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Annalisa Quinn

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Book News: Alice Munro, Author Of Pensive Short Stories, May Retire

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Canadian author Alice Munro says her writing days may be over. In an interview after winning the Trillium Book Award, Munro told the National Post that she was glad to get the award because she's "probably ...

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Charles Moore's 'Margaret Thatcher' Is A Softer Iron Lady

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Early on in Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher, he describes a birthday party at which a school friend tells the future prime minister, "If you don't stop bossing us, I shall stamp on your foot."

It's not hard to imagine that a great many people have wished they could ...

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Book News: Kim Jong Un Reportedly Gave 'Mein Kampf' As Gifts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Kim Jong Un gave top officials in North Korea copies of Adolf Hitler's autobiography, Mein Kampf, as gifts on his birthday last January, according to a report in New Focus International, a newspaper written largely by North ...

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Book News: VICE Draws Ire By Staging Female Author Suicides

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • VICE magazine has a reputation for using provocative content to draw an audience — Dennis Rodman's North Korean tour comes to mind — but a spread in the magazine's recent fiction issue has sparked particular fury. ...

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Book News: 'Tweet,' 'Geekery' Make The Oxford English Dictionary

Monday, June 17, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The word "tweet" (in the featherless sense) has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, together with a batch of other tech-y words such as "geekery," "crowdsourcing" and "e-reader." OED chief editor John Simpson writes that ...

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Book News: CIA Nominee Catches Grief Over Bookstore Erotica Readings

Friday, June 14, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A breathless Daily Beast report that the woman nominated to be the CIA deputy director, Avril D. Haines, owned a small bookstore in the '90s and would occasionally host erotica readings has sparked accusations of sexism. ...

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Book News: Inmate Fights For His Right To Read Werewolf Erotica

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A San Francisco appeals court has ruled that a werewolf erotica novel must be returned to Andres Martinez, an inmate of Pelican Bay State Prison, after prison guards took it away from him on the grounds ...

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Book News: Illinois School Board Restores 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A school board in Glen Ellyn, Ill., has voted to restore Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being A Wallflower to shelves, after a parent's complaint led to its removal from Hadley Junior High School earlier this ...

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Book News: Sales Of Orwell's '1984' Spike After NSA Revelations

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • As of this morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 had jumped 6,021 percent in just 24 hours, to No. 213 on Amazon's bestseller list. As NPR's Alan Greenblatt recently pointed out, many people ...

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'Taipei' Is Lifelike — But That's Not Necessarily A Compliment

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The novelist Tao Lin, because he is young, narcissistic and computer literate, gets the "voice of Generation Y" treatment a lot. It's a safe way of pinning down the uncontainable paradox that is Tao Lin: On the one hand, he's meek, cripplingly shy and unusually talented. But on the other, ...

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Book News: Iain Banks, Genre-Defying Author, Dies

Monday, June 10, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The Scottish novelist Iain Banks died on Sunday, according to his publisher. He wrote science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks, and mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, prompting The Telegraph to name him ...

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Book News: The Bible An Unexpected Best-Seller In Norway

Friday, June 07, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A new Norwegian language translation of the Bible was the secular country's best-selling book of 2012. (By comparison, the Bible didn't even break the top 100 in the U.S. last year). The Associated Press credits ...

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Book News: A.M. Homes Takes Women's Prize For Fiction

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A.M. Homes won the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize, soon to be the Baileys prize) for her novel May We Be Forgiven. It follows Nixon historian Harold Silver as he begins an ...

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Book News: Germany's Longest Word Gets The Ax

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Until recently, the German language's longest "authentic" word was the 63-letter Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz, meaning "the law for the delegation of monitoring beef labeling," according to The Telegraph. But the law was recently repealed, leaving Germans with no ...

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Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • An investigation into the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda took a strange turn this week as investigators' focus shifted to an American named Michael Townley, who was an assassin for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and a ...

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Book News: Apple Vs. DOJ As Ebook Price-Fixing Trial Begins

Monday, June 03, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • All eyes are on Apple as it heads to court Monday for the start of its ebook price-fixing trial. Last year, the Justice Department accused Apple of conspiring with five major publishing companies to set prices on ...

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Book News: World's Oldest Torah Scroll Found, Italian Scholar Says

Friday, May 31, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A professor at the University of Bologna in Italy says he has found the world's oldest known complete Torah scroll. Hebrew scholar Mauro Perani says the manuscript had been mistakenly categorized as a 17th century work ...

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Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A short letter from the (amply mustachioed, possibly imperialist) English author Rudyard Kipling is up for auction. Addressed to an unknown woman, the letter says, referring to a portion of The Jungle Book, that "a little ...

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Book News: Not Everyone's A Fan Of Amazon's Fan Fiction Move

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Amazon's move last week to begin selling fan fiction has prompted a backlash in the online community. On the one hand, the deal would do away with the copyright restrictions that keep writers of fan fiction from ...

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