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At her desk in the study of her Philadelphia townhouse in 1967, Pearl Buck looks at a bound volume of the magazine Asia from 1925 that contained her first published work.
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Also: the creator of Lyle Crocodile died; Aussie airliner Qantas commissions flight-length books.()
Read an exclusive excerpt of Lionel Shriver's new book, Big Brother, about the effects of obesity.()
Also: Ireland puts a short story on a postage stamp; and the best books coming out this week.()
May 19, 2013 Author Ethan Rutherford started reading Daphne du Maurier's collection of stories, Don't Look Now, while it was still light out and didn't move from his chair until dark. Each one features characters who endure the strange and the extreme, and who are forever changed by the events that befall them.
May 18, 2013 In this Q&A, author Elliott Holt discusses her six favorite novels about expatriates. She also talks about what it's like to be in your 20s, and the importance of travel and exploration.
May 17, 2013 Also: AARP and The Nation join a growing list of ebook publishers; Hilary Mantel on Jane Austen; Anne Applebaum on Sheryl Sandberg.
May 16, 2013 Also: Afaa Michael Weaver on being a black poet abroad; ebook sales jumped 44 percent last year; Cormac McCarthy's beach body.
May 15, 2013 Also: George Orwell's rules for making tea; what Antigone can teach us about the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
May 14, 2013 Also: Illinois school district bans The Perks of Being a Wallflower; W.H. Auden's 1939 journal discovered; Bret Easton Ellis on gay stereotypes.
May 13, 2013 Also: Behind the Beautiful Forevers will be adapted for the stage; Lionel Shriver attacks the media focus on weight; the best books coming out this week.
May 12, 2013 Andrzej Szczypiorski's The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman is a book set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Author Courtney Angela Brkic says reading it helped her understand her father, whose family had lived through the second world war.
May 10, 2013 Alt.latino guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, author of The Polish Boxer, answers a few questions about literature and the important books in his life. Halfon, who is Guatemalan, recommends Time Commences in Xibalba by Mayan author Luis de Lion for readers looking for a better understanding of his country.
May 10, 2013 Also: rare footage of William Faulkner; drag and Virginia Woolf; and the art of translation.