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March 4, 2013 Also: The best books coming out this week; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the movie; and cakes that look like classic works of literature.
March 3, 2013 No one's perfect, especially in literature. Author Julie Wu's favorite protagonists are of sound mind and questionable morals. Do you have a favorite character who lacks, well, character? Tell us in the comments.
March 1, 2013 Also: the virtues of fan fiction; a backlash against Vladimir Nabokov in his native Russia; Barnes & Noble confirms bad news.
February 28, 2013 Also: DC Comics kills off Batman's legendary sidekick; Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir; and banned performance enhancing drugs in literary competitions.
February 27, 2013 Also: Drag queen is uninvited to Dr. Seuss reading; course syllabi of famous authors; and Russell Brand is working on a new book.
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.
February 26, 2013 In 2009, when Barnes and Noble was focused on competing with Borders, the company held out the arrival of the Nook as a force that would propel them to success. Now Borders is gone but Barnes and Noble is competing with corporate behemoths Apple and Amazon, and the Nook is falling far back in the pack.
February 25, 2013 Also: Toni Morrison's digital signing; our picks for the best books out this week; and William S. Burroughs in a Nike ad.
February 24, 2013 Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda remembers finding a worn copy of the anthology Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural in the library as a young boy. He found the stories revelatory. Is there a scary story that made an impression on you when you were his age? Tell us in the comments.
February 22, 2013 In honor of Oscar weekend, we dig into the NPR Books archives for four stories about Oscar-nominated books and actors, from Cary Grant to Cormac McCarthy.
February 22, 2013 Also: The U.K. issues Jane Austen postage stamps; in the U.S., biographer Paula Broadwell's promotion in the Army Reserves is suspended; it's Edward Gorey's birthday; and an anti-bullying poem goes viral.
February 20, 2013 Pakistan's Karachi Literature Festival wrapped up earlier this week amid fresh reports of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. NPR's Steve Inskeep says that despite the violence, the festival was an intensely relevant and vibrant discussion of Pakistan's troubled path.
February 20, 2013 There are an increasing number of LGBT characters in mainstream superhero comics — but visibility isn't everything. NPR's comic-book guy Glen Weldon has a roundup of manga and independent graphic novels that offer a deeper and more nuanced portrayal of LGBT life.