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Imaginary regions: travel book ‘journeys’ to fictional literary locations | Books

Despite the decades that have passed since they were conjured into existence, not everything has changed in Macondo or in Umuofia. The denizens of Gabriel García Márquez’s fictional Caribbean town remain condemned to solitude and questionable realities, while the people of Chinua Achebe’s allegorical Nigerian village are still dealing with the fallout from the things …

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Actor Colton Haynes has written a memoir, "Miss Memory Lane."

Colton Haynes, Channing Tatum, David Sedaris: New books this week

In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday. 1. “Miss Memory Lane,” by Colton Haynes (Atria, nonfiction) What’s about: The “Arrow” and “Teen Wolf” actor pulls back the curtain on his life, from his childhood …

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Novelist and NJ construction worker Bud Smith wrote book on his iPhone

Novelist and NJ construction worker Bud Smith wrote book on his iPhone

Every workday, New Jersey construction worker Bud Smith has a coffee break and a lunch break. That leaves him 15- to 30-minute intervals to type up the ideas swirling around in his head. That’s how Smith, 40, came to write his novel “Teenager,” (Vintage Books) a Bonnie and Clyde-esque teenage love story — which he …

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Sabba Khan and Maisie Chan triumph in Jhalak prizes for writers of color | Jhalak prize

Sabba Khan’s “striking” and “impeccable” debut, The Roles We Play, has won the Jhalak prize for best book by a writer of colour, becoming the first graphic novel to win the award. The children’s and young adult prize, meanwhile, was awarded to Maisie Chan for her “warm and funny” children’s novel Danny Chung Does Not …

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Books by women that every man should read: chosen by Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Richard Curtis and more | Books

The film-maker Richard Curtis realized during the first lockdown that he would at last have time to immerse himself in books. More specifically books by women, “to compensate for 63 years of male bias”, he explains. “It’s been an amazing two years: the glory of Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Daphne du …

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