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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

April 17, 2014 - 12:51pm

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87

April 17, 2014 - 12:47pm

The Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had been in failing health for some time.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

April 17, 2014 - 10:49am

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

April 17, 2014 - 3:36am

Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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'Over Easy' Serves Up Savory Memories Of A Vintage Diner

April 17, 2014 - 3:03am

Mimi Pond's graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it's a sweet tribute.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

April 16, 2014 - 1:44pm

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

April 16, 2014 - 11:24am

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

April 16, 2014 - 5:30am

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

April 16, 2014 - 3:52am

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

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'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa

April 15, 2014 - 11:38pm

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

April 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.

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Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

April 15, 2014 - 10:25am

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri

April 15, 2014 - 3:38am

Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.

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Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

April 15, 2014 - 3:03am

Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All the Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."

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Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

April 15, 2014 - 1:17am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

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After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

April 14, 2014 - 11:22pm

The bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing changed China, NPR's Louisa Lim explains in a new book. She also chronicles the brutal repression that took place in another city — and remained hidden until now.

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