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Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction Selected by The New York Times Book Review

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The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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Ranking Cormac McCarthy's Greatest Books

Ranking Cormac McCarthy's Greatest Books | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Trailing Philip Roth by a few months and Toni Morrison by two years, Cormac McCarthy (who turns 81 this weekend) is one of America's greatest and most decorated writers. His cultural stock has rise...


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Excellent list for an excellent author - one of my favourites.

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David Mitchell: a storyteller of infinite richness

David Mitchell: a storyteller of infinite richness | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Profile: For the Cloud Atlas novelist, famed for playing with form, writing a short story on Twitter is just his latest challenge. But this is only the prelude to the big event, his eagerly awaited new novel
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50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment -- although whether it's truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along, all this time, while others might blink and wond...
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Nadine Gordimer offered a model of how to use books as social force

Nadine Gordimer offered a model of how to use books as social force | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country -- apartheid-era South Africa -- where such commitment carried a high price.
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Best holiday reads 2014 - top authors recommend their favourites

Best holiday reads 2014 - top authors recommend their favourites | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Summer picks from Nick Hornby, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman and others …
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Authors pick the best books to take on holiday.

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The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet

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The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn't seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary wo...


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The 50 Coolest Authors Of All Time

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Everyone's got a book in them, right? Problem is, it's likely to be an absolute turkey.


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Dubliners: The Photographs of JJ Clarke

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A glimpse of James Joyce's Dublin
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How Dublin would have looked to James Joyce.

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A Game as Literary Tutorial

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Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers

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The books many start, but few ever finish

The books many start, but few ever finish | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

University of Wisconsin mathematics professor Jordan Ellenberg created his theory after examining readers' favourite sentences on Kindles - many of which were suspiciously near the start of each book.


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Women Novelists - A Crossword

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Test your knowledge of women novelists by playing our crossword.


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Are African Writers Trumping African-American Authors?

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Are African Writers Trumping African-American Authors? Read more by Dennis Abrams July 3, 2014. In the New York Times, Felicia R. Lee asks if the “new wave of African writers with an internationalist bent” are drawing attention away from ...


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Interesting question.

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“Good Samaritan” novelist Colum McCann was left bleeding on sidewalk

“Good Samaritan” novelist Colum McCann was left bleeding on sidewalk | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Assaulted while helping woman who was pushed to the ground say police.
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Poor guy.

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Whats happening to the world when a good Samaritan gets assaulted while helping another human being..

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Kindle Unlimited: it's the end of losing yourself in a good book

Kindle Unlimited: it's the end of losing yourself in a good book | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Amazon's leaked 'Netflix for books' plan will alarm publishers – and doom old-fashioned anonymous reading, writes John Naughton.


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I think this is an unnecessarily pessimistic view of Kindle's new service.  Many readers are already enjoying books via other subscription services - Scribd and Oyster.  It's a way of discovering authors and trying out different genres.

 

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Erskine Caldwell's greasy hairball of a novel.

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Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road, published in 1932, is a greasy hairball of a novel—one of the sickest and most lurid books to have emerged from the literature of the American South. It's about as nutritious as a plate of pork cracklings. You're going to feel a little ill when you...
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Dare to Disturb the Universe: Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Censorship, Writing, and the Duty of Children’s Books

Dare to Disturb the Universe: Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Censorship, Writing, and the Duty of Children’s Books | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
"We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking
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"The first people a dictator puts in jail after a coup are the writers, the teachers, the librarians — because these people are dangerous. They have enough vocabulary to recognize injustice and to speak out loudly about it. Let us have the courage to go on being dangerous people."

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Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors

Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'
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The Not the Booker prize is back: make your nominations now!

The Not the Booker prize is back: make your nominations now! | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The world's most democratic literary award, and perhaps the most contentious, has returned and you have until 27 July to join in
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I love The Not the Booker Prize organised by the Guardian which throws up a reading list every bit as interesting as the real prize. Check out the reader nominations.

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Can books cross borders?

Can books cross borders? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from home and a book from abroad? Or to put it another way: when I pick up a novel, is it merely a question of a free-floating
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Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer dies

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer dies | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Writer and political activist Nadine Gordimer (90) has died peacefully in her sleep, according to a family statement.
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What Jane Austen Looked Like According to Forensic Science

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In the nearly 200 years since the beloved author's death, readers have been unsure what Jane Austen actually looked like. The only portrait available was a
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The Best Books of 2014 So Far

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And by best, we mean favorite. Let’s be real. Share your best reads of 2014 so far with us in the comments! Adam by Ariel Schrag A straight cisgender teen boy visiting his gay college sister in New York for the summer … Continued
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Book Riot's recommendations for the best books of the year so far.

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The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1894 - 1994 (as recommended by Book Riot)

The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1894 - 1994 (as recommended by Book Riot) | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago, one of my brightest, most driven students asked me a simple question for which I had no ready answer: “Do you know where I could find a list of the 100 or so most important … Continued (The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1894-1994:...


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8 Recommended African-Born Writers

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Flavorwire 8 More African-Born Writers You Should Be Reading Flavorwire The flowering of new African writers is “an amazing phenomenon,” said Manthia Diawara, a professor of comparative literature and film at New York University.


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Eimear McBride adds Desmond Elliott award to prize haul

Eimear McBride adds Desmond Elliott award to prize haul | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Judge Chris Cleave calls on publishers to support debut fiction, or see 'literature murdered on our watch'The prize-winning author Chris Cleave has called on the writers of today to "raise up the next generation of novelists" or "be damned as the...
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