French Authors Lead International Booker Prize Shortlist

Éric Vuillard and David Diop are among the authors contending for the prestigious award for translated literature.

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Philip Roth’s Biographer Blake Bailey Is Accused of Sexual Assault

W.W. Norton, citing the accusations that the author, Blake Bailey, faces, said it would stop shipping and promoting his new best-selling book.

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Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice

In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.

#americans-abroad, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #in-other-words-book, #italian-language, #italy, #lahiri-jhumpa, #language-and-languages, #translation-and-interpreters, #whereabouts-book, #writing-and-writers

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The Many Faces of Patricia Highsmith

As the subject of no fewer than three biographies since her death in 1995, the popular writer lived a complicated, if fascinating, life. What was she really like?

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Brooklyn Man Finds New Life in Crime (Writing)

Jonathan Ames, known for his confessional essays and TV shows like “Bored to Death,” tries his hand at a detective novel with “A Man Named Doll.”

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What Snoop Dogg’s Success Says About the Book Industry

Will the shifts brought on by the pandemic, favoring online retailers over bookstores and established authors over new ones, change publishing forever?

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

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‘The Free World’ Explains How Culture Heated Up During the Cold War

Louis Menand’s new book about art and thought in the postwar years features a very large cast, including George Orwell, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag and the Beatles.

#books-and-literature, #menand-louis, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book, #writing-and-writers

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When Her Mother Died, She Found Solace at a Korean Grocery

Michelle Zauner, a musician who performs under the name Japanese Breakfast, is making her book debut with “Crying in H Mart.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #crying-in-h-mart-book, #grief-emotion, #korean-americans, #music, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers, #zauner-michelle-japanese-breakfast

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Carol Prisant, Elegant Design Writer, Dies at 82

She was a 51-year old former antiques dealer with no experience as a writer when she wrote to the editor of The World of Interiors magazine about a job. She was hired.

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$40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

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Plant a Love of Nature in Your Kids

This Earth Day, show kids they can find refuge in the outdoors.

#animals, #birds, #carson-rachel, #children-and-childhood, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #parenting, #writing-and-writers

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Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast

The creators of “Zero,” including the co-writer Antonio Dikele Distefano, say they hope viewers enjoy it so much that the characters’ racial identity becomes irrelevant.

#black-people, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #italian-language, #italy, #netflix-inc, #television, #writing-and-writers

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Giancarlo DiTrapano, Defiantly Independent Book Publisher, Dies at 47

Mr. DiTrapano championed avant-garde work and relished taking chances on young, untested authors. His Tyrant Books produced some unexpected hits.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cherry-book, #deaths-obituaries, #ditrapano-giancarlo-1974-2021, #preparation-for-the-next-life-book, #tyrant-books, #writing-and-writers

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Frank Jacobs, Mad Magazine Writer With a Lyrical Touch, Dies at 91

He deftly mocked pop culture, politics and more for 57 years. He also wrote new lyrics for familiar songs, which led to a lawsuit from Irving Berlin and others.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #jacobs-frank-1929-2021, #mad-magazine, #magazines, #writing-and-writers

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The Books That Made Me: 8 Writers on Their Literary Inspirations

In decades past, the Book Review occasionally asked young authors about their biggest influences. For our 125th anniversary, we put the question to a new generation.

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How Jeff VanderMeer Prevents Writer’s Block

“I get superstitious. I once had a book sent to me that was disrupting my ability to write a novel because of a superficial similarity between the two. I took that book and dug a hole and buried it deep in the backyard.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #vandermeer-jeff, #writing-and-writers

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John Naisbitt, Business Guru and Author of ‘Megatrends,’ Dies at 92

His book, published in 1982 amid a brutal recession, foretold of a bountiful postindustrial information economy. He was half right.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #megatrends-ten-new-directions-transforming-our-lives-book, #naisbitt-john, #writing-and-writers

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The Brief, Brilliant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Soyica Diggs Colbert’s “Radical Vision” situates the playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun” as a writer who offered “a road map to negotiate Black suffering in the past and present.”

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #colbert-soyica-diggs, #content-type-personal-profile, #hansberry-lorraine, #race-and-ethnicity, #radical-vision-a-biography-of-lorraine-hansberry-book, #theater, #writing-and-writers

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Former Condé Nast Editor Plans a Vanity Fair for the Substack Era

A new publication from a Vanity Fair veteran aims to attract writers with a revenue-sharing plan. The project has attracted backing from private equity firms.

#jon-kelly, #magazines, #private-equity, #start-ups, #substack-inc, #vanity-fair, #writing-and-writers

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Decades After His Death, Richard Wright Has a New Book Out

“The Man Who Lived Underground,” a novel publishers rejected in the 1940s, is about an innocent Black man forced to confess to the murder of a white couple.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #library-of-america, #manuscripts, #native-son-book, #the-man-who-lived-underground-book, #wright-julia-1942, #wright-richard, #writing-and-writers

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15 Favorite Episodes as the Book Review Podcast Turns 15

Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, highlights memorable episodes from her eight years hosting the show, including conversations with Robert Caro, Isabel Wilkerson, James McBride and others.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-service, #new-york-times, #podcasts, #writing-and-writers

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How Do You Write an Anthony Bourdain Book Without Anthony Bourdain?

After the author and TV personality’s death, his longtime assistant was left to finish his last book, a world travel guide.

#bourdain-anthony, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecco-press, #laurie-woolever, #travel-and-vacations, #writing-and-writers

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On the Run From the Nazis, Taking Train After Train

Written in the wake of Kristallnacht, “The Passenger,” a novel by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, follows a Jewish man in an increasingly hostile world.

#boehm-philip, #books-and-literature, #boschwitz-ulrich-alexander-1915-42, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #the-passenger-1938-book, #writing-and-writers

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A History of Great Friendships

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world is challenged and transformed.

#art, #creativity, #friendship, #writing-and-writers

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National Poetry Month: Coping With the Covid-19 Pandemic

“This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

#bishop-elizabeth, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #gorman-amanda, #jamison-kay-redfield, #millay-edna-st-vincent, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Don’t Mistake Silent Endurance for Resilience

In powering through discomfort, I became inured to it — until I figured out how to acknowledge what I actually wanted.

#agents-business, #books-and-literature, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #writing-and-writers

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Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack

A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #bustle-digital-group, #e-mail, #news-and-news-media, #newsletters, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #social-media, #substack-inc, #writing-and-writers

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Peter Manso, Biographer of Brando and Mailer, Dies at 80

His relationship with his subjects and critics could be tempestuous. His interview with Mayor Edward I. Koch for Playboy may have cost Koch the governorship

#biographies, #books-and-literature, #brando-marlon, #deaths-obituaries, #koch-edward-i, #mailer-norman, #manso-peter, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #writing-and-writers

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Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74

Often writing with Rosie Shuster, she created memorable sketches in the show’s early years, including ones involving those nerds Lisa and Todd.

#beatts-anne-1947-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #national-lampoon, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #square-pegs-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

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40 Acres and a Movie

Disney can’t change its problematic past. But can it make a new future with Marvel?

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #disney-plus, #marvel-entertainment, #morris-wesley-1975, #movies, #new-york-times, #pixar-animation-studios, #podcasts, #race-and-ethnicity, #soul-movie, #walt-disney-company, #wandavision-tv-program, #wortham-jenna, #writing-and-writers

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Arthur Kopit, Whose ‘Oh Dad’ Shook Up the Theater, Dies at 83

A three-time Tony nominee, he first became known for avant-garde works, many of them christened with rambling titles, that sparked spirited reactions.

#deaths-obituaries, #indians-play, #kopit-arthur, #oh-dad-poor-dad-mammas-hung-you-in-the-closet-and-im-feelin-so-sad-play, #theater, #wings-play, #writing-and-writers

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Paula McLain Wrote a Thriller — and This Time, It’s Personal

The author of “The Paris Wife” made a name for herself exploring the lives of real women. In her first suspense novel, “When the Stars Go Dark,” she faces her own demons.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #like-family-book, #mclain-paula, #when-the-stars-go-dark-a-novel-book, #writing-and-writers

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With Open Ears, Indian Ragas and Western Melodies Merge

Amit Chaudhuri charts his musical journey in a new book, “Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music.”

#books-and-literature, #chaudhuri-amit, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #finding-the-raga-an-improvisation-on-indian-music-book, #india, #writing-and-writers

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They Are Giving Hemingway Another Look, So You Can, Too

Lynn Novick and Ken Burns consider the seminal writer in all his complexity and controversy in their new PBS documentary series.

#books-and-literature, #burns-ken, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hemingway-movie, #hemingway-ernest, #novick-lynn, #television, #writing-and-writers

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Cynthia Ozick Calls the New Philip Roth Biography a ‘Narrative Masterwork’

Blake Bailey’s comprehensive life of Roth features a parade of book after book, award after award, and lover after lover.

#bailey-blake, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #ozick-cynthia, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #roth-philip, #writing-and-writers

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Her Book Is About Belonging. She’s Struggling With the Idea.

Sanjena Sathian’s debut novel, “Gold Diggers,” has already landed a TV deal with Mindy Kaling, but success is something both she and her characters grapple with.

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Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?

One of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives takes on the author who fought to control his own story.

#archives-and-records, #atlas-james, #bailey-blake, #book-trade-and-publishing, #cheever-john, #content-type-personal-profile, #nadel-ira-b, #writing-and-writers

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Inside America’s Most Interesting Magazine, and Media’s Oddest Workplace

The publication of the “Harper’s letter” attracted huge attention. Most people had stopped reading the magazine, which is stranger and better than you might expect.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #atlantic-the-magazine, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harpers-magazine, #magazines, #new-york-magazine, #new-yorker, #news-and-news-media, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

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Would the Pandemic Stop Paul Theroux From Traveling?

No. Of course not.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hawaii, #theroux-paul, #travel-and-vacations, #under-the-wave-at-waimea-book, #writing-and-writers

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Beverly Cleary Wrote About Real Life, and Her Readers Loved Her for It

The creator of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins constructed a world that children recognized — one that changed with the times.

#blume-judy, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #cleary-beverly, #content-type-personal-profile, #writing-and-writers

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Beverly Cleary, Beloved Children’s Book Author, Dies at 104

Her funny stories about Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, the sisters Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and a motorcycling mouse named Ralph never talked down to readers.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #cleary-beverly, #deaths-obituaries, #writing-and-writers

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Amanda Gorman’s Poetry United Critics. It’s Dividing Translators.

Should a white writer translate a Black poet’s work? A debate in Europe has exposed the lack of diversity in the world of literary translation.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #europe, #gorman-amanda, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #rijneveld-marieke-lucas, #the-hill-we-climb-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

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The Essential Larry McMurtry

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter explored the myths and legacies of the West in his work.

#all-my-friends-are-going-to-be-strangers-book, #books-and-literature, #horseman-pass-by-book, #in-a-narrow-grave-book, #leaving-cheyenne-book, #lonesome-dove-book, #mcmurtry-larry, #movies, #the-last-picture-show-book, #writing-and-writers

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Larry McMurtry, Novelist of the American West, Dies at 84

In “Lonesome Dove,” “The Last Picture Show” and dozens more novels and screenplays, he offered unromantic depictions of a long mythologized region.

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National Book Critics Circle Names 2020 Award Winners

A novel about Shakespeare’s son, nonfiction about a slave rebellion in Jamaica and an essay collection exploring Asian-American identity were among this year’s winners.

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Adam Zagajewski, Poet of the Past’s Presence, Dies at 75

A dissident in Communist Poland in the late 1960s — his writing was banned for a time — he found wider fame as an exile in Paris and taught in the U.S.

#deaths-obituaries, #poetry-and-poets, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #writing-and-writers, #zagajewski-adam

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Tillie Olsen Captured the Toll of Women’s Labor — on Their Lives and Art

Through her rigorous depictions of working-class families, this mid-20th-century writer of fiction conveyed the costs of living for burdened mothers, wives and daughters.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #olsen-tillie, #tell-me-a-riddle-book, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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In ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ a Shape-Shifting Protagonist Who’s Up to No Good

Patricia Highsmith published the first novel in her series of psychological thrillers in 1955, embedding her own repression, snobbery and sense of chaos into the text.

#2020tbookclub, #book-clubs, #books-and-literature, #highsmith-patricia, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #the-price-of-salt-book, #the-talented-mr-ripley-book, #writing-and-writers

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Sharon Stone Is Telling Her Side of the Story

The actress and star of films like “Basic Instinct” and “Casino” writes about her life, upbringing and brushes with death in a new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice.”

#books-and-literature, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #knopf-alfred-a-inc, #movies, #stone-sharon, #the-beauty-of-living-twice-book, #writing-and-writers

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Medium Offers Buyouts to Editorial Employees

A top executive is leaving the company, which announced plans to shift its focus from its own publications to writers who use its platform.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #labor-and-jobs, #medium-com, #williams-evan-c, #writing-and-writers

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