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Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Writer, Dies At 87

Monday, June 24, 2013

Science fiction author Richard Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous TV and movie scripts. For five decades, his work injected a sense of humanity into science fiction.

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Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Monday, June 24, 2013

Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.

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Feast For The Eyes: 3 Cookbooks Just For Looking

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our baking skills. Reviewer T. Susan Chang recommends three cookbooks with pictures that indulge our senses while sparing our waistlines. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Let us know in the comments.

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'New Strange' Stories Hold A Chilling Mirror To Life

Saturday, June 22, 2013

British author Robert Aickman was considered the father of the "strange stories" genre: not exactly ghost stories, but haunted tales of inner fears and unspoken desires. Now, his work is being republished, and inspiring a new generation of writers.

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Book News: Apple, DOJ Tussle As Ebook Price Fixing Trial Ends

Friday, June 21, 2013

Also: An Oklahoma salesman is accused of stealing $2.8 million in textbooks; Joseph Epstein on why Kafka is overrated.

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

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Also: The Apple ebook trial wraps up; the unique horror of Kafka's stories; James Salter's woman troubles.

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In Salter's Novels, The Ladies ARE Lunch

Thursday, June 20, 2013

James Salter has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest writers of his generation. He's been compared to Updike and Roth — but NPR's Lidia Jean Kott says Salter has trouble writing fully realized female characters, depicting them instead as meals to be devoured by the men.

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Also: The folly of marathon readings; Tom Wolfe has a new book; VICE apologizes for tasteless photo spread.

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Book News: VICE Draws Ire By Staging Female Author Suicides

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The anonymous book sculptor of Edinburgh strikes again; the childhood drawings of E.E. Cummings; Jonathan Franzen on literary sexism.

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The Funny (Touching, Fascinating) Pages: 5 Comics For Summer

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When's the last time you read a comic book? Here are five for summer, covering everything from tiny Finnish critters to Viennese punk rockers and musings on Anna Wintour. Writer Myla Goldberg says they represent a golden age in comic art.

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Also: Judy Blume gets her own holiday; Michael Chabon considers the superhero costume; the best books coming out this week.

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This Blumesday Celebrates Judy, Not Joyce

Monday, June 17, 2013

Loyal fans of young adult novelist Judy Blume have riffed on Bloomsday — a celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses — and created Blumesday to honor the author of Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Blubber.

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Evelyn Waugh's 'Scoop': Journalism Is A Duplicitous Business

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The fictional tale about war correspondents will make you laugh till the person next to you on the subway thinks you have problems. It is also, according to writer Alexander Nazaryan, an all-too-real parody of the glory days of print journalism.

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Book News: CIA Nominee Catches Grief Over Bookstore Erotica Readings

Friday, June 14, 2013

Also: Nobody bought Faulkner's Nobel prize at auction; details of a new Salinger documentary.

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Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads

Friday, June 14, 2013

Looking for a good summer sci-fi or fantasy read? Annalee Newitz of io9 picks her five favorites, from the tale of a time-traveling serial killer, to a cryogenics company that produces "bridesicles," and a compilation of supposedly lost Wikipedia entries.

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Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his 15-year-old daughter, Eva, were blown away by the quality of teen writing at last week's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York. While schools might debate the best way to teach writing, teen writers will seek a creative outlet no matter what.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Also: A comic book for the blind; Salvador Dali's great, trippy Alice in Wonderland illustrations.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Also: Charlotte Bronte's French homework fetches a staggering sum; McArthur & Company is closing its doors.

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School's Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NPR Books is replete with readers of grown-up books, but editor Petra Mayer prefers a good YA novel any day. She picks five (well, really six) of her favorite summer YA reads, from first love in 1980s Omaha to far-future Brazil and beyond.

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