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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Shakespeare in Love 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 17:46:06 GMT 
    Alan Riding discusses two new books about Shakespeare, and Michelle Orange talks about five new essay collections.

The Bookstore Built by Jeff Kinney, the ‘Wimpy Kid’ 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 09:00:17 GMT 
    Jeff Kinney has sold more than 150 million copies of his “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books. Now he is opening a bookstore in his hometown.

Books of The Times: Cool Books for Hot Summer Days 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 21:01:18 GMT 
    Janet Maslin surveys summer reading, including Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers” and Renée Knight’s “Disclaimer,” the “Gone Girl” of the season.

Edna O’Brien: By the Book 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 16:59:25 GMT 
    The author, most recently, of “The Love Object” says Joyce staked his claim on Dublin, and it was left to Yeats, J. M. Synge and Beckett “to give us the landscape of the country in all its beauty, savagery, ghostliness and loneliness.”

‘Do No Harm,’ by Henry Marsh 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    A neurosurgeon’s account combines biography, descriptions of operations and considerations of policy.

Critic’s Notebook: Osama Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Reflects His Fixation on West 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 05:27:21 GMT 
    A declassified list of the books and articles found in the Qaeda leader’s hide-out in Pakistan shows the efforts he made to know his enemy.

Books of The Times: ‘Leaving Orbit,’ a Pensive Ode to Closing of a Frontier 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 21:31:44 GMT 
    “Leaving Orbit” chronicles the last days of NASA’s shuttle program in the context of the larger “heroic era” of spaceflight.

Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 20:50:09 GMT 
    With the working title “Confessions of a One-Man Band,” the unfinished memoir appears to have been in the works since the 1970s.

T Magazine: A Suite of Spring Children’s Stories — Without Words 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 17:30:51 GMT 
    This trio of new titles reaffirms that silence is golden — and that compelling images speak for themselves.

ArtsBeat: Laszlo Krasznahorkai Wins Man Booker International Prize 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 14:55:54 GMT 
    Mr. Krasznahorkai, the author of “Satantango,” is the sixth winner of the award.

ArtsBeat: Barbra Streisand Memoir Coming in 2017 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 13:00:39 GMT 
    Viking has acquired the memoir by the actor, singer and director.

‘The Rocks,’ by Peter Nichols 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 09:30:02 GMT 
    A novel traces a couple’s long estrangement, then their courtship.

Books of The Times: Review: In Nell Zink’s ‘Mislaid,’ Sex, Race, Marriage and Other Cosmic Jokes 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 19:39:48 GMT 
    Nell Zink’s second novel portrays a lesbian who flees her gay husband and her son, lying low by posing as black with her daughter in 1960s Virginia.

ArtsBeat: MacDowell Colony Establishes Fellowship for Diversity 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 19:15:27 GMT 
    An anonymous $200,000 gift has helped create the Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship, named for a longtime literary agent.

Bookends: Should There Be a Minimum Age for Writing a Memoir? 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 13:45:56 GMT 
    Leslie Jamison and Benjamin Moser debate whether someone should reach a certain age before writing a memoir.

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