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  • The Biblioracle: Short stories' proper shrift

    The Biblioracle: Short stories' proper shrift
    When it comes to recommending books, I'm often hesitant to reach for collections of short stories because when I talk to readers — even very dedicated and passionate readers — they often tell me that they'll read just about anything, "except...
  • The Biblioracle: Estimating his prophet margin

    The Biblioracle: Estimating his prophet margin
    It's not clear to me why anyone tries predicting anything, because no one is any good at it. There is a tie at the top of the horrible prognosticators list between sports reporters and political pundits. Often, the greater the apparent expertise, the...
  • Review: 'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Review: 'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri
    The lowland at the heart of Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel is a few acres of land behind two oblong ponds in a Calcutta neighborhood. After the monsoon, rain would fill the lowland “three or four feet deep.” -------------------- This...
  • National Book Award finalists announced

    National Book Award finalists announced
    The 2013 National Book Award finalists were announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday, and for the first time, the National Book Foundation has offered a free e-book series with samples of all the finalists' work available for download. The five...
  • The Biblioracle: Lessons behind the laughter

    The Biblioracle: Lessons behind the laughter
    These are my Top 5 Most Difficult Jobs: 5. Middle-school teacher; 4. Rahm Emanuel's relaxation consultant; 3. President of the United States; 2. Donald Trump's barber; 1. Comedian. -------------------- This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
  • The Biblioracle: As fall arrives, book piles rise

    The Biblioracle: As fall arrives, book piles rise
    Confession time, fellow readers, fellow bibliophiles, fellow bookaholics. Over the last month or so I've been reading my favorite book-centric publication (you're reading it) and holding back a rising tide of panic. -------------------- This piece...
  • Q&A: Jhumpa Lahiri on 'The Lowland' and her upbringing

    Q&A: Jhumpa Lahiri on 'The Lowland' and her upbringing
    Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things...
  • National Book Awards: fiction longlist

    National Book Awards: fiction longlist
    So what about that National Book Awards fiction longlist? It’s a good one, and the last of the four longlists to be released by the National Book Foundation this week. The list includes one of my favorite novels of 2013, “The Flamethrowers&...
  • The Biblioracle on 'Four Miles to Pinecone'

    The Biblioracle on 'Four Miles to Pinecone'
    When I was 11 years old, I met my first novelist. Growing up with a mother who owns a bookstore (as I did) comes with some perks, one of which is that when she asks the author of one of her son's favorite books to visit his sixth-grade class, the author...
  • Writer Mavis Gallant, 91, has died

    Writer Mavis Gallant, 91, has died
    Writer Mavis Gallant has died at age 91, her Canadian publisher announced Tuesday. She was primarily known for writing short fiction -- almost all of her 100-plus stories appeared in the New Yorker -- but she also penned two novels and a collection of...
  • National Book Awards go to James McBride, George Packer

    National Book Awards go to James McBride, George Packer
    James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for “The Good Lord Bird,” a satirical account of pre-Civil War America that features a cross-dressing slave who gets caught up in John Brown’s famous anti-slavery rebellion....
  • Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip

    Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama stocked up on more than 20 books Saturday in a rare stop at a local bookstore, part of an effort to support small businesses. The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark,...