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    3:44pm Jun 29, 2013
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    'Empire Falls' Author Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

    The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
  • 5:34am Jun 27, 2013
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    In 'Sisterland,' Familial Fissures And A Pair Of Psychic Twins

    Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, about a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis, is more about sibling rivalry than the supernatural. Reviewer Sloane Crosley says Sittenfeld handles the psychic realm with a light and logical touch that keeps the book artfully within the bounds of believability.
  • At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there ar
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    11:14am Jun 25, 2013
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    As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

    Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
  • 4:29pm Jun 04, 2013

    Apple: Price-Fixing Charges 'Not True'

    Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.
  • Anthony Marra is a Stegner fellow and a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award.
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    9:00pm May 06, 2013
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    From A Debut Writer, A Polished, Passionate, Must-Read Book

    Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.
  • A portrait of Winston Churchill in 1900, around the time he wrote "Our Modern Watchwords."
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    6:23pm Apr 21, 2013
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    Rare Churchill Poem Fails To Sell At Auction

    When the only known poem Winston Churchill wrote as an adult went up for auction in London recently, it was expected to fetch a pretty penny. But the poem failed to fetch a buyer, and now its fate is unknown. New Yorker Poetry Editor Paul Muldoon takes a critical look at "Our Modern Watchwords."
  • A new documentary about Philip Roth premieres on PBS next week as part of a slew of celebrations in honor of the novelist's 80th birthday.
    2:11pm Mar 19, 2013
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    A Measured Look At Roth As The Writer Turns 80

    The celebration of Philip Roth's career reaches its peak in a new documentary — Philip Roth Unmasked — that will screen on PBS next week as part of the American Masters series. There's no doubt that Roth is a master, and not just an American one, but the film tiptoes around the novelist's dark ferocity.