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An Ancient Parchment Refuses To Give Up Its Secrets

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious late-medieval document filled with illustrations and strange text, has befuddled countless would-be translators. Is it a book of natural science? Alchemy? Herbology? Astronomy? No one knows, because no one's been able to decipher it.

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Food In Science Fiction: In The Future, We Will All Eat Lasers

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Food is one of the most important world-building tools in a writer's kit — it defines a world and the people in it. Self-described "food writer with a wicked sci-fi addiction" Jason Sheehan muses on food in science fiction — and whether, in the future, we'll all be eating dinner in pill form.

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Book News: 'The Great Gypsy'? School Reading List Is Error-Riddled

Friday, July 12, 2013

Also: Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen to star in a comic book; Nathaniel Rich on noir lit; a profile of a literary fraudster.

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Book News: Evidence 'Overwhelming' In Apple Price-Fixing Case

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Also: a literary history of silly walks; Judy Blume on why Margaret will always be an A cup; Oliver Sacks on hallucinations.

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Apple Loses E-Book Price Fixing Case

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A federal judge has decided against Apple in the e-books price fixing case. Apple was the only remaining party in the case brought by the Department of Justice that originally included five major publishers. Those publishers had previously settled.

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Book News: 'Ender's Game' Author Responds To Boycott Threats

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Also: Amazon launches a comics imprint; Reed Johnson on an uncrackable medieval code; a Colorado state Senate candidate writes erotica.

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In A Campus-Bound Novel, A Thrilling, 'Educational' Affair

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Susan Choi's new novel, My Education, is a study of relationships and how they end. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the book is a triumph for academic novels, portraying youth, love and naivete with exceptional style.

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Chronicle Of 'Gettysburg' Refuses Easy Answers

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Allen Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion provides a determinedly fair account of the battle, the military and political maneuvering leading up to it, and the aftermath. NPR's Stu Seidel says it makes for a valuable addition to any American history reader's library.

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Book News: Neil Gaiman Revives 'Sandman' Comic Series

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Also: Reading Gabriel García Márquez in simulated space; drawings by Jorge Luis Borges and Sylvia Plath; Philipp Meyer on writing.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Read an exclusive excerpt of David Rakoff's last novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a set of humane, witty interlocking vignettes in verse that illustrate the scope of the 20th century, from 1920s Chicago meatpackers to dissatisfied 1980s yuppies.

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Book News: Penguin, Random House Complete Publishing Mega-Merger

Monday, July 01, 2013

Paula Deen's cookbook dropped; David Mitchell on having a child with autism; the best books coming out this week.

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3 Books That Watch Your Every Move

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Novels dealing in privacy-free futures aren't new. But they're rapidly becoming more relevant. Author Max Barry chooses three dystopian novels that are both thought-provoking and chillingly plausible. What's your favorite futuristic novel? Tell us in the comments.

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'Empire Falls' Author Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.

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Book News: Paula Deen's Cookbook Sales Still Sizzle

Friday, June 28, 2013

Also: Dan Savage on stealing books; new works from Amy Tan; Jamie Oliver reads an entire book for the first time.

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Book News: Arthur C. Clarke's DNA Headed For A New Space Odyssey

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Also: Random House commissions Shakespeare retellings; Manil Suri on being a gay Indian author; bestselling technology writer found dead.

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In 'Sisterland,' Familial Fissures And A Pair Of Psychic Twins

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, about a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis, is more about sibling rivalry than the supernatural. Reviewer Sloane Crosley says Sittenfeld handles the psychic realm with a light and logical touch that keeps the book artfully within the bounds of believability.

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Book News: Turkish Protesters Form 'Taksim Square Book Club'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Also: John Quincy Adams' ode to the Eurasian Bull finch; Jane Austen may be the new face on the £10 note; Barnes & Noble struggles.

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Author Matheson Left Behind Reams Of Science Fiction Writing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died. Matheson wrote a number of classic episodes of television shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. His novel, I Am Legend, was adapted into movies three times.

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Book News: Author Of Controversial 'Seduction Guide' Apologizes

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Also: Science fiction author and screenwriter Richard Matheson has died; John McEnroe has a book deal.

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As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.

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