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Poetry 'On Fire' Gets Author Longlisted For Book Award

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. The new collection by Brenda Hillman has been longlisted for the National Book Award.
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Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

A proposed law in France prevents online booksellers like Amazon from pricing books at deep discounts. It's the French government's latest effort to protect the country's many independent bookshops.
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Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal

The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a seventh-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend. His stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.
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Bookend: Tom Monteleone Finds Joy In Writing Horror

In our monthly look at the local literary scene, we talk with horror writer Tom Monteleone.

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‘Ghosts of Georgetown’ Chases Three Centuries Of Ghosts

We'll take a spirit-rich stroll through Georgetown with the author of a new book about the neighborhood's alleged apparitions.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Haunted D.C.

We'll gear up for some ghost hunting as we bring you our annual celebration of the region's creepiest and spookiest.

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Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
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'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor

Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
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Krauthammer's Tactical Advice For The Republican Party

Charles Krauthammer once was a psychiatrist and a self-described "Great Society liberal." Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated conservative columnist. His new book, Things That Matter, presents a selection of his writings from three decades spent observing politics and culture.
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Graham Nash Tell-All Has Sex, Drugs, Rock...And No Axe To Grind

Meredith Ochs reviews a memoir from musician Graham Nash, one fourth of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. She says the book gives context to the songs that came to define a generation.

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