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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

NPR Books - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:00am

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964,’ by Zachary Leader

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am
The first volume of Zachary Leader’s biography of Saul Bellow ends in 1964, with the publication of “Herzog.”

‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am
Martin Amis reviews a new collection of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews and speeches.

‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:22am
Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.

This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

NPR Books - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:42am

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

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A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne'

NPR Books - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:03am

The second volume of Anne Opotowsky's lavish trilogy about the Kowloon Walled City is like the city itself — vibrant and contradictory, its skilled atmospherics sometimes marred by sloppy art.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

NPR Books - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 3:06pm

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:06am

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 5:03am

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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