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Book News: Caro Wins His Third National Book Critics Circle Award

Friday, March 01, 2013

Also: the virtues of fan fiction; a backlash against Vladimir Nabokov in his native Russia; Barnes & Noble confirms bad news.

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Book News: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Author Says Next Book Will Be Tamer

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Also: DC Comics kills off Batman's legendary sidekick; Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir; and banned performance enhancing drugs in literary competitions.

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Book News: 50 Poems From Rudyard Kipling Discovered

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Also: Some authors are buying spots on bestseller lists; the legacy of Philip Roth; and details of Thomas Pynchon's next novel.

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A Justice Deliberates: Sotomayor On Love, Health And Family

Monday, January 14, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is open about how she benefited from affirmative action, how she came to terms with her diabetes and the "out-of-body experience" of being appointed to the high court. Sotomayor spoke with NPR just before the release of her new autobiography.

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America's Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That's compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.

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Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.

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Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60

Monday, October 15, 2012

E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.

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Mo Yan's 'Hallucinatory Realism' Wins Lit Nobel

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Swedish Academy praised the Chinese writer's work, which "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary." The award is a cause of pride for a government that disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award, an exiled critic.

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Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Casual Vacancy is worlds away from Hogwarts and Harry Potter. It's a dark comedy of manners, set in a small town in the aftermath of a local politician's death. Rowling says her experiences with poverty informed her gritty portrayal of English life.

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Slaughter In The Subway: A Tale Of New York Terror

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As a kid, author Victor LaValle loved horror stories. But it wasn't until he read Books of Blood by Clive Barker that he found one set in his own hometown. Have you ever read a book that took place where you live? Tell us in the comments.

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In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?

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The California Taco Trail: 'How Mexican Food Conquered America'

Monday, April 23, 2012

Once upon a time, tacos were a Mexican snack. Now they're an all-American institution. Gustavo Arellano leads us across Southern California in search of the roots of the American taco.

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Amanda Knox Signs Book Deal Worth Millions

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Amanda Knox, the U.S. college exchange student who won an appeal to overturn her murder conviction in Italy last October, has signed a deal to write a memoir โ€” for which she'll earn nearly $4 million, according to reports.

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Brits And Americans Don't Speak The Same Language In The Kitchen

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I was at a complete loss. American mothers and their children could apparently turn out edible artworks by the dozen and here I was, failing at the first attempt to help my daughter feel at home in our new country.

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