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By the Book: Emma Straub: By the Book
22 June 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

The author of “Modern Lovers” keeps her youth on a shelf: “There are books I loved in my teens and 20s that I would not love now, but it’s still nice to see them there, as a reminder of a person I used to be.”...

Misery loves company: why Stephen King remains Hollywood's favorite author
22 June 2017 | 6:00 am Books | The Guardian

It’s a particularly fruitful year for the bestselling author, with big and small screen adaptations on the way – but what makes his work so consistently popular?To say that Stephen King is “back” would be an absurd statement. The man never really goes anywhere, permanently inhabiting his sliver of the spotlight with a steady stream of novels, short story collections, loose magazine pieces, and less formally, his alternately bemused and biting tweets. King topped the New...

Chuck Klosterman: 'Sometimes you accidentally say something that becomes meaningful'
22 June 2017 | 6:00 am Books | The Guardian

The author and pop-culture theorist talks to Lanre Bakare about peak TV, Taylor Swift, why everything is political – and how he inadvertently predicted TrumpIn the introduction to your new book, you say reading your old work is the ‘worst kind of time machine.’ Is it that awful, looking back at these pieces?Yes, because I’m just compelled to want to rewrite everything I’ve ever written. My dream life would have been if I could have written my first book forever and...

Darius Vassell: The Road to Persia, Book Review
22 June 2017 | 3:49 am Daily Express :: Books Feed

OF England’s Golden Generation that spectacularly crashed out of Euro 2004, Darius Vassell is one of the names that probably doesn’t immediately spring to mind....

Missing Fay by Adam Thorpe review – a timely study of a restless nation
22 June 2017 | 4:00 am Books | The Guardian

The story of a Lincoln schoolgirl’s disappearance captures the fissures of a country riven by class divisionIn Adam Thorpe’s new novel, the

Anna Spargo-Ryan on The Gulf and domestic violence: ‘Any woman can find herself there’
22 June 2017 | 12:51 am Books | The Guardian

‘I can’t write something relentlessly awful – I’m not robust enough,’ Australian author says of gripping, grim second novel shot through with warmth and humourAnna Spargo-Ryan’s debut novel, The Paper House, was an honest look at mental illness and grief – but it came at a cost. “[The book] was about a nervous breakdown and, when I finished writing it, I essentially had a nervous breakdown,” she says. In the Australian writer’s second...

Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars by David Hepworth review – which songs will truly last?
22 June 2017 | 2:30 am Books | The Guardian

From the meeting of John and Paul to the death of Bowie – this sharply observed book looks at key dates in the golden era of rockLittle Richard putting one of his bowel movements into a shoebox and presenting it to an elderly neighbour as a birthday present; the already married Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his 13-year-old cousin; the Rolling Stones on their legendarily debauched 1972 US tour; Michael Jackson’s terrified scream after accidentally dropping one of his signature white...

Books of The Times: Sex, Drugs and Marxism in ‘Class’
21 June 2017 | 4:28 pm NYT > Books

Francesco Pacifico’s second novel is about young, amoral Italian hipsters in Manhattan and Brooklyn circa 2010....

At the Dr. Seuss Museum: Oh, the Places They Don’t Go!
21 June 2017 | 5:03 pm NYT > Books

The new museum dedicated to Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, in Springfield, Mass., left out some controversial political cartoons....

New 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Trailer Hints At Westeros' Biggest Battle
21 June 2017 | 1:23 pm Books - The Huffington Post

On the first day of summer, “Game of Thrones” is here to give you chills.With less than a month until the Season 7 premiere, HBO has dropped a second trailer

Fifty Shades of cuts and bruises: Hollywood’s history of hurting writers
21 June 2017 | 12:50 pm Books | The Guardian

EL James’s battles with director Sam Taylor-Johnson are part of a long tradition of conflicting ‘visions’. She is one of a small elite to beat the studiosEver since Joe Gillis ended up face down in a swimming pool in the opening credits of Sunset Boulevard, it’s been clear that, Hollywood prefers its writers silent.It’s a rule that Sam Taylor-Johnson clearly wishes EL James had heeded when she directed James’s lashing love story Fifty Shades of Grey. This...

Cat lovers will always remember Judith Kerr | Letters
21 June 2017 | 1:35 pm Books | The Guardian

I would like to assure Judith Kerr that she will certainly be well remembered in our cat-loving family, writes Giles OakleyI was very touched by the wise and kindly words of Judith Kerr, author of so many delightful children’s books, as she contemplated death and old age: “I just wanted to say: Remember. Remember me. But do get on with your lives” (Mog author to publish Katinka’s Tail - 50 years after her first cat creation, 21 June).I would like to assure Judith Kerr...

Golden Hill wins Francis Spufford third major prize in a year
21 June 2017 | 2:15 pm Books | The Guardian

Roistering tale of New York in its infancy adds

Understanding The Amazing Complexity Of Sign Language
21 June 2017 | 10:31 am Books - The Huffington Post

Andrea Lackner, Alpen-Adria University KlagenfurtMost people are familiar with sign language, the system that deaf people use to communicate. What fewer may know is that there are many different sign languages around the world, just as there are many different spoken languages. So how does the grammar of sign language work? Unlike in spoken languages, in which grammar is expressed through sound-based signifiers for tense, aspect, mood and syntax (the way we organise individual words), sign...

'Star Wars': Read an exclusive excerpt from 'Inferno Squad' novel
21 June 2017 | 12:18 pm GANNETT Syndication Service

Christie Golden's book explores the heroes of the Empire after the events of 'Rogue One.'

Critic's Notebook: When Fan Fiction and Reality Collide
21 June 2017 | 9:57 am NYT > Books

The topsy-turvy power dynamics of internet culture are on display in “FANtasies,” a new fan-fiction-inspired web series....

LeVar Burton Has A Podcast For The 'Reading Rainbow' Generation
21 June 2017 | 10:44 am Books - The Huffington Post

If you’re a bookworm who grew up between 1983 and 2006, there’s a good chance you were partially raised by LeVar Burton’s soothing voice as he guided young readers through the thrilling world of a book. “Reading Rainbow,” Burton’s beloved PBS Kids show, helped inspire countless kids with a love for reading.Now, the “Reading Rainbow” kids are all grown up ― and, fortunately for us, Burton is back with a new short fiction podcast on Stitcher....

Top 10 books about lies
21 June 2017 | 10:20 am Books | The Guardian

You’ll need to watch who you believe in these books by writers from James Baldwin to Anita Brookner and Thomas Hardy to Toni MorrisonI fell in love with these books for reasons other than their lies, reading them with a guileless pleasure. They invited me into worlds that I believed in utterly. Worlds rather like the fictional one that my father had built, which I believed in completely, too. My memoir A Book of Untruths explores his storytelling, and mine – and how memory can...

Fair Field: Piers Plowman's world of work - books podcast
21 June 2017 | 7:10 am Books | The Guardian

In the second of three original podcasts, William Langland’s 14th-century poem is brought into focus against a contemporary backdrop of precarious labour Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterIn the second of three original podcasts for the Guardian, the dream-vision of Piers Plowman, is reflected against a contemporary backdrop of precarious labour and shifting working practices. Continue reading......

Fair Field: Piers Plowman's Truth - books podcast
21 June 2017 | 7:10 am Books | The Guardian

In the last of three original podcasts based on William Langland’s poem, our hero goes in search of an ideal Truth. But what does that mean?Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterIn the last of three original podcasts produced for the Guardian, neurotic dreamer Piers Plowman sets off to find essential Truth. But what can that mean in a society driven by division and competing viewpoints? Continue reading......

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