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Issue 50 / December 2012

August 2012

Pentagon considers legal action against Bin Laden raid author

Officials say former Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette is in violation of two non-disclosure agreements that he signed in 2007The Pentagon is considering legal action against a former US Navy Seal whose book describes insider details of the raid that killed... More...

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

Friday, 31 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Six New Arrivals on the Manga List

The latest volume of "Soul Eater" hits the list at No. 1.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Iris Murdoch letters reveal love for close friend Philippa Foot

Lottery money secures collection of 250 letters written to fellow philosopher and one-time lover between 1940s and 1990sIris Murdoch's profound love for one of her closest friends – and, for a while, her lover – the philosopher Philippa Foot, are... More...

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

Friday, 31 August, 2012

Shulamith Firestone, Feminist Writer, Dies at 67

At 25, Ms. Firestone wrote “The Dialectic of Sex,” a radical and arresting second-wave feminist book that remains widely taught in women’s-studies courses. She then retreated to a quiet life of painting and writing.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Navy Seals Embark on a Hellish Literary Adventure

"SEAL Team 666," a new novel by Weston Ochse, imagines a fictional special-ops squad that battles "demons, possessed humans, mass-murdering cults and evil in its most dark and ancient form."... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Christopher Hitchens's 'Mortality'

Christopher Buckley discusses a collection of essays Mr. Hitchens wrote after he was stricken with cancer.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Inside the List

The mystery writer William Kent Krueger, whose novel “Trickster’s Point” is at No. 12 on the hardcover list, once tried to emulate Ernest Hemingway by going without underwear.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘Mortality,’ by Christopher Hitchens

This slender volume collects the essays written by Christopher Hitchens after he was stricken with esophageal cancer.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘Double Cross,’ by Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre tells the story of five extraordinary spies at the center of a ruse to fool the Germans about D-Day.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘Summer Lies,’ by Bernhard Schlink

In Bernhard Schlink’s stories, diffident men grapple with the small delusions and half-truths of the everyday.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘Dublinesque,’ by Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas’s publisher-hero is on a mission.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘The Garden of Evening Mists,’ by Tan Twan Eng

A war-scarred heroine finds solace in Japanese artistic traditions.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘Crusoe,’ by Katherine Frank

Was the forgotten British seafarer Robert Knox the inspiration for “Robinson Crusoe”?... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘The Age of Desire,’ by Jennie Fields

Jennie Fields reimagines Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age world, and the love affair that threatened her closest friendship.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘A Foreign Country,’ by Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming’s spy thriller links the past and the present.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘In the Kingdom of Men,’ by Kim Barnes

A young American woman’s experience in 1960s Saudi Arabia.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

‘When We Argued All Night,’ by Alice Mattison

Alice Mattison’s novel follows the friendship of two men through the greater part of a century.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

George Orwell’s ‘Diaries’

George Orwell’s diaries covered everything from his strong feelings about World War II to his careful counting of eggs laid by Moroccan hens.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Crime: ‘The St. Zita Society,’ by Ruth Rendell, and More

In Ruth Rendell’s novel “The St. Zita Society,” characters are undone by their own obsessions.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Essay: ‘A Clockwork Orange’ at 50

On their 50th anniversary, “A Clockwork Orange” and its sociopathic antihero still have the power to disturb.... More...

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Friday, 31 August, 2012

Zadie Smith defends local libraries

Libraries are 'essential' to promote equality of opportunity, says the novelist Zadie SmithZadie Smith has described local libraries as "absolutely essential" as campaigners in the UK battle to protect the hundreds of branches which are under threat of closure.... More...

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

Friday, 31 August, 2012

Pentagon threatens Seal over Osama bin Laden killing book

No Easy Day author is in breach of agreements not to reveal classified information, says letter that foreshadows legal actionThe Pentagon is threatening legal action against a former US navy Seal who has written a firsthand account of the raid... More...

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

Friday, 31 August, 2012

Up Front

Judith Martin has become recognized as America’s most entertaining and informative arbiter of etiquette.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Adaptation of Jonathan Franzen Essay Heads to Stage

"House for Sale" follows Mr. Franzen's experience selling a family house after the death of his mother.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn movie due to start filming

Film to join array of books and plays about French politician arrested over alleged attempted rape of US hotel workerJust as lawyers prepare a New York civil suit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn over the alleged attempted rape of New York hotel... More...

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

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Guardian first book award: the longlist 2012

Big US hits line up against British poetry and Irish short stories for this year's £10,000 prizeChad Harbach's highly praised debut The Art of Fielding is competing with an Iraq veteran's "raw, visceral" novel about the impact of war and... More...

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

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

US ebook customers to receive compensation in price-fixing lawsuit

Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster agree to pay $69m settlement of claims they had colluded over ebook pricesReaders in the United States who have who have bought electronic books can look forward to compensation, as three publishers agreed to... More...

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

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Junot Díaz: By the Book

As a child, the author of the new story collection “This Is How You Lose Her” loved the unabashedly smart Encyclopedia Brown. “Smart was not cool where I grew up.”... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights,’ Lectures

Stella Adler, the great acting teacher, is presented verbatim, discussing eminent American playwrights.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Ray Bradbury investigated for communist sympathies

Science fiction great put under surveillance by the FBI for 'spreading distrust and lack of confidence in America'Ray Bradbury was investigated by the FBI during the 1950s, with government agents interviewing his peers and putting him under surveillance before concluding... More...

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

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

James Fogle, Author of ‘Drugstore Cowboy,’ Dies at 75

Mr. Fogle was imprisoned in Washington State in a life filled with true crimes, and used his experiences for fictional accounts in novels and an eventual movie.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Books of Style: Fashion’s Price, Hidden and Otherwise

Books that look at the effects of cheaply made clothes and the nationwide shopping spree on consumers, and one that provides affordable, DIY cosmetics tips.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Book on Bin Laden Killing Contradicts U.S. Account

A new firsthand account of the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden raises questions about whether the leader of Al Qaeda posed a clear threat to the commandos who fired on him.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Breed’ by Chase Novak

Scott Spencer’s “Breed,” written under the name Chase Novak, is a ghoulish family tale set mostly in Manhattan.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

‘Sex and God at Yale,’ by Nathan Harden

After being home-schooled and marrying at a young age, Nathan Harden was deeply shocked by the sexual culture at Yale.... More...

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Thursday, 30 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: PEN American Center Announces Literary Awards

Vanessa Veselka, James Gleick, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Barry and Robert K. Massie are recipients of the annual prizes.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Drawn Again to the Images of the Illustrator Antonio Lopez

A book and a gallery show during New York Fashion Week will put Antonio Lopez’s work back in the public eye.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

New Books by Claire Vaye Watkins, Marie NDiaye and More

New books by Claire Vaye Watkins, Marie NDiaye, Hanna Plyväinen, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Katie Kitamura and Charles Cumming.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Venice film festival opens with 9/11 drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Director Mira Nair, who lives in New York, hopes American audiences will see it as a film made by people who love the USIf the Venice film festival needed an electric charge to shock it into motion, it came midway... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Q. and A.: Victor LaValle on His Novel 'The Devil in Silver'

In Mr. LaValle's new book, residents of a Queens psychiatric hospital battle bureaucracy and a monster.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Lucy Can’t Sleep’ by Amy Schwartz, and More

Three picture books about the difficulties of sleep.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Errol Morris Takes on MacDonald Murder Case

The documentarian Errol Morris has written a book about Jeffrey MacDonald, in prison for the 1970 murder of his wife and children.... More...

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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Self-published authors react with anger to 'laziness' charge

Comments by novelist Sue Grafton, dismissing the 'short cut' of self-publishing, have provoked a storm of angerBestselling American crime novelist Sue Grafton has back-pedalled on her description of self-published authors as "too lazy to do the hard work" following disbelief... More...

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

Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Say Nice Things About Detroit,’ Scott Lasser’s New Novel

In Scott Lasser’s novel, a lawyer returns to his blighted hometown and decides that he can’t leave it.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

John Lewis to be first UK retailer to sell Nook e-reader

US bookseller Barnes & Noble seeks to loosen Amazon's grip on digital book market in BritainBarnes & Noble, the US bookseller, has secured a deal with John Lewis to distribute its Nook e-reader as it seeks to dent Amazon's dominance... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Times Readers Recommend 'School Books'

A selection of responses from Twitter about favorite books with scholarly settings.... More...

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Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Avast, Ye Readers! Memoir Coming From Michael Bolton

In "The Soul of It All," Mr. Bolton will chronicle his rise to pop stardom (and, perhaps, his alleged obsession with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise).... More...

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Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

Mitt Romney's unpaid family bill catches up with him

Author Judith Freeman wants candidate to honour 130-year-old debtMitt Romney might think the most he has to deal with this week is the approach of tropical storm Isaac and his upcoming convention speech, but the Republican presidential candidate has also... More...

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

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

Pankaj Mishra’s New Book, ‘Ruins of Empire’

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, “From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia,” is part of his tussle with Niall Ferguson and other writers over Western imperialism and capitalism.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Applied Reading: New Interactive Travel and Atlas Apps

With these interactive apps, the great globe fits in small devices.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’ by Jonathan Evison

The novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” by Jonathan Evison sends a man who has lost everything on a road trip.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Dialogue: ‘Norton Anthology of English Literature’ Turns 50

“The Norton Anthology of English Literature” celebrates its 50th anniversary.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: New Books by Frances O’Roark Dowell and Mary Sullivan

Young girls learn about the limits of their parents in two new books about the strains produced by the Iraq war.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘I Gotta Draw,’ and More

Three picture books encourage children to become constructors of their worlds.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough

For success, character trumps cognitive skills, Paul Tough says.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

‘Silver: Return to Treasure Island,’ by Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion’s sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s 19th-century adventure classic.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

A story inspires an app, a short film and now a book.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

The 6th Floor Blog: The Story Behind My Very, Very Short Stories

Explaining the Summer Fiction Series on the One-Page Magazine.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Bear Has a Story to Tell,’ and More

Three very different books illuminate the urge to narrate.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Earthling!’ and ‘The Creature From the Seventh Grade’

Two novels allude to the feelings of alienation among middle-school boys.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Olivia and the Fairy Princesses,’ and More

For the high-spirited Olivia and others, the pressure to conform can sometimes seem overwhelming.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Every Day,’ by David Levithan

In David Levithan’s novel, a teenage romance is put to the test.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The Girl With Borrowed Wings,’ by Rinsai Rossetti

In the Middle East, a sheltered girl befriends a shape-shifter.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Infinity Ring,’ by James Dashner

In this series opener, history is broken, and it’s up to three young time travelers to fix it.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Books put François Hollande's love life in spotlight

Several new books explore tangled relations between French president, his partner and his exA political love triangle, awkward accordion dances, public kissing and a tweet of revenge: it was only a matter of time before François Hollande's stranger-than-fiction private life... More...

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

Monday, 27 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘How Many Jelly Beans?’ and More

New picture books offer creative approaches to counting.... More...

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Monday, 27 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘NW’ by Zadie Smith

In her novel “NW,” Zadie Smith employs a stream-of-consciousness technique to trace her characters’ thoughts in a rapidly changing London.... More...

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Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Tana French Finds Her Niche in Dark Themes

Tana French puts her career into perspective as her latest murder mystery, “ Broken Harbor,” sits on the best-seller list.... More...

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Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Zadie Smith returns to her native London for her fourth novel

Author of On Beauty, set in New England university, tells Edinburgh festival she will not set another work in the USHer previous novel, On Beauty, set in a New England university town was widely admired by critics, but Zadie Smith,... More...

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

Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Fiona MacCarthy and Padgett Powell win James Tait Black prizes

Experimental novelist and biographer honoured at the Edinburgh International Book FestivalThe British biographer Fiona MacCarthy and the American novelist Padgett Powell have been named the winners of the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes 2012 at an award ceremony held at... More...

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

Saturday, 25 August, 2012

Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves

The growing business of self-published books has spawned an industry in which hired reviewers produce favorable online reviews.... More...

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Saturday, 25 August, 2012

The Saturday Profile: Abd Al Malik, a Rapper, Pushes for a New French Identity of Inclusion

Abd Al Malik, a Catholic altar boy turned Muslim proselyte, uses lyricism to try to come to terms with the ethnic and religious diversity of France.... More...

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Saturday, 25 August, 2012

Bookshelf: Books About a Musical Plaintiff, Rockefeller and the Yankees

Books examining the legal affairs of Ira B. Arnstein, providing insider tidbits on Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, and celebrating George M. Steinbrenner and the Yankees.... More...

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Saturday, 25 August, 2012

Daryl Hine, 76, Poet, Editor and Translator

Mr. Hine was an admired poet, a translator of classic works and, for several years, the editor of Poetry magazine.... More...

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Saturday, 25 August, 2012

‘When It Happens to You,’ by Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald’s fiction debut centers on a couple in a troubled marriage.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Nathan Harden on 'Sex and God at Yale'

This week in The New York Times Book Review, Hanna Rosin reviews "Sex and God at Yale."... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Liar & Spy,’ by Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead’s hero contends with a bully and an eccentric new friend.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Miniseries Treatment in Works for 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'

BBC2 will adapt the Hilary Mantel novels set during the reign of Henry VIII into a six-hour series.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Color Me Better

The usual enticement for "deluxe" editions is behind-the-scenes features. In this area, the color edition of "Scott Pilgrim" does not disappoint.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

‘The Year of the Book,’ and More

Three new middle-grade novels feature girls from very different backgrounds dealing with the challenges of school.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Times Staffers Recommend 'School Books'

Suggestions for back-to-school reading.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Two Books Coming From Steve Earle

The literary imprint Twelve said it has acquired two books from Steve Earle, the folk-rocker, activist and occasional actor, the first of which would be a memoir and the second a novel.... More...

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Friday, 24 August, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul set to offer literal as well as literary nourishment

Publisher unveils plans for a line of seven soups to accompany its bestselling series of self-help booksFans of the stories of love, tears and hugs that make up the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series will soon be able... More...

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

Friday, 24 August, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey condemned as 'manual for sexual torture'

Head of domestic violence charity dismisses EL James trilogy as 'misogynistic' handbook that peddles dangerous messageA women's refuge has slammed the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy as "an instruction manual for an abusive individual to sexually torture a vulnerable... More...

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

Friday, 24 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘12.21,’ a Novel by Dustin Thomason

In “12.21” a doctor and a Maya scholar join forces to save the world from a sudden collapse, one foreshadowed by the puzzling demise of ancient Maya civilizations.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Memorial for Gore Vidal in Manhattan

A mix of luminaries, theater fans and tourists crowded the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on West 45th Street in Manhattan on Thursday to pay tribute to Gore Vidal, who died in July.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Inside the List

In Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” — at No. 1 in its 11th week on the hardcover fiction list — a young wife disappears from her home on the morning of her fifth anniversary.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rowling to Make U.S Appearance to Promote Her First Novel for Adults

The author of the Harry Potter series will be interviewed by the author Ann Patchett at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Oct. 16.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Seal's book recounting Osama bin Laden raid surprises US military

Due for release on September 11, account written by retired special operations member has not been vetted by PentagonThe Pentagon knew nothing about the book by one of its own until it saw the press release.... More...

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

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

‘The Victims’ Revolution,’ by Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer argues that the contemporary American university is a place of hypocrisy and fear.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Haruki Murakami leads race for Nobel prize for literature

Ladbrokes gives Japanese novelist odds of 10/1, ahead of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom and Mo Yan of China on 12/1The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has emerged as the early favourite to win this year's Nobel prize for literature.... More...

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

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Goldilocks and Just One Bear,’ and More

Variations on Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and more.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!’ and More

New picture books about heading off to school.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Up Front

Hanna Rosin on women’s success in college.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Choke,’ by Diana López, and More

School, relationships, popularity. Navigating life’s uncertainties, the teenage girls in these novels are pushed to the brink.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies set for BBC2 adaptation

Fictionalised life of Thomas Cromwell to be brought to TV in six-hour adaptation and expected to be broadcast in late 2013Her fictionalised life of Thomas Cromwell won Hilary Mantel the Man Booker prize – and now Wolf Hall and its... More...

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

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Curiosity Martian landing point named after Ray Bradbury

Martian Chronicles author honoured in Nasa's chosen name for Mars probe's touchdownDouglas Adams had an asteroid named after one of his characters; now the late Ray Bradbury has lent his name to the spot where Nasa's rover Curiosity landed on... More...

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

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Superman and Wonder Woman become power couple

Man of Steel ditches Lois Lane to enter lasso of love in DC Comics reboot that also makes him put his pants inside his suitSuperman and Wonder Woman, two of the mightiest heroes of the comics world, are about to... More...

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

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Nina Bawden, Author of ‘Carrie’s War,’ Dies at 87

Ms. Bawden, the author of more than 40 books for children and adults, was best-known for a novel based on her World War II childhood, which was adapted twice for television.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

TBR: Inside the List

Bob Spitz’s biography of Julia Child, “Dearie” — one of a flurry of books timed to the centennial of the beloved chef’s birth — hits the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 6.... More...

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Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Talk: Excerpt: Cold Feat: Andrew McCarthy Climbs Kilimanjaro

As his wedding day loomed, the actor Andrew McCarthy braved more than just the snows of Kilimanjaro.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

I am an English writer, not a British one, Ian McEwan tells Alex Salmond

Olympic opening ceremony was first and only time novelist had seen 'Britishness' celebrated, he tells Scotland's first ministerThe Booker prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan has rejected any notion that he is a British writer, insisting instead that English and Scottish writers... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Ian Falconer: By the Book

The author and illustrator, most recently, of “Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” says good children’s books don’t underestimate the reader. “Children will figure things out.”... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘Mousterpiece’ and ‘Sky Color’

Two new picture books continue a kind of crusade to teach kids the value of artistic self-expression.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

City Room: Big City Book Club: Discussing Nora Ephron

An online discussion of "Wallflower at the Orgy" and other works by Nora Ephron.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Forbes list of most powerful women finds little room for Britons

Only the Queen and JK Rowling make cut on annual power list headed for second year by German chancellor Angela MerkelForbes magazine's annual list of the 100 most powerful women on the planet is long on politicians, philanthropists and entertainers,... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Nina Bawden, author of Carrie's War, dies aged 87

The author Nina Bawden, who wrote more than 40 novels but was best known for her children's books Carrie's War and The Peppermint Pig, has diedNina Bawden, whose classic children's novel Carrie's War drew from her own evacuation during the... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Biography of Gore Vidal Coming in 2015

Doubleday will publish a biography of Gore Vidal, the prolific and pugnacious man of letters, written by Jay Parini, who was a friend of Mr. Vidal's for some 30 years.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Books of The Times: David Foster Wallace Biography by D. T. Max

In “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story” D. T. Max traces the career and truncated life of the novelist David Foster Wallace.... More...

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Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

BBC George Orwell statue turned down as 'too left-wing'

Joan Bakewell reports director general Mark Thompson turned down proposal 'flat'George Orwell tendered his resignation from the BBC "because for some time past I have been conscious that I was wasting my time and the public money on doing work... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Falklands war novel by leading Argentinian author comes to Edinburgh

Carlos Gamerro tells the book festival how his genre-bending The Islands explores the experience of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict – and how it still reverberates 30 years onWhen the Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro adapted his fantastical, surreal, funny, bizarre novel about... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Nina Bawden, author of Carrie's War, dies aged 87

The author Nina Bawden, who wrote more than 40 novels but was best known for her children's books Carrie's War and The Peppermint Pig, has diedNina Bawden, whose classic children's novel Carrie's War drew from her own evacuation during the... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Republican landslide in Amazon book vote

Conservative authors outselling Democrat titles right across the US according to Amazon sales mapA map created by Amazon tracking the bestselling political books in the US state by state shows that conservative titles are outselling liberal books virtually everywhere –... More...

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

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Better Off Without ’Em,’ by Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson’s new book is a tour of the Confederate States of America, the country he says should be created by the South’s secession from the North.... More...

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Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

China Miéville: Writers should welcome a future where readers remix our books

Novelist says anti-piracy measures mooted for literature are 'disingenuous, hypocritical, ineffectual' and 'artistically philistine'China Miéville, author of novels including The City & the City and Embassytown, has described anti-piracy measures for literature in the digital age as "disingenuous, hypocritical, ineffectual"... More...

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

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

Racism row over SF novel about black 'Coals' and white 'Pearls'

Weird Tales magazine's decision to publish an extract from Victoria Foyt's Revealing Eden has provoked widespread outrageThe eminent US fantasy magazine Weird Tales's decision to publish an extract from a young adult novel featuring a minority white race called the... More...

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Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

Social media and online comments 'causing writers to self-censor'

Comments on Guardian articles often the domain of trolls who don't bother reading past the standfirst, says Patrick NessInstant feedback via social networking sites such as Twitter is encouraging a culture of self-censorship that threatens to stifle literary endeavour, the... More...

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Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

Crime: ‘The Caller,’ by Karin Fossum, and More

In Karin Fossum’s novel “The Caller,” children are both victims and villains and far more dangerous than any adult.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘Inside’ and ‘Signs and Wonders,’ by Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin’s characters struggle to make personal connections.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘Into the Darkest Corner,’ by Elizabeth Haynes, and More

New books by Elizabeth Haynes, Suzanne Ruta, Karen Thompson Walker, Patrick Lapeyre and Benjamin Wood.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘The Long Walk,’ by Brian Castner

Brian Castner realizes that his skills as a bomb technician can be a liability in peacetime.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘The General,’ a Biography of de Gaulle, by Jonathan Fenby

A biography of Charles de Gaulle, an autocrat stuck in a democracy.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘David Hockney,’ by Christopher Simon Sykes

The first volume of a biography of the British artist covers the years 1937 to 1975.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’

A visit to the centers of this country’s poverty in the 21st century.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘My Poets,’ by Maureen N. McLane

Part memoir and part criticism, Maureen N. McLane’s book includes essays about poets, along with lineated poem-games.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘The Twilight War,’ by David Crist

The conflict between the United States and Iran, from 1979 to the present.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘What Dies in Summer,’ by Tom Wright

As cousins come of age, a killer stalks young girls in this first novel.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

Barnes & Noble to launch Nook e-reader in UK

Publisher backed by Microsoft has Amazon's Kindle in its sights in first expansion outside USBarnes & Noble is to take on Amazon in the European digital book market by launching its Nook e-reader in the UK this autumn.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Paterno’ by Joe Posnanski, a Biography of the Coach

In “Paterno,” the sportswriter Joe Posnanski traces the rise and fall of the Penn State football coach.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘James Joyce,’ a Biography by Gordon Bowker

A new biography of James Joyce records his struggles against censors and literary snobs.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

‘How Much Is Enough?’ by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky

A historian and his philosopher son make a case for the shorter hours Keynes predicted.... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

Glenn Beck set to publish controversial book on US president Thomas Jefferson

Rightwing US radio host Glenn Beck could take over The Jefferson Lies, dropped by Christian publisher over accuracy concernsEvangelical author David Barton's controversial Thomas Jefferson book, which was dropped by its publisher for inaccuracies last week, may have found a... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

Remy Charlip, Dancer and Children’s Author, Dies at 83

Mr. Charlip’s half-century of work cut across a wide spectrum of art forms and aesthetic registers, dazzling avant-garde audiences with dances and writing books like “Arm in Arm” and “Fortunately.”... More...

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Monday, 20 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Lionel Asbo: State of England’ by Martin Amis

Martin Amis’s “Lionel Asbo: State of England” explores the relationship between a ruthless, psychotic thug and his nephew, as the two live out their lives in a brutish neighborhood.... More...

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Irvine Welsh tears into Booker prize

Booker sets upper-class Englishness as cultural yardstick, says Trainspotting author at Edinburgh writers' conferenceIrvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, lashed out at the "highly imperialist-orientated Man Booker prize", whose winners have alternated "between largely upper-middle-class English writers and citizens of... More...

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Garth Nix gives Edinburgh audience sneak preview of Old Kingdom prequel

Australian fantasy author's next book, Clariel, will focus on the early life of Chlorr of the MaskIt's not due to be published until 2013, but young adult fantasy author Garth Nix read an extract from his upcoming novel Clariel: The... More...

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Axel Scheffler and Philip Ardagh introduce The Grunts to Edinburgh

Gruffalo illustrator and Eddie Dickens' author pair up to launch new children's books seriesAuthor Philip Ardagh and illustrator Axel Scheffler have previewed their first joint book, The Grunts in Trouble, to a young audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.... More...

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Jen Hadfield wins Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize

'Disturbing' poem of childhood marks return to work for award-winning poet who went quietJen Hadfield was named the winner of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize 2012 in an award ceremony at Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday.... More...

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Sunday, 19 August, 2012

The Beating Hearts of Romance Writing

Scenes from the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference.... More...

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Saturday, 18 August, 2012

Janice Galloway 'anti-memoir' is named Scottish book of the year

Brilliant account of teenage love affairs with boys, music and latin scoops £30,000 prizeJanice Galloway's 'anti-memoir' of her teen years has been named Scottish book of the year,... More...

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Saturday, 18 August, 2012

Harry Harrison, a Prolific Writer of Satiric Science Fiction, Dies at 87

Among Mr. Harrison’s books was “Make Room! Make Room!” which was made into the film “Soylent Green.”... More...

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Saturday, 18 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Champion of the Book Takes to the iPad

William H. Gass has written an essay that can be read only on an iPad equipped with iBooks 2.... More...

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Friday, 17 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Talking About 'The Underwater Welder'

"The Underwater Welder," by Jeff Lemire, entered the graphic books paperback best-seller list at No. 6.... More...

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Friday, 17 August, 2012

‘Lionel Asbo,’ by Martin Amis

The title character of Martin Amis’s new novel is a thug who wins the lottery and becomes a tabloid darling.... More...

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Friday, 17 August, 2012

Essay: The Art of the Sequel

The best sequels enrich and extend the original story, but they do not treat it as an unfinished work that needs completion.... More...

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Friday, 17 August, 2012

FBI files on Sylvia Plath's father shed new light on poet

Otto Plath, who inspired 1962 poem Daddy, described as morbid man with possible pro-German sympathies during warWhen FBI officers noted the "morbid disposition" of a German-born US suspect called Otto Plath during a first world war investigation, little did they... More...

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Friday, 17 August, 2012

Frame: Bookstores as Galleries of the Page

Among the atypical gallerylike spaces hidden in New York are bookstores carrying hard-to-find art books or other rare publications.... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Book written in DNA code

Scientists who encoded the book say it could soon be cheaper to store information in DNA than in conventional digital devicesScientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Diaries,’ by George Orwell, Edited by Peter Davison

George Orwell’s diaries address his interests in politics but also his passion for nature and gardening.... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

The real Michael Frayn hits Edinburgh book festival – or does he?

The Noises Off author on hoaxes, identities – and the hidden joke in his new bookThe craggy, distinguished-looking chap on the stage at the Edinburgh international book festival seemed to be reasonably familiar with the contents of Michael Frayn's latest... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

By the Book: Ira Glass: By the Book

The host of “This American Life” and co-writer of the coming film “Sleepwalk With Me” would like to meet Edgar Allan Poe. “I don’t have a question, but dude just seems like he could use a hug.”... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Tool Kit: Ins and Outs of Publishing Your Book via the Web

Most self-published books don’t sell a lot of copies. But it’s easier than ever to try one’s luck.... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Currents | Q&A: Even Turtles Need a Place to Call Home: A Conversation With the Author Jan Brett — Q&A

A turtle pond installed by the popular children’s book author Jan Brett has apparently attracted at least one resident, not to mention a giant bullfrog.... More...

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Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Scene City: At the East Hampton Library Authors Night

At the East Hampton library authors night, literary luminaries gather to help a good cause (and to sell some books).... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Maria Semple, Author of ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

Maria Semple, the author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a sendup of privileged Seattle, tells what she really thinks of that city.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’ by Jonathan Tropper

Jonathan Tropper’s sixth novel is about Drew Silver, a divorced part-time drummer in an over-the-hill rock band, supporting himself partly by selling specimens to a sperm bank.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

T Magazine: Pulp Friction: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates on violence, video games and sins of omission.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Q. and A.: Molly Ringwald on Her New Novel

Ms. Ringwald's "When It Happens to You" follows the troubles of a married couple.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Children's Books: ‘The McElderry Book of Mother Goose’

A new collection includes established favorites like “Little Miss Muffett” along with less celebrated nursery folk.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Death of Harry Harrison, science fiction author, aged 87

Writer of comic and dystopian novels who inspired the film Soylent GreenHarry Harrison, the American science fiction writer best known for the Stainless Steel Rat comic space opera series and the dystopian Make Room! Make Room! has died at the... More...

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

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Hilary Mantel discusses Thomas Cromwell's past, presence and future

The Wolf Hall author tells the Edinburgh book festival of her plans for the conclusion of her Tudor trilogyHilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker prize for her novel Wolf Hall, and last month longlisted again for its sequel,... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Riff: A Critic’s Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical

Critics are too mean. Except when they’re too nice. They stand in the way of art. Except when they’re irrelevant. A critic makes the case for the critic.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Scottish people's DNA study could 'rewrite nation's history'

Evidence of African, Arabian, south-east Asian and Siberian ancestry in Scotland, says author of book tracing genetic journeyA large scale study of Scottish people's DNA is threatening to "rewrite the nation's history", according to author Alistair Moffat.... More...

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Media Decoder Blog: Google Can Challenge Class-Action Status on Book Scanning Suit

A federal judge earlier had allowed the Authors Guild to represent all authors affected by Google's ambitious digitalization project. A higher court has agreed to consider the company's objections.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Rare Otto Frank Archive to Be Auctioned in New York

The material was assembled by Joseph Schildkraut, the actor who played Mr. Frank in the stage and film versions of "The Diary of Anne Frank."... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Fall Poetry Festival Lineups Announced

Natasha Trethewey, Amiri Baraka and Jorie Graham are among those participating in the events in October.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Hard Truth for Author: Publisher Pulls 'The Jefferson Lies'

The book, by David Barton, was recently named the "least credible history book in print."... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Books of The Times: Padgett Powell’s New Novel, ‘You & Me’

“You & Me,” Padgett Powell’s sendup of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” is a slim novel in which two men sit around drinking and talking about everything and about nothing.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Ang Lee's Life of Pi to open New York film festival

Big-screen adaptation of Yann Martel's prize-winning novel will become the first 3D film to open the festival next monthAng Lee's big-screen adaptation of the bestselling Yann Martel novel Life of Pi is to become the first 3D film to open... More...

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

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Zimbabwe journalist found dead

South African police are investigating the death of Zimbabwean writer and freelance journalist Heidi Holland, who was found hanged in the garden of her Johannesburg home on 11 August. There were no signs of foul play.Holland, who was 64, was... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Gregory Powell, 79, ‘Onion Field’ Killer, Dies

Mr. Powell was convicted of kidnapping and killing a Los Angeles police officer in 1963, a brutal crime that inspired the popular book and film “The Onion Field.”... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Joe Kubert, Giant of Comic-Book Art, Dies at 85

Mr. Kubert’s work, which included Sgt. Rock and Tor, stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel.... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Books on Science: ‘Curious Behavior’ Review - A Fearless Look at the Body’s Mundane Functions

Robert Provine, who has studied the physiology of laughing, yawning, tickling and other behaviors, celebrates small science, which he calls “sidewalk neuroscience.”... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Carol Ann Duffy writing dark Rapunzel ballet

Poet laureate revisits sinister original version of classic fairytale for touring production commissioned by Sadler's WellsThe poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is writing her first ballet, based on the classic fairytale of Rapunzel – and has promised to put back... More...

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Books Of the Times: ‘Vengeance,’ a New Novel by Benjamin Black

Quirke, a Dublin pathologist, returns for an encore in the latest novel by the Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.... More...

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Monday, 13 August, 2012

UK's oldest comic The Dandy faces closure

Home of Desperate Dan has suffered circulation decline from 2m in its heyday to below 8,000The Dandy, the UK's oldest children's comic and home to cartoon strip characters including Desperate Dan, the cow-pie eating cowboy, is facing closure after 75... More...

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Monday, 13 August, 2012

Zombies burst from screen to page at Edinburgh international book festival

Colson Whitehead's Zone One – a 'zombie novel with brains' – among spate of books dragging the undead into literary fictionZombies – those terrifying, slow-moving stalwarts of 1970s horror films – have sprung back to life recently in homages, "mash-ups"... More...

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Monday, 13 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Lars von Trier Seeks Film Submissions for User-Generated Project

Entrants for the project, called Gesamt, are asked to create short films or recordings inspired by one of six existing works, including James Joyce's "Ulysses," August Strindberg's "The Family" and the Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg, created by Hitler's main architect, Albert... More...

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Monday, 13 August, 2012

Readers nominate Sarah Jackson for Guardian first book award

Pelt, the poet's debut collection, wins the 10th place on the Guardian first book award longlistA passionate reader response to Sarah Jackson's "powerful and violent" debut poetry collection Pelt has helped to bag the title the 10th place on the... More...

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Monday, 13 August, 2012

Larry McMurtry’s Book Auction in Texas

Larry McMurtry auctioned some 300,000 used books from his bookstores in Archer City, Tex.... More...

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Sunday, 12 August, 2012

Books of The Times: Nicholson Baker, ‘The Way the World Works’

In “The Way the World Works,” a collection of essays from the last 15 years, Nicholson Baker caroms among topics as diverse as video games and World War II pacifism.... More...

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Sunday, 12 August, 2012

Riots jail sentences 'punish the poor the hardest', says Tottenham MP

David Lammy, speaking at the international book festival in Edinburgh, also backs 'compulsory civic service'David Lammy, the Tottenham MP whose constituency was the scene of the beginning of the 2011 summer riots has backed "compulsory civic service" for young people,... More...

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Sunday, 12 August, 2012

Reformed Islamist extremist spreads virtues of democracy through Pakistan

Essex-raised Maajid Nawaz tells Edinburgh international book festival of his transformation from radical to rights activistA former recruiter for an extreme Islamist organisation has described how he has diverted his "transferable skills" of "organising, propagandising and preaching" to persuading the... More...

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Sunday, 12 August, 2012

Curious Incident author Mark Haddon says wealthy should pay more tax

Award-winning novelist tells MP that he and other well-off people should pay more tax to save others being hit by spending cutsMark Haddon, the award-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has written to his... More...

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Sunday, 12 August, 2012

Jean Merrill, Children’s Book Writer, Dies at 89

In “The Pushcart War,” “The Toothpaste Millionaire” and many other books, Ms. Merrill’s characters overcome the odds.... More...

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Saturday, 11 August, 2012

Naples Library’s Plunder Highlights Entrenched Dealings

How hundreds of volumes were taken and sold — and the library director charged with the crime — sheds light on some of the practices that continue to bedevil Italy.... More...

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Saturday, 11 August, 2012

Megrahi cancer diagnosis was 'gift' to authorities, says biographer

Convicted Lockerbie bomber's ill-health was convenient for everyone with 'something to hide', author tells book festivalThe cancer diagnosis of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing was a "gift from God" to the Libyan, British and Scottish governments, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's... More...

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

Saturday, 11 August, 2012

Harry Potter pilgrims find their own magic in Chicago

No more films, no more books – but thousands of Hogwarts devotees flocked to the third LeakyCon fan conventionThey gathered early, many with witches' hats or brandishing wands, still bleary from a late night listening to a band called Ministry... More...

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Saturday, 11 August, 2012

Bookshelf: Books About Lorenz Hart, a Federal Judge and Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Books on the life of Lorenz Hart, the character of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Judge Frederic Block, 78, who still hears cases as a senior judge in Federal District Court for the Eastern District.... More...

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Saturday, 11 August, 2012

Sami Rohr, Jewish Philanthropist Remembered by a Writing Prize, Dies at 86

Mr. Rohr, who made a fortune in real estate after fleeing the Nazis, was honored by his children in 2006 with the creation of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.... More...

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Saturday, 11 August, 2012

City Room: After a Part in Poe's 'Raven,' the Dust of Obscurity

A piece of the hearth before which Edgar Allan Poe composed his most celebrated poem languished in obscurity at Columbia University for a century.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Sex, Violence and Intrigue in 'Scalped'

The series is about South Dakota's fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation and Dashiell Bad Horse.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Rachel Cusk's Divorce Memoir

"Aftermath" details Ms. Cusk's separation and divorce from her husband.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Inside the List

M. L. Stedman — whose novel “The Light Between Oceans” enters the list at No. 7 — really doesn’t like publicity.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

David Rakoff, Award-Winning Humorist, Dies at 47

Mr. Rakoff, a humorist and essayist, was known for his incisive wit and keen eye for the preposterous.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Oxford American’ Editor Fired in Sex Harassment

Marc Smirnoff, the editor of the Oxford American, a Southern literary magazine, has been fired after accusations of sexual harassment and has started an aggressive public counteroffensive.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Up Front

Ron Powers on being “the ultimate journeyman.”... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Essay: The Tradition of the Book Continues

Despite predictions of the death of the book, it’s as lively as ever.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Essay: The Death of the Book Through the Ages

Every generation rewrites the book’s epitaph.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘City of Scoundrels,’ by Gary Krist

In Chicago, 1919 brought bloodshed, riots and municipal crises.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Heaven on Earth,’ by Sadakat Kadri

Sadakat Kadri’s history of Shariah explores how Islamic law has evolved.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘The Patagonian Hare,’ by Claude Lanzmann

The French journalist Claude Lanzmann is best known for his epic film, “Shoah.”... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Alif the Unseen,’ by G. Willow Wilson

A young hacker on the run in the Middle East finds himself in a secret world.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘In the Shadow of the Banyan,’ by Vaddey Ratner

Vaddey Ratner’s first novel, which parallels her own life, tells of a little girl’s struggle under the Khmer Rouge.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

New Books by Sadie Jones, Simon Mawer and More

New books by Sadie Jones, Natasa Dragnic, Jane Rogers, Jennifer Miller and Simon Mawer.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Sincerity,’ by R. Jay Magill Jr.

A sweeping cultural history of the ideal of sincerity.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City’

Alan Ehrenhalt describes a demographic reversal, with the wealthy moving to cities and the working class moving to the suburbs.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘The Mansion of Happiness,’ by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore traces American ideas about life and death, from before the cradle to beyond the grave.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Books by Michael J. Casey and Daniel Gross

Michael J. Casey blames a “vast global financial system” for our economic malaise. Daniel Gross sees a brighter future ahead.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘The Garden of Lost and Found,’ by Dale Peck

In Dale Peck’s novel, a Midwesterner arrives in New York to claim his inheritance, a brownstone that may contain buried treasure.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Dare Me,’ by Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott’s latest thriller finds power, desire and revenge in the insular world of high school cheerleading.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Aftermath,’ by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk’s latest memoir describes her divorce and what came next.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

‘Three Strong Women,’ by Marie NDiaye

In Marie NDiaye’s novel, women draw on reserves of love, common sense and even self-mockery to counteract the damage being done to them by narcissistic family members.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: David Rakoff, A Storyteller Who Laughed at the World and Himself

David Rakoff, the author of the essay collections "Fraud," "Don't Get Too Comfortable" and "Half Empty" and a frequent contributor to "This American Life," died on Thursday night. He was 47.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

By the Book: Sylvia Nasar: By the Book

The author of “Grand Pursuit” and “A Beautiful Mind” likes Victorian novelists for their deliciously wicked humor and the Russians for their political and philosophical musings.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Forbes richest authors list 2012: James Patterson takes the crown

Stephen King takes second place in round-up of world's richest authors, with EL James expected to feature next yearJames Patterson and Stephen King might still top Forbes' yearly round-up of the world's richest authors, but the magazine is predicting its... More...

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

Friday, 10 August, 2012

Sean Penn in talks to direct Crazy for the Storm

Actor set to return to director's chair for first time in five years with adaptation of Norman Ollestad's survival memoirSean Penn is in talks to direct an adaptation of the survival memoir Crazy for the Storm, according to the Hollywood... More...

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

Friday, 10 August, 2012

Agatha Christie memorial to be erected

Queen of crime fiction's contribution to the stage to be celebrated with statue in London's theatrelandLondon's first memorial commemorating the bestselling queen of crime fiction Agatha Christie has been given the go-ahead.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

France revels in sordid tales of barely disguised Sarkozy depicted in bestseller

Allegorical novel written by insider becomes bestseller as publishers sate appetite for Primary Colours-style booksNicolas Sarkozy is depicted as a power-crazed leader known as "Rocky" who does pelvic floor exercises with his personal trainer on the Élysée lawn. He also... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Book of The Times: ‘Dead Stars,’ by Bruce Wagner

Hollywood is a cesspool of celebrity worship, child abuse and sexual obsessions in the new novel from Bruce Wagner.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

In New York, Best-Selling Books Vary by Ethnic Group

In heavily Russian Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, it’s a French diet book. In Jackson Heights, Queens, Muslim topics sell, but so do serialized romances.... More...

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Friday, 10 August, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey gets the spoof it deserves

The crowd-sourced erotic spoof novel The Diamond Club has become an ebook top sellerAnyone aroused to apoplexy by the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon will be truly enflamed by the ebook that trails just behind EL James's top-selling trilogy in... More...

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

Thursday, 9 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Paulo Coelho Calls 'Ulysses' a 'Tweet,' Much Twittering Ensues

In an interview the Brazilian novelist called James Joyce's classic an unhealthy example of "pure style."... More...

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Thursday, 9 August, 2012

The Numinous Place hits $75k target on Kickstarter as Russell Crowe chips in

Mark Staufer's ebook/app project will blend video, audio, images and text on iPhone, iPad, Android and other devicesScreenwriter Mark Staufer has hit his $75k target on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for a project called The Numinous Place, which will be released... More...

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

Thursday, 9 August, 2012

John Banville to revive Philip Marlowe in new novel

Irish author writing story featuring Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled private investigator and his 'hallmark noir ambience'Philip Marlowe, that hardest of hard-boiled private investigators, is preparing to saunter back on to the literary stage next year courtesy of the Man Booker prize-winning... More...

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

Thursday, 9 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Double Cross’ and ‘Agent Garbo’

Ben Macintyre’s “Double Cross” and Stephen Talty’s “Agent Garbo” both tell the histories of the double agents who were able to trick their German contacts about the Allied invasion.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

Mark O’Donnell, ‘Hairspray’ Writer, Dies at 58

Mr. O’Donnell was a co-author of the book for the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” which became a phenomenal success, winning eight Tonys, including best book of a musical.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Q. and A.: Author Rebecca Stott on 'Darwin's Ghosts'

Ms. Stott's new book traces the roots of evolutionary theory, from Aristotle to Alfred Russel Wallace.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

Children's Books: Selina Alko’s ‘B Is for Brooklyn,’ and More

Three new picture books celebrate Brooklyn, Times Square and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

John Steinbeck's son criticises Texas over use of fiction in death row cases

Thomas Steinbeck says state's use of character Lennie Small to justify execution of Marvin Wilson is 'profoundly tragic'The son of John Steinbeck has excoriated the state of Texas for using the mental disability of the Nobel prize-winning author's fictional creation... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey movie leaves Bret Easton Ellis off writers shortlist

Studio planning adaptation of EL James's erotic bestseller omits cult novelist from shortlist of four screenwritersUniversal, the studio planning a big screen adaptation of knee-trembling phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey, is considering four writers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. They... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

Discovery of MR James story gives children chance to write ghostly ending

Younger readers invited to complete unfinished ghost story by MR James, recently found in Cambridge University archiveA secluded mansion against a background of dark trees and a creepy, bitter relative lie at the heart of an unfinished story by MR... More...

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Wednesday, 8 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘How to Be Gay,’ by David M. Halperin

In “How to Be Gay,” David M. Halperin argues that when it comes to defining what it means to be a homosexual man, sex is overrated.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Philip Marlowe Set to Return in Novel by John Banville

A new book starring Raymond Chandler's famous private eye is scheduled to appear in 2013.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey becomes bestselling book ever in Britain

Sales of 5.3m in print and ebook drive EL James's 'spankbuster' past the Highway Code and Dan BrownLiterature lovers around the world have released a collective gasp, or perhaps a groan, at the news that the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades... More...

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

Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

US authors seek damages in Google Books copyright row

Writers ask New York judge to order $750 per book damages over 'unauthorised reproduction' by GoogleAuthors are asking a New York judge to order Google to pay them $750 (£479) for every book the search giant scanned without authorisation as... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

Thomas Browne, 17th-Century Author, Draws New Interest

The Renaissance scholars and married couple Stephen Greenblatt and Ramie Targoff are trying to renew the reputation of Thomas Browne, a 17th-century physician.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence set for $10m pay deal for Hunger Games sequel

Oscar-nominated actor, who will reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire, is reportedly in line for a pay riseHunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will earn around $10m (£6.4m) for reprising her role in the sci-fi blockbuster's upcoming sequel,... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

Robert Hughes quotes: 20 of the best

Robert Hughes, the acclaimed art critic and writer, has died aged 74. Here are some of his best insights about the art world• Share your tributes to Hughes here"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

Robert Hughes, Art Critic Whose Writing Was Elegant and Contentious, Dies at 74

With a Hemingwayesque build and the distinctively rounded vowels of his native Australia, Mr. Hughes became as familiar a presence on television as he was in print.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Robert Hughes, Eloquent and Combative Art Critic, Dies at 74

With a Hemingwayesque build and the distinctively rounded vowels of his native Australia, the Time art critic Robert Hughes became as familiar a presence on television as he was in print.... More...

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Duke Acquires Papers of Abraham Joshua Heschel

Rabbi Heschel, who died in 1972, was an influential scholar, writer and theologian.... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette,’ a Maria Semple Novel

Maria Semple’s razor-sharp sendup of privileged Seattle is a novel about a fish-out-of-water mother, her Microsoft-star husband, their bright daughter and a back story shrouded in mystery.... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Arthur Conan Doyle and the mystery of the medical student's Arctic adventure

Sherlock Holmes author's journal of his runaway year away as a ship's doctor on a whaler aged 22 to be publishedOn Sunday 4 April 1880, a young medical student called Arthur Conan Doyle was wrestling with a two-iceberg rather than... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

The Last Pictures by Trevor Paglen: in space and in a bookshop near you

A collection of 100 photographs will be fixed to the outside of the satellite EchoStar XVI when it takes off next monthArtist Trevor Paglen doesn't need to worry about his book, The Last Pictures, disappearing. The collection of 100 seminal... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Paulo Coelho: James Joyce's Ulysses is 'harmful' to literature

Brazilian writer dismisses modernist classic about a day in the life of Leopold Bloom as 'pure style'James Joyce's Ulysses has topped poll after poll to be named the greatest novel of the 20th century, but according to Paulo Coelho, the... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Stefan Zweig memorial plan dismissed by English Heritage

Fans from Roy Hodgson to William Boyd supported bid for blue plaque to mark Austrian writer's London residenceDespite numbering fans from England manager Roy Hodgson to the celebrated authors William Boyd and Antony Beevor, the application to commemorate Stefan Zweig... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Kindle ebook sales have overtaken Amazon print, says book seller

For every 100 hardback and paperback books it sells on its UK site, 114 ebooks are downloaded in 'reading renaissance'Amazon.co.uk has said that sales of its Kindle ebooks are now outstripping its sales of printed books.... More...

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Monday, 6 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Hello Goodbye Hello,’ by Craig Brown

In “Hello Goodbye Hello,” the British columnist Craig Brown weaves dozens of real-life encounters into a glittering daisy chain that reads like a mathematical proof of six degrees of separation.... More...

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Sunday, 5 August, 2012

Off the Shelf: Kenneth Feinberg’s New Look at Fairness’s Price - Review

A new book by Kenneth Feinberg traces his years of work in assessing and paying victims’ claims after disasters, whether the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.... More...

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Saturday, 4 August, 2012

Gene Smith, Biographer of Leaders, Dies at 83

Mr. Smith’s books examined the lives of presidents, generals and mounted warriors.... More...

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Saturday, 4 August, 2012

Simon Hoggart's week: Olympic training in the Beebcave

Staying ahead of the Games: is this how BBC commentators avoid being lost for words in minority sports?✒Browsing among the 24 events shown simultaneously on the BBC, I pondered where they find all the commentators. Obviously none of us have... More...

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Saturday, 4 August, 2012

‘Why Does the World Exist?’ by Jim Holt

Jim Holt explores the interzone between philosophy and scientific cosmology in trying to answer an ancient question: why there is something instead of nothing.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Parker Plans His Biggest Heist

"Parker: The Score," an adaptation of a Richard Stark novel by the cartoonist Darwyn Cooke, is new to the graphic books hardcover best-seller list.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A First Novel Set in Virginia and Outer Space

Liesl Schillinger reviews Lydia Netzer's "Shine Shine Shine."... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Marilyn,’ by Lois Banner

A feminist historian explores the contradictions of Marilyn Monroe’s character.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘What in God’s Name,’ by Simon Rich

In Simon Rich’s novel, God is C.E.O. of Heaven Inc.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Einstein’s Jewish Science,’ by Steven Gimbel

If you can look past anti-Semitism, Steven Gimbel suggests, maybe relativity is “Jewish science” after all.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Too High to Fail,’ by Doug Fine

How legalizing cannabis could change America — culturally, politically and economically.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Inside the List

“Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” a collaboration between the reporter Chris Hedges and the comics artist Joe Sacco — like an updated version of James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” — hits the hardcover nonfiction list at... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘The Price of Inequality,’ by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz considers the cultural and political consequences of concentrated wealth.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Up Front

Bill Maher says America’s drug policy is “a glaring hypocrisy.”... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Season of the Witch,’ by David Talbot

Fifteen tumultuous years in the life of San Francisco, from Altamont to the Super Bowl.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Yours in Truth,’ About Ben Bradlee, by Jeff Himmelman

A biography of Ben Bradlee illuminates his complexities.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Crime: ‘Broken Harbor,’ by Tana French, and More

Tana French’s “Broken Harbor” is a psychological suspense story about the dangers of suppressing unthinkable thoughts.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Vlad,’ by Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes’s Dracula is house hunting in Mexico City.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘You & Me,’ by Padgett Powell

In Padgett Powell’s novel, “two weirdly agreeable dudes” share their observations.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘The Storytelling Animal,’ by Jonathan Gottschall

Make-believe is more than fun and games, Jonathan Gottschall says; it helps us navigate life’s complex social problems.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

New Books by Allen Buchanan, John Brockman and Others

New books by Allen Buchanan, John Brockman, William Poundstone and Lawrence Weschler.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘A Million Heavens,’ by John Brandon

John Brandon’s novel, set outside Albuquerque, delves into the metaphysic.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Shine Shine Shine,’ by Lydia Netzer

An astronaut’s wife is pushed to the brink in Lydia Netzer’s novel.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

‘Triburbia,’ by Karl Taro Greenfeld

Karl Taro Greenfeld’s novel observes the details of downtown life, circa 2008.... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Jonah Lehrer's UK publisher withdraws Imagine over falsified quotes

British publisher Canongate follows Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in removing Imagine from sale, after Lehrer's admission that he made up quotes from Bob DylanJonah Lehrer's British publisher Canongate has withdrawn his book Imagine from sale, following the former New Yorker writer's... More...

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

Friday, 3 August, 2012

John Keegan, Historian Who Put a Face on War, Dies at 78

Mr. Keegan was an Englishman widely considered to be the pre-eminent military historian of his era and the author of more than 20 books, including the masterwork “The Face of Battle.”... More...

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Friday, 3 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘Why Does the World Exist?’ by Jim Holt

Personal anecdotes on subjects as varied as mortality and dining sit amid the philosophical musings in Jim Holt’s new book.... More...

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Thursday, 2 August, 2012

Four self-published authors on New York Times ebook bestseller list

Colleen Hoover's Slammed to reach eighth place this weekend ahead of ebooks by James Patterson and Karin SlaughterFour self-published authors will have a total of seven novels on the New York Times ebook bestseller list this weekend, and the founder... More...

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

Thursday, 2 August, 2012

J. Courtney Sullivan: By the Book

The author of “Maine” and “Commencement” regrets reading “In Cold Blood”: “I’m incapable of going anywhere remotely rural without being up all night worrying that every creaking floorboard is Dick and Perry.”... More...

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Thursday, 2 August, 2012

William Burroughs' Turkish publishers' obscenity trial postponed

Further 'obscene' books will be added to the charges, but Sel Publishing House claims it won't be intimidated by the delayThe Turkish publisher facing obscenity charges for releasing a translation of a William Burroughs novel has vowed not to be... More...

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

Thursday, 2 August, 2012

The Attys: new digital poetry prize to be judged by Margaret Atwood

Canadian-based social reading site, Wattpad, invites entries for its competition, designed as an opportunity 'for poets to share their work and for audiences to discover the genre'There's the Forward prizes for poetry, the prestigious TS Eliot award, and now the... More...

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

Thursday, 2 August, 2012

Broadway theatres to dim lights in memory of Gore Vidal

Cast of his political play The Best Man, currently playing on Broadway, dedicate next week of performances to novelist and playwright, who died this weekBroadway theatres are to dim their lights on 3 August in memory of Gore Vidal, who... More...

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

Thursday, 2 August, 2012

Bodleian's battered Shakespeare First Folio to be put on internet

University library starts £20,000 appeal fund to digitise carefully conserved volume still wrapped in original 1623 bindingBefore they laid a finger on the battered, brown-leather book, the conservators at the Bodleian library in Oxford just sat and stared at it,... More...

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

Thursday, 2 August, 2012

Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. Had Much in Common

Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.’s differences were rooted in similarities.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Books of The Times: ‘And When She Was Good’ by Laura Lippman

In Laura Lippman’s new novel, a woman running a suburban prostitution ring learns that the father of her son, a violent pimp, may soon be released from prison.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Q. and A.: Ben Macintyre Talks About ‘Double Cross’

In his new book, Mr. Macintyre illuminates the World War II espionage that helped the Allies at Normandy.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Gore Vidal reached amazing heights but missed out on main ambitions

The writer was thwarted in his political goals and failed to become the pre-eminent writer of his timeAlthough he achieved considerable wealth and fame and a secure place in dictionaries of quotations, Gore Vidal failed in the two major ambitions... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: An Effort to Put First Edition of Shakespeare Online

The Bodleian Library at Oxford is trying to raise money to digitize its copy.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

‘What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot’

In Michelle Robinson’s new book, a young boy trying to learn the rules of the jungle finds absurd adventure.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

ArtsBeat: A Literary Combatant Leaves the Ring

Gore Vidal was one of the last popular authors whose public persona was opinionated, political and aggressive.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Fifty Shades trilogy outsells Harry Potter on Amazon's UK website

After just four months of sales, EL James beats JK Rowling to become Amazon.co.uk's bestselling author of all timeAfter four months of increasingly astronomical sales, EL James's Fifty Shades trilogy has today officially outsold JK Rowling's seven-book Harry Potter series... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Gore Vidal quotes: 26 of the best

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Gore Vidal, US writer and contrarian, dies aged 86

One of the towering figures of American cultural and political life for more than six decades has died of complications from pneumoniaWinner of the National Book Award in 1993, Vidal's literary output was prodigious, with more than 20 novels, including... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Gore Vidal, Elegant Writer, Dies at 86

Mr. Vidal was an elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Gore Vidal dies aged 86

Feisty American author wrote widely on everything from politics and literature to homosexuality and religionGore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, has died in... More...

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

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

Maeve Binchy, Writer Who Evoked Ireland, Dies at 72

Ms. Binchy’s sprawling novels of Ireland portrayed women confronting all manner of adversity.... More...

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

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