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Book News from the Toronto Star

Rewind: Batman TV series still packs a Pow!

The vibrant graphics, campy music and panto-style acting still bring a sense of fun to 1960s show. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EDT)

Karma Brown delivers emotional punch with infertility tale

The Canadian author's sophomore novel is an old-fashioned tear-jerker, tackling an important, yet taboo, topic. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

These six books would make entertaining travelling companions

From mystery to family drama, these new novels are perfect companions for a summer day. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

The Black Coat explores Bangladesh’s stark history

The cult of personality is brought to life in this stark revisiting of the early years of Bangladesh. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Whodunit: mini reviews of mysteries

(Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Earth’s exotic jellyfish explored in photos

The alien-like creatures are prominently photographed in author Lisa-Ann Gershwin's book. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Advocate a powerful story of small-town small-mindedness

Darren Greer sets his portrait of a little town in Nova Scotia dealing with the AIDS crisis in 1984 and its ultimate fallout. (Sun, 24 Jul 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? (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Four seminal works of women's fiction

These stories about women, told by women, paved the way for the female writers who followed (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Valley of the Dolls still packs a good reading wallop

(Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Women’s fiction: Big stories still struggle to be taken seriously

It’s the 50th anniversary of Valley of the Dolls and women’s fiction is selling gangbusters — “crass and brave” Susann broke that ground (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Hot Dog Taste Test takes snobbery out of food culture

Author approaches subject matter with humour, sense of wonder (Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Black Bread: growing up on the cusp of change

Catalan writer Emili Teixidor's book newly translated bestseller explores the external forces that shape us as we’re trying to know ourselves (Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Picture perfect: Fan fiction for the art brigade

Art provides the perfect background for fictional narrative — a literal canvas that sparks the imagination and provides a setting and background. (Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Stories that start with a little black dress

In Nine Women, One Dress, Jane L. Rosen writes chick lit with edge and channels fables — with happy endings being reserved for those who earn them. (Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Pamela Love’s book Muses & Manifestations showcases her jewelry

Pamela Love's inspirations include crystals, daggers, the Cosmos and the Earth. (Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Word under the street

The Star asks commuters what they’re reading. (Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

How much would you spend on a book?

From Muhammad Ali to Hiroshi Sugimoto, these works are to be savoured like fine wine (Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Beautiful Book: The Luxe Edition

Books can be more than just a good read — they can become an object of art in and of themselves and the price for some of them reflects that. (Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Kim Addonizio's 'brave,' 'tart' memoir

Acclaimed poetry and fiction writer uses the stuff of her gritty life in this emotionally honest memoir. (Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

New York Review of Books

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Graphic novelist Mark Siegel working on new series

Siegel working on new series (Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:13:27 -0400)

'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer writes spy thriller 'The Chemist'

'Twilight' author pens spy thriller (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:15:14 -0400)

Marvel's new Iron Man to be a black teen girl

Marvel's new Iron Man to be a black teen girl (Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:11:22 -0400)

Lindsay Lohan writing motivational memoir

Lohan writing motivational memoir (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:00:49 -0400)

Giller Prize-winning author Austin Clarke dies

Giller Prize-winning author Austin Clarke dies (Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:00:35 -0400)

Kelly Osbourne writing tell-all

Kelly Osbourne writing tell-all (Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:29:02 -0400)

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Harry Potter fever builds - 3 days until release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in book stores

Barnes & Noble reports that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II is the company's most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Stores across the country are currently preparing to host Countdown to Midnight Magic parties beginning July 30 at 8 p.m., leading up to the midnight release.

The stage production opens July 30 at London's Palace Theatre. It's been in previews since July 7 but the review embargo was lifted only yesterday and the reviews are extremely positive with many noting that the eighth story is tailor made for the theater.

It is rumored that producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are seeking a theatre for a Broadway opening, 'possibly next season' after a North American premiere in Toronto. (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Co-author of Left Behind series, Tim LaHaye, dies aged 90; Fundamentalist Leader?s Grisly Novels Sold Millions

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, a leader of the Christian fundamentalist movement and co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" series of apocalyptic novels prophesying mass slaughters and the end of the world, died on Monday in a San Diego area hospital. He was 90.

The authors portrayed Jesus as a fearsome warrior who eviscerates millions of unbelievers in grisly detail, casting Hindus, Muslims, Jews, agnostics and anyone not a born-again Christian into the fires.

Many theologians and scholars called the novels a simplistic and dangerous interpretation of Scripture. But Dr. LaHaye said that his only mission was to spread the Gospel by showing the gruesome perdition ahead for unbelievers and the merciful salvation awaiting faithful Christians. (Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Muggle Mob stops traffic on Broadway

In anticipation of this Sunday's release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany), more than 300 Potter fans gathered last Thursday for a massive flash mob, or "Muggle Mob," on Broadway, NY, in front of Scholastic's Manhattan headquarters building. The fans, all Scholastic employees and their children, flooded into the street reading from a favorite Harry Potter book... (Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Jeff Bezos to have a bit part in new Star Trek movie

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a bit part in the new "Star Trek Beyond" movie. Apparently security was tight on set for Bezos who arrived with a full contingent of security, and then waited patiently all day for crews to shoot the single tracking shot that includes his character.

"I was there for the bit with his like nine bodyguards and three limos. It was really intense," said Chris Pine, who stars in the film as Capt. James T. Kirk. "I had no idea who he was. Not a clue. But he was obviously very important."

It is unknown what kind of alien Bezos plays - some sources snippily suggest a Ferengi. (Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:04:34 -0400)

USA bookstore sales up for the ninth month in a row #books #news

May bookstore sales rose 3.1%, to $826 million, compared to May 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This marks the ninth month in a row that bookstore sales have risen - with an average growth for the year to date of 6.1% (Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:56:56 -0400)

British author Sally Beauman, author of "Destiny" and other novels, dies aged 71

British author Sally Beauman died on July 7 aged 71. Writing in The Guardian, Lisa Appignanesi described Beauman as "a proud, loyal, fiercely private, beautiful and generous woman--at all ages. Her intelligence was incisive and broad. She could tell you everything, not only about the latest Man Booker list, but about gardening and furniture restoration or how to render a wall. In fact, she was often dressed in a paint-spattered shirt and jeans and could be found, between books, up a ladder touching up a ceiling--before donning more elegant attire to go to the theater." (Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:09:58 -0400)

Dr Carla D. Hayden confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

Dr Carla D. Hayden has been confirmed, 74-18, by the U.S. Senate as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term. Hayden was the longtime CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in February. She is the first professional librarian to hold the position, also the first woman and the first African-American. (Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Book sales at brick and mortar bookstores rise 2% year on year

Publishers' trade book sales (i.e. books for general readers) at physical retail stores in the USA rose for the second year in a row in 2015, climbing 1.8%, to $4.15 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers' StatShot Annual. Physical store sales comprise about 26% of publisher revenue and included more than 610 million trade books during the year.

Online continued to be the top sales channels for publishers' revenue in the trade category, comprising 37% of the market. Some 806 million units were sold online in 2015.

In terms of revenue, sales of all books in 2015 fell 0.6% (mainly because of "a challenging year in the education markets").

In trade, adult books was the category with the highest growth: up 6%, to $10.47 billion in revenue, with adult nonfiction books (including coloring books) providing the most revenue. (Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Jojo Moyes takes 3 of top 20 bestseller spots for first half of the year

Nielsen BookScan's list of bestselling print books for the January–June period includes three editions of Jo-Jo Moyes' Me Before You. The book also came in at #2 on Amazon's Kindle bestseller list for approximately the same time period, beaten by The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza, selling at 99 cents.

The number one bestseller in print for the period was Dr Seuss's perennially popular graduation gift, Oh The Places You Go, followed by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. (Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Elie Wiesel dies aged 87

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and author of more than 40 books has died aged 87 in New York, where he lived and had been a citizen since the 1960s.

Born in Romania in 1928, he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war he became famous for writing about his experiences as a teenager in the concentration camp where he lost his mother, father and younger sister.

He wrote more than 40 books and dedicated his life to ensuring the atrocities committed under the Nazis were never forgotten. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his role in speaking out against violence, repression and racism. (Sat, 2 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

New at NPR

Minicomics May Be Small, But They Pack Big Thrills

Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down. (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400)

A Hemingway Who Looks Just Like Ernest

A Key West bar holds an annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. For the first time, an actual Hemingway won. Dave Hemingway (no relation) says he also likes to fish, drink and have a good time. (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:15:20 -0400)

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books." (Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:24:00 -0400)

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel. (Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:09:00 -0400)

'Sunlight Pilgrims' Is More Than Just A Chilling Tale Of Climate Change

Jenni Fagan's latest follows a transgender girl and her mother in a near-future world that's slowly freezing to death. Fagan makes potent but subtle links between climate change and personal change. (Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:07 -0400)

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)." (Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400)

What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:48:37 -0400)

Gay Talese Stays Too Long At 'The Voyeur's Motel'

Gay Talese conflates the journalist and the voyeur in his new book about a motel owner who spied on his guests. And he makes the readers voyeurs as well: We watch him watching the unwary motel guests. (Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:00:06 -0400)

Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con. (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:03:42 -0400)

In Dave Eggers' Latest, A Mother Moves Her Kids To The Alaskan 'Frontier'

Alaska's a state that's "not too precious about itself," Eggers says. In Heroes of the Frontier, he follows an out-of-work dentist as she moves her small family to an unfamiliar home. (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:34:35 -0400)

'Multiple Choice' Is A) A Novel, B) In Test Form, C) Fascinating, D) All Of The Above

Alejandro Zambra's playful new novel is fashioned in the format of Chile's Academic Aptitude Test, the standardized exam high school students there take — complete with multiple choice questions. (Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400)

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

Bookseller John Evans recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun by John Doe and Tom DeSavia. (Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:32:26 -0400)

Comic Book Writer Marjorie Liu On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

Author Marjorie Liu writes adult fantasy novels that explore alienation and identity. And they've attracted a large, diverse fan base. Her latest is the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Monstress. (Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:32:00 -0400)

In 'The Darkroom,' A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad's Gender Transition

Susan Faludi says that, growing up, her father was a "domineering, hyper-masculine patriarch." In her new book, she tries to understand his past and his decision to become a woman. (Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:45:00 -0400)

'To The Secretary' Tries To Unwind The Tangles Of Diplomacy

State Department veteran Mary Thompson-Jones sifts through a few choice WikiLeaks cables and parses them for a lay audience in To The Secretary, a fascinating primer on a complex and difficult field. (Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:05 -0400)

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