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9:37 am
Mon July 29, 2013

What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 6:30 am

What if the X-Men were real? And what if they weren't mutants in spandex, but people like you and me and Bob in accounting, just endowed with superhuman talents for things like pattern recognition, programming and strategy?

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Literature
7:27 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Book News: Jane Austen To Replace Darwin On The 10-Pound Note

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, displays the concept design for the new 10-pound banknote featuring author Jane Austen.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
7:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On 'Fight Club' Sequel

Chuck Palahniuk rides the Paris subway on Sept. 29, 2006.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
11:01 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana'

One of the many, many forms of cannabis.
"it was 3 a.m." via Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:21 pm

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. This week, we look into how we came to call cannabis "marijuana," and the role Mexico played in that shift.

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Literature
7:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Always Watching

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin explores a doctor’s troubled past in Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.

Title: Always Watching

Author: Chevy Stevens

Pages: 338

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-0312595692

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

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Literature
9:22 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius'

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:03 am

Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.

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Literature
3:17 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Use The Books, Fans: 'Star Wars' Franchise Thrives In Print

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:56 am

There's been a frenzy of excitement since last year when Disney bought Lucasfilm, creator of the Star Wars franchise, and announced it would make more Star Wars movies. Fans are eagerly awaiting hints of what might happen next in the story, and one way the franchise keeps fans interested is through a pantheon of Star Wars books, the latest of which is Troy Denning's Star Wars: Crucible.

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Literature
7:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Death Rides Again

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels to Texas for a deadly family reunion with Janice Hamrick’s Death Rides Again

Title: Death Rides Again

Author: Janice Hamrick

Pages: 310

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250005557

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

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Literature
7:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Book News: Anonymous Tip Led To Outing Of J.K. Rowling's Alter Ego

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 1:08 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
5:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

In July, NPR's Backseat Book Club traveled to Hanging Moss, Miss., where Gloriana June Hemphill, better known as Glory, is just an ordinary little girl. But this is no ordinary summer — it's 1964 and the town has shut down the so-called "community" swimming pool to avoid integration.

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Literature
7:47 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Book News: 'Ender's Game' Author Responds To Boycott Threats

Orson Scott Card poses at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 2008.
Wikimedia Commons/ Nihonjoe

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 7:08 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
7:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Reality Ends Here

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin delves into the world of reality TV with Alison Gaylin’s Reality Ends Here.

Title: Reality Ends Here

Author: Alison Gaylin

Pages: 236

Publisher: Pocket Star

ASIN: B00A27X6CK

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

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Literature
7:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 7:46 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
3:09 am
Thu July 4, 2013

For 'Star-Spangled Banner,' A Long Road From Song To Anthem

American lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a boat about 8 miles away.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:48 am

All over the country on Thursday, fireworks will light up the sky. In many places, those fireworks will come with a patriotic soundtrack — one that wouldn't be complete without "The Star-Spangled Banner." The song officially became America's national anthem in 1931, but it's been around since the early 19th century.

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Literature
7:21 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Book News: Authors Lose Class-Action Status In Google Books Case

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
7:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 Shelf Discovery: The Barbed Crown

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes undercover with American spy Ethan Gage in William Dietrich’s The Barbed Crown.

Title: The Barbed Crown

Author: William Dietrich

Pages: 339

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 978-0062194077

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

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Literature
3:55 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder

From the Toronto Islands, one of many real-life Toronto locales in Robert Rotenberg's legal thrillers, visitors have a clear view of the city's skyline.
Sean Dawsean via Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 11:10 am

Robert Rotenberg has written four legal thrillers set in Toronto, that old industrial city on the shores of Lake Ontario. He's a criminal lawyer — all his books are centered on trials — and he loves his city so much that he makes multicultural Toronto a character in his books. His first release, Old City Hall, is even named after a Toronto landmark: a beautiful stone building that is now used as a courthouse.

Real Courtrooms, Real Courtesy

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Literature
4:05 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

An ancient tablet contains records written in Linear B — a script that was discovered in the 19th century and remained undeciphered for decades.
Sharon Mollerus Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 12:17 pm

Critics have called Margalit Fox's new book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, a paleographic detective procedural. It follows the story of the laborious quest to crack a mysterious script, unearthed in Crete in 1900, known by the sterile-sounding name Linear B.

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Book Reviews
12:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide'

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:25 pm

It looks like a last-minute gift, like one of those tiny tomes that live near the register on the counter of your favorite bookstore, hoping to catch the attention (or at least the impulse) of shoppers in the check-out line. Given its digest-sized dimensions and jokey title, you'd be forgiven for assuming A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting is a hastily assembled collection of cornball homilies, like those miniature books about dads, grads and golf that double as greeting cards this time of year. But don't be fooled.

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Code Switch
2:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers.
San Jose Library Flickr

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:14 am

When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect?

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