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'A Thousand Morons,' by Quim Monzó San Francisco Chronicle 

'A Thousand Morons,' by Quim Monzó A Thousand MoronsBy Quim Monzó; translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush(Open Letter; 111 pages; $12.95 paperback) Quim Monzó might just be the best writer youve never heard of. One could say hes Catalans best-known writer - in fact, the publicity materials for Monzós books...

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An Interview With John Sundman Firefighter, Techie, And E-Publisher On What It Takes For Creatives... techcrunch 

John Sundman is best known for his seminal dot-com-boom cyberpunk novel, Acts Of The Apostles but in his long career he has been a truck driver, a fireman, a construction worker, and an early employee at Sun Microsystems. Sundman’s cult following has brought him world-wide...

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At 85, writer’s tale refuses to die down Peninsula 

At 85, writer’s tale refuses to die down Tuesday, 19 November 2013 --> NEW YORK: American author Maya Angelou has written more than 30 books, won numerous awards, released her latest work, “Mom...

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'Fairyland,' by Alysia Abbott San Francisco Chronicle 

'Fairyland,' by Alysia Abbott FairylandA Memoir of My FatherBy Alysia Abbott(Norton; 326 pages; $25.95) When I remember Dad now, I mostly remember his innocence. Fairyland, Alysia Abbotts memoir of her father, Steve, seeks to recover that innocence - not just of a father, but of a world. Steve Abbott...

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One In Four Americans Owns A Tablet, Overtaking E-Readers, As Printed Book Consumption Continues... techcrunch 

We’re still waiting to hear from specific companies like Amazon with their latest (non-)numbers on how well their Kindle line of devices has sold over this holiday period, and from the various analysts that track overall device sales and shipments (but we’ve had a few...

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'Rage Is Back,' by Adam Mansbach San Francisco Chronicle 

Rage Is BackBy Adam Mansbach(Viking; 290 pages; $26.95) Of all the art forms born in the United States, graffiti may be the most maligned. It is certainly among the least represented in that sculpture garden of bourgeoisie respectability: the literary novel. There are novels...

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'The Fun Stuff,' by James Wood San Francisco Chronicle 

The Fun StuffAnd Other EssaysBy James Wood(Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 339 pages; $27) In his 2008 book How Fiction Works, James Wood burrowed through the techniques of narrative, detail, character, language and dialogue to arrive at a bracing conclusion about realism in an...

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'Through the Window,' by Julian Barnes San Francisco Chronicle 

Through the Window Seventeen Essays and a Short StoryBy Julian Barnes(Vintage; 243 pages; $15.95 paperback) Although British novelist Julian Barnes has never lacked for literary prestige, last years Man Booker Prize win for The Sense of an Ending brought renewed, late-career...

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