• Colum McCann won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin.
    Dustin Aksland
    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.
  • 1:33pm Jun 07, 2013
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    How To Survive A Mass Extinction

    In her new book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction writer Annalee Newitz looks back at Earth's previous mass extinctions to see what lessons might be learned, and how earthlings might prepare themselves to survive a future planet-wide catastrophe.
  • In her latest book about Henry Molaison, Corkin tells the story of the amnesic man  she studied for a half-century, whose brain helped teach neuroscientists about the distinctions between memory and intellect.
    Basic Books
    5:03pm Jun 06, 2013
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    The Patient Who Let Us Peek Inside A Brain In 'Present Tense'

    For nearly 50 years, neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin worked with Henry Molaison, who lost most of his memory in 1953 after experimental surgery for severe seizures. Their work together taught us much of what we know today about memory, and she writes about Molaison and their work in her new book.