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Issue 50 / December 2012

April 2012

Academia Becomes Occupied With Occupy Movement

While academics across the country have embraced the Occupy movement as participants, a smaller number are working to turn the sprawling movement into publishable data.... More...

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Monday, 30 April, 2012

Books of The Times: Christopher Buckley’s Satire ‘They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?’

Christopher Buckley’s latest novel satirizes Sino-American relations.... More...

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Monday, 30 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Ten-Volume Look at Jewish Culture

Yale University Press and the Posen Foundation are teaming to produce the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.... More...

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Monday, 30 April, 2012

North of the Border, It’s Everyone’s Mexican Food

Gustavo Arellano, a journalist and Orange County native, is perhaps the greatest (and only) living scholar of Mexican-American fast food.... More...

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Monday, 30 April, 2012

Microsoft invests $300m in Barnes & Noble's Nook ebook business

Barnes & Noble shares soar as deal with software giant eases fears that bookseller lacks capital to compete with AmazonMicrosoft is challenging Amazon's dominance of the ebook industry with a $300m (£185m) investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook reader and... More...

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

Monday, 30 April, 2012

Women's Library campaign boosted by celebrity support

Sandi Toksvig and Shirley Conran back renowned collection threatened with drastic cuts, and signatures mount on e-petition to Michael GoveAmong the mass of books, magazines, pamphlets, posters and exquisitely stitched banners that pull together the threads of the rich narrative... More...

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

Monday, 30 April, 2012

Toni Morrison to receive presidential medal of freedom

The Nobel prize-winning author of Beloved will be given the highest civilian honour in the USNovelist Toni Morrison is to be given the highest civilian honour in the US, the presidential medal of freedom, Barack Obama has announced.... More...

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

Monday, 30 April, 2012

Orhan Pamuk Opens Museum Based on His Novel in Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006, opened his “Museum of Innocence” in Istanbul on Saturday.... More...

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Sunday, 29 April, 2012

Faramerz Dabhoiwala, of ‘Origins of Sex,’ at Museum of Sex

A stroll through the Museum of Sex in New York with Faramerz Dabhoiwala, author of “The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution.”... More...

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Sunday, 29 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Passage of Power,’ 4th Book of Caro’s Johnson Portrait

“The Passage of Power,” the fourth installment in Robert A. Caro’s monumental biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, addresses Johnson’s assumption of the Oval Office following John F. Kennedy’s assassination.... More...

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Sunday, 29 April, 2012

Joe Paterno, His Biographer, and the Last Chapter

A biography of Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach whose winning career abruptly ended in the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky, must account for his actions. But how?... More...

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Sunday, 29 April, 2012

Arts | Long Island: A Preview of ‘Long Island Noir,’ Edited by Kaylie Jones

A new anthology of 17 stories, the latest in a series, makes Long Island the setting for some disturbing action.... More...

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Sunday, 29 April, 2012

‘The Newlyweds,’ by Nell Freudenberger

In Nell Freudenberger’s second novel, a Bangladeshi woman and American man meet online and, though they barely know each other, agree to marry.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A New Volume of 'Batman: No Man's Land'

Batman and his various allies and enemies stay behind when Gotham is evacuated in this story.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘Bad Religion,’ by Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat laments America’s departure from its “Christian center.”... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Simon Hoggart's week: Jeremy Hunt and the art of self-deception

Bizarre yarn with the ring of truth, paying tribute to the A303 and James Bond's switch from dry martinis to Heineken✒The story told by Jeremy Hunt – that his special adviser was leaking information to the Murdochs, giving them every... More...

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

Friday, 27 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Nell Freudenberger's New Novel

In "The Newlyweds," a Bangladeshi woman and American man decide to marry after meeting online.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘When God Talks Back,’ by T.M. Luhrmann

Evangelicals draw on the insights of modern psychotherapy and ancient traditions of spiritual formation to learn to pray.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison will be among the 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States, alongside other notables as Madeleine Albright, John Glenn and John Paul Stevens.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Inside the List

You have to look closely for the dark edges in the songwriter Carole King’s humble, earnest memoir, which is at No. 11 in its second week on the list.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘HHhH,’ a Novel by Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet’s novel goes inside the assassination of the SS general Reinhard Heydrich.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘Are You My Mother?’ by Alison Bechdel

In a new graphic memoir, a sequel to “Fun Home,” Alison Bechdel turns her gaze on her distant and complicated mother.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘The Right-Hand Shore,’ by Christopher Tilghman

Christopher Tilghman’s latest novel delves further into the history of a Chesapeake Bay estate.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘The Bully Society,’ by Jessie Klein

What drives one teenager to torture another?... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘Tinderbox,’ by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin offer warnings on how to fight the spread of AIDS in Africa.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘The Song of Achilles,’ by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller retells the “Iliad” from the point of view of Achilles’ inseparable companion, Patroclus.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

‘Absolution,’ a Novel by Patrick Flanery

In this first novel, an aging author and her biographer revisit old grievances in post-apartheid South Africa.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Essay: How the Author of ‘Quiet’ Delivered a Rousing Speech

How the author of “Quiet” overcame her retiring personality to deliver a rousing speech at the TED conference.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Riff: My Son Went to Heaven, and All I Got Was a No. 1 Best Seller

“Heaven Is for Real” is a toddler’s account of dying (almost) and meeting Jesus (and a rainbow-colored horse). It’s also a runaway hit. Believe it or not.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Week After Pulitzer Controversy, Writers Get New Award From City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will announce a new set of writing honors, to be given to living writers whose work and lives have been enriched by New York City.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

James Dawson shortlisted for Queen of Teen crown

Hollow Pike author is first man shortlisted for a prize which celebrates the 'feistiest, frothiest and most fantastic' writers in teen fictionRead James Dawson's top 10 books to get you through high schoolBook prizes are the dream of all authors... More...

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

Friday, 27 April, 2012

Ernest Callenbach, Author of ‘Ecotopia,’ Dies at 83

Mr. Callenbach’s tale of an awakening paradise in the Pacific Northwest developed a devoted cult following as a harbinger of the environmental movement.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Opinionator: The Reading Renaissance

E-books aren’t killing reading — quite the contrary.... More...

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Paper Gallery: Art Books: Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama and More

Art books that focus on otherworldly scenes, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to outer space.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Up Front

Mohsin Hamid on the different ways of lying in fiction and nonfiction.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Private Empire,’ Steve Coll’s Book on Exxon Mobil

Steve Coll’s book details Exxon Mobil’s harassment of scientists, its entanglements in wars, its withholding of information from Congress, its arrogant culture — and yet it is surprisingly impartial.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Walden Woods video game will recreate the world of Thoreau

Author's response to Massachusetts landscape immortalised in his writings will underpin development of grant-funded gameIts lack of thrills, spills and multiple deaths means it is unlikely to appeal to fans of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, but a... More...

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

Thursday, 26 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Ross Douthat Talks About the State of American Christianity

In "Bad Religion," Ross Douthat argues that a return to a mainstream, more united Protestant faith would benefit America's soul and its politics.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Tor rips up the rulebook on digital rights management

Authors, agents and retailers welcome science fiction publisher's announcement that its entire ebook list is to become DRM-freeTor, the world's biggest science fiction publisher and home to authors including Orson Scott Card, China Miéville and Cory Doctorow, has shaken publishing... More...

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

Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Virginia Spencer Carr, Literary Biographer, Dies at 82

Ms. Carr, a literary scholar whose book “The Lonely Hunter” remains the standard biography of Carson McCullers, also wrote about John Dos Passos and Paul Bowles.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

State of the Art: Barnes & Noble’s E-Book Reader Glows in the Dark - State of the Art

Ever get frustrated trying to read an e-book in a darkened room? Behold, the self-illuminating Glow Light Nook from Barnes & Noble.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Currents | Books: Bouroullec Brothers Publish Their Second Design Monograph

A new book from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Paris-based industrial designers, will be published by Phaidon next month.... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Madeleine Albright Shares Her Reading Habits

The former secretary of state and author of a new memoir about her childhood, “Prague Winter,” once wore a mustache in a high school production of “Pride and Prejudice.”... More...

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Thursday, 26 April, 2012

New Books by Brian McGreevy, Regina O’Melveny and More

New books from Brian McGreevy, Regina O’Melveny, Devan Sipher, Jon McGregor, Wenguang Huang and Meredith Goldstein.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Books of The Times: Mark Kurlansky’s ‘Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man’

Mark Kurlansky’s new book tells a story of American ingenuity that might make locavores wince.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?’ and ‘Just Ducks’

Two new picture books star our quacking, feathered friends.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Mein Kampf to be re-released with notes countering Hitler's arguments

German officials hope distributing banned book will demystify views held by NazisMein Kampf, one of the most notorious polemics of all time, will enjoy mass distribution in Germany for the first time since the second world war following a decision... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: New Yorker Word Nerds Drop 'Slacks' in Online Contest

The word purge, the first installment of a weekly Twitter-based contest called "Questioningly," prompted thousands of responses.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Christopher Hitchens misses out on Orwell prize shortlist

Shortlist for £3,000 prize focuses on books with 'a dark content', from Misha Glenny's Dark Market to Richard Lloyd Parry's People Who Eat DarknessThe late Christopher Hitchens has missed out on a place on the Orwell prize shortlist for his... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

On her majesty's silver service: expats dust off tuxedos for BritWeek in LA

Britons famous, once famous and perhaps to be famous again are beating the drum for the UK in Hollywood this weekFor once, there was no shame in being on the B-list: they came from all corners of Hollywood – peaks... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Doris Betts, Novelist in Southern Tradition, Dies at 79

The characters in Mrs. Betts’s novels and short stories grappled with religious faith, freedom, captivity and original sin.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Badgers' fate influenced by books, research discovers

Portrayals of badgers in literature from The Wind in the Willows to Beatrix Potter linked to UK's conflicted attitude to cullingFrom the kindly old Badger of The Wind in the Willows to the murderous Tommy Brock from Beatrix Potter, the... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

Credible science fiction needs arts and sciences collaboration, say authors

A group of SF writers are calling for a body that will match scientists with creative projects needing adviceA group of six major British science fiction authors including Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod and Geoff Ryman are calling urgently for closer... More...

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Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Newlyweds,’ a Novel by Nell Freudenberger

“The Newlyweds,” Nell Freudenberger’s novel, is about a woman from Bangladesh who travels to Rochester to marry a man she met on an online dating site.... More...

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Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Shakespeare and the City

Michael Cooper, who covers cities and urban affairs for the national desk of The New York Times, spent part of Monday, Shakespeare's birthday, highlighting the playwright's best lines about cities. Here is a Storify collection.... More...

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Monday, 23 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Oblivion,’ Héctor Abad’s Memoir, Translated From the Spanish

Héctor Abad Gómez was a father who nourished with love and educated with happiness, his son writes in “Oblivion.”... More...

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Monday, 23 April, 2012

'Coarse language' and violence top list of UK parents' complaints about books

Children's books from Roald Dahl to the Horrible Histories series spark complaints to UK library authoritiesWhile Americans are busy protesting about the violence and offensive language present in dystopian smash hit The Hunger Games, parents in the UK are focusing... More...

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

Monday, 23 April, 2012

World Book Night: Stephen Fry joins million giveaway

Writer among 20,000 volunteers handing out a million free copies of chosen books as part of annual reading eventFear not, if approached by a fervent-eyed reader brandishing a bundle of books in your general direction. It's World Book Night, and... More...

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

Monday, 23 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Angry Buddhist’ by Seth Greenland

In Seth Greenland’s comic novel “The Angry Buddhist” a parade of colorful characters surrounds a congressional election in the California desert.... More...

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Sunday, 22 April, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on Gotham Security, a Journalist and Central Park

Books on the historical risk of conflicts in New York City, an ambitious journalist from the Bronx and a literary tribute to Central Park.... More...

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Saturday, 21 April, 2012

Christopher Hitchens' wit and warmth remembered as New York pays tribute

Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis among those at Cooper Union to celebrate life and work of 'pioneer at the frontier'"Little Keith" called him a suffering auto-contrarian and likened him to Houdini; Graydon Carter said he was a "bit of a... More...

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

Friday, 20 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Hero on the Beach

"Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery" is No. 1 on the hardcover list this week.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Essay: Celebrating 60 Years of ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Celebrating 60 Years of “Charlotte’s Web.”... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Philip Larkin’s ‘Complete Poems’

This sprawling collection of Philip Larkin’s work is accompanied by extensive commentary.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Eisenhower in War and Peace,’ by Jean Edward Smith

Eisenhower knew how to lead without appearing to.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Wish You Were Here,’ by Graham Swift

A British soldier’s death in Iraq spurs his stolid brother on a journey of discovery in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Amsterdam Stories,’ by Nescio

A collection of stories that aim to capture ecstatic adolescence.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

New Books by Jon McGregor and Others

New books by Jon McGregor, Catherine Chung, Joseph M. Schuster, Riikka Pulkkinen and Caroline Brothers.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Marilynne Robinson’s ‘When I Was a Child I Read Books’

Marilynne Robinson’s personal and critical essays shed light on her novels.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay,’ by Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey looks for patterns in the wanderings of his far-flung family.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Crime: ‘The Inquisitor,’ by Mark Allen Smith, and More

In Mark Allen Smith’s novel “The Inquisitor,” a practitioner of psychological torture tries to protect a defenseless boy against some extremely nasty foes.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘The Grey Album,’ by Kevin Young

The trickster, Kevin Young says, is central to black culture.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘What to Look For in Winter,’ by Candia McWilliam

Candia McWilliam describes how a rare disorder led her to “functional blindness.”... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Almost Never,’ a Novel by Daniel Sada

This novel of lust and longing depicts a postwar Mexico in flux.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

‘Dropped Names,’ Frank Langella’s Memoir

The actor Frank Langella went everywhere, met everyone and fell into bed with almost everybody.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Anthony Marx, New York Public Libary President, Answers Reader Questions

The general public has its own questions about the plan to renovate the Fifth Avenue main building. Anthony Marx, the library's president, agreed to answer a few of them, selected by The New York Times.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Frank Langella on the Famous People He Has Known

In his new memoir, "Dropped Names," the actor Frank Langella dishes about the bold-face names he has known.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Edmund de Waal turns Amber Eyes towards Waddesdon

The ceramic artist and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes has been tasked with embellishing one of England's grandest housesThey came from a studio in a less than glamorous part of south London between a Betfred, a takeaway and... More...

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

Friday, 20 April, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Anne Tyler, whose new novel is on the list at No. 11, was the counterintuitive choice to review Don DeLillo’s “Libra” in the Book Review in 1988.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Up Front

Paul Muldoon on when he first discovered the work of Philip Larkin.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: John D'Agata and Jim Fingal Address the Facts

The authors of "The Lifespan of a Fact" discussed the controversial book at McNally Jackson Books on Wednesday night.... More...

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Friday, 20 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Mr. Broadway,’ a Memoir by Gerald Schoenfeld

“Mr. Broadway” is a posthumously published memoir by Gerald Schoenfeld, one of the engines of the Shubert Organization for decades.... More...

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Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Motherlode Blog: Anne Lamott Answers Your Questions

Anne Lamott tells readers what she thinks success means, what she'd do differently and what it's like to write a book with your (procrastinating, uncontrollable) son.... More...

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Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Dial M for Murdoch sets scene for media mogul's Leveson appearance

Analysis: Pacy account of the phone hacking scandal that has revived Labour MP Tom Watson's political careerTom Watson is the man who likened James Murdoch to a mafia boss last year, so when the Labour MP's book about the phone... More...

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

Thursday, 19 April, 2012

By the Book: The Creator of HBO’s ‘Girls’ Shares Her Reading Habits

The writer, director and star of the HBO series “Girls” likes to read spiritually leaning self-help, and confessional books by women.... More...

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Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Ma Jian protest paints the London Book Fair red

Beijing Coma author daubs paint over himself before branding Chinese publishers 'mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party'In a dramatic act of protest at this week's London Book Fair, Chinese author Ma Jian smeared red paint across his face to demonstrate... More...

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

Thursday, 19 April, 2012

How a book about fish nearly sank Isaac Newton's Principia

Poor sales of lavishly illustrated book forced Royal Society to go back on promise to finance publication of Newton's PrincipiaIt was a salutary lesson for the Royal Society and made clear that the formidable intelligence of its scientific membership was... More...

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

Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Books of The Times: In ‘Bad Religion,’ Ross Douthat Criticizes U.S. Christianity

In his new book, Ross Douthat links the decline of mainstream faiths in postwar America to a decline in traditional American values.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Motherlode Blog: Motherlode Book Club: Ask Anne Lamott, Author of "Some Assembly Required"

Anne Lamott, author of “Operating Instructions” and the new sequel, “Some Assembly Required: A Journey of My Son’s First Son,” is answering reader questions.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

London Book Fair: publishing world struggles to adapt to new lines

The partying goes on at Earl's Court, but new formats and self-publishing are changing the industryThe trays of free wine and boastful talk of six-figure deals struck at dinner parties might seem to some like the last days of decadence... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Miniature fairytale for royal dolls' house to be published full size

An illustrated fairy story by Fougasse, printed on tiny pages for Queen Mary's dolls' house, is to be reproduced for human handsA tiny, doll-sized fairytale created and written for Queen Mary in 1922 is to be published at full size... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Giants Beware!’ by Jorge Aguirre

A young heroine and her two sidekicks set off on adventure in “Giants Beware!”... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Match Made in Literary Heaven: Descendants of Dickens and Tolkien to Collaborate

A London imprint said it would publish two fantasy novels by Michael Tolkien, a grandson of the "Lord of the Rings" author J. R. R. Tolkien, with audiobooks to be narrated by Gerald Dickens, a great-great grandson of Charles Dickens.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Ted Hughes's brother to publish memoir

The poet's older brother Gerald is writing recollection of the boys' childhood in YorkshireTed Hughes's 92-year-old brother, Gerald, is writing a memoir about the two boys' country upbringing, which will show how the poet's well-known love of nature developed in... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Henwood and Rutherford join PPC board

Executives behind 4oD, Pottermore and Unilever join board of Picture Production CompanyRod Henwood, the man behind Channel 4's 4oD TV service and the launch of JK Rowling's Pottermore digital project, and Unilever's former global media strategist, Alan Rutherford, have joined... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Op-Ed Contributor: And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t

The Pulitzer board couldn’t decide on a fiction winner, so readers, writers and booksellers are losers.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Memorial, Ribald and Reverent, for Christopher Hitchens

Friends, including Stephen Fry, Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, will gather on Friday to pay tribute to Christopher Hitchens, the author and columnist who died in December.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

Publishing Industry Is Angry That Pulitzers Snubbed Fiction

The Pulitzer board’s decision not to award a prize for fiction caused hand-wringing in a besieged industry.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Books Of the Times: ‘The Presidents Club,’ by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

In their new book, Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy trace the relationships among former presidents across the last six decades.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rediscovering Pulitzer Winners After a Blank Year

After the news that a Pulitzer Prize would not be awarded for fiction this year, readers might take a moment to search out a neglected winner from the past.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Americans Fill Orange Prize Shortlist

Ann Patchett, Cynthia Ozick and Madeline Miller are three of the six finalists for the prize, which is awarded to an English-language novel written by a woman.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Orange prize 2012: Cynthia Ozick installed as favourite to win

Author celebrating her 84th birthday joins previous winner Ann Patchett and Booker winner Anne Enright on six-strong shortlistCynthia Ozick celebrated her 84th birthday on Tuesday and news that her seventh novel, Foreign Bodies, has been shortlisted for the 17th Orange... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Special Treatment for Murakami Paperback

The book will be published as a three-volume set next month, with the paperbacks to be visible through a clear plastic box, fitting together to create one image.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Poetry Parnassus to gather poets from every Olympic nation

Organisers of the Cultural Olympiad event are still looking for artists from 23 countries, and need the public to help them• See the full list of poets hereFrom Ireland's Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney to Kim Jong-il's exiled former court poet... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Pulitzers 2012: prize for fiction withheld for first time in 35 years

None of the entries for the best American novel of the last year could command a majorityThe best American novel of the last year? There wasn't one, according to the judges of this year's Pulitzer prize for fiction, who announced... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

British Library buys St Cuthbert Gospel for £9m

Seventh-century manuscript discovered in a saint's coffin 900 years ago to be exhibited in London and the north-eastA seventh-century gospel discovered in a saint's coffin more than 900 years ago, and the oldest European book to survive fully intact, has... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Orange prize 2012 shortlist puts Ann Patchett in running for second victory

State of Wonder features on list of six contenders for women's fiction prize, with 84-year-old and Booker winner among rivalsGallery: Discover the shortlist in picturesFormer Orange prize winner Ann Patchett is in the running for the award once more. She... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

The Guardian and Hot Key Books launch new children's fiction prize

To mark the first anniversary of the Guardian's children's books website, we are on the hunt for the next generation of children's writers – offering two young writers a chance to be published by Hot Key BooksThe quest is on... More...

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

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Lewis Nordan, Writer Who Spun Lyrical Tales, Dies at 72

Mr. Nordan’s best-known novel, “Wolf Whistle,” was based on the murder of Emmett Till in 1955.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Mark Rylance Play, Written With a Favorite Poet, Is Coming to Minneapolis Theater

“Nice Fish,” written by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins, will make its debut at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis next year.... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Heaven on Earth,’ by Sadakat Kadri

Sadakat Kadri’s history of Islamic law tries to dispel the myths surrounding Shariah and discusses how fundamentalists appropriate it for their own purposes.... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: J.K. Rowling Starts Her Potter Encyclopedia

The new work will be "an encyclopaedia of Harry's world,'' said the author, who added that she would donate any royalties from the book to charity.... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: J.K. Rowling Starts Her Potter Encyclopedia

The new work will be "an encyclopaedia of Harry's world,'' said the author, who added that she would donate any royalties from the book to charity.... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: New York Public Library President Is Taking Reader Questions

The library's president, Anthony W. Marx, says the plan is aimed at helping the library better serve the public.... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

Dave Eggers shuns Günter Grass Foundation prize ceremony

Dave Eggers accepts award but refuses to attend ceremony to collect literary prize in protest over Günter Grass's controversial poem about IsraelAmerican author Dave Eggers did not travel to Bremen to accept a literary award from the Günter Grass Foundation... More...

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

Monday, 16 April, 2012

Harry Potter encyclopedia in progress, says JK Rowling

Flummoxed by flobberworms? Fear not, the author has started work on the long-promised encyclopedia of Harry's world, with royalties to be donated to charityHer first novel for adults is due in September, but JK Rowling isn't ready to leave behind... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

Publishers go on spending spree ahead of London Book Fair

The London Book Fair kicks off today with six-figure sums having already been spent on books ranging from the new Ian McEwan to a stunning debut from Iranian author Sahar DelijaniAfter a vigorous debate last week over the London Book... More...

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Monday, 16 April, 2012

Amazon’s E-Book Pricing a Constant Thorn for Publishers

In February, the Educational Development Corporation said it would remove its titles from Amazon, more evidence of the tumult over who gets to decide how much a book costs.... More...

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Sunday, 15 April, 2012

The Media Equation: Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost

An antitrust suit may provide short-term price reductions on e-books, but once the competition is flattened, Amazon is likely to resume its monopolistic ways.... More...

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Sunday, 15 April, 2012

Books of The Times : In ‘Drop Dead Healthy,’ A. J. Jacobs Gets Relentlessly Fit

In the third book in his trilogy devoted to self-improvement, A. J. Jacobs aims to get physically fit.... More...

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Sunday, 15 April, 2012

The Battle for a Comic Empire That Archie Built

What was long a beloved company run amiably by two families has become the stage for a bitter legal war.... More...

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Sunday, 15 April, 2012

Penguin, Macmillan and Nosy Crow talk digital books for children

How publishers can make reading experiences that parents feel 'more positive about than Angry Birds'For much of the book publishing world, the move to digital is all about e-books. That brings big challenges (and regulatory scrutiny) around distribution deals and... More...

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

Sunday, 15 April, 2012

Dr Jekyll and a not so wicked Mr Hyde: how a portrait of evil was toned down

Robert Louis Stevenson deleted "certain appetites" to make his creation Mr Hyde less sinister, an edited draft of his novella to be displayed at the British Library revealsRobert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is... More...

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Sunday, 15 April, 2012

Dorset Police Solve Mystery of Invisible Manuscript

Forensic experts, analyzing indentations in the paper, helped recover the work of a blind British woman who did not know she had begun writing a novel with a pen that had run dry.... More...

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Saturday, 14 April, 2012

Beliefs: Gary Lachman, From Blondie to Swedenborg - Beliefs

Gary Lachman, a lapsed Catholic turned New Wave rocker, is a popular religion writer.... More...

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Saturday, 14 April, 2012

Dora Saint Dies at 98; Wrote of English Village Life

Mrs. Saint’s gentle books, about the quaint and quirky English villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green, were a balm to postwar readers.... More...

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Saturday, 14 April, 2012

After Harvard, Dispatches of Adulthood

When Harvard alums talk about the Red Book, they’re not talking about Mao Zedong’s pamphlet of axioms, but a compilation of dispatches from graduates sharing accounts of their lives since finishing college.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

The Ethicist: To Mooch or Not to Mooch?

Comped room; copped books.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Erik Larson to Write Book on Sinking of the Lusitania

Erik Larson's next book, scheduled for publication in 2015, is tentatively titled "Sea of Secrets."... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

New Books by Lysley Tenorio, Dan Vyleta and More

New books by Gwenaëlle Aubry, Lysley Tenorio, Esi Edugyan and Dan Vyleta.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Reagan and Thatcher,’ by Richard Aldous

A look at the relationship between the prime minister and the president.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Unspoiled Sounds of Nature

Bernie Krause's "The Great Animal Orchestra" catalogs and celebrates the sounds of the world's truly wild places.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: The Latest 'Drops of God'

Seven new titles enter the manga best-seller list this week.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Introducing 'By the Book'

David Sedaris is the first subject of a new feature asking prominent people about their reading habits and recommendations.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Trayvon Martin death raises issue of racism in America, says Toni Morrison

Nobel prize-winning novelist says Republican presidential hopefuls used hateful language against Barack ObamaThe US novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison says the death of Trayvon Martin in February and the way in which law enforcement agencies reacted raises the question... More...

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

Friday, 13 April, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Adriana Trigiani’s 12th novel, “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” based on the lives of her immigrant grandparents, enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 5.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Essay: Keeping Track of Reading Habits With a ‘Book of Books’

A regular diary is fine, but keeping track of reading with a “Book of Books” may reveal even more.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘The Real Romney,’ by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

Two Boston Globe journalists, probing Mitt Romney’s life, emphasize his relationship with the father he adored.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Comics: Lynda Barry’s ‘Blabber Blabber Blabber’ and More

New books by Lynda Barry, Sean Phillips, Joost Swarte, Mark Long and Michael Zulli.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

New Books About the Titanic and Its Passengers

Two books explore the doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘The Richer Sex,’ by Liza Mundy

A journalist argues that the increasing number of female breadwinners will change American culture.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘The Crisis of Zionism,’ by Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart aims to save Israel from itself, and the United States from the Israel lobby.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,’ by Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret’s stories highlight humor, bizarre twists and characters in the midst of psychic upheaval.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Children in Reindeer Woods,’ by Kristin Omarsdottir

An 11-year-old girl becomes the ward of a soldier in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Dust to Dust,’ by Benjamin Busch

War intensifies the ruin this memoirist senses around him.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Drift,’ by Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow argues that the decision to take America to war has become too easy.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Schmidt Steps Back,’ by Louis Begley

Louis Begley’s hero emerges, in his 70s, for a third novel.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

‘Home Burial,’ Poems by Michael McGriff

Michael McGriff’s poems look at people struggling with loss.... More...

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 13 April, 2012

Social media self-promotion scheme draws authors including Margaret Atwood

Audible opens $20m fund that will reward authors using social media to help salesAs bookshops teeter and publishers sway in the shifting landscape of the digital age, authors are being urged to go out and find their own readers by... More...

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

Friday, 13 April, 2012

Up Front

Introducing By the Book, a new feature about the reading habits of prominent figures.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

‘The Great Animal Orchestra,’ by Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause’s book guides us through nature’s sonic treasures and begs us to pay attention to their fate.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Theater Talkback: Frank Langella Telling Tales

In his terrific new memoir, Mr. Langella reflects on the "impermanence" of the actor's life.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms’ by Richard Fortey

For his book “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms,” the paleontologist Richard Fortey traveled the world to look at what Darwin called “living fossils.”... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Digested read: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling | John Crace

Published in September by Little, BrownGarry Patter rubbed concealer on to his forehead scar and put in his contact lenses. This had been his morning ritual ever since he'd changed his name and moved to Pagford 15 years previously to... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Dick Teresi Talks About the Line Between Life and Death

In "The Undead," Dick Teresi questions the diagnosis of brain death and its relationship to organ transplantation.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

By the Book: By the Book: David Sedaris, the Author of ‘Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,’ on His Reading Habits

The author of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” would like to go back in time and collect kindling for Flannery O’Connor.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Vatican and Bodleian libraries to offer rare collections online

Greek manuscripts and earliest surviving Hebrew codex among 1.5m pages to be digitised for both scholars and public to peruseSix centuries after it was founded by Pope Nicholas V for "the common convenience of the learned", the treasures of the... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Robert Caro’s Big Dig

He has spent 36 years and 3,388 pages telling the story of Lyndon Johnson. He is nowhere near done.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

JK Rowling: Growing detail of first adult novel emerges

The Casual Vacancy – whose title has been revealed for the first time – will be a black comedy about 'a town at war'Further details of JK Rowling's forthcoming first novel for adults have been revealed, with her publisher announcing... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Independent foreign fiction prize shortlist announced

Chinese novel about Aids scandal up against Umberto Eco for £10,000 prizeA novel that exposes the Aids blood-contamination scandal in China's Henan province has been shortlisted for the Independent foreign fiction prize alongside the latest title from acclaimed Italian author... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

JK Rowling announces The Casual Vacancy as title of first book for adults

JK Rowling's new book, to be published in September, will be a tale of an idyllic town torn apart by a parish council electionJK Rowling's first book for adults will be a "blackly comic" tale about an idyllic town ripped... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

William Boyd accepts James Bond mission

Writer of Any Human Heart plans a return to 'classic Bond' as he is entrusted with new 007 novelWilliam Boyd is to follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver by writing a James Bond novel, the Ian... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Impac literary prize shortlist revealed

Debut novels on the Vietnam war and intense family resentment are on the shortlist for €100,000 awardVietnam war veteran Karl Marlantes' first novel Matterhorn is competing with Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad to the €100,000... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Vatican and Bodleian Libraries to Digitize Ancient Texts

The project will make some 1.5 million digitized pages freely available online from the two institutions' collections of Greek manuscripts, 15th-century incunabula, Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books.... More...

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Salman Rushdie reveals details of fatwa memoir

Joseph Anton – the pseudonym adopted by the novelist while in hiding from death threats over The Satanic Verses – will be published in SeptemberSalman Rushdie is drawing the title of his new memoir from the alias he was forced... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Vatican and Oxford University share ancient texts online

Digitised collections of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books to be made available free onlineThe Oxford University and Vatican libraries are to jointly digitise 1.5m pages of ancient texts and make them available free online.... More...

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

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Escape From Camp 14,’ by Blaine Harden

Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, who fled a North Korean forced-labor camp but not before turning in his mother and brother for executions.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Wind mast to be build on moors that inspired Wuthering Heights

Campaigners fear move paves way for wind turbines that will deface landscape of historical and cultural significanceHad the Brontë sisters been alive today, campaigners claim they would have been horrified by the plans to build giant wind turbines on the... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rushdie's Memoir Title Pays Tribute to a Pair of Fellow Authors

"Joseph Anton: A Memoir," due out in September, borrows its name from the alias Salman Rushdie used when he was under death threat after the publication of "The Satanic Verses."... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Times Readers Recommend Their Favorite Baseball Books

A list of baseball books recommended by readers on Twitter.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Women's Library campaign gathers steam with 5,000-strong petition

London institution founded in 1926 faces a drastic reduction in its opening hours if it fails to find a new home, owner or sponsorSteam is building behind a campaign to save the Women's Library, a London institution founded in 1926... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Apple accused by US of colluding with publishers to fix price of ebooks

Lawsuit filed by US department of justice claims Apple ended price competition after seeing success of Amazon's $10 ebooksThe US government has accused Apple and five book publishers of colluding to fix the prices of ebooks.... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Boy and Bot’ and ‘Beep and Bah’

Robots share adventures with living things in two new picture books.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: 'Hunger Games' Director Won't Return for Sequel

Gary Ross, whose adaptation of "The Hunger Games" is the year's highest-grossing movie, said: "As a writer and a director, I simply don't have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make."... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Snoop Dogg on a roll with smokable book

Rapper has released a book of his song lyrics printed on rolling papers so it can be smoked once readWith an autobiography and a novel under his belt, rapper Snoop Dogg is taking the logical next step to literary stardom... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Wisden Almanack expresses fears for future of international cricket | Andy Wilson

• 'India, your sport needs you' says editor Lawrence Booth• Cook and Chapple among Five Cricketers of the YearInternational cricket "stands at a precipice", according to the 149th edition of Wisden, which is published on Thursday. And only India have... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Reed Whittemore, Former Poet Laureate, Dies at 92

Mr. Whittemore was also a biographer of poets, including William Carlos Williams.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Food Stuff: The Book ‘Take Away’ Documents Grub on the Go

“Take Away,” a book by Jean-François Mallet, is filled with riveting pictures of people in 25 countries dining, snacking and cooking.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Etgar Keret's Stories Read by a Chorus of Voices

Willem Dafoe is one of several actors and authors who appear on the audio version of Etgar Keret's new book.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

An Economist’s Theories Plot a Course for Good Food

Lunch with the economist Tyler Cowen, whose new book offers guidance on getting a good meal.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Chris Weitz to Write Young-Adult Novels

Chris Weitz plans a trilogy aimed at teenagers.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘An Economist Gets Lunch,’ by Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen skewers food-world pretensions, especially the slow-food, eat-local movements, while praising modern agribusiness.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

Christopher Priest's The Islanders wins BSFA award for best novel

Priest beats China Miéville's Embassytown to win the British Science Fiction Association's best novel prizeThe acclaimed science fiction writer Christopher Priest, who slated the books shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award last month, has won the British Science Fiction... More...

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

Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

Hunger Games novels third join most complained-about titles in US

Suzanne Collins's young adult trilogy near top of US list of 'frequently challenged' books in 2011Suzanne Collins has sold more than 23 million copies of her young adult trilogy The Hunger Games, while the film adaptation of her story of... More...

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

Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

A star is reborn as 96-year-old Herman Wouk sells new novel

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist's latest book, The Lawgiver, is hailed as work of 'great American storyteller'Ably proving that age is no boundary to literary success, the 96-year-old Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk has just sold his new novel to Simon &... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

Christine Brooke-Rose, Experimental Writer, Dies at 89

The author of more than a dozen novels, as well as short stories, essays and criticism, Ms. Brooke-Rose was one of relatively few Britons to maintain a long association with experimental fiction.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rushdie Among Those Who Respond to Israel's Ban of Günter Grass

Writers and political pundits have reacted to Israel's decision to bar Günter Grass from the country because of a recent poem.... More...

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Monday, 9 April, 2012

Books of The Times: Philip Larkin’s Complete Poems, Edited by Archie Burnett

The complete works of the dyspeptic British postwar poet Philip Larkin, edited by Archie Burnett.... More...

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Monday, 9 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: New Herman Wouk Novel, 'The Lawgiver,' Coming From Simon & Schuster

"The Lawgiver," a new novel by Herman Wouk, the 96-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Caine Mutiny," will tell the story of a group of people filming a movie in modern times about Moses.... More...

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Monday, 9 April, 2012

Israel Bars Günter Grass Over Poem

Israel’s interior minister said Sunday that Günter Grass, a well-known German author, was not welcome in the country because of his controversial poem about the region’s nuclear crisis.... More...

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Monday, 9 April, 2012

Kenneth Libo, Historian of Jewish Immigration, Dies at 74

Mr. Libo’s research added a level of emotional detail to “World of Our Fathers,” Irving Howe’s landmark 1976 history of the East European Jewish migration to America.... More...

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Monday, 9 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Truth Like the Sun,’ by Jim Lynch

“Truth Like the Sun,” by Jim Lynch, is divided between two characters, a 30-ish reporter and a much older bon vivant known as “Mr. Seattle,” and two time frames, 2001 and 1962 and the opening of the Seattle World’s Fair.... More...

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Sunday, 8 April, 2012

Edward O. Wilson’s New Book, ‘Social Conquest of Earth’

The biologist Edward O. Wilson has a new book, “The Social Conquest of Earth,” and it is already prompting sharp criticism from fellow scientists.... More...

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Sunday, 8 April, 2012

Günter Grass barred from Israel over poem

Nobel laureate, who says he had not meant to criticise Israel but Netanyahu government, declared persona non grataThe celebrated German author Günter Grass has been declared persona non grata in Israel following the publication of his poem warning that the... More...

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

Sunday, 8 April, 2012

Breslin, Chronicler of ’62 Mets, Recalls Their Appeal

“Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?” and nine other books by Jimmy Breslin have been released as e-books by Open Road Media in time for the Mets to celebrate their 50th anniversary.... More...

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Sunday, 8 April, 2012

Texas Monthly: Joe R. Lansdale is a Fresh Discovery, Decades in the Making

Joe R. Lansdale’s latest novel, “Edge of Dark Water,” was published in March. An increasing number of tastemakers are discovering his work.... More...

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Sunday, 8 April, 2012

Booker winner attacks bid to ban Israeli national theatre company from Globe

Stars of theatre and literature split over invitation to Israeli company to stage Merchant of Venice in LondonAuthor Howard Jacobson has weighed into a debate over whether Israel's national theatre company, Habima, should be banned from performing at the Globe... More...

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

Saturday, 7 April, 2012

Edmund Epstein Dies at 80; Gave ‘Lord of the Flies’ Wings

Mr. Epstein was a Joyce scholar for most of his life, but he touched more readers with his decision to reprint a British book called “Lord of the Flies” as a paperback in the United States.... More...

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Saturday, 7 April, 2012

Off The Shelf: In Investment Books, Two Very Different Paths - Review

New personal finance books, “Worth It ... Not Worth It?” and “Breakout Nations,” are geared to two different kinds of investors.... More...

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Saturday, 7 April, 2012

Katherine Russell Rich, Who Wrote of Cancer Fight, Dies at 56

Ms. Rich wrote a memoir about the daily trials encountered in a place she called Cancerland, and ended up living there far longer than the year or two she had expected.... More...

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Saturday, 7 April, 2012

Bookshelf: ‘Modern New York,’ ‘The Inquisitor’ and ‘Unterzakhn’

A look at the economic policies of five New York City mayors, a thriller about a torturer and a graphic novel about Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side.... More...

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Saturday, 7 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: 'Game of Thrones' and the Avengers

"Avengers: The Children's Crusade" has its debut at No. 10 on the hardcover graphic books best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: America and the Balance of Global Power

On this week's Book Review podcast, Zbigniew Brzezinski discusses America and the crisis of global power.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Language: The Cultural Tool,’ by Daniel L. Everett

Language isn’t innate, Daniel L. Everett argues. It’s a tool that can be reinvented, or lost.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir “Wild” enters the list at No. 7, recently revealed she was the previously anonymous voice behind the popular online advice column “Dear Sugar.”... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Guilt,’ Stories by Ferdinand von Schirach

This collection of stories questions the morality of criminal defense.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Pocket Kings,’ by Ted Heller

A failed writer turns to online poker in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Jules Verne first edition sells for £1,000

Rare first edition of An Antarctic Mystery sold by Oxfam in Aberdeen boosting confidence in online marketA rare first edition of a novel by Jules Verne has been sold for almost £1,000 by a charity shop in Aberdeen.... More...

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

Friday, 6 April, 2012

New York Public Library's plan to take books off shelves worries scholars

City institution's $300m transformation will make way for an up-to-date lending library, but some fear research will sufferThere is a quote by John Milton engraved over the entrance to the main reading room at the New York Public Library's stunning... More...

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

Friday, 6 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Reading Suggestions for Baseball's Opening Week

Staff members at The Times recommend their favorite baseball books.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Tim Waterstone warns Amazon tax avoidance could kill off bookshops

Founder of UK books chain says Amazon tax planning fits pattern of 'rude, contemptuous, arrogant' online companyTim Waterstone, the founder of the eponymous bookstores, has warned that Amazon's "grotesquely unfair" avoidance of millions of pounds of UK taxes could lead... More...

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

Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Winter King,’ a Portrait of Henry VII

Thomas Penn offers a portrait of the peaceful if acquisitive reign of Henry VII.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Time to Start Thinking,’ by Edward Luce

Edward Luce argues that America’s economy and political system are in worse shape than they have been in a long time.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Kagan on the State of America

New books by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Kagan address the subject of America’s decline from opposite sides of the political aisle but find much room for agreement.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: Bookshelf: Play Ball

Children’s books that celebrate the national pastime.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Essay: Fan Mail

A sense of kinship spurred a correspondence with the novelist Thomas Berger.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: Four New Picture Books About Harnessing Creativity

Four new picture books offer lessons in harnessing creativity and aiming it with purpose.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Losers in Space,’ by John Barnes

In celebrity-mad 2129, a teenage crew stranded on a trip to Mars begins to understand the limits of fame.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: Nuns Behaving Badly

This novel’s 17-year-old heroine is pledged to a convent that serves Death himself.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Remarkable,’ by Lizzie K. Foley

When things go haywire in Lizzie K. Foley’s whimsical mystery, a town turns to its most overlooked citizen.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio

A boy with severe deformities, supported by a loving family, must deal with a new school in R. J. Palacio’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Girls of No Return’ and ‘The List’

Two novels explore very different sources of alienation for teenage girls.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Arcadia,’ by Lauren Groff

In this novel, leaving a commune is traumatic.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Crime: ‘House of the Hunted,’ by Mark Mills, and More

A former British spy reluctantly gets back into the game in Mark Mills’s “House of the Hunted.”... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘No Time Like the Present,’ by Nadine Gordimer

In Nadine Gordimer’s novel, veterans of the anti-apartheid movement make their way in a new South Africa.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘The Mirage,’ a Novel by Matt Ruff

In Matt Ruff’s novel, terrorists attack not on 9/11, but 11/9.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘The Idea Factory,’ by Jon Gertner

Jon Gertner tells the story of Bell Labs and its far-reaching advances in technology.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels examines the history of the Book of Revelation.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Greg Mortenson, ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Author, to Repay Charity

The writer Greg Mortenson has agreed to pay $1 million to compensate his Montana-based charity for using the group to promote and buy copies of his books.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Three Cups of Tea author pays $1m for misusing charity he set up

Central Asia Institute's money was used to promote Greg Mortenson's disputed memoir, state of Montana findsThree Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson has agreed to pay $1m (£630,000) to compensate his Montana-based charity, which he used to promote and pay... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Columbia U. Haunts of Lucien Carr and the Beats

A film under production will chronicle a killing near Columbia University that was a fulcrum for the iconoclastic writers who became the Beats.... More...

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Günter Grass's Israel poem provokes outrage

Germany's most celebrated writer's lyrical warning of a looming Israeli aggression against Iran triggers international rowDuring his long literary career, Günter Grass has been many things. Author, playwright, sculptor and, unquestionably, Germany's most famous living writer. There is the 1999... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Up Front

John McWhorter on his earliest fascination with language.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: And Now a Word From Charles Dickens's Sponsor...

A digital project features the advertising that surrounded "Our Mutual Friend" while it was serialized, as well as links to maps and letters.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: New York Public Library to Digitize Washington, Thoreau and Twain

The items include letters by Washington and a map of Walden Pond drawn by Thoreau.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Amazon a 'dangerous' force, says Ottakar's founder

Amazon is damaging the high street book trade and threatens to undermine the nurturing of new talent, argues James HeneageThe founder of the Ottakar's book chain has described Amazon as a "dangerous" force that is damaging the high street book... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Beginner’s Goodbye,’ by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler’s new novel follows her formula of presenting a sad-sack fellow who is vaguely aware that his youthful dreams have eluded him, and adds a supernatural twist.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Cheryl Strayed Talks About 'Wild,' a Memoir of Hiking and Grief

The memoirist discusses the experience of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and the experience of writing about it almost two decades later.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Lauren Oliver to Write First Adult Book

The author, who has produced three young-adult novels, will write "Rooms,'' to be released by Ecco in 2014.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

American digital public library promised for 2013

Two million books will be available in an online digital library to rival Google's collection, according to Professor Robert Darnton, who promised the new database would overcome copyright hurdles by next yearAn American digital public library of over two million... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Harry Potter ebook sales top £1m in three days

Magic continues for JK Rowling as digital sales in first week exceed expectationsOver £1m-worth of Harry Potter ebooks have been sold in just three days, according to the chief executive of JK Rowling's new digital venture Pottermore.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica's final print edition on verge of selling out

The 244-year-old publisher is inundated with orders for the final edition of its 32-volume set, with only 800 copies remainingThe final edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica has almost sold out after nostalgic readers rushed to acquire their own copies of... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Help pick the next Queen of Teen

Nominations are open for the sparkliest award in teen fiction, celebrating authors who deal with 'real life issues'An award dedicated to writers of teen fiction is calling for nominations for this year's Queen of Teen. Young readers are being asked... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Antonio Tabucchi, Elegiac Italian Writer, Dies at 68

Mr. Tabucchi, a distinguished Italian novelist, wrote novels that became a standard held aloft by opponents of the right-wing government of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.... More...

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews,’ by Jonathan D. Sarna

In his new book, the historian Jonathan D. Sarna looks into Ulysses S. Grant’s Civil War order to expel Jews from Kentucky.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Günter Grass's Poem About Israel Provokes Intense Criticism

The poem, which says that Israel, not Iran, is the Mideast's greatest threat to world peace, prompted the Israeli Embassy in Berlin to accuse Mr. Grass of propagating old-fashioned blood libel.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Günter Grass launches poetry attack on Israel

German Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass says Israel is a threat to world peace in his poem What Must Be SaidGerman Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass labelled Israel a threat to "already fragile world peace" in a poem published on... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

City Room: Big City Book Club Discusses James Baldwin's 'Another Country' on Wednesday Night

The 1962 James Baldwin novel is the subject of Wednesday night's Big City Book Club online meeting.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Big Book of Words and Pictures’ and ‘Picture My Day’

Two ingenious new wordbooks enlighten and entertain.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan compete for historical fiction prize

Canadian authors who clashed on Booker shortlist are both in the running for £25,000 Walter Scott prizeCanadian authors Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan, who last clashed on the Booker shortlist, are competing again for a literary award – this time... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Harper Lee's sister gives glimpses of reclusive author's life

Alice Finch Lee tells documentary maker Mary McDonagh Murphy that her sister 'grew up quite the little tomboy'Glimpses into the family life of the famously reclusive author of To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, have been given by her sister... More...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Charlotte Rogan, Author of ‘The Lifeboat’

Charlotte Rogan’s debut novel, “The Lifeboat,” is riding a wave of heady praise that comes after 25 years of writing novels in secret.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Dreaming in French,’ by Alice Kaplan

“Dreaming in French” is about the formative year that three American women — Jacqueline Bouvier, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis —spent in Paris while in their 20s.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

ArtsBeat: Theatrical Parody of Harry Potter Books to Open in New York

The United States premiere of “Potted Potter,” based on the seven Harry Potter books, will open in June at the Little Shubert Theater.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

I Am Legend is named vampire novel of the century

Richard Matheson's 1954 novel bats off competition from Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire to win one-off Bram Stoker prizeApologies to Stephenie Meyer and her sparkly crew of vampires; bad luck to Anne Rice and her bloodthirsty Lestat. Richard Matheson's... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Russian publisher refuses to withdraw Stalin notebook from schools

Officials criticise school notebook featuring former dictator on cover as part of publisher's series of 20 'Great Russians'A Russian publisher has refused to withdraw a notebook for schoolchildren featuring the former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on its cover.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

High court stalls council's attempt to introduce volunteer-run libraries

Plans to replace paid staff with volunteers failed to account for equality issues, but Surrey says proposals will still go aheadA county council's attempt to remove paid staff from 10 libraries and replace them with volunteers has been ruled unlawful... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Ian McEwan on attacking Iran: 'It would be disastrous' - video

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Ian McEwan on meeting Tony Blair: 'He said he had my pictures hanging in Downing Street' - video

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

The Woman in Black to haunt cinemas again in Susan Hill sequel

Hammer and Hill team up again on new story The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, which will be adapted by screenwriter Jon CrokerIt has proven the most successful British horror of all time at the box office and given... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Football-Loving Nebraska Nurtures Baseball Literature

Through the university’s nonprofit publishing wing, the pulse of baseball beats strongly in the heart of Cornhusker Nation, with four to eight books published a year for baseball fans.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

Critic’s Notebook: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: S-and-M Cinderella

The “Fifty Shades” trilogy’s success is more about its old-fashioned Cinderella fairy tale and less about its kinky sex.... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works,’ by Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine” is an engaging tour through the mysteries of the imagination and the science of innovation.... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Ann Patchett named as one of Time's most influential people

The magazine said the author of Bel Canto, who opened her own bookshop in Tennessee, is fighting 'for the fate of the printed word'Literary novelist Ann Patchett's fight to save independent bookshops, which has seen her open her own shop... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Newly published Kurt Vonnegut novella tops ebook charts

The 20,000-word Basic Training was written in the 1940s, while Vonnegut still worked for General ElectricBasic Training, a previously unpublished novella by Kurt Vonnegut written while the author was working for General Electric in the 1940s, has shot to the... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Charles Lockwood, Architectural Historian, Dies at 63

A specialist in restoration, he chronicled and furthered the row-house revival that transformed many New York neighborhoods.... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Media Decoder: Encyclopaedia Britannica's Last Print Edition Has a Sales Boom

Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer be printed, which has caused a rush to buy the remaining sets in stock.... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday

Amy Winehouse, JK Rowling, Noel Gallagher, Mick Jagger and the Monty Python foot to feature in update of 1967 originalBritish pop artist Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts... More...

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Monday, 2 April, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Cove,’ a Novel by Ron Rash

In “The Cove,” Ron Rash weaves a tale of wartime mystery and romance.... More...

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Sunday, 1 April, 2012

Patience Abbe, Child Chronicler of Travels, Dies at 87

Ms. Abbe was the dominant voice in a best-selling childhood travelogue of voyaging through a turbulent Europe with her parents and younger brothers.... More...

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Sunday, 1 April, 2012

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