What’s in the Murder Book? Marilyn Stasio Wants to Know.

Don’t you just love a funeral? In detective fiction, I mean. Because at a good funeral, somebody is always passing a mission of honor along to somebody else. Harry Bosch inherits one of these quests in Michael Connelly’s nifty new police procedural, THE NIGHT FIRE (Little, Brown, $29). After John Jack Thompson, Bosch’s mentor at the Los Angeles Police Department, […]

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Two Poets With Alert and Nimble Eyes on American Life

“I am writing the Great American Suicide Note,” Bob Kaufman (1925-1986) once declared. He was a street poet, an African-American surrealist and one of the original Beats — he founded a magazine with Allen Ginsberg. Kaufman had a natural aptitude for subversion and distinctive utterance. He was arrested umpteen times in San Francisco on disorderly charges, and spent time in […]

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I've won – and it's all thanks to Granny!

Up for grabs was £20,000 and a publishing deal. Thousands of you entered, now meet our winner: I’ve won – and it’s all thanks to Granny! Louise Morrish, 45, from Hampshire, won the Daily Mail First Novel Competition  She is set to receive a £20,000 advance, publishing contract and literary agent  School librarian says she owes her success to her late […]

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Elton John’s Bookshelves Are Meticulous. Just Ask Him.

“I hate seeing things lying on the floor in a horrible state,” says the singer and songwriter, whose new memoir is “Me.” “I’m a very organized bloke.” What books are on your nightstand? I bought two books in Los Angeles recently. The first is Salman Rushdie’s “Quichotte,” a reworking of “Don Quixote” set in modern-day America. It’s had really fantastic […]

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Poets go wild on a Gap Year!

Poets go wild on a Gap Year! The Making Of Poetry reveals all about the time Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth spent in Somerset The Making Of Poetry is a great example of biographical literary criticism  Adam Nicolson is alert as a poet himself to the specifics of landscape in his work  While researching he fell down a ravine […]

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Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Share Booker Prize

LONDON — Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have both won this year’s Booker Prize, it was announced at a ceremony on Monday, after the judges for the literary award rebelled against its rules. “We were told quite firmly that the rules state you can only have one winner,” Peter Florence, the chairman of the Booker judges, said at a news […]

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The best YA books that you’ll love as an adult

The clue is in the name – YA is for both teenagers and adults. Young adult literature, or YA, has been having a moment for years now, since the rise of series like Divergent, and standalone books like The Fault in Our Stars. The appetite for stories about our teenage years is showing no sign of slowing down, and it […]

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