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The Wisdom of Perversity

Sara Sings the Praises of the LA Times Festival of Books

This week, much of the publishing world is in the UK at the London Book Fair, one of the industry’s several trade shows at which agents, publishers and some authors convene to buy, sell and discuss the books that the rest of us hoi polloi will be hearing about in the coming seasons...

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Roses

"The End Game is the Same for All of Us" - Talking to Indie Author Warren Adler

Indie author Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce. The book was turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated dark comedy starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

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Made in Detroit

Marge Piercy: "Your Life Is Richer with Poetry"

I was a fan of poetry in theory until I fell in love for the first time--experiencing emotions I couldn't explain, and grasping for ways to understand and express them. It was then that I was introduced to Marge Piercy's work, and that gave me something to grasp onto...

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Atticus

"Preparation for the Next Life" Wins PEN/Faulkner

Atticus Lish's debut novel Preparation for the Next Life has won the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award.

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Sympathizer

An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Debut Author of "The Sympathizer"

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer, a major debut, is one of our selections for the Best Books of April. Amazon's Al Woodworth described the novel as follows: "Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds."

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Packer

Ann Packer: How I Wrote "The Children's Crusade"

Ann Packer's The Children's Crusade was one of our selections for the Best Books of April. Here, she describes just how the book came to be....

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The Essential Rumi

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Here’s my confession of today--a day that just happens to be the first of National Poetry Month: I don’t read enough verse, I barely know cantos and I’m woefully unfamiliar with sonnets. In other words, I’m a poetry slacker...

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Epitaph

American Iliad: 30 Seconds in Tombstone

What really happened in Tombstone, Arizona on the fateful afternoon of October 26, 1881? Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral author Mary Doria Russell debunks five common myths, misconceptions, and misrepresentations of the iconic gunfight of the Wild West.

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THE-GIRL-IN-THE-SPIDER'S-WEB

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist Returning in September

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and went on to sell a reported 80 million copies worldwide (as well as spurring at least two movie franchises), is getting another book in the series.

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Hausfrau

There's Good Reason to Love Bad Women

Book hangover. Readers, you know what I'm referring to. The condition where you read something so good that you have trouble getting into anything else for a while, and even when you do, you're comparing it to 'that book.' I am still experiencing this a couple months after reading...

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