Newtonite named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

We're not surprised to see him on the list, just proud! Atul Gawande, author of THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO, BETTER, and COMPLICATIONS, and one of our favorite authors at Newtonville Books, was named by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2010. Tom Dashle, who wrote Atul's profile, says: "In this historic time for health policy, the … [Read more...]

China Miéville wins unprecedented Arthur C Clarke award triple

His first venture into crime fiction – albeit with a fantastical edge – has won China Miéville the UK's most prestigious science fiction prize, the Arthur C Clarke, for an unprecedented third time. The City and the City is set up as a straightforward crime novel: in the dilapidated city of Beszél in eastern Europe, Inspector Tyador Borlú … [Read more...]

Major Shake-ups Ahead for Archie Comics

Apparently the "Archie" comics series still exists and is entering its 70th year of publication (I thought the series had expired before Nixon's presidency), and to commemorate the occasion, Archie Comics is reshuffling its cards in some major ways in order to attract new pre-teen readers. Among the changes are the inclusion of the comic's first … [Read more...]

Summer Movies Based on Books!

Get ready to see several film adaptations of popular books this summer.  Among the books being brought to the big screen are Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire and Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.  The Swedish version of The Girl Who Played with Fire will be released on July 2nd-American versions of Larsson's thrillers are … [Read more...]

Lange Biography Featured on NPR

NPR featured a look at Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits on today's Morning Edition.  The biography, written by Linda Gordon, was one of the books published in 2009 that were honored at this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony.  Among the topics addressed by Gordon are Lange's feelings towards the iconization of her portraits, … [Read more...]

Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact. The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the … [Read more...]

Marilyn Monroe writings to be released this fall

Musings about life, literature and other rarely seen writings by Marilyn Monroe will be published this fall. Farrar, Straus & Giroux announced Tuesday that "Fragments" would come out in October. Editor Courtney Hodell said the book would include poems, photographs, reflections on third husband Arthur Miller and other men in Monroe's life, and … [Read more...]

New Book on Life of Pearl Buck

A new biography on Pearl Buck will be released in June.  Hilary Spurling's Pearl Buck in China:  Journey to The Good Earth has gotten a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the magazine's latest issue also features an interview with Spurling on her research. Read the review below! Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth … [Read more...]

Wrinkle in Time Headed for Graphic Adaptation

Beloved children's book A Wrinkle in Time is soon to receive a graphic novel adaptation. Madeleine L'Engle's story of Meg Wallace's mindbending journey to rescue her uniquely gifted brother Charles has been adored by millions of readers over the decades (including your humble poster), and decorated cartoonist Hope Larson is sure to present the … [Read more...]

The 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony honors the best books of 2009

2009 WINNERS Biography Linda Gordon, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Co.) Current Interest Dave Eggers, Zeitoun (McSweeney’s Books) Fiction Rafael Yglesias, A Happy Marriage (Scribner) Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Philipp Meyer, American Rust (Spiegel & Grau) History Kevin … [Read more...]