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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:00 -0400 
    The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.


Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:51:00 -0400 
    Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.


The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans' 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.


'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:58:00 -0400 
    Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.


Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400 
    Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.


A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members' 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400 
    The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.


In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other' 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0400 
    Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.


Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:01:00 -0400 
    In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."


Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:48:00 -0400 
    Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.


Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:10:00 -0400 
    Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.


You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:03:14 -0400 
    Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary.


A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:37:00 -0400 
    Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.


Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:03:00 -0400 
    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, about a young man looking for closure, offers Haruki Murakami's trademark blend of fantasy and reality. Some moments fall flat, but many others are intoxicating.


Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0400 
    Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.


'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:46:00 -0400 
    The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.
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