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Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:25am

Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

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'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:03am

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

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The Battle For Dreamland, Revisited In 'Nemo'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:03am

A lavishly produced new tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comics gathers dozens of today's artists to revisit Slumberland. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book is beautiful but unchallenging.

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Book Review: 'Nora Webster' by Colm Toibin

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:22pm

Alan Cheuse reviews a new novel by Colm Toibin, Nora Webster.

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75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:22pm

Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the 1950s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

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Book News: Happy 100th Birthday, Dylan Thomas

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:01am

Born on Oct. 27, 1914, the Welsh poet died at 39. But his writing lives on, in his readers' memory and in the performances marking his birth today. Also: a forecast of books to come.

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Watch This: Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends — What Else? — Noir Films

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:36am

The author of L.A. Confidential discusses his favorite flicks, including a 1963 Akira Kurosawa film he says may be the greatest crime movie he's ever seen.

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LeVar Burton Reads 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 3:09pm

To any over-exhausted parents who suspect they're hallucinating, we assure you: Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gave a reading of the 2011 best-seller this weekend.

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After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 3:01pm

Four former Blackwater guards were found guilty last week in connection with a fatal shooting in 2007. Author Brian Castner recommends a book on the toll violence has taken on Iraq.

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The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 3:18am

Jill Lepore's new book about Wonder Woman reveals the unconventional life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who invented the lie detector, championed feminism, and lived with two women at once.

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The Serious History Of Hocus Pocus In 'Penguin Book Of Witches'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 3:17am

In Colonial America, a witch was not a Halloween costume, but a criminal. NPR's Rachel Martin revisits this moment in history with Katherine Howe, editor of the new Penguin Book of Witches.

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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:05pm

As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:03am

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 5:50am

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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