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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

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

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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.
NationalBook.org

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

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

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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.
Dan Grossi AP

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

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

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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.
Cindy Ord Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:25 am

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7:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Eyes on You by Kate White

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin steps in front of the camera with Kate White’s latest mystery, Eyes on You.

Title: Eyes on You

Author: Kate White

Pages: 306

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 978-0061576638

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

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7:39 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Beyond Braille: 3-D Printed Books For The Blind

Surf & Style European Championships 2013, Munich Airport Center.
Munich Airport

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 6:39 pm

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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7:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 9:25 am

There's a running joke in Los Angeles that everybody — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. Curt Neill is one of those aspiring screenwriters — a sketch comedian who has tried to write screenplays, but never finished one. "I've never even gotten close," he admits in Caffe Vita, an LA coffee shop where he writes.

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7:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014 Shelf Discovery: That Night by Chevy Stevens

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks back on That Night with author Chevy Stevens.

Title: That Night

Author: Chevy Stevens

Pages: 370

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1250034601

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4:22 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Beautiful Book, Whether Or Not It Makes You 'Happy'

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 7:03 pm

Lies! Deceit and rank mendacity! Eleanor Davis promises what current pop music insists is perfectly possible — that you can be happy — and then she doesn't deliver. Instead she draws comics full of hilarious surrealism, gut-tugging tropes and eloquent despair. How dare she?

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7:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin settles in for suspense in Sweden with Tom Rob Smith’s The Farm.

Title: The Farm

Author: Tom Rob Smith

Pages: 316

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-0446550734

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

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12:03 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:54 am

For months now the Ebola virus has been wreaking havoc in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. More than 700 people have died, and it seems that doctors are near-powerless to help. With the threat of the disease tearing communities apart, it's hard not to think of a legendary novel from almost 70 years ago.

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4:39 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

English poet and author Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) wearing his army uniform. His experiences in the First World War resulted in his hatred of war, which he expressed in much of his work.
George C. Beresford Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:58 am

Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon — among a handful of prominent soldier-poets whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I — are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.

Sassoon, who served in the British Army, was a "gifted diarist [who] ... kept a journal for most of his life," the library says.

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7:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hits the high seas with Oliver and the Seawigs by author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

Title: Oliver and the Seawigs

Author: Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Pages: 193

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0385387880

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