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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:54pm

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.

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