Leading authors say state surveillance of personal data is theft

Happy New Year NSA! -- world's leading authors say you are a thief! --

World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft | World news | The Guardian: "More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter. The signatories, who come from 81 different countries and include Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Orhan Pamuk, G√ľnter Grass and Arundhati Roy, say the capacity of intelligence agencies to spy on millions of people's digital communications is turning everyone into potential suspects, with worrying implications for the way societies work. They have urged the United Nations to create an international bill of digital rights that would enshrine the protection of civil rights in the internet age..." (read more at link above)

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Book Discussion on Why Teach?

Book Discussion on Why Teach? - C-SPAN Video Library: "Mark Edmundson talked about his book, Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education, in which he argues that college should be more than just a place to get high-priced career training and should instead focus on teaching students how to think. He spoke at the University of Virginia Bookstore in Charlottesville, Virginia." (video at link above)

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Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here

Book Discussion on Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here - C-SPAN Video Library: "Karima Bennoune talked about her book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, in which she profiles Muslims around the world, including in the U.S., who are fighting against Islamic fundamentalism. She said that many of these people battle on multiple fronts, not only against the fundamentalists, but also against anti-Muslim crusaders and activists who view fundamentalism as an authentic expression of popular opinion in Muslim societies. Professor Bennoune spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco."

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Democracy in Crisis, The Confidence Trap

The maturing of democracy: Picking up the tab | The Economist: "Democracy has survived many crises. Elected governments should worry less about voting lobbies and more about how to govern well - The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present. By David Runciman. Princeton University Press; 408 pages; $29.95 and £19.95."

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Ruth Ozeki, Writing Is a Form of Prayer

Ruth Ozeki: Writing Is ‘a Form of Prayer’ - Scene Asia - WSJ: "How much research went into the book? A lot. A book grows out of the research. It’s not as though I have the idea of the whole book. I have an idea or a character’s voice in my head and I start writing. The story starts to emerge and I get an idea, then I start to research that idea and it feeds the next section of the book. Very often ideas themselves come from something that has come across my desk. In 2001, I came across news about some kamikaze pilot diaries, and by 2007 that character appeared in my novel. The novel is kind of like a debris field floating across the ocean. There are shards and fragments of things that have popped into my mind...."

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The Everything Store, Jeff Bezos, Age of Amazon

Book Portrays Bezos as Brilliant, Demanding — Just as We Expect - Digits - WSJ: " . . .  The excerpt from Stone’s book, “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” confirms all of the characteristics about Bezos he has come to be known by: fiery, brilliant, accessible, ruthless, puzzling, demanding. Everyone knows Bezos holds his cards close — figuring out why he bought the Washington Post, for example, is a great parlor game — so that alone makes the book worth picking up in October. . . ."

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Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell's real problem: Column: ". . . . His new book chronicles how the Davids of this world possess attributes — dyslexia, small-pond-syndrome, etc. — that make them strong, while the Goliaths possess strengths that are, in fact, weaknesses. For example, Gladwell details how college applicants are better off going to their safety school than their first choice. Or why so many dyslexics end up as successful entrepreneurs. But Gladwell is a storyteller, not a scientist, which upsets more than a few pointy-headed academics. They accuse him of pawning off others' ideas as his own, or misrepresenting scholarly findings to fit a perfect narrative, when science — especially social science — is rarely so neat. . . ."

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Roosevelt's Secret War

Book Discussion on Roosevelt's Secret War - C-SPAN Video Library: "Mr. Persico talked about his book, Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage, published by Random House. He talked about an overlooked aspect of FDR’s wartime leadership: his involvement in intelligence and espionage operations, including the founding of the intelligence service. He details how much President Roosevelt had been told, before the Holocaust, about the coming fate of Europe’s Jews and provides his answer to the question: Did the president know in advance about the attack on Pearl Harbor? Mr. Persico also talked about Secretary of State Colin Powell and his national security and military experience. Mr. Persico co-wrote General Powell’s autobiography."

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Authors, publishers, literary pirates, copyrights

Book Discussion on Without Copyrights - C-SPAN Video Library: "Robert Spoo talked about his book, Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain, in which he discusses the clashes between authors, publishers, and literary pirates over copyrights going back to 1790 and discusses how these clashes have shaped the copyright laws we have today. Professor Spoo spoke at the University of Tulsa College of Law in Oklahoma."

Book Discussion on The Unintended Reformation - C-SPAN Video Library: "Brad Gregory talked about his book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, in which he looks at the impact of the Protestant Reformation on Western society and culture. Professor Gregory was the recipient of the 2013 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award."

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Book Discussion, Dumbing Down the Courts (video)

Book Discussion on Dumbing Down the Courts - C-SPAN Video Library: "John Lott talked about his book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench, in which he argues that partisan politicians don’t like to nominate smart judges because they’re afraid that smart judges have the ability to think independently and influence other judges. In his book, he says that judges who graduated in the top 10 percent of their law classes have much longer confirmation processes than judges who don’t. He spoke at an event hosted by the Orange County Federalist Society."

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Seward, Lincoln's Indispensable Man

Book Discussion on Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man - C-SPAN Video Library: "Walter Stahr talked about his book, Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, about Abraham Lincoln’s former presidential rival, William Henry Seward, who eventually became Lincoln’s Secretary of State and closest adviser. Mr. Stahr spoke at the 2013 National Book Festival, held on September 21-22, 2013 by the Library of Congress on the National Mall in Washington, D.C." (video at link above)

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Doris Lessing a model for every writer

Doris Lessing was a model for every writer coming from the back of beyond | Books | The Guardian: "...She was political in the most basic sense, recognising the manifestations of power in its many forms. She was spiritual as well, exploring the limits and pitfalls that came with being human, especially after she became an adherent of Sufism. As a writer she was inventive and brave, branching out into science fiction in her Canopus In Argos series at a time when it was a dodgy thing for a "mainline" novelist to do. She was also very down-to-earth, having famously remarked "Oh Christ!" when informed in 2007 that she had won the Nobel prize. She was only the eleventh woman to do so, and never expected it; a lack of expectation that was in itself a kind of artistic freedom, for if you don't think of yourself as an august personage, you don't have to behave yourself.... "

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Anna Holmes, Jezebel founder

Anna Holmes, Jezebel founder: 'I don't think I'm like any cocktail, to be honest' | Culture | theguardian.com: " . . . Jezebel, one of the internet's most popular feminist clubhouses, is still going strong. To celebrate the site's cultural impact, founding editor Anna Holmes is out this week with The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things. The book features contributions from Holmes, as well as an all-star list of current and former Jezebel writers including Kate Harding, Jessica Coen, Amanda Hess, Jessica Grose and Dodai Stewart. It's the A-Z guide every writer wishes they had as a teenager, a map of important cultural figures and events that's probably way more useful than that 8am Feminism 101 class you took in college. . . ."

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer, 2013 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer, 2013 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction --

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer: "American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives."

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Spying on Democracy, The Informant, Losing the Center (videos)

Videos at the links below --

Book Discussion on Spying on Democracy - C-SPAN Video Library: "Heidi Boghosian talked about her book, Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance, in which she discusses the increasing surveillance of American citizens by the government and the dangers posed by this development. During this event hosted by Berkeley Arts and Letters, Ms. Boghosian spoke with Robert Scheer."

The Informant: A True Story: Part 2 - C-SPAN Video Library: "Kurt Eichenwald continued to talk about his book The Informant: A True Story, published by Broadway Books. The book is about a six-year FBI investigation of an international price-fixing conspiracy by Archer Daniels Midland that focuses on the key informant, Mark Whitacre. Mr. Eichenwald talked about the complications to this mid-1990s scandal when the government discovered that its source, a senior executive at the firm, was involved in his own illegal activity.. . . "

Book Discussion on Losing the Center - C-SPAN Video Library: "Jeffrey Bloodworth talked about his book, Losing the Center: The Decline of American Liberalism, 1968--1992 , in which he argues that liberalism began to decline in the early 1960s. He explores this decline through the biographies of some of the Democratic Party’s most important leaders, including Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Bella Abzug, Harold Ford Sr., and Jimmy Carter."

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A Power Packed Sunday at Miami Book Fair International


LIVE 10:30am (ET)
Approx. 10 hr. 30 min.
2013 Miami Book Fair International: Sunday
All Day Coverage

If you have time Sunday, catch the excellent coverage of the Miami Book Fair International LIVE on Book TV -- Sunday schedule below -- which you can watch live online:

BookTV is LIVE from the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International from the campus of Miami Dade College. The second day of programming includes event coverage from Chapman Hall and interviews and national viewer phone calls with several authors.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
10:30a ET - Mark Halperin & John Heileman, Double Down: Game Change 2012

11:30a ET - George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America; Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield; Dan Balz, Collision 2012: Elections in America

1:00p ET - Bill Ayers, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

2:00p ET - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, For the Next Generation

3:00p ET - Thomas Cahill, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

3:45p ET - Viewer Call-in: Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield

4:25p ET - Viewer Call-in: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, For the Next Generation

5:00p ET - Chris Matthews, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

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Tom Clancy, Spinner of Suspense (Video)



Tom Clancy, Spinner of Suspense - Video - NYTimes.com: "Tom Clancy, Spinner of Suspense Mr. Clancy’s military thrillers were blockbuster hits on the best-seller list, at the box office and even in the gaming world. He died recently, at age 66, in Baltimore."

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Husain Haqqani, Magnificent Delusions, Charlie Rose interview (video)



Charlie Rose interviews Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States on his book "Magnificent Delusions."

After Words with Husain Haqqani - C-SPAN Video Library: "Ambassador Husain Haqqani, who has often been at the center of the diplomatic struggles between the U.S. and Pakistan, talked about his book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding, in which he shares his insight on the relationship between two allies who he says view each other with mutual distrust and incomprehension. He spoke with Lisa Curtis, previously in charge of South Asian affairs for former Chair of the the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar and current senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center."

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Miami Book Fair International 2013

Miami Book Fair International 2013 - November 17 - 24, 2013  - 
STREET FAIR: FRIDAY November 22 - SUNDAY November 24 

A Book Fair That Grew, Propelling the Arts in Miami - NYTimes.com: "Now entering its 30th year, the Miami Book Fair International, which opens on Sunday and runs for a week, is the largest and by nearly all accounts the most diverse public literary event in the United States. Authors appreciate the crowds and conviviality; readers appreciate the intimacy and the something-for-everyone offerings, including a children’s alley and a large gathering of graphic novelists; and publishers welcome the hundreds of thousands of dollars in book sales and the know-how of the people who run the fair."

About the Fair - Miami Book Fair International: "... On Friday, the Street Fair gets under way. The highlight of the Street Fair is the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, with the school of comics on Friday and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators. During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase of signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles...."

Miami International Book Fair to celebrate 30th year - Sun Sentinel: "Miami is ranked the third most-well-read city in America by Amazon, and this is only one of the reasons that the Miami Book Fair International in November is so big. This year is the Book Fair's 30th anniversary, and it has a load of new things prepared during its run Nov. 17-24. Its mission this year is to promote reading among those who do not have access to reading. Authors such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Nicholas Sparks, Billy Collins, Holly Black, Dan Brown, Alex Flinn, Kami Garcia, Meg Cabot and so many more will be at the fair, speaking on panels, reading from their books and doing signings....."

Miami Book Fair International 2013: The Ten Best Events: "With over 200 events on the schedule this year, it's easy to get lost in the annual whirlwind of words. So we're picking out the most essential author talks of this dirty thirty celebration. Read on for booze, belly laughs, and yes, even Brian Boitano...."

Miami Book Fair International's 30th anniversary promises to be a page-turner for kids - Sun Sentinel: "One year after rolling out a new initiative designed to entice young readers, Miami Book Fair International is now adding to its efforts to spark hands-on, book-inspired curiosity. During the 30th anniversary of the annual literary party, which runs Nov. 17 to 24, children will be greeted with an expanded variety of literature-themed activities, theater, performances and storytellers.    “First and foremost, this is the place for them to come and have a great time,” said Melissa Messulam, of Miami and program coordinator for Children’s Alley, the kid-themed portion of the fair. “They will learnsomething new and leave the fair with a new book in hand.”..."

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Books on US Espionage and Intelligence, NSA evolution video


The National Security Agency was founded in 1952, and its surveillance capabilities were limited by legislation in 1978. But with the attacks of September 2001 came a new sense of urgency.

Book TV on U.S. Espionage and Intelligence - C-SPAN Video Library: "A collection of segments from Book TV programs featured author talks about U.S. espionage and intelligence. The following are the programs that appear in this block. Douglas Waller, Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage Matthew Aid, The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency James Bamford, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping of America Dana Priest, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State"

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Snowden's Father video, Discussion on book "Spying on Democracy"



Book Discussion on Spying on Democracy - C-SPAN Video Library: "Heidi Boghosian talked about her book, Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance, in which she discusses the increasing surveillance of American citizens by the government and the dangers posed by this development. During this event hosted by Berkeley Arts and Letters, Ms. Boghosian spoke with Robert Scheer."

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US consumer ebook market bigger than print by 2017

PwC: the U.S. consumer ebook market will be bigger than the print book market by 2017 — paidContent: " . . . PwC’s projections are roughly in line with those from other sources. The most recent edition of BookStats pegged the total size of the U.S. trade book industry at $15.05 billion in 2012, with ebooks kicking in $3.04 billion of that. PwC, meanwhile, calculates the size of the market at $15.2 billion in 2012, with ebooks contributing $3.35 billion. But BookStats thinks that the market grew by 6.9 percent between 2011 and 2012, while PwC thinks it shrank by 1.3 percent. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Books, Treasury's War, Command and Control

Book Discussion on [Treasury's War] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Juan Zarate talked about his book, Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, in which he discusses the Treasury Department’s war on terror following 9/11. The Treasury Department uses various means to put financial strangleholds on terrorist groups and enemy states around the world. During this event, hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, Mr. Zarate spoke with National Public Radio’s Rachel Martin."

After Words with Eric Schlosser - C-SPAN Video Library: "Eric Schlosser talked about his book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, in which he details the ease with which an accident can occur when handling nuclear weapons and how little control military leaders and missile designers have over them. He spoke with Lynn Davis, the former U.S. Undersecretary for Arms Control and director of the RAND Corporation’s Washington office."

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Seamus Heaney's Last Words, Salinger by Shields and Salerno

Book News: Seamus Heaney's Last Words Were 'Don't Be Afraid'
NPR (blog)
Book News: Seamus Heaney's Last Words Were 'Don't Be Afraid' ...

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Book News: Seamus Heaney's Last Words, Lichtenstein's Kierkegaard
New Yorker (blog)
Seamus Heaney's son told mourners at his father's funeral that the poet's last words were “Noli timere,” a Latin phrase that translates to “Do not be afraid....

New Yorker (blog)

Book Review: 'Salinger' by David Shields and Shane Salerno
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Salinger' by David Shields and Shane Salerno ... In “Salinger,” David Shields and Shane Salerno dismiss these books as shallow, inaccurate and ...

Wall Street Journal

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The Firm, 5 Under 35, The Devil That Never Dies

Book Review: 'The Firm' by Duff McDonald
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Firm' by Duff McDonald ... Midway through “The Firm,” financial reporter Duff McDonald's book about McKinsey & Co., the author recounts a ... There have been other books about this American icon, but “The Firm” is an ...

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Author Rowling To Write New 'Potter'-Inspired Film for Warner Bros.
Wall Street Journal
Author Rowling To Write New 'Potter'-Inspired Film for Warner Bros. ... the adventures of a character named Newt Scamander, the fictitious author of the book.

Book News: National Book Awards' '5 Under 35' Picks Are All Women
NPR (blog)
Book News: National Book Awards' '5 Under 35' Picks Are All Women ...The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional authorbehaving badly....

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Book Review: 'The Devil That Never Dies,' by Daniel Jonah ...
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Devil That Never Dies,' by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Using surveys of Italians and Germans from different years, the author estimates that ...

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Online Book Clubs, Maid's Version, Anything Goes, Windsor Faction

Online Book Clubs: Talk That Stays on the Page
New York Times
When NBC announced recently that “Today” would host a book club ... by Goodreads, a Web site that catalogs books and helps readers set up bookgroups...

New York Times

Book Review: 'The Maid's Version' by Daniel Woodrell | 'Nine Inches ...
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Book Review: 'The Maid's Version' by Daniel Woodrell | 'Nine Inches' by Tom Perrotta ... It's taken a long time—10 books, including "Winter's Bone" (2006) and the ... The author is as preoccupied as any jock or cheerleader with body image....

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: 'Anything Goes' by Ethan Mordden
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Anything Goes' by Ethan Mordden ... The author is as effusive in describing Al Hirschfeld's poster art for "My Fair Lady" ("a heavenly Shaw ...

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: 'The Windsor Faction' by DJ Taylor
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Windsor Faction' by D.J. Taylor ... —Ms. Hodgson is the author of "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food.".

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Oil and Honey, Invisible Man, Command and Control

'Oil and Honey' by Bill McKibben
Boston Globe
Book Review ... In “Oil and Honey,” the author extends his approach and message by meshing the global with the personal. ... already have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as any scientist thinks is safe to burn. ... Throughout the book, his most readable yet, McKibben is simultaneously authoritative and ...

Boston Globe

Book News: North Carolina County Bans 'Invisible Man'
NPR (blog)
Book News: North Carolina County Bans 'Invisible Man' ... The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Novelist Ralph ...

NPR (blog)
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Command and Control,' by Eric Schlosser ... Mr. Schlosser, the author of 2001's best-selling "Fast Food Nation," tells the story of the Damascus ...

Wall Street Journal

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Lost Hemingway Satire, Enemies Within, The Collaboration

Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published
NPR (blog)
Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published ... The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. A satiric ...

NPR (blog)

Book describes broad NYPD surveillance of Muslims
NorthJersey.com
The book, “Enemies Within” draws on interviews with current and former law enforcement officers and a trove of leaked police documents to detail how the ...

NorthJersey.com

Book Review: 'The Collaboration,' by Ben Urwand
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Collaboration,' by Ben Urwand ... The author tells us that, while doing graduate work a few years ago, he saw "The Tramp and the Dictator," a ...

Wall Street Journal

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Children Books, Learning, Exploring

Children's books: Learning, exploring
Boston.com
Luckily, most children — and some children's books — already know this.... Xavier Deneux, the popular French illustrator, has created a new board-book series ...

Boston Globe

Book Discussion on [From Slavery to Freedom] - C-SPAN Video Library"Mr. Franklin spoke about his book From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, published by Knopf. The book provides an account of the African-American experience from their origins in the civilizations in Africa, through years of slavery in the New World, to the successful struggle for freedom in the West Indies, Latin America and the United States. The book, currently in its eighth edition, was originally published in 1947. During the event, Professor Franklin describes how he came to write this book, as well as the impact that writing the book had on his career and intellectual development. He also discussed the mixed reviews the books received when it was first published, as well as some issues pertaining to the publication of subsequent editions. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience"

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David and Goliath, Appetite for Wonder, Year Zero

Book Review: 'An Appetite for Wonder.' by Richard Dawkins
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'An Appetite for Wonder. ... larded with drive-by snark about the author's pet peeves: French intellectuals ("francophoney metatwaddle"), the Book ...

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Book Review: 'David and Goliath' by Malcolm Gladwell
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'David and Goliath' by Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm Gladwell too often presents as proven laws what are just intriguing possibilities and musings ...

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Book Review: 'Year Zero' by Ian Buruma
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Year Zero' by Ian Buruma .... of history at the University of Toronto and author, most recently, of "Solar Dance: Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse ...

Wall Street Journal

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Author James Tarantin, Mobile Game with Novel

Acclaimed Author and Philosopher James Tarantin Releases Revolutionary Mobile Game - Press Release - Digital Journal: "Acclaimed philosopher and author of The Equation, James Tarantin, announced today the release of his highly anticipated game, The Equation Game, a mobile gaming app available through the Apple Store. This will be the first game ever released that works in tandem with a novel."

Man Booker prize to allow US entries from next year | Books | The Guardian: "Organisers of the Man Booker prize have announced the biggest rule-change in its 45-year history with the confirmation that all English-language writers will be eligible from next year. That means American writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Franzen and Richard Ford can now be contenders for an award that has been restricted to citizens of the Commonwealth (including Zimbabwe) and the Republic of Ireland. The prize trustees said they had consulted extensively – talking to 40 or 50 writers, readers, booksellers, publishers and agents – for 18 months before deciding on the change."

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The Body Economic, Recessions, Budget Battles, Politics of Life and Death

Book Discussion on [The Body Economic] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Dr. Sanjay Basu, co-author of the book The Body Economic: Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death, talked about the health impacts of economic austerity measures in countries around the world following the 2008 recession and throughout history. He spoke about the correlation between government cuts in social and health spending and the rise in rates of things like heart disease, suicide, and HIV. This event was hosted by Book Passage in San Francisco."

Redesign of [New York Times] Book Review - C-SPAN Video Library: "Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review, talked about the redesign of the newspaper’s book review section, the first full redesign since 2007."

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Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia; Joyce Carol Oates interview

Book Discussion on [Lawrence in Arabia] - C-SPAN Video Library: "War correspondent Scott Anderson talked about his book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, in which he discusses T.E. Lawrence and the involvement of Britain, France, Russia, and the U.S. in the Middle East during the early 20th Century. Mr. Anderson spoke at Tufts University in Massachusetts."

Interview with Joyce Carol Oates - C-SPAN Video Library: "Joyce Carol Oates talked about her books, The Accursed, a historical novel with elements of the supernatural, and Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong. She was interviewed at the 2013 National Book Festival, held on September 21-22, 2013 by the Library of Congress on the National Mall in Washington, D.C."

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George Packer, The Unwinding; Josh Blackman, Unprecedented

Book Discussion on [The Unwinding] - C-SPAN Video Library: "George Packer talked about his book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, in which he presents a history of the United States over the past three decades by profilng numerous people, from a factory worker and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The author spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco."

Book Discussion on [Unprecedented] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Josh Blackman talked about his book, Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, in which he looks at the legal challenge to Affordable Care Act that ended with the Supreme Court ruling it constitutional in June 2012. Mr. Blackman also talked about the potential long-term impact of Justice Roberts' opinion in the case. Commentary was provided by Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law Center and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center. This event was hosted by the Cato Institute."

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Meredith Whitney, Fate of the States; Evan Thomas, Ike's Bluff

Book Discussion on [Fate of the States] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Meredith Whitney talked about her book, Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity, in which she discusses the relative non-impact of the housing crisis on states like North Dakota, Indiana, and Texas and explains why these states will become the new powerhouses for the American economy. Ms. Whitney spoke with journalist Leigh Gallagher."

Book Discussion on [Ike's Bluff] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Evan Thomas talked about his book, Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World, in which he examines President Dwight Eisenhower’s White House years. He spoke at the 2013 National Book Festival, held on September 21-22, 2013 by the Library of Congress on the National Mall in Washington, D.C."

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Kate Brown, Plutopia; Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Global Crossings

Book Discussion on [Plutopia] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Kate Brown talked about her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, in which she writes about the two cities, Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, where plutonium was first produced. She said that because the programs to produce the plutonium were highly secret, both communities were largely insulated from the outside world. The accidents and corruption that occurred in both places were unknown for decades. Ms. Brown saidthat, in total, both cities contaminated their surrounding environments on a scale that dwarfed what happened during the Chernobyl disaster. This event was hosted by the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Maryland."

Book Discussion on [Global Crossings] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Alvaro Vargas Llosa talked about his book, Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, in which he compares migration trends over the past decades and explores the reasons people risk their lives to move to foreign lands. He spoke with Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute."

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Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Dead at 66 - WSJ.com: " . . . Mr. Clancy, whose death in Baltimore at age 66 was announced Wednesday by his publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, put military hardware front and center starting with his first novel, "The Hunt for Red October," a Cold War submarine thriller that was a best seller when it was published in 1984. The book introduced Mr. Clancy's main hero, Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst whose adventures over more than a dozen novels included fighting Colombian drug lords, Arab terrorists and the Chinese navy. Ryan eventually becomes U.S. president. Mr. Clancy's books drew comparisons to masters of military and espionage suspense, including Frederick Forsyth and Robert Ludlum. . . ."

The 100 best novels: No 2 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719) | Books | The Observer: "English fiction began with The Pilgrim's Progress, but nearly 50 turbulent years, including the Glorious Revolution, passed before it made its great leap forward. The author of this literary milestone is a strangely appealing literary hustler of nearly 60 years old originally named Daniel Foe (he added "De" to improve his social standing), a one-time journalist, pamphleteer, jack of all trades and spy. Like Bunyan, he had suffered at the hands of the state (the pillory, followed by prison in 1703). Unlike Bunyan, he was not religious. . . ."

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Book Reviews, Armor and Blood by Dennis E Showalter

Wall Street Journal
Whether or not Kursk was "the turning point of World War II," as the book's... This clash, as the author reminds us, was an attempt by the Soviets to cover up the ...

Wall Street Journal

Boston Globe
By itself, “The Returned” is a good enough book — it makes you think hard about the proposition it puts forward and wonder how it might affect your own life if it ...
Herald Times Reporter
A new book, “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family ... It's a lot of information to download, but the author presents it in an organized way, ...
Los Angeles Times
His new book, "Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian ... the author had four greatbook ideas but could not decide which one to publish, and the ...

Salt Lake Tribune
In his new book, "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police ... Cost » Free;books will be available for purchase and Balko will sign them after ...
Boston Globe
J.F. Powers had more than once proposed to write a book about “family life”; this he failed to do, but his daughter suggests that these letters may serve as a ...

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Children Books, With a Mighty Hand by Amy Ehrlich

Children's Books: 'With a Mighty Hand' by Amy Ehrlich | 'The ...
Wall Street Journal
The God of the monotheistic religions isn't a frequent presence in children'sbooks. Though belief and practice will sometimes inform a story's setting—and, ...

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: 'The Distancers' by Lee Sandlin
Wall Street Journal
When Lee Sandlin was growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, his parents would take him to stay with family in Edwardsville, Ill., just across the Mississippi River ...

Wall Street Journal

Author, former LAPD detective claims new evidence proves his ...
New York Daily News
The author — who first fingered his surgeon dad as the unsolved case's prime suspect in his 2003 book, “Black Dahlia Avenger” — said stunning new evidence ...

New York Daily News

Book Review: 'Gabriele d'Annunzio' by Lucy Hughes-Hallett ...
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Gabriele d'Annunzio' by Lucy Hughes-Hallett | 'Pleasure' by Gabriele d' ... glory Gabriele d'Annunzio during World War I. At age 52, the author had ... who oversaw the defense of Paris, that “I would give all of my books for one of ...

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Authors, Lunatic Beliefs, book reviews

Author Goes With 'Lunatic Beliefs'
Wall Street Journal
Author Wayne Koestenbaum delightfully indulged in questions asked by ...radio voice on Tuesday evening in the basement of NoLita's McNally Jackson Books.

Wall Street Journal

'Turn Around Bright Eyes' by Rob Sheffield
Boston Globe
Book Review ... (The author's wife, “a real cool hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl” who shared his love for ... But about two-thirds of the way through this book, we wish he would. ... But I'm not sure I need to read another of his books.

Boston Globe

Book claims JD Salinger's secret deformity made him a recluse
Detroit Free Press
If you thought the recent revelation that five new JD Salinger books are due out ... drops a few of her own in the Washington Post, which got a copy of the book.

Alice Hoffman's latest work took her in a different direction
Boston Globe
I love the feeling of being in a library surrounded by books, especially the ...OF BLUE: I used to paint my office different colors to give me the sense of abook...

Boston Globe

Film on JD Salinger Claims More Books Coming
New York Times
But a forthcoming documentary and related book, both titled “Salinger,” ...his estate to publish at least five additional books — some of them entirely new, some ...

New York Times

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Book Reviews, The Truth in Small Doses by Clifton Leaf

Book Review: 'The Truth in Small Doses' by Clifton Leaf | 'The ...
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Truth in Small Doses' by Clifton Leaf | 'The Cancer ...Two new books by journalists with a personal experience of cancer suggest that our ... But each author brings an interesting perspective to the debate about how best to ...

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: "Inconvenient People" by Sarah Wise
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: "Inconvenient People" by Sarah Wise ... "inconvenient people" and the ordeals they underwent are the subject of Sarah Wise's powerful book.

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: 'The Great Dissent' by Thomas Healy
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Great Dissent' by Thomas Healy ... then introduced Holmes to its author, another young Harvard law professor named Zechariah Chafee Jr.

Wall Street Journal

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Banned Books, Book Reviews


The Atlantic
As of this month, you'll now be able to read the A Song of Ice and Firebooks by ... According to the bureau, the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, was ...

The Atlantic

Half a Book Thrown at Manziel
Wall Street Journal
When I first read it, I didn't believe it. I squinted at the news break. Squinted! Like Harrison Ford in the desert heat. A half! Of one game? Was this true, or a hoax?

Book Review: 'Gentlemen Bankers' by Susie J. Pak
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Gentlemen Bankers' by Susie J. Pak .... Mr. Gordon is the author of "Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt.".

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Nerds, Brooklyn, Books

Brooklyn Book Nerds Take to the Streets
Wall Street Journal
When they reached Terrace Books in Park Slope, some ventured inside to... After 4½ hours of reading, walking and Brooklyn book-nerd exuberance, the group ...

Wall Street Journal

Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber
NPR (blog)
Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber ...The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional authorbehaving badly.

NPR (blog)

Six must-read titles by Northwest authors
The Seattle Times
Laskin, an occasional book reviewer for The Seattle Times, has written several award-winning nonfiction books. Having finished “The Family,” I can conclusively ...

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, book reviews

'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon
Boston Globe
This core relationship, fired by trust and suspicion, attraction and repulsion, should generate enough heat to power the book's tension. Unfortunately, their ...

Boston Globe

Book Review: The Affairs of Others Uncovers the Pain, and Folly, of ...
Vanity Fair
Book Review: The Affairs of Others Uncovers the Pain, and Folly, of Being Alone ... In the book's opening scene, Celia tries to preserve the sanctity of the ...

Vanity Fair

Book: Tracing the Footsteps of Australia's Earhart
Wall Street Journal (blog)
In his new book, “Where is Dr. Leichhardt? The Greatest Mystery in Australian History,” historian and archaeologist Darrell Lewis scrutinizes the theories put up ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Book Reviews, For Discrimination, by Randall Kennedy

Book Review: 'For Discrimination' by Randall Kennedy
Wall Street Journal
And while it won't persuade opponents of the policy, the book has the salutary ... The author, a professor at Harvard Law School, begins building his case for ...

Wall Street Journal

Book Excerpt: Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home ...
PBS
Read an excerpt from R&E correspondent Judy Valente's new book, Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and an Authentic Faith (Sorin Books, ...

PBS

Book Review: 'Gloria Swanson' by Tricia Welsch | 'Gloria Swanson ...
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'Gloria Swanson' by Tricia Welsch | 'Gloria Swanson' by Stephen ... have trawled through the same archives but written two very different books.

Wall Street Journal

Book Review: 'The Bet' by Paul Sabin
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'The Bet' by Paul Sabin ... first three years alone, and its author would appear as Johnny Carson's guest on “The Tonight Show” at least 20 times, ...

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Books for the weekend, book reviews

Book picks for the weekend
USA TODAY
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes; Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 369 pp.; fiction ... In The Girl You Left Behind, author Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) again ...

Book Review: 'On the Noodle Road' by Jen Lin-Liu
Wall Street Journal
Book Review: 'On the Noodle Road' by Jen Lin-Liu. Countless cultures eat... The author abandons her original conceit as soon as the going gets tough. She plans to follow the ... Bad books and bad meals alike require autopsies. What left me ...

Wall Street Journal

Book review: Readers choose the twists in romantic mystery 'Cold ...
Deseret News
Book review: Readers choose the twists in romantic mystery 'Cold Pursuit'... The author points out websites where readers can go to find images, additional ...

Deseret News

Author James Lee Burke publishes No. 20 in the Dave Robicheaux ...
Sacramento Bee
James Lee Burke was working on his next book when the phone rang. ... The Houston-born author has written 27 books split between three series, and five ... The New York Times Book Review has called you “the reigning champ of nostalgia ...

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JD Salinger, posthumous works are on the way?

JD Salinger: authors claim posthumous works are on the way | Books | theguardian.com: "The authors of a new JD Salinger biography claim they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: what the author of The Catcher in the Rye was working on during the last half century of his life. A series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned after 2015, according to David Shields and Shane Salerno, whose book Salinger will be published on 3 September. The Associated Press obtained an early copy. Salerno's documentary on the author is scheduled to come out 6 September..."

Harlan Ellison: “Life to me is a great ironic joke” - Salon.com: " . . . You’ve instructed her to destroy all your unfinished manuscripts when you ultimately leave the scene. I think that’s because no matter how good or bad, someone finishing your work, it wouldn’t be your words. That’s absolutely apt. I, never having written a sequel, understand that you chew your cud once. It’s just hoeing the same ground until what you’re producing is just like everything else you’ve produced. And my mind is much too wild for that, so even if it’s the greatest writer in the world…it’s not, [as] Gulley Jimson said in “The Horse’s Mouth,” “It’s not the dream I had.” Any unfinished stories you hope to complete? Yeah. I’m not prescient. I could get hit by that thunderbolt in the ass tonight, but there are at least fifty unfinished projects sitting in my office, and every day they sit there, winking up at me…Calling you to the typewriter. Like the ghosts of Christmas past, they do not let me rest. I write them in my head, I know what the next lines are, what the endings are, it’s just getting up the strength to do those foot-pounds of energy at the typewriter. . . ."

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Books, Eric Schmidt, Google, NSA, Julian Assange reviews

Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer: "Schmidt’s book is not about communicating with the public. He is worth $6.1 billion and does not need to sell books. Rather, this book is a mechanism by which Google seeks to project itself into Washington. It shows Washington that Google can be its partner, its geopolitical visionary, who will help Washington see further about America’s interests. And by tying itself to the US state, Google thereby cements its own security, at the expense of all competitors." --by Julian Assange (full article at link above)

What Are Your Favorite “Non-Boring” Business Books? | The Big Picture"• Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed:  “It covers a 50-year period from before World War I and leading up to World War II. Even if you’re not interested in finance, it’s a great read” • The Big Short by Michael Lewis: “Michael Lewis, to me, is the preeminent narrator [of the financial crisis]. He is the guy who constructs the story better than anybody else.” (Lewis also wrote the wonderful Moneyball, which covers the business of Sports — kinda) . . . "

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Ying Ma, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, Book TV

Book Discussion on [Chinese Girl in the Ghetto] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Ying Ma talked about her book, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, in which she chronicles her experiences after moving from China to Oakland, California at the age of ten. She expected to live a better life in California than she did in her birth country, but instead found Oakland to be a broken city. Ying Ma spoke at he Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, California."

Book Discussion on [FDR and the End of Empire] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Christopher O’Sullivan talked about his book, FDR and the End of Empire: The Origins of American Power in the Middle East. The 2013 Roosevelt Reading Festival was held by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center in Hyde Park, New York."

Panel on Civil Liberties and Security in the Age of Terrorism - C-SPAN Video Library: "Robert Higgs, author of Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy, and Anthony Gregory, author of The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror, talked about the protection of civil liberties in the U.S. since September 11, 2001. This event was hosted by the Independent Institute in Oakland, California."

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