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On the experiments that inspired T. C. Boyle’s new novel; the oldest continuously running bookstore in America; U.K. study finds school-age boys read “less thoroughly” than girls; and other news.
French poet Paul Verlaine’s gun goes to auction; Nine Dots Prize offers $100,000 for a yet-to-be-written book; Ben Fountain on the film adaptation of his award-winning novel; and other news.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One highlights the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Zadie Smith’s Swing Time and Fanny Howe’s The Needle’s Eye, offering a glimpse into the worlds of these new and noteworthy titles.
A reader’s guide to the fall’s big literary awards; The Women of Brewster Place novelist Gloria Naylor has died; London theater will present the first stage adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels; and other news.
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