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Judy Blume talks Tumblr, possible new book

Judy Blume has many projects on her mind. (Tue, 03 May 2016 15:52:59 -0400)

Punk rocker Bif Naked bares all in candid memoir, 'I, Bificus'

Bif Naked bares all in candid memoir (Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:50:01 -0400)

U.K. spies guarded against 'Harry Potter' leak

Usually concerned with top secret matters affecting national security, Britain's eavesdropping spy agency GCHQ was also on the lookout for leaks of a yet-to-be-published Harry Potter book, its publisher has revealed. (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:48:31 -0400)

Tina Fey talks books, her own and those by others

Fey talks books, her own and those by others (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:00:23 -0400)

'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dead at 78

Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveller who wrote with gruff affection for the country's landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga Legends of the Fall, has died at age 78. (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:50:47 -0400)

Playboy Magazine up for sale

Playboy Magazine, once infamous for bunny girls and nude photoshoots, is up for sale. (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:55:08 -0400)

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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)

Thousands of poor residents banned from Silicon Valley library

The New York Times reports on the sad state of the public library in San Jose, California where nearly a third of residents in poor neighborhoods are banned from entry to the library due to unpaid fines including what Director of Libraries Jill Bourne describes as "an exorbitant" processing fee of $20 for lost materials.

Few of the residents in these neighborhoods have broadband connections on their computers and it is safe to assume that few have many books at home - in short these are precisely the people, including children, that public libraries should be serving with access to both books and the internet.

Outsiders might think that "everyone in Silicon Valley is affluent and hyperconnected," said Mayor Samuel T. Liccardo, who represents San Jose's one million residents, 40 percent of whom are immigrants. "We still have a digital divide.... The kids who are barred from the door of the library are the ones we most desperately want to reach."

Update: A letter to the editor of the NY Times sent shortly after this article appeared indicates those with outstanding fines can still use the library and materials in the library. (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Marilynne Robinson to be awarded Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Gilead" and "Home," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 24.

The annual Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that - throughout long, consistently accomplished careers - have told us something new about the American experience. (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Imre Kertesz dies aged 86

Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian Jewish writer and Nobel laureate acclaimed for his semi-autobiographical novels on surviving the Holocaust and its aftermath, died on Thursday at his home in Budapest. He was 86 years old.

What set Mr. Kertesz apart from other writers on the Holocaust was his insistence on describing the death camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald without outrage, especially in his definitive work, "Fateless," first published in 1975.

"The novel uses the alienating device of taking the reality of the camp completely for granted, an everyday existence like any other," the Swedish Nobel committee said in awarding him its 2002 prize in literature. (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

James Patterson to donate a further $1.75m to school libraries

James Patterson will donate another $1.75 million to school libraries in 2016. The program was launched in 2015 in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, which administers the grants. Of the nearly 28,000 entries received in 2015, 467 schools were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

Adult coloring book sales increase 12-fold to 12 million in 2015

Sales in the adult coloring book category continue to rise. According to Nielsen Bookscan, about 12 million books were sold in 2015 compared with 1 million in 2014, with over 2000 individual titles available compared to about 300 in 2014. (Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:00:00 -0400)

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'Heat And Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country

Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities. (Wed, 04 May 2016 16:34:00 -0400)

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player. (Wed, 04 May 2016 13:16:00 -0400)

'Where's Warhol?' Turns The Waldo Concept Into A Work Of Art

High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds. (Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:00 -0400)

Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness. (Wed, 04 May 2016 07:00:11 -0400)

'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service. (Tue, 03 May 2016 16:25:00 -0400)

'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music. (Tue, 03 May 2016 07:04:00 -0400)

'Missing Man' Examines Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson's Mission To Iran

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times reporter Barry Meier about his investigation into Robert Levinson's disappearance, chronicled in his book Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran. (Tue, 03 May 2016 05:15:00 -0400)

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were." (Mon, 02 May 2016 15:15:00 -0400)

'Becoming Wise' Is A Meditation On Meaning

On Being host Krista Tippett talks about her new book Becoming Wise, which explores what she has learned from a career discussing faith, science and spirituality. (Sun, 01 May 2016 17:06:00 -0400)

From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world. (Sun, 01 May 2016 17:06:00 -0400)

No Pink, But Plenty Of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'

Skottie Young's comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It's the story of a not-so-little girl who's gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland. (Sun, 01 May 2016 10:00:00 -0400)

Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of "grit" as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence. (Sun, 01 May 2016 07:55:00 -0400)

Camille Perri Talks Breaking The Rules To Get Ahead In Debut Novel, 'The Assistants'

When the assistant at a multinational corporation skims a tiny fraction of the company's billions, it sets off a chain of unexpected events. Camille Perri tells Rachel Martin about her new novel. (Sun, 01 May 2016 07:55:00 -0400)

The Mathematics Of Magic And Loss In 'Square Root Of Summer'

Teenaged math whiz Gottie knows a little too much about subtraction; her fractured family is spinning apart sfter the death of her beloved grandfather — and that's before the time wormholes appear. (Sun, 01 May 2016 07:00:15 -0400)

Weeping For All That Is Lost: A Harsh Migration Out Of India

Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows three men who journey from India to England, looking for a better life. But NPR's Nishant Dahiya says that life turns out to be a complex, and often dangerous one. (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:00:13 -0400)

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