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1:30am

Fri August 15, 2014
Crime In The City

Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:30 am

Mary Lou Longworth has set most of her mysteries in Aix-en-Provence, a small city in Southern France. "I liked the idea of this beautiful, beautiful place having a dark side," she says.
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The southern French town of Aix-en-Provence is known more for good living than for murder. But the town's languid beauty is also what makes it a perfect setting for Mary Lou Longworth's Provencal mysteries with Inspector Verlaque.

On a recent afternoon, Longworth is comfortably ensconced at her favorite cafe under the plane trees. She watches the locals stroll by under a slanting, Mediterranean sun. Longworth could have set her mysteries 20 miles south of here, in the tough, crime-ridden port town of Marseille. But she says that would have been too predictable.

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7:00am

Thu August 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Expands Into Campus Bookselling

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:50 am

Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos is seen here, has launched a new store and staffed pickup center with Purdue University.
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7:37am

Wed August 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Christian Retailer Halts Sales Of Celebrity Pastor's Book

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:28 am

This undated photo provided by Crossway Books shows Mark Driscoll. Driscoll, pastor of Seattle's Mars Hill Church, invites his audience members to hit him with tough questions by way of text message. On Sunday evenings, after his last service, Driscoll answers the inquiries in real time on YouTube.
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6:47am

Tue August 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: George R.R. Martin Was Told Sci-Fi Would Rot His Brain

Novelist George R.R. Martin at Comic-Con Weekend on July 25 in San Diego.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:22am

Mon August 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Petitions, Orwell And The Amazon-Hachette Fight

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 7:55 am

A quote from George Orwell escalates the dispute between online retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

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