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Book News: Amazon Wants To Ship Products Before You Even Buy Them

Monday, January 20, 2014

Also: Lewis Wolpert admits lifting material from other authors; E. L. Doctorow on reading; the best books coming out this week.

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Book News: Hilary Mantel's New Book Reportedly Will Star Margaret Thatcher

Friday, January 17, 2014

Also: Two unpublished novels from Stella Gibbons; a new study finds that "print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits"; Elias Muhanna on the torching of a library in Lebanon.

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Book News: World War I Diaries Of British Soldiers Digitized

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Also: Dostoevsky's intricate pen-and-ink doodles; Jelani Cobb on the complex legacy of Amiri Baraka; romance writer Sylvia Day gets an eight-figure advance for two novels.

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Book News: Argentine Poet Juan Gelman Dies At 83

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Also: How to tell whether you're in a Brontë novel; Simon & Schuster launches a new sci-fi imprint.

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Book News: Prize-Winning Mystery Writer Is Also A Murderer

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Alaric Hunt wrote Cuts Through Bone from his prison cell. Also: Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; James Frey pens a Hunger Games-esque young adult novel; and the Hatchet Job of the Year awards are handed out to reviewers.

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Book News: Adichie, Tartt Are Finalists For National Book Critic's Circle Awards

Monday, January 13, 2014

Also: Hilton Als on Amiri Baraka; The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a critical look at the "graying" New York Review of Books; and the best books coming out this week.

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Fresh Air

Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

Friday, January 10, 2014

Baraka was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village to his later years as a Marxist. He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1986.

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Book News: Will Your Book Sell? There's An Algorithm For That

Friday, January 10, 2014

Also: Poet Amiri Baraka has died at age 79; Augusto Pinochet's personal library.

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Writer And Activist Amiri Baraka Dies At Age 79

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Born LeRoi Jones, the influential poet and award-winning playwright didn't shy away from social criticism and controversy.

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Book News: Cache Of Letters From 'Frankenstein' Author Found

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Also: "Because" is named the word of the year; a new poem by Paul Beilstein.

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Book News: Biography Of Fox's Roger Ailes Alleges Sexism, Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir is critical of the Obama White House; The Morning News' annual Tournament of Books announces its contestants; a new short story from Nicole Krauss.

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Book News: Scores Of Books Burned In Lebanese Library Torching

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Also: Zola Books has bought Bookish; Gary Shteyngart goes on a walking tour of Queens, N.Y., for The Wall Street Journal; Costa Book Awards are announced.

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Book News: Steve Jobs Biographer Asks Internet To Help Edit New Book

Monday, January 06, 2014

Also: Martin Amis on his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard; journalist and author Simon Hoggart has died; the best books coming out this week.

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Crossroads And Coins: Naomi Mitchison's 'Travel Light'

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Travel Light is an unjustly forgotten fairy tale about a wandering princess who goes from bears and dragons to the real world of medieval Constantinople — and back again. Writer Amal El-Mohtar says she encountered the book as an adult and "felt, very powerfully, that I had been waiting for it."

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Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.

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Book News: Efforts To Ban Books On The Rise

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Kids Right to Read Project says many of the books that parents or groups try to bay are from minority authors. Also: A "recently unearthed" story from Zelda Fitzgerald; and how Vladimir Nabokov loved butterflies.

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Exclusive First Read: Chang-rae Lee's 'On Such A Full Sea'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lee's upcoming novel is a dystopian tale, set in a future America where corporations have replaced a long-crumbled government, and Chinese immigrant workers have become a new laboring class, repopulating deserted cities.

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Book News: 'It's Kind Of A Funny Story' Author Mourned

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ned Vizzini, 32, killed himself last week, his family says. Other news: American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression makes the free speech case for the right to sell offensive books; "The Ethicist" makes the case for reading leaked J.D. Salinger stories.

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How To Organize A Bookshelf

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Listeners and Librarian Emerita Kee Malesky weigh in on how to order your bookshelf. Malesky says it doesn't matter if they're in rainbow order or old-fashioned Dewey Decimal — if you can find the books, it works. According to one listeners, coming up with the right system is like giving birth — painful but satisfying.

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Book News: New 'Dragon Tattoo' Novel Coming From New Author

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Also: The Anarchist Cookbook's author says it's time for that book to disappear; and a recipe for "Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake."

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