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5:51am

Wed August 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

President-elect Barack Obama waves to his supporters after delivering his victory speech at his election night party Nov. 4, 2008, at Grant Park in Chicago.
David Guttenfelder AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:50pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Author Interviews

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 6:07 pm

Soldiers fill a hole left by an explosion on a road outside Beiji, Iraq, in 2005. In his debut novel, Michael Pitre follows a group of Marines doing similar work on Iraq's highways.
Ryan Lenz AP

"Every inch of that place, every grain of sand, wanted desperately to kill us."

That's a line from a compelling new novel about the Iraq War, written by former Marine Michael Pitre.

Pitre was a history and creative writing major at Louisiana State when he joined the Marines after Sept. 11. He became an officer and served two tours in Iraq's Anbar province working in logistics and communications.

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7:01am

Tue August 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:39am

Mon August 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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1:26am

Mon August 25, 2014
Crime In The City

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

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:20 pm

The Hagia Sophia is one of the city's most well-known Byzantine monuments, but it's also home to a lesser-known memorial: a plaque for the man who encouraged the Fourth Crusade's plundering of the city.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Istanbul makes an exotic first impression: Boat traffic on the Bosporus sends waves brushing up against the shores of both Europe and Asia as enormous mosques and monuments from previous empires stand guard.

The city wears its history more openly than many, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to find. So writer Selcuk Altun spins mysteries that take his heroes into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of modern life.

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