Maeve Binchy was working on new book, 'A Week in Winter'

Maeve Binchy was working on new book, 'A Week in Winter'
Binchy regularly hit USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. Her highest ranking was No. 5 in 1995 with Circle of Friends and again in 1999 with Tara Road (an OprahBook Club pick). According to her U.S. publisher, the manuscript for A Week in Winter had ...


Book Talk: RL Stine scares boys and girls, just a bit
Stine is the author of "Goosebumps" and other series for young readers that have sold more than 300 million copies in 32 languages and inspired TV shows, merchandise, a theme park attraction and a Wii game. For many children, Stine's mildly scary books ...

Book review: Barlett and Steele see American Dream 'betrayed' by policies, politics
Washington Post
Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, praising workers casting steel for the bridge and thanking them on behalf of California. The only problem: the workers were in Shanghai. The authors convincingly show why buying most of the new bridge's components ...

Book review: Marilyn Monroe, 50 years after death
Jackson Sun
"Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox" (Bloomsbury USA), by Lois Banner: Author Lois Banner, an academic and gender historian, makes the case in this comprehensive biography that Monroe was a proto-feminist, overcoming a difficult childhood to create a ... "Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe (Running Press, a member of the Perseus BooksGroup), by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno: Putting the spotlight on the designers that decorated Marilyn's famous figure, "Marilyn in ...

Activist author Gore Vidal, who sought to hold powerful accountable, dies at 86
Detroit Free Press
Dave Eggers, at the 2009 National Book Awards ceremony, where he and Vidal received honorary citations, said: "His words, his intellect, his activism, his ability and willingness to always speak up and hold his government accountable, especially, has been so inspiring to me I can't articulate it." Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, Vidal was among the last generation of literary writers who also were genuine celebrities -- regulars on talk shows and in gossip columns. His works ...

Author Charges Romney Wrongly Interpreted His Book in 'Culture' Remark
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book that Mitt Romney cited during his remarks about the role of culture in a country's success said Romney wrongly interpreted his work and oversimplified the issue. In a New York Times op-ed column titled “Romney ...

Sizzling summer beach reads; Chuck Lorre to publish vanity card book
E-books top hardcover sales in new books from authors including Danielle Steel and Tana French. --Maeve Binchy: Book lovers mourning the loss of the beloved Irish author have something to look forward to: Maeve Binchy was working on a new book, titled ...


Author O'Brien wins Ohio Peace Prize
Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien, an Austin native whose writings have shown war and its long-term impacts through a regular soldier's eyes, on Wednesday was named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award. O'Brien wrote about his Vietnam experience as an Army ... O'Brien won a National Book Award for Fiction in 1979 for "Going After Cacciato," and among his other books are "Northern Lights" and "In the Lake of the Woods." His 1990 story collection "The Things They ...

Author Gore Vidal dies: Was knows for best-selling novels 'Burr,' 'Myra,' more
Chicago Tribune
... says the author's nephew Burr Steers. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for "quite a while," said Steers. The privileged grandson of a U.S. senator, Thomas Pryor Gore, Vidal penned historical novels like "Burr" and "Lincoln" as well ...

Book review: The New Turkish Republic
Fellowship of Reconciliation (blog)
Fuller spent most of his career in the CIA, and the book is an example of good policy writing. There is an understanding of history, but it is used in order to analyse the present. The focus is on Turkey, but Fuller provides a picture of the politics of the broader ...

Fellowship of Reconciliation (blog)

Celebrated author, critic Vidal known for his acerbic wit
Bend Bulletin
Gore Vidal accepts the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 60th National Book Awards in New York on Nov. 18, 2009. The author, playwright and commentator, whose published works and public remarks were stamped by his ...

Book reveals softer side of Aaron Burr
Chicago Tribune
But in his book, "The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr," author Henry Brands paints a vastly different picture of a modern, progressive man who believed that women were the intellectual equals of men, and who was devoted to his only daughter, Theodosia. ... Brands decided to write the bookin the present tense, part of an experiment in what he calls telling history "from the inside out" by illuminating individual moments in history and stripping them of the framing, with prefaces and so on, common to so many history books.

You'd read a Maeve Binchy book and feel the world was a better place
Belfast Telegraph
The best-selling Irish author has died aged 72 after a short illness. Not only did her beautifully written books entertain millions of bookworms across the globe, but the former journalist and teacher also recognised the importance of integrated education in ...

Belfast Telegraph

literary master was once a eugene toddler
The Register-Guard
Here's something we bet you didn't know: Gore Vidal, the literary titan who died Tuesday in Los Angeles, lived briefly in Eugene, where his father was an assistant University of Oregon football coach. Vidal was an infant when his family lived in Oregon.

Lehrer's publisher runs ads telling bookstores to send back “Imagine” for a refund
Update: HMH is also offering refunds to readers who purchased a print copy of thebook, but notes ”consumers must submit requests to the retailer from which the e-book was originally purchased.” I've asked various ebook retailers how to do that and will ...

J. Courtney Sullivan: By the Book
New York Times
In the research pile there are books about advertising, De Beers, Paris, marriage and F.D.R. For pleasure, there's “Nothing Daunted,” by Dorothy Wickenden; Kate Atkinson's “Started Early, Took My Dog”; and Susan Orlean's “Rin Tin Tin.” The Permanent ... What's your favorite literary genre? Any guilty ... If an author can manage to create the sort of characters who feel fully real, who I find myself worrying about while I'm walking through the grocery store aisles a week later, that to me is as close to perfection as it gets.

Jonah Lehrer Scandal: Journalist Who Exposed Writer's Fraud Says He's 'Baffled'
Huffington Post
By Christine Kearney NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Journalist Michael Moynihan did not have to read past the first chapter of writer Jonah Lehrer's best-selling book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" to realize the high-profile writer had fabricated some of its material, namely quotes from Bob Dylan. ... The quick career rise of Lehrer, who had been compared to writer Malcolm Gladwell and had published three books, likely contributed to his downfall, said Clark, because he set up such high early expectations. Lehrer's ...

Meet the Author and Stars of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”!
Babble (blog)
So he began keeping a journal and inserting drawings into it – and then realized that it might be fun to write a book in the form of a middle-schooler's journal. Since then, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its five sequels have sold millions of copies, and Kinney was ...

Babble (blog)

Literary Icon Gore Vidal Has Passed Away
He famously created controversy in 1948 with his third book, The City and the Pillar, which was one of the first novels in American literature to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Vidal fearlessly tackled the taboo again in 1968 when Myra Breckenridge was ...

Gore Vidal | 1925-2012: Author made point in writings, comments
Columbus Dispatch
Still, Vidal was just as well-known for his caustic comments beyond the book covers. He considered Ernest Hemingway a joke and compared Truman Capote to a “filthy animal that has found its way into the house.” His most famous literary enemies were ...

A new venue to celebrate voices
Seeking to fill a void left in the community's cultural life by the closing of Kingston's Borders bookstore, a new outlet called the Book Shack is plugging in the beautiful voices of artists such as Ayla Brown. ... writers panel Tuesday evening; an independent authors panel on Wednesday evening, plus workshops on how to get published and writing with humor (by LaRoche, a master in that field) earlier in the day; a romance authors' panel and a book signing by novelist Lynne Griffin, author of “Sea Escape,” on Thursday; ...

First official Harry Potter book club is formed
Christian Science Monitor
On Oct. 11, 2012, J.K. Rowling will make a virtual tour of US classrooms via live webcast, the first opportunity for the author to answer readers' questions live since the last "Harry Potter" book hit shelves in 2007. Enlarge ... “Scholastic has been in conversation with educators, librarians and other book lovers about ideas for bringing the Harry Potter books to new readers in exciting and different ways,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, said in a statement announcing the club. “The Harry Potter Reading Club is ...

Christian Science Monitor

CapMan to publish its Interim Report on Thursday 9 August 2012
CapMan to publish its Interim Report on Thursday 9 August 2012. CapMan Group will publish its Interim Report for 1 January - 30 June 2012 on Thursday 9 August 2012. CEO Lennart Simonsen will present the result for the first six months of the year to press ...

Author Romney Cited On 'Culture' Says Romney Didn't Read His Book
In making his controversial argument that “culture” was the main reason Israelis were wealthier than Palestinians, Mitt Romney cited two authors who had written major works on the wealth of nations, Daniel Landes and Jared Diamond. The latter took to the ...


Mommy Porn Sells Better Than Children's Books: And a Shock For Twilight's ...
EL James' over-hyped bonkbuster trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, has become the best-sellingbook ever on Amazon UK, stealing the title from JK Rowling's seven-novel Harry Potter collection. The first novel in the Fifty Shades series has experienced twice the ...

BISG Report Finds More E-book Buyers Buying Print Books
Publishers Weekly
According to Book Industry Study Group's newest edition of "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-BookReading" report, the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively or mostly purchase e-books fell from nearly 70% in August 2011 to 60% in May 2012. Over the same ... Not all tablets are increasing in use: Apple's iPad decreased slightly from 10% in February to 9% in May, the report said, while black-and-white and color versions of the Nook e-reader also dropped, falling from 17% in August 2011 to 13% in May 2.

Gore Vidal, author and West Point native, dead at 86
Newsday (blog)
The reading public knew the West Point native as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels -- from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" -- and volumes of essays critics consider among the most elegant in the English language. ... won the National Book Award for his massive "United States Essays, 1952-1992," a collection of erudite and infuriating critiques on politics, sexuality, religion and literature written originally for such publications as The Nation, Esquire and the New York Review of Books.

Newsday (blog)

OBIT: Author, playwright Gore Vidal dies
Delmarva Daily Times
In this January 2009 file photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, author and essayist Gore Vidal delivers the keynote presentation during the first session of the 27th annual Key WestLiterary Seminar in Key West, Fla. ... Vidal "meant everything to me when I was learning how to write and learning how to read," Dave Eggers said at the 2009 National Book Awards ceremony, where he and Vidal received honorary citations. .... He detested Thomas Pynchon, John Barth and other authors of "teachers' novels.

Jared Diamond: Mitt Romney 'Misrepresented My Views'
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Scientist and author Jared Diamond said that Mitt Romney mischaracterized his book, "Guns, Germs and Steel," to theorize why Israelis and Palestinians have such vastly different levels of economic development at a fundraiser in Jerusalem ...
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Autobiography of Malcolm X Book Club?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog ...
By Bryan Caplan
It may sound like an eccentric choice, but I'm thinking of starting a new EconLog book club on this work. ... The book is also extremely well-written and engaging, making #13 on Time's list of the All-Time Best Non-Fiction Books. ... Pictures courtesy of the authors. nail art. All opinions expressed on EconLog reflect those of the author or individual commenters, and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the Library of Economics and Liberty (Econlib) website or its owner, ...
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Do Books Need A Beta Version? Analytics For Books Pave The Way ...
By Sarah Kessler
Internet publishers see real-time feedback about visitors to their websites. Television has weekly ratings, and mobile app developers get crash reports.But books?“In publishing the closest thing is that you send someone your 200-page manuscript and they say they like ... In a beta test of less than 100 books from a large publisher, a self-publishing platform and a handful of authors, the startup has found, for instance, that only about 2% to 4% of sample downloads transfer to book sales.
Fast Company

Scientific journals publish 20000 fraudulent papers every year
By Annalee Newitz
Scientific journals publish 20000 fraudulent papers every year Writing in Nature, science journalist Colin Macilwain exposes a little-known fact about articles published in reputable scientific journals. Every year, 20000 of them are fraudulent.

book spotlight: interpretation and social snowledge by isaac a. reed ...
By fabiorojas
A lot of people have bugged me about Isaac Reed's book, Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the use of theory in the human sciences. It's a book that offers an explanation (sorry!) of the different ways that social researchers construct ...

Tailgate to Heaven: Adam's Book Signing Tour - Canal Street ...
By Dave Cariello
The book is called Tailgate to Heaven and it's the labor of love from our friend, British NFL Super Fan Adam Goldstein. Long time readers will remember Adam from the 2008 NFL season, when he successfully completed his mission to attend ...
Canal Street Chronicles

Why publishers don't fact-check books | Psychology Today
By Michael Chorost, Ph.D.
In the light of recent events, some people have been asking why publishers don't fact-checkbooks. It's a reasonable question. Earlier this week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pulled the bookImagine from the shelves after learning that the author ...
Psychology Today Blogs
Scenes from Here – Casaubon's Book
The book will be in stores by the end of the month, and is available for order here. It is always exciting to hold your book in your hand and realize “I did this!” ... I devoured your other books and would love to have my name in your drawing.

TED Blog | Deep Water: new TED ebook examines crisis of ...
In the new TED Book Deep Water: As Polar Ice Melts, Scientists Debate How ... We recently spoke with high-wire legend Philippe Petit about his TED ebook.

Author Gore Vidal dies aged 86 - World News - MSN News UK
Author; playwright and commentator Gore Vidal has died; aged 86 (AP) ... generation of literarywriters who were also genuine celebrities, personalities of such size and appeal that even those who had not read their books knew who they were. ... Beyond an honorary National Book Award in 2009, he won few major writing ...

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