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November 28, 2010

Shakespeare Tops Stephenie Meyer in Facebook Popularity

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Using statistical tools at our sibling blog, AllFacebook, we have compiled a list of the most popular authors on Facebook….read more

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Today in Literature

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Shakespeare in Trouble

On this day in 1582 William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway married, or perhaps just paid for the right to do so. As with most aspects of Shakespeare’s life, the facts are scanty, but we do know that the couple obtained a bond from the local church authorities dated November 28, 1582…read more


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November 27, 2010

Books of the year

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Jonathan Franzen’s family epic, a new collection from Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin’s love letters, a memoir centred on tinyJapanese sculptures… which books most excited our writers this year?….read more

detail of illustration by Kate Slater

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James Agee’s Full, Short Life

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On this day in 1909 James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his forty-five years he was film critic, social documentarist, poet and screenwriter (The African Queen), but he is best known for his autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family — and for the passionate, full-out living that killed him…read more

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November 26, 2010

Today in Literature

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E. A. Robinson’s First Pulitzer

On this day in 1921 Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Collected Poems was published, bringing the first of his three Pulitzers. Robinson is often regarded as the first major American poet of the 20th century, one respected for having struggled in poverty for decades in order to master his simple rhythms and plain diction…read more

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‘Room’ wins major book award

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Emma Donoghue’s much-acclaimed novel Room , inspired by the Josef Fritzl case, has won the prestigious Hughes & Hughes Novel of the Year Award.

Following her near miss in the Man Booker Prize, the Dublin-born writer’s dark tale about a boy who lives with his mother in a locked room received the top accolade at the Irish Book Awards last night.

The book was chosen by public vote from a strong shortlist that also included…read more


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November 25, 2010

Today in Literature

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 On this day in 1970 Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide, also known as hara-kiri). Mishima was a three-time Nobel nominee, the most famous and translated Japanese writer of his generation — The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Sea of Fertility, ten other novels — and, in his last year, so internationally popular that he made Esquire magazine’s “Top 100 People in the World” list. His spectacularly staged death was front-page news around the world, and it is still being analyzed for what it says about himread more

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Susan Hill on Man Booker panel

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Author Susan Hill and the Daily Telegraph‘s Gaby Wood are among the judges for next year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction….read more


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VS Naipaul withdraws from Turkish event after row over Islam comments

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The Nobel laureate VS Naipaul has pulled out of a literary event opening in Istanbul tomorrow, after Turkish writers threatened a boycott because of deeply critical comments he has made on Islam.

The row erupted after Naipaul was invited to give the opening speech at the European Writers’ Parliament (EWP), the brainchild of novelists Orhan Pamuk and José Saramago…read more

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s Book as Art Object

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The jackets of Jonathan Safran Foer’s books (“Everything Is Illuminated,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Eating Animals”), designed by John Gray, helped set off a revival in hand-lettering. Graphic-design quirks have also figured in each of Foer’s narratives.

But his latest book, “Tree of Codes,” takes the integration of writing and design to a new level….read more

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