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Book News: Alice Munro, Author Of Pensive Short Stories, May Retire

Also: The Apple ebook trial wraps up; the unique horror of Kafka's stories; James Salter's woman troubles.
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Book News: Kim Jong Un Reportedly Gave 'Mein Kampf' As Gifts

Also: The folly of marathon readings; Tom Wolfe has a new book; VICE apologizes for tasteless photo spread.
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"The World Is A Carpet: Four Seasons In An Afghan Village"

Journalist Anna Badkhen has been reporting from war-torn countries for nearly two decades. Her latest book tells the story of Afghanistan from the perspective of a small carpet-making village.

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Book News: VICE Draws Ire By Staging Female Author Suicides

The anonymous book sculptor of Edinburgh strikes again; the childhood drawings of E.E. Cummings; Jonathan Franzen on literary sexism.
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Spy Reporter Works Her 'Sources' To Write A Thriller

Mary Louise Kelly used to cover national security for NPR, but lately she's turned her attention to fiction. Her new novel, Anonymous Sources, draws on Kelly's own reporting experiences, including things she couldn't say when she was a journalist.
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Book News: 'Tweet,' 'Geekery' Make The Oxford English Dictionary

Also: Judy Blume gets her own holiday; Michael Chabon considers the superhero costume; the best books coming out this week.
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This Blumesday Celebrates Judy, Not Joyce

Loyal fans of young adult novelist Judy Blume have riffed on Bloomsday — a celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses — and created Blumesday to honor the author of Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Blubber.
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In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns

The capital of Northern Ireland is no longer the city of snipers that it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but novelist Stuart Neville still draws inspiration from the decades of violence. In The Ghosts of Belfast, he examines the shattered life of an IRA killer in the aftermath of The Troubles.

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