Australian Booksellers Block Sales of Ronan Farrow’s Book

SYDNEY, Australia — Two of Australia’s biggest online booksellers have suspended sales of Ronan Farrow’s new book after one of the men who is prominent in it threatened legal action. The book, “Catch and Kill,” which details Farrow’s investigation of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, was unavailable on Booktopia, a major Australian online book retailer, and through Amazon in Australia […]

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Crossing Abbey Road: It’s More Dangerous Than You Might Think

THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING By Deborah Levy Six years ago, the British novelist, playwright and poet Deborah Levy published a book-length autobiographical essay called “Things I Don’t Want to Know.” Its title was a gesture of defiance. Most readers assume that the job of writers is to tell us what they know about the world. In Isaac Babel’s story […]

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New Short Fiction, Including a National Book Foundation Honoree

HERE UNTIL AUGUSTBy Josephine Rowe199 pp. Counterpoint. Paper, $16.95. Each story in this collection is set in a different desolate corner of the earth: rural South Africa, the Australian backcountry, some lonely highway spanning the stretch between New York and Canada. Just perusing this book makes you feel as if you’ve traveled the world, though not to the glamorous parts […]

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Biography of former Sunday Times political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe

The angry genius who stabs with his pen: Ysenda Maxtone Graham looks into the biography of political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe Gerald Scarfe became a ruthless diminisher of power through political cartoons He is still fuming at The Sunday Times for letting him go after 50 years there Top cartoons he has done include the Pope having sex with Mary Whitehouse […]

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Great female writers are nothing new – what’s new is recognition

Women writers are not a new phenomenon, but you wouldn’t know it by comments made by Nobel Prize for Literature committee chair Anders Olsson. Women have been writing great books for centuries. From the Bronte sisters – whose novels are still being adapted for the screen – to Margaret Atwood, whose 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale has found new resonances […]

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11 of the best books about witches

These books about witches will cast a spell over you. Autumn is a cosy season, all about consuming delicious hot chocolate, wearing cosy jumpers and just generally revelling in the beautiful colours the season brings. But autumn is also when the nights start drawing in, and with Halloween just around the corner, it can also be a spooky time. Some […]

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Liz Phair Still Doesn’t Care What We Think

HORROR STORIES A Memoir By Liz Phair “It’s hard to tell the truth about ourselves,” Liz Phair writes in the prologue to her memoir, “Horror Stories.” “We’re afraid,” she continues, “we will be defined by our worst decisions instead of our best.” This is a surprising statement from the woman who wrote and recorded the raw indie-rock classic “Exile in […]

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National Book Awards Names 2019 Finalists

Marlon James’s novel “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” an epic fantasy about a bounty hunter on the trail of a mysterious boy, on Tuesday was named one of the five fiction finalists for the National Book Award. James, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” is up against two debut authors, […]

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At 5, She Protested Homosexuality. Now She Protests the Church That Made Her Do It.

UNFOLLOW A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist ChurchBy Megan Phelps-Roper In 1991, a breakaway church in Topeka, Kan., began picketing at a nearby park popular with gay men. Holding handmade signs that read “Gays Are Worthy of Death (ROM. 1:32),” members of the Westboro Baptist Church began what would become a vicious, decades-long campaign against homosexuals, Jews, […]

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20 Years After ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ Stephen Chbosky Has a New Novel

IMAGINARY FRIENDBy Stephen Chbosky Twenty years after his smash hit novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky returns with a 700-page doorstop, “Imaginary Friend” — an ambitious tale narrated through multiple perspectives, mashing together horror, fairy tales and the (rewritten) Bible. It is about the strength of small communities and good versus evil. And evil there is in […]

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