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"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."

—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple


NYT Book News

Frederic Morton, Author Who Chronicled the Rothschilds, Dies at 90  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:24:00 GMT
Mr. Morton, who as a child fled Austria and the Nazis with his family, often wrote about his homeland, in both fiction and nonfiction books.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Look Who’s Back,’ Hitler Returns and He’s Amusing  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:21:29 GMT
Timur Vermes’s debut novel has created a sensation in Germany, been translated into many languages and generated endless essays asking whether it’s acceptable to laugh about Hitler.

Books of The Times: Review: Oliver Sacks Looks at His Life in ‘On the Move’  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:03:57 GMT
His time grown short, Dr. Sacks describes an existence of work, writing and shyness.

ArtsBeat: A New Anthology Will Pay Tribute to ‘Peanuts’ and Charles Schulz  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:59:29 GMT
A 112-page hardcover by a team of contributors will include new comic strips and short stories, pinups and recollections of the influence of Snoopy and of Schulz.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘One of Us’  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:40:02 GMT
Eric Schlosser discusses Asne Seierstad’s “One of Us,” and Meghan O’Rourke talks about Elizabeth Alexander’s “The Light of the World.”

Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:50:05 GMT
The novelists withdrew out of discomfort with the magazine’s perceived cultural intolerance, and what some saw as a particular glee in beating up on France’s vulnerable Muslim minority.
‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964,’ by Zachary Leader  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:02 GMT
The first volume of Zachary Leader’s biography of Saul Bellow ends in 1964, with the publication of “Herzog.”
‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:01 GMT
Martin Amis reviews a new collection of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews and speeches.
‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:22:00 GMT
Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.

ArtsBeat: Alabama Town Loses Rights to Produce Play of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:42:33 GMT
The Monroeville, Ala. museum that produces the theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel announced that it has lost licensing rights.

Inside the List  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:30:02 GMT
Cokie Roberts’s “Capital Dames,” No. 10 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is about powerful women in Washington during the Civil War era.
Paperback Row  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT
Paperback books of particular interest.
Editors’ Choice  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
Open Book: Sing, O Muse  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:27:01 GMT
If National Poetry Month is partly intended to encourage poetry’s engagement with contemporary culture, two young poets reviewed in this issue are doing their part.
‘The Longest August,’ About India and Pakistan, by Dilip Hiro  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:27:01 GMT
Dilip Hiro probes the cultural and strategic differences underpinning the India-Pakistan conflict.