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Issue 50 / December 2012

May 2012

ArtsBeat: Reading Suggestions for Religious Fiction

Times staffers and contributors recommend their favorite books with religious themes and settings.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: A YouTube Affair With Fred Astaire

In her review of a new book about Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele, Toni Bentley points the way to several vintage video clips.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Radio 4 to dramatise Ulysses

Station announces five-and-a-half-hour celebration of James Joyce's 'difficult' novel on 16 June – 'Bloomsday'It is notoriously difficult and lurks unread on many a bookshelf. But Radio 4 is about to take the effort out of wrestling with the James Joyce... More...

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

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Radio 4 set to refocus on arts and culture, says controller

Initiative includes five-and-a-half hour dramatisation of Ulysses and influential Swedish crime novel series Martin BeckRadio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams is to refocus the network's schedule on arts and culture which she said has been overshadowed by the recent emphasis on... More...

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

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Kensal Rise library: Oxford college regrets clearance

All Souls College describes removal of books from library as 'distressing' but says it is powerless to interveneThe Oxford college that owns Kensal Rise library has described Brent council's decision to clear the building of books and remove the plaque... More...

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

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

By the Book: Carl Hiaasen: By the Book

The novelist, whose most recent book for children, “Chomp,” came out this spring, keeps a doormat outside his office that says: LEAVE.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Gay superheroes under fire from US pressure group

Conservative lobby One Million Moms launches campaign against DC Comics and Marvel's inclusion of homosexual charactersFresh from failing to prevent an Archie comic featuring a gay marriage from being sold in America, conservative American mothers' group One Million Moms has... More...

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

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

KFC dishes up Colonel Sanders' autobiography for free

Kentucky Fried Chicken to make recipe-laden autobiography, written in 1966 but discovered last November, available for free download via FacebookNigella, Jamie and Hugh will be facing competition from an unexpected corner next month when the late Colonel Sanders – of... More...

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

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Leo Dillon, Illustrator of Children’s Books, Dies at 79

Mr. Dillon, with his wife and collaborator, Diane, was one of the world’s pre-eminent illustrators for young people.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Penguin and Macmillan Deny e-Book Price Fixing

In response to a Justice Department lawsuit, the two book publishers denied any price fixing for e-books and accuse Amazon of engaging in anticompetitive behavior.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

New Books by Sadie Jones, Laurent Binet and More

New books by Sadie Jones, Varley O’Connor, Emily St. John Mandel, Dan Zevin, Laurent Binet and Rosecrans Baldwin.... More...

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Thursday, 31 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Engines of Change,’ by Paul Ingrassia

Paul Ingrassia’s book explores the connection between cars and culture — even tying automobile tastes to presidential elections.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Madeline Miller Wins Orange Prize

An American debut novelist, Ms. Miller won for "The Song of Achilles,'' a lyrical retelling of "The Iiad'' that was praised by the judging panel as "original, passionate, inventive and uplifting.''... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Deconstructing Harry (and Joan and Don): Scholarly Blog Takes on 'Mad Men'

Essays from the blog will be part of "Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s," coming out later this year.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Orange prize for fiction 2012 goes to Madeline Miller

Surprise victory for The Song of Achilles makes debut novelist fourth consecutive American writer to win the prizeA debut novelist's retelling of one of the most enduring Greek myths, the story of Achilles and the battle for Troy, is the... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Case Closed: Historic Home of Conan Doyle Is Saved from Redevelopment

Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle had fought a plan by the owner of a home where the author wrote "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and other Sherlock Holmes adventures to turn it into eight separate units.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Children's Books: The Best Interactive and Pop-Up Books of the Season

The season’s best interactive books star dinosaurs, magicians, a family of dogs, the city of London and more.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Stephen King reverts to type with new book Joyland

Ebook trailblazer's new whodunnit will appear only in print, but next year's Shining sequel will be available in both formatsStephen King's digital publication of Riding the Bullet in 2000 made him one of the pioneers of the ebook movement, but... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Conan Doyle's home saved from redevelopment

House where Sherlock Holmes creator wrote 13 stories will remain a single building after high court rulingSherlock Holmes fans are celebrating the foiling of an attempt to convert the Victorian house of the great detective's creator into eight separate homes.... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Hammer, Kitsch and Hedlund tipped for Hunger Games sequel

As Robert Pattinson rules himself out of key role in Suzanne Collins's Catching Fire, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are the new names in the runningArmie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are the names being tipped to... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Writers’ Catalyst, Dies at 63

Ms. Goldmark formed a rock band with best-selling authors like Stephen King and Amy Tan.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: New Stephen King Thriller Coming Next June

The Hard Case Crime imprint of Titan Books will publish "Joyland," a new work of fiction by Stephen King, whose protagonist is a college student working at a North Carolina theme park in the summer of 1973.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

PG Wodehouse prize awarded to Terry Pratchett

Fantasy author wins accolade for his 39th Discworld novel, Snuff, which was hailed by judges as a comic masterpieceOne wrote comedies of upper-class English manners, the other writes about a fantastical world set on the back of a giant turtle,... More...

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

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Gone Girl,’ by Gillian Flynn

“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, is a two-sided contest in which Nick and Amy Dunne tell conflicting stories.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Bob Dylan Among Recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bob Dylan was praised by President Obama and presented with a Medal of Freedom at the White House on Tuesday, alongside other honorees who included Toni Morrison, Madeleine K. Albright, John Paul Stevens, John Glenn and Shimon Peres.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Salon Article Rekindles Debate about Paris Review and C.I.A.

An article by Joel Whitney asserts that The Paris Review was "a covert international weapon of soft power."... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

2012 Ondaatje prize 2012 goes to debut novel by Rahul Bhattacharya

Judges had 'seldom read a book with so much energy' as the Indian writer's The Sly Company of People Who CareDebut novelist Rahul Bhattacharya has won the £10,000 Ondaatje award for his "brilliant" evocation of the history, inhabitants and landscape... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Kensal Rise library stripped in night of books and Twain plaque

Brent council defeats local campaign to save historic library, opened by Mark Twain, following ownership switch to All SoulsKensal Rise library was emptied of its books and stripped of the plaque commemorating its opening 112 years ago by Mark Twain... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Food Stuff : ‘The Maine Lobster Book’ Offers Recipes and More

For the history of lobsters as well as a selection of classic recipes, there is “The Maine Lobster Book.”... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Florida Library Returns 'Fifty Shades' to Shelves

Officials from Brevard County reversed its decision to remove copies of the best-selling erotic novel from its shelves.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Spoiler,’ by Annalena McAfee

Two generations of reporters and two types of journalism are on a collision course in Annalena McAfee’s debut novel.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Florida lifts library ban on Fifty Shades of Grey

EL James's bestselling erotic novel is returning to library shelves in Brevard County after public outcry over its banFloridian erotica fans, rejoice: EL James's steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey is being returned to library shelves in Brevard County following... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Campaigners condemn council after library is emptied at night

Books and furniture are stripped from Kensal Rise library, which residents are campaigning to keep openCampaigners fighting the closure of a London library opened by Mark Twain in 1900 have accused the Brent council leader of betrayal after the library... More...

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

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’

The first lady’s new book, “American Grown,” details how her garden on the South Lawn inspired her anti-obesity campaign.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Books: ‘God’s Hotel’ Book Review - An Account of Health Care Past

Dr. Victoria Sweet’s account of the Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco laments its transformation from an old-style chronic care facility into a modern center focused on efficiency and early discharge.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

Books: ‘God’s Hotel’ Book Review - An Account of Health Care Past

Dr. Victoria Sweet’s account of the Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco laments its transformation from an old-style chronic care facility into a modern center focused on efficiency and early discharge.... More...

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Monday, 28 May, 2012

BlackBerry cupcakes and Googling: new study of UK children's language

OUP's 31m-word analysis of writing by British children finds influx of US words alongside influence of Potter and PullmanFairycakes have been replaced by cupcakes, while someone going to a black-tie event will be sporting a tuxedo rather than a dinner... More...

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

Monday, 28 May, 2012

Saddam Hussein's daughter seeking publisher for his memoirs

Raghad Saddam Hussein, late Iraqi dictator's eldest daughter, aims to release handwritten autobiography as soon as possibleSaddam Hussein's daughter is looking for a publisher for her late father's handwritten memoirs, according to a report from the Arab news channel Al... More...

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

Monday, 28 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘My Cross to Bear,’ Gregg Allman’s Memoir

Gregg Allman’s memoir talks about growing up with his brother, Duane; life with the Allman Brothers Band; his substance abuse; and his relationships with women.... More...

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Sunday, 27 May, 2012

Bits Blog: Apple Strikes Back at Government E-Book Lawsuit

The company denies that it conspired with book publishers to raise e-book prices to give Apple’s new iPad a boost, and accuses the government of siding with Amazon.... More...

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Saturday, 26 May, 2012

‘The Last Englishman,’ by Roland Chambers

A British journalist and spy in Russia had a more successful career as a children’s author.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A Teenager's Obsessions

Shuzo Oshimi's "The Flowers of Evil" enters the manga best-seller list at No. 3.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘The Outsourced Self,’ by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild examines how we meet some of our most personal needs with the aid of paid strangers.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘The Great Divergence,’ by Timothy Noah

Timothy Noah summarizes the causes of widening economic inequality in the United States, and offers policy recommendations for fixing it.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

By the Book: Drew Gilpin Faust: By the Book

The president of Harvard University, a historian and the author of multiple works of nonfiction, wishes all incoming freshmen would read “Being Wrong.”... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘Land of Promise,’ by Michael Lind

This ambitious economic history of the United States argues that the country thrives when the federal government acts as a robust partner to private enterprise.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘The Slasher Movie Book’ by J. A. Kerswell

J. A. Kerswell’s “Slasher Movie Book” looks back lovingly at posters for horror movies both classic and wretched.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: John Waters Tries Some Desperate Living on a Hitchhiking Odyssey

The director of “Hairspray,” “Polyester” and “Pink Flamingos” recounts his hitchhiking experiences from a recent road trip as he collected material for a book he plans to call “Carsick.”... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Motherlode Blog: The Motherlode Book Club Chooses Summer Reading that Parents and Older Children Can Share.

This summer, the Motherlode Book Club will be reading two books parents and older children alike can enjoy, from Jodi Piccoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer, and Carl Hiaasen.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Market Values

Michael Lind's "Land of Promise" examines the competing economic philosophies that have driven American policy.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘Aerogrammes,’ Stories by Tania James

In Tania James’s stories, a chimpanzee and a ghost are among the characters entangled in sticky human relationships.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Crime: ‘The Yard’ by Alex Grecian, and More

Alex Grecian’s Victorian mystery “The Yard” is the bloody tale of a serial killer targeting detectives from Scotland Yard.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘Jubilee Hitchhiker,’ a Biography of Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan, author of the 1960s best seller “Trout Fishing in America,” is the subject of this biography.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘India Becoming,’ by Akash Kapur

Rapid change, Akash Kapur explains, has brought contrast and contradiction to India.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘The Chemistry of Tears,’ by Peter Carey

In Peter Carey’s novel, two narrators separated by time are brought together in the pursuit of an automaton.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘Those Who Have Borne the Battle,’ by James Wright

Despite the bumper stickers, the gap between soldier and civilian is wider than ever.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

‘Bring Up the Bodies,’ by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s sequel to “Wolf Hall” traces Anne Boleyn’s fall.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Essay: Erich Segal’s Novel ‘The Class,’ 27 Years Later

Erich Segal’s 1985 novel about a 25th reunion at Harvard tapped into ambitions and fears that are all too real.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Up Front

David Leonhardt on the questions we should be asking about the economy.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Inside the List

Henry A. Crumpton, a former C.I.A. operative whose memoir, “The Art of Intelligence,” is on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 3, says he was influenced by Sean Connery’s James Bond.... More...

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 25 May, 2012

Robert Pattinson tipped for Hunger Games sequel

Twilight star reportedly in line to play Finnick Odair in follow-up to blockbuster sci-fi filmTwilight star Robert Pattinson could be set to take a surprise role in the forthcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, according to a US blog.... More...

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

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Granddad, There’s a Head on the Beach’ and Other Summer Reads

Here’s a sampling of beach reads to suit every taste, from history to science fiction.... More...

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Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Critic’s Notebook: Following Tina Fey, Comedians Churn Out Books

The success of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” has inspired other comedians to write memoirs.... More...

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Thursday, 24 May, 2012

The Learning Network Blog: On June 7, Join the Conversation About Summer Reading

Along with a growing list of collaborators, we're encouraging people of all ages to take to Twitter on June 7 to talk about #summerreading. Bring your classes!... More...

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Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Queen Victoria's private journals published online

First monarch to celebrate diamond jubilee tells of meetings with prime ministers, childbirth and love for Albert over 43,000 pagesThe thoughts, sorrows, dreams, doubts, political opinions, gossip and passions of Queen Victoria, poured on to 43,000 pages of her private... More...

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

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Stop the press: half of self-published authors earn less than $500

Comprehensive survey of DIY writers suggests that despite a few high-profile successes most authors struggle to sellDespite the splash caused by self-publishing superstars such as Amanda Hocking and EL James, the average amount earned by DIY authors last year was... More...

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

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman wins Orwell prize

Judges reward 'beautifully crafted examinations of hardship, welfare and justice' in series of articlesThe Guardian's Amelia Gentleman has won the Orwell journalism prize for a series of articles chronicling what the judges termed "the most difficult places in our society:... More...

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

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Queen Victoria's Complete Diaries Released Online

Web site is established to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of another long-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.... More...

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Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Paul Fussell, Literary Scholar and Critic, Is Dead at 88

Mr. Fussell, a wide-ranging author, may be best remembered for “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his study of World War I and the influence of its horrors on art and literature.... More...

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Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Ex-Employees Mum on New York Public Library Project

Former employees say they signed agreements that forbid them from commenting on the New York Public Library’s plan to revamp its Fifth Avenue building.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Alien vs. Predator,’ a Book of Poetry by Michael Robbins

“Alien vs. Predator” is a first collection of poems by Michael Robbins, who is often praised for his ability to whip high and low culture into stiff peaks.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Pollution Tourism: Andrew Blackwell on Visiting the World's Not-So-Hot Spots

The author of “Visit Sunny Chernobyl” talks about experiencing some of the world’s most toxic places.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Cannes Film Festival: An Early Look at 'On the Road'

An early look at "On the Road," which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool?

Researchers push for end to publishers' default ban on computer scanning of tens of thousands of papers to find links between genes and diseasesProfessor Peter Murray-Rust was looking for new ways to make better drugs. Dr Heather Piwowar wanted to... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

‘Barnum’s Bones,’ by Tracey Fern

A new picture book turns one paleontologist’s hunt for dinosaur fossils into an adventure story.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Orlando Figes translation scrapped in Russia amid claims of inaccuracies

Publishers say it would take too long to 'fix the text' of historian's interview-based book on Stalin's RussiaWhen the British historian Orlando Figes admitted writing flattering reviews of his own work – and scathing attacks on rivals – on Amazon... More...

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

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Changes Planned at N.Y. Public Library Are Assailed

The plan would move half the books in the stacks of the flagship Fifth Avenue library to New Jersey.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Henry Denker, Author in Many Genres, Dies at 99

Mr. Denker’s large output ranged from novels and movies to TV and Broadway plays.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Books of The Times: Richard Brautigan Biography, ‘Jubilee Hitchhiker’

This book about the short life of the novelist and poet Richard Brautigan distills San Francisco and Montana in the 1960s and ’70s and the wild lives of the subject and his friends.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: 10 Million Shades of Green: Erotic Trilogy Dominates Book Sales

More than 10 million copies of the books in the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy have been sold in the United States.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Stanley Fish Defends Spoilers

Are the pleasures of suspense destroyed if we know what's going to happen next? Maybe not.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

Orange to withdraw sponsorship of women's prize for fiction

Mobile services company will not be renewing its sponsorship of the book awards that have borne its name for 17 yearsIn one of the biggest upsets in literary prize history, the mobile services company Orange has announced this morning that... More...

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

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ by E. L. James, in Demand at Libraries

The enthusiasm for the trilogy has forced library officials to dust off their policies — if they have them — on erotica.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Canada,’ a Novel by Richard Ford

In Richard Ford’s new novel, a 15-year-old boy watches his family fall apart, and flees north to something even worse.... More...

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Monday, 21 May, 2012

Books on Science: ‘How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog’- Book Review - Raise a Paw if You Understand Einstein

Chad Orzel continues to amuse and enlighten in the follow-up to his book “How to Teach Physics to Your Dog.”... More...

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Monday, 21 May, 2012

Books on Science: ‘Free Radicals’ - Book Review - Rebels Who Set Science Aglow

Some scientists who had an unwavering belief in the truth of their ideas also had no compunction about breaking the rules to prove it.... More...

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Monday, 21 May, 2012

Waterstones deal with Amazon puts Kindle and ebooks instore

Waterstones will sell Kindle e-readers for the first time and offer free Wi-Fi, so customers can buy a book or download it instoreWaterstones has announced a surprise tie-up with Amazon that will enable shoppers to pluck ebooks as well as... More...

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

Monday, 21 May, 2012

Duncan Jones to direct Ian Fleming biopic

The creator of James Bond lived more than his own fair share of drama, to be explored in a new 'period action movie' by the director of MoonSome believe he dreamed up James Bond to be the bon vivant, daring... More...

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

Monday, 21 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Chemistry of Tears,’ a Novel by Peter Carey

Technology, metaphysics and the art and science of putting together a broken heart and a nonfunctioning machine are central to Peter Carey’s novel “The Chemistry of Tears.”... More...

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Sunday, 20 May, 2012

Richard Dawkins the arch-atheist backs Michael Gove's free Bible plan

Author of The God Delusion says providing free Bibles to state schools is justified by its impact on the English languageIt sounds like one of the most unlikely alliances of recent years. Richard Dawkins, arch-atheist and scourge of the praying... More...

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

Saturday, 19 May, 2012

David Cameron's 'chillaxing' hobbies revealed in new biography

Prime minister spends weekends playing with a tennis machine called 'the Clegger' and singing karaoke, according to bookIf "chillaxing" was an Olympic sport then David Cameron, would win a gold medal, according to a new biography of the prime minister.... More...

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

Saturday, 19 May, 2012

NY Writers Coalition Offers an Opportunity on a Subway Car

Aspiring writers, encouraged by the NY Writers Coalition, put pen to paper during a 75-minute ride on the No. 7 train.... More...

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Saturday, 19 May, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on Rejected New Yorker Covers, and the Guilt of Aaron Burr

Three new books explore The New Yorker’s cover designs, the cultural influence of Samuel Rothafel and the struggles Aaron Burr faced after he shot Alexander Hamilton.... More...

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Saturday, 19 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: The Relationship of an Artist and an Original Beatle

Arne Bellstorf's graphic novel "Baby's in Black" hits the hardcover best-seller list at No. 7.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Starkly Different Views of American Liberals

On this week's podcast, discussions of Jonah Goldberg's "The Tyranny of Clichés" and Eric Alterman's "The Cause."... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Oblivion,’ a Memoir by Héctor Abad

Héctor Abad creates a sociopolitical portrait of Colombia through the telling of his family’s story.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Inside the List

Toni Morrison, whose novel “Home” enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 9 this week, remembers being confronted by a stark image of race relations as a freshman at Howard University.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Herta Müller’s Literature, Born of Isolation

Herta Müller, the Nobel Prize-winning author, grew up German in Romania, always under surveillance. Her newest work is a collaboration with a writer whose background was similar, but whose life was shockingly different.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Farther Away,’ Essays by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s essays express his love of birds and of writers, especially his friend David Foster Wallace.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Cannes film festival set to honour the bookworm

Coveted Palme d'Or likely to go to a screen adaptation, with many of this year's entrants borrowing from literatureThe Cannes festival is, famously, the keeper of the flame of the auteur tradition. The ritual of honouring the overarching vision of... More...

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

Friday, 18 May, 2012

Essay: Books With 140 Characters

At 64,000 members and counting, the Twitter-based reading group 1book140 is a global concern.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Jane Lovering wins romantic novel of the year with first book

Please Don't Stop The Music, offering an 'unexpected hero from a fresh new voice', pips The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie ThomasAn indie rock star and a woman with a dark past form the unlikely couple at the heart of Jane... More...

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

Friday, 18 May, 2012

Harry Potter and the order of the 60 scholars gets mixed initial reception

A St Andrews conference on the Harry Potter series as literary texts has not met with universal approval in the academic worldAcademics gathered in Scotland on Friday to discuss hot literary topics including the racial politics of goblins, the canonisation... More...

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

Friday, 18 May, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Up Front

Phillip Lopate on the transitional moment for essays.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Poems and Stories by Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo’s two collections, poems and stories, draw upon her experiences in a world that often hurts her.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Chasing Venus,’ by Andrea Wulf

With a Venusian transit imminent, 18th-century astronomers risked their lives for a chance to measure the solar system.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,’ by Ben Fountain

A firefight with Iraqi insurgents is caught on tape and turns a band of soldiers into media heroes in Ben Fountain’s satire.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Wichita,’ a Novel by Thad Ziolkowski

Fleeing the pressures of academia, Thad Ziolkowski’s Midwestern hero is sucked into his family’s schemes and strife.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms,’ by Richard Fortey

The paleontologist Richard Fortey searches out species that have endured hundreds of millions of years of planetary turmoil.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘The Tyranny of Clichés,’ by Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg accuses liberals of lazy thinking and worse.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘The Cause,’ by Eric Alterman and Kevin Mattson

Eric Alterman’s history of liberalism from the New Deal to the present concentrates on the men and women who have defined it.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘The Lower River,’ a Novel by Paul Theroux

In Paul Theroux’s novel, an American seeks a fresh start in Africa after a 40-year absence.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘This Will Be Difficult to Explain,’ by Johanna Skibsrud

Whether in Paris or the Great Plains, failures to communicate fray the relationships in these tales.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Talk: Richard Ford Is a Man Who Actually Listens

The author of “Canada” discusses losing a parent, choosing not to have children and getting strangers to open up to him.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Essay: The Voice

A great audiobook experience depends on the reader as much as the text.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Essay: Let’s Go Reading in the Car

Audiobooks and road trips offer a chance to reacquaint children, and their parents, with the joy of listening to stories.... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

Before Watchmen: DC Comics publisher defends prequels

Dan DiDio says Watchmen prequels are a 'love letter' to Alan Moore's creation, as graphic novel's co-creator continues to censure the projectWith just a few weeks to go before the first instalment of DC Comics' controversial Watchmen prequels hits the... More...

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Friday, 18 May, 2012

‘Home,’ a Novel by Toni Morrison

In Toni Morrison’s novel, a traumatized soldier returns from the Korean War to his segregated hometown in Georgia.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Books Of the Times: ‘David Hockney: A Rake’s Progress’ by Christopher Simon Sykes

A new biography of David Hockney traces his early life and work in England and Los Angeles up to 1975, including fascinating accounts of how some well-known paintings evolved.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Mapping Sebald's Trek, and His Mind

A California-based software developer mapped the many places mentioned in W. G. Sebald's "The Rings of Saturn."... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Lauren Child's Favorite Books from Childhood

The author of "Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes" shares the books she loved most when she was young.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Jean Craighead George, Children’s Author, Dies at 92

Ms. George’s home held a menagerie, as did her books, most of them written for children and young adults.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Currents | Q&A: Billy Bob Thornton on His New Memoir, ‘The Billy Bob Tapes’

If the actor’s new memoir reads as if he’s sitting around telling stories, it’s because it was written that way.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

City Room: Big City Book Club: Discussing 'Time and Again' by Jack Finney

Read an online discussion of the novel “Time and Again,” by Jack Finney.... More...

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Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Books of The Times: Edward Klein’s Invective-Laden Obama Book

Janet Maslin asks, Who is the real amateur in this pairing: the subject, President Obama, or the author, Edward Klein?... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

By The Book: Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy, currently on Broadway in “Venus in Fur” and in the film “Hysteria,” wishes David Mitchell would match Philip Roth’s output.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Amateur Hour: Jack Hitt Talks About an American Tradition

The author of "Bunch of Amateurs" on the rebellious spirit of American innovators.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Kensal Rise library campaigners gain another day

Brent council backs off from emptying shelves, as protesters complain offer to run service with volunteers was ignoredShortly after midday on Wednesday, one of the local authority workers caught up in the often bitter hostilities between Brent council and those... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Amazon consumer book reviews as reliable as media experts

Study shows Amazon reviewers more likely to look favourably on debut authors, while professionals prefer prizewinnersAmazon reviews are just as likely to give an accurate summary of a book's quality as those of professional newspapers, according to a study from... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Heroes of the Surf,’ by Elisa Carbone

In Elisa Carbone’s “Heroes of the Surf,” two young boys travel from South America to New York City on a steamship that encounters rough waters.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Campaigners block council's efforts to remove books from Kensal Rise library

Protesters gather outside 111-year-old library, which has been closed down by Brent councilAround 50 campaigners have gathered outside Kensal Rise library in north-west London after Brent council workers began removing books from the closed library, which has become a key... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

True Blood author can suck no more out of vampire series

Charlaine Harris has announced that the final novel in her Southern Vampire Mysteries series will be published next yearMourning has broken out among fans of the telepathic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse after author Charlaine Harris announced that next year would... More...

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Novelist, Dies at 83

Mr. Fuentes was Mexico’s elegant public intellectual and grand man of letters whose panoramic novels captured the complicated essence of his country’s history.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Carlos Fuentes dies aged 83

Mexico's most celebrated novelist has died in hospital in Mexico City, he was reportedly suffering from heart problemsCarlos Fuentes, Mexico's most celebrated novelist and a leading figure in Latin America's 20th century literary boom of the 1960s and 70s, has... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘I Am Forbidden,’ a Novel by Anouk Markovits

Two Hasidic girls, united as a result of Nazi persecution, pursue opposite paths in this novel by Anouk Markovits.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

T Magazine: Now Reading | 'Foodieodicals'

Six independent food magazines, featured at a recent book fair at the Wythe Hotel, to which you should hungrily subscribe.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Michael Gove's King James Bible plan rescued by millionaire Tory donors

Education secretary will send a copy of the Bible to every state school after donors club together to save £370,000 initiativeMillionaire Conservative party donors have clubbed together to rescue a plan by the education secretary, Michael Gove, to send a... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Aharon Appelfeld scoops Independent foreign fiction prize

Israeli author's dark tale of a Jewish boy taken in by a prostitute during the second world war 'glows on the page', said judgesInspired by his experiences during the Holocaust, a novel by the 80-year-old Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld has... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Gabriel García Márquez falls victim to Twitter death hoax

A Twitter account claiming to belong to Italian author Umberto Eco reported the death of Márquez, who is said to be visiting family in AmericaRumours of the death of the great Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez have been, in the... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Pay us for library ebook loans, say authors

Many writers rely on income from library loans, says the Society of Authors, in calling for digital books to be included in PLR schemeAuthors are calling on the government to remunerate them when their ebooks are lent from libraries, calling... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Mike McGrady, Known for a Literary Hoax, Dies at 78

As a Newsday journalist, Mr. McGrady led his colleagues in the creation of “Naked Came the Stranger,” a steamy parody novel.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Father’s Day’ Is Buzz Bissinger’s Memoir About His Son

The author of “Friday Night Lights” goes on the road with his young-adult son, a savant with serious intellectual deficits, and writes an unflinchingly honest memoir.... More...

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Monday, 14 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: John Updike Society Buys Author's Boyhood Home for $200,000

An organization plans to preserve John Updike's boyhood home in Shillington, Pa., as a historic site.... More...

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Monday, 14 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: John Irving's Rules of Attraction

The author of "In One Person" spoke at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday night.... More...

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Monday, 14 May, 2012

T Magazine: Bookshelf | 'The Brooklyn of Fashion Insiders'

A portable handbook celebrates and explores Kings County businesses and their cool, laid-back attitudes.... More...

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Monday, 14 May, 2012

Influence of classic literature on writers declining, study claims

Modern authors are stylistically influenced by their contemporaries rather than writers from the 18th and 19th centuries, according to word-frequency study of classic literatureHarold Bloom famously dubbed it the "anxiety of influence" (paywall): the effect which the literary canon has... More...

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Monday, 14 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘A Disposition to Be Rich’ by Geoffrey C. Ward

“A Disposition to Be Rich,” by the prizewinning historian Geoffrey C. Ward, is a scandal-filled but eminently fair book that airs his great-grandfather’s dirty laundry.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Crime writer Petros Markaris channels Greek rage into fiction

Murders at heart of new book resonate strongly with a mass readership furious at Greece's tax-dodging eliteA serial killer is stalking the wealthy suburbs of Athens with an idiosyncratic choice of victims. They are all rich Greeks who have failed... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Arts | Westchester: A Look at Two Books, ‘The Mama’s Boy Myth’ and ‘Dan Gets a Minivan’

Two new books — one about showing affection to boys, and another about the transition from Brooklyn to suburbia — offer vastly different takes on parenthood.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

In E-Reader Age of Writer’s Cramp, a Book a Year Is Slacking

Some authors, like the novelist James Patterson, are producing 12 or more books a year to satisfy readers who are increasingly used to on-demand entertainment.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Talk: Andy Cohen’s Triumph Over Popular Culture

The Bravo executive on his memoir, coming out and the ethics of the “Real Housewives.”... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Op-Art : Remembering Maurice Sendak

Artists and designers pay homage to Maurice Sendak.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Opinion: The Amygdala Made Me Do It

It’s the invasion of the Can’t-Help-Yourself books.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Angelica Garnett, Memoirist of Bloomsbury, Dies at 93

Ms. Garnett, the last direct link to the Bloomsbury set, was raised amid secrets by parents who prized literature, art and sex.... More...

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Opinion: Militant Ideals, Captured in Poetry

By excluding the aesthetic dimension from our analyses of militant texts, we miss a crucial opportunity to confront the humanity of their authors.... More...

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Saturday, 12 May, 2012

Opinion: Reading Together, Knowing the Ending

In true book-club fashion, conversations about books I read with my dying mother led to conversations about our lives.... More...

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Saturday, 12 May, 2012

Off the Shelf: In ‘iDisorder,’ a Look at Mobile-Device Addiction - Review

A new book by a California psychologist examines obsessions with smartphones and other devices — and suggests ways to overcome the neediness.... More...

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Saturday, 12 May, 2012

Jeanette Winterson to take up writing professorship at Manchester University

Novelist best known for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit will teach undergraduates and MA students in city of her birthJeanette Winterson has been appointed professor of creative writing at Manchester University, a post held in recent years by Martin... More...

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

Saturday, 12 May, 2012

The Protégé’s Pen: Portrayal or Betrayal

A biography of the former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee has the author’s mentor, Bob Woodward, upset — and much of Washington is talking.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: Picture Books About Maternal Bonds

Picture books that are odes to the maternal.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: Picture Books About Bedtime

Picture books about bedtime.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: Picture Books About Siblings

Picture books about siblings.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘Divorce Islamic Style,’ by Amara Lakhous

“Divorce Islamic Style,” a novel about Muslim immigrants in Italy, scales down important themes by concentrating on ordinary people.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A Daughter's Therapeutic Memoir About Mom

Alison Bechdel's "Are You My Mother?" is No. 1 on the hardcover list this week.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Essay: The Writer in the Family

Sure, authors get treated like weirdos in their own homes, but they have only themselves to blame.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A Novelist's View of the Absurdities of Motherhood

Anne Enright's memoir "Making Babies" examines the consequences of motherhood.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Tua and the Elephant,’ by R. P. Harris

In the bustling Thailand of R. P. Harris’s novel, a special bond is formed.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Crime: New Books by Joseph Olshan, James Runcie and More

Joseph Olshan’s novel “Cloudland” concerns the impact of a murder on a rural community.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘I Am an Executioner,’ by Rajesh Parameswaran

A first collection of unpredictable short stories.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Jersey Angel,’ by Beth Ann Bauman

Beth Ann Bauman’s 17-year-old heroine brings contemporary issues to light.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Kepler’s Dream,’ by Juliet Bell

When the mother of this novel’s heroine needs a stem-cell transplant, the girl must spend the summer with her grandmother.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Code Name Verity,’ by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women fight for Britain during World War II.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: Three Books About Shelter

Shelter — from storms or from busy routines — is the subject of three books.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Planet Tad,’ by Tim Carvell

Tim Carvell’s 12-year-old narrator has a lot on his mind.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Never Fall Down,’ by Patricia McCormick

A novel based on a boy’s life under the Khmer Rouge.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: Books About Animal Pairs and Friendship

Four books explore friendship through animal pairs.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Summer of the Gypsy Moths,’ by Sara Pennypacker

Two girls conceal a great-aunt’s death to salvage some order in their lives.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: The Newest Crop of Sleuths for Kids

From stolen sweets to missing parents, the sleuths in these stories have their work cut out for them.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘More’ and ‘Little Bird’

Readers can learn from the birds in these picture books.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The False Prince’ and ‘The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom’

Two novels about princes display different approaches to the world of fantasy.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Bitterblue,’ by Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore’s teenage queen struggles through a fog of secrets in this companion to “Graceling” and “Fire.”... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Inside the List

On May 25, fans of Douglas Adams will honor the author’s memory with the annual Towel Day, a nod to Adams’s delirious novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘The Conflict’ and ‘The New Feminist Agenda’

Two new books examine the current culture of motherhood: one bemoaning it and the other suggesting what might be done to improve the balance of work and family demands.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Up Front

Judith Warner on how we can make life better and easier for families.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘Lives of the Novelists,’ by John Sutherland

Many novelists don’t have to look far for inspiration, John Sutherland writes.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘The Spanish Holocaust,’ by Paul Preston

In Paul Preston’s history of the Spanish Civil War, the atrocities under Franco mirror those in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘The Social Conquest of Earth,’ by Edward O. Wilson

By looking at the “eusocial” ant, Edward O. Wilson argues, humans can learn something about our own nature.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘Imagine,’ by Jonah Lehrer

Creativity isn’t a gift possessed by a lucky few, Jonah Lehrer says. It’s a process we can all learn to use more effectively.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?,’ by Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley’s comic hero stirs up a ruckus with China in “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘In One Person,’ by John Irving

In John Irving’s new novel, an aspiring writer struggles with his sexuality.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

‘Making Babies,’ by Anne Enright

The novelist Anne Enright offers an unsentimental look at the essential condition of motherhood: absurdity.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

C. David Heymann, Biographer of Rich and Famous, Dies at 67

Mr. Heymann’s biographies were admired for their comprehensiveness and criticized for their use of single sources to reconstruct historical events.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Neighborhood Joint | Williamsburg: At the Brooklyn Art Library, a Home for Personal Sketchbooks

The Brooklyn Art Library houses the ongoing Sketchbook Project, an endeavor that has amassed some 12,500 sketchbooks made by people from more than 130 countries.... More...

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Friday, 11 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Making Babies,’ a Memoir by Anne Enright

The novelist Anne Enright’s memoir “Making Babies” takes a strange, wide-ranging look at the changes motherhood brings.... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Side Effects: The ‘Hunger Games’ Mockingjay: Fiction, for Now

With the growing availability of tools to modify organisms, a creature like the bird imagined in the “Hunger Games” series is not an impossible fantasy.... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Alison Bechdel Talks About Drawing, Writing, Family and Shame

The author of "Fun Home" and "Are You My Mother?" on the difficulties of illustrating psychoanalysis and more.... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

By the Book: Mary Higgins Clark: By the Book

The author of “The Lost Years” and many other novels was once thrilled to spot a fellow air passenger reading one of her books. Moments later, the reader was fast asleep.... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Locating the books with the strongest sense of place

The Ondaatje prize shortlist includes novels from Rahul Bhattacharya and Teju Cole, but which are your favourite books which evoke 'the spirit of a place'?The shortlist for perhaps my favourite of the literary awards has just been announced: the Ondaatje... More...

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

Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Name of Federico García Lorca's lover emerges after 70 years

Box of mementoes reveals that young art critic Juan Ramírez de Lucas had brief affair with Spanish poetThe identity of the lover to whom Federico García Lorca wrote passionate verse in his final months has been a mystery ever since... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Paddington Bear to take big-screen voyage

Michael Bond's polite bear from Peru will have to dust off his duffle coat as his live action/CGI debut, directed by Paul King, gets the go-aheadDeepest, darkest Peru's most famous accident-prone, marmalade eating emigré is heading for the big screen,... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Salman Rushdie joins writers protesting New York library revamp

Authors including Art Spiegelman and Mario Vargas Llosa send letter to Fifth Avenue library planning $300m restructuringMajor literary names including Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman and Mario Vargas Llosa are protesting the planned $300m restructuring of the iconic Fifth Avenue branch... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Harry Potter theme park to open in Japan

A third Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is to open at Universal Studios' Osaka site in 2014Harry Potter is heading off to Japan following the announcement that a new theme park attraction based on JK Rowling's famous boy... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Terry Pratchett and John Lanchester compete for Wodehouse prize

Post-crash tale of London life takes on Discworld novel in shortlist for books that capture PG Wodehouse's 'comic spirit'Hailed as the great post-crash state of the nation novel, Capital by John Lanchester would likely appear more comfortable on a shortlist... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Pottermore: 3m pupils enrol at Hogwarts

Millions of fans have signed up to JK Rowling's digital experience to cast spells and fight duels, with more interactivity and The Chamber of Secrets promised 'soon'Hogwarts, the wizarding school at the centre of the Harry Potter books, can now... More...

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Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘In One Person,’ John Irving’s New Novel

John Irving’s new novel has a bisexual narrator and a decades-long story.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Cultural Heavyweights Let Public Library Know They Don't Like Planned Revamp

The signers of the letter protesting the New York Public Library's plan include Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem and Art Spiegelman.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

Movie Review: ‘Patience (After Sebald),’ a Documentary

W. G. Sebald, the German-born author of “The Emigrants,” “Austerlitz” and “The Rings of Saturn,” is the subject of a new documentary.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

T Magazine: Bookshelf

Four new books explore the beauty of poetry, hip-hop, aquatic souvenirs and Australian art, respectively.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Ballerina Swan,’ ‘Bea at Ballet’ and ‘Invitation to Ballet’

Two new books teach the basics of ballet, and a third stars a swan auditioning for — what else? — “Swan Lake.”... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey banned from Florida libraries

Bestselling erotic novel removed from shelves in Brevard County as other US libraries make the most of title's popularityIt's the fastest selling book of the year in the UK but British author EL James's erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey... More...

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

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

An Appraisal: Maurice Sendak Wanted Children to Grow Up a Bit

Maurice Sendak, like Max, his celebrated character, was the king of all wild things.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: New York, Cultural Capital of the World? Discuss

Two panels at the Public Theater wrestled with whether New York was still a nurturing home for artists.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Maurice Sendak's dark visions delighted generations of children

The author who won fame with the brilliant but unsettling Where the Wild Things Are refused to patronise his young readersMaurice Sendak didn't like being referred to as a children's book illustrator, believing the term was disrespectful of his talents... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Over Time,’ a Memoir by Frank Deford

Frank Deford’s memoir recalls a lost era of sportswriting, when players slept in fleabag hotels and stubbed out cigarettes in the dugout.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: On E-Books and Stephen Colbert: A Few Words With Maurice Sendak

The legendary children's author's media appearances in recent years included a memorable two-part interview with Stephen Colbert.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author, Dies at 83

Mr. Sendak, known in particular for “Where the Wild Things Are,” was widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Maurice Sendak, father of the Wild Things, dies at 83

The prize-winning author and illustrator of more than 100 books, including the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83Maurice Sendak, American born author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83.... More...

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

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Op-Ed Columnist: The L.B.J. Story Isn’t Over Yet

On L.B.J., Robert A. Caro has more to say. And more to say. And more to say. And more to say.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Opinionator: Staging the Self: ‘The Hunger Games’

An analysis of the popular trilogy and its relationship to the pastoral tradition.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Riff: The Great Pulitzer Do-Over

This year, the Pulitzer Prize committee declined to award a prize for fiction. So we asked these eight experts to do it instead.... More...

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Monday, 7 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Home,’ a Novel by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s new novel encapsulates all the themes that have fueled her fiction: the hold that time past exerts over time present, the hazards of love, the possibility of redemption and transcendence.... More...

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Monday, 7 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Editors Occupy Cooper Union to Discuss the 99 Percent

Five editors of the Occupy! Gazette discussed the movement on Sunday at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.... More...

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Monday, 7 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rushdie Brings PEN Festival to Close

In his talk Salman Rushdie lamented both a certain human tendency to value material well-being over intellectual freedom, a tension other panels at the festival attempted to confront as well.... More...

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Monday, 7 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ by Ben Fountain

In “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” Ben Fountain sets up a Thanksgiving football game as an artfully detailed microcosm of America in general, and George W. Bush’s Texas in particular, during the Iraq war.... More...

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Sunday, 6 May, 2012

‘February House’ Evokes Brooklyn’s Bohemian Past

In the new musical “February House,” W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee are unlikely roommates in pre-hipster Brooklyn.... More...

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Sunday, 6 May, 2012

Sunday Routine | Robert A. Caro: On Sundays, Robert A. Caro Writes, Always Dressed Up

The writer Robert A. Caro usually spends his Sundays working on his biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, but always tries to quit with at least one sentence for the next day.... More...

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Sunday, 6 May, 2012

Bill Granger, Novelist and Reporter, Dies at 70

Mr. Granger, who was once a Chicago newspaperman, also wrote more than a score of mysteries and spy thrillers, many of which evoked the rougher environs of Chicago.... More...

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012

Texas Monthly: Jenny Lawson Goes From Misfit With Blog to Author With Deal

Jenny Lawson’s unexpected triumph provides hope for those still tapping away on laptops that the Internet can be a breeding ground for serious writing.... More...

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012

Frank H. Pearl, Publisher With a Zeal for the Serious, Dies at 68

Mr. Pearl was a lawyer and investor in Washington who entered the book business on a quest to publish the serious, quality literature that he felt large corporate publishing houses had neglected.... More...

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on the Power of Anarchy, the Yankees and Broadway

Three new books are studies in power through the prisms of anarchy, the New York Yankees and the Broadway stage.... More...

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge Are the New Power Brokers

Young, wealthy and gay, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge have begun to emerge as major players on the national political stage.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Florida Library Removes 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' Erotic Trilogy, From Shelves

The Brevard County Public Library said it viewed the erotic trilogy as pornographic and not suitable for public circulation.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: L.B.J. in the White House

Robert Caro discusses "The Passage of Power," his latest book about Lyndon Johnson.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Unseen Le Petit Prince pages land for auction

Experts have discovered two unpublished pages from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince which cast new light on the children's classic and will be auctioned in MayRare unpublished pages from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, which shed new light... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘The Lifeboat,’ Charlotte Rogan’s First Novel

Charlotte Rogan’s first novel centers on the survivors of a shipwreck.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Essay: Getting to Know Barney Rosset, on His Terms

Getting to know the crusading publisher Barney Rosset, on his terms.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.,’ by Carole DeSanti

The heroine of Carole DeSanti’s novel comes of age in 19th-century France.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Turing’s Cathedral,’ by George Dyson

A group portrait of the mathematicians and engineers who midwifed America’s postwar technological order.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Magic Hours,’ Essays by Tom Bissell

In essays, Tom Bissell explores the artistic process.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Tutankhamen,’ by Joyce Tyldesley

An Egyptologist illuminates the life, reign and death of King Tut.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Memoir of a Debulked Woman,’ by Susan Gubar

A feminist scholar faces cancer straightforwardly.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘The Taste of War,’ by Lizzie Collingham

How food contributed to World War II: its origins, its outcome and its aftermath.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Waiting for Sunrise,’ by William Boyd

William Boyd’s characters are entangled in personal and political issues.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘The Beginner’s Goodbye,’ by Anne Tyler

For the middle-aged widower of Anne Tyler’s latest novel, mourning is both a rite of passage and a process of discovery.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Inside the List

The former New York Times Op-Ed columnist Anna Quindlen, whose latest book enters the list at No. 2 this week, finds herself “less and less fearful of things” as she gets older.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

‘Derby Day,’ D. J. Taylor’s Horse Racing Satire

Myriad hopes and schemes rest on the performance of a champion racehorse in D. J. Taylor’s satire.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Translators Get a Slam of Their Own at PEN Festival

Modeled on popular poetry slams, the PEN event gave pair of translators the same text and asked them to create their own versions in another language.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Taliban poetry book denounced by former British commander

Anthology of war, love and nature poetry called 'self-justifying propaganda' but publishers say it reveals universal experiencesThe UK publication this month of a book of translated Taliban poetry has been denounced as enemy propaganda by a former commander of British... More...

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

Friday, 4 May, 2012

David Bowman, Author of ‘Let the Dog Drive,’ Dies at 54

Mr. Bowman was a novelist and cultural critic whose first books, “Let the Dog Drive” and “Bunny Modern,” received wide praise in the 1990s for their satirical voice.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

Charles Higham, Celebrity Biographer, Dies at 81

Mr. Higham, whose books drew vast attention for their memorably vast claims, wrote a number of biographies on some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.... More...

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Friday, 4 May, 2012

This Land: Paul Revere’s Work Found in Brown’s Rare Book Room

Marie Malchodi, who works as a “book conservation technician” at Brown University, recently came across a piece of paper signed by “P. Revere Sculp” — and knew it might be a big find.... More...

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Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Up Front

Julia Glass on her “long, imaginary conversation” with Anne Tyler.... More...

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Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Manhunt,’ by Peter L. Bergen, About the Bin Laden Killing

A CNN national security analyst documents the operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.... More...

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Thursday, 3 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' Finds Its Director

Francis Lawrence, whose previous films include "Water For Elephants" and "I Am Legend," will direct "Catching Fire," taking over the "Hunger Games" movie series from the director Gary Ross.... More...

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Thursday, 3 May, 2012

By the Book : Neil Gaiman Shares His Reading Habits

The author of “Coraline,” which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month, read C. S. Lewis as a child and thought, “When I am a writer, I shall do parenthetical asides.”... More...

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Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Rivals launch a printing revolution that could be as significant as Gutenberg

Landa and Xeikon to unveil new inkjet and toner technology at drupa exhibition in DüsseldorfThis week will see the launch of a revolution in printing that may turn out to be as significant as the invention of the Gutenberg printing... More...

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

Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Arthur C Clarke award goes to Jane Rogers

Author's first venture into science fiction, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, beats some of the biggest names in the genreJane Rogers' vision of a world crippled by biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, has won the UK's top prize... More...

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

Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Are You My Mother?’ by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel’s “Are You My Mother?” is a graphic memoir of her mother and of the therapeutic process.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Andrew Shaffer on His “Fifty Shades of Grey” Parody

The satirist Andrew Shaffer talks about his parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Tehran International Book Fair launches crackdown on 'harmful' titles

Annual event that attracts 500,000 visitors a day has revoked licences of publishing houses and banned them from attendingThe idea of an international book festival in Tehran might sound incongruous. Leaders of the Islamic republic are no great book enthusiasts.... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: Steve Coll Talks About the Power of Exxon Mobil

The author of "Private Empire" answers questions about the global operations and influence of Exxon Mobil.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Egyptian writers in plea for Gaza permits to attend PalFest

Authors, bloggers and journalists want to reach the city to take part in the Palestine festival of literatureEgyptian authors, bloggers, journalists and revolutionaries are calling on their government to issue permits for them to enter Gaza and participate in the... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Children's Books: The Best Board Books of the Season

The best of the season’s board books, featuring dinosaurs, bees, trains and more.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

‘The Passage of Power,’ Robert Caro’s New L.B.J. Book

The fourth volume of Robert Caro’s series on Lyndon Johnson starts shortly before the 1960 presidential election and ends a few months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Huge rise in ebook sales offsets decline in printed titles

Despite an increase in digital sales of 366% last year, printed books remain the choice for the majority of readers, figures showConsumer ebook sales in the UK increased by 366% last year helping to offset a decline in the market... More...

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

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Norman Fruman, Coleridge Scholar, Dies at 88

Mr. Fruman roiled literary waters in the 1970s with a biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge that accused the poet of stealing ideas.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Bring Up the Bodies,’ a ‘Wolf Hall’ Sequel by Hilary Mantel

The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed “Wolf Hall” focuses on Thomas Cromwell’s machinations in the Tudor court of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

ArtsBeat: PEN Festival Panel Gives Christopher Hitchens Mixed Grades

Five prominent writers and editors discussed the legacy of Christoper Hitchens on Monday night.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Carol Ann Duffy to bring folk tales to stage for Christmas

Poet laureate will retell classic stories for Royal Exchange Manchester's winter show Rats' TalesPoet laureate Carol Ann Duffy is to retell classic folk stories including The Pied Piper of Hamelin for the theatre this Christmas.... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

'African Booker' shortlist offers an alternative view of continent

Caine prize judges wade through 'a lot of uninspired prose' to list five stories that 'enlarge our concept of Africa'Five stories which avoid the "stereotypical narratives" of African fiction have been shortlisted for the Caine prize for African writing, from... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Stephen King: I'm rich, tax me

In an expletive-filled condemnation of America's tax system, the bestselling novelist, who donates $4m a year to charity, says wealthy Americans have a 'moral imperative' to pay higher taxesBestselling novelist Stephen King, who gives away $4m (£2.5m) a year in... More...

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

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Woodward Responds to Bradlee Watergate Excerpt

Remarks from 1990 in a new book about Ben Bradlee, the former editor of The Washington Post, drew a defense from the reporter Bob Woodward.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

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