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Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored 
  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:54:00 -0400 
    Also: Police arrest a man in connection with an attack on author Colum McCann; Ted Scheinman asks his favorite writers what they do about writer's block.


An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans 
  Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    When sci-fi legend Octavia E. Butler died in 2006, fans mourned the loss of works she could have written. Now, two unpublished stories are being released after a scholar found them among her papers.


In Dispute With Hachette, Amazone Aims New Volley At Authors 
  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:11:00 -0400 
    Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response, but many writers continue to criticize Amazon.


Book News: Amazon Makes Direct Offer To Hachette Authors 
  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:01:00 -0400 
    Also: the CIA style manual; Nancy Andreasen on the origins of creativity.


With A Good Twist Or Two, This Haunted 'House' Adds Plenty Of Stories 
  Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Forget for a moment the spooky, restless dead. In Rebecca Makkai's inventive novel The Hundred-Year House, the ghost is just one of the many residents looking for new lives — and finding them.


In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0400 
    Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.


Book Review: 'Shooting Star' 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:12:38 -0400 
    Alan Cheuse reviews the first English-language version of Shooting Star, by Sergio Elizondo.


Book News: J.K. Rowling Writes A New 'Harry Potter' Story 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:22:00 -0400 
    Also: A first edition of Marx's Das Kapital has sold for $40,000; Katie Roiphe asks what would have happened if My Struggle were written by a woman.


Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline' 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old landline phone.


For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder 
  Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:33:00 -0400 
    Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.


Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California' 
  Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0400 
    California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.


Book News: Does Anyone Actually Finish Thomas Piketty's 'Capital'? 
  Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:14:00 -0400 
    Also: an essay on domestic violence from Kelly Sundberg; notable books coming out this week.


Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist 
  Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:19:00 -0400 
    The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.


Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything' 
  Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.


'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked 
  Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.
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