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  • The price of free speech in Bangladesh

    The price of free speech in Bangladesh

    In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled “Islam Bitorko” (“Debate on Islam”).  His arrest and the shutting down of his stall marked a sour moment in the nation’s largest book fair, Ekushey Boi...

  • John Scalzi on writing great big books

    John Scalzi on writing great big books

    Writer Alan Moore, perhaps best known for the classic “Watchmen” graphic novel, has this month released a novel, “Jerusalem,” to generally very positive reviews. There are many words to describe the novel (“epic,” “Joycean,” “vast,” and “show-offingly brilliant” are some of them) but the one word...

  • Jay McInerney on brightness, couples and catastrophe

    Jay McInerney on brightness, couples and catastrophe

    A moth to the flame, Jay McInerney is attracted to brightness. His new book, “Bright, Precious Days,” is his third to feature some form of the word. The first to do so was his debut novel, “Bright Lights, Big City,” which remains the quintessential documentation of the New York scene in the early...

  • China's most popular science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, brings his spectacular trilogy to an end

    China's most popular science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, brings his spectacular trilogy to an end

    It’s a good time to be an alien hunter. In August astronomers discovered Proxima b, a potentially life-supporting planet only 4.2 light-years away. Not long after, news surfaced of a possible signal coming from HD164595, a star in the Hercules constellation, first noticed by Russian scientists...

  • 'The Dark Tower' companion TV series will include Idris Elba

    'The Dark Tower' companion TV series will include Idris Elba

    The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is getting closer and closer with the 2017 February release. And as the premiere date approaches so do the new details on the expansive world planned for this massive book series translation. Part of that plan is a TV series that explores...

  • MacArthur fellow Lauren Redniss sees the art in science

    MacArthur fellow Lauren Redniss sees the art in science

    Lauren Redniss was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for her nonfiction graphic storytelling, work that is both grounded and distinctly artful. “Radioactive,” about the relationship between Pierre and Marie Curie and their scientific discoveries, was a finalist for the National Book Award; it was...

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  • George R.R. Martin teases a possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel at the Emmys

    George R.R. Martin teases a possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel at the Emmys

    Backstage at the Emmys, George R.R. Martin got his fans’ hopes up again. Martin, of course, is the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series — in other words, the books that form the basis for HBO’s award-winning "Game of Thrones." After "Game of Thrones" won the Emmy for best drama series...

  • Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

    Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

    Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 81.  His literary agent, Carolyn Swayze, said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia was doctor-assisted. Details...

  • Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

    Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

    One of the largest literary publishers of the West — west of the Hudson River, Counterpoint’s Charlie Winton points out, that doesn’t operate as a nonprofit — has merged with fledgling New York publisher Catapult. When the companies announced the deal earlier this month, it came as a surprise....

  • Actress Mara Wilson has a memoir. She's not Matilda anymore.

    Actress Mara Wilson has a memoir. She's not Matilda anymore.

    When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her. She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carry on full-blown conversations with adults. And she appeared to be in full control of her emotions,...

  • See the 10 books longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction

    See the 10 books longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction

    The 10 books in the running for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction were announced by the National Book Foundation Thursday. The longlists for young people’s literature, poetry and nonfiction have already been announced. All the longlists will be narrowed to five finalists in October, and...

  • Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time' reveals its young adventurer, confirms Winfrey, Witherspoon, Kaling

    Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time' reveals its young adventurer, confirms Winfrey, Witherspoon, Kaling

    Disney’s big-budget adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” seems to be in the business of breaking barriers. In casting her lead actress, director Ava DuVernay has done the Hollywood equivalent of folding space and time: She’s interpreted the Meg Murry character from Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1963...

  • Matthew Weiner, the creator of 'Mad Men,' will publish a novel

    Matthew Weiner, the creator of 'Mad Men,' will publish a novel

    Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” the stylish television series that introduced America to handsome, hard-drinking advertising executive Don Draper and his friends (and enemies), will release his debut novel next year. Little, Brown and Co. announced that it will publish Weiner’s “Heather,...

  • New Zayn Malik autobiography to reveal what makes him beautiful

    New Zayn Malik autobiography to reveal what makes him beautiful

    Fans looking to learn more about what lies beneath the oh-so-handsome surface of 23-year-old former One Direction member Zayn Malik will get the opportunity soon. Malik and Penguin Random House announced Wednesday the pending release of “Zayn,” an autobiography of the pop star as told through photos....

  • These 10 nonfiction books are contending for the National Book Award

    These 10 nonfiction books are contending for the National Book Award

    On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced the 10-title longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. The list will be narrowed to five finalists in October, and the prizes will be awarded Nov. 16 at a gala in New York. The longlists for young people’s literature and poetry...

  • Two Americans make the cut for the Man Booker shortlist

    Two Americans make the cut for the Man Booker shortlist

    When the Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist of finalists Tuesday, two American writers made the cut from the previously announced longlist of 13. Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout” and Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen” are in the running for the $65,000 prize for a single work of fiction, which will be...

  • J.D. Salinger home to host cartoonist residency

    J.D. Salinger home to host cartoonist residency

    J.D. Salinger was such a recluse that the idea of living in his house seems fantastically impossible. But for cartoonists, it’s not: A new residency will launch at his old house in Cornish, N.H., in early 2017. Salinger is no longer there, of course. The famed author of “The Catcher in the Rye,”...

  • Mike Love's memoir 'Good Vibrations' recalls the Beach Boys harmonies and strife

    Mike Love's memoir 'Good Vibrations' recalls the Beach Boys harmonies and strife

    Mike Love is acutely aware that he is perceived as a villain. In his new autobiography, “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” Love puts the conventional public framing of his relationship to his cousin and musical collaborator Brian Wilson simply: “For those who believe that Brian walks on...

  • Fall literary preview: 6 terrific L.A. events

    Fall literary preview: 6 terrific L.A. events

    Sometimes a book is not enough. This fall, several fantastic authors — great storytellers all — will be coming to Los Angeles to share their work. Here’s a selection of events not to be missed. Sept. 16 Colson Whitehead Colson Whitehead’s new novel, “The Underground Railroad,” imagines a black...

  • 'Eat, Pray, Love's' new surprise ending: another woman

    'Eat, Pray, Love's' new surprise ending: another woman

    In July, author Elizabeth Gilbert announced that her relationship with Brazilian businessman José Nunes — he was called Felipe in the “love” part of her bestselling 2006 memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" —  was coming to an end. On Wednesday morning, Gilbert revealed the reason for the split: She has fallen...

  • Oprah ramps up 2016 book club with second pick in two months: 'Love Warrior' by Glennon Doyle Melton

    Oprah ramps up 2016 book club with second pick in two months: 'Love Warrior' by Glennon Doyle Melton

    Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday unveiled the latest pick for her book club: "Love Warrior," a memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton, the author, motivational speaker and founder of the online community Momastery. Winfrey made the announcement in a video on her website. "It's so funny!" Winfrey said. "You're...

  • Simone Biles, champion Olympic gymnast, will publish a memoir

    Simone Biles, champion Olympic gymnast, will publish a memoir

    Simone Biles may be only 19, but she’s got plenty of stories to tell: winning the gold medal on the vault, winning the gold medal on the floor exercise … five gymnastics medals in all at the Olympics in Rio. Biles will tell her life story in a new autobiography, “Courage to Soar,” co-written with...

  • Teju Cole on knowns, unknowns and 'Known and Strange Things'

    Teju Cole on knowns, unknowns and 'Known and Strange Things'

    Teju Cole delights in following his curiosity to unexpected places. He is lively, funny and more of a rambler than his concise writing would suggest, prone to amusing tangents — about, for instance, his ability to detect whether someone prefers Rihanna or Beyonce. “I am cool on the page and animated...

  • How Sean Wilentz's history 'The Politicians and the Egalitarians' resonates

    How Sean Wilentz's history 'The Politicians and the Egalitarians' resonates

    A clear fault line emerged in the Democratic Party primaries leading up to the 2008 presidential election.  Sen. Barack Obama, a former community organizer, ran as the head of, inspirer of, voice of a political movement: His campaign rallying cry, “Yes, we can” summoned the power of popular demand;...

  • What went wrong in Israel? Milton Viorst's 'Zionism' grapples with a fractious history

    What went wrong in Israel? Milton Viorst's 'Zionism' grapples with a fractious history

    For years after David Ben-Gurion triumphantly declared its establishment in May 1948, the state of Israel was widely admired around the world as a spirited, resolute and self-reliant young nation — one that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust, that tamed the harsh desert, that beat back five Arab...

  • 'The Neverending Story' Google Doodle turns fantasy fancy with 3-D parallax look

    'The Neverending Story' Google Doodle turns fantasy fancy with 3-D parallax look

    Google seems to be telling us all to get lost — in a book. The search engine is honoring “The Neverending Story” on Thursday with a Google Doodle marking the 37th anniversary of the publication of the children’s book. The 1979 children's fantasy novel is a book-within-a-book written by Michael...

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