Gary Shteyngart http://nwpr.org en Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-celebrity-gabriel-garcia-marquez <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The instantly recognizable man with the immaculate white moustache was a novelist, but he was also a journalist, a political agitator and a celebrity with a reach unlike any writer since Mark Twain. When Gabriel Garcia Marquez <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/10/156561881/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-to-latin-america-dies">died Thursday</a> at the age of 87, presidents, authors, actors and pop stars made public statements. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 44580 at http://nwpr.org Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez 'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart http://nwpr.org/post/you-cant-be-furry-and-other-life-lessons-gary-shteyngart Novelist Gary Shteyngart was a wheezing, asthmatic and fearful 7-year-old when he and his parents emigrated from the Soviet Union to Queens, New York, in 1979. (This was soon after America negotiated a trade deal with the Soviets that included allowing Jews to immigrate to Israel, Canada or the U. S.) He tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross that his health was a deciding factor in his parents' decision to move.<p>"When I was growing up, the ambulance would come almost every week to take me to the hospital because there were no other treatments for asthma," he says. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:43:00 +0000 editor 39690 at http://nwpr.org 'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart Book News: Scores Of Books Burned In Lebanese Library Torching http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-scores-books-burned-lebanese-library-torching <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A library belonging to a Greek Orthodox priest was torched in Tripoli, Lebanon, last week, <a href="http://gulfnews.com/news/region/lebanon/assailants-torch-decades-old-library-in-north-lebanon-1.1273671">according to Agence France-Press</a>. Around two-thirds of the 80,000 books reportedly were destroyed. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:22:00 +0000 editor 39703 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Scores Of Books Burned In Lebanese Library Torching Book News: Steve Jobs Biographer Asks Internet To Help Edit New Book http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-steve-jobs-biographer-asks-internet-help-edit-new-book <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Walter Isaacson, the author of a bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, is posting chapters of his next book online for crowdsourced edits. The as-yet-untitled book, which he describes as "a narrative about the people who helped to create the most important innovations of the digital age," argues that innovation is often the result of collaboration, rather than a single inventor. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:24:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 39647 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Steve Jobs Biographer Asks Internet To Help Edit New Book Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success http://nwpr.org/post/gary-shteyngarts-little-failure-unambivalent-success <em>Meg Wolitzer's most recent novel is </em>The Interestings.<p>What's potentially more troubling than a memoirist out for revenge? One who's only out for truth. Gary Shteyngart's dazzling, highly enjoyable book is the story of his life — a story that he owns, along with all the details. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Meg Wolitzer 39654 at http://nwpr.org Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-amazon-launches-imprint-short-fiction <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amazon Publishing has launched a new imprint, StoryFront, that aims to publish "high-quality short fiction across genres." Amazon has already been experimenting with short fiction through Kindle Singles and <em>Day One, </em>a weekly literary magazine that launched in October. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:43:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 38282 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction Book News: Campaigner For Jane Austen Banknote Deluged With Threats http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-campaigner-jane-austen-banknote-deluged-threats <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Caroline Criado-Perez, the feminist activist who successfully campaigned to make Jane Austen the new face of Britain's 10-pound note, has been inundated with hundreds of death and rape threats on Twitter after the banknote news broke last week. Criado-Perez responded by retweeting the threats to her followers. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:24:00 +0000 editor 31746 at http://nwpr.org