• 5:59pm Oct 27, 2013
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    One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First'

    Women and Children First has weathered more than three decades of competition from chain stores and online booksellers to become one of the largest feminist bookstores in the U.S. Now, the Chicago store is among the few of its kind left standing — and it's on the hunt for new ownership.
  • Frankenstein, by Gris Grimly
    8:01pm Oct 26, 2013
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    Drawing Rock 'N' Roll And Sympathy Into Frankenstein's World

    In his graphic novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, illustrator Gris Grimly says he wants to make the story more accessible. "The first time I tried to read Frankenstein, I didn't get through it," he says.
  • Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire cover
    7:55pm Oct 25, 2013
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    Lush, Urgent Poems On Protest And Pumpkins Set Language 'On Fire'

    At first glance, poet Tess Taylor was skeptical of Brenda Hillman's 17-year, four-book series of poems on the elements. But Taylor fell for the strange and spiraling verses in Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. "I commend you to this lively, defiant, blazing book," she says.
  • Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's latest film, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, just hit cinemas in Asia.
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    12:19pm Oct 25, 2013
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    Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal

    The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a seventh-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend. His stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.
  • J.D. Salinger wrote nine letters and postcards to aspiring Canadian writer Marjorie Sheard.
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    9:47am Oct 25, 2013
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    Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

    From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
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    5:33pm Oct 24, 2013
    Sports Sports Books Arts

    'Wheelmen' Exposes Doping Culture And The Armstrong 'Conspiracy'

    Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell say that champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was at the center of "the greatest sports conspiracy ever." Their book chronicles everything from group blood transfusions on the team bus to extensive efforts to silence and intimidate those who might expose the abuse.
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    11:54am Oct 24, 2013
    Books Books Arts Economy

    'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor

    Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
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    6:43pm Oct 23, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Bridget In Middle Age: We're Not So 'Mad About' This Girl

    Bridget Jones, as you may have heard, is back: 51, widowed and juggling two small children and a much younger boy toy. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while she doesn't mind the subtraction of hunky Mark Darcy, she misses the messy but honest charm of the younger Bridget.
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything, by Scott Adams
    3:37pm Oct 22, 2013
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    Scott Adams Explains 'How To Fail At Almost Everything' (Except Dilbert)

    Adams managed to turn his failure at office work into a gigantic success — a syndicated comic strip about a hapless, cubicle-bound engineer. In his new book, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big, Adams offers some sage advice such as: "Goals are for losers."
  • The Book of Jezebel
    5:19pm Oct 21, 2013
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    If You're Looking To Read 'Lady Things,' Choose Jezebel Over Jones

    Bridget Jones hasn't aged well. At 51, she's the "geriatric mum" of two small children, and finds herself yearning to plunge back into dating. Critic Maureen Corrigan says if you're looking for jolly feminist cultural commentary, you'd be better off reading a witty "encyclopedia of lady things" from the creators of the website Jezebel.