Margaret Atwood http://nwpr.org en Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-cia-tried-use-doctor-zhivago-weaken-ussr <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li><a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/the-cia-and-doctor-zhivago-dispatch-from-jan-2-1958/921/">Declassified documents</a> show that the CIA used copies of <em>Doctor Zhivago</em>, Boris Pasternak's epic novel spanning 20th century Russian history, as a tool to try to provoke dissent in the Soviet Union. The book was banned in the USSR. The CIA recognized the novel's "great propaganda value," according to a 1958 memo, and had the novel printed and disseminated. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 44001 at http://nwpr.org Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR Book News: 500 Authors Demand International Bill Of Digital Rights http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-500-authors-demand-international-bill-digital-rights <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>More than 500 authors from around the world, including five Nobel Prize winners, have asked the United Nations for an international bill of digital rights. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 38564 at http://nwpr.org Book News: 500 Authors Demand International Bill Of Digital Rights Book News: TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Jailed For Diet-Book Lies http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-tv-pitchman-kevin-trudeau-jailed-diet-book-lies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Jurors in Chicago found author and infomercial host Kevin Trudeau <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/usa-trudeau-pitchman-idINL2N0IQ2BE20131112">guilty of criminal contempt</a> Tuesday for making false claims about his book, <em>The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About.</em> In a series of infomercials, Trudeau claimed the book revealed a "miracle substance" discovered in the 1950s and kept secret by food companies and the government that allows people to eat any Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:41:00 +0000 editor 37312 at http://nwpr.org Book News: TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Jailed For Diet-Book Lies Atwood Imagines Humanity's Next Iteration In 'MaddAddam' http://nwpr.org/post/atwood-imagines-humanitys-next-iteration-maddaddam With her weird, wistful new novel <em>MaddAddam</em>, Margaret Atwood completes the apocalyptic trilogy she began with <em>Oryx and Crake</em> and <em>The Year of the Flood</em>. Like its predecessors, <em>MaddAddam</em> is a blend of satiric futurism and magic realism, a snarky but soulful peek at what happens to the world after a mad scientist decimates humanity with a designer disease. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Annalee Newitz 34306 at http://nwpr.org Atwood Imagines Humanity's Next Iteration In 'MaddAddam' Book News: Why Batwoman Can't Get Married http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-why-batwoman-cant-get-married <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Last week, <em>Batwoman</em> writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/06/219572874/book-news-sushmita-banerjee-indian-author-who-fled-taliban-shot-dead">resigned</a>, saying DC Comics forced them to cancel a gay marriage plot in which Batwoman married her girlfriend. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:18:00 +0000 editor 33855 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Why Batwoman Can't Get Married Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97 http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-albert-murray-opponent-black-separatism-dies-97 <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The black jazz critic, essayist and novelist Albert Murray died on Sunday in Harlem at age 97. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:13:00 +0000 editor 32815 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97 Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-fbi-monitored-mexican-writer-carlos-fuentes <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A <a href="http://vault.fbi.gov/carlos-fuentes/carlos-fuentes-part-01-of-01/view">recently released FBI file</a> calls legendary Mexican novelist <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/15/152769822/carlos-fuentes-legendary-mexican-writer-dies">Carlos Fuentes</a> a "communist writer" and refers to a "long history of subversive connections." The dossier, which starts in the 1960s and spans decades, also reveals that the FBI had informants track his movements while in the U.S., an Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:43:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 29856 at http://nwpr.org