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Also: comparing Nora Ephron and Joan Didion; more literary celebrations of Nelson Mandela; the best book coming out this week.
Writing new stories based on characters in an existing book is a fine old literary tradition.
Also: Ursula K. Le Guin on being called a "sci-fi writer"; new poems from John Ashbery.
Also: Queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz has died; Gary Shteyngart on spicing up British lit.
December 4, 2013 Also: Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson; remembering the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm; NPR launches a "Book Concierge."
December 3, 2013 Also: Marina Warner considers sea monsters; Apple gripes about its court-appointed monitor; Ian Rankin on being paid to write.
December 2, 2013 David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
December 2, 2013 Also: Amazon is testing delivery by drone; Soviet dissident poet Natalya Gorbanevskaya has died; the best books of the week.
November 30, 2013 Small Business Saturday is this weekend, but for author Sherman Alexie, it's also Small Bookstore Saturday. He's encouraging authors across the country to visit their local independent bookstores and put in a shift behind the counter, selling their favorite titles.
November 29, 2013 Do you have a neophyte nerd or a growing geek in your family? Writer and critic Jason Sheehan recommends some great science-ish fiction for kids of all ages, from The Little Prince to Logan's Run — books to spark a "love of the grand, the sideways and the strange."
November 28, 2013 The end of National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo — is fast approaching, and more than 300,000 writers around the world are scrambling to meet their word-count goals. Doualy Xaykaothao talks to several "wrimos," as they're called, about what they've written, what inspires them, and how they did it.
November 27, 2013 Also: the finalists for the Costa Awards are announced; authors will volunteer as booksellers on "Small Business Saturday;" Oren Teicher is named Publisher's Weekly "Person of the Year."
November 27, 2013 Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
November 26, 2013 For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.