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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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Shattered

IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit

The publishing world is oft-criticized for being male-, hetero-, cis- and white-centric. But because the world of indie-publishing gives authors more freedom, previously marginalized writers are able to reach a wider audience—and readers can be treated to a wealth of new perspectives and...

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Watchmanfin

Cover for Harper Lee's Novel Revealed

Arguably the most-discussed book of the year had its cover revealed on People.com this morning. It's Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, and it's a lovely homage to the classic cover of Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Here's what we...

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What Comes Next and How to Like It

Anne Lamott on Abigail Thomas, & "What Comes Next and How to Like It"

You can’t judge a book by its title, of course, but the name of Abigail Thomas’ new memoir -- What Comes Next and How to Like It -- tells a prospective reader everything she wants to know about what’s inside it. This is going to be a book about growing old, about change, and about learning to live with stuff you never thought you’d even meet...

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The Wild Oates Project

Living From Her Body Instead of Her Mind: Robin Rinaldi on Sowing Her Wild Oats

If you’re looking for a straightforward, uplifting memoir about a confused woman having a midlife crisis, the kind of book that you read from beginning to end, piling up in your mind questions answered and lessons learned...

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Magic

Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

Author Terry Pratchett, the best-selling fantasy writer, has died at the age of 66. Despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago, Pratchett continued to write and publish--his latest is A Blink on the Screen, a collection of short fiction that will be published next week.

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Jane-dystel11

A Chat with Literary Agent Jane Dystel

Jane Dystel, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, has been an agent since 1986. Her publishing career began at Bantam Books. She then moved to Grosset & Dunlap, where she was a managing editor and later an acquisitions editor. From there, she went on to become Publisher of World Almanac Publications, where she created her own imprint.

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Big Spring Books

Our Picks for the Best Books of the Season

I know this will be hard to believe for many (I’m thinking of you Northeastern states!), but spring is almost sprung and with it a bevy of exciting book releases. From blockbusters to the best in literary fiction, nonfiction, children's...

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Doughty

"I couldn’t help wondering, have you ever really…?" by Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, which was a Best of the Month pick in January 2014, is a quite steamy thriller/courtroom drama about a 52-year-old woman who begins an affair with a mysterious man whom she meets by chance. Soon both she and the lover are on trial for murder, and our protagonist must explore the events, the actions, and the emotions that brought them to this point.

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Ruby

Oprah Picks Cynthia Bond's Debut "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey announced her next pick in Oprah's Book Club 2.0 today. It's Ruby, a debut novel by Cynthia Bond, which Oprah describes as "a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of racial injustice and sexual abuse." She continues: "The title character, when we first encounter her, is a once beautiful, now ravaged woman—filthy and barefoot—who wanders the streets of all-black Liberty Township, Texas.

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