the shortlist for the UK's first literary award celebrating the very best... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Back to Work’ Has Bill Clinton’s Ideas for Economic America - Review

The subtext of Bill Clinton’s new book is that he wants to help sell Obama policies that have not been persuasively sold to the American people.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

John Harris's national conversations podcast: Simon Armitage

There's a "whiff of rot" about modern Britain, says Simon Armitage. Armitage, a poet, playwright, novelist, and literary social commentator, has been writing about Britain for 30 years now, almost reaching national treasure status after becoming the unlikely recipient of... More...

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

Monday, 7 November, 2011

Booker prize announces highbrow editor to head 2012 jury

Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, is to chair the judges for the 2012 awardAfter Stella Rimington brought a storm of righteous literary rage down on this year's Man Booker prize by announcing her quest for "readable" books,... More...

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

Monday, 7 November, 2011

Simon Armitage: 'poetry is a form of dissent' - video interview

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Monday, 7 November, 2011

Room leads longlist for Impac Dublin award

Emma Donoghue's novel receives most nominations in 147-strong field for €100,000 prizeEmma Donoghue's disturbing tale of an imprisoned boy, Room, is at the forefront of the 147 titles competing for one of the world's most lucrative literary prizes, the €100,000... More...

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

Monday, 7 November, 2011

Culture and Control: Murong Xuecun, Chinese Novelist, Pushes Censorship Limits

Murong Xuecun, a popular Chinese novelist, often runs afoul of censors, which has pushed him to become a vocal critic of censorship in China and driven him to publish on the Internet.... More...

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Monday, 7 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘My Long Trip Home,’ by Mark Whitaker - Review

In “My Long Trip Home” Mark Whitaker tells his story of growing up in a biracial family, focusing on his troubled and combative black father.... More...

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Sunday, 6 November, 2011

Off the Shelf: ‘Collision Course’ Looks at Reagan vs. Patco

A new book says President Ronald Reagan didn’t orchestrate his 1981 confrontation with the air traffic controllers union — but that militancy within the union forced his hand.... More...

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Saturday, 5 November, 2011

Shortcuts: Self-Improvement, at the Risk of Self-Acceptance

The notion that we can constantly make ourselves better is, in theory, a great idea. But when does it become too much?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 5 November, 2011

Bookshelf: Two Books Explore Impact of Yiddish on New York

Two new books explore the language’s impact on New York; other recent publications include an anthology of photographs, and an orphan’s memoir.... More...

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Saturday, 5 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Books Podcast: Murakami's Expanding Universe

On this week's podcast, Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the Book Review, discusses "1Q84" with Kathryn Schulz, who reviewed Haruki Murakami's meag-opus, and Sam Anderson, who recently profiled Murakami for the Times Magazine.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Reading Life: The Art of the Novel

To reread any of the novels of the Penguin Modern Classics with different cover art is inconceivable.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Up Front: Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield may have written a book called “The World’s Greatest Team: A Portrait of the Boston Celtics, 1957-69,” but he grew up a Knicks fan.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Alan Hollinghurst puts Booker snub behind him with Galaxy triumph

Having been a shock omission from the Booker prize shortlist, The Stranger's Child author declared author of the yearHe was overlooked by the Booker judges last month, but the book trade has spoken and named Alan Hollinghurst its "author of... More...

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

Friday, 4 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Manga Mania

If you want to get in on the ground floor of a series, try Vol. 1 of Drops of God, written by Tadashi Agi and illustrated by Shu Okimoto.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Riff: After a Soaring Career, Joan Didion Considers Her Final Approach

The author’s new book, “Blue Nights,” is driven as much by her contradictions as a writer as it is by her inadequacies as a parent.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Editors’ Choice

Reviews of recent books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Crime: Raising a Killer

New mystery novels by Denise Mina, G. M. Malliet, John Sandford and Duane Swierczynski.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Lucking Out - My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York - By James Wolcott - Book Review

James Wolcott arrived in New York “as everything was about to go to hell.”... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

1Q84 — By Haruki Murakami. Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel — Book Review

Haruki Murakami has translated Raymond Chandler into Japanese, and there’s a lot of Marlowe to his madness.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Charles Dickens Biographies — Review

Two biographies examine the brilliant but tormented life of Charles Dickens.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

The Barbarian Nurseries - By Héctor Tobar - Book Review

Héctor Tobar’s novel sheds light on social and racial conflicts in Southern California.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

When The Garden Was Eden by Harvey Araton — Photographs by George Kalinsky — Book Review

A celebration of the Knicks’ heyday in the 1960s and ’70s.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Scenes From Village Life - By Amos Oz.Translated by Nicholas de Lange - Book Review

The characters in Amos Oz’s stories struggle with disappointment; taken together, they reveal a society in trouble.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Jack Kennedy - Elusive Hero - By Chris Matthews - Book Review

Chris Matthews’s biography sets John F. Kennedy firmly in the context of his clan.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Essay: Lionel Trilling’s Life of the Mind

Lionel Trilling’s best essays “belong to literature itself,” nonfiction with the many-sided character of fiction.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Blue Nights - By Joan Didion - Book Review

In this memoir of grief, Joan Didion grapples with her most recent loss, the death of her daughter, Quintana Roo.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

Books From Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney

In retrospect, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney realize they were right about everything.... More...

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Friday, 4 November, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Who knew that Steve Jobs, the subject of Walter Isaacson’s new No. 1 bestseller, once personally installed a Macintosh in the young Jennifer Egan’s bedroom?... More...

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Thursday, 3 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: The 2011 Best Illustrated Children's Books

The judges chose from among hundreds of children's picture books published in 2011.... More...

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Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Books of The Times: Charles J. Shields’s ‘And So It Goes,’ on Vonnegut - Review

“And So It Goes,” by Charles J. Shields, tracks the divide between the public and private lives of Kurt Vonnegut, the author of “Cat’s Cradle” and “Slaughterhouse-Five.”... More...

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Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Library usage falls as branches close

Official figures show 33 branch libraries have closed in the last year, and visits are also fallingWith the axe still hanging over 600 of England's libraries, 33 branches have already closed over the last year, according to official figures.... More...

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

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Prix Goncourt won by 'Sunday writer'

Biology teacher Alexis Jenni wins with France's top book prize with L'Art français de la guerreA biology teacher from Lyon has won France's top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for his first novel.... More...

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

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Damon Albarn reveals Blur recorded single to save Notting Hill carnival

Impromptu collaboration with poet Michael Horovitz was shelved when officials allowed London carnival to go aheadBlur have shelved a new single, recorded this summer with poet Michael Horovitz. The unnamed spoken-word track, intended as part of a campaign to save... More...

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

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

50 books for journalism students

The 50 best books for journalism students is a US-biased list that omits as many good titles as it includes.The compiler is aware of that, explaining that "some staples" have been "sacrificed while more obscure reads scored a spot."... More...

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

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village Gets Rent Reduction

St. Mark’s Bookshop reached a deal with its landlord, the Cooper Union, that includes reduced rent for one year, staving off its closing.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Ask what your headmaster can do for you: JFK's 'borrowed' speech

Biographer claims John F Kennedy's most famous piece of oratory resembles words spoken by head of his prep schoolJohn F Kennedy's most famous turn of phrase was inspired by the headmaster of his New England prep school, according to a... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

Man Asian literary prize announces longlist

Twelve novels from across the Asian region, including Murakami's magnum opus 1Q84, are contending for the $30,000 awardThe Tolstoys, Hugos and Eliots of today are to be found not in Europe but in Asia, according to the chair of directors... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: And Now, a Limerick From Salman Rushdie

Mr. Rushdie is a winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction and a two-time winner of the Whitbread Novel Award. He is also familiar with reality television.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

Outcry over Turkish publisher's arrest and detention

International protests follow imprisonment of Ragip Zarakolu, director of Belge Publishing House, under anti-terrorism lawsThe international literary community is demanding the immediate release of Turkish publisher and free speech activist Ragip Zarakolu, who has been arrested and imprisoned in Turkey... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

UK's biggest music and drama lending library faces closure in Wakefield

The threat to the library in Wakefield, which has 500,000 scores and 90,000 scripts, sparks outcry from arts organisationsThe biggest music and drama lending library in the UK faces closure because of government spending cuts, prompting a wave of protest... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘West by West’ by Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman — Review

In “West by West,” the basketball star Jerry West describes his successes as well as his chronic inability to enjoy them.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

Steve Jobs biography tops bestsellers

Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of the Apple CEO ships more than 37,000 copies in first five days on sale in UKThere may not have been overnight queues of fans like those for the release of a new iPhone or iPad,... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

Adam Gopnik on the Days of Great French Dining

The New Yorker writer, possibly America’s most devoted public Francophile, celebrates the archetypal French dinner in his new book.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

Children’s Books: Gifts From the Gods, Treasury of Greek Mythology, Review

“Gifts From the Gods,” an inventive blend of glossary and anthology, provides a fine introduction to one of the Greeks’ enduring legacies: their impact on the English language.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

World Fantasy award goes to Nnedi Okorafor

Nigerian-American novelist takes prize for Who Fears DeathNigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor has beaten a host of big names to win the World Fantasy award for her novel set in a post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa.... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

The Red House book award shortlists are out - vote now

The award that launched JK Rowling to fame and glory is back - and you can join in the voting for this year's winnerThe Red House children's book award - the only one chosen and voted for entirely by children... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

Tintin in the Congo not racist, says Belgian judicial adviser

Setback for legal bid to have Hergé's 1931 adventure bannedA Belgian judicial adviser has recommended the country's courts reject a legal bid to have a book featuring fictional boy hero Tintin banned for racism, court documents showed.... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

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