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Issue 50 / December 2012

July 2012

For José Andrés, Books Worth Keeping

For José Andrés, his collection of some 1,500 books about food and cooking gave him both knowledge and perspective while enriching his culinary skills.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: A ‘Fantastic’ Fitzgerald Story, Resurrected

The New Yorker this week published a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Thanks for the Light,” that it rejected three-quarters of a century ago.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

JK Rowling novel withheld from foreign publishers over piracy fears

Publishers warn that translations of JK Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book, A Casual Vacancy, risk being sub-standardFears that pirated editions of JK Rowling's upcoming novel The Casual Vacancy could leak out mean that some foreign publishers will not receive a... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Journalist resigns for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes

Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer on the New Yorker magazine, has resigned after admitting that he fabricated Bob Dylan's quotes in a book.He had previously dismissed claims about falsifying the quotes in his best-selling book, Imagine: how creativity works, but... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Four New Messages,’ Joshua Cohen’s New Story Collection

The stories in Joshua Cohen’s “Four New Messages” are about a lot of things: sex, family, disappointment, literary frustration — the pantry items that stock a young writer’s larder.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Maeve Binchy, a journalist whose head was full of stories

Maeve Binchy, the Irish journalist who transformed herself into a best-selling novelist, has died, aged 72. She was warm and witty and wonderful company.There was a total absence of malice in Maeve. She loved people and, in return, they loved... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Maeve Binchy, bestselling Irish writer, dies aged 72

Binchy, whose stories focused on small-town Irish life and included the novel Circle of Friends, died after a short illnessMaeve Binchy, one of Ireland's best-loved writers, has died after a short illness, aged 72.... More...

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

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Twilight War,’ by David Crist

In “The Twilight War,” the government historian David Crist outlines the secret history of America’s 30-year conflict with Iran.... More...

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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit to be extended to three films

Lord of the Rings director will add third film to turn JRR Tolkien adaptation into trilogy, with first set for release in DecemberPeter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit will be split into three films, the director and the studios... More...

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

Monday, 30 July, 2012

Media Decoder: Lehrer Resigns From New Yorker

Jonah Lehrer resigned as a staff writer for the magazine on Monday after a report that he had fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan in the book “Imagine,” published in March.... More...

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Monday, 30 July, 2012

Books: Catching Up on Your Health Reading at the Beach

Two skeptics offer up “The Cure for Everything” and “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?”... More...

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Monday, 30 July, 2012

Warner Bros considers The Shining prequel

Studio has employed Shutter Island screenwriter to write script telling story of Overlook Hotel before Jack Torrance's arrivalIf you've ever wondered what horrors took place at the sinister Overlook Hotel before struggling writer Jack Torrance turned up with his family... More...

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

Monday, 30 July, 2012

US and EU blocking treaty to give blind people access to books

Copyright fears stall talks on books being translated into braille for blind and visually impaired people in the global southThe US and the EU are blocking a treaty that would give the world's blind and visually impaired people – 90%... More...

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

Monday, 30 July, 2012

Irvin Faust, Author and Guidance Counselor, Dies at 88

Mr. Faust, best known for “The Steagle,” a novel, and his short-story collection “Roar Lion Roar,” was also a high school guidance counselor.... More...

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Monday, 30 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,’ by Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce’s first novel contrives a way to shake a lonely English milquetoast out of his monotonous life and send him on a voyage of self-discovery.... More...

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Sunday, 29 July, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on Floyd Patterson and Edith Wharton

Books on Floyd Patterson, an underappreciated heavyweight champion from Brooklyn, and Edith Wharton, the writer who somewhat inaccurately described herself as a “literary orphan.”... More...

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Saturday, 28 July, 2012

How to Write Great

The writers we admire most take life seriously and seek moral truths.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Barbara Gordon Reimagined

Volume 1 of "Batgirl" is No. 4 on the hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Hunger Games credited with making archery cool

In the books and film, the character of Katniss Everdeen is forced to rely on her bow-and-arrow skills to surviveIn the US it started with the Hunger Games, while in the UK its popularity has been growing since the film... More...

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

Friday, 27 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The How-To Issue

Nicholas Confessore discusses "The Candidate," Samuel L. Popkin's book about presidential campaigns.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Yes, Chef,’ a Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir chronicles his rise from rural Ethiopia to the top of the fine-dining world.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘The Tools,’ by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

Two therapists who treat Hollywood screenwriters offer tips for breaking self-destructive habits and getting on with our stalled lives.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Inside the List

The New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz — his memoir, “Out of the Blue,” hits the nonfiction list at No. 13 — learned salsa by dancing with his Puerto Rican grandmother, to Tito Puente records.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Man Made’ and ‘How to Land an A330 Airbus’

Two new books about mastering the art of modern manhood.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘How to Sharpen Pencils,’ by David Rees

David Rees methodically and gleefully satirizes technical manuals.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

How to Write How-To

Gaining failure from experience is preferable to passively acquiring failure from books.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

Simple rules for becoming a better writer, from the author of “Zone One.”... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Pop: Gregg Allman and Other Pop Memoirists

Stirred anew by successful memoirs from Keith Richards and Patti Smith, among others, rock and pop stars are finding reasons to write and audiences eager to read.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

The Willesden Bookshop that inspired Zadie Smith faces closure

'Heartbreaking' final chapter for independent bookseller White Teeth author praised for its service to its communityThe shelves of the Willesden Bookshop are half-empty. The independent bookseller which launched local author Zadie Smith's debut, White Teeth, and has provided a vast... More...

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

Friday, 27 July, 2012

Essay: A. J. Jacobs on His Blurbing Problem

Let me now praise other people’s books.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Shooting Victoria,’ by Paul Thomas Murphy

Paul Thomas Murphy examines the reign of Queen Victoria and the eight attempts that were made on her life between 1840 and 1882.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets,’ by Jeffrey Skinner

Jeffrey Skinner blends memoir and self-help in a book about the unexpected turns in the lives of poets.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ by Cheryl Strayed

A collection of Cheryl Strayed’s online advice columns for The Rumpus.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

An Updated Guide for Young Women

Glamour magazine expands a manifesto for women, adding essays by Katie Couric, Maya Angelou and others.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘How to Win an Election,’ by Quintus Tullius Cicero

According to this translation, Cicero’s younger brother told him to “smear” his political rivals “at every opportunity.”... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘The Candidate,’ by Samuel L. Popkin

Samuel L. Popkin, a professor and sometime campaign adviser, has written a kind of management bible for the business of presidential campaigning.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Up Front

Katy Lederer on her unorthodox career choice.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Just Ride,’ by Grant Petersen

A former racer tries to dispel the cult of gear and equipment and return biking to a state of moderation and rationality.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

‘Teach Your Children Well,’ by Madeline Levine

A psychologist in Marin County, Calif., says everything today’s parents think they’re doing right is actually wrong.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Kate Christensen on How to Cook a Clam

A longtime New Yorker moves to Maine and learns new culinary tricks.... More...

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Friday, 27 July, 2012

Penguin profits slump, but ebook revenues rise 33%

Penguin parent Pearson blames success of Fifty Shades of Grey for 48% fall in operating profitProfits at book publisher Penguin slumped by almost 50% in the first six months, thanks in part to the runaway global success of EL James's... More...

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

Friday, 27 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘How to Be a Woman,’ by Caitlin Moran

In “How to Be a Woman” — part memoir, part polemic — Caitlin Moran excoriates fashion magazines and women’s reluctance to define themselves as feminists.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Burns' Film, Other Projects, to Receive Federal Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities announces the 244 recipients of $39 million in federal grants funding.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Erica Jong and Others Discuss What Women Really Want From 'Fifty Shades'

Panelists at McNally Jackson on Wednesday considered the best-selling trilogy and the state of American sex lives.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

By the Book: Alison Bechdel: By the Book

“Harriet the Spy” had the greatest impact on the author of “Are You My Mother?”... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

Margaret Mahy, Children’s Author, Dies at 76

Ms. Mahy was an award-winning author who was known for her humorous, often fantastical stories for children and young adults.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

Richard Price poem to represent Team GB in Cultural Olympiad project

Little-known poem Hedge Sparrows will fly the flag for Great Britain as part of Scottish Poetry Library's Written World projectA "snapshot" of Britain is given in Richard Price's poem Hedge Sparrows, which has been chosen to represent Great Britain as... More...

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

Thursday, 26 July, 2012

Batman comic delayed after Aurora shootings

DC Comics holds back Batman Inc #3 owing to content 'too close for comfort' after The Dark Knight Rises shootings in ColoradoDC Comics is delaying the release of a new Batman comic following the Aurora shootings because it "contains content... More...

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

Thursday, 26 July, 2012

Simon's Cat: from ballpoint doodle to Cartoon Museum star

Simon Torfield's animated invention has now been viewed more than 35m times on YouTubeWhen Simon Torfield looks surprised – and he finds most of the last five years, when a ballpoint doodle of his cat Hugh became a worldwide online... More...

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

Thursday, 26 July, 2012

Currents | Books: Balthazar Korab, Architect Turned Photographer

The story and images of the mid-century photographer are collected in a new book by John Comazzi.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

At Home With Emma Koenig: Emma Koenig’s So-Called Redacted Life

Emma Koenig has a viral blog, a book out next month and a deal pending with a production company to develop a TV series — and she has finally moved out of her parents’ house.... More...

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Thursday, 26 July, 2012

New Books by M. L. Stedman, Yvvette Edwards and More

New books by M. L. Stedman, Yvvette Edwards, Francine Mathews, Pauls Toutonghi, Marco Vichi and Michèle Halberstadt.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘112 Greene Street: The Early Years,’ ’70s Art in SoHo

“112 Greene Street: The Early Years” graphically recalls the early ’70s in a SoHo gallery.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: L.A. Story: Karolina Waclawiak Talks About Her First Novel

"How to Get Into the Twin Palms" stars a Polish immigrant trying to pass as a Russian in Los Angeles.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Man Booker Prize Finalists Announced

Four of the 12 finalists were debut novelists. The prize organization will announce a short list of six on Sept. 11 and the winner on Oct. 16.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

‘Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake,’ and More

Picture books about caring, capable and surprising grandparents.... More...

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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

Booker prize 2012: new guard edges out old in wide-ranging longlist

Judges pass over Amis, McEwan and Smith in favour of new generation, including four debut novelists, though Hilary Mantel makes the cut for sequel to Wolf HallMan Booker prize judges focused on "novels not novelists" and "texts not reputations" today,... More...

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

Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Bailout,’ by Neil Barofsky

In “Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street,” Neil Barofsky is ultimately outmatched by entrenched interests.... More...

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Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Jack Daniel's Gives Obscure Author a Mega-Shot of Publicity

A cease-and-desist letter has proved to be a marketing boon for Patrick Wensick's satirical novel, "Broken Piano for President."... More...

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Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

Children's authors attack plans for phonics reading test

Authors led by former children's laureate Michael Rosen say plans pose threat to reading for pleasure in primary schoolsMore than 90 of Britain's best-known children's authors and illustrators have called on the government to abandon its plans to introduce early-year... More...

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

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: The Rare Book Scholar's Secret Weapon

The Hinman Collator, a 450-pound behemoth that sleeps in the basement of the University of Virginia's special collections library, is still used today to ferret out subtle typographical variations that the naked eye might fail to perceive.... More...

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Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

At Rare Book School, librarians, scholars, collectors and random book-mad civilians get a chance to see jaw-dropping masterpieces of printing.... More...

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Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

Books of The Times: Prophecies by Nostradamus and Climate Central

A new translation of Nostradamus’s “Prophecies” and “Global Weirdness” by Climate Central speak gloomily of doom.... More...

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Monday, 23 July, 2012

Mira Nair's 9/11 drama to open Venice film festival

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid's novel and starring Riz Ahmed and Kiefer Sutherland, will screen out of competition at the 69th Venice film festival next monthMira Nair's latest film, the 9/11 drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is to open... More...

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

Monday, 23 July, 2012

Lost Katherine Mansfield short story unearthed

Researcher at London university uncovers 'A Little Episode' along with three children's tales and a collection of aphorismsA lost short story by Katherine Mansfield has been discovered in an archive by a PhD student, giving new insight into one of... More...

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

Monday, 23 July, 2012

Children's author Margaret Mahy dies aged 76

One of New Zealand's most acclaimed literary figures has died following a short illnessThe prolific and much-loved children's author Margaret Mahy died aged 76 in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Monday, following a short illness. Tributes have been pouring in for... More...

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

Monday, 23 July, 2012

In Posnanski’s ‘Paterno,’ a Biography With Bad Timing

Simon & Schuster is scaling back publicity for “Paterno,” an ill-timed biography of Joe Paterno, the disgraced Penn State football coach.... More...

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Monday, 23 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Where the Heart Beats,’ John Cage Biography, by Kay Larson

A new John Cage biography explores the composer’s philosophical awakening through Zen Buddhism and how that conversion changed the sort of music he composed.... More...

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Sunday, 22 July, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey spices up sales of Thomas Hardy's Tess

Readers of novel by EL James, which has sold 2.3m copies in the UK, have turned to books that appear to have inspired itSales of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles have increased substantially since the arrival of the best-selling... More...

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

Sunday, 22 July, 2012

Authors face royalty threat from volunteer libraries

Writers not entitled to royalties for books borrowed from libraries run by 'big society'- style volunteersThe government is facing anger from authors shocked to discover that they are not entitled to royalties for books borrowed from libraries run by "big... More...

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

Sunday, 22 July, 2012

Book publishers hunt online for the new EL James

Following the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, publishers eye authors who self-publishMainstream publishing houses are colonising fresh territory in the next stage of an ebook revolution that is changing not only how we read, but what we read, for... More...

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

Sunday, 22 July, 2012

Alexander Cockburn, Left-Wing Writer, Dies at 71

Mr. Cockburn took pleasure in condemning what he saw as the outrages of the right and what he often considered the tepidness and timidity of the American liberal establishment.... More...

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Saturday, 21 July, 2012

Fair Game: Neil Barofsky’s Journey Into a Bailout Buzz Saw — Fair Game

A damning account by Neil Barofsky, who tried to police the TARP bailouts, portrays regulators as captured by the very industry they were supposed to be regulating.... More...

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Saturday, 21 July, 2012

Poetic Connections | Summer Heat: Missed Connections Poetry on Craigslist

It’s certainly the case that sexual attraction generates heat. But what about the converse? Can heat — actual, nonmetaphorical, summer city heat — inspire lustful feelings?... More...

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Saturday, 21 July, 2012

Arts | Connecticut: Writer Amy Bloom Ventures Into the Realm of Children

Amy Bloom, known for novels aimed at adults, is trying her hand at children’s fiction with “Little Sweet Potato.”... More...

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Saturday, 21 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rose's Turn: Mother of 'Gypsy' to Get a Biography

The independent scholar Carolyn Quinn promises a more complicated portrait of the ultimate stage mother.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Inside the List

“Six Weeks to OMG,” which enters the list at No. 4 this week, is a diet book that recommends cold baths and black coffee.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Life After 'Jarhead'

Anthony Swofford's new memoir, "Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails," recounts his life after the success of his first book.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: A New Adventure for MacKayla Lane

Karen Marie Moning's "Fever Moon" is at No. 2 on the hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Essay: His Father’s Best Translator

Dmitri Nabokov, who died in February, felt the weight of his parents’ history.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘The Cost of Hope,’ by Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett uncovers the medical and financial facts of her husband’s illness.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails,’ by Anthony Swofford

In his new memoir, Anthony Swofford recounts what happened after “Jarhead.”... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘Talulla Rising,’ a Novel by Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan’s sequel to “The Last Werewolf” stars a female werewolf struggling to reconcile her maternal and sexual urges.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘The Obamians,’ by James Mann

Introducing the new Democratic foreign policy elite.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Books About the Tea Party Class of 2010

Two new books explore the radical politics of the 2010 Tea Party freshmen.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘The New Religious Intolerance,’ by Martha C. Nussbaum

When it comes to religious toleration, the United States has a thing or two to teach Europe, Martha C. Nussbaum shows.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘Island of Vice,’ by Richard Zacks

When Teddy Roosevelt tried to clean up New York City.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Artists reclaim British coastline with love poetry camp and moving island

Alex Hartley's Nowhereisland and Peace Camp in Northumberland aim to bring art to country's extremesOn the shore below the jagged-toothed ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast, 420 domed tents have sprung up. White and dead-looking by day, they... More...

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

Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘This Bright River,’ by Patrick Somerville

In this novel, a man returns to his childhood home and unearths family mysteries.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

‘The Taliban Cricket Club’ by Timeri N. Murari, and More

New books by Timeri N. Murari, Elizabeth Percer, Therese Bohman, Daniel Arsand and Anne Berry.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Crime: James Lee Burke’s ‘Creole Belle,’ and More

“Creole Belle,” James Lee Burke’s latest novel starring Dave Robicheaux, features oil-drilling disasters, missing singers, drug running, art forgery and Nazi war criminals.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

On Poetry: Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Selected Poems’ and ‘Pale Fire’

“Pale Fire” is the elephant in the room when assessing the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Touch Press passes 500k book-app sales milestone on iPhone and iPad

London-based publisher hopes sharing features will spark more success with new app The Sonnets by William ShakespeareUK-based publisher Touch Press has sold more than half a million copies of its iOS book-apps, with the vast majority of them being bought... More...

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

Friday, 20 July, 2012

Denise Mina wins crime novel of the year award

Scottish author takes prize for her 'hugely atmospheric and haunting' story The End of the Wasp SeasonDenise Mina's story of suicide and murder during the financial crisis, The End of the Wasp Season, has won the Theakstons Old Peculier crime... More...

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

Friday, 20 July, 2012

Robert W. Creamer, Biographer of Babe Ruth, Dies at 90

Mr. Creamer was one of the first writers to go to work for Sports Illustrated, where he became a senior editor.... More...

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Friday, 20 July, 2012

Bits Blog: Kleiner Perkins, for Better or Verse

Leonard Cohen's "Book of Longing" plays a big role in the sex discrimination suit Ellen Pao has filed against her employer, the venture firm of Kleiner Perkins, and it is a useful prism when thinking about the case.... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

‘A Hologram for the King,’ by Dave Eggers

In his new novel, a parable of America in the global economy, Dave Eggers shows some of the range and serious engagement with American ideals that characterized the work of Norman Mailer.... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Up Front: Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer on the excitement of watching literature open up to new possibilities.... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Books Of the Times: ‘Fire in the Belly,’ on David Wojnarowicz, by Cynthia Carr

As Cynthia Carr observes in “Fire in the Belly,” her thorough and sensitive new biography of the artist David Wojnarowicz, he was “so ugly he was beautiful.”... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Penguin's deal to buy self-publishing giant ASI could 'mislead' new authors

Society of Authors warns that writers would have to give up rights and potential profits to win significant distribution dealsA leading authors' body has warned that Penguin's $116m (£73m) acquisition of self-publishing giant ASI could threaten and undermine the rights... More...

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

Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey to be reworked by Val McDermid

Austen's early novel is to be reimagined by the bestselling crime author for a modern audience, as a suspense-filled teen thrillerVal McDermid is to bring a "frisson of fear" to Jane Austen's least-read book, Northanger Abbey, after being signed to... More...

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

Thursday, 19 July, 2012

By the Book: Joan Rivers: By the Book

The comedian and author of “I Hate Everyone . . . Starting With Me” likes to read pre-Napoleonic European histories. “The minute Shorty comes on the scene, I’m not interested.”... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Call to 'move libraries into 21st century' sparks ebook lending review

After publishers' reluctance to provide digital titles for libraries, the government says a review into ebook lending is imminentThe government is preparing to announce a review into ebook lending following calls from the opposition to move libraries "into the 21st... More...

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

Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Currents | Books: ‘100 Interiors Around the World’- Currents

Taschen, which has published design books for decades, has collected 100 interiors in two volumes of its greatest hits from its archives.... More...

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Thursday, 19 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Broken Harbor’ by Tana French

In Tana French’s latest psychological chiller, an Irish detective must solve a set of vicious murders in a community where he and his family used to spend vacations.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Teacher's aide sacked over claim that Huckleberry Finn is 'racist'

Naiya Galloway is said to have told students in Iowa that the novel 'should not be taught in schools'A teacher in Iowa has reportedly been fired for telling students that Mark Twain's classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Timeless Thomas,’ by Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta’s picture book “Timeless Thomas” takes readers inside Thomas Edison’s lab.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Q. & A.: Jim Holt on Why the World Exists

Mr. Holt's new book addresses the question of why there is something rather than nothing.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

University of Missouri Press Closing Incites Anger

The backlash has raised questions about the institution’s priorities, and fueled an escalating national debate over where academic presses fit in the future of publishing.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Japan finally embraces e-reader revolution

Japan's leading online retailer Rakuten is hoping to see off Amazon's Kindle and corner the world's second-largest publishing marketFor a nation of technology-loving avid readers, Japan has been slow to join the digital publishing revolution. While consumers in the US... More...

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

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘A Million Heavens’ by John Brandon, Set in New Mexico

In “A Million Heavens,” John Brandon places thoughtful people and animals in a small New Mexico town.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Stephen R. Covey, Herald of Good Habits, Dies at 79

Mr. Covey had an enduring best seller in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” a synthesis of self-help and business literature.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Book-Trading Post Opens on a Brooklyn Sidewalk

The Little Free Library, an international movement with 2,200 book-trading outposts, now has one in Prospect Heights.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Jorie Graham and Geoffrey Hill lead Forward prize shortlist

Frontrunners Graham and Hill join Beverley Bie Brahic, Barry Hill and Selima Hill on shortlist for the UK's top poetry award worth £10,000Jorie Graham, one of the biggest names in American poetry, is set to go head to head on... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey meets Pride and Prejudice: classics get erotic rewrites

Erotic publisher brings readers 'the scenes you always wanted to see but were never allowed', by sexing up classic titles including Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre and A Study in ScarletReaders who have long been frustrated by Jane Austen's inexplicable desire... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: No Takers (at $500,000) for Dawn Powell's Diaries

An online auction by the critic Tim Page fails to find a buyer for the novelist's diaries.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Costa's new short story award to be judged anonymously

The £3,500 prize will be for an unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words, with the anonymous winner chosen by public voteUnpublished writers are set to compete on a level playing field with the biggest names in literary fiction... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Donald J. Sobol, Creator of Encyclopedia Brown, Dies at 87

Mr. Sobol’s books about a clever boy detective made bookworms of many a reluctant reader.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Swimming Studies,’ by Leanne Shapton

The illustrator and writer Leanne Shapton memorably conjures swimming’s intense, primordial and isolating pleasures.... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Books on Science: ‘Hidden Treasure’ at the National Library of Medicine

A small fraction of the 17 million books, pamphlets, prints, and other memorabilia in the National Library of Medicine is rediscovered in a new book.... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Mystery Writers Combine Murder and Mealtime

Mystery writers like Linda Fairstein have long written books that combined elements of food and crime.... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: And the Worst Book of History Is ...

Readers of the History News Network site voted David Barton’s “Jefferson Lies” as the least credible book, followed by Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States”.... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey sends sales of Thomas Tallis's Spem in Alium soaring

Devotional choral work, loved by novel's billionaire S&M enthusiast Christian Grey, reaches top of classical charts"The singing starts again … building and building, and he rains down blows on me … and I groan and writhe … Lost in him,... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Somaliland's Hargeisa book festival celebrates fifth year

Horn of Africa's answer to Hay-on-Wye fills cultural void for young in country where 70% of population are under 30It is an unlikely spot for a literary festival, a town of half a million people with no theatre and no... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

BBC Worldwide writes down value of Lonely Planet by £16.1m

BBC's commercial arm sees book brand plummet to £22.6m in value, less than a fifth of the £130m outlayedBBC Worldwide has written down the value of Lonely Planet to just £22.6m, less than a fifth of the £130m outlayed for... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Charles Bukowski and Stephen Sondheim works set for musical collage

A California theatre company will combine the words of the American poet and the music of the US composer and lyricist into a production that will 'reveal the sublime BS of life'The unlikely combination of the works of Charles Bukowski... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

One 'average day' in the life of journalism across the world

A project to record what journalists got up to during a single day earlier this year is now the subject of a book, 24 hours in journalism.Based on diaries kept by journalists about their activities on 8 February, it is... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Peter Jackson in talks for third Hobbit film

Director tells Comic-Con audience he is considering splitting the second Hobbit film into two partsPeter Jackson could be considering adding a sixth film to his Lord of the Rings franchise. Having already divided JRR Tolkien's Rings prequel novel into two... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe to grow Horns for new role

Harry Potter star will return to fantasy in supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja, based on the novel by Joe HillFresh from undeadly success in The Woman in Black, Daniel Radcliffe is to return to fantasy for his next project.... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Christopher Hitchens's introduction to George Orwell's diaries is published

Vanity Fair, the magazine for which Hitchens was a columnist until his death last year, has published a preview of the late essayist's foreword to Orwell's diariesAn introduction to the diaries of George Orwell by the late essayist Christopher Hitchens... More...

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Monday, 16 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Trust,’ by Norb Vonnegut

In “The Trust,” Norb Vonnegut brings back his Wall Street stockbroker hero to uncover another diabolically elegant business crime.... More...

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Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Philip Fradkin, Writer of Western Themes, Dies at 77

Mr. Fradkin often focused on the legacy of environmental destruction in the West.... More...

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Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Bush Presenting Book of Economic Proposals

Former President George W. Bush is presenting “The 4% Solution,” a collection of proposals by experts, in a rare post-term contribution to the political dialogue.... More...

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Sunday, 15 July, 2012

New 'tribute' to classic Len Deighton thriller cover brings accusations of plagiarism

Publisher faces criticism from designer's widow after 'shameful' mimicking of Raymond Hawkey's landmark book jacketA bitter row has broken out over the book jacket that revolutionised the face of British publishing 50 years ago.... More...

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Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Bookshelf: Books on Bellevue, Homegrown Foods and New York Poetry

Books on Bellevue Medical Center and New York City’s locavore movement, and poetry by D. Nurkse, Brooklyn’s former poet laureate.... More...

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Saturday, 14 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Extreme Foodies

"Get Jiro!" hits No. 1 on the hardcover list.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Capital,’ a Novel by John Lanchester

John Lanchester’s novel follows the residents of one London street during an era of easy money.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Why a Bukowski-Sondheim Musical Makes Sense

A new theatrical work that fuses Mr. Bukowski's poetry with Mr. Sondheim's music and lyrics is scheduled to open in November in Long Beach, Calif.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Bookshelf: ‘I Know a Wee Piggy,’ ‘Olympig!’ and More

New picture books starring pigs, including one named Boomer who’s training for the Animal Olympics.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Alys, Always,’ by Harriet Lane

In this first novel, a woman insinuates herself into a literary family’s life after witnessing a death in a car accident.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Confront and Conceal,’ by David Sanger

David E. Sanger assesses the president’s efforts to deal with a world in flux.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Obama Doctrine

David Sanger discusses his new book, "Confront and Conceal."... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Inside the List

Karin Slaughter, whose new novel enters the hardcover list at No. 4 this week, comes by her thriller-ready name honestly: it’s the one she was born with.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Small Damages,’ by Beth Kephart

A pregnant American teenager faces the unknown in Spain.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Land of Stories,’ by Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer whisks his young heroes to a fairy-tale realm.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Monument 14’ and ‘No Safety in Numbers’

The young people in two Y.A. novels find a retail refuge — or a trap.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘My Snake Blake’ and More

Three books highlight the charms of the uncuddly set.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘The Kissing List,’ by Stephanie Reents

In Stephanie Reents’s connected stories, young women navigate an early adulthood cluttered with discarded relationships.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Radio Iris,’ by Anne-Marie Kinney

Anne-Marie Kinney puts an eerie twist on the time-honored battle against workplace monotony.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Gold,’ a Novel by Chris Cleave

Two women, friends and rivals, face their greatest challenge: the 2012 Olympics.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Bernini’s Beloved,’ by Sarah McPhee

The passionate life of Costanza Piccolomini provides a revealing view of Rome in the era of the Baroque.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘The Elizabethans,’ by A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson turns his attention to the creative Elizabethan age.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Classic Sci-Fi Novels Get Futuristic Enhancements From Library of America

Starting on Tuesday readers will be able to use a new online companion to the Library of America's soon-to-be published two-volume collection, "American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s." The online component will offer additional background and commentaries... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Free Will,’ by Sam Harris

Sam Harris explains the illogic of our belief in free will.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

‘Darwin’s Ghosts,’ by Rebecca Stott

A look at the thinkers whose evolutionary ideas preceded Darwin’s.... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Dream come true: Neil Gaiman to create new Sandman 'prequel'

The author of the popular graphic novels has told Comic-Con he will publish a mini-series telling the story of the character Morpheus before his captureTwenty-five years after The Sandman, Neil Gaiman's critically acclaimed series of graphic novels, first appeared, the... More...

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

Friday, 13 July, 2012

Gruffalo author launches Summer Reading Challenge

Julia Donaldson heads a list of bestselling authors aiming to inspire primary school children to sign up to their local librariesJacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and Charlie Higson are among the bestselling authors challenging children up and down the... More...

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

Friday, 13 July, 2012

Carol Ann Duffy wins PEN/Pinter prize

The poet is the fourth recipient of the award, for her 'independent and sometimes awkward' responses to living in Britain todayCarol Ann Duffy has used her poetry to skewer the pomposity of the GCSE exam board, mark the death of... More...

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Friday, 13 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘To Forgive Design,’ by Henry Petroski

In “To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure,” Henry Petroski examines man-made calamities that improved the world.... More...

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Thursday, 12 July, 2012

Up Front

Johnny Depp says he was raised on bluegrass and country music.... More...

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Thursday, 12 July, 2012

By the Book: Dave Eggers: By the Book

If the author of “A Hologram for the King” could meet any writer, it would be George Orwell. Of those authors he’s already met, Christopher Hitchens most impressed him.... More...

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Thursday, 12 July, 2012

Joe Cornish to direct graphic novel adaptation Rust

Attack the Block director is set to adapt Royden Lepp's comic-book robot adventure for 20th Century FoxAttack the Block director Joe Cornish is going to be a busy film-maker in the next couple of years. Last month it was reported... More...

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Thursday, 12 July, 2012

Neil Gaiman signs deal with HarperCollins for five children's books

Prize-winning author of books for adults and older children is set to publish his first picture book for the very youngNeil Gaiman has won armfuls of prizes for his books for adults and children. Now the bestselling author is set... More...

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Thursday, 12 July, 2012

Books of The Times: Kurt Andersen’s ‘True Believers,’ Haunted by the ’60s

In Kurt Andersen’s novel, a woman is haunted by the 1960s.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Marion Cunningham, Cookbook Author, Dies at 90

Mrs. Cunningham, a mentor to many top chefs and foodies, rewrote “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook,” a project that spawned more of her books, a TV show and a newspaper column.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

The 6th Floor Blog: Is It Creepy to See Someone Reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on the Subway?

What's the weirdest/creepiest/most embarrassing thing you've read in public on the subway? Are you more likely to judge your fellow commuters' morals or their taste?... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Scene City: A Party for “True Believers” by Kurt Andersen—Scene City

Publishing types turn out to honor an author and revive a tradition: the book party.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Drawn From Life: Sheila Heti Talks About "How Should a Person Be?"

The novelist says incorporating her real-life friends in fiction was difficult, but "in the end we were all okay."... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Saving Yasha’ and ‘The World’s Greatest Lion’

Two new picture books about orphaned animals and the humans who help them.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Book 'pirate' goes underground after being named by Terry Goodkind

The actions of the fantasy author, who published the photo and details of The First Confessor pirate, have divided digital opinionWizard hero Richard Rahl smites wrongdoers with his Sword of Truth. His creator, the bestselling fantasy author Terry Goodkind, turned... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Kickstarter becomes fourth biggest publisher of graphic novels

Research shows crowdfunding site made $2.2m (£1.41m) over three months, behind Marvel, DC and ImageFrom the million-plus dollars raised for a graphic novel about stick figures to an all-female anthology showcasing the works of women in comics, the crowdfunding website... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Hunger Games finale Mockingjay to be released in two parts

The third book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy will be released as part 1 and part 2, in 2014 and 2015 respectivelyLike its close cousin Twilight, the final entry in the projected series culled from Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy will... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Coldplay to launch Mylo Xyloto comics

The world of Coldplay's album will be explored in a six-part series to be unveiled at Comic-Con this weekColdplay will finally explain the meaning of Mylo Xyloto, elaborating their album's fictional story in a series of comic books. Over six... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Russell Crowe sinks his teeth into Count Dracula

In Eli Roth's horror-thriller Harker, Crowe's vampire will be pursued by a dogged Scotland Yard detectiveThe Hollywood vampire looks set for a major makeover as Russell Crowe prepares to play Count Dracula. The brawny Gladiator star is tipped to impersonate... More...

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

Mark Twain museum joins calls to save Kensal Rise library

A director of the museum in the author's Connecticut home has urged ministers and Brent council to reopen the library, which Twain opened 100 years agoA director of the Mark Twain museum in the author's Connecticut home has written to... More...

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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Pulitzer Juror Writes About the Non-Pulitzer in Fiction

The novelist was one of three jurists for the 2012 prize, which was not awarded.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Essay: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Novel

Woody Guthrie wrote a Dust Bowl novel extolling the virtues of adobe homes.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Symphony Space Plans Series of Talks Inspired by John Cage

Each event will pair a musician and author speaking extemporaneously on various subjects.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Mountains of the Moon,’ a Novel by I. J. Kay

“Mountains of the Moon,” the penetrating first novel by I. J. Kay, depicts a troubled woman in different stages of her life.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey film ties up Social Network team

The production team behind The Social Network are to work on the film version of EL James's erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of GreyThe makers of a high-profile movie based on the literary sensation Fifty Shades of Grey have hired the... More...

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

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Woody Guthrie novel to be published … with help from Johnny Depp

House of Earth, thought to have languished for years in a closet, is said to be influenced by Steinbeck's The Grapes of WrathA novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie will be published next year, with help from Johnny Depp. House... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Anne Rice backs equal rights for women to enjoy erotica

Writer of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, which is being re-released after the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, says women have just as much right as men to enjoy sexual fantasiesAs Anne Rice's erotic retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale... More...

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

Books on Science: ‘The Atlantic Coast’ - From Newfoundland to the Gulf Stream Waters

By ignoring political boundaries in favor of natural divisions, Harry Thurston paints a clearer picture of the plants and animals of the region, the ecological niches they inhabit and the problems tormenting them.... More...

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Monday, 9 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: With Johnny Depp's Help, Woody Guthrie Novel to Arrive in 2013

The actor Johnny Depp and the historian Douglas Brinkley are editing "House of Earth," by the folk singer.... More...

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Monday, 9 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Obamians,’ by James Mann

In “The Obamians,” James Mann argues that the president’s view of America’s role on the world stage is “more modest and downbeat” than the views held by his predecessors.... More...

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Monday, 9 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Brother Says García Márquez Has Dementia

In a lecture in Cartagena, the brother of Gabriel García Márquez said that the author “is doing well physically, but he has been suffering from dementia for a long time.”... More...

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Monday, 9 July, 2012

Children's books need age certifications, claims GP Taylor

The bestselling author of the Vampyre Labyrinth series believes children's literature has become too frightening and should be marked with an age-certification systemBestselling children's author GP Taylor believes that children's literature has become too frightening and should be marked with... More...

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

Monday, 9 July, 2012

Nathan Englander wins 2012 Frank O'Connor short story award

US author beats Kevin Barry and Etgar Keret to win €25,000 prize for What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne FrankMoving from a peep show to a summer camp for the elderly, from a West Bank settlement to... More...

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

Monday, 9 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Gold,’ a Novel by Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave’s novel “Gold” follows an Olympic rivalry and raises the age-old question of doing what is expedient versus doing what is right.... More...

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Sunday, 8 July, 2012

Neighborhood Joint | Williamsburg: Talas, the Bookmaker’s Source for Parchment and Hides

Talas, an enormous loftlike shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the city’s most comprehensive source for bookbinding supplies.... More...

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Sunday, 8 July, 2012

Gabriel García Márquez's writing career ended by dementia

Brother of Nobel prize-winning Colombian writer says side-effects of cancer treatment have accelerated his declineThe Nobel prizewinning author Gabriel García Márquez is suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write, his brother has revealed.... More...

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

Saturday, 7 July, 2012

Off The Shelf: Investment Books Offer Ways Around Doom and Gloom - Review

New books suggest ways for investors to do well even when the economy is going through a tough spell.... More...

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Saturday, 7 July, 2012

Michael J. Ybarra, Author and Extreme-Sports Reporter, Is Dead at 45

Mr. Ybarra was an author and reporter who had been covering extreme sports like rock climbing and kayaking for The Wall Street Journal since 2007.... More...

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Saturday, 7 July, 2012

In ‘Redshirts,’ John Scalzi Gives Expendables a Life

The writer and blogger John Scalzi plays with science-fiction convention in his novel “Redshirts.”... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Inside the List

Two best-selling authors, Joseph E. Stig­litz and Edward Conard, debate their drastically different views of America’s income gap.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Essay: Bruce Handy’s Collection of Boring Books

The really great finds aren’t just dull, they are “uniquely, exquisitely, profoundly” so.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘Cronkite,’ a Biography by Douglas Brinkley

A biography of Walter Cronkite, America’s most beloved broadcast journalist.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Children's books reflect harsh reality

Abandonment, alienation and homelessness are increasingly the themes covered in modern literature for childrenThere was no place like home for Dorothy in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Max returned to his "still warm" dinner in the classic Maurice Sendak... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘Birdseye,’ by Mark Kurlansky

The story of Clarence Birdseye, frozen food pioneer.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Five Batman Books Crowd the Hardcover List

"Batman: The Black Glove" hits enters the list at No. 2.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Superman and Supremely Boring Books

Larry Tye talks about his new biography of the iconic American superhero.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Robert Caro Working on Another Book - And It's Only Partly About LBJ

The biographer will write about how he came to tackle Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses as his subjects.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘My Cross to Bear,’ Gregg Allman’s Memoir

A memoir of rock ’n’ roll and life with the Allman Brothers Band.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘The Red House,’ a Novel by Mark Haddon

Two sides of a torn English family meet to spend a week together in a country home.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Maureen Johnson wins Queen of Teen prize

American author Maureen Johnson carries off the crown after winning an online pollThe American writer Maureen Johnson has carried off the 2012 Queen of Teen award.... More...

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

Friday, 6 July, 2012

Up Front

Chris Matthews on the hidden competitiveness of TV news anchors.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

New Books by Sarah Manguso, Joe Blair and More

New books by Sarah Manguso, Joe Blair, David Treuer and Mikey Walsh.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘Beautiful Ruins,’ a Novel by Jess Walter

In Jess Walter’s sweeping novel, characters follow their aspirations for success and love.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘If Not Us, Who?’ by David B. Frisk

A biography of William Rusher, the publisher who helped remake the Republican Party.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Books About the Pursuit of Al Qaeda

Two books explore the pursuit of Al Qaeda and one of its most notorious leaders, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.... More...

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Friday, 6 July, 2012

Jane Austen's gold ring goes up for auction

Guide price of £20,000-£30,000 for gold and turquoise piece which came to Sotheby's from the novelist's familyA turquoise ring which once belonged to Jane Austen is up for auction at Sotheby's next week. But fans of the romantic novelist will... More...

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

Friday, 6 July, 2012

Colin Dexter honoured for 'outstanding contribution' to crime fiction

Theakstons prize acknowledges impact of Inspector MorseAuthor Colin Dexter is being honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award for his creation of the unforgettable character Inspector Morse.... More...

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

Friday, 6 July, 2012

‘True Believers,’ by Kurt Andersen

A middle-aged lawyer discovers stunning information when she investigates a violent episode in her radical past.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

‘How Should a Person Be?’ by Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti’s book is “part literary novel, part self-help manual.”... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

‘Superman,’ by Larry Tye

Larry Tye traces the origins and evolution of the iconic American superhero.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Brandford Boase award goes to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Annabel Pitcher's widely praised story, about a 10-year-old's response to the death of his sister in a terrorist bombing, is named most outstanding debut novel for childrenAnnabel Pitcher's "practically perfect" first book has won the 30-year-old author the Branford Boase... More...

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

Thursday, 5 July, 2012

‘The Queen’s Lover,’ by Francine du Plessix Gray

This novel’s hero is a dashing Swede who engineered the French royal family’s escape attempt.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Kristin Cashore: By the Book

The author of “Bitterblue,” the third in the young adult Graceling Realm trilogy, says there’s no difference between Y.A. and grown-up literature. “A great book is a great book.”... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

The 6th Floor Blog: What to Read at the Beach, or: Get Your Red-Hot Summer Trash Right Here!

Here at the magazine, our minds are long-since corrupted, and we're just looking for something great to read this summer while we bake ourselves toward oblivion.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Want to Go Mano a Mano With Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway wrote 47 endings to "A Farewell to Arms." Do you have a better one?... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Central Park: An Anthology,’ Edited by Andrew Blauner

In “Central Park: An Anthology,” edited by Andrew Blauner, New York’s 843-acre emerald rectangle is celebrated by an eclectic assortment of writers.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Peter Hook announces Joy Division memoir

Bassist to tell his side of Manchester band's story in forthcoming book, saying previous accounts 'got a lot of things wrong'Peter Hook will publish a new memoir looking back on his years in Joy Division. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division... More...

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

Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Arab Envoys Rebuked for Denying Prize Money to Algerian Writer

Arab diplomats in France have been criticized for quietly withdrawing the prize money for a literary award to Boualem Sansal, a famous Algerian novelist, because he visited Israel.... More...

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Thursday, 5 July, 2012

‘A Farewell to Arms’ With Hemingway’s Alternate Endings

Scribner is publishing a new edition of “A Farewell to Arms” that will include dozens of Ernest Hemingway’s alternate endings.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: DeLillo Play on Global Warming to Receive Premiere in London

Originally commissioned by the Steppenwolf Theater, the one-act will play three days as part of the London Literature Festival.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Shine Shine Shine,’ a Novel by Lydia Netzer

In “Shine Shine Shine,” Lydia Netzer’s first novel, a bald mother and her astronaut husband seek a formula for life.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Readers Judge New Rowling Book By Its Cover

Readers have mixed opinions on the cover for J.K. Rowling's book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy,'' which is coming out Sept. 27.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Don DeLillo's The Word for Snow to take London stage by storm

The US novelist's unpublished one-act play about climate change will receive its European premiere at the London literature festival next weekHeavyweight US novelist Don DeLillo's unpublished one-act play The Word for Snow is set to receive its European premiere in... More...

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

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury to be published in coloured ink

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, the Folio Society is printing Faulkner's 1929 novel the way he intended, with different colours marking chronological shifts in the storyOver 80 years after The Sound and the Fury made its debut... More...

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

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Children's Books: ‘George Bellows,’ by Robert Burleigh

A picture book about the American artist George Bellows.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: History News Network Celebrates Bad History Books

The Web site is asking contributors to nominate "history books that no one should take seriously,'' with the winner scheduled to be announced on July 16.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Mills & Boon turns heat up Fifty Shades with erotica titles

The publisher, better known for its romance stories, announces plans to emulate success of Fifty Shades of Grey with 12 digital-only racy readsThe ruggedly handsome hero of the classic Mills & Boon novel is set to reveal his darker side... More...

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

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Pure,’ a New Novel by Andrew Miller

In “Pure,” by Andrew Miller, drinking, smoking and visits to prostitutes help fuel the unearthing of bodies.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Try Irn Bru, leave the square sausage, advises Japanese guide to Scotland

A new guidebook has some blunt tips for Japanese visitors to Scotland, including avoiding football fans and council estatesKeep away from football supporters and square sausage, and never, ever refer to a Scottish person as English. That's the blunt advice... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Mormon Studies Attracts More Scholars and Attention

For decades, Mormonism was largely ignored by scholars, but a growing cadre of academics find that studying the church can offer new views of religion and the modern world.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘As Texas Goes ’ by Gail Collins

In her new book, Gail Collins focuses on Texas’s staggering inequality, casual embrace of crony capitalism and creaky educational pipeline. But her concern is that the state itself is everyone’s problem.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Oxford University Press fined £1.9m over bribery by African subsidiary firms

Fine follows high court action brought by Serious Fraud Office over OUP subsidiaries based in Kenya and TanzaniaOxford University Press, the global academic publishing department of the university, has been ordered to pay nearly £1.9m after two subsidiary companies bribed... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Rotimi Babatunde wins Caine prize for African writing

Nigerian's short story focuses on an African soldier fighting in Burma during the second world warThe "ambitious, darkly humorous" story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in Burma during the second world war has won Nigeria's Rotimi Babatunde the £10,000 Caine... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Theatre takes Socrates's teachings on tour of crisis-hit Greece

Socrates is as relevant as ever, 2,400 years after his death, say creators of one-man performance of The ApologyAmid the debt crisis, many Greeks have come to despise their leaders, mistrust their media and resent the stern teachings of Brussels... More...

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

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

ArtsBeat: Times Staffers Recommend Books About American Politicians

Book picks from Jill Abramson, Sam Tanenhaus and more, ranging from Lincoln as a writer to an examination of populism.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 2 July, 2012

Dan Brown's latest honour: 'most donated' to Oxfam

For the fourth year running, the author of The Da Vinci Code heads the list of writers most frequently donated to Oxfam charity shopsDan Brown may no longer be the fastest-selling adult author of all time, losing out on that... More...

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

Monday, 2 July, 2012

Famous Five still UK's favourite children's books

Though dogged by accusations of sexism and racism, Enid Blyton's adventures starring Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy remain UK adults' top childhood reads, says a surveyDespite modern disapproval of their politically incorrect content, Enid Blyton's Famous Five books are... More...

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

Monday, 2 July, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘This Bright River’ by Patrick Somerville

In Patrick Somerville’s novel “This Bright River” two people return to their Wisconsin hometown, where their lives, long ago connected, intersect once again.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 July, 2012

‘The Colonel,’ by the Iranian Writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

The Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s book “The Colonel” has just been published in the United States even though it has not yet come out in his home country, where Mr. Dowlatabadi has been regarded as a subversive for decades.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 July, 2012

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