The metaphoric shadow of Microsoft passes, less hopeful than when it came.
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December 5, 2014 A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.
Roz Chast drew on memories of her parents — and actually drew them — for her Kirkus Prize-winning memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
October 24, 2014 Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.
Joan Didion on Sept. 24, 2012, in New York City.
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October 23, 2014 The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.
August 7, 2014 Also: Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will complete Nora Ephron's unfinished screenplay for Lost in Austen; finalists for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year are announced.
Spanish novelist Ana Maria Matute is pictured in 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, after winning the Cervantes Prize.
June 26, 2014 Also: Barnes & Noble splitting in two; a new Judy Blume novel is coming out next year.
January 9, 2014 Going-out-of-business sales will begin Thursday at 93 Loehmann's stores. And on Wednesday, Macy's Inc. announced 2,500 employees will be laid off.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils new Kindle reading devices during a 2012 news conference.
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October 30, 2013 Also: Hyperbole and a Half creator Allie Brosh talks about her struggles with depression; Barnes & Noble launches a new Nook; Anna Holmes writes about the value of Twitter in literary discourse.
A Barnes & Noble store in Bethel Park, Pa.
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August 21, 2013 Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.
Author and cultural critic Albert Murray wrote the 1970 book The Omni-Americans.
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August 20, 2013 Also: Barnes & Noble makes up with Simon & Schuster; Amazon crashes; Margaret Atwood on optimism.
People stand and read books during a silent protest last week at Istanbul's Taksim Square.
June 26, 2013 Also: John Quincy Adams' ode to the Eurasian Bull finch; Jane Austen may be the new face on the £10 note; Barnes & Noble struggles.
Microsoft already owns nearly a 17 percent stake in Nook Media.
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May 10, 2013 Also: rare footage of William Faulkner; drag and Virginia Woolf; and the art of translation.
A Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, D.C.
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April 2, 2013 Also: Accidental haikus in The New York Times; Alanis Morissette is working on a book; the history of the word "clue."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012.
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March 26, 2013 Also: Barnes & Noble giving away free e-readers this week; Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis; and a teenage Hemingway's dimples.
Robert Caro, who won the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, at a gala at the Norman Mailer Center in New York.
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March 1, 2013 Also: the virtues of fan fiction; a backlash against Vladimir Nabokov in his native Russia; Barnes & Noble confirms bad news.
Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling wrote novels, poems and short stories, mostly set in India and Burma during British rule.
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February 26, 2013 Also: Some authors are buying spots on bestseller lists; the legacy of Philip Roth; and details of Thomas Pynchon's next novel.
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