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Issue 50 / December 2012

March 2012

Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad)

A growing number of self-publishing companies have inspired writers of all ages to bypass the traditional gatekeeping system for determining who could call themselves published authors.... More...

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Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Off The Shelf: ‘American Icon’ Examines Ford’s Rebound - Review

In a new book, “American Icon,” Bryce G. Hoffman examines the Ford Motor Company’s rebound, and Alan Mulally’s role in it.... More...

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Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Tiger Woods' bid for redemption at Augusta threatened by dark clouds

Tiger Woods is favourite once more at the Masters as ex-coach's tell-all book stirs controversyWhen Tiger Woods tees off in the first round of the Masters in Augusta on Thursday, millions of golf fans will be wondering if the former... More...

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

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Angela Carter's teenage poetry unearthed at old school

Author of The Company of Wolves explored myth and legend in work published in south London school magazine in 1950sThere is a minotaur crying with a dreary voice, a ship with death-black sails, chanting priests of Amon-Ra and a nativity... More...

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

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Orwell prize: four Guardian journalists nominated

Amelia Gentleman, Paul Lewis, Zoe Williams and Polly Curtis nominated for political writing awardFour Guardian journalists have been nominated for the Orwell prize for political writing. Amelia Gentleman, Paul Lewis and Zoe Williams have made the long-list in the journalism... More...

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

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Kevin Barry's tale of ale enthusiasts wins Sunday Times short story award

Beer Trip to Llandudno nets Irish author £30,000 prize over shortlist featuring Room novelist Emma DonoghueA story about a group of middle-aged ale enthusiasts on a train journey to Wales has won Irish author Kevin Barry a £30,000 short story... More...

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

Friday, 30 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Gary Ross Answers Reader Questions About 'The Hunger Games'

Gary Ross, the director of "The Hunger Games," answered reader questions.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Zombies, Mutants and Bats

"X-Men: Season One" debuts at No. 10 this week on the graphic books hardcover best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Culture's Beliefs About Fiction Written by Women

Meg Wolitzer discusses her essay "The Second Shelf" and the critical attention awarded to fiction written by women.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

An Appraisal: Adrienne Rich, the Poet Beyond the Anger

Known for her cultural impact and her great poems of rage, Adrienne Rich, who died on Tuesday, developed a quieter, sadder and vividly affecting voice.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom,’ by Stephen R. Platt

The 19th-century Taiping rebellion hobbled a dynasty and shaped the fate of modern China.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Essay: On the Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women

Are there different rules for men and women in the world of literary fiction?... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Enemies: A History of the F.B.I.’ by Tim Weiner

Tim Weiner describes the F.B.I.’s history of spectacular intelligence failures.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Anne Lamott, whose new book enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 9, is dispensing her daffy, neurotic, inspirational punch lines on Twitter.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Stalking Nabokov,’ Essays by Brian Boyd

Nabokov’s biographer looks at his own career.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Charlotte au Chocolat,’ by Charlotte Silver

How a girl grew up in her mother’s glamorous restaurant.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Birds of a Lesser Paradise,’ by Megan Mayhew Bergman

The people in these stories draw strength from their relationships with birds and other animals.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Mudwoman,’ by Joyce Carol Oates

Repression comes at a high price for a beleaguered university president in Joyce Carol Oates’s psychological thriller.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘The Undead,’ by Dick Teresi

Dick Teresi explores the issues of death determination and organ donation.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Abundance,’ by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Pointing to technology, Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler offer an optimistic take on the future.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘The Sugar Frosted Nutsack,’ by Mark Leyner

In Mark Leyner’s antic novel, the universe begins when a gang of deities pulls up in a van.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘An American Spy,’ by Olen Steinhauer

His C.I.A. unit in tatters, Olen Steinhauer’s hero fights back.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘Wild,’ a Hiking Memoir by Cheryl Strayed

The story of a life-transforming wilderness hike.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Lavinia Greenlaw wins Ted Hughes award 2011 for new work in poetry

Greenlaw's winning sound installation, Audio Obscura, movingly captures the spirit of arrival and departure by trainLavinia Greenlaw's "outstanding" sound work Audio Obscura, which sent listeners on journeys of discovery through Manchester Piccadilly and London St Pancras train stations, has won... More...

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

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Ernest Hemingway letters reveal painful late years of affection and loss

Remarkable correspondence between Hemingway and friend Gianfranco Ivancich showcases the author's sentimental sideThe tears Ernest Hemingway shed over the death of his cat are revealed in previously unseen letters which show the bull-fighting aficionado's sentimental side.... More...

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

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Up Front

Ben Macintyre on the links between spying and fiction.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Daniel Clowes’s Retrospective at the Oakland Museum

The cartoonist Daniel Clowes receives his first museum retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California beginning April 14. The show will then go on tour.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

Studio Tour Casts Spells Like Harry Potter

A mostly self-guided tour is now available at two vast Warner Bros. sound studios on the Leavesden Studios lot, about 20 miles northwest of London, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

'They tell me print is dead - but...'

If you have three minutes to spare, then you might like this. It's a poem-cum-rap about print not dying. There is an agenda, however. It was made for a company called Ink, which produces inflight magazines for airlines.... More...

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

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Cooking with Poo wins oddest book title prize

Recipe book derives its title from community chef and author Saiyuud Diwong's nickname, which is Thai for crabIf 30-minute meals with Jamie or domestic goddessdom with Nigella fail to tempt this evening then it might be worth considering the latest... More...

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

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Harry Crews, Writer of Dark Fiction, Is Dead at 76

Mr. Crews developed a cult following for violent yet sympathetic novels like “The Gospel Singer” and “The Knockout Artist.”... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

‘City of Bohane,’ by Kevin Barry

This sprawling first novel is set in a gang-infested Ireland about 40 years from now, when two tough men battle for the love of one woman.... More...

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Friday, 30 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Reading Crews, a Novelist as Swaggering as His Characters

Appraising the career of the Southern novelist Harry Crews, who died Wednesday at 76.... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Harry Crews, a Darkly Comic Novelist, Dies at 76

The novelist enjoyed a cult following for works that explored religion and violence in the American South.... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Calling All Artists

Dwight Garner invites readers to try their hand at exercises from the new book "Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment."... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Draw It With Your Eyes Closed,’ Edited by Paper Monument

In this new book, compiled by the editors of the art magazine Paper Monument, dozens of artists and teachers speak about the best art assignments they’ve given or received or even heard of.... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Adrienne Rich, award-winning poet and essayist, dies aged 82

'She was a poet of towering reputation and towering rage who brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse'The award-winning poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, who was one of America's most powerful writers, has died... More...

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

Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Arthur C Clarke award shortlist 'dreadful', says Christopher Priest

British SF author attacks 'incompetence' of judges and rubbishes five of six nominees before suggesting prize is suspendedThe much-garlanded science fiction writer Christopher Priest has launched an extraordinary broadside against the authors nominated for this year's Arthur C Clarke award,... More...

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

Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Brian Cox iPad app touts the Wonders of the Universe

HarperCollins pulls in BBC footage to complement text, photos and infographicsBrian Cox has brought astronomy to a new audience with his books and TV shows in recent years. Now there's an iPad app for that too, combining content from both... More...

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

Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Christopher Hitchens longlisted for the Orwell prize

Arguably, Hitchens's final volume of essays, joins 17 other works selected by judges from a record submission of 264 booksChristopher Hitchens has been longlisted for the Orwell prize for a second year running. His final volume of essays, Arguably, joins... More...

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

Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Room for Debate: The Power of Young Adult Fiction

The Hunger Games: Why have young adult books become so popular so quickly — even with not-so-young adults?... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012: Adrienne Rich, Influential Feminist Poet, Dies at 82

Adrienne Rich, one of the most influential and widely read writers of the feminist movement, took on sexism and racial oppression in her poems and prose.... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: The Politics and Poems of Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich spent her acclaimed career challenging readers and embracing the political side of her work.... More...

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Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Drift’ by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC Traces American Militarism

Rachel Maddow traces the rise of war as America’s new normal.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

New Fiction From Olen Steinhauer, J. G. Ballard and Others

New books from Olen Steinhauer, J. G. Ballard, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Peter Cameron, Noah Hawley and Nicci French.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: JFK Library Unveils Hemingway Letters

The letters, at turns chatty, amusing and touching, offer a glimpse into Hemingway's more private self, including one in which he writes of killing the family cat.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

Children's Books: New Books Celebrate the Color of Spring

Two new picture books celebrate all the shades and uses of spring color.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

In Memoir, Mets’ Dickey Details Sexual Abuse

In “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” the Mets’ R. A. Dickey discusses his career and the emotional pain he has encountered in his life.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

Rabee Jaber wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

At 42, the winner of the 'Arabic Booker' is its youngest recipient, for his novel set in Beirut, Belgrade and the Balkans in the 1860sLebanese writer Rabee Jaber has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, an award worth $50,000... More...

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

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

The Hunger Games' 12A classification not to the taste of concerned parents

Science-fiction thriller censured for depicting brutality and bloodshed on a scale felt to stretch boundaries of 12A ratingAs a film that centres on a battle to the death between 24 teenagers until only one is left standing, you might think... More...

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

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Hilton Kramer's Provocative Time at The Times

Hilton Kramer, who died at 84, shared his strong opinions throughout his tenure as a critic at The New York Times.... More...

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Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Hilton Kramer, Art Critic at The Times, Dies at 84

Mr. Kramer had an incisive style and combative temperament that made him one of the most influential critics of his era, both at The New York Times and The New Criterion, which he founded.... More...

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Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed, a Walkabout of Reinvention

When she had no one and nothing left, Cheryl Strayed traveled the Pacific Crest Trail alone, writing about the experience years later in “Wild.”... More...

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Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Peter Hain faces contempt case over book's criticism of judge

Northern Ireland attorney general says passage in former minister's memoir 'undermines the administration of justice'The former cabinet minister Peter Hain faces contempt of court proceedings over strident criticisms he made of a judge in his memoirs, its publisher has said.... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Carnegie medal shortlist includes Andy Mulligan's controversial Trash

Children's librarians choose novel vetoed by Blue Peter to join seven other 'exceptional' titles for the children's book awardControversially dropped from the Blue Peter prize lineup over its "unsuitability" for children, Andy Mulligan's story of children who live on a... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Salman Rushdie defends free speech in rousing address in Delhi

The author of The Satanic Verses excoriates Imran Khan for claiming to be 'immeasurably hurt' by the novel, and calls on Indians to defend freedom of expressionSalman Rushdie has called on Indians to wake up and fight for free speech... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Pottermore conjures Harry Potter ebooks

After a postponed launch last year, all of JK Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter books are now available as ebooks on the Pottermore websiteEbook editions of JK Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter titles went on sale for the first time... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Harry Potter's New Adventure: Going Digital in E-Books

The "Harry Potter" series is available as e-books for the first time.... More...

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Tuesday, 27 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Lionel Shriver’s ‘New Republic’ Has Echoes of Sept. 11

Lionel Shriver’s satirical novel revolves around a man who treats terrorism as a gentlemanly sport.... More...

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Monday, 26 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Julie Otsuka Wins PEN/Faulkner Award

The author, a native of California, was chosen from among more than 350 candidates for her novel "The Buddha in the Attic.''... More...

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Monday, 26 March, 2012

2012 Olympics inspire love poetry across Britain and Ireland

The traditional Olympics truce has inspired a 'peace camp' that will bring poetry readings to remote coastal sites across the UK and IrelandThe islands will be full of noises this summer, when a series of "peace camps" inspired by the... More...

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

Monday, 26 March, 2012

China Miéville heads Arthur C Clarke award shortlist – again

Author of Embassytown will go up against SF heavyweights Greg Bear and Sheri S Tepper in bid to win for fourth timeChina Miéville joins SF heavy-hitters Charles Stross, Greg Bear and Sheri S Tepper on the shortlist for the 2012... More...

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

Monday, 26 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Master Blaster’ by P. F. Kluge

Saipan, the island, stars in P. F. Kluge’s stingingly funny new novel, “The Master Blaster.”... More...

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Sunday, 25 March, 2012

The Hunger Games smashes US box office records

Sci-fi thriller takes $155m on opening weekend and could become '$1bn franchise'The dystopian thriller The Hunger Games has smashed US box office records, taking $155m (£98m) its first weekend, the highest ever opening for a non-sequel movie and setting a... More...

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

Sunday, 25 March, 2012

Ian McEwan: misery of attack on Iran would be beyond belief

Author says regime is 'looking very wobbly,' but that an attack would reunite the country behind its leadersIan McEwan, the writer whose 2005 novel Saturday was widely interpreted as making the case for military intervention in Iraq, said on Sunday any... More...

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

Sunday, 25 March, 2012

The rise of 'mommy porn': UK writer lures Hollywood with bestselling erotic trilogy Fifty Shades

Major film deal in pipeline for EL James, whose trilogy began as fan fiction onlineShe is the former west London housewife who has revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction with her bestselling trilogy of novels, Fifty Shades of Grey, whose... More...

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

Sunday, 25 March, 2012

Greg Smith, Ex-Goldman Executive, Is Said to Be Seeking Book Deal

Greg Smith, who resigned last week via an Op-Ed in The New York Times, was said to be shopping a proposal for a book that would be a coming-of-age story and a history of Goldman Sachs.... More...

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Saturday, 24 March, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on Yogi Berra, and Other New York Tales

A look at books about New York, including on the friendship between Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry and artisans in the city.... More...

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Saturday, 24 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Wolverine Leads X-Force on a Mission

"Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 4" is No. 7 on the hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Essay: Alex Rosenberg’s ‘The Atheist’s Guide to Reality’

The conviction that science can resolve all questions is known as “scientism.” Alex Rosenberg embraces the label.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘Dogma,’ by Lars Iyer, and More

New fiction by Lars Iyer, Sam Leith, Diane Williams and Friedrich Christian Delius.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘Hot Pink,’ Stories by Adam Levin

Adam Levin’s stories mine the pathos and humor of everyday life.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

The Seventh Volume of Thomas Edison’s Papers

An extraordinary historical project, begun in the 1970s, chronicles the inventor’s life and achievements.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Alex Gilvarry’s Debut Novel

In this novel, a fashion designer is mistakenly sent to Guantánamo.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

J. G. Ballard’s Final Novel, ‘Kingdom Come’

J. G. Ballard’s final novel envisions the collapse of consumerist culture.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘A Universe From Nothing,’ by Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss argues that the laws of quantum mechanics answer our most profound questions.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘American Triumvirate,’ by James Dodson

In the 1930s, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan transformed how golf was played — and elevated its place in society.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Crime: Lyndsay Faye’s ‘The Gods of Gotham,’ and More

Lyndsay Faye’s new novel, “The Gods of Gotham,” is set in the slums of 19th-century New York, where a serial killer is butchering child prostitutes.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘Carry the One,’ a Novel by Carol Anshaw

In Carol Anshaw’s novel, the lives of a group of friends are altered by a fatal accident.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘The O’Briens,’ by Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens’s novel tracks four generations of an Irish family in North America.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Parent files police complaint after teacher reads Ender's Game to pupils

A teacher in South Carolina is on adminstrative leave after the parent of a 14-year-old complained that Orson Scott Card's classic novel was 'pornographic'Violent teenagers struggling to survive in dystopian futures might be all the rage thanks to the popularity... More...

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

Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt

A psychologist argues that people base decisions on moral intuition, not reason.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

‘Stranger Magic’ by Marina Warner

Marina Warner pursues the enigmas of imaginative desires in “The Arabian Nights.”... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir

Jeanette Winterson’s new memoir details the courage and imagination the author needed to survive a childhood dominated by a troubled, fundamentalist mother.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jeanette Winterson on the 'Operatic Dimensions' of Her Mother

Jeanette Winterson discusses her new memoir about her troubled, larger-than-life mother, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?"... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Jonathan Haidt, whose book “The Righteous Mind” is at No. 6 on the hardcover nonfiction list, gets at people’s moral beliefs by asking questions that might be heard at a seventh-grade slumber party.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Up Front

William Saletan on being an ideas guy.... More...

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 23 March, 2012

John Keats – autumnal idealist or trenchant social commentator?

Traditionally regarded as a bucolic idyll, Keats's ode 'To Autumn' has a hitherto unsuspected political edge, say scholarsThe bucolic calm of John Keats's "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" hides a searing criticism of contemporary landowners, according to a group... More...

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

Friday, 23 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Previously Unpublished Vonnegut Novella to Be Released

A 22,000-word novella called "Basic Training,'' written before Mr. Vonnegut's other works made him famous, will be published by RosettaBooks Friday.... More...

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Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Helen Simpson’s ‘In-Flight Entertainment’

Helen Simpson’s earlier books featured women navigating the shoals of romance, or juggling careers and children. In her latest collection of short stories, these women, now in middle age, worry about the fate of the planet.... More...

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Thursday, 22 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Steven Millhauser Wins Prize for Short Stories

The author, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Martin Dressler,'' was awarded the Story Prize for his collection "We Others.''... More...

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Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Motherlode Blog: Motherlode Book Club Video: Anne and Sam Lamott on His Unexpected Fatherhood

I asked Sam about the first thing his mother said to him when he told her his girlfriend was pregnant. It wasn't what I expected -- or how Anne remembered it.... More...

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Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games,’ Based on the Suzanne Collins Novel

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a teenage survivalist in a recycled American frontier myth in “The Hunger Games,” a film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel.... More...

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Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Wimpy Kid finds 'love is in the air' in book seven

Jeff Kinney announces that the next instalment of his bestselling Wimpy Kid series will feature a love interestRomance is set to enter the world of Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley in the latest instalment of Jeff Kinney's smash hit series, which... More...

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

Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four forecast for Hollywood remake

An American consortium that includes director Ron Howard is set to make a new film of George Orwell's highly influential novelHollywood is planning a new version of Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's classic dystopian science-fiction novel which warned of the dangers... More...

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

Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Land of Decoration’ by Grace McCleen

In Grace McCleen’s first novel, Judith McPherson, 10, knows all about Armageddon and has created a parallel universe to deal with it. Is she more powerful than she knows?... More...

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

A New Book and Film About Rare Amazonian Language

Dan Everett, a linguist who studies Pirahã, the language of a small tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, is raising academic hackles again with a new book, and a documentary is on the way.... More...

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Study reveals words' Darwinian struggle for survival

Scientific analysis of language usage in literature over the last 200 years suggests that words are competing – and now losing – in a battle to surviveWords are competing daily in an almost Darwinian struggle for survival, according to new... More...

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

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Noah Hawley Talks About His New Novel, 'The Good Father'

In "The Good Father," a young man is accused of a political assassination and his father seeks to clear his son's name.... More...

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Wolf Won’t Bite!’ and ‘Virginia Wolf’

In two new picture books, the wolf isn’t quite so terrible.... More...

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Mark Leyner, World-Champion Satirist, Returns to Reclaim His Crown

After a 15-year absence, the novelist drifts back into the mainstream.... More...

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Ebooks VAT should be slashed to zero in 2012 budget, say publishers

Publishers Association adds voice to 5,000-strong petition calling for VAT on ebooks to be abolished, to align with print booksPublishers are calling on the government to "urgently" reduce the 20% value added tax rate currently applied to ebooks in the... More...

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

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: 'Hunger Games' Fans Camp Out for a Glimpse of the Stars

Fans lined three city blocks for a chance to get into a New York bookstore event featuring cast members from "The Hunger Games."... More...

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Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

London Book Fair criticised for inviting only state-approved Chinese writers

Exiled Chinese poet Bei Ling says he is 'amazed no independent voice, no exiled or dissident writer' is being representedThe London Book Fair is facing claims it has bowed to pressure from Chinese authorities by failing to invite dissident and... More...

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

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: For Titanic Anniversary, the Books Go On and On

Many new books have arrived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous maritime disaster.... More...

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Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

Dutch author Guus Kuijer wins Astrid Lindgren memorial award

UK authors Quentin Blake and Neil Gaiman miss out as jury praises Kuijer's 'philosophical insight' and 'respect for children'Celebrated Dutch author Guus Kuijer has beaten British names including Quentin Blake and Neil Gaiman to win the world's richest children's books... More...

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

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels

In her new book, “Revelations,” Elaine Pagels surveys this most savage and peculiar book of the New Testament with unruffled authority.... More...

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Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

John Carter set to lose Disney $200m

Muddled marketing and lukewarm reviews blamed for bad performance of space epic, which opened with just $30m in USStudio Disney has admitted that its $250m-budgeted science fiction adventure John Carter is set to lose more than $200m (£126m) following disappointing... More...

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

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Idea Factory,’ by Jon Gertner

In “The Idea Factory,” Jon Gertner profiles Bell Labs in its heyday and the scientists whose unhurried pursuit of pure research led it to innovations that define modern life.... More...

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Monday, 19 March, 2012

The Learning Network Blog: Lesson Plan | The Odds Ever in Your Favor: Ideas and Resources for Teaching 'The Hunger Games'

Ideas for teaching the trilogy, as well as lists of resources from The Times, the Learning Network and around the Web -- including many fan tributes from young adults.... More...

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Monday, 19 March, 2012

Editor courts controversy with book on Islamic immigration

Danny Lockwood, an editor and publisher, has courted controversy by writing a book with a provocative title, The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury.It is a blunt assault on multi-culturalism seen through the prism of his experience of immigration in the town... More...

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Monday, 19 March, 2012

How ‘Hunger Games’ Built Up Must-See Fever

A small crew with a tiny marketing budget made gradual use of social media to build interest in a movie with tricky subject matter.... More...

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Monday, 19 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Arcadia,’ a Novel by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff’s second novel, “Arcadia,” is set on a hippie commune in upstate New York and spans the years from 1965 to 2018.... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

New Military Memoirs Find an Audience

A crop of military memoirs has found an audience among readers eager to embrace stories that accentuate heroism.... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Arts, Briefly: Former Rodale Publisher Joins Harper Imprint

Karen Rinaldi, the former publisher of Rodale Books, will join the Harper imprint of HarperCollins in April to start a line of health and wellness books, the publisher said Sunday.... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Fidel Castro may have known of Oswald plot to kill JFK, book claims

Retired CIA officer says Cuban leader ordered intelligence officer to listen for news from Texas on morning of shootingIt is one of history's most enduring mysteries and has kept conspiracy theorists buzzing for half a century: did Fidel Castro have... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Daniel Fish’s Take on David Foster Wallace

The director Daniel Fish will present a theater piece based on the words of David Foster Wallace at the Chocolate Factory in Queens.... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Mystery grows over the Jewish boy who survived Buchenwald

Naked Among Wolves, Bruno Apitz's story of a boy surviving the Nazi concentration camp, is republished, reigniting dispute over fate of Roma boyAn extraordinary dispute has erupted on the eve of the republishing of communist East Germany's most widely read... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Steptoe and Son: the tempestuous ties that kept them together

A biography of Harry H Corbett by his daughter reveals the tensions and grudging admiration between the stars of classic TV comedy... More...

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Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Simin Daneshvar, Iranian Author and Translator, Dies at 90

Ms. Daneshvar was the author of the sprawling family saga “Savushun,” and was a translator of Chekhov, Shaw, Hawthorne and other writers.... More...

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Saturday, 17 March, 2012

Robert Silvers’s Long Reign at The New York Review of Books

While his possible successors are dinner-party fodder, Robert Silvers says he has no plans to step down from The New York Review of Books.... More...

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Saturday, 17 March, 2012

Riff: How to Be a Pioneer Woman Without Ever Leaving the Couch

The perverse pleasure of pastoral narratives, from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ree Drummond.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

‘Anatomy of Injustice,’ by Raymond Bonner

In 1982, Edward Lee Elmore was convicted of murdering a 76-year-old woman and sentenced to die. Last month, he was set free.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Jennifer duBois’s Debut Novel

A long-lost letter is the link between a distressed American woman and a Russian dissident in Jennifer duBois’s debut novel.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

‘Coral Glynn,’ a Novel by Peter Cameron

In the 1950s English countryside of Peter Cameron’s novel, loneliness and desire quickly blossom into something like love.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

‘The Vanishers,’ by Heidi Julavits

A psychic heroine searches for answers about her dead mother.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Myra B. Young Armstead’s ‘Freedom’s Gardener’

An extraordinary diary sheds light on a runaway slave who became an American success story.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, by Dale Carpenter

Dale Carpenter’s book is a detailed account of Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that overturned laws against homosexual conduct.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Teenage Dreams

Mr. Millar has written some incredibly provocative comics.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

David C. Unger’s ‘The Emergency State’

Washington has long inflated external threats in order to build a national security machine, a Times editorial writer says.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

New Books About Vladimir Putin in Power

Two books explore the Russian leader’s rise to power.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

‘Varamo,’ a Novel by Cesar Aira

Cesar Aira’s parable reconstructs the day its Panamanian hero was inspired to write a famous poem.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: David Oshinsky on Lawrence v. Texas

This week, David Oshinsky discusses the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Bill Keller talks about two new books examining Vladimir Putin; Phillip Lopate remembers the critic John Leonard; and Gregory... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Toni Morrison cancels memoir contract due to 'not interesting' life

The author, who was born into poverty yet went on to lift the Nobel prize, reveals abandoned plans in speech to studentsAs celebrities land book deals left, right and centre to detail the minutiae of their lives to date, Nobel... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

South Korea's Shin Kyung-sook wins Man Asian literary prize

Please Look After Mom, which tells story of a woman who goes missing, was chosen above contenders by Murakami and GhoshShin Kyung-sook's story of a vulnerable mother who goes missing in Seoul, Please Look After Mom, has won the bestselling... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Essay: Russia’s Leader Proposes a New Canon

The Russian president’s idea for a canon of 100 must-read books has revived memories of state-controlled literature.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Alain de Botton’s ‘Religion for Atheists’

Alain de Botton suggests how culture might still save our souls.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

‘Cosmic Constitutional Theory,’ by J. Harvie Wilkinson III

A conservative judge assails constitutional theories espoused by both the left and the right.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s ‘Satantango’

In Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s first novel, published in Hungary in 1985, a charismatic leader may be a benighted hamlet’s last hope.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

John Leonard’s ‘Reading for My Life’

John Leonard championed women authors and writers of color.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Weekend Miser: Literary Readings Are Free at KGB Bar

KGB Bar in the East Village is a popular hub for free readings from budding and established writers.... More...

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Friday, 16 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Grey Album’ by Kevin Young

In “The Grey Album,” his first nonfiction book, the poet Kevin Young argues for black art’s centrality in American culture.... More...

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Thursday, 15 March, 2012

Alan Garner to conclude Weirdstone of Brisingamen trilogy

Boneland, third part of series that began in 1960 with Alan Garner's debut, tells of a grown-up Colin searching for his sisterBoneland, the conclusion to a classic fantasy sequence Alan Garner began over 50 years ago, will be published in... More...

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Thursday, 15 March, 2012

One door opens to Charles Dickens fans as another shuts for makeover

Gad's Hill Place in Kent will welcome literary pilgrims while Doughty Street in London closes for rest of bicentenaryThe last home of Charles Dickens, Gad's Hill Place in Kent, a private property that his passionate fans besieged in his lifetime... More...

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Thursday, 15 March, 2012

Matilda the Musical weaves magic over Olivier theatre awards

Stage version of Roald Dahl classic receives 10 nominations, including collective nod for all four actors playing title roleAll four of the girls who share the lead role in Matilda the Musical have been jointly named in the best actress... More...

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Thursday, 15 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Theater Talkback: The Trade-Offs From Page to Stage

The return of "Gatz" to New York provides a chance to examine other attempts to capture the essence of books on stage.... More...

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Thursday, 15 March, 2012

Room for Debate: Britannica: Define Outdated

When Encyclopaedia Britannica forgoes its print edition, will a sense of wonder be lost?... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn, Author of ‘At Last,’ at Peace

Edward St. Aubyn ends a horrifying yet witty series about a man very much like himself with “At Last.”... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Tim Weiner’s ‘Enemies’ and F.B.I. Counterintelligence

Tim Weiner’s “Enemies: A History of the F.B.I.” examines the bureau’s monitoring of political radicals and Communists over the years.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Economix Blog: The Traveling Salesman Problem

In connection with the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman," Jennifer Schuessler looks at a new book about the Traveling Salesman Problem.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Shakespeare folio dealer found dead in cell

Raymond Scott, who was jailed in 2010 for handling stolen book, found unconscious in Northumberland prisonAn eccentric antiques dealer who kept a rare, stolen First Folio of Shakespeare's plays in his home for a decade has been found dead in... More...

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

Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Bancroft Prize for History Goes to Three Scholars

The Bancroft Prize goes to studies of the American West, the civil rights movement and an intellectual history of the 1970s and 1980s.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey erotica trilogy snapped up by UK press

Century pays reported six-figure sum for EL James's surprise hit, which tells story of affair between billionaire and studentA UK press has paid a six-figure sum for British rights to Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel that has set... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Divine Comedy is 'offensive and discriminatory', says Italian NGO

Human-rights organisation calls for Dante's 'racist, Islamophobic and antisemitic' epic poem to be removed from classroomsAbandon all hope, ye who enter here: Dante's medieval classic the Divine Comedy has been condemned as racist, antisemitic and Islamophobic by a group calling... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Another Furor in India Over Planned Appearance by Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is scheduled to speak Friday at a conference in New Delhi.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Peter Whitfield Talks About the History of Travel Literature

Peter Whitfield's new book covers the long history of travel writing, from the Bible to Bruce Chatwin.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Children's Books: ‘You Are a Lion!’ and ‘Kali’s Song’

New picture books about two ancient traditions — yoga and the hunt — teach kids about cultivating inner harmony.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Imran Khan pulls out of conference over Salman Rushdie booking

Pakistani cricket-star-turned-politician drops out of India lineup after learning of Satanic Verses novelist's participationImran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, has pulled out of a conference in Delhi because of the expected attendance of Salman Rushdie.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Scientists use Thoreau's journal notes to track climate change

Researchers use Walden author's tables of flowering dates in 1840s Massachusetts to show temperature has risen 2.4CFittingly for a man seen as the first environmentalist, Henry David Thoreau, who described his isolated life in 1840s Massachusetts in the classic of... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

The Hunger Games takes seven-second cut to get 12A rating

Makers of futuristic teen film starring Jennifer Lawrence agree to changes requested by British Board of Film ClassificationThe Hunger Games, the forthcoming teen-oriented film about a dystopian future in which children are forced to fight to the death on a... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Jean Giraud, the Comic-Book Artist ‘Moebius,’ Dies at 73

Mr. Giraud, the French comic-book artist who used “Moebius” as his nom de plume, was known for a dystopian vision and characters like Blueberry.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica halts print publication after 244 years

The paper edition of the encyclopedia ends its centuries-long run, but is it a victim or beneficiary of the digital age?Its legacy winds back through centuries and across continents, past the birth of America to the waning days of the... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Rushworth M. Kidder, Ethicist, Dies at 67

Mr. Kidder was an academic-turned-journalist who set up the Institute for Global Ethics to examine and teach about different approaches to ethical dilemmas.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Salman Rushdie brushes aside death threats to return to India

Booker winner to speak at literary event in Delhi less than two months after being forced to pull out of Jaipur festivalSalman Rushdie will return to India this week to speak at a conference, less than two months after death... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Budding poet? Foyles young poet award opens its doors

Prestigious international poetry competition for 11-17-year-olds is open for entriesOne of the most prestigious poetry competitions for young poets is now open for entries from 11-17-year-olds. More than 7,000 young poets enter every year from all over the world -... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Collected Poems’ by Jack Gilbert

“Collected Poems” by Jack Gilbert, who occupies an unusual position in American poetry because he has won major awards yet doesn’t hang out in poetry circles.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Jack Kerouac play to receive world premiere

Beat Generation will debut at this year's Jack Kerouac Literary festival in Massachusetts, 55 years after it was writtenJack Kerouac's only full-length play will receive its world premiere this year, 55 years after it was written.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

The Dark Tower film project picked up by Warner Bros

Ron Howard's proposed adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy series would star Javier Bardem and begin shooting in 2013The Dark Tower, Stephen King's sprawling fantasy saga set in a world resembling the old west, is back on track after being taken... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Bret Easton Ellis contemplates American Psycho sequel

US author delights Twitter followers with multi-tweet ideas session, finishing with tentative plans to start writingBret Easton Ellis appears to be pondering a sequel to his most famous novel, American Psycho, in which his antihero Patrick Bateman might stalk Gavin... More...

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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Carry the One,’ a Novel by Carol Anshaw

In Carol Anshaw’s novel, a fatal accident becomes a lasting and looming shadow in the lives of the friends and lovers involved.... More...

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Monday, 12 March, 2012

Books: ‘Blue Water, White Water’ Review - Sleepless and in Pain, a Patient Watched

In the memoir “Blue Water, White Water,” Robert C. Samuels evokes his battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome and the vagaries of hospital life.... More...

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Monday, 12 March, 2012

Salman Rushdie attacks planned Justice Dept lawsuit against publishers

Author tweets 'the US Justice Dept wants to destroy the world of books' after price-fixing accusation is reported to be imminentSalman Rushdie has hit out at the US Department of Justice, saying it "wants to destroy the world of books",... More...

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

Monday, 12 March, 2012

Library closures protest to target houses of parliament

Authors Kate Mosse and Philip Ardagh to join 500-strong Speak Up for Libraries rally due to march on Westminster on TuesdayLibrary campaigners, including bestselling authors Kate Mosse and Philip Ardagh, will take their protests back to Westminster on Tuesday to... More...

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Monday, 12 March, 2012

Literary legends brought to life in publisher's archive

Unpublished memoirs of Charles Pick, who signed major writers from Roald Dahl to Salinger, recount tales of humour and hubrisWith tales of beers with John Steinbeck at his Nobel prize ceremony and signing up Roald Dahl on a transatlantic ferry,... More...

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Monday, 12 March, 2012

British author's 'mommy porn' becomes US bestseller

EL James is the toast of literary circles, where she is credited with introducing 'graphic, heavy-breathing erotica'With her debut novel at the top of the New York Times bestseller list and the subject of a bidding war over film rights,... More...

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Monday, 12 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Expats,’ a Thriller by Chris Pavone

Layers of deceit pervade the life of a stay-at-home mom in Luxembourg in “The Expats,” a novel from Chris Pavone.... More...

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Sunday, 11 March, 2012

Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers

Several papers decline to use cartoon strip, which depicts state-required sonograms as Republican-approved rapeDoonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has defended his cartoon strip about abortion, which several US newspapers are refusing to run, saying he felt compelled to respond to the... More...

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Sunday, 11 March, 2012

Bookshelf: Accessing ‘The Gods of Gotham,’ ‘Pax Ethnica’ and ‘Freedom’s Gardener’

A crime thriller set in mid-19-century New York, a survey of harmonious diversity in a borough and a look at a former slave’s gardening habits.... More...

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Saturday, 10 March, 2012

An Erotic Novel, ‘50 Shades of Grey,’ Goes Viral With Women

The book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by an obscure author, E L James, has been described as “Mommy porn” and “Twilight” for grown-ups.... More...

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Saturday, 10 March, 2012

A Thoughtful New Translation of the Haggadah

The idea of the translation of the Haggadah was to draw readers into the Seder story and invite them to linger.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘Beautiful Souls,’ by Eyal Press

Eyal Press looks at ordinary people who resisted the status quo to follow their own convictions.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Kathryn Harrison’s ‘Enchantments’

In Kathryn Harrison’s novel of late imperial Russia, Rasputin’s sway doesn’t end with his death.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘That Woman,’ by Anne Sebba

This new book looks at the life of Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII abdicated.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Children's Books: Basketball Novels by Paul Volponi and Matthew Quick

Basketball, in these two novels, is a path to success and a means of escape.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

New Fiction by Richard Mason, Anna Funder and Others

New fiction by Richard Mason, Anna Funder, Alex George, Helen Simpson and Jonathan Odell.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Children's Books: Bookshelf: Poetry

Five new picture books introduce children to the art of poetry.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Essay: What ‘Leaving the Atocha Station’ Says About America

Ben Lerner’s first novel, “Leaving the Atocha Station,” and the Hemingway classic “The Sun Also Rises” offer stark differences in the meaning of being an American.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

On Poetry: Tomas Transtromer’s Poems and the Art of Translation

The English versions of the Nobel Prize winner Tomas Transtromer’s poems raise issues that go to the heart of the translator’s function.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Children's Books: Four Picture Books Starring Real-Life Heroines

It’s Women’s History Month, and four picture books introduce children to some real-life heroines.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘The Glass Collector,’ by Anna Perera

This novel’s hero belongs to a group of trash scavengers who prowl Cairo’s filthy streets.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Children's Books: ‘After the Snow,’ by S. D. Crockett

In S. D. Crockett’s dystopian novel, a teenager navigates frozen terrain in search of his family.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Crime: Chris Pavone’s ‘The Expats,’ and More New Novels

In Chris Pavone’s “The Expats,” a burned-out C.I.A. operative moves to Luxembourg and begins investigating her husband’s activities there.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘The Escape Artists,’ by Noam Scheiber

Noam Scheiber takes us behind the scenes with President Obama’s economic team.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘Lost Kingdom,’ a History of Hawaii

Julia Flynn Siler traces Hawaii’s fraught history, from Captain Cook to American annexation.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘The Power of Habit,’ by Charles Duhigg

A look at the science of how we form habits and how we can break them.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Hari Kunzru's Searchers in the Desert

Hari Kunzru's fourth novel, "Gods Without Men," follows several characters over a vast span of time and their relationship to a rock formation in the Mojave Desert.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘No Cheating, No Dying,’ by Elizabeth Weil

A writer embarks on a project of marital enhancement.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘House of Stone,’ by Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid rebuilt his ancestors’ house in Lebanon.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Bane and Doomsday Return

Two DC Comics villains, Bane and Doomsday, return in books on this week's best-seller lists.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Benedict Freedman Dies at 92; Co-Author of ‘Mrs. Mike’

Mr. Freedman’s first novel, “Mrs. Mike” — based on the true story of a young woman’s life in the Canadian wilderness — was a publishing sensation and inspired a Hollywood film.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Franzen, Chabon and Lahiri Named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa Lahiri will join the American Academy of Arts and Letters.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

‘Gods Without Men,’ by Hari Kunzru

In Hari Kunzru’s fourth novel, an autistic boy disappears in the California desert and many lives intersect around a rock formation called the Pinnacles.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Tom Wolfe’s new novel, “Back to Blood,” due out this fall, has a plot description that is full to bursting.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

The Bay Citizen: Ellen Ullman Abandons Technology in Her New San Francisco Novel, ‘By Blood’

Until now, Ellen Ullman, an author and former computer programmer, made technology a character in her books. But her new novel is set in San Francisco long before Silicon Valley emerged.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Up Front

Douglas Coupland misses his pre-Internet brain.... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Edinburgh festival to recreate books world-changing event of 1962

The Edinburgh World Writers' Conference this summer will reinvent the massively influential writers' summit for a global audienceThe hugely influential 1962 Edinburgh writers' conference, where Norman Mailer and William S Burroughs locked horns with local writers, and where Hugh MacDiarmid... More...

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

Friday, 9 March, 2012

World's oldest Charles Dickens film discovered

A 111-year-old film which depicts a character from Bleak House, was found by an archivist at the British Film InstituteAn archivist at the British Film Institute has stumbled across a 1901 movie just one minute long which turns out to... More...

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Friday, 9 March, 2012

Paper Gallery: Art Books: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Supercell’ and More

Art books that feature landscapes, Spider-Man’s Manhattan cityscapes, Southern California swimming pools and supercell thunderstorm photos.... More...

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Thursday, 8 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Hemingway/PEN Award Goes to Teju Cole

"Open City," the winning novel by the U.S.-born, Nigeria-raised writer, is about a Nigerian studying psychiatry in New York who takes to wandering Manhattan and then the world after he breaks up with his girlfriend.... More...

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Thursday, 8 March, 2012

Publishers could face legal action over ebook prices

Several parties said to have held talks to settle potential antitrust case after US Justice Department investigationThe five largest publishers, including Britain's Penguin Group, face legal action from the US Justice Department for colluding to raise the prices of electronic... More...

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

Thursday, 8 March, 2012

Motherlode Blog: The Motherlode Book Club: Anne and Sam Lamott's 'Some Assembly Required'

The Motherlode Book Club reads Anne and Sam Lamott's "Some Assembly Required." Join us!... More...

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Thursday, 8 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’

In her new memoir, Jeanette Winterson reflects on how words became her ticket out of a grim childhood.... More...

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Thursday, 8 March, 2012

BBC Radio 4 to record and broadcast thousands of conversations across UK

The Listening Project, to be fronted by Fi Glover, is a joint venture with the British Library and BBC local radioBBC Radio 4 will attempt to take an aural snapshot of the nation by recording thousands of people's conversations from... More...

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

Thursday, 8 March, 2012

Orange prize for fiction longlist shows diversity of historical novels

Five debut novelists among 20 vying for prize for women writersHistorical fiction – from love among heroes in ancient Greece to bickering jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied Paris – forms a significant chunk of this year's Orange prize longlist, which has... More...

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

Thursday, 8 March, 2012

Kristen Johnston, on Fighting Addiction and for a Recovery High School

Kristen Johnston, author of “Guts,” a memoir about her addiction, is founder of an organization aimed at starting New York’s first addiction-recovery high school.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The One,’ James Brown Biography by R J Smith

Vanity, discipline and a rough start in life all contributed to make the man who is the subject of “The One,” James Brown.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Ransom Center Acquires T.C. Boyle's Papers

The papers of T.C. Boyle have "Gone To Texas."... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Masha Gessen Talks About the Reign of Vladimir Putin

The journalist Masha Gessen discusses her new book about Vladimir Putin's rise to power and what he has done with it.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Florence Wolfson Howitt, Famed for Diary, Dies at 96

Recognition as a writer eluded Mrs. Howitt until a diary she had kept as a teenager was discovered in a trash bin in 2003.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' and Other Judy Blume Favorites to Be Released as E-Books

Beginning on Mar. 21, 13 of Ms. Blume's books, including "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Blubber" and "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself," will go on sale.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Take Two!’ by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen

This new book of poems celebrates the joyous, ominous, sweet, frustrating experience of being a twin or the parent of twins.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Jean Rhys's flat receives the blue plaque treatment

English Heritage mark the apartment where Jean Rhys penned acclaimed work, and commemorate novelist Elizabeth BowenThe Chelsea flat where the novelist Jean Rhys lived with her literary agent, after her affair with Ford Madox Ford but before she penned her... More...

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

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Jonathan Franzen: 'Twitter is the ultimate irresponsible medium'

After criticising Facebook and the ebook, Jonathan Franzen has warned of the dangers of TwitterJonathan Franzen, no friend to the rapid onward march of technology, has now turned his ire on Twitter, reportedly describing the microblogging site as "unspeakably irritating"... More...

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

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises Drug Law Debates

A law professor asserts that the war on drugs and incarceration for drug offenses are ways to limit the gains of the civil rights movement.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Room for Debate: ‘Riveting!’: The Quandary of the Book Blurb

Do book blurbs serve readers? Do they help writers?... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Gods Without Men,’ a Novel by Hari Kunzru

In Hari Kunzru’s novel, close encounters with U.F.O.’s are mixed with the story of a strained marriage and a missing child.... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Random House to Reissue Updike Works to Mark His Birthday

John Updike, who died in 2009, would have been 80 on March 18.... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Douglas Adams's 60th birthday marked with liff, the universe and Pink Floyd

Don't forget your towel for birthday party at Hammersmith Apollo celebrating the author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe late and much missed Douglas Adams threw some spectacular parties, triggering complaints about noise from sentient beings all over the Milky... More...

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

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Arabic book award withheld over lack of suitable candidates

None of six shortlisted books deemed good enough to scoop Sheikh Zayed Book award's literature prize, worth £130,000A £130,000 book award intended to celebrate the best literature in the Arab world has been withheld because all candidates failed to meet... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Love survives: romantic fiction prizewinners announced

Winners of the Romantic Novelists' Association awards will now compete for the romantic novel of the year awardFamously wedded to her pink sofa, founder member Barbara Cartland probably wouldn't have approved of the fact that bestselling author Katie Fforde, who... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Critic's Notebook: Kindle Singles, Genre Between Magazine Articles and Books

Kindle Singles are works of long-form journalism that seek out that sweet spot between magazine articles and hardcover books.... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

New prize for radical writing announces shortlist

Bread and Roses award for radical publishing releases inaugural shortlist that takes in everything from the history of debt to the demonisation of the working classesThe UK's first book award celebrating radical, leftwing writing has been launched, with a tweet-by-tweet... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Latitude 2012 lineup: Elbow, Paul Weller and Bon Iver to headline

Other performers at Suffolk festival include Bat for Lashes, classical pianist Lang Lang, and professor Brian CoxElbow, Bon Iver and Paul Weller will top the bill at the 2012 Latitude festival. Southwold's Henham Park will host dozens of musicians, writers,... More...

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Thomas Byrne Edsall’s ‘Age of Austerity’ Interprets Politics

In his new book, the political journalist and columnist Thomas Byrne Edsall argues that fierce partisanship is here to stay in a battle over shrinking resources.... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

Olaf Olafsson, ‘Restoration’ Author and Time Warner Manager

Olaf Olafsson, the author of the recently released war novel “Restoration,” finds time to be a senior executive at Time Warner.... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 yearsRead one of the fairytales: The Turnip PrincessA whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

José Saramago novel finally published after 59 years

Late Nobel laureate submitted manuscript to Portuguese publisher in 1953, before he achieved international acclaimIt has taken almost 60 years, but a novel that the late Nobel laureate José Saramago submitted to a publisher in 1953 has finally been released.... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

Hacking book - what happened at Wapping and what is to be done?

There are going to be many books about the News of the World phone hacking scandal. I'm particularly looking forward to two currently being written by Nick Davies and Tom Watson MP.But I want to extol the virtues of a... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

E-Books on Tablets Fight Digital Distractions

With diversions like e-mail, Twitter, YouTube and games a few taps away, the book-reading experience on a tablet is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity.... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

James Trager Dies at 86; Author of ‘The People’s Chronology’

Mr. Trager, an advertising writer turned chronologist, could not tell readers exactly when the world was created, but he certainly detailed how history unraveled.... More...

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters,’ Edited by Michael Hofmann

“Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters” fills in some of the blanks in the troubled and abbreviated life of this prominent 20th-century German-language writer.... More...

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Sunday, 4 March, 2012

‘John Carter,’ Based on ‘Princess of Mars’

“John Carter,” based on a novel, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Princess of Mars,” comes to life on Friday.... More...

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Sunday, 4 March, 2012

Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, a latter-day Noah is looking the other way. Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit, hopes to collect one copy of every book.... More...

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Sunday, 4 March, 2012

Swedish bestseller has the last laugh

Jonas Jonasson's novel about a centenarian who runs away from an old people's home was rejected by major publishersA small British publisher has acquired the UK rights to a Swedish novel that has become a European publishing phenomenon in the... More...

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

Sunday, 4 March, 2012

Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby says beautiful game has lost its way

As the 20th anniversary of the publication of Fever Pitch nears, Nick Hornby worries that the cost of supporting top clubs has turned the game from a passion into a theatre-style 'treat'It was the book that changed the way many... More...

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

Sunday, 4 March, 2012

Off The Shelf: ‘King Larry,’ the Bizarre Road of a Billionaire - Review

A new book describes Larry Hillblom — the “H” in DHL — as having had a penchant for real estate, legal fights and teenage girls.... More...

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Saturday, 3 March, 2012

Op-Ed Contributor: The Poverty of an Idea

“The Other America” had a simple thesis: poverty was both more extensive and more tenacious than an affluent America had assumed.... More...

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Saturday, 3 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Young Man and the Sea

Amber Dermont discusses her debut novel, "The Starboard Sea," on this week's Book Review podcast.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: The Age of Oral Histories

Craig Taylor's "Londoners" is the latest in a recent flood of oral histories.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Four at Four

"Fantastic Four: Season One" lands at No. 4 on this week's graphic books hardcover best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Slate to Begin a Monthly Review of Books

The Web magazine will publish an expanded look at books on the first Saturday of each month, as stand-alone book review sections in newspapers have dwindled.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

After reinventing one pop-Gothic standby — the vampire — the novelist Anne Rice has moved on to the werewolf with “The Wolf Gift,” which is No. 5 on the hardcover fiction list.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Three Hitchens Books to Be Revived

Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Books, will release three titles that had gone out of print by the prolific author Christopher Hitchens, who died in December.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Gender bias in books journalism remains acute, research shows

Study by Vida shows great majority of quality-press reviews are still by and about male writersIt was the year when VS Naipaul infamously declared no woman writer to be his equal, so perhaps it's not surprising that new research shows... More...

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

Friday, 2 March, 2012

Thomas Mallon Reimagines Watergate

Thomas Mallon’s novel reimagines the decline of the Nixon administration.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Geoff Dyer’s ‘Zona’ Examines the Film ‘Stalker’

Geoff Dyer examines “Stalker,” Andrei Tarkovsky’s Soviet-era cinematic masterpiece.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Francis Spufford’s Genre-Bending ‘Red Plenty’

Francis Spufford’s genre-bending look at Soviet Russia’s planned economy is part old-style Russian fairy tale and part deeply researched history.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Essay: For Biographers, Leaving Subjects Behind Is Hard

When the end comes, how does a biographer feel? Exhausted? Relieved? Euphoric? Or wistful, sad, bereaved?... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Natalie Dykstra’s Biography of Clover Adams

Henry Adams’s autobiography did not mention his wife, Clover; here she takes center stage.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

‘Ghosts of Empire,’ by Kwasi Kwarteng

An M.P. argues that British colonialists made poor choices that continue to reverberate.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

‘An Ermine in Czernopol,’ by Gregor von Rezzori

Gregor von Rezzori’s hero clings to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

‘The Mercury Fountain,’ by Eliza Factor

Eliza Factor’s novel concerns a flawed utopian community dependent on a ferociously toxic substance.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

The Rise of Multigenerational and One-Person Households

Two books explore how multigenerational and one-person households are on the rise.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

‘The Fox Effect,’ by David Brock and His Colleagues

David Brock and his associates take on Fox News.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

‘The Fear Index,’ Robert Harris’s Thriller

A computer program that tracks human emotions proves less than stable in Robert Harris’s thriller.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Up Front

Eleanor Henderson on falling in love with a narrator.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: 'Photographic Autobiography' of Rolling Stones Will Mark Band's 50th Anniversary

"The Rolling Stones at Fifty" will include photos that have not been seen before and new text from the band.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Regional English, Tweet by Tweet

Twitter may be a rich source of information about regional language differences, a graduate student argues in a research paper.... More...

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Friday, 2 March, 2012

China stops Tibetan blogger receiving Prince Claus award

Poet Tsering Woeser says she is under house arrest in Beijing after police tell her not to attend ceremony at Dutch embassyA leading Tibetan writer has said she remains under house arrest in Beijing after police prevented her from attending... More...

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

Friday, 2 March, 2012

Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in the Making of Psycho

Johansson to star opposite Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of PsychoScarlett Johansson will step into the shower to play Janet Leigh in a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Psycho. Based on the 1990... More...

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

Friday, 2 March, 2012

Archie gay marriage comic sells out in face of boycott call

Conservative lobby One Million Moms' campaign for Toys R Us to withdraw wedding issue from sale falls flatDespite attempts by a conservative American mothers' group to have it pulled from sale, the new Archie comic, which features a gay marriage,... More...

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

Friday, 2 March, 2012

Books of The Times: Tupelo Hassman’s Debut Novel, ‘Girlchild’

Tupelo Hassman’s debut novel tells the story of Rory Dawn Hendrix, a girl growing up in a horrific trailer park outside Reno, Nev.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

‘The Starboard Sea,’ Amber Dermont’s Debut Novel

In Amber Dermont’s debut novel, a talented young sailor at a New England boarding school tries to cope with the death of a friend.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

Wimpy Kid beats Harry Potter in children's vote for book of the decade

Jeff Kinney's unlikely hero saw off the boy wizard in Blue Peter's poll of 15,000 young readersHarry Potter, with his wand, spells and broomstick, would undoubtedly beat Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley if the pair were ever to face off, but... More...

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

Thursday, 1 March, 2012

‘Londoners,’ an Oral History by Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor embarked on a five-year mission to define London through the voices of its residents.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

ArtsBeat: Live Performance Will Be Bigger Part of PEN World Voices Festival

The annual PEN World Voices literary festival, to be held this year from April 30 through May 6, will include Herta Muller, Martin Amis, Ludmila Ulitskaya, festival chairman Salman Rushdie and a contingent from the Middle East, as well as... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

T Magazine: Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Richard Ford, Dennis Cooper, Peter Carey: Freshly Pressed

Distinguished men of letters in the standout shirts of the season.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

Sam Raimi to bring The Day of the Triffids to the big screen

Evil Dead creator will produce film version of John Wyndham's post-apocalyptic tale of angry plantsSam Raimi is set to water and tend a big-screen version of The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham's post-apocalyptic tale about mankind's struggle against large,... More...

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

Thursday, 1 March, 2012

Poet laureate composes Olympics 2012 tribute

Carol Ann Duffy's 'Eton Manor', a tribute to the sports club redeveloped for this autumn's event, will be a permanent exhibitCarol Ann Duffy's poem for London 2012, tracing the 100-year history of the venue chosen for the Paralympics, has been... More...

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

Thursday, 1 March, 2012

William Gay, Novelist Rooted in Tennessee, Dies at 70

Mr. Gay was a self-taught novelist from rural Tennessee who emerged from obscurity in his late 50s with critically praised books in the Southern Gothic style.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

Jan Berenstain Dies at 88; Created Berenstain Bears

Ms. Berenstain and her husband wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books, which taught children simple lessons about kindness, tidiness and some of life’s challenges.... More...

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Thursday, 1 March, 2012

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