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  • 10 influential authors who came to the US as immigrants

    These 10 immigrant authors have all made significant contributions to US literature and culture.

  • How foreign writers make it to US bookshelves

    They have to fight to overcome one glaring statistic: Only 3 percent of the books published in the US each year are books in translation.
    06/25/2011 11:25 am

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

  • A Good Fall

    A dozen engrossing, visceral tales about the difficulties faced by Chinese immigrants in America.
    12/10/2009 12:00 am

  • Chapter & Verse The most celebrated novel of the past 15 years? The award goes to....


    06/15/2009 01:00 am

  • Chapter & Verse Oh, those lovely fall books!


    05/27/2008 01:00 am

  • The high cost of a free life

    Novelist Ha Jin offers a realistic portrait of a Chinese immigrant’s search for purpose in the land of plenty.
    12/13/2007 12:00 am

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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