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Book News: Hundreds Of Writers Denounce 'Chokehold' Russian Laws

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Also: Kobo has a new CEO; Teju Cole is writing a nonfiction book; Natasha Trethewey on W.H. Auden.

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Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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Book News: Charlie Chaplin's Only Known Novel Is Unveiled

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Also: A book of Pope John Paul II's private writings is being published; Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul; Philip Roth on writing.

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Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen's Handwriting Found

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Also: a new Zadie Smith story; Stephen King will publish a new book; two poems written by David Foster Wallace as a child.

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A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky originally published their sci-fi classic Definitely Maybe in 1974. Now, a new translation restores cuts made by Soviet censors to this subversive tale of scientists exploring a reluctant universe. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "you'll laugh, you'll look around suspiciously, you'll throw the text across the room."

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Says She Regrets Matching Ron And Hermione

Monday, February 03, 2014

Also: a new poem by Stephen Burt; Lemony Snicket's prize for librarians; the best books coming out this week.

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Amazon Publishing Launches Christian Imprint

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The online superstore Amazon has announced it will publish Christian books under a new imprint called Waterfall Press. Yale Divinity School seminarian and writer Win Bassett tells NPR's Rachel Martin that Christian books are a significant piece of the publishing pie in America.

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Amazon Plunges Into Christian Publishing With Waterfall Imprint

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Amazon has joined the legions of mainstream publishing houses with a religious imprint, Waterfall Press. But Waterfall isn't just religious โ€” it's specifically Christian. Yale seminarian Win Bassett tells NPR that Christian publishing is a billion-dollar business that includes some surprising authors.

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Book News: U.N.-Backed Report Finds 'Shocking' Levels of Youth Illiteracy

Friday, January 31, 2014

Also: Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell has a deal for two graphic novels; Susan Sontag's biographer on reading her emails; Gary Shteyngart on his reading habits.

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Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Also: a fatal literary dispute in Russia; The Rumpus interviews Jerry Stahl.

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Book News: Nurse's Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Costa Award

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Also: Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary about The New York Review of Books; arsonist sentenced to read Malcolm Gladwell; Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch.

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Book News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Also: Bookslut launches the Daphnes award; the life of the English literature adjunct; publisher arrested in China.

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Book News: Caldecott For 'Locomotive'; Newbery For 'Flora & Ulysses'

Monday, January 27, 2014

Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated in black and white by K.G. Campbell, is this year's best children's book, according to the American Library Association. Locomotive, by Brian Floca, is the most distinguished picture book.

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8 Picture Books That Make Us Wish We Were Kids Again

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Every year, the Caldecott Medal goes to the artist of the most distinguished American children's book. The award committee doesn't bother with nominees, but that doesn't mean we can't wildly speculate about what could win.

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Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Author Antoine Saint-Exupery was French, but his beloved book, The Little Prince, wasn't written in Paris. Saint-Exupery wrote it in New York, and even included references to the island in his original manuscript.

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Book News: Amazon Says It Hopes Polish, Czech Workers Won't Unionize

Friday, January 24, 2014

Also: Chang-rae Lee on his reading habits; how Jennifer Weiner helps the New York literary world stay relevant.

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Book News: Maker Of 3-D Printed Guns Has A Book Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Also: Mary Miller on writing; Simon & Schuster acquires a book from the man behind the Twitter account @GSElevator; Mallory Ortberg imagines a "Choose Your Own P.G. Wodehouse Adventure."

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Book News: Kenyan Writer Comes Out In Defiance Of Anti-Gay Laws

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Also: Finalists announced for the Costa prize; Greg Mortenson on Three Cups of Tea; Ben Marcus on why he loves Kafka.

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Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Also: Greg Mortenson to appear on the Today Show; Renata Adler's 1965 report from the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.; Nick Laird on poetry.

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Exclusive First Read (And Listen!): B.J. Novak's 'One More Thing'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Office writer B.J. Novak expands his scope from Dunder Mifflin to the range of human experience in a new short story collection. We've got an exclusive excerpt โ€” with readings by Novak himself, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.

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