Annalisa Quinn

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Book News: Sushmita Banerjee, Indian Author Who Fled Taliban, Shot Dead

Friday, September 06, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian woman who wrote a bestselling memoir about life under the Taliban, was reportedly dragged from her home in Afghanistan's Paktika province this week and shot dead. Her memoir A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife, which ...

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Book News: Did A Missing Testicle Make J.D. Salinger A Recluse?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Among the odder "revelations" coming out of a new J.D. Salinger biography is the claim that the author of Catcher in the Rye had only one testicle. According to David Shields and Shane Salerno, the biography's ...

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Book News: Malala, Girl Shot By Taliban, Calls Books 'Weapons That Defeat Terrorism'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls' education, helped open Europe's largest public library on Tuesday with a speech claiming that "pens and books are the weapons ...

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Book News: Seamus Heaney's Last Words Were 'Don't Be Afraid'

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The last words of Seamus Heaney, the Nobel laureate and Irish poet who died last week, came in a text message to his wife: "Noli timere," Latin for "Don't be afraid," the poet's son Michael said ...

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Book News: This Town, That Town. A Squabble Worthy Of Washington

Friday, August 23, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

N.B. — Book News is going on vacation next week. Your faithful correspondent will be in California sans laptop and praying that Jonathan Franzen doesn't choose this week to reignite any feuds with daytime talk show hosts. In ...

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Book News: Guantanamo Reading Material Spurs More Controversy

Friday, August 23, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

N.B. — Book News is going on vacation next week. Your faithful correspondent will be in California sans laptop and praying that Jonathan Franzen doesn't choose that week to reignite any feuds with daytime talk show hosts. In ...

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Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The FBI suspected William T. Vollmann of being first the Unabomber and then the anthrax mailer, the award-winning writer revealed in a grimly funny Harper's article [subscription required]. Vollmann's heavily redacted FBI file, which he obtained ...

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Book News: Barnes & Noble Founder Pulls Plug On Buyback Plan

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Barnes & Noble, the bookstore chain nowadays rarely divorced from the word "struggling," reported more bad news Tuesday. Founder Leonard S. Riggio announced he had suspended his plans to buy the company's nearly 680 bookstores — right ...

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Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The black jazz critic, essayist and novelist Albert Murray died on Sunday in Harlem at age 97. As NPR's Joel Rose noted Monday, "Duke Ellington once described him as the 'unsquarest person I know.' " A ...

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Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

Monday, August 19, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The poet John Hollander died on Saturday from pulmonary congestion, his daughter told The New York Times. He was 83. A professor at Yale and the author of over a dozen collections of poetry, Hollander had ...

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Book News: English Translation Of New Murakami Novel Expected In 2014

Friday, August 16, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The English translation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's newest book (the title literally translates to Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage) won't be out until 2014, Knopf Doubleday publicity director Paul Bogaards tells ...

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Book News: Slam Poet's 'OCD' Love Poem Makes Waves

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A video of poet Neil Hilborn performing his slam poem "OCD" went viral this week, garnering over 1,800,000 views on YouTube. In the video, Hilborn describes falling in love while battling his obsessive compulsive disorder, movingly ...

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Book News: Handwriting Offers Clues In Shakespeare Debate

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Scholars have speculated for centuries that parts of Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy were written by William Shakespeare. Now, Douglas Bruster of the University of Texas at Austin says the handwriting and spelling in the play's ...

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Book News: Museum, Kelly Clarkson Vie For Jane Austen's Ring

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • An anonymous donor has given £100,000 (about $155,000) to Jane Austen's House Museum in its effort to buy back the author's gold and turquoise ring from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who got it at auction ...

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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Monday, August 12, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who admitted to doping earlier this year, is being sued for more than $5 million over false claims in his memoirs, It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts. A ...

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Book News: Barbara Mertz, Mystery Novelist Of Many Names, Dies

Friday, August 09, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The Egyptologist and wildly prolific writer Barbara Mertz died Thursday morning, her publisher tells NPR. She was 85. A formidable scholar with a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, she wrote works of ...

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Book News: Publishers Object To Proposed Punishments For Apple

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Five major publishers are objecting to restrictions the Justice Department wants to place on Apple for colluding with them to fix ebook prices. The proposal, which has not yet been approved by the judge in ...

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Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A Hunger Games-themed summer camp that culminates in a tournament at which children fight to the "death" (not literally, of course) has opened in Florida. The camp hosted by the Country Day School in Largo is inspired ...

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Myths, Legends And Too Much Exposition In 'Goddess Chronicle'

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

At its best, Natsuo Kirino's The Goddess Chronicle is a dark and lovely feminist retelling of the Japanese creation myth. At worst, it's a stiff, repetitive exercise in telling, not showing.

On an island shaped like a teardrop, two sisters are born. Pretty Kamikuu ("Child of Gods") is chosen as ...

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Book News: Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The crime author Elmore Leonard had a stroke last week and is recovering in the hospital, Gregg Sutter, his researcher, told The Detroit News on Monday. Sutter added that the hugely prolific author of Out ...

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