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5:23am

Thu October 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Author, Mo Yan, Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize In Literature

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 5:53 am

Mo Yan.
J. Kolfhaus, Gymn. Marientha

Mo Yan, the Chinese author, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature this morning.

Mo Yan, the Nobel committee wrote, uses his "hallucinatory realism" to merge "folk tales, history and the contemporary."

"Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition," the committee explained in its citation.

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1:15am

Wed October 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Virgin's Richard Branson Bares His Business 'Secrets'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:53 am

Richard Branson is the founder and chairman of Virgin Group.
Paul Morigi Invision/AP

Richard Branson is not your average entrepreneur. He dropped out of school at 15 and, despite suffering from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, went on to found Virgin Group, a business empire that includes airlines, cellphone companies, banks, hotels, health clubs and even a space travel business.

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12:33am

Tue October 9, 2012
Author Interviews

'Mr. Penumbra' Bridges The Digital Divide

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:25 am

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Author Robin Sloan has spent time on both sides of the digital divide, both as a short-story writer and an employee at Twitter — where he described his job as "something to do with figuring out the future of media."

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12:38pm

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

The Wild Adventure Continues In 'Under Wildwood'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 12:04 pm

Precocious seventh grader Prue McKeel looks over a City of Moles under siege in a scene from Under Wildwood.
Carson Ellis Balzer & Bray

Colin Meloy is best known as the front man for the band the Decemberists. His music is praised for its lyrical quality and the stories the songs tell, so it may not be a surprise to learn Meloy is also a writer.

His newest book is a collaboration with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. The book is intended for young readers, the second in a series called Wildwood Chronicles.

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4:11am

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

'Wooden Floors' Pack Hidden Thrill In Author's Debut

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:24 am

Wooden floor and chair
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Housesitting is a delicate chore. It involves inhabiting someone else's home — their personal space, watching over their stuff — and sticking to the Boy Scouts' creed to leave no trace. That's pretty much the opposite of what happens in Will Wiles' debut novel, Care of Wooden Floors. It's the story of an already strained friendship pushed to the breaking point by a housesitting favor gone terribly, terribly wrong.

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