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  • Amazon amps up aggression toward publisher Hachette

    In less than four weeks, J.K. Rowling's next book will be published -- but readers hoping to pre-order it on Amazon will be disappointed. Although it had been available to pre-order for months, "The Silkworm," written under Rowling's pseudonym Robert...
  • Evan Osnos observes China's split personality in 'Age of Ambition'

    For more than a year, a portion of my apartment complex in Beijing has been a construction zone; squat, old buildings have been razed, and new towers are sprouting in their stead. The area is blocked off by walls covered with large, professionally printed...
  • Kirkus Media announces new $50,000 literary prizes

    Kirkus Media announces new $50,000 literary prizes
    England has the Man Booker ($83,000) and the Folio Fiction Prize ($66,000). American poets have the Kingsley Tufts Award ($100,000) and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize ($100,000). English-language writers worldwide, working in any genre, are eligible for...
  • Patterson's passion: getting kids to read

    Patterson's passion: getting kids to read
    — James Patterson, king of the airport novelists, spent much of last week being celebrated by the nation's independent booksellers. On its face, it seems like an irony: Author of unabashedly commercial fiction earns plaudits from snooty vendors of...
  • Woman who invented her Holocaust memoir must return $22.5 million

    In her book "Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years," Misha Defonseca wrote of her experience of being a young Jewish girl on her own during World War II, fleeing into the woods where she was adopted by wolves, and killing a Nazi soldier. None of it...
  • George R.R. Martin may need 8 books to finish Song of Ice and Fire

    George R.R. Martin may need 8 books to finish Song of Ice and Fire
    There are five books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. George R.R. Martin is at work on the sixth. Someday, he plans to do a seventh. But this week he hinted that it might take eight to get the whole thing done. Martin published the first book in...
  • Father's Day book buying: an adventure story

    Father's Day book buying: an adventure story
    Buying anyone a book as a gift can be a potentially fraught experience, but it’s especially difficult to get your dad something. I’ll never forget the time my father opened a package containing Erik Larson’s excellent “In the...
  • The Santa Ana winds and the literature of Los Angeles

    The Santa Ana winds and the literature of Los Angeles
    “There was a desert wind blowing that night,” Raymond Chandler writes in the famous opening to his novella “Red Wind.” “It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair...
  • Valeria Luiselli's 'Faces in the Crowd' seeks poets in a city

    New York, that city of bohemian encounters, has a special place in the history of Spanish-language literature. José Martí, Cuba's national poet, lived for a time in New York. So did the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, who penned "Poeta en Nueva...
  • Special signed Oscar Wilde edition may bring $100,000 at auction

    Special signed Oscar Wilde edition may bring $100,000 at auction
    Legenday wit Oscar Wilde spent two unpleasant years in prison in England for "gross indecency" -- how officials in 1895 chose to describe homosexual activity. The socialite playwright, whose comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" had debuted earlier...
  • Small moments have big meaning in Stuart Dybek's stories

    Small moments have big meaning in Stuart Dybek's stories
    Stuart Dybek's stories occupy a territory somewhere between Vladimir Nabokov and Nelson Algren — beguiled by the play of language but also gritty and specific, fundamentally urban at their core. This makes sense, I suppose: Born in 1942, a...