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5:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 Shelf Discovery: No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin discovers chick lit with a twist in Kat and Stone Bastion’s No Weddings.

Title: No Weddings

Author: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Pages: 195

Publisher: Kat Bastion

ISBN: 978-0615993126

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7:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 Shelf Discovery: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin finds love in the stars with the audio edition of Lydia Netzer’s How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.

Title: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Author: Lydia Netzer

CDs: 9

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427244154

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6:18 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

In addition to producing TV sitcoms such as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, Norman Lear has also worked as a social and political activist.
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Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 8:35 am

When All In The Family debuted on CBS back in 1971, it was an instant hit. But it took creator Norman Lear three long years of persistence — right up to the final 20 minutes before the premiere — to convince network executives that it would be a hit, as he tells NPR's Arun Rath. When asked where he got the confidence to keep pushing the same pilot, first to ABC and then to CBS, Lear answered simply:

"Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

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7:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Literature Nobel Goes to French Novelist Patrick Modiano

French writer Patrick Modiano's most recent novel is Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier. Modiano is pictured in 2003.
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Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:52 am

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to French author Patrick Modiano, the Swedish Academy announced this morning. Something of a surprise selection, Modiano is the second French writer in less than a decade to have won the award.

In a citation read by Permanent Secretary Peter Englund, the academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

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10:45 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Book News: Bob Dylan's Lyrics Get Their Own Book — And It's Massive

American folk pop singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, seen in April 1965.
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Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 7:20 am

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The words that so many ears know so well will soon be getting a place on the printed page — 1,034 pages, as a matter of fact. The songs of Bob Dylan have been compiled, annotated and illustrated in a collection so comprehensive, it could take some strength just to lift.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hunts for ghosts in author Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör.

Title: Horrorstör

Author: Grady Hendrix

Pages: 243

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 978-1594745263

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1:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

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Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:40 am

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On Sunday night, the finalists for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize got together in an intimate Manhattan bar to read the books for which they were nominated. The winner of the annual prize, which recognizes one outstanding debut work of fiction, will be announced this evening at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

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1:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:16 am

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Clear some space at this season's awards festivities: It's time to make room for 18 more writers. This morning, Kirkus Reviews shared with NPR the finalists for its first annual writing award, the Kirkus Prize — six writers each in fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature.

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7:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin prepares for David Fincher’s latest film by reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Pages: 432

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 978-0307588371

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7:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin visits a mysterious summer camp for troubled kids with Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch.

Title: Bad Magic

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

Pages: 248

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316320382

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11:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing is set to begin Oct. 13.
Siphiwe Sibeko AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:46 am

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.

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11:04 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

The fiction shortlist for the National Book Awards will be announced Oct. 15.
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Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:30 am

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10:22 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Amy Clampitt used her award money to buy a house in Stockbridge, Mass., near the home of Edith Wharton, one of her favorite writers.
Andrea Shea WBUR

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt.

Clampitt, a poet, was on vacation when she heard from her friend, writer Karen Chase, that she had been named a MacArthur genius.

"She was furious with me because she thought I was teasing her," Chase recalls. "And by the end of the conversation she said, 'I'm gonna buy a house in Lenox!' "

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7:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin is back on the case with a classic detective in Benjamin Black’s The Black-Eyed Blonde.

Title: The Black-Eyed Blonde

Author: Benjamin Black

CDs: 7 (8 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427233363

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7:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014 Shelf Discovery: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin teams up with a troubled teen in Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers.

Title: I Hunt Killers

Author: Barry Lyga

Pages: 257

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316125833

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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9:57 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Book News: Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found

Playwright Tennessee Williams, shown in New York on Nov. 11, 1940.
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Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 8:00 am

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7:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives by Blaize and John Clement

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin catches up with Dixie Hemingway in her ninth adventure, Blaize and John Clement’s The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives

Title: The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives

Author: Blaize and John Clement

Pages: 305

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250009333

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7:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin tries to unravel the secrets and lies of Olen Steinhauer’s The Cairo Affair.

Title: The Cairo Affair

Author: Olen Steinhauer

CDs: 10 (12 1/2 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236098

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12:48 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

How should book sellers promote diverse content? Examine their biases, and get other folks to examine their biases, too.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

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12:38 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

David Gregory speaks during the 2014 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf Astoria in April in New York City.
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Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:25 am

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