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Pulitzer Poet Rae Armantrout (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Rae Armantrout, this year's Pulitzer Prize poet, calls her stance "quizzical." Fellow poets and critics write of her "oppositional temperament" (Stev...

New York Times Book Review: Is It Useful Or Even Relevant Anymore?

The Nervous Breakdown | J.E. Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Times makes not even minimal concessions in the interest of literary fairness, often reviewing a book in the weekly edition and Sunday Times Book ...

Presidential Possibilities 2012: If They Are Writing, They Are Running

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

The next president of the United States, we can safely predict, will have written a book in the next year and if he or she wins the Oval Office their book will become a best seller.

Barnes & Noble To Launch Digital Self-Publishing Program

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barnes & Noble is entering the self-publishing business with the summer launch of PubIt! by Barnes & Noble that will allow independent publishers and ...

eBook Only Publication For Former Diplomat Mitchell Reiss's New Book On Terrorism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK, (AP) -- Mitchell Reiss is a former diplomat and special envoy who has worked on peace treaties in Northern Ireland and discussed nuclear wea...

'Jersey Shore' Book Of Quotes Due Out In June

Publishers Weekly | Rachel Deahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Fist-pumping guidos and juicehead loving guidettes -- and the millions who fell in love with them watching MTV's unexpected reality hit Jersey Shore -...

Amazon To Publish Foreign Books In Translation In New AmazonCrossing Publishing Imprint

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SEATTLE, May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --, Inc. today announced a new publishing imprint, AmazonCrossing, which will introduce readers to vo...

The Best (And Worst) Fiction Of The Financial Crisis

Telegraph | Rowena Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Fiction has never been a particular friend of high finance. Even before banker-bashing became common currency, literature reserved a special scorn for...

eBook Price Wars Around The World

Kobo | Melissa Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

rom today, Australia's e-book market will swell to more than 2 million titles when the international chain Borders launches its digital bookstore in A...

Amazon Goes On Kindle Hiring Spree, Prepares For Battle With Apple

The New York Times | NICK BILTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lab 126, the division of Amazon responsible for building the Kindle, has been on a hiring binge, with dozens of new job listings on its Web site. Some...

Guns N' Roses Vook Combines Band Bio And Concert Footage

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — The latest Guns N' Roses project is not an album, a video or a book: It's all three. The band has completed a multimedia edition of ...

The 12 Greatest Literary One-Hit Wonders (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literature is full of prolific authors -- where would we be without Jane Austen and Charles Dickens? But maybe more fascinating are those authors that...

What John Banville's The Infinities Teaches Us About Living and Dying

Caroline Hagood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Caroline Hagood

Ultimately, the presence of the gods in The Infinities draws our attention, not to the heavens, but to the characters' spaces within, and the inner infinite in us all.

'Ramona And Beezus' Movie Hits Theaters In July (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Ramona and Beezus," along with all of the other "Ramona" books by Beverly Cleary, remains somewhat sacred for many of those who loved the books as ki...

'Once A Spy' Excerpt: Keith Thomson's Satirical Thriller About A Spy With Alzheimer's (Part Five)

The Huffington Post | Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Over the past five weeks, HuffPost Books has been rolling out a series of excerpts from Part One of Keith Thomson's debut novel, "Once a Spy." Read Th...

I Want to Be Left Behind

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brenda Peterson

As an environmental writer, I see parallels between religious End Timers and increasingly apocalyptic Greens. Original sin among fundamentalists is easily translated into pollution among environmentalists.

Virginia Woolf's Suicide: New Details Revealed In Letters Recently Made Public

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A revealing letter about the disappearance and suicide of Virginia Woolf in 1941 is part of a new archive of letters by the Bloomsbury group that is b...

'Little Billy's Letters': Reality Intrudes Upon a Hoax Letter Writer When Mormons Show Up For Real (PHOTOS)

Bill Geerhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bill Geerhart

"Little Billy's Letters" is a collection of my prank letters written in the guise of a child (that would be the titular "Billy") to government officials, teen stars, serial killers, religious leaders and many others.

Why eBooks Failed In 2000, And What It Means For 2010

Michael Mace's Blog | Michael Mace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although some of the barriers that stopped ebooks in 2000 have been reduced, most of them are still in place. So I think the market isn't likely to gr...

Bestsellers: Publisher's Weekly

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "House Rules: A Novel" by Jodi Picoult (Atria)...

'The Queen's Lover' Fails To Show Passion

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Queen's Lover" (William Morrow, 592 pages, $25.99), by Vanora Bennett: If ever there was a poor little princess, it was Catherine de Valois. Born...

Five Lessons on Rightness From Michael Lewis's The Big Short

Kathryn Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathryn Schulz

Herewith, a brief list of the qualities that enabled the guys in The Big Short to foresee the coming financial calamity -- and that can help the rest of us get stuff right, too.

Bestsllers: USA Today

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Key: F-Fiction; NF-Nonfiction; H-Hardcover; P-Paperback 1. "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) (F-P)...

Barnes & Noble CEO On Amazon, Apple And Nook Price And Market War (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barnes & Noble announced an unexpected change yesterday when website President William Lynch stepped up to become the new CEO of the company. He appea...

'The Road From Ruin': Would Dodd's Solutions Create More Useless Bureaucracy (Think Homeland Security)?

Matthew Bishop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matthew Bishop

What Senator Chris Dodd has put on the table will barely scratch the surface, given the changes that are needed to build a regulatory system that actually works.