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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:16:00 -0400 
    Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.


In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.


More Single Women Experiencing Economic, Social Independence 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:06:00 -0400 
    There are now more single people in the U.S. than married. Audie Cornish talks to Rebecca Traister, a senior editor at The New Republic, who is working on a book about unmarried women.


Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:35:00 -0400 
    In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.


Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:03:00 -0400 
    Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.


Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400 
    The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.


Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:05:00 -0400 
    Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.


Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:19:00 -0400 
    A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.


'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.


Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:06:00 -0400 
    Richard Blanco, who read "One Today" at Obama's inauguration in 2013, explores the collision of sexual, artistic and cultural identity in his new memoir about his childhood in Miami.


'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:35:00 -0400 
    NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.


From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now' 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:35:00 -0400 
    NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.


Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel 
  Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:16:00 -0400 
    Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.


Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word 
  Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:52:00 -0400 
    Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?


Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master' 
  Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:04:00 -0400 
    "It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.
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