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7:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Book News: Guantanamo Reading Material Spurs More Controversy

The detention camp at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Michelle Shephard AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:24 am

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

N.B. — Book News is going on vacation next week. Your faithful correspondent will be in California sans laptop and praying that Jonathan Franzen doesn't choose that week to reignite any feuds with daytime talk show hosts. In the meantime, as always, leave your hot tips, scurrilous attacks and existential questions in the comments section or direct them to @annalisa_quinn on Twitter.

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7:24 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Book News: Barnes & Noble Founder Pulls Plug On Buyback Plan

A Barnes & Noble store in Bethel Park, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:19 am

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

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3:42 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87

In his home library, Leonard kept copies of every book he'd ever written.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:22 pm

The writer Elmore Leonard has died. He was 87 years old and had recently suffered a stroke.

For decades, Leonard — working at the very top of his profession as a crime writer — had been widely acclaimed, and universally read. He published 46 novels, which resulted in countless movie and TV adaptations, including the movies Out of Sight and Get Shorty and the TV series Justified.

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7:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Reviver

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin communes with the dead with Seth Patrick’s debut thriller, Reviver

Title: Reviver

Author: Seth Patrick

Pages: 407

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ASIN: 978-1250021700

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

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3:07 am
Mon August 19, 2013

For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding.
Neda Ulaby NPR

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:14 pm

More than 90 percent of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities, according to the Pew Research Center. But the way that love translates into actual financial support varies hugely from state to state.

Vermont, for instance, brags that it has more libraries per capita than any other U.S. state. Some of them are remarkably quaint. In Ludlow, one library is a white clapboard Victorian, slightly frayed, ringed by lilies and sitting by the side of a brook.

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11:31 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Author, Feminist, Pioneer: The Unlikely Queen Of Sci-Fi

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 12:29 pm

Stephen Burt latest book is the poetry collection, Belmont.

We can go to science fiction for its sense of wonder, its power to take us to far-off places and future times. We can go to political fiction to understand injustice in our own time, to see what should change. We may go to poetry — epic or lyric, old or new — for what cannot change, for a sense of human limits, as well as for the music in its words.

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5:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Maureen Metcalf interview: Part 2

Maureen Metcalf, co-author of the Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations tells listeners what the hardest part of writing a book like this. Surprisingly, it's not the writing.

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7:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Fifth Grave Past the Light

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin catches up with the grim reaper in Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones.

Title: Fifth Grave Past the Light

Author: Darynda Jones

CDs: 8 (9 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ASIN: 978-1427230799

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

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12:50 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:18 am

Piper Kerman was a 24-year-old Smith College graduate in 1993, when she flew to Belgium with a suitcase of money intended for a West African drug lord.

This misguided adventure started when she began a romantic relationship with a woman who was part of what Kerman describes as a "clique of impossibly stylish and cool lesbians in their mid-30s." That woman was involved in a drug-smuggling ring, and got Kerman involved, too, though Kerman left that life after several months.

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10:24 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Beauty And Calm Of 'Thinking In Numbers'

Inga Ivanova iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:09 pm

There are numbers all around us. They are in every word we speak or write, and in the passage of time. Everything in our world has a numeric foundation, but most of us don't see those numbers. It's different for Daniel Tammet. He's a savant with synesthesia, a condition that allows him to see beyond simple numerals — he experiences them.

Tammet drew attention around the world about a decade ago when he recited, from memory, the number pi. It took him five hours to call out 22,514 digits with no mistakes.

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11:02 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Don't Like Hamlet? Now's Your Chance To Rewrite It

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:44 am

To be or not to be? You decide.

Shakespeare's most famous question appears in Hamlet, but now readers will get to answer it themselves with Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style rewrite of Shakespeare's classic play.

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11:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Robert Pinsky served as the United States Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:06 am

For Robert Pinsky, the pleasure in poetry comes from the music of the language, and not from the meaning of the words. So he put together an anthology of 80 poems that are models by master poets -- from Sappho to Allen Ginsberg, Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson.

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11:30 am
Tue August 6, 2013

'Love Affairs' Of A Hip, Young Literary Hound Dog

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Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 12:18 pm

Before I read Adelle Waldman's brilliant debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., I had about as much interest in reading about the hip, young literary types who've colonized Brooklyn as I do in watching Duck Dynasty, that reality show about a family of bearded Luddites who live in the Louisiana swamps. Both clans are ingrown and smug, each, in their own way, disdainful of the American mainstream.

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9:42 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14

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7:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013 Shelf Discovery: An Accidental Kiss

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin takes a chance on the romance of An Accidental Kiss by Dawn Douglas.

Title: An Accidental Kiss

Author: Dawn Douglas

Pages: 35

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

ASIN: B00BK9V6PI

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

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9:09 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu is a chef at Black Sesame Kitchen, her restaurant and cooking school in Beijing. She is also the author of Serve the People.
Lucy Cavender Courtesy Riverhead Books

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

On the Noodle Road is one attempt to answer an old chestnut: Did Marco Polo really bring noodles from China to Italy? If not, where did they really come from? Or — to put it another way — from what point along the storied byways of the Silk Road did that humble paste of flour and water first spring into its multifarious existence?

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7:20 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

The Justice Department is asking the court to force Apple to submit to broad oversight.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 2:10 pm

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

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9:51 am
Thu August 1, 2013

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

Carnegie ultimately gave away $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. "In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves," he wrote.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:03 pm

Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country.

Carnegie donated $300,000 to build Washington, D.C.'s oldest library — a beautiful beaux arts building that dates back to 1903. Inscribed above the doorway are the words: Science, Poetry, History. The building was "dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge."

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11:15 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Book News: Outrage After Fox News Interview With 'Zealot' Author

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 3:34 pm

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

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7:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 Shelf Discovery: The Cat Sitter’s Cradle

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin finds trouble in paradise in the latest Dixie Hemingway mystery, The Cat Sitter’s Cradle

Title: The Cat Sitter’s Cradle

Author: Blaize and John Clement

Pages: 290

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250009326

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

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