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With 'Last Book Sale,' Lit Giant Leaves One More Gift

Author Larry McMurtry's used book store is holding an auction to whittle its nearly half-a-million-title collection down by more than half. "I'd like for the American antiquarian book trade to stay vital and ... energetic," McMurtry says, "and pouring some books into it is a good way to help."
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A Clear And Present Danger: How Glass Kills Birds

Modern architecture loves glass. But glass also kills tens of millions of birds every year when they collide with windows. Now, researchers are trying to learn what birds can see, in an attempt to build better, more bird-friendly buildings.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 8

Post-mail stamps, Art Soiree, and bluegrass punk from Norway.

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A Comics Crusader Takes On The Digital Future

Comic-book writer Mark Waid is legendary among comics fans. But after a long career on paper, he's launched a digital line of comics, hoping to reach fans on smartphones and e-readers. But some store owners are worried that digital comics will mean the end of their business.
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Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
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'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South

In The Long Road to Antietam, historian Richard Slotkin traces how both Northern and Southern strategies changed in the summer of 1862, when both sides committed to an all-out total war, and Lincoln squared off against Gen. George McClellan.
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'Dreamland': Open Your Eyes To The Science Of Sleep

Most people's after-midnight mishaps are nothing compared with what David K. Randall describes in his new book. From people committing murder while supposedly sleepwalking, to what sleep was like in medieval times, Dreamland provides a lively overview of the world's most popular nocturnal pastime.
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Presidential Foods And What They Say About Our Leaders

What our presidents and candidates eat says a lot about the public images they strive to project. Historically, their recipes also gave us insight into the cooking advancements and habits of the period.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 7

Sublime Rupture and a talented crew of Canadians.

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An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Golden Days starts out like a fun Los Angeles romp. By the end it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.

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