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  • Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder

    Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder
    When I was in the Navy, I heard a story about a prankster who'd chalked a profane message on the lawn of the commanding officer's residence. Knowing the huge white letters would inspire the C.O. to immediately wash away the offensive language, the...
  • 'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician

    'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician
    "Song of the Shank," Jeffery Renard Allen's epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book's odd and sometimes confounding protagonist, based on a real man who is most often...
  • British children's books don't reflect cultural diversity, Laureate says

    LONDON (Reuters) - British children's books still don't reflect the cultural diversity of the country's children and would-be authors, Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman said. Her own best-known books, the Noughts and Crosses trilogy, tackle racism,...
  • Bob Stanley's 'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' is crazy in love with pop music

    In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing. But think of all that...
  • Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz

    Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz
    On March 15, 2000, the whales came ashore. Although they appeared to the uninitiated to be "weird-looking dolphins," marine biologist Ken Balcomb identified most of the victims as beaked whales. He could barely believe his eyes when he found the first...
  • Lillian B. Rubin dies at 90; sociologist, therapist, best-selling author

    Lillian B. Rubin, who at midlife became a sociologist, psychotherapist and best-selling author of books that examined race, class and the sexual revolution from the viewpoint of those caught in society's shifts, died June 17 at her San Francisco home. She...
  • A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'

    A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'
    In Edan Lepucki's debut novel, "California," young married couple Frida and Cal must navigate a post-apocalyptic landscape in a broken-down near-future. Lepucki focuses on the complexities of basic human emotions, testing allegiances and letting secrets...
  • Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman

    Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman
    On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in the West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the...
  • Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki

    Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki
    Much drama has befallen California this year. And not only in real life — that endless drought — but in fiction, as authors have made the Golden State the site of several ambitious works. At the far edge of the continent, it's a good place for...
  • The Biblioracle: No reason to shame Y.A. lovers

    The Biblioracle: No reason to shame Y.A. lovers
    Ruth Graham recently declared in Slate that adults who read young adult literature should be "embarrassed when what you're reading was written for children." The outrage was swift and predictable. As of this writing, there are more than 3,000 comments...
  • Edan Lepucki on 'California'

    Edan Lepucki on 'California'
    In the world of books, the apocalypse is big business — bigger than ever, in fact, with the surge in popularity of young-adult dystopian novels such as the "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" trilogies. But while those books offer a relatively...