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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014

David Reynolds wins PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize

“The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century.”

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014

New in paperback April 1 -- April 9

Looking for a good book these wondrous days of Spring? Here are four books just out in paperback

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Finalists named for Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah” is on the shortlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/09/2014

D.C. used bookstore back open

Carpe Librum, a D.C. used bookstore, opens after reorganizing its shelves

By Timothy R. Smith  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Update: Film version of Stephen Amidon’s ‘Human Capital’ a hit in Italy

American premiere is at the Tribeca Festival on April 18.

By Ron Charles  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 04/08/2014

David Guterson looks back 20 years later on ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’

He was a high school English teacher when his first novel was published -- and changed his life.

By Ron Charles  |  09:45 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Peter Matthiessen interview coming in Smithsonian magazine

The writer, who died on April 5, speaks about his last novel, “In Paradise,” and the nature of evil.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Richard Ford coming to D.C. this week

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Frank Bascombe series and “Canada.”

By Ron Charles  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/06/2014

The justice doth protest too much, methinks

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens reiterates his doubts about Shakespeare’s identity.

By Ron Charles  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Celebrating the legacy of Seamus Heaney

Tribute at the Folger Library on April 7 will bring together writers and the Irish Ambassador

By Ron Charles  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Jesse James -- America’s mythic bank robber, my lost cousin

The fabled outlaw was shot to death 132 years ago today.

By Ron Charles  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Jane Goodall’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ reissued a year after being pulled from shelves

Goodall says busy work schedule was partly to blame for the unattributed material in first edition.

By Steven Levingston  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Karen Joy Fowler wins PEN/Faulkner Award

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” explores chimp-human relations

By Ron Charles  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The story ’60 Minutes’ missed: Book reviews delivered by drones

The promise of no more false hope from critics.

By Ron Charles  |  09:51 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Shakespeare looking good for a 450-year-old

Folger Library to throw free birthday bash for the Bard on April 6.

By Ron Charles  |  09:53 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014

No. 1 reviewer on Goodreads is a ‘speed demon’

California writer Nenia Campbell has reviewed more than 1,500 books in the last 12 months.

By Ron Charles  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/27/2014

U.S. Customs howled against ‘Howl’ 57 years ago

Washington Post book reviewer — and pornography expert — Carolyn See recalls when ‘the government went nuts.’

By Ron Charles  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Anthony Marra among Anisfield-Wolf award winners

The Washington native is honored once again for “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.“

By Ron Charles  |  07:59 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Don’t put your savings in Alice Munro coins

New commemorative coin is best for people who invest in good books.

By Ron Charles  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014

‘The Portlandia Activity Book’ already has a bird on it

Art projects guaranteed to help you Portland-actualize.

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Washington journalists to celebrate children’s books for 826DC

Event on March 27 will raise money for writing programs for D.C. kids.

By Ron Charles  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Former U.S. congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to publish memoir in 2015

“A Common Struggle: A Very Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.”

By Steven Levingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014

The Christian Book Award asks, ‘Who is the greatest?’

Critics who scoff at Christian fiction probably haven’t read it lately.

By Ron Charles  |  09:53 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Another ‘A Splendid Wake’ for D.C.’s cultural history

Group to hold its second public meeting on March 21 at GW.

By Ron Charles  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 03/19/2014

The best ‘traditional western’ in a nontraditional era

Gary Schanbacher’s “Crossing Purgatory” wins Spur Award.

By Ron Charles  |  09:37 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/18/2014

The best western poetry never rides off into the sunset

California poet Amy Glynn has won the 2014 Spur Award for poetry.

By Ron Charles  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie coming to Washington-area library

Adichie’s novel “Americanah” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction last week.

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2014

Three great moments from the National Book Critics Circle awards

NBCC posts video of the awards ceremony Thursday night in New York

By Ron Charles  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Using the wisdom of crowds to pick the next teen romance bestseller

The Swoon Reads community helped choose Sandy Hall’s “A Little Something Different” for publication. Now, they need to choose the cover.

By Ron Charles  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/14/2014

A pot of literary gold for D.C. commuters on St. Patrick’s Day

Free copies of “What’s the Story” will be distributed at downtown Metro stations

By Ron Charles  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Poetry magazine joins with D.C.’s Split This Rock festival

Anne Waldman, Yusef Komunyakaa and Eduardo Corral will be among the guests, March 27-30.

By Ron Charles  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 03/11/2014

One local author joins a flock of tweets in Twitter Fiction Festival

Lara Prescott won one of 25 official slots in this week’s live-streaming storytelling event.

By Ron Charles  |  08:12 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Remembering Joe McGinniss, author of one of the best nonfiction books ever

‘Fatal Vision’ remains a nearly unmatched clinic in muscular storytelling

By Gene Weingarten  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Terry Teachout among finalists for $10,000 Marfield Prize for arts writing

Annual award from the Arts Club of Washington will be presented April 26.

By Ron Charles  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014

George Saunders wins $67,000 for first Folio Prize

The list of finalists for the award was dominated by American writers

By Ron Charles  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 03/10/2014

New Rooster app crows about good books, young and old

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry are behind this book-delivery app.

By Ron Charles  |  09:36 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Monday night author series to begin at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club

Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz to be the first author on March 10.

By Ron Charles  |  09:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2014

A surprising map of every state’s (relative) favorite book

D.C. loves Paulo Coelho. California reads Patti Smith.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Internet

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Why World Read Aloud Day is my favorite holiday

We weren’t sure our daughter could enjoy books till we discovered Jack Prelutsky’s poems.

By Ron Charles  |  10:49 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/05/2014

PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award finalists announced

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler, is among the books vying for the $15,000 prize.

By Ron Charles  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/04/2014

The ontological challenge of the NBCC Criticism prize

Before they award the Criticism prize, the National Book Critics Circle judges must figure out what criticism is.

By Ron Charles  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 03/04/2014

NBCC poetry judges consider a dazzling variety of verse

David Biespiel, chair of the poetry prize committee, reflects on a year of critical reading.

By Ron Charles  |  08:05 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ansel Elkins wins Yale Series of Younger Poets competition

Her collection “Blue Yodel” will be published next year.

By Ron Charles  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Carl Phillips: The Life of a Poet

(Video) In this wide-ranging interview, Phillips talks about what he writes, loves and believes.

By Ron Charles  |  08:17 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Confessions of a serial book-spoiler

How much can a book review say without sapping a novel of its suspense?

By Ron Charles  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Exclusive: Over 60 years, women have made steady progress with National Book Awards

Books by women now make up the majority of finalists and winners.

By Ron Charles  |  05:11 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 02/25/2014

The best new science fiction & fantasy and romance every month

Nancy Hightower and Sarah MacLean debut this month in Book World.

By Ron Charles  |  08:31 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 02/24/2014

The Atlantic asks, ‘Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex?’

Claire Dederer’s essay in the March issue of the Atlantic examines the conflicted candor of women’s memoirs.

By Ron Charles  |  09:44 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Chris Bohjalian subjected himself to simulated plane crashes for book research

Bestselling novelist spoke at Howard Country Library annual fundraiser

By Ron Charles  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/21/2014

I still miss my typewriter

February is Typewriter Appreciation Month

By Ron Charles  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Need short stories? There’s an app for that.

Connu presents unknown authors recommended by famous ones.

By Ron Charles  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Baltimore Children’s Bookstore wins grant from James Patterson

The bestselling novelist is giving away $1 million to support indies around the country.

By Ron Charles  |  12:46 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Why Shakespeare WAS Shakespeare

A renowned scholar goes once more unto the breach.

By Ron Charles  |  06:32 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/18/2014

New literary prize in honor of late Politics & Prose Bookstore co-owner

Washington Post writer David Finkel and novelist Anthony Marra are first winners of $5,000 awards.

By Ron Charles  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 02/18/2014

BookAwardz app keeps your eye on the prize

A handy list of major literary prize winners to store on your iPhone.

By Ron Charles  |  09:56 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Chris Bohjalian to help Howard County Library raise the stacks

Fundraiser on Feb. 22 expected to collect $100,000.

By Ron Charles  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/16/2014

One more reason to pity billionaire Tom Perkins

“Sex and the Single Zillionaire” is 99 percent boring.

By Ron Charles  |  06:32 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 02/16/2014

Two Univ. of Virginia professors among finalists for George Washington Book Prize

$50,000 award recognizes best work of early American history.

By Ron Charles  |  09:21 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/15/2014

Simon Schama to be next guest at Hay-Adams Author Series

Washington’s most elegant literary salon.

By Ron Charles  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/14/2014

5 bookstores recommend 5 titles for Valentine’s Day

Looking for love between the covers -- of a book.

By Ron Charles  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Tasty Valentine’s Day specials at Kramerbooks

New entries and desserts at the bookstore’s Afterwords cafe

By Ron Charles  |  11:29 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Avoid this man on Valentine’s Day

Adelle Waldman shows us Nathaniel P. in action on Feb. 14.

By Ron Charles  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Hey mon: ‘Go the F-- to Sleep’ gets a Jamaican patois translation

The world’s most famous profane children’s book goes Caribbean.

By Ron Charles  |  11:51 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Carolyn See celebrates 80th birthday

The California novelist has been writing book reviews for The Post since 1987.

By Ron Charles  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 02/08/2014

Richard Bach’s new spiritual memoir, ‘Illusions II’

The bestseller author describes his remarkable recovery from the plane crash that almost killed him.

By Ron Charles  |  05:47 PM ET, 02/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Washington D.C. is still ‘America’s most literate city’

Washington DC is No. 1, but Portland falls out of the top 10 this year

By Ron Charles  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Zane 101: Who is she?

Zane, the renowned Prince George’s County author who has sold millions of steamy novels, has been chased for years by creditors, including the IRS and the state of Maryland.

By DeNeen L. Brown  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/04/2014

You can’t tell ‘The Woman Upstairs’ by its cover

Publisher tries to reposition Claire Messud’s novel with a strikingly bland cover.

By Ron Charles  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Anthony Marra’s ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomena’ comes to paperback

Publisher hopes to attract larger audience to new edition of celebrated novel.

By Ron Charles  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Richard Powers on the power of music to wake us up

His new novel “Orfeo” offers a lifetime’s worth of great listening.

By Ron Charles  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Music

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/30/2014

D.C. artist wins honors for children’s book about DJ Kool Herc

American Library Association praises “When the Beat Was Born”

By Ron Charles  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/28/2014

What makes an adult book right for teens?

Mark Slouka’s “Brewster” is one of the 10 Alex Award winners this year.

By Ron Charles  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/27/2014

The American Library Association announces Newbery and Caldecott awards

Kate DiCamillo wins her second Newbery Medal for “Flora & Ulysses.“

By Ron Charles  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Philipp Meyer’s new paperback arrives with plenty of praise -- and boar meat

“The Son,” his saga of Texas and oil, was one of the most spectacular novels of 2013.

By Ron Charles  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Carl Phillips coming to the Hill Center Poetry Series

An in-depth conversation at the beautifully restored Old Naval Hospital on Feb. 6.

By Ron Charles  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/23/2014

The Romance Novel Convention in Harper’s

The secrets of writing about love -- for a price.

By Ron Charles  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/22/2014

“What Humanists Do” — the winter issue of Daedalus

For this special issue, a range of scholars chose the books that inspire them most.

By Ron Charles  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014

New issue of Granta: ‘Do You Remember’

An essay about South Africa by Jonny Steinberg and a story about dying by David Gates are among the highlights of the winter issue.

By Ron Charles  |  10:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Hilary Mantel to publish “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher”

Collection of short stories is expected to appear in September.

By Ron Charles  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014

‘Orange is the New Black’ co-star Laverne Cox to publish memoir

Harlequin plans to release the book in 2015.

By Ron Charles  |  05:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Natasha Trethewey on the necessity of poetry

The new issue of the Virginia Review Quarterly contains a version of the U.S. Poet Laureate’s speech at the Library of Congress.

By Ron Charles  |  12:49 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/08/2014

National Book Festival to move indoors this year

After 12 years on the Mall, the National Book Festival is moving to the Washington Convention Center.

By Ron Charles  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Back in ‘Lexicon Valley’

Slate’s podcast about language has returned to the Web.

By Ron Charles  |  10:16 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Romance writers feel the heat from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The euphemisms fall away as the language grows coarser.

By Ron Charles  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/11/2013

A galactic-size photobook for the aspiring space traveler

This gigantic photo book of the planets and stars comes with a collection of related video clips.

By Ron Charles  |  11:08 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Stephen King is on Twitter and at a loss for words

The prolific author has written millions of words in his lifetime, but managed fewer than 100 on his much-hyped new account

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:18 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013

A great new “Great Gatsby”

A new edition from the Folio Society, with an introduction by Michael Dirda, reminds us of a pleasures of a well-made book.

By Ron Charles  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baz Luhrmann, Books, e-books, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Ford Coppola, The folio Society, The Great Gatsby

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Watch: A chat with Anthony Marra, author of ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomena’

His heartbreaking, gorgeously written novel is one of The Post’s Top 10 books for 2013, and it was long-listed for the National Book Award.

By Style Staff  |  12:12 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Maryland mathematician Manil Suri wins Bad Sex Award

“City of Devi” impresses judges with a m nage trois during a nuclear crisis.

By Ron Charles  |  08:44 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Join us for a chat with Anthony Marra

This Friday, I’ll be talking with the author of “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.”

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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 11/22/2013

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ turns 50

Maurice Sendak’s classic has sold 20 million copies.

By Ron Charles  |  10:12 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Maya Angelou shines, sings at National Book Award ceremony

James McBride wins the fiction prize for “The Good Lord Bird.“

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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The Church of Scientology will skip tonight’s National Book Awards

Lawrence Wright’s expos “Going Clear” may win the nonfiction prize tonight.

By Ron Charles  |  11:28 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 11/19/2013

In the spirit of Tom Wolfe, Thomas Pynchon won’t attend the National Book Awards

In 1998, “A Man in Full” was a sure winner, but its author didn’t show up.

By Ron Charles  |  10:27 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Celebrating the life of Seamus Heaney

Friends, scholars and politicians gathered at the home of the new Irish ambassador to remember the life of the Nobel laureate.

By Ron Charles  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Book party for Mary Kay Zuravleff’s “Man Alive!”

Friends gather in Georgetown to toast a Washington novelist

By Ron Charles  |  10:55 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The remarkable persistence of ‘Sleepy Hollow’

On Thursday, at noon, American University law professor Lewis Grossman will deliver a talk about Irving’s classic at the Library of Congress.

By Ron Charles  |  10:28 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Customizable classics at Politics & Prose

Customers can choose covers from hundreds of new designs.

By Ron Charles  |  10:26 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013

The first Thanksgiving — hold the cliches

Nathaniel Philbrick’s short ebook is a primer on the Pilgrim’s legendary celebration.

By Ron Charles  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 11/12/2013

How to find book coverage on The Washington Post iPhone app

Just a few easy steps, and you’ll have quick access to Book World.

By Ron Charles  |  05:55 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Everyone poops

Jonathan Miles is the latest literary author to take us where the sun don’t shine.

By Ron Charles  |  11:23 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 11/08/2013

A rare chance to see the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress

The public is welcome on Veterans Day

By Ron Charles  |  05:26 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Bad Sex Award finalists announced

A list of the crudest, most perfunctory uses of sexual description in a literary novel.

By Ron Charles  |  09:09 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Nadia Bolz-Weber talks in Washington about Christianity and Oprah

Washington got a taste of the closest thing liberal Christianity has to a star when weightlifter-comic-pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber came to town Tuesday night.

By Michelle Boorstein  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Gish Jen stirs up anger in Boston

Her reflective essay about the Red Sox inspires an ugly response from some residents.

By Ron Charles  |  02:34 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Jonathan Littell’s previous novel made critics want to vomit. What now?

By Ron Charles  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 11/01/2013

New Amazon program offers books a month before publication

Prime members can choose one book a month for free.

By Ron Charles  |  12:26 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Scary writers’ plans for Halloween

If you spend all year conjuring up vampires, zombies and werewolves, what do you do on Oct. 31?

By Ron Charles  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Goodnight, werewolves

Werewolf novelist Benjamin Percy sinks his fangs into Margaret Wise Brown’s classic.

By Ron Charles  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Michael Dirda haunts Politics & Prose this Halloween season

The Washington Post reviewer is teaching a course on classic ghost stories.

By Ron Charles  |  10:21 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Nicholas Basbanes on the enduring importance of paper

Two thousand years of papermaking -- from China to the US

By Ron Charles  |  03:28 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 10/28/2013

It’s alive -- and digital!

The new Shelley-Godwin Archive rises on Halloween night.

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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/24/2013

If only Md. Attorney General Gansler had read Susan Coll’s ‘Beach Week’

By Ron Charles  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Cheryl Strayed ‘zaps’ her critics

Within eight hours, her post had garnered more than 3,000 “likes” and hundreds of supportive comments.

By Ron Charles  |  09:04 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/24/2013

National Book Critics Circle celebrates 40 years of reviewing

Members were asked to choose their favorite finalist from the past four decades.

By Ron Charles  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Joyce Carol Oates skewers Robert Frost as a sexist, racist old bore

The upcoming issue of Harper’s magazine contains a fictionalized encounter with the New England poet.

By Ron Charles  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize for “The Luminaries“

By Ron Charles  |  05:01 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/13/2013

An answer to publishers’ prayers

By Ron Charles  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Silver anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner gala

Literary stars light up the stage at Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013

The indelible stain of Abu Ghraib washed clean

Nick Flynn offered a fantastic presentation about his life and his poetry, but one disturbing revelation stood out.

By Ron Charles  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Novelists sound off on what ails our health-care debate

Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Evison and Jodi Picoult decry GOP opposition to Obamacare.

By Ron Charles  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Dan Zevin wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

“Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad” offers comic take on parenthood.

By Ron Charles  |  08:32 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 09/27/2013

A great night for Nick Flynn in Suck City

Flynn will appear next week in the new Hill Center Poetry Series, co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and The Washington Post.

By Ron Charles  |  10:11 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Ted Cruz and the best public readings of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

By Cara Kelly  |  12:03 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 09/25/2013

‘A Splendid Wake’ for Washington-area poets

A new ‘wiki’ aims to honor or preserve the poetic history of the nation’s capital.

By Ron Charles  |  09:29 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 09/21/2013

Justin Cronin at the National Book Festival

By Ron Charles  |  03:50 PM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/21/2013

A great moment at the National Book Festival

By Ron Charles  |  01:27 PM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Don DeLillo speaks at National Book Festival gala

Party for 110 authors kicks off National Book Festival on the Mall this weekend

By Ron Charles  |  09:59 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013

David M. Rubenstein donates additional $5 million to National Book Festival

By Ron Charles  |  06:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Last National Book Festival on the Mall?

Hay-Adams’s general manager, Hans Bruland, said the festival will be moved to the D.C. Convention Center in 2014.

By Ron Charles  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Mary Kay Zuravleff to replace Jamaica Kincaid at National Book Festival

Washington writer has received rave reviews for her new novel this month.

By Ron Charles  |  01:50 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/19/2013

National Book Award longlist in fiction

Alice McDermott, Jhumpa Lahiri and Thomas Pynchon are among 10 finalists for $10,000 prize.

By Ron Charles  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/18/2013

National Book Award longlist for nonfiction

New Yorker writers and works about America dominate this year’s finalists for the $10,000 prize.

By Ron Charles  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/17/2013

National Book Award ‘longlist’ for poetry

NPR’s Andrei Codrescu among 10 finalists

By Ron Charles  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/16/2013

National Book Award ‘longlist’ in young adult literature

For the first time, 10 finalists make the foundation’s new “long list.“

By Ron Charles  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Kramerbooks finally gets new front window

By Ron Charles  |  08:34 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Update: Kramerbooks broken window opens a door to literary wits

New window expected some time this week.

By Ron Charles  |  09:35 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/10/2013

National Book Festival gala to bring out the literary stars

Don DeLillo to receive first-ever Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

By Ron Charles  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Emma Donoghue eager to cast ‘Room’ movie

Her novel about a woman and her son imprisoned in a garden shed was a phenomenal bestseller in 2010.

By Ron Charles  |  09:18 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2013

Kramerbooks storefront window shattered by tipsy pedestrian

Friends don't let friends fall into bookstores drunk.

By Ron Charles  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 09/06/2013

‘Bundling’ is back -- feel the love?

The hot tech term of the hour has roots in Colonial America.

By Ron Charles  |  11:36 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/01/2013

10 novels to work on for Labor Day

From Southern slavery to office drudgery.

By Ron Charles  |  10:44 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 08/30/2013

Seamus Heaney, a look back at ‘Human Chain’ and ‘Beowulf’

As many reflect on Seamus Heaney's works, here are excerpts from past Post reviews of "Human Chain" and "Beowulf."

By Style staff  |  03:25 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Happy Frankenstein Day

The creator of Dr. Frankenstein was born today in 1797.

By Ron Charles  |  09:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Seamus Heaney’s spiritual buoyancy

A review of the Nobel laureate's final poetry collection.

By Ron Charles  |  07:23 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/29/2013

‘Much Ado’ about J.D. Salinger’s missing testicle

An editor's frantic efforts to make it to the Shakespeare Theatre in time.

By Ron Charles  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Theatre

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Edwidge Danticat talks about her family and ‘Brother, I’m Dying’

The Haitian American writer, whose new book is "Claire of the Sea Light," talked with the Post about an earlier award-winning work.

By Ron Charles  |  01:00 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 08/26/2013

New biography to present a less 'zealous' Jesus

Biographer Jay Parini says Reza Aslan's Jesus is not his.

By Ron Charles  |  09:42 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, onfaith

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 08/23/2013

One (Graphic) Story

For the first time its in history, the magazine is publishing a graphic short story.

By Ron Charles  |  09:22 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 08/21/2013

FBI suspected William Vollmann was the Unabomber

The celebrated writer was also suspected of sending the anthrax letters after 9/11.

By Ron Charles  |  10:10 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Christopher Buckley to appear at next Hay-Adams Author luncheon

No puppies will be harmed in the preparation of this meal.

By Ron Charles  |  09:08 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Jonathan Franzen's "The Twenty-Seventh City" celebrates silver anniversary

His debut novel will be the first volume of a new series of "modern classics."

By Ron Charles  |  09:13 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/16/2013

Authors, beware: Bad reviews don't suit you!

A debut novelist needles his tailor and risks getting cut up.

By Ron Charles  |  09:09 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming memoir priced at $40

Is 40 the new 35 for big, popular nonfiction books?

By Ron Charles  |  01:59 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 08/14/2013

E. L. James made $95 million in a year, making her Forbes's top-earning author

By Jessica Goldstein  |  01:19 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Breaking Bad, e. l. james, fifty shades of grey

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 08/09/2013

A polished book-marketing plan nails it

A savvy author offers cosmetics and dresses with her debut novel.

By Ron Charles  |  08:35 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/08/2013

It's never the eleventh hour for 'Eleven' titles

Why do authors find "eleven" so irresistible?

By Ron Charles  |  11:38 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/06/2013

An exploding rose by any other name

A shattering new trend in book jackets?

By Ron Charles  |  08:28 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Where the wild things are

A new exhibit at the New York Public Library takes us through the magic of children's books.

By Ron Charles  |  08:58 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Once again, J.K. Rowling tops hardback and paperback bestseller lists

The author of 'Harry Potter' is back with the No. 1 paperback and the No. 1 hardback.

By Ron Charles  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Indie bookstore owners throw the book at President Obama

His speech at an Amazon fulfillment center angers the American Booksellers Association

By Ron Charles  |  08:40 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 07/30/2013

In search of the elusive mid-priced bookcase

What to do when cheap bookcases look cheap and expensive ones are out of reach.

By Ron Charles  |  09:16 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 07/26/2013

'Gone Girl' completes 52 weeks on The Washington Post bestseller list

What's the secret to the success of Gillian Flynn's mystery?

By Ron Charles  |  08:33 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 07/25/2013

10 Books to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Here are books that portray people with special needs sensitively, respectfully and -- most important -- realistically

By Ron Charles  |  03:03 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 07/24/2013

That &%$! book title

David Gilbert calls his new novel "

By Ron Charles  |  02:47 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 07/24/2013

'New' releases from Amazon see into the future

The Internet marketer cleverly pushes big-name books that won't be published for months.

By Ron Charles  |  02:47 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Split This Rock announces lineup for spring poetry festival

Writers from across the United States and the world to speak at four-day Washington event in March.

By Ron Charles  |  07:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 07/20/2013

You think this is hot? Hear what Lincoln's secretary said about Washington summers

"The State Department, always impossible, has been a little Hell upon earth."

By Ron Charles  |  09:41 AM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/19/2013

J.K. Rowling, and a look at startlingly honest press statements

Rowling's law firm, which was the leak of her ghost author identity, took responsibility by offering a very detailed apology.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:23 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Media

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Read with The Washington Post on Goodreads

Join The Washington Post's group on the social network Good Reads to discuss this month's summer reading book, "Beautiful Ruins."

By Lindsey Cook  |  04:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 07/04/2013

'There I was -- surrounded by macram tigers'

Don't shoot those wild beasts -- knit them!

By Ron Charles  |  10:38 AM ET, 07/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Join Book World's summer reading program

The Book World team has compiled a list of 10 books that will make any beach vacation, plane ride, road trip, or staycation more entertaining. Then join us in reading "Beautiful Ruins."

By Veronica Toney  |  12:41 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Jennifer Miller begins record-breaking month of book-club visits

The Washington-born novelist hopes to speak with 100 book clubs using Skype and other social media tools

By Ron Charles  |  08:54 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 06/28/2013

A book critic's night on the town

A chance encounter on the subway leads to an evening with readers

By Ron Charles  |  09:49 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Why won't zombies just die?

Undead experts rise up to offer their wisdom.

By Ron Charles  |  09:12 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Will readers buy a title they can't pronounce?

Anton DiSclafani's 'The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls' poses a special challenge for its publisher.

By Ron Charles  |  08:44 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Why is modern poetry so bad?

Mark Edmundson slaps America's cowardly poets in Harper's magazine

By Ron Charles  |  08:52 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 06/18/2013

One Teen Story gets one new editor

Patrick Ryan, formerly of Granta magazine, will take over the monthly magazine of short fiction for young people.

By Ron Charles  |  09:24 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Hay-Adams Author Series begins its second chapter

John Taliaferro will discuss his biography of John Hay on June 27.

By Ron Charles  |  09:46 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Karen Joy Fowler is completely beside herself

Her novel about a chimp appears just as new protections for the animals are proposed by the U.S. government.

By Ron Charles  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 06/12/2013

J. Courtney Sullivan leaps from 'The Engagements' to her wedding

Exclusive photo of her own engagement ring.

By Ron Charles  |  01:17 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/11/2013

The biggest book of the year: 'Sheep in a Jeep'

Large-format children's books are rare, but they still find an audience in the e-book age.

By Ron Charles  |  09:10 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/10/2013

10 coming-of-age novels for summer

Stories of young people solving crimes, casting spells and saving an alligator theme-park.

By Ron Charles  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Slice Bookshelf joins a crowded field of virtual book sites

Google's Eric Schmidt is among the backers.

By Ron Charles  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/05/2013

A.M. Homes wins Women's Prize

Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies" among the finalists

By Ron Charles  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Bazooka Joe turns 60

A new anthology brings together the old comics with historical essays about the world's most famous gum.

By Ron Charles  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013

An ode to 'The Devil Wears Prada,' in gifs

With the release of the sequel novel, a look at the lessons learned from the film.

By Cara Kelly  |  01:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Philipp Meyer's 'The Son' gets strong support from indie bookstores

His saga about Texas is No. 1 on the June "Indie Next List."

By Ron Charles  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/01/2013

'Wicked Plants' author Amy Stewart on the dangers of ricin-tainted letters

FBI continues to investigate suspicious letters sent to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg.

By Ron Charles  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Adam Smith sees his stock rise fast

"The Wealth of Nations" -- from 1776 -- jumps onto The Washington Post bestseller list.

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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Folger Shakespeare Library looks toward a brighter future

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Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 05/29/2013

National Book Critics Circle announces new award category

For the first time, the membership at large will pick the winner.

By Ron Charles  |  07:22 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 05/25/2013

'The Great Gatsby' should be the new 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'

I know, Luhrmann’s “Gatsby” doesn’t have the music or the jokes, but a new generation needs this!

By Ron Charles  |  11:10 AM ET, 05/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 05/24/2013

10 things you can do with your Borders gift cards

A federal judge says those cards are worthless, but we know better.

By Ron Charles  |  01:03 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Politics & Prose Bookstore offers free shipping over Memorial Day weekend

Indie booksellers keep trying to find new ways to compete with Amazon.

By Ron Charles  |  12:55 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Harlequin to disrobe new Cosmo Red-Hot Reads

Bestselling author Sylvia Day was paid at least $1 million to launch this new series of e-novellas.

By Ron Charles  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 05/21/2013

'Apocalypse Cow,' by Michael Logan

In Logan's absurdist first novel, sex-crazed zombie bovines threaten the earth.

By Ron Charles  |  09:26 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Two thumbs up! (I hated it)

What do the blurbs on book jackets really mean?

By Ron Charles  |  09:37 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/19/2013

Adam Mansbach at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The fourth annual book fair offered 100 authors and a dozen workshops.

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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Timothy Egan wins Chautauqua Prize for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"

Egan's biography of American West photographer Edward Curtis garners $7,500 and a week at the summer program in New York State.

By Ron Charles  |  09:33 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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