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4:55am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: New Bond, James Bond, Novel; Jane Austen's Love Lessons

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:51 am

Sean Connery during the making of the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again."
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A new James Bond novel by William Boyd will come out in the U.S. in October. The novel will be a return to the "classic" Bond, and will be set in the 1960s. Ian Fleming, the original Bond author, died in 1964.
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11:20am

Mon February 18, 2013
Book Reviews

Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:23 pm

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It used to be a truism among critics of British poetry that Keats and most of his fellow Romantic poets worked in the shadow of John Milton. I'm not making a perfect analogy when I suggest that most contemporary Japanese writers seem to be working under the shadow of Haruki Murakami, but I hope it highlights the spirit of the situation.

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5:57am

Mon February 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Fires German Security Firm After Claims Of Intimidation

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:02 am

Books in an Amazon warehouse in Bad Hersfeld, Germany.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:42am

Mon February 18, 2013
Books

'The Dinner' Asks: What Will You Do To Protect Your Family?

Herman Koch is a Dutch writer and actor. The Dinner is his sixth novel; it originally came out in Dutch in 2009, and has since been published in 25 countries.
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Dutch author Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner is one meal you may feel a little strange after. The titular dinner is one planned by two couples — two brothers and their wives — at which they must discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring.

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11:59am

Sun February 17, 2013
Author Interviews

Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 3:00 pm

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.
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As the European editor of Rolling Stone, Jonathan Cott spent his time interviewing legendary musicians like Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend. But in 1968, he finally got the opportunity to meet his hero, John Lennon. Cott was nervous.

"He said, 'There's nothing to be nervous about,'" Cott recalls. "'It's going to be OK, and we're doing it together, and that's what really matters.'"

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