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Amy Bloom: By the Book

5 hours 31 min ago
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”






ArtsBeat: Live From the Public Library: Joseph O’Neill, Joyce Carol Oates and Dr. Funkenstein

July 30, 2014 - 9:02pm
The Live From the NYPL season will include appearances by novelists and scholars, as well as George Clinton, the Parliament-Funkadelic mastermind.






Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

July 30, 2014 - 6:40pm
Ms. Kaufman’s first novel, “Up the Down Staircase,” portrayed the topsy-turvy world of a New York City public school and was based on her experience as a teacher.






ArtsBeat: Irish Arts Center Announces New Season

July 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
A new monthly music and literature residency organized by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will be part of center’s fall season.






Hijuelos Novel to Be Published Posthumously

July 30, 2014 - 1:41pm
“Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise,” a novel by Oscar Hijuelos, who died last year, will be published in 2015.






Books of The Times: In ‘The Dog,’ Jack Livings Writes of a Modernizing China

July 30, 2014 - 12:43pm
In his short-story collection “The Dog,” Jack Livings describes Chinese characters scrambling to adjust to their nation’s rapid changes.






Edan Lepucki’s ‘California,’ Alberto Moravia’s ‘Agostino,’ and More

July 30, 2014 - 12:30pm
New books by Edan Lepucki, Scott Cheshire, Bill Morris, Mark Chiusano, Alberto Moravia and Can Xue visit California, Detroit and Marine Park in Brooklyn, among other places.






ArtsBeat: Warren G. Harding’s Racy Love Letters Unsealed

July 30, 2014 - 10:52am
Nearly 1,000 handwritten pages of Warren G. Harding’s steamy letters to his mistress, Carrie Phillips, are available online.






Children’s Books: ‘The Great Greene Heist,’ by Varian Johnson

July 30, 2014 - 7:00am
In Varian Johnson’s “The Great Greene Heist,” a middle schooler dreams up a plan to influence an election for student council president.






De Villiers May Gain an American Audience, Posthumously

July 30, 2014 - 6:01am
Vintage will release English translations of the spy thrillers by Gérard de Villiers, the French novelist who died of cancer last fall.






ArtsBeat: James Wolcott and Frank Bidart Among 2014 PEN American Winners

July 30, 2014 - 5:00am
The PEN American Center announced its annual literary award winners today, with a ceremony to follow on Sept. 29.






Books of The Times: ‘Selected Poems,’ by Mark Ford, Covers a Career

July 29, 2014 - 1:09pm
“Selected Poems” gathers decades of works by the British poet Mark Ford.






ArtsBeat: A Crowdsourced Sonnet for a Summer’s Day in the Office

July 29, 2014 - 11:39am
The poem, assembled by The American Scholar online begins, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”






Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

July 29, 2014 - 7:00am
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






Louise Shivers, Conjurer of Rural South, Dies at 84

July 28, 2014 - 7:11pm
Ms. Shivers was startled by the critical success of her first novella, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” (1983), published when she was in her 50s.






Books of The Times: ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein

July 28, 2014 - 2:39pm
In “The Invisible Bridge,” his latest history of the American conservative movement, Rick Perlstein chronicles 1973 through 1976.






Peter Mendelsund, Book Designer, Debuts as a Writer

July 28, 2014 - 2:15pm
Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of striking book covers, but his imagination seized up when it came time to design one for his own book.






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July 28, 2014 - 10:22am