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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:00 -0400
Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway. 
To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:00 -0400
The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations. 
Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:51:00 -0400
Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation. 
The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400
David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared. 
'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:58:00 -0400
Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son. 
Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400
Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87. 
A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400
The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters. 
In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0400
Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast. 
Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:01:00 -0400
In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine." 
Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:48:00 -0400
Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades. 
Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:10:00 -0400
Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical. 
You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:03:14 -0400
Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary. 
A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:37:00 -0400
Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood. 
Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:03:00 -0400
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, about a young man looking for closure, offers Haruki Murakami's trademark blend of fantasy and reality. Some moments fall flat, but many others are intoxicating. 
Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0400
Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.