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2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The 2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced today. The UK prize was first awarded in 1969, but this is only the second year that the award has been open to writers of any nationality. It's interesting to note that...

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Graphic Novel Friday: Fairy Tale's End

This is a fairy tale that is not bedtime reading; this is a fable without a cute moral tacked onto its ending; this is what happens when storybook characters escape from death only to find mortality is very real and...

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The Best Books of the Year So Far

We like Best Of lists. We like Best Of lists so much that it's too much to ask of us to hold off on Best of 2015 selections until the end of 2015, so this morning we're happy to announce...

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YA Wednesday: July's Book Club Pick

Readers have voted and we have our July pick for the YA book club: Laurie Halse Anderson's "The Impossible Knife of Memory"...

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YA Wednesday: Book Clubbin'

For myself and the other editors over here in our cozy office cave, we are always reading upcoming books but I've often thought it would be great if we had a book club of our own, where we could choose a title that came out a year ago or even longer if we wanted, and then connect with readers from cities large and small. And now we've got one...

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Talking to Christian Kiefer, Author of "The Animals"

Read on to see what author Christian Kiefer had to say about writing his book and writing in general. It's pretty illuminating....

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They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

"We’re tearing people apart for lesser and lesser crimes. It’s robbing us of our empathy." So You've Been Publicly Shamed author Jon Ronson shares his thoughts on the book and social media's role in modern degradation.

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Amazon's Best Books of April: Part One

It's quite a lineup of books this month. Just in the top 5, the nonfiction pendulum swings from a memoir-ish book about a "comma queen" to a hardline journalistic investigation. In fiction, we have novels from seasoned veterans, and there's also a first novel by a virtual unknown (although that's changing fast).

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Announcing the NBCC Award Winners

Marilynne Robinson's Lila has won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It is the third book in a trilogy that started with her novel Gilead, which won the NBCC Award for fiction in 2005.

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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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