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Peter Howard obituary
5 October 2017 | 1:27 pm Books | The Guardian

My friend Peter Howard, who has died of cancer aged 60, performed with the poets’ group the Joy of Six. His published works included Low Probability of Racoons, Game Theory, one full collection, Weighing the Air (2007), and poems in magazines, anthologies and online. He won prizes and was second in the Arvon in 2000. Involved in many digital initiatives, he ran workshops on internet literature, and designed his own poetry generating programme, written in Javascript.When I first met Peter...

Books News: Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
5 October 2017 | 12:53 pm NYT > Books

The British author’s best sellers include “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”...

An Appraisal: Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Winner Whose Characters Are Caught Between Worlds
5 October 2017 | 2:31 pm NYT > Books

In his disparate novels, Ishiguro is a uniter, a conferrer of calm, rather than a divider....

Newsbook: 3 Books on Guns in America
5 October 2017 | 3:02 pm NYT > Books

Days after a mass shooting in Las Vegas left 59 dead, books that ponder the gun control debate and effects of these tragedies....

A Year After Bob Dylan, Kazuo Ishiguro Gets The Nobel Back On Track
5 October 2017 | 1:55 pm Book Reviews, Excerpts, Audio Books and Reader Exclusives - HuffPost Books

The Nobel Committee could hardly have selected a better winner to wash away the embarrassing awkwardness of last year’s prize....

Court lets Milo Yiannopoulos' lawsuit against publisher proceed
5 October 2017 | 2:06 pm GANNETT Syndication Service

Milo Yiannopoulos' lawsuit against Simon & Schuster, which canceled his book deal for 'Dangerous,' now moves on to the discovery phase.

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature 2017
5 October 2017 | 9:23 am Books | The Guardian

The British author behind books including Man Booker winner The Remains of the Day takes the award for his ‘novels of great emotional force’The Nobel prize in literature 2017 – as it happenedThe English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the wor...

Kazuo Ishiguro: Nobel prize winner and a novelist for all times
5 October 2017 | 12:09 pm Books | The Guardian

The Swedish Academy has got it right this year: the British author is audacious, controlled and utterly originalA few years ago in a panel discussion at a literary festival I was asked to name a recent British novel that readers and critics would still be talking about in a hundred years’ time. On the spur of the difficult moment I plumped for Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Only as I tried to explain my choice did I realise why I had given this answer. It was not just a novel I...

'I thought it was a hoax': Kazuo Ishiguro on winning the Nobel prize in literature – video
5 October 2017 | 2:15 pm Books | The Guardian

The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. The author said that in an age of ‘fake news’, he didn’t believe he had won, and said the world has entered a ‘very uncertain time’. His most famous novels, The Remains of the Day...

Robert Kirkman’s Next Adventure: Oblivion Song
5 October 2017 | 9:00 am NYT > Books

Mr. Kirkman, the creative force of The Walking Dead comic book series, and Lorenzo De Felici dive deep into sci-fi with this new series, due in March....

Book News: Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
5 October 2017 | 10:17 am NYT > Books

The British author’s best sellers include “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”...

Super Thursday: with 500 new books out today, what should you read?
5 October 2017 | 5:49 am Books | The Guardian

New books from Mary Berry, Dan Brown and Dawn French are out, as part of the mass launch that marks the start of the Christmas season – and there’s another 250 on the way. Here are 10 titles in the running for No 1More than 500 glossy new hardbacks are set to arrive on the shelves of the UK’s booksellers on Thursday, as books by names ranging from Alan Hollinghurst to Mary Berry prepare to do battle for the Christmas No 1 slot.This year, 505 new books are being published on...

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature
5 October 2017 | 7:04 am Books | The Guardian

The British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel prize in literatureThe Nobel prize in literature 2017 – as it happenedThe English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.With names including Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki...

Nobel prize in literature 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro wins – follow it live
5 October 2017 | 8:13 am Books | The Guardian

Join us as we follow the live reactions to the British author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go being named the 2017 laureateNews: Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel prize in literature 1.09pm BSTSelf, in typically lugubrious form, has emailed: “He’s a fairly good writer, and surely doesn’t deserve the dread ossification and disregard that garnishes such laurels.” 1.01pm BSTThe former UK poet laureate Andrew Motion says: “Ishiguro’s imaginative...

Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd on the secret lives of pets
4 October 2017 | 10:19 pm Books | The Guardian

On the release of her new picture book, the acclaimed New Zealand writer and illustrator talks animal antics and her favourite children’s booksMany cat owners would be familiar with the experience of getting into the car and starting down the driveway, only to hear the thump and squeal of a frantically escaping moggy whose morning snooze on the roof has been rudely interrupted. Such is the premise behind children’s author Lynley Dodd’s new picture book, Scarface Claw, Hold...

Jill Bialosky, Poet and Editor, Faces Plagiarism Accusations
4 October 2017 | 10:02 pm NYT > Books

In the Tourniquet Review, William Logan claims that Ms. Bialosky borrowed language from Wikipedia and leading poetry organizations for her new memoir....

Light Reading: Bob Dylan’s Year of Living Laureatishly
4 October 2017 | 11:56 am NYT > Books

Last year the Nobel committee shocked folks around the world with its selection for the literature prize — most notably the awardee himself....

Books of The Times: Fairy Tales About the Fears Within
4 October 2017 | 4:14 pm NYT > Books

The eight fables in Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties,” a finalist for the National Book Award, all depict women on the verge....

Rupi Kaur: the inevitable backlash against Instagram's favourite poet
4 October 2017 | 9:33 am Books | The Guardian

Kaur’s verses on love, sex and race have made her the most revered – and reviled – of today’s ‘instapoets’. As a new collection The Sun and Her Flowers hits shelves, is the social media star a dark omen for poetry or a fresh voice in literature?Rupi Kaur has achieved a rare feat for a modern poet: mainstream popularity. Part of a new generation of instapoets – young poets publishing verse primarily on social media – Kaur, who turns 25 this month,...

American War by Omar El Akkad review – terrorism in a future US
4 October 2017 | 10:00 am Books | The Guardian

Set in a late-21st century US ravaged by global warming, this ambitious debut encourages western readers to put themselves in the shoes of the world’s displaced peoplesA novel, like a person, doesn’t have to have a purpose. This is one reason humanism regards art as sacred: it exists for its own sake. Other value systems, religious or political, might insist that art serve a theological or ideological cause, but the novel – in its origins a bourgeois enterprise – makes a...

Books News: Jesmyn Ward and Masha Gessen Among 2017 National Book Awards Finalists
4 October 2017 | 8:55 am NYT > Books

David Grann, Min Jin Lee and Layli Long Soldier are also among the 20 finalists across four categories....

The 2017 National Book Award Finalists Are Revealed
4 October 2017 | 9:01 am Book Reviews, Excerpts, Audio Books and Reader Exclusives - HuffPost Books

The shortlists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature are mixed between fresh faces and established heavy hitters....

Finalists in fiction, non-fiction named for 2017 National Book Awards
4 October 2017 | 8:55 am GANNETT Syndication Service

Five finalists each have been named for the National Book Awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature.

Hard times: 20th century conflict dominates historical fiction
4 October 2017 | 7:01 am Books | The Guardian

Research into 650 novels submitted to the Walter Scott prize finds the second world war is the favourite setting for historical novels, while the shifting Victorian and Georgian eras eclipse ‘just a smattering’ of ancient settingsThe 20th century is the most fertile ground for today’s historical novelists, according to new research, seeing off stiff upper-lipped competition from the Victorian age.The Walter Scott prize for historical fiction, which has been won by names from...

Top 10 human-animal relationships in literature
4 October 2017 | 7:26 am Books | The Guardian

On World Animal Day, novelist Henrietta Rose-Innes looks at some of the best depictions of this ‘crucial human task’, by James Herriot, Karen Joy Fowler and othersUnderstanding how we engage with the creatures who share our planet seems to me a crucial human task in this dire portion of the Anthropocene. In my last two novels, I’ve pondered this in different ways. In Nineveh, human figures are literally overwhelmed by the multifarious beings that share the urban space with...

Origin by Dan Brown review – fun in its own galumphing way
4 October 2017 | 7:58 am Books | The Guardian

In his fifth blockbuster outing, professor of symbology Robert Langdon takes on the battle between science and religionOrigin is the fifth of

Nonfiction: Learning About Women’s Lives Through the Food They Consumed
4 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

In “What She Ate,” Laura Shapiro offers biographical portraits of six notable women and their diets, including Helen Gurley Brown and Eva Braun....

Poetry: Five Decades of Frank Bidart’s Verse, From Masks to Self-Mythology
4 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

The collected poems in “Half-Light,” long-listed for the National Book Award, let readers trace the evolution of a sophisticated modern master....

Nonfiction: 1949: The Year That Set the Course of Chinese-American Relations
4 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

Kevin Peraino’s “A Force So Swift” recounts a turning point that continues to haunt Washington and Beijing....

Ta-Nehisi Coates tackles Trump, Obama and race in searing new book
3 October 2017 | 11:30 am GANNETT Syndication Service

Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book is called 'We Were Eight Years in Power.' A 4-star review.

Arthur Janov, 93, Dies; Psychologist Caught World’s Attention With ‘Primal Scream’
3 October 2017 | 2:25 pm NYT > Books

The father of primal scream therapy, Dr. Janov maintained, not without controversy, that it could cure an array of ills, from alcoholism to asthma....

Books of The Times: In Dan Brown’s ‘Origin,’ Robert Langdon Returns, With an A.I. Friend in Tow
3 October 2017 | 6:13 pm NYT > Books

Brown’s latest novel features a brilliant futurist and a plot that revolves around the tensions between creationism and science....

Read The Edge of the Shoal by Cynan Jones, winner of the BBC National short story award
3 October 2017 | 2:45 pm Books | The Guardian

Prize judge Eimear McBride called it ‘as perfect a short story as I’ve ever read’. Here is the complete tale of a kayaker’s peril at sea [ Shoal /ʃəʊl/ – noun 1: a large number of fish swimming together. 2: a hidden danger or difficulty. ]He swings the fish from the water, a wild stripe flicking and flashing into the boat, and grabs the line, twisting the hook out, holding the fish down in the footrests. It gasps, thrashes. Drums. Something rapid and...

BBC national short story award goes to Cynan Jones
3 October 2017 | 2:45 pm Books | The Guardian

Praised by judges as ‘genuinely thrilling’, The Edge of the Shoal takes prestigious

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: David Friend on ‘The Naughty Nineties’
3 October 2017 | 1:25 pm NYT > Books

Friend’s book argues that the sexual and political attitudes of the 1990s shaped, in ways both progressive and conservative, the ground we stand on today....

Books of The Times: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Short Stories Salvage Wit From Life’s Grind
3 October 2017 | 1:31 pm NYT > Books

The stories in “Fresh Complaint” are interested in failure and misbehavior, but they are also threaded with a strong moral sensibility....

Arthur Janov, Psychologist Who Caught Attention With ‘Primal Scream,’ Dies at 93
3 October 2017 | 2:25 pm NYT > Books

The father of primal scream therapy, Dr. Janov maintained, not without controversy, that it could cure an array of ills, from alcoholism to asthma....

Were They Killed Or Murdered?
3 October 2017 | 10:22 am Book Reviews, Excerpts, Audio Books and Reader Exclusives - HuffPost Books

Cross-posted from I first “met” Noam Chomsky in 1969 by reading these words of his about the My Lai massacre...

13 Fiction Debuts And Breakthroughs That Live Up To The Hype
3 October 2017 | 12:25 pm Book Reviews, Excerpts, Audio Books and Reader Exclusives - HuffPost Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here. The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews "It's not Doctorow's...

A London flat and no job: Margaret Drabble shows the Golden age of student life
3 October 2017 | 12:01 pm Books | The Guardian

Jerusalem the Golden’s heroine Clara must balance the demands of family with the opportunities of education. But those dilemmas have grown tougher since 1967When Jerusalem the Golden came out in 1967, it was described in the Guardian as a “detailed observation of the graduate predicament … tidily and wittingly and movingly expressed”.“The graduate predicament” centred on how best to leave home, a problem also explored in 1967 by the Beatles. The n...

Stop. Grammar time: the adult word nerds going back to school
3 October 2017 | 1:00 pm Books | The Guardian

Formal grammar was taken out of the Australian curriculum in the mid-1970s – and some of us have catching up to do“It’s a special kind of person who attends this class on a weekend,” says our grammar guru Penny Modra. It’s 9am on one of the hottest spring days of the season, and there are about 20 of us in a small office-cum-classroom in Redfern, Sydney. Hosted by Melbourne publisher and writing school The Good Copy, we’re about to spend an entire day...

War baby: the amazing story of Ocean Vuong, former refugee and prize-winning poet
3 October 2017 | 1:29 pm Books | The Guardian

His grandfather was a US soldier who fell in love with a Vietnamese farm girl. But then Saigon fell and the family was blown apart. Ocean Vuong poured it all into Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winning him a Forward prize – and comparisons with Emily DickinsonThere’s a photograph on the jacket of Ocean Vuong’s debut poetry collection of a small boy sitting on a wooden bench. Encircled by the arms of two women in summery cottons, he gazes steadily at the camera.The elegance is...

Fiction: A Second Wife Haunted by the Shadow of Her Husband’s First
3 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

Lily Tuck’s new novel, steeped in references to literary forebears, exposes the psychological obsession of women who’ve wed the same man....

Nonfiction: When the Empress of India Met Her Muslim Teacher
3 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul,” now also a film starring Judi Dench, portrays the bond between the British queen and her Indian teacher....

Nonfiction: In Masha Gessen’s ‘The Future Is History,’ Homo Sovieticus Rises
3 October 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

In her new book, Gessen, a journalist and longtime critic of Vladimir Putin, recounts the experiences of seven people living in post-Communist Russia....

Onora O’Neill Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy
3 October 2017 | 9:00 am NYT > Books

Her work has focused on a range of questions, including the frequent call to “rebuild trust” across society, which she argues “gets things backwards.”...

Orhan Pamuk and Nicole Krauss - books podcast
3 October 2017 | 5:53 am Books | The Guardian

Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud and Acast. Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter and emailNobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk’s 10th novel, The Red-Haired Woman, is set in 1980s Turkey and explores marital betrayal and the father-son dynamic. A well-digger hires 16-year-old Cem to help him search for water on the outskirts of Istanbul. One day, Cem becomes transfixed by a glamorous actress, with tragic consequences. Continue reading......

Hot fresh poems: behind the scenes at Contains Strong language – in pictures
3 October 2017 | 6:39 am Books | The Guardian

The Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins visits the new poetry festival in Hull, where poems are being sold from vans, hung from washing lines and brought to life by burlesque dancers Continue reading......

Nobel prize in literature set to reveal 2017 winner on 5 October
3 October 2017 | 7:33 am Books | The Guardian

The Swedish Academy announces date for this year’s laureate, with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami leading bookmakers’ oddsA year after the Swedish Academy shocked the world with its choice of Bob Dylan as the Nobel laureate for literature, the jury is preparing to unveil this year’s winner of the prestigious honour.The academy, an assembly of 18 Swedes who are elected by secret ballot to their roles and hold them for life, has revealed that the Nobel...

Match Book: Illustrated Books to Help Children Embrace Their Differences
3 October 2017 | 2:45 am NYT > Books

Ferdinand the peaceful bull, a blue crayon named Red and other misunderstood heroes who teach kids it’s ok to be themselves....

New Trainspotting book: Irvine Welsh to KILL off main character in Dead Men's Trousers
2 October 2017 | 7:01 pm Daily Express :: Books Feed

AUTHOR Irvine Welsh is to kill off one of the main Trainspotting characters in his next book, it has been revealed....

Bulletin Board: Who Gets to Write About Romance? A Response From the Books Desk
2 October 2017 | 5:09 pm NYT > Books

Radhika Jones, the editorial director of the books section, responds to readers who criticized a roundup of this season’s romance novels....

Arthur Janov, Psychologist Who Set the World Screaming, Dies at 93
2 October 2017 | 7:45 pm NYT > Books

The father of primal scream therapy, Dr. Janov maintained, not without controversy, that it could cure an array of ills from alcoholism to asthma....

Egan dives into historical fiction with sparkling 'Manhattan Beach'
2 October 2017 | 3:10 pm GANNETT Syndication Service

Jennifer Egan's new novel 'Manhattan Beach' takes place during World War II.

Front Burner: Guggenheim Talk Focuses on Legendary Dancer’s Cookbook
2 October 2017 | 12:07 pm NYT > Books

The museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tanaquil Le Clercq’s ‘Ballet Cook Book’ with two nights of discussion....

Using Science and History to Unlock the Secrets of Bread
2 October 2017 | 1:20 pm NYT > Books

Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya’s myth-busting new book, ‘Modernist Bread,’ is a call for bakers to experiment and innovate....

Robert Langdon chases clues, and God, in Dan Brown's 'Origin'
2 October 2017 | 12:06 pm GANNETT Syndication Service

The action moves to Spain as symbologist Robert Langdon returns in Dan Brown's 'Origin.'

Ex-FBI agent opens cold case review into who betrayed Anne Frank
2 October 2017 | 12:31 pm Books | The Guardian

Vince Pankoke and his team will use new techniques to analyse large amounts of data to solve mystery of diarist’s captureA retired FBI agent has launched a cold case review into identifying those who may have betrayed the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family to the Gestapo in 1944.Investigative techniques developed in the past decade, including the crunching of big data to uncover leads, are to be used by a team of 19 forensic experts led by Vince Pankoke. Continue reading......

Can a 10-year-old be a genius? What Hemingway’s first short story tells us
2 October 2017 | 12:53 pm Books | The Guardian

A newly discovered piece of fiction by the US author joins humbling examples of juvenilia by other great artists, from Jane Austen to Pablo Picasso“We are going on a trip to Europe,” begins what could be Ernest Hemingway’s first piece of fiction. It was discovered in May in Florida – and made public last week – in the archives kept by a family close to the Hemingways. A page in a notebook dated “Sep 8 ‘09” looks like a diary entry by Hemingway,...


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