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  • Barney Rosset dies at 89; publisher fought censorship

    Barney Rosset, the renegade founder of Grove Press who fought groundbreaking legal battles against censorship and introduced American readers to such provocative writers as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Jean Genet, died Tuesday in New York City. He was 89.
  • Prix Goncourt goes to high school teacher Alexis Jenni

     
    France's highest literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, was awarded to first-time novelist Alexis Jenni for his book "L'Art Franšais de la Guerre" (The French Art of War).

    Discoveries

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    Growing a Farmer How I Learned to Live Off the Land Kurt Timmermeister W.W. Norton: 309 pp., $24.95 I consider myself a bit of an expert in this arena, having grown up and lived exclusively in big cities, all the while dreaming about becoming a...

    The Sailor from Gibraltar by Marguerite Duras, What Makes a Child Lucky by Gioia Timpanelli, See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward

    The Sailor from Gibraltar by Marguerite Duras, What Makes a Child Lucky by Gioia Timpanelli, See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward
    The Sailor From Gibraltar A Novel Marguerite Duras, translated from the French by Barbara Bray Open Letter: 276 pp., $12.95 paper For many readers, the name Marguerite Duras is synonymous with smoky cafes and doomed love affairs. Sultry heat drives...

    'The Lovers' by Vendela Vida

    'The Lovers' by Vendela Vida
    The Lovers A Novel Vendela Vida Ecco: 228 pp., $23.99 The Mediterranean beach setting and amorous title may give the impression that Vendela Vida's new book, "The Lovers," is a sexy vacation read. Not quite: There is a bit of romance, but it's just...