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  • Ewan McGregor to star in film of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'

    Ewan McGregor to star in film of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'
    A film version of Philip Roth's 1997 "American Pastoral" has been in the works for ages -- since about the time it won the Pulitzer Prize. But it's getting close.  It's got a director, a script, and a star: Ewan McGregor. McGregor will play the novel's ...
  • 5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013

    5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013
    By all accounts, 2013 was a better year for the book business: Previous reports of its demise proved unfounded, as the Los Angeles Times' David Ulin wrote recently. And thanks to the Internet and assorted literary blogs, it was a good year of literary...
  • National Book Critics Circle announces 2013 awards finalists

    National Book Critics Circle announces 2013 awards finalists
    The board of the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2013 awards Monday. There are five finalists each in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The NBCC announced the recipients...
  • No, Margaret Atwood will not blurb your book

    No, Margaret Atwood will not blurb your book
    Writers published by the biggest New York houses get a certain kind of request all the time. Typically they come from the editors at those publishing houses. It will be an email, or an actual book in the mail with a note attached that says something...
  • Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama stocked up on more than 20 books Saturday in a rare stop at a local bookstore, part of an effort to support small businesses. The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark,...
  • Autobiography in fiction

    Autobiography in fiction
    The autobiographical novel is a funny creature. We associate it with the dramas of youth, with first steps: "David Copperfield," for instance, or "The Catcher in the Rye." In a preface he composed later in life to his early novel "Mary," Vladimir...
  • Critics censure Russian rights record by snubbing Sochi Olympics

    Critics censure Russian rights record by snubbing Sochi Olympics
    MOSCOW -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will be there. So too will the United Nations’ top official, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. But Friday’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi will be notable...
  • Authors call on Putin to release 'chokehold' on expression in Russia

    On the day before the Winter Olympics officially open in Russia, more than 200 authors, including several Nobel laureates, have called on President Vladimir Putin to repeal laws that limit freedom of expression and create a climate of fear among writers....
  • Finding a Guatemalan village -- in Germany's book mecca

    Finding a Guatemalan village -- in Germany's book mecca
    Frankfurt is a thriving financial center on the Main River that some Germans have taken to calling “Bankfurt,” but the locals take greater pride in their literary culture. Among other things, the father of German letters, Johann Wolfgang von...
  • Technology 2013: The loss of privacy is digitized

    The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
  • The book jacket 'Bell Jar'

    The book jacket 'Bell Jar'
    This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but until just recently I was under the misguided impression that a Pulitzer Prize in poetry might actually entitle a gal to a little literary respect. Good thing I had the nice folks at British publisher Faber and...