Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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Tom Hanks Talks

In addition to being an acclaimed actor, director and screenwriter, Tom Hanks, known as the nicest guy in Hollywood, can now add published author to his list of accomplishments. On Wednesday, his book of short stories, “Uncommon Type,” was published.


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A New Novel From the Late Sam Shepard to Be Published in December

In the months before his death in July, the playwright Sam Shepard worked on a novel, narrated by a man recalling his past as he is treated for a debilitating medical condition. As he was writing, Mr.

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With ‘La Belle Sauvage,’ Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy

It’s been nearly two decades since Philip Pullman published “The Golden Compass”and the other two books in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy, but I still remember how intoxicating they were to read, and how bereft I felt afterward.

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Stalin, Hitler and the Temptations of Totalitarianism

A hundred years ago, a malignant form of governance, both modern and barbaric, slouched towards St. Petersburg to be born. As it grew, it swept across Eurasia, enveloping the largest territorial state on the planet and cloning itself elsewhere.

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Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out

Jann Wenner and his biographer are no longer on speaking terms. If things had gone according to Mr. Wenner’s plan, the two of them would be appearing together at parties, talks and other promotional events timed to the publication on Tuesday of the 547-page tome from Alfred A. Knopf.

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Stalinist Crimes in Ukraine That Resonate Today

RED FAMINE Stalin’s War on Ukraine By Anne Applebaum 461 pp. Doubleday. $35. The Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum has long lived in and written about Eastern Europe and is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gulag: A History.