Displaying articles for: October 2013

Markus Zusak

The author of The Book Thief on winning tales adapted to film.

 

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Paul Harding

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Enon on perfect winter reading, Faulkner's "aesthetic psi," and the book that made him want to be a writer.

 

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David Leavitt

The author of The Two Hotel Francforts on the joys of getting lost in translation.

 

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Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Wild reading from the educator, raptor rehabilitator, and author of the stirring new wildlife guide The Urban Bestiary.

 

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Tom Perrotta

The author of Nine Inches on assorted lives in great biographies and memoirs.

 

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Amy Grace Loyd

The author and former Playboy literary editor on sexy books written by women.

 

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."