In books: Michael Chabon wins again, Julia Child was OSS


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• The science fiction-focused Hugo Awards were announced: Michael Chabon’s ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ takes top honors. The book was also nominated for a mystery-focused Edgar Award.

Julia Child was a spy? Mon dieu! Pass the sherry!


• For some Alzheimer’s patients, ‘Tyger tyger’ leads directly to ‘burning bright.’

• The writers behind the TV show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ will pen ‘The Bro Code,’ a guy guide in the voice of retro-chauvinist character Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris.

• NPR reporter Ivan Watson talks to Jason Goodwin, a historian turned mystery writer whose books are set in Istanbul, a city with many bookstores.

• The funeral for Mahmoud Darwish was attended by so many fans that it ‘amounted to an unofficial state funeral.’

• Another gypsy for the Guardian’s list: Gypsy Lou Webb. The 91-year old former publisher ushered Charles Bukowski’s first full-length book into the world. (via)

— Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times