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NY Public Library Names New Leader: Anthony Marx

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The New York Public Library’s board named Anthony Marx its new president on Wednesday. He'll replace outgoing president Paul LeClerc next summer who was behind the helm of the library system for the past 17 years.

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Here—and Everywhere—at The New Yorker Festival

Friday, October 01, 2010

The annual New Yorker Magazine Festival colonizes the city for one weekend a year. When the magazine was founded by the legendary editor Harold Ross in 1925, he famously said that it was not “for the little old lady in Dubuque.” Today, the magazine is national and international in scope, but for the Festival, it calls home its impressive roster of critics, investigative reporters, writers, editors, and other contributors of all stripes to host panels, conduct interviews, and perform in venues all over the city.

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Perfect City: A Reading List

Friday, October 01, 2010

WNYC

The literature on Abstract Expressionism and its New York environs is vast and deep — and incredibly heavy. (We have the multiple hernias to prove it.) If you’re interested in learning a little more about the period, the movement, its artists and their legacies, check out WNYC's list of some of the most informative reads.

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MacArthur Foundation Names 2010 Fellows

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nicknamed the "Genius Grant," the honor is a no-strings-attached gift of $500,000 distributed to individuals who exhibit creativity and originality in their fields. This year's bunch includes, among others, writers, scientists and a type designer.

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Summer Reading: Terry McMillan on 'Getting to Happy'

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

All summer long we've been compiling a list of great summer reads. Now that Labor Day is behind us, we tack one more book onto the list: "Getting to Happy." It's the highly anticipated sequel to author Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale.

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New York Library Branches to Open Fewer Hours

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tuesday will be the first day of reduced operating hours at some branches of the New York Public Library. The libraries are cutting hours to close budget gaps, and officials say that the reduced hours are a result of "difficult choices," and that many branches will be operating with very limited staffing.

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Andre Agassi Opens Up

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Andre Agassi is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, as well as one of the most charismatic players in the history of the game. But despite his record wins and huge prize earnings, which total over thirty million dollars, Agassi admits in his autobiography, “Open,” that he actually hates tennis with a passion.

Agassi joins us to discuss where his true passions lie, the role his family played in pressuring him to be a champion, and how he managed to write so honestly in his new book, “Open: An Autobiography.” 

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Franzen Rings in 'Freedom'

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bookstores nationwide are releasing Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom to the public on Tuesday. Franzen’s new book is a chronicle that examines the notion of family, history and personal liberty in our time.

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Baraka, Eggers win 31st Annual American Book Awards

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dave Eggers and Amiri Baraka are among more than a dozen winners of the 31st annual American Book Awards, which were announced on Thursday. The awards, first established by the Before Columbus Foundation in 1978, are given for literary works that cover "the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."

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Authors and (Very) Young Writers Convene at Camp

Friday, August 06, 2010

"Quagmire!" "Flabbergasted!" “ Doldrums!"

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Questions for David Mitchell

Thursday, August 05, 2010

He was one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. Maybe now the world will finally believe it when novelist David Mitchell says Star Trek is cool. 

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Jennifer 8. Lee's Kindle-in-the-Bathroom

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jennifer 8. Lee, says there are three problems with having a Kindle. "One is that if you go to a book signing, what do you have the author sign?," she asks. And the other?  "It's kind of dangerous to bring into the bathroom or bathtub." 

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Gained in Translation

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

When flipping open a favorite book, it's easy to skip over the small "translated by" line.

But, in reality, translating is as much of an art form as writing an original work. The history of translation is as old as the history of printing and publishing itself, and it will always be an important component of writing and of literature.

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Weird Rites and Happy Endings

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Happy Ending Reading and Music Series ended its season on a fantastical note, in a program promising “Metaphors and Epiphanies.”

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Lord of the Flies Author Revealed

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

WNYC

A new biography of the writer gets us digging for a rare interview from WNYC.

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Studio 360 Examines Post-Apartheid Art in South Africa

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

With the World Cup heading into its final two weeks, all eyes are set on host nation South Africa. Sixteen years after the election of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, it's an opportunity for South Africa to show the world the vibrant, multi-racial democracy it has become.

But for South African artists both white and black, the traumas of apartheid are never far away. From the Afrikaner novelist to the young black photographer, learning to cope with that past continues to shape the way they make art.

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Books You Shouldn't Miss

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A work of fiction, a work of non-fiction, and a collection of short stories that you shouldn't miss.

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The Coming E-Book Apocalypse

Friday, June 25, 2010

"It’s an apocalyptic summer,” Jason Boog says about the publishing industry. Boog, the publishing editor of mediabistro.com, is referring to the fact that this is the first summer e-books have impacted the market in a big way. With three e-reader devices — the Kindle, Nook, and now the iPad — becoming ubiquitous, publishers are taking this new market very seriously.

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Upcoming Events for Bookworms

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer is a perfect time to stay inside and get lost in a novel. Just kidding.

Get out into the sunshine, and take those bookworm tendancies to an area book fair or literary festival. Here are a few we recommend to get you mingling with other well-read folks.

 

 

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Books You Shouldn't Miss

Monday, June 21, 2010

A recovering skinhead, a girl who can taste her mother's emotions, and the grammatical mistakes that drive one woman crazy.

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