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A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:43am

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.

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As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:23pm

Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.

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'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:18am

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00am

As a writer and critic, I am not just bored with this conversation. I am sick of it. I have written these sentences before. I will write them again.

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'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 5:03am

Equal parts thriller and alarm call, Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel depicts a future America ravaged by drought. Reviewer Jason Heller says Bacigalupi keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.

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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:29am

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

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In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:46pm

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.

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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:23am

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

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Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:03am

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist — complex, compelling and dangerous.

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Author Margaret Atwood Contributes Manuscript To Future Library

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:04am

As part of the Future Library project, Margaret Atwood's Scribbler Moon will not be read until 2114. Trees, that will be made into paper for that text, were planted last year in Norway.

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Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.

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Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:00pm

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master -- the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.

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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:30pm

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:39am

The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.

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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:03am

Mat Johnson's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:27am

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03am

Naomi Novik's latest is a reworked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying."

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 3:45am

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 7:48pm

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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