Publisher speeds up release of book about Muhammad

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts to Book Hunger Club, By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer 50 minutes ago

NEW YORK – With British publication in doubt for Sherry Jones‘ “The Jewel of Medina,” the U.S. publisher of her controversial novel about the Prophet Muhammad has moved up the release date from Oct. 15 to Monday.

“By speeding up the publication, we wanted to reduce or eliminate the chance of violence,” Eric Kampmann, president of Beaufort Books, said Thursday, noting that three men were arrested in London last weekend for a fire-bomb attack on the offices of publisher Gibson Square.

“What had occurred in London, we didn’t want to have occur here. We wanted people to have a chance to read the book. Once they read the book, we thought the violence part of this story would disappear and people would be focusing on the story, and the book and Sherry.” Lagi

Jackie, the editing years, is subject of new book

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts to Book Hunger Club, Mon Sep 22, 12:08 PM ET

NEW YORK – Jacqueline Kennedy’s years as a book editor, many of them at Doubleday, will be the subject of a Doubleday book coming out in 2011.

Historian William Kuhn, who has written about British royalty and politics, is writing a biography, currently untitled, about the years that Kennedy worked in the publishing business, starting in 1975 with a brief time at Viking Press and then her 16 years at Doubleday, right up to her death in 1994.

Kennedy’s authors ranged from celebrities Michael Jackson and Carly Simon to Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian novelist. Lagi

Novelist David Foster Wallace found dead

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club, Sun Sep 14, 12:07 AM ET

CLAREMONT, Calif. – David Foster Wallace, the author best known for his 1996 novel “Infinite Jest,” was found dead in his home, according to police. He was 46.

Wallace’s wife found her husband had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Jackie Morales, a records clerk with the Claremont Police Department.

Wallace taught creative writing and English at nearby Pomona College.

“He cared deeply for his students and transformed the lives of many young people,” said Dean Gary Kates. “It’s a great loss to our teaching faculty.”

Wallace’s first novel, “The Broom of the System,” gained national attention in 1987 for its ambition and offbeat humor. The New York Times said the 24-year-old author “attempts to give us a portrait, through a combination of Joycean word games, literary parody and zany picaresque adventure, of a contemporary America run amok.” Lagi

“Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?”: U.S. book says maybe

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Sumber : Yahoo! News vi Yahoo! Alerts to Book Hunger Club By Claudia Parsons Wed Sep 17, 9:50 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Many experts put the chances of terrorists using a nuclear bomb much lower than public fears would indicate, a leading expert argues in a new book

“Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?” examines the history and psychology of nuclear terrorism, including whether or not terrorists could build a nuclear bomb, and if so, how bad it would be and how governments can prepare and avert disaster.

Author Brian Michael Jenkins is a senior adviser at the RAND Corp think tank who has written about nuclear terrorism since the 1970s. His new book was released this week by Prometheus Books.

Jenkins asked 180 experts, including intelligence officials, senior military officers, government officials and nuclear scientists, to rate the probability that terrorists would successfully detonate a nuclear bomb in the next 10 years. Lagi

‘Going Dutch’ is elegant and thought-provoking

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club By JONATHAN LOPEZ, For The Associated Press Mon Sep 15, 5:47 PM ET

Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory” (Harper. 432 pages. $35), by Lisa Jardine: In November 1688, Prince William of Orange, the elected leader of the Dutch republic, set sail from the port of Hellevoetsluis in command of a 450-ship invasion fleet bound for England.

William’s 20,000 troops landed on the coast of Devon, marched to London and deposed King James II, who was allowed to flee to France after a brief period of captivity. Coercing the approval of Parliament, William and his wife then usurped James’ throne, assuming the roles of king and queen of England. Or, at least, that’s one way to describe what happened.

This revisionist account of the Glorious Revolution — a watershed moment that’s more often seen as a rejection of James’ abusive rule by his own subjects — forms the centerpiece of London University professor Lisa Jardine‘s elegant and thought-provoking new book, “Going Dutch,” a sweeping chronicle of the intellectual, political and cultural links forged between England and the Netherlands during the 17th century. Lagi

Oprah picks novel of boy and his dog for book club

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club Mon Sep 22, 11:15 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Debut author David Wroblewski took more than 10 years writing his first novel but now looks destined for overnight success, chosen by influential U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey as her latest book club pick.

Oprah on Friday named “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by Wroblewski as the 62nd pick for her book club, saying the debut novel was “right up there with the greatest American novels ever written.”

“It’s everything you want a book to be,” Oprah said in a statement.

The novel is set on a northern Wisconsin farm in the 1970s and was described as tale of a mute boy named Edgar and the special bond he shares with his dog Almondine, interweaving mystery and family intrigue into a coming-of-age story. Lagi

Dexter Filkins is among fine war writers

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 29, 1:45 PM ET

The Forever War” (Alfred A Knopf. 384 pages. $25), by Dexter Filkins: For generations, war correspondence has been a hallowed art of journalism, a specialty craft in which even the most deft and skilled writers often fail — or for good reason never endeavor to try.

Dexter Filkins is one of war writings modern marvels, a writer of tremendous gifts and the appropriate grit to go where others will not. His newspaper work has put him in a pantheon of fine war writers and his remarkable new book, “The Forever War,” is a testament to why he belongs.

The author, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has braved the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and crafted his experiences into a vivid living history of Islamic terrorism‘s rise in the late 1990s and America’s fitful efforts to contain it on into the 2000s. Lagi

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