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January 21, 2007

Ask a Book Question: The 48th in a Series (Earth’s Children Finale) 0

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Pam writes in asking when the final book in a long running series will be published: Do you have any information as to when the sixth (and I believe final) volume in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series is due for publication? Auel’s series about a group of prehistoric people was launched in 1980 with the […]

January 16, 2007

Ask a Book Question: The 47th in a Series (When a Writer Comes to Town) 3

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Denise writes in asking how best to find out when authors are visiting her town: I was perusing your blog and thought you might know how I can get advance info on book tours. I have been to different publisher Web sites and sent in faxes per their requests, and I never get a response. […]

December 13, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 46th in a Series (The Third Ford First) 3

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Poornima wrote in with an interesting question about what to do when you really want to read a book, but there are books that come before it. Her question has to do with Richard Ford’s new book The Lay of the Land, which was recently reviewed on this blog by Noah. Poornima asks, I have […]

April 20, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 45th in a Series (Calvino Questions) 1

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Molly writes in with a question about Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees. I am having a book club meeting to discuss The Baron in the Trees, by Calvino. I am having the hardest time finding discussion questions. Any leads? Millions contributor Emre has read the book, but he’s out of the country and […]

March 15, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 44th in a Series (The mainstream novels of Philip K. Dick) 3

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Don writes in with this question: Philip K. Dick wrote seven mainstream novels. I think they are pretty terrific, but except for sci-fi fans, no one pays much attention to them. Can you or your readers explain why these novels have received so little recognition among readers of “literary fiction”? Long before Dick became a […]

March 1, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 43rd in a Series (Finding Historical Fiction) 9

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Katie writes in with this question: When I was in Rome I read I, Claudius [by Robert Graves] and loved it. Now I’m looking for other historical fiction, of any period or nationality, that does a comparable job of bringing a time and place to life and maintaining some literary credibility. Any suggestions? According to […]

January 21, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 42nd in a Series (Garcia Marquez and Kawabata) 1

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Ashok writes in with this question about a pair of “magical realists:” I heard that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores can be read as a continuation of a Yasunari Kawabata novel. Can you tell me which is that novel? Kawabata was the first Japanese Nobel Laureate in literature (1968), and while not […]

August 2, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 41st in a Series (Inflating print runs) 0

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Laurie noticed that she sometimes sees two different print numbers for the same book and wrote in with this question: How do you find out how many copies are being printed of a new book? Is there a single website that lists this? I’ve only occasionally seen the number printed in a first run, sometimes […]

July 24, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 40th in a Series (The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford) 0

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Dee writes in with this question: Do you know when Richard Ford’s sequel to Independence Day will be published? Richard Ford’s Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winning Independence Day from 1995 revisits Frank Bascombe, who Ford first introduced to readers as The Sportswriter in 1986. In the novels, Ford plumbs the angst of the 1980s […]

July 12, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 39th in a Series (Finding First Editions) 0

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Michael writes in with this question: I want to know how to determine if I have a first edition book or not. I have several books, Black Beauty 1945 without any other copyright dates, I also have The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, without any dates but the one given, Darwin doesn’t even have […]