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Four Hundred Fifty-One Degrees is not a boy band. The group was founded by a boy, and it is led by a boy, but its ranks are primarily girls. It came together just 18 months ago and, depending on the week, it claims 15 to 20 members. That fluctuation...
One of the literary world's favorite fiction prizes, the PEN/Faulkner award, announced its 2013 finalists Wednesday. In its 33rd year, the contenders come from publishers large and small. The finalists are Amelia Gray for "Threats," published by Farrar,...
In a previous column I discussed the practice of "sockpuppetry," where authors create fake online personas to pump up the ratings of their own books and trash those of their rivals. Recently, two additional stories have come to my attention that cast...
It's almost as if Kevin Smokler found himself in 30-something detention: well into adulthood, he was sentenced to go back and re-read the books he read in high school English class. He might have escaped if he hadn't been passing notes in class written...
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Just before N. Scott Momaday won the a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for "House Made of Dawn," Marshall Sprague reviewed the book for the New York Times and began: "This first novel, subtly wrought as a piece of Navajo silverware, is the work of a young Kiowa...
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-------------------- Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me A Graphic Memoir Ellen Forney Gotham: 248 pp., $20 paper -------------------- There's a glorious manic edge to Ellen Forney's "Marbles," a graphic memoir about the artist's battle...
As the American Library Association kick off Banned Book Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to censorship issues, a bizarre case of visual censorship by IKEA is in the news. The Swedish furniture company acknowledged that catalogs...
It's hardly shocking that the most fully realized characters in "The Casual Vacancy," J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, are the youngest. Fats Wall, Krystal Weedon, Gaia Bawden, Andrew Price, Sukhvinder Jawanda: Even the names are vaguely...
This summer Molly Ringwald said that she read "Fifty Shades of Grey" because "when a book becomes that big, I feel like it's culturally relevant." No book in recent memory has sold as fast as the lead title of E.L. James' erotic trilogy. It enjoyed an...
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
Clubs/Organizations Dulaney Valley Woman's Club — meets at St. Paul's Lutheran, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Spangler Hall, second Tuesdays at noon. Meetings include lunch and speakers, presentations. Jan Smith 410-561-1129. Baltimore Orioles Junior Birding...
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