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Book News from the Toronto Star

Ripper-era England malevolent chase story compelling

London's Ripper-era reputation as shadowy, chronically fog-enveloped and deeply malevolent pervades the story. (Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:46:18 EDT)

Behold the Dreamers is a fresh telling of well-known tale

The lives of a Cameroonian immigrant family and that of a wealthy New York City executive intersect as the economy crumbles in 2008. (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Arrivals: books that tell the stories of fascinating individuals

Recounting the lives of some very interesting people — through essays, a novel, a biography, a photo memoir, even a graphic novel (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Read about writing about books

Book reviews and are by their nature ephemeral and it’s only their passion, personality and intelligence that makes the best of them worth revisiting. (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Favourite characters make new appearances in the latest graphic works

From Tyler Durden in Fight Club 2 to Jughead from the Archie Comics, new twists on familiar faces (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Word under the street

(Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)


The books Canadians bought this week. (Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Amy Schumer, please stand up

Comedian isn’t afraid to go deep in her new biography The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:15:56 EDT)

Short stories for those who want a deep dive, or a quick dip

Collections can be wading pools for writers before they jump in to a big novel, or a deep dive for veteran masters; here some of the latest. (Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Politics of disease during the Aids crisis

Tim Murphy's Christodora uses the story of a real-life building to house a readable sweeping saga. (Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Rewind: Anne of Green Gables

This old-fashioned Canadian classic is a timeless read that’s full of love. (Sat, 13 Aug 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, 13 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Who Shot Sports: power and beauty of competition

Author Gail Buckland scoured more than 50 archives to assemble 280 photos of sports figures, events and places. (Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Small Print: the latest books for young readers

Recommendations to keep every age of young reader enthralled as the summer winds to an end. (Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)


The books Canadians bought this week. (Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Jeffrey Toobin dissects Patty Hearst’s crime of the century in new book

In Toobin’s analysis, titled American Heiress, Hearst was an “emblematic of the political evolution of the country during the 1970s.” (Sun, 7 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Chicks Ahoy: It's Roller Derby time

DD Miller's Eight-Wheeled Freedom chronicles the rise, fall and rise of the counter-culture sport. (Sun, 7 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Word under the Street

Word under the Street (Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

Hybrid writers get the best of both worlds

As the line between traditional publishing and self-publishing blurs some authors are embracing new ways of getting their books in the hands of readers (Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

From hotdogs to molecular gastronomy, the latest reads for the foodie

Memoir, history, travel and essays — so many different styles of writing for food lovers to sink their teeth into. (Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EDT)

New York Review of Books

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Sue-Ann Levy tells all in her book Underdog: Confessions of a Right-Wing Gay Jewish Muckraker

Within hours of my “Coming Out” column in the Toronto Sun on Pride Day 2007, my inbox filled up with e-mails of support. (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:00:00 -0400)

Rowling e-books about Hogwarts coming in September

E-books about Hogwarts coming in Sept. (Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:24:49 -0400)

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days

Not even "Hamilton" can keep up with these numbers. (Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:59:45 -0400)

Canadians Madeleine Thien and David Szalay get Man Booker Prize nods

Canadians get Man Booker Prize nods (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:43:19 -0400)

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)

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Crowdfunding venture Kickstarter hits $100m mark on publishing projects

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding venture that allows individuals to donate money to support a variety of projects, marked a milestone last week, recording more than $100 million in pledges to general-publishing projects since it launched in 2009. (Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:05:09 -0400)

Publishers express frustration at sacking of B&N's CEO, leaving company searching for third new leader in three years

Publishers have been expressing their frustration in the wake of the sudden and unexpected dismissal of Barnes & Noble CEO Ron Boire last week, just a year after he took over as head of the largest bricks-and-mortar bookstore chain in the USA. Boire, formerly head of Sears Canada, was deemed "not a good fit for the organization." Len Riggio, B&N's founder and chairman, is postponing his retirement in order to step up to the helm, once again, until a replacement is found.

Publisher responses to the news that B&N will be looking for its third new leader in three years range from concern that this will impact sales during the crucial holiday season, to surprise given that Boire "seemed to have a plan." Indeed, just two months ago in June, Boire had spent two hours laying out the future of B&N to a group of investors. (Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

New editor for Sunday Book Review

Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Sunday Book Review, has been given an expanded role at the paper. She will now oversee all book coverage for the Times, including the daily Books section, book news, and publishing industry news. (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Three new Harry Potter books publishing as ebooks on September 6.

In addition to the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" London play, also available as a published script, and the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" movie, Harry Potter fans now have three new publications to look forward to in 2016 - all publishing exclusively as ebooks on September 6.

The short books (63-70 pages) are:

"Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide"

"Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists"

"Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies" (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Author Thomas Steinbeck dies aged 72

Thomas Steinbeck, the eldest son of the novelist John Steinbeck and, later in life, a fiction writer who fought bitterly in a family dispute over his father's estate, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 72. (Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:52:24 -0400)

US bookstore sales record 10th month of continuous year on year growth. June up 5% compared to 2015. #books

June USA bookstore sales rose 5%, to $770 million, compared to June 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This is the 10th month in a row that bookstore sales have increased. (Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:14:12 -0400)

Top 12 highest paid authors earned a combined $269 million in past year #authors

According to Forbes Magazine, the world's top 12 highest-paid authors earned a combined $269 million over the last 12 months.

Forbes arrives at its estimates by looking at print, e-book and audiobook sales from Nielsen BookScan, while attempting to factor in TV and movie earnings.

The top earners for the year to June 2016 are:

1. James Patterson ($95 million)
2. Jeff Kinney ($19.5 million)
3. J.K. Rowling ($19 million)
4. John Grisham ($18 million)
5. Stephen King ($15 million)
5. Danielle Steel ($15 million)
5. Nora Roberts ($15 million)
8. E.L. James ($14 million)
9. Veronica Roth ($10 million)
9. John Green ($10 million)
9. Paula Hawkins ($10 million)
12. George R.R. Martin ($9.5 million)
12. Rick Riordan ($9.5 million)
12. Dan Brown ($9.5 million)

Thanks to Shelf Awareness for collating the core numbers into a tidy list rather than the slow loading visual display found at Forbes - albeit it would seem that three authors tied for 12th position, in which case there are 14 on the list, not 12. (Thu, 4 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

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

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)

New at NPR

Newly American 'Dreamers' Are Torn Between Love And Disappointment

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel is one of the best books to deal with the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It's the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple and the rich, troubled Americans they work for. (Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400)

'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

Lawrence Wright's new book collects his essays for The New Yorker on the growth of terrorism in the Middle East, from the Sept. 11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers. (Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:12:00 -0400)

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed. (Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:45:00 -0400)

'Breath Of Earth' Is A Brisk, Relevant Alt-History Barnstormer

Beth Cato's new book is set in an alternate version of San Francisco where geopolitical intrigue and homegrown unrest complicate a young earth magician's attempt to head off the great quake of 1906. (Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400)

Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling "Curses, foiled again!" But sometimes the bad guys win — from Milton's Satan to X-men foe Magneto, we're taking a look at the ones who get away. (Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:23:47 -0400)

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Cynthia Kadohata

Kadohata is the Newbery Medal-winning author of the YA novel "Kira-Kira." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about an eye-opening bus trip she took across the U.S. right before she left home. (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:30:00 -0400)

'Carry On' Tells The Story Of Unlikely Bond Between 2 Athletes That Changed 3 Lives

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Lisa Fenn, the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family," and the two athletes Fenn profiled, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton. (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:21:00 -0400)

Debut Novel Takes On The American Dream ... Racism, Recession And All

Like the protagonists in her novel, Imbolo Mbue came to the U.S. from Cameroon. She says the recession "laid bare a lot about the way in which the American dream is not that accessible to everybody." (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:07:30 -0400)

Hugo Nominee Nnedi Okorafor: 'I Love Stories — And So I Write Them'

Host Farai Chideya speaks with science-fiction writer and Hugo Award nominee Nnedi Okorafor about diversity in the genre. (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:16:00 -0400)

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the best-selling author of "Divergent." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about a relationship that consumed her life and how she finally left it behind. (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:17:00 -0400)

In The Midst Of Future Calamity, A Different Kind Of Ark: The London Zoo

In Bill Broun's dystopian Night of the Animals, zoo-bound creatures ask the main character to let them out. "It's a kind of fulcrum between the old world and a kind of liberating cataclysm," he says. (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:17:00 -0400)

In 'Ghost Talkers,' The Spies Are Actual Spooks

Mary Robinette Kowal's new book imagines a version of World War I where mediums serve in the British Army, and newly dead soldiers are vital sources of information about what's happening at the front. (Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:00:17 -0400)

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa," she says. Originally broadcast Feb. 5, 2015. (Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:15:00 -0400)

Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul In 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo'

Schumer's new essay collection is revealing, packed with personal diary entries going back to her preteen years — and funny. But she doesn't shy away from difficult topics like her sexual assault. (Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:38:00 -0400)

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this." (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:11:00 -0400)

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