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Book News: Bernanke Writing A Book On The Fed And The Great Recession

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Also: The man behind the infamous @GSElevator twitter account is outed by The New York Times; Neil Young has a deal for a second memoir; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie condemns Nigeria's anti-gay laws.

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Blood And Water: Illustrating Langston Hughes' 'Rivers'

Monday, February 24, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, we asked three of our favorite comic artists to illustrate someone or something that inspired them. To kick things off, Afua Richardson takes on Langston Hughes.

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Rosie Perez: 'I Refused The Limitations That Were Set Upon Me'

Monday, February 24, 2014

Before Rosie Perez was an actress or Soul Train dancer, she survived an abusive childhood. Perez talks about that in her new memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.

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Book News: Byline Tally Shows There's Still Gender Bias In Book Reviewing

Monday, February 24, 2014

Also: Ghostwriter says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "simply couldn't bear" having his autobiography written; the best books coming out this week.

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'The Natural' Of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.

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Celebrate Winnie-The-Pooh's 90th With A Rare Recording (And Hunny)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A.A. Milne's beloved bear made his first appearance in a short poem titled "Teddy Bear" which was published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924. We'll listen back to a 1929 recording of Milne.

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Writer Mavis Gallant Portrayed 'Lost Souls' Of Post-WWII Europe

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The New Yorker contributor moved to Paris during the reconstruction after World War II, and focused her short stories on often-overlooked European experiences. Gallant died Tuesday.

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Book News: Year's Oddest Title? 'Pie-ography,' 'Working Class Cats' In Running

Friday, February 21, 2014

Also: a Guardian reporter claims someone was monitoring his book on Edward Snowden as he wrote it; Claire Messud on the semi-colon; Jhumpa Lahiri on short story writer Mavis Gallant.

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Book News: James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Also: Finalists for the L.A. Times Book Prizes are announced; Dr. Seuss's hat collection is going on tour; poet Liu Xia hospitalized in China.

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Book News: Mavis Gallant, Master Of The Short Story, Dies At 91

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Also: Haruki Murakami's next novel to be published in the U.S., Iain Banks' poetry; Rachel Kushner on gendered writing.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling's Second Crime Novel Coming Out In June

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Also: Wendy Doniger on having her book yanked in India; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what it means to be a feminist; a letter from Lewis Carroll.

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It's French, But Ooh, It's Pulpy: The Dark Adventures Of Fantômas

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fantômas — even his name is mysterious! The French criminal mastermind starred in a series of 19 deliciously pulpy novels beginning in 1911. Author Rachel Cantor says the series is "part police procedural, part gothic horror story, part courtroom drama, part Sherlockian mystery, part existential potboiler."

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Romance Writers Offer Sweet Thoughts For Valentine's Day

Friday, February 14, 2014

Even if you hate the holiday, any day is a good day for chocolate and a swoony romantic read. But NPR's romance guru Bobbi Dumas is an unabashed lover of Valentine's Day, and she celebrating by asking five of her favorite authors to recommend their favorite romances — and describe their own Valentine traditions.

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Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Friday, February 14, 2014

Also: A new Valentine's Day scene from Nathaniel P; James Wood on going home; Robert Caro on LBJ.

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Book News: Slam Poet Maggie Estep Dies

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Also: an interview with a copyeditor; a portrait of Hilary Mantel will be shown in the British Library.

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Book News: Gabrielle Giffords Writing Book About Gun Control

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Also: The Hatchet Job of the Year is announced; NASA collaborates on sci-fi series; Penguin India pulls book on Hinduism.

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Book News: Poet Hashem Shaabani Reportedly Executed In Iran

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Also: Unbearable Lightness of Being author Milan Kundera will publish a book this fall; J.K. Rowling explains more about her regret at matching Harry Potter's Ron and Hermione; and Rush Limbaugh's second children's book is due next month.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money' By Kevin Roose

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kevin Roose's Young Money follows a group of new college graduates trying to make it on Wall Street in the era after the 2008 financial crash. What motivated them to give up their lives, to work 100-hour weeks and endure sneers when the reputation of big finance was at its lowest? And, most importantly, how did the experience change them?

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Book News: Contenders Revealed For First Folio Prize For Fiction

Monday, February 10, 2014

Also: Romantic thriller written by English comedian Les Dawson discovered two decades after his death; DreamWorks will publish children's books based on its movies; and the best books coming out this week.

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Book News: It's The End Of The Story For Sony's E-Bookstore

Friday, February 07, 2014

Also: Rachel Kushner on her reading habits; Dan Chiasson on Robert Frost; new awards from the Poetry Foundation.

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