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Book News: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talking To Publishers

Monday, December 16, 2013

Also: The British Library releases more than 1 million images to Flickr; the resistible charms of Alain de Botton; and the earliest prison diary written by a black man or woman.

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Surprising And Skillful, 'Yellow Dog' Deserves A Second Look

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Critics bashed Martin Amis' Yellow Dog, a novel that tells the competing stories of a thug, a king, a tabloid hack and an airplane flight. But author Ben Masters says you should ignore the naysayers and pick up this surprising, supple novel. In fact, Masters says, it's a "small 21st-century masterpiece."

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Science Book Picks for 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Do you have a favorite science-themed book from this past year? We're making our list, and checking it twice, when Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popova join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013.

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Book News: Publisher's Charity To Pay $7.7 Million Settlement In For-Profit Case

Friday, December 13, 2013

Also: The Dictionary of American Regional English goes digital; Alice Gregory on the literature of anorexia; the censorship policies at Guantánamo Bay.

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Book News: Booksellers' Lawsuit Against Amazon, Publishers Dismissed

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Also: Jennifer Szalai on the problem with "guilty pleasures"; Mike Tyson denied entry into the U.K.; portrait of Jane Austen sold at auction.

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Elevenses And Then Some: How To Prepare A Feast Fit For A Hobbit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The latest installment in the Hobbit movie trilogy opens this week. And some hard-core fans plan to celebrate not just with a marathon screening of the Lord of The Ring films that came before it, but with a full day of feasting — seven meals, hobbit-style. We offer up a sample menu.

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Book News: 500 Authors Demand International Bill Of Digital Rights

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.

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Book News: Remembering Nelson Mandela, The Author

Friday, December 06, 2013

Also: Ursula K. Le Guin on being called a "sci-fi writer"; new poems from John Ashbery; Richard Brody on Eichmann in Jerusalem.

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Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Also: Queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz has died; Norway is digitizing books written in Norwegian; Gary Shteyngart spices up 19th century British literature.

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Book News: Manil Suri Takes Bad Sex In Fiction Award

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Also: Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson; remembering the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm; NPR launches a "Book Concierge."

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Book News: Ancient Texts From Vatican And Bodleian Libraries Digitized

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Also: Marina Warner considers sea monsters; Apple gripes about its court-appointed monitor; Ian Rankin on being paid to write.

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E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World

Monday, December 02, 2013

David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.

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Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.

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Book News: Secret Video Documents Conditions In Amazon Warehouse

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Also: a new short story from Romesh Gunesekera; Patricia Cornwell on why she might have been an archaeologist.

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Book News: Psychic And Author Sylvia Browne Dies

Friday, November 22, 2013

Also: A newly published essay by C.S. Lewis; exploring Middle-Earth; Salman Rushdie on the Internet.

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Book News: James McBride, Surprise National Book Award Winner

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Also: a debate on the value of literary prizes; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton on prize-related nightmares; and Doris Lessing's reaction to winning the Nobel.

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'Good Lord Bird,' 'The Unwinding' Win National Book Awards

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A visibly shocked James McBride picked up the fiction prize for his novel The Good Lord Bird about a young slave who joins up with abolitionist John Brown. The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

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Get To Know The Works Shortlisted For The National Book Awards

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.

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Book News: Postal Service Strikes Sunday-Delivery Deal With Amazon

Monday, November 11, 2013

Also: Malala Yousafzai's book is banned in Pakistan's private schools; Jonathan Franzen on Harriet the Spy; the best books coming out this week.

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Poet Pablo Neruda Was Not Poisoned, Officials In Chile Say

Friday, November 08, 2013

It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.

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