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In case you missed it…

The New York Times had a great fall book preview today. Here’s a peek: There are novels by Ken Follett, Michael Cunningham, Nicole Krauss and Tom Clancy; cookbooks by Ina Garten and Jamie Oliver;


Jonathan Franzen’s new novel “Freedom” has already been scooped up by President Obama for his late-summer reading, lauded expansively by the New York Times, and projected to easily hit the best-seller

Meeting David Mitchell

Well, I braved boiling temperatures, chugged endless water bottles and crowded into a near-bursting bookshop in a sweat-drenched t-shirt to see David Mitchell Sunday afternoon, the culmination of a

Happy Bloomsday

June 16, 1904 — The day that James Joyce’s hero Leopold Bloom made his way around Dublin in “Ulysses” is celebrated across the world, often with pints of Guinness, (“thick giblet soup”?) and readings

Rome in July

Also from The New Yorker: The Book Bench blog has chosen Tom Rachman’s “The Imperfectionists” as their July book club selection. I’m very excited by this — I’m currently 3/4 of the way through

The ones to watch

The New Yorker recently announced their list of “20 Under 40”, a compilation of up-and-coming young writers “who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.” The list

New books

I’ve been meaning to read Ian McEwan’s new novel “Solar” since it came out on March 30 — a new novel by McEwan is always a large treat for me, and I’ve been savoring the prospect of this new read.

‘The Lincoln of our literature’

“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet.

Mark Twain’s library legacy

Mark Twain: literary lion, steamboat pilot, intrepid adventurer, American legend, and…ferocious critic. As the 100th anniversary of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ death approaches (on Wednesday), another

Wrestling’s “Cocktail of Death” author tours

Update: An earlier version of this post mixed up the dates for Muchnick’s book tour. See the correct dates below! Author Irvin Muchnick will drop by Borders Thursday night, promoting his book “CHRIS