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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.
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Bookend: Acclaimed Novelist Alice McDermott on the Difficulties and Delights of Writing Fiction

In this month's chat about the local literary scene, we talk with acclaimed novelist Alice McDermott.
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Preserving Summer's Bounty

From making chutney and jam to canning your own tomato sauce, preserving at home is enjoying a renaissance. Whether you're a beginner or expert, we share tips in building a year-round pantry.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.
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With National Book Festival, Politics & Prose Lands Biggest Stage Yet

Local bookstore Politics & Prose will be the official bookseller at this weekend's National Book Festival — the first time in the festival's history that an independent bookstore has landed the contract.
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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.
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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."
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By the Book: What Sells vs. Critical Darlings

We consider the cultural factors that bring a book to readers' attention and what it takes for a title to keep it.

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Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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