Sat September 21, 2013
Author Interviews

A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 9:34 am

Jack Gantos recently won the Newbery Medal, the highest award in children's literature, for his novel Dead End in Norvelt.
Anne Lower Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From Norvelt to Nowhere is a book that begins in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The first few paragraphs also disclose that nine elderly women in the town of Norvelt are dead by poison.

Did we mention it's a kids' book, too?

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Fri September 20, 2013
Arts & Life

Book News: North Carolina County Bans 'Invisible Man'

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 7:24 am

Novelist Ralph Ellison, seen in Feb. 15, 1964.


Thu September 19, 2013
Book Review

A Predictably Pynchonian Take On The Internet And Sept. 11

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:07 pm

I approached this review with a little bit of dread. How do you write about the iconic novelist Thomas Pynchon, whose books are strange and difficult things, and whose die-hard readers gather online to wax poetic, and use words like Pynchonian, Pynchonalia and Pynchonesque? They are just so into him, and often so articulate about their love. If you read the thoughtful and detailed writing by Pynchon devotees, they make a very persuasive case.

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Thu September 19, 2013
Arts & Life

Book News: National Book Award Fiction Longlist Includes Lahiri, Pynchon

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:13 am

The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced Nov. 20.

(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Wed September 18, 2013
Arts & Life

Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:33 am

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
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