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October 31, 2013 RIPRThe science-fiction writer is attracting new attention. Hordes of visitors and tentacle-bedecked merchandise descended on Rhode Island for a literary festival this year that would have made Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth proud. A bronze bust of Lovecraft even appeared in a local museum.
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.
October 30, 2013 When Amazon revamped its publishing wing, a lot of booksellers said enough is enough: They refused to stock Amazon Publishing's books, and Barnes & Noble followed suit. Now, with the departure of a star talent and some book releases that fell flat, many say Amazon Publishing may in trouble.
October 28, 2013 Also: Rita Mae Brown on Suetonius; Tim Kreider on writers being asked to work for free; new R.L. Stein books; the best books coming out this week.
October 27, 2013 Women and Children First has weathered more than three decades of competition from chain stores and online booksellers to become one of the largest feminist bookstores in the U.S. Now, the Chicago store is among the few of its kind left standing — and it's on the hunt for new ownership.
October 27, 2013 The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone, compiles correspondence to and from the legendary composer and conductor. The letters — from serious to silly — offer a detailed look at both the distinguished career and the adventurous personal life of a singular American genius.
October 25, 2013 Also: Iran's culture minister hints that bans on certain books may be reconsidered; The New York Times is profiling small poetry presses; Jonathan Franzen on why making money is a double-edged sword.
October 24, 2013 Also: a new story by Haruki Murakami; Alice Munro might not retire after all; and World Book Night announces its titles.
October 24, 2013 From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
October 23, 2013 Also: Shakespeare manuscripts going digital; authors protest standardized testing; and "The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors."
October 22, 2013 Also: the winners of the Whiting Awards were announced; Cheryl Strayed's memoir inspires other women to take to the Wild; and Dwight Garner on what makes a critic.
October 21, 2013 Also: Justice Stephen Breyer on Proust; a rush-printing of more copies of Eleanor Catton's award-winning The Luminaries; and the best books coming out this week.
October 20, 2013 Stay-at-home fathers, missionaries who love their charges, women who make the first move: characters who would have been controversial in previous generations came to the forefront in the Jazz era. Author Ursula DeYoung recommends three books that, after 90 years, still seem fresh in their revolutionary treatment of all kinds of love.
October 19, 2013 Maybe it's their love of ink. Whatever the reason, there seem to be quite a few librarians who have tattoos. And there's a bit of a trend: Sell calendars of librarians who are baring their body art to raise money for their institutions.
October 18, 2013 Also: Morrissey's autobiography; a rare interview from Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson; Zadie Smith takes a garden tour.