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Book News from the Toronto Star

Four authors that are cutting out the middleman

Judy Blume, Jeff Kinney, Louise Erdrich and Toronto's Peter Sellers have all opened their own bookshops (Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:00 EDT)

Jill Lepore's Joe Gould's Teeth: unravelling a literary detective story

Joseph Mitchell, Joe Gould, and the questionable existence of a 9-million-word The Oral History of Our Time. (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Whodunit: Jack Batten reviews of the latest mysteries

Peter Leonard uncouples from father to deliver thriller set in aftermath of 9/11 that keeps reader turning pages (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Carol Shields posthumous Master Class in writing

Startle and Illuminate, a collection of Shields' essays, speeches and letters edited by her daughter and grandson, a trove of advice. (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Madeleine Thien’s emotional epic of China

Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing is sweeping, overflowing with characters that show the tragedy of revolutionary and communist China. (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Family values — the latest book arrivals will entertain and illuminate

This weekend marks the midway point between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, so let’s celebrate a few books about the family, dysfunctional and otherwise. (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Rock and roll coming of age story has resonance

Brett Josef Grubisic’s From Up River and For One Night Only “a powerful coming of age story readers will relate to no matter where they’re from” (Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

The tale of the missing capybara: Pet detectives reveal their secrets to cracking the case

Gumshoes who find lost dogs and cats suggest techniques that might also help catch exotic rodents. (Sat, 28 May 2016 22:24:25 EDT)

Patterns in Nature explores world's chaotic beauty

Science and nature journalist Philip Ball looks below the surface at how and why certain forms appear in nature. (Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

What makes a Bad Singer?

Journalist Tim Falconer loves music but can’t sing. In his new book, Falconer enrols in singing lessons and explores the science behind tone deafness. (Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Word Under the Street

You know when yo usee a stranger on the subway immersed in a book and you're just dying to know what they're reading? We asked for you. (Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Word Under the Street

You know when you see a stranger on the subway immersed in a book and you’re just dying to know what they’re reading? We asked for you. (Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Five steps to better singing

Vocal coach Micah Barnes shares six tips for improving your singing. (Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Serial author: Hal Niedzviecki reaches out to readers

Not many authors give their books away free. So why is Niedzviecki doing just that with The Archaeologists? (Fri, 27 May 2016 15:29:16 EDT)

Francoise Gilot — once Picasso’s wife — has always been her own person

Her work as an artist has enabled her to "live her life fully" despite her famous marriages. (Fri, 27 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Small Print: New books for younger readers

New stories from Monique Gray Smith, Tomson Highway, Jaclyn Moriarty and more. (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Dan Vyleta's Smoke lingers in the imagination

A literary fantasy that has drawn comparisons to the work of JK Rowling … grown up and powerfully disturbing. (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Long weekend reads for everyone in the family

On the first long weekend in warm weather we might work in the garden, do some serious spring cleaning or just collapse on the couch and read. (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Small things make a difference in Guy Gavriel Kay’s rich saga

Children of Earth and Sky follow about a thousand years after Kay’s The Sarantine Mosaic (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Breaking free from the prison of the past

American writer Patricia Engel's The Veins of the Ocean a "bubbling stew" of a novel (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

New York Review of Books

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Steve Jones to chronicle Sex Pistols history in new book

Former Sex Pistols star Steve Jones is to share the details of his colourful life in a new autobiography. (Tue, 24 May 2016 23:11:55 -0400)

Kendall and Kylie Jenner writing second novel

Kendall, Kylie Jenner writing second novel (Tue, 24 May 2016 12:15:24 -0400)

Curtis Sittenfeld gives Jane Austen a modern makeover in 'Eligible'

Austen given a modern makeover in 'Eligible' (Sat, 21 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400)

Lena Dunham publishes surprise book of personal diary entries

Girls star Lena Dunham has surprised fans with a book full of her thoughts from a decade ago. (Tue, 17 May 2016 19:18:16 -0400)

'America's Next Top Model' star Eugena Washington named Playboy's Playmate of the Year

Playboy's Playmate of the Year unveiled (Thu, 12 May 2016 09:17:21 -0400)

R.L. Stine among winners of Children's Choice Book Awards

Stine among winners of Children's Awards (Fri, 06 May 2016 10:58:21 -0400)

New at BookBrowse

In Britain, lit fiction books in translation outsell English language lit fiction

Translated literary fiction is selling better on average in the UK than literary fiction originally written in English, according to new research by Nielsen, with authors including Elena Ferrante, Haruki Murakami and Karl Ove Knausgaard driving a boom in sales.

Though fiction in translation accounts for just 3.5% of literary fiction titles published, it accounted for 7% of sales in 2015, according to the survey commissioned by the Man Booker International prize.

At first glance this statistic might seem to be easily explained away by the fact that, as a rule, only the better of the best foreign language works get translated into English and there is a lower bar for books already written in English; but there does seem to be substance to the claim given that, according to Fiammetta Rocca, administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, "In 2001, every literary fiction title written in English sold an average 1,153 copies, while every translated literary fiction title sold only 482 copies. By 2015 this had completely changed – every literary fiction title written in English sold an average of only 263 copies, while every translated literary fiction title sold an average of 531 copies." (Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

The Vegetarian wins the Man Booker International Prize

South Korean author Han Kang has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel The Vegetarian, described by Judging panel chairman Boyd Tonkin as "unforgettably powerful and original".

The writer and her British translator - who only started learning Korean in 2010 - will split the award's GBP 50,000 prize money. (Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Praise for BookExpo America in Chicago, despite slow Wednesday and Friday

After a slow start on Wednesday afternoon, BookExpo America kicked into gear on Thursday and concluded on Friday with much praise from many attendees. The somewhat smaller attendance--probably around 18,000--allowed for a more pleasant trade floor experience for many booksellers and librarians. Quite a few said that at this BEA, they could circulate more freely in exhibitors' booths and not feel like--or be treated like--interlopers. (Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

7000 attendees enjoyed successful BookCon in Chicago

7000 book fans attended Book Con in Chicago on Saturday. As in the two previous years in New York City, attendees skewed towards significantly more females than males. Some attendees were disappointed that the event was on just one day, unlike last year's BookCon in New York which was two days long, but exhibitors (who had already been exhibiting for the three preceding days for Book Expo America) seemed relieved! (Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

US bookstore sales jump 11% in March, marking 7th month of continuous growth

March bookstore sales in the USA jumped 10.7% according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This marked the seventh month in a row that bookstore sales have risen. For the year to date, bookstore sales have risen 6.2%, to $2.9 billion. (Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Leonnard Riggio to step down as executive chairman of B&N in September

After decades as one of the biggest names in the bookselling industry, Leonard Riggio, the 75-year-old executive chairman of Barnes & Noble, has decided to step down as executive chairman after the company's annual meeting in September. He will still sit on the board of directors after handing over the chairmanship to non-executive board member Paul Guenther. (Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Three authors on Time magazine's most influential people list

Time magazine's latest list of the world's 100 most influential people includes authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elena Ferrante and Marilynne Robinson. (Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. Winners in this centennial year include:

Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer

History: T.J. Stiles for Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Poetry: Peter Balakian for Ozone Journal

General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

New Kindle with rechargeable protective case coming soon

Amazon will soon sell a higher-end Kindle with a rechargeable protective case for extended battery life. The removable cover will allow the Kindle to be thinner than earlier devices.

Also under development is a separate Kindle case with a battery that can be charged using solar power but this is unlikely to be for immediate release. (Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Perseus Books Group now part of Hachette

The sales of Perseus Books Group publishing operations to Hachette Book Group and its distribution operations to Ingram Content Group both closed late last week.

Ingram chairman and CEO John Ingram noted that with the purchase, "Ingram's center of gravity is shifting to one that is more focused on providing comprehensive publisher services on a global scale. This acquisition supports this shift and our ongoing transformation. We're strengthening our commitment to the success of our clients and customers, and are excited about what the future holds for Ingram and the book business."

Perseus imprints include Da Capo, Public Affairs, Weinstein Books, Basic Books and The Economist. (Mon, 4 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

New at NPR

'Rolling The R's' Is A Story About Coming Of Age And Coming Out

Rolling the R's tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book's impact, 20 years after it first came out. (Sun, 29 May 2016 17:14:00 -0400)

Parenting Pitfalls: Renegades, Privilege And Putting On The Boxing Gloves

Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting. (Sun, 29 May 2016 17:14:00 -0400)

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant. (Sun, 29 May 2016 07:38:00 -0400)

Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range. (Sun, 29 May 2016 07:38:00 -0400)

Lonely 'Hope' Appears, But Is Quickly Forgotten

Claire North's moving new novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope centers on a young woman who cannot be remembered; only animals or people with brain damage can recall their interactions with her. (Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:18 -0400)

From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir. (Sat, 28 May 2016 08:03:09 -0400)

'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do. (Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:30 -0400)

Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love. (Fri, 27 May 2016 13:13:00 -0400)

'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble. (Thu, 26 May 2016 07:00:29 -0400)

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor. (Thu, 26 May 2016 04:36:00 -0400)

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war. (Wed, 25 May 2016 13:23:00 -0400)

'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for. (Wed, 25 May 2016 07:00:28 -0400)

In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies. (Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:00 -0400)

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be. (Tue, 24 May 2016 09:38:00 -0400)

'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class. (Tue, 24 May 2016 07:00:28 -0400)

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