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William Styron’s ‘My Generation: Collected Nonfiction’ 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:02 GMT 
    Essays by the author of “Sophie’s Choice” consider an era of American literature shaped by global catastrophe.

‘Skyfaring,’ by Mark Vanhoenacker 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:02 GMT 
    An ode to the wonder of air travel, from the cockpit of a 747.

Ben Wattenberg, Neoconservative Author and PBS Host, Is Dead at 81 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:30:14 GMT 
    Mr. Wattenberg was a self-professed neoconservative and PBS commentator who was wary of a Democratic move to the left.

Theodore Weesner, Author of ‘The Car Thief,’ Dies at 79 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:09:31 GMT 
    Mr. Weesner, whose celebrated first novel was inspired in part by his wayward youth, earned plaudits for his patient, realistic narratives and humanely considered characters.

ArtsBeat: Zadie Smith to Collaborate on a Screenplay 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:21:50 GMT 
    The novelist Zadie Smith will write her first screenplay, with the French director Claire Denis.

Books of The Times: Review: Sarah Hepola’s ‘Blackout,’ on the Darkness That Took Over Her Life 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:11:00 GMT 
    This new memoir by Ms. Hepola, an editor at Salon, explores the causes and consequences of her addiction to alcohol, especially beer.

Stephen King Releases Exclusive Audiobook ‘Drunken Fireworks’ 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:46:26 GMT 
    The short story, to be included in a collection titled “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” is available months in advance only as an audiobook.

Bookends: Do Genre Labels Matter Anymore? 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:00:01 GMT 
    Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison discuss whether categorical descriptions are as stable or as useful as they used to be.

‘Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,’ by Kristen Green 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:00:01 GMT 
    After Prince Edward County closed its public schools, black children had no access to education.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Quartet,’ by Joseph Ellis, Details the Constitution’s Gang of Four 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:09:15 GMT 
    A history describes how Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Jay led the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia into producing a document for nation-building.

ArtsBeat: Rodgers and Hammerstein Biography on the Way 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:01:53 GMT 
    A biography of the musical writing team Rodgers and Hammerstein is scheduled to be published in 2018.

‘By the People’ and ‘Wages of Rebellion’ 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:03 GMT 
    George Packer on new books by Charles Murray and Chris Hedges about collective discontent in America.

‘The Full Catastrophe,’ by James Angelos 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:02 GMT 
    As the debt crisis drags on, Greece grapples with austerity.

Bookstores Plan Rollout for Next Harper Lee Novel 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:00:02 GMT 
    Booksellers are finding creative strategies for drawing in customers for the release of Harper Lee’s second novel, including midnight openings, Southern food and discussion groups.

Books of The Times: Review: Kevin Kwan’s ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ Skewers Vulgar Wealth in Asia 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:54:21 GMT 
    The second volume in what has been projected as a gossipy, good-humored trilogy features tales of the young and superrich as they squander huge sums of money.

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William Styron’s ‘My Generation: Collected Nonfiction’  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:02 GMT
‘Skyfaring,’ by Mark Vanhoenacker  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:02 GMT
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