"A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest."
— (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American diplomat, writer, US First Lady
- ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:40 GMT
- Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.
- New ‘Genius Grant’ Winner Alison Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:40:35 GMT
- “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Ms. Bechdel, a new MacArthur fellow, has been sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which plans to publish it in 2017.
- Books of The Times: Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:45 GMT
- Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”
- Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:55 GMT
- Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.
- Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:17 GMT
- A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.
- ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees, Nonfiction Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:06 GMT
- The nonfiction nominees for the 2014 National Book Award include Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams.
- Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Makes European Publishers Squirm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:42 GMT
- The novel, set in a concentration camp, has touched off concerns about sensitivity in Europe, where Mr. Amis’s French and German publishers have rejected it.
- Books of The Times: ‘How to Build a Girl,’ by Caitlin Moran Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:12:38 GMT
- “How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.
- Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:01 GMT
- James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.
- In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:56:25 GMT
- Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and allies, is appealing to Amazon’s board to consider their reputation in the battle over e-book pricing.
- Books: Art Entangled in Nature Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:20:41 GMT
- The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.
- Joshua Ferris’s ‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:06:03 GMT
- Joshua Ferris’s “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about an atheistic but Philo-Semitic dentist who has no luck with women.
- Decoding a Menu at Root & Bone Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:42:18 GMT
- A new book from a Stanford University linguistics professor looks at how we describe what we eat.
- ArtsBeat: Philadelphia Museum Losing Its Maurice Sendak Collection Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:06:05 GMT
- The Rosenbach Museum and Library will send thousands of Sendak items to Connecticut, where a Sendak museum is planned.
- ArtsBeat: In the Running for a Young People’s Literature Prize Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:57 GMT
- The 10 titles on the longlist of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Award for Young People’s Literature underscore the diversity of subject matter in this area of publishing.