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Faceoff: Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly

Faceoff: Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Posted by × June 16, 2014 ×

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Countdown

Countdown

Alan Weisman’s Countdown asks — and potentially answers — the big question: how can we ensure that human life has a future on Earth?

Posted by × June 3, 2014 ×

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Concerning Hobbits and New Zealand Vacations

Concerning Hobbits and New Zealand Vacations

“It was misting when I first set eyes on Bag End.” An excerpt from Nicole Hill’s terrific essay “Concerning Hobbits and New Zealand Vacations.”

Posted by × May 23, 2014 ×

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A Shared Wilderness: Benjamin and Jennifer Percy

A Shared Wilderness: Benjamin and Jennifer Percy

Sibling authors Jennifer and Benjamin Percy of the Discover Great New Writers program on terror’s infection and the power of research.

Posted by × April 25, 2014 ×

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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Kenneth Calhoun and Lysley Tenorio in Conversation

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Kenneth Calhoun and Lysley Tenorio in Conversation

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

Posted by × April 22, 2014 ×

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Marquez at Camp Liberty

Marquez at Camp Liberty

When I heard that Gabriel García Márquez had died, I immediately thought of three things: the fine grit of Iraqi sand that scratched between the page and my fingertips, the metal cot with springs that squeaked like those beneath a prostitute’s well-worn bed, and the way my forearms ached as I lay in my hooch on Camp Liberty (Baghdad, 2005) and held a hardbound copy of 100 Years of Solitude above my head, absorbed in what I’d long put off reading.

Posted by × April 21, 2014 ×

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The Pulitzer Winners

The Pulitzer Winners

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel “an enveloping and slightly paralyzing literary experience, such that if you submit to it in the proper spirit your Twitter feed may go unchecked, your Facebook page unrefreshed, for days or perhaps weeks.”

Posted by × April 15, 2014 ×

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Fiction’s Grand Illusionist: An Interview with Christopher Priest

Fiction’s Grand Illusionist: An Interview with Christopher Priest

Nicole Hill talks to Christopher Priest about film adaptation, dream states, and putting words into the mouth of H.G. Wells in his new book The Adjacent.

Posted by × April 10, 2014 ×

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Shaman

Shaman

by KIM STANLEY ROBINSON

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman, one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time takes his furthest trip yet: back to the dawn of man.

Posted by × April 8, 2014 ×

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Darwyn Cooke’s "Parker: Slayground"

Darwyn Cooke’s "Parker: Slayground"

Slayground is the fourth adaptation by Darwyn Cooke of one of the Parker-themed crime novels of “Richard Stark” (Donald Westlake) to the graphic novel format.

Posted by × March 28, 2014 ×

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Eyewitness Reportage, Gripping Stories from Abroad Triumph at NBCC Awards

Eyewitness Reportage, Gripping Stories from Abroad Triumph at NBCC Awards

This year’s 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winners proved far-reaching and international in scope.

Posted by × March 15, 2014 ×

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An Addiction and an Award

An Addiction and an Award

Because I am, essentially, a reading addict, my impulse is simply to rip right through a book, fiction or nonfiction, just for the animal pleasure of it. But sad experience has shown that if I abandon myself in this way, I will finish the book without being able to say much except: Boy was that ever good, you should read it.” — BNR columnist Katherine A. Powers, this year’s recipient of the National Book Critic’s Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

Posted by × March 11, 2014 ×

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The 2013 Discover Award Winners

The 2013 Discover Award Winners

Anthony Marra and Justin St. Germain are the winners of the 2013 Discover Great New Writers awards.

Posted by × March 5, 2014 ×

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The Future of the Mind

The Future of the Mind

By MICHIO KAKU

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Michio Kaku’s first book, Hyperspace. Since then, the personable (his many media appearances testify to his charm), verbally gifted, enthusiastic, science-proselytizing physicist has shared his own feelings of awe at the universe and the humans who inhabit it. Reading one of his books is like hijacking Kaku’s oversized intelligence and enthusiasms to stoke your own sense of wonder. His latest is no exception.

Posted by × February 20, 2014 ×

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Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready

By ADAM STERNBERGH

Adam Sternbergh’s taut, laconic, so-grim-you-have-to-laugh-to-stop-from-crying debut novel recalls two previous outstanding first genre novels which, curiously enough, are almost polar opposites.

Posted by × February 7, 2014 ×