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  • 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...
  • 'Hothouse' an irresistible history of Farrar Straus & Giroux, dirt and all

    Years ago, when he was publishing my first novel, Charles Scribner III told me a joke: "How do you make a small fortune in publishing?" The punch line: "Start with a large fortune." The joke came to mind while reading "Hothouse," Boris Kachka's juicy...
  • Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'

    Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'
    For more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the MedellĂ­n drug cartel and its notorious leader, Pablo Escobar, held an entire nation hostage. Drug-related violence and terrorism were the order of the day in Colombia, with Bogotá as dangerous, in...
  • Who thinks Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature?

    Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do. British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian...
  • David Ulin picks his top books for fall

    David Ulin picks his top books for fall
    Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books. Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...
  • 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...
  • Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?

    Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?
    In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of...
  • Author doesn't want you to buy his book on Amazon

    Novelist and independent bookseller Jaime Clarke has, like many writers before him, launched a website tied to the promotion of his new book. "Vernon Downs" will be available from Amazon in April 2014, but his website urges readers to consider pre-...
  • Audiobooks for running

    Audiobooks for running
    Have you seen AT&T's running-with-books TV commercial? Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall starts up “The Odyssey” audiobook on his smartphone and proceeds to listen and run for hours under a cloudless blue sky down a tree-lined country road, through...
  • 10 Whiting Writers' Award winners announced for 2013

    To be an emerging writer who gets some kind of formal acknowledgment is one thing; for that nod to come with a check for $50,000 is something else entirely. The 2013 Whiting Writers' Awards -- which do, yes, come with $50,000 prizes -- were announced at...