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"The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery."

—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British writer, critic


NYT Book News

Books of The Times: ‘A Bintel Brief’ Is Liana Finck’s Graphic Book of Letters  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:27 GMT
“A Bintel Brief” is Liana Finck’s graphic rendering of poignant letters written by Jewish immigrants a century ago to an advice columnist at The Jewish Daily Forward.
ArtsBeat: Digital Public Library of America Marks a Year of Rapid Growth  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:11:59 GMT
The project, aimed at providing online access to the nation’s cultural repositories, has tripled in size since opening in 2013.

Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:26 GMT
Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.

Mexico Honors a Colombian Writer Whom Many Considered One of Their Own  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:22:33 GMT
For some writers and admirers, it seemed fitting that the first public memorial service for Gabriel García Márquez took place in Mexico City, where he had lived for many years.
Books of The Times: ‘Love, Nina,’ by Nina Stibbe  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:47:49 GMT
“Love, Nina” is a collection of letters by Nina Stibbe from when she worked for Mary-Kay Wilmers, longtime editor of The London Review of Books.

Books: ‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:25:54 GMT
In his new book, Max Tegmark compellingly argues that everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of universes.

ArtsBeat: Claudia Rankine Wins $50,000 Poetry Prize  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:21:45 GMT
Ms. Rankine is the eighth winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded by Poets & Writers.

Essay: Gabriel García Márquez’s Work Was Rooted in the Real  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:37:38 GMT
Gabriel García Márquez’s fantastical stories gained dramatic and emotional force from their deep roots in reality.

ArtsBeat: Elizabeth Spencer Wins Rea Award  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:15 GMT
Ms. Spencer, 92, won the award for short fiction for work that is “alert to the otherwise unobserved vital nuances of our most secret selves.”

Doris Pilkington Garimara, Aboriginal Novelist, Dies at 76  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:51:06 GMT
Ms. Garimara’s 1996 novel, “Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence,” helped awaken Australians to the plight of the Aborigines and was made into a film.