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Entries by Amy Hertz from 04/2011

April Fool's Day 2011: Best Literary Hoaxes Of All Time

Posted 04.01.2011 | Books

Nobody plays better tricks on people than writers, and we're celebrating April Fools' by looking back at some of the greatest literary hoaxes of all t...

Flavorwire: Porn Star Memoirs

Posted 04.01.2011 | Books

With the release of Neü Sex by Sasha Grey, we decided to do a roundup of porn stars and directors who have written memoirs. This seems to be a popula...

Fictional Mother: The Perils Of Turning Your Mother Into Your Novel's Main Character

Posted 04.01.2011 | Books

My mother has a lot to forgive me for. What started as a little joke -- a blog I wrote from the perspective of a made up 53-year-old Surrey housewife ...

Director Jonathan Coe: Great Books Don't Have To Be Bad Movies

Posted 04.04.2011 | Books

In the course of their famous book-length interview, François Truffaut once asked Alfred Hitchcock about his approach to literary adaptation, and Hit...

Franz Kafka Letters To Favorite Sister Sold To Oxford And German Literary Archive

Posted 04.05.2011 | Books

More than 100 letters and postcards sent by Franz Kafka to his favourite sister Ottla have been jointly purchased by Oxford's Bodleian library and a r...

Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

Posted 04.06.2011 | Books

One surprise was the number of popular self-help books in the collection, and the care and attention with which he read and reread them. I mean stuff ...

Malcolm X's Daughters Unhappy With New Book, 'Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention'

Posted 04.07.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Two of Malcolm X's daughters are unhappy that a new biography alleges their parents' marriage was strained and that their mother &nda...

Borders Bankruptcy Restructuring Plan: Publishers Are Skeptical

Posted 04.07.2011 | Books

Borders presented a restructuring plan to its creditors on Wednesday that promised publishers and landlords a sleeker, more efficient company poised t...

Piecing Together A Posthumous David Foster Wallace Novel

Posted 04.08.2011 | Books

In his office at Little Brown, where he is executive vice president and publisher, Michael Pietsch still has the tower of a manuscript and the handwri...

Random Poetry Generator: Variations On William Carlos Williams 'This Is Just To Say'

Posted 04.10.2011 | Books

It's a simple and beautiful confession written by William Carlos Williams. The original is below. Take a look at the random versions here, with everyt...

600 Year Old Book Found In Sandy, Utah

Posted 04.11.2011 | Books

Appraiser Ken Sanders says it's the find of his career: a copy of "The Nuremberg Chronicle," published as a companion to The Gutenberg Bible, in 1494....

Fighting Censorship, Help In Finding Jobs: National Library Week 2011 (PHOTOS)

Posted 04.11.2011 | Books

It's National Library Week and The American Library Association has published its report on the State of American Libraries. Among the trends report...

'Sex And The City' Author Candace Bushnell Signs On For 2 More Books About Teenaged Carrie Bradshaw

Posted 04.11.2011 | Books

HarperCollins has just announced two new YA books from Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City. After successfully introducing a teenage Carrie B...

London Book Fair: Americans Drive "Vibrant" First Day

Posted 04.12.2011 | Books

Optimism from across the Atlantic was evident during the opening day of the fair, as UK publishers fret over the effect of digital on physical sales. ...

Borders Bookstore Closings: Hilarious Signs Posted By Employees

Posted 04.13.2011 | Books

At least it's justified bitterness manifesting in the form of some awesome passive aggression. Since filing for bankruptcy, Borders Books has been shu...

Christopher Hitchens: Most Provocative Outbursts

Posted 04.14.2011 | Books

"[Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing...

15 Most Famous Cafes

Posted 04.14.2011 | Books

Some of the most famous novels and literary moments of all time were written and inspired by cafes in Europe. From the American ex-pat writers in Pari...

South Carolina Jail Bans All Books But Bible

Posted 04.14.2011 | Books

The US Justice Department is asking a federal judge in South Carolina to allow it to intervene in a lawsuit against a sheriff who allegedly forbids pr...

Barry Bonds Convicted: Two Books Tell The Backstory

Posted 04.14.2011 | Books

Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice Wednesday in Federal Court in San Francisco. A mistrial was declared on two other counts. The cas...

On Our Radar: Upcoming Books You Should Know About (PHOTOS)

Posted 04.15.2011 | Books

Books on our radar: what's just come out or about to come out that we think you should know about. Some have buzz, some will fly too low, but we wante...

From Kafka To Larsson: Great Posthumous Novels

Posted 04.15.2011 | Books

From Kafka to Larsson, these authors have had some of their greatest work published after their deaths....

The Sadness Of Books We Can't Sell

Posted 04.15.2011 | Books

There's a depressing side to returns season. It comes near the tail-end of the fiscal year, when we can delay the inevitable no longer and have to sen...

A Bookstore That Sells Only One Book

Posted 04.15.2011 | Books

What if a bookstore only stocked one book? To celebrate the launch of his new book about the Phoenix Mars mission, author Andrew Kessler constructe...

The Future: What Books Will Become

Posted 04.15.2011 | Books

A book is a self-contained story, argument, or body of knowledge that takes more than an hour to read. A book is complete in the sense that it contain...

Mortenson's 'Three Cups Of Tea' Under fire from '60 Minutes': Author Denies Allegations

Posted 04.18.2011 | Books

Bestselling author Greg Mortenson has issued a written response to a "60 Minutes" report calling into question his philanthropic practices and his exp...