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In case you missed it…

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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; humor books by both Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris; a collection of poems, notes and letters written by Marilyn Monroe; and […] [Read More]
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Franzenfrenzy

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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 list when it goes on sale tomorrow. Franzen himself has become the first author in a decade to grace the cover of Time magazine […] [Read More]
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Meeting David Mitchell

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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 literary pilgrimage that took me to a baking stretch of 10th Avenue in Manhattan. Mitchell, British novelist and author of “Cloud Atlas”, chose the independent bookstore […] [Read More]
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Happy Bloomsday

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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 from the book. Stamford celebrated the literary holiday in Joycean fashion this past Sunday, and in New York, there’s a host […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General

Rome in July

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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 Rachman’s debut novel, which I’ve all but inhaled in the past few days. It’s one of those books that acts on […] [Read More]
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The ones to watch

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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 is a combination of both established talents and those on the cusp of success, writers with several published books to their names and others who’ve […] [Read More]

New books

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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. Despite its somewhat mixed reviews, the premise of this new – and comic – novel […] [Read More]

‘The Lincoln of our literature’

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“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. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came […] [Read More]
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Mark Twain’s library legacy

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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 aspect of Twain’s prolific talent comes to light in a New York Times article regarding his personal book collection. Courtesy of The Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT, hundreds of […] [Read More]
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Wrestling’s “Cocktail of Death” author tours

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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 & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death.” The book is about WWE professional wrestler […] [Read More]