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Novelists Reimagine and Update Shakespeare’s Plays 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:50:43 GMT 
    The project’s roster of stylistically diverse writers includes Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Flynn, Jo Nesbo, Edward St. Aubyn and Tracy Chevalier.

Review: ‘City on Fire,’ Garth Risk Hallberg’s Novel of New York in the Bad Old Days 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:21:33 GMT 
    This stunning first novel captures 1970s New York and its magnetic, dangerous allure with swagger and style.

A Literary Agency’s Future Is Uncertain After Its Founder’s Death 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:01:51 GMT 
    Carmen Balcells, whose agency represents, among others, the estate of Gabriel García Márquez, died while negotiating with potential buyers of her company.

Henning Mankell, Writer Whose Wallander Patrolled a Gritty Sweden, Dies at 67 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:53:35 GMT 
    Mr. Mankell was considered the dean of the so-called Scandinavian noir writers who gained fame for novels that mixed suspense with flawed, compelling protagonists and strong social themes.

‘The Conquering Tide,’ by Ian W. Toll 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    The second volume of a trilogy on America’s naval war highlights the development of strategy in the central Pacific.

‘Strangers Drowning,’ by Larissa MacFarquhar 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    MacFarquhar looks at the lives and psychology of extreme altruists.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Niall Ferguson’s ‘Kissinger’ 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:03:57 GMT 
    Mr. Ferguson discusses his new biography of Henry Kissinger, and Sloane Crosley talks about her first novel, “The Clasp.”

Indie Comic Book Publishers Make Moves Toward TV and Film 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:40:38 GMT 
    Reimagining themselves as entertainment companies, smaller comic book publishers broaden their horizons with the hope of featuring their characters in movies, on television and even on Broadway.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘The Great Swindle,’ Pierre Lemaitre Spins a Dark Postwar Tale 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 21:10:25 GMT 
    Mr. Lemaitre’s latest novel, set in France at the end of World War I, features a shocking opening and more than a little scheming.

Padgett Powell’s ‘Cries for Help, Various’ 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:09:48 GMT 
    Human longing is Padgett Powell’s best subject.

Patti Smith, Survivor 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:00:03 GMT 
    In her new memoir, “M Train,” the punk elder makes peace with her ghosts and finds solace in a century-old bungalow in the Rockaways.

Niall Ferguson’s ‘Kissinger. Volume I. 1923-1968: The Ideal­ist’ 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:40:05 GMT 
    An official biography’s first volume taps a huge archive dating to the statesman’s youth and challenges the so-called revisionists.

Scene City: Literati Toast Knopf’s 100th Anniversary 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:25:14 GMT 
    The celebration at the New York Public Library celebrated authors like Toni Morrison and Robert Caro.

Bookshelf: Books on New York City Celebrate Its Sports and Its Jewish Delis 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:16:27 GMT 
    A look at John V. Lindsay, the “fun” mayor of New York, and a paean to the purveyors of pastrami.

‘Today Is Not Your Day,’ by Marian Thurm 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:10:48 GMT 
    Wringing entertainment from odd situations.

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‘The Conquering Tide,’ by Ian W. Toll  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:01 GMT
‘Strangers Drowning,’ by Larissa MacFarquhar  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:01 GMT
ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Niall Ferguson’s ‘Kissinger’  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:03:57 GMT
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