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Dean Koontz: By the Book

3 hours 1 min ago
The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”

ArtsBeat: One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language

July 23, 2014 - 9:01pm
In an upcoming storyline in “Hawkeye,” the hero has to communicate without hearing.

In First, Americans Are Nominated for Booker Prize

July 23, 2014 - 2:23pm
Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph O’Neill and Richard Powers make it onto the Booker’s literary longlist.

Books of The Times: ‘The Interior Circuit,’ by Francisco Goldman

July 23, 2014 - 1:28pm
Francisco Goldman’s new book, “The Interior Circuit,” recounts the troubles that he and his adopted home, Mexico City, have seen, and his attempts to rebound from his.

Thomas Berger, ‘Little Big Man’ Author, Is Dead at 89

July 23, 2014 - 8:57am
Mr. Berger was known as the author of “Little Big Man” and books that explored the American West, but his body of work was broader than that.

ArtsBeat: Look, Up in the Sky! (For Price of Superman Debut Comic to Be Auctioned on eBay)

July 23, 2014 - 8:03am
Action Comics No. 1, featuring the debut of Superman, will be auctioned on eBay next month.

Board Books Roundup II — Family and Other Animals

July 23, 2014 - 7:00am
New board books include Karen Blair’s “Baby Animal Farm” and Yusuke Yonezu’s “Rainbow Chameleon.”

James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95

July 22, 2014 - 6:30pm
Mr. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and political scientist, wrote voluminously about the nature of leadership in general and the presidency in particular.

ArtsBeat: Giving Another Debut Author the Colbert Bump

July 22, 2014 - 9:59am
Stephen Colbert, whose endorsement of the Hachette author Edan Lepucki, helped sales of her book “California,” has now singled out “Sweetness #9,” by Stephan Eirik Clark.

Books of The Times: Catherine Lacey’s Melancholy ‘Nobody Is Ever Missing’

July 22, 2014 - 8:57am
In Catherine Lacey’s novel “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” a woman abruptly flees her life in New York and flies to New Zealand, where she has one surreal encounter after another.

Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

July 22, 2014 - 7:00am
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.

Curt Gentry, 83, Co-Author of ‘Helter Skelter,’ Dies

July 21, 2014 - 6:34pm
Mr. Gentry’s books ranged from the Manson murders to J. Edgar Hoover to the madams of San Francisco.

Books of The Times: ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’

July 21, 2014 - 2:33pm
“Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records.

Books: 'Proof' Drinks in the Science of Alcohol

July 21, 2014 - 2:15pm
A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.