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  • Writer Beware: the watchdog of the publishing world

    Chapter & Verse Writer Beware: the watchdog of the publishing world

    Massachusetts author Victoria Strauss talks about both the fraud and the opportunity available in today's book world.

  • Dickens' London comes to life in a new app

    Chapter & Verse Dickens' London comes to life in a new app

    A new app created by the Museum of London for their Dickens exhibit lets the user dive into the city that inspired the British author.

  • 5 best books about John Lennon

    5 best books about John Lennon

    John Lennon, killed by a gunman 31 years ago this week, was the subject for many biographers before and after his death. Here are a few of the best books about the Beatle we will never forget.

  • The Food52 Cookbook

    The Food52 Cookbook

    Looking for a cookbook that delivers – in equal shares – rigor, wit, and great recipes? "The Food52 Cookbook" may become your new best friend. 

  • Reader recommendation: The Paper Bag Christmas

    Reader recommendation: The Paper Bag Christmas

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 4 holiday TV classics that came from the printed page

    4 holiday TV classics that came from the printed page

    You've undoubtedly read Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," but did you know that the Rankin/Bass TV favorite "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (you know, the one with the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser) also began as a children's book? For millions of children today Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without certain beloved TV specials. But here's to remembering that the best of the lot all came from the printed page.

  • 5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    Everyone has Google on his or her computer these days – and that includes publishers. So why, in this day and age, would any author dare to plagiarize from the work of another? Nevertheless, the accusations continue to fly. Currently, Lenore Hart, author of "The Raven's Bride" is the latest on the hot seat, defending herself against charges that she plagiarized from another novel about Edgar Allan Poe's wife. Her publisher says she's innocent. While the outcome of the Hart incident is still to be determined, here are five high-profile cases in which an author was accused of plagiarism and fraud. Each – in its own way – rocked the book world in its time.

  • Harry Potter comes to Los Angeles

    Chapter & Verse Harry Potter comes to Los Angeles

    A new version of the Harry Potter theme park currently open in Orlando will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.

  • China In Ten Words

    China In Ten Words

    How do you best define a country? Chinese author Yu Hua summarizes his homeland in 10 words.

  • Reader recommendation: Eisenhower, The White House Years

    Reader recommendation: Eisenhower, The White House Years

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 10 top etiquette tips for the social-media age

    10 top etiquette tips for the social-media age

    How do you defriend your ex? Is it okay to ask someone out by text message? In his book 'Social Q's,' New York Times social etiquette columnist Philip Galanes offers solutions to some of the peculiar quandries of our age.

  • Amazon acquires children's book titles

    Chapter & Verse Amazon acquires children's book titles

    Amazon gains more than 450 titles from company Marshall Cavendish, helping the online retailer to solidify its move into publishing.

  • Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War

    Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War

    What did FDR feel on Dec. 7, 1941? Historian Steven M. Gillon brings the day Pearl Harbor was bombed into sharp relief.

  • Reader recommendation: Of Thee I Zing

    Reader recommendation: Of Thee I Zing

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 7 gifts for history and geography fans

    7 gifts for history and geography fans

    Stumped as to what to buy for that nephew who can name every president or the uncle with maps all over the house? Here are some of the best of the season's new geography and history books, from a history of both Bush presidencies to the latest edition of the magnificent Oxford world atlas.

  • 4 gift picks for your favorite movie fan

    4 gift picks for your favorite movie fan

    There's at least one on every gift list: a movie fan who sees everything on opening day, can name the 1939 Best Picture Oscar winner, and has watched all the Harry Potter special DVD features – and still wants more. For the cinephile in your life, here are four holiday gift books sure to please.

  • 15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks

    15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks

    They'll take you from Mount Hebron to Silicon Valley. These are the 15 nonfiction titles that Monitor book reviewers found to be the most outstanding of 2011.

  • 'Pride and Prejudice' from Greer Garson to murder mystery

    'Pride and Prejudice' from Greer Garson to murder mystery

    With P. D. James' new book 'Death Comes to Pemberley,' Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice' is getting another makeover. In James's story, it's six years after the end of the original book, and Elizabeth and Darcy's idyllic life is turned upside down when Lizzy's sister Lydia shows up claiming that her husband, George Wickham, has been murdered. But James' novel is hardly the first to revive the classic. Since its publication in 1813, Austen's most famous novel has had enduring popularity, inspiring everything from movie adaptations to a satire that adds zombies. Here are a few of the most memorable 'P&P' incarnations over the years.

  • 10 best fiction books of 2011

    10 best fiction books of 2011

    From an unnamed Balkan landscape to a baseball diamond at a small Midwestern college to an alternate universe, the fiction offerings of 2011 ranged far and wide. Here are the 10 that our Monitor reviewers found to be the most outstanding.

  • 6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    Searching out a gift for a bibliophile? From an annotated Jane Austen novel to an exhaustive plot compendium, one of these six books is sure to please.

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