• Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize.
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    1:26pm Jun 14, 2013
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    Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

    Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and then for that book's 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The novels are part of a historical fiction trilogy about Tudor England and the events surrounding the reign of King Henry VIII.
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    7:00pm Jun 13, 2013
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    Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall

    Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan was inspired by a real-life gorilla who lived in a mall in Tacoma, Wash. The author says humans have "a real obligation" to care responsibly for animals in captivity.
  • In One and Only, Lauren Sandler debunks popular myths about only children.
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    1:54pm Jun 13, 2013
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    'One And Only': The Joys And Myths Of Raising Just One

    In 1907, the first president of the American Psychological Association called only children "sickly, selfish, strange, and stupid." In her book One and Only, journalist Lauren Sandler, an only child and mother of one, takes on these stereotypes and explains the joys of raising just one.
  • Colum McCann won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin.
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    11:25am Jun 12, 2013
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    McCann's 'TransAtlantic' Crosses Fiction And Fact, Ireland And U.S.

    Novelist Colum McCann decided to write about the ties that bind his homeland, Ireland, with the United States, where he now lives. But he wanted to stay far away from cliches about being Irish-American. The result? His new novel, featuring historical figures searching for freedom, adventure and peace.
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    The Courage To Cross An Ocean, Explored In 'TransAtlantic'

    Colum McCann's novel TransAtlantic weaves together disparate historical figures and times. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that while some sections are uneven, the book rolls over you like a wave, crashing and building upon itself.
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    6:36pm Jun 09, 2013
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    Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 11 Winner Is ...

    After sifting through thousands of submissions for our short-story contest, we have found a winner. This round, guest judge Karen Russell asked you to write a story in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.
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    6:03pm Jun 08, 2013
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    Time-Traveling Serial Killer Hunts For 'The Shining Girls'

    Over the last 15 years, the South African writer Lauren Beukes has been a journalist, a screenwriter, a documentarian — and most recently, a novelist. Her new book is called The Shining Girls, a summer thriller about a time-traveling serial killer and the victim who escapes to hunt him down.
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    3:47pm Jun 07, 2013
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    'Beside Ourselves' Explores Human-Animal Connections

    Karen Joy Fowler's haunting novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, draws on arguments she used to have with her father, a psychology professor, over how closely connected humans and animals really are. Fowler is also the author of the 2004 best-seller The Jane Austen Book Club.