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Tanith Lee, Fantasy and Horror Novelist, Dies at 67 
  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:06:24 GMT 
    Ms. Lee became the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for best novel with “Death’s Master” in 1980.

  Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:06:14 GMT 
    The season’s horror books include Clive Barker’s “The Scarlet Gospels” and Andrew Pyper’s “The Damned.”

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Shepherd’s Life,’ by James Rebanks, an English Sheep Farmer 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:51:40 GMT 
    This book about the author’s small sheep farm in England explores a way of life essentially unchanged for centuries in an era full of change and flux.

What Judy Blume’s Books Meant 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:45:50 GMT 
    As Ms. Blume prepares to promote her new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” Lena Dunham, Samantha Bee and others discuss how her work influenced them.

Books: Review: ‘Unforgettable’ by Scott Simon: Saying Goodbye 140 Characters at a Time 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:06:22 GMT 
    In his memoir, Scott Simon recounts his talks with his dying mother on Twitter, joining.a national conversation on social media about death.

‘Reagan: The Life,’ by H. W. Brands 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:30:02 GMT 
    A new biography tries to understand our elusive 40th president.

‘Loving Day,’ by Mat Johnson 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:30:01 GMT 
    Mat Johnson’s new novel tells a semi-autobiographical story about race and mixed-race in America.

Touring the Bronx With Lloyd Ultan, a Borough Institution 
  Mon, 01 Jun 2015 02:50:25 GMT 
    Sharing his love and knowledge of the Bronx, Mr. Ultan, the borough historian, points out major tourist attractions and lesser-known gems in his latest book about his home.

Books of The Times: Review: Stephen King Leaps Through Time in ‘Finders Keepers’ 
  Sun, 31 May 2015 20:59:10 GMT 
    This middle volume of a trilogy that began with “Mr. Mercedes” lacks the high drama of the opening installment, but it has greater depth and time for reflection.

Malaysians Seek Escape in Pulp Fiction as Government’s Grip Tightens 
  Sun, 31 May 2015 00:42:09 GMT 
    A new-style pulp fiction in Malaysia has tapped into a desire for escapism among younger Malaysians as their country has become more socially conservative.

Bookshelf: A Fresh Lens on the Notorious Episode of Ota Benga 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 20:21:59 GMT 
    Pamela Newkirk engrossingly transforms what was billed in 1906 as a lesson in ethnography into a larger window on racism.

ArtsBeat: Mandela Documentary Wins Top Prize for Audio Books 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 18:47:40 GMT 
    “Mandela: An Audio History,” a documentary with first-person interviews and archival recordings, was named the Audiobook of the Year by the Audio Publishers Association.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Judy Blume’s ‘In the Unlikely Event’ 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 18:14:26 GMT 
    Ms. Blume talks about her new novel; Liesl Schillinger rounds up new travel books; and Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s memoir, “Primates of Park Avenue.”

ArtsBeat: James Bond to Find an Old Acquaintance in New Novel: Pussy Galore 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 16:13:26 GMT 
    The author Anthony Horowitz reveals some details of his coming James Bond novel, “Trigger Mortis.”

‘Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir,’ by Wednesday Martin 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 16:11:22 GMT 
    Wednesday Martin’s memoir is a takedown of upper-class culture by an outsider with a front-row seat.

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