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Spanish engineers create bookstore, hangout in Dallas

At first glance, the nondescript orange bungalow blends into the neat row of homes lining West Eighth Street in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood.It’s a bright and breezy Saturday, and the glass front ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:14

Bae Su-ah’s novels to be published in U.S.

Korean author Bae Su-ah’s novel “Cheolsu” will be published in English in the United States next April, LTI Korea announced.“I hope that American readers will be able to discover Bae’s creative a...

Updated : 2014.07.21 19:54

‘Song of the Shank’ celebrates a unique American musician

“Song of the Shank,” Jeffery Renard Allen’s epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book’s odd and sometimes confoun...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:19

‘Mockingbird Next Door’ recalls life with Harper Lee

What ever happened to Harper Lee? The Alabama native was 34 when her first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was published in 1960. This tale of childhood innocence and racial injustice in the Depress...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:18

Novel tells tale of ‘Unknown Americans’

“The Book Of Unknown Americans”Cristina Henriquez (Alfred A. Knopf)A dilapidated cinder-block apartment complex surrounded by a chain-link fence is the setting for Cristina Henriquez’s second nove...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:17

Boys will be boys (and sometimes girls)

AdamBy Ariel Schrag (Mariner)In Ariel Schrag’s audacious coming-of-age novel “Adam,” an inexperienced teenage boy falls in love with a lesbian and tricks her into believing he’s transgender so sh...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:16

[Weekender] Mega stores seek to connect with readers

In an effort to overcome a decline in sales, and the profoundly dwindling public interest in reading, Korea’s two largest book retailers Kyobo Book Center and Yes 24 set out their own unique strategi...

Updated : 2014.07.11 21:21

[Weekender] Small, unique booksellers survive competition

Generally speaking, price and brand power matter most in the bookstore business. These factors have earned price-competitive chains the lion’s share of the market, while the small, independent bookst...

Updated : 2014.07.11 21:20

Glimpse into China’s business culture

To know China, you must know “guanxi.” Lexically, it is a relationship or connection, but it means more than that. It contains important cultural implications that no single English word can explain...

Updated : 2014.07.10 20:49

Social worker runs afoul of survivalist in ‘Fourth of July Creek’

Fourth of July CreekBy Smith Henderson (Ecco)Reading the first pages of Smith Henderson’s astonishing new novel, you can sense the trouble rising like thunderheads over the plains. A cop waits outsi...

Updated : 2014.07.10 20:48

World of collectors of rare 78 rpm records

Midway through her thoughtful, entertaining history of obsessed music collectors and their quest for rare early 78 rpm records, writer Amanda Petrusich has a revelation. Focusing on one particular see...

Updated : 2014.07.10 20:47

For Maya Sloan, ghostwriting Jenners’ book just part of fiction fun

NEW YORK ― One day. That was all the time Maya Sloan allowed herself to Google reviews of the dystopian young adult novel she ghostwrote for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.Not surprisingly, Internet trolls...

Updated : 2014.07.03 20:47

‘War and Gold’ explains chaotic history of money

One of my souvenirs is a note from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. I paid a vendor in Victoria Falls $3 for it, and that was more than it was worth. Its value to me is in the impressive pledge on the no...

Updated : 2014.07.03 20:47

Maum’s novel an exercise in wit and ‘Fun’

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouBy Courtney Maum (Touchstone)Richard Haddon, the morose British artist at the center of Courtney Maum’s amusing and yet still heartfelt new novel, used to be ...

Updated : 2014.07.03 20:46

Powerful ‘Euphoria’ reimagines Mead

EuphoriaBy Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press)This novel is as concentrated as orchid food, packing as much narrative power and intellectual energy into its 250 pages as novels triple its size.Inspire...

Updated : 2014.07.03 20:46