The Speed Read

People just can't stop talking about Jonathan Littell's Nazi-channeling novel, The Kindly Ones....A scholar picks his very favorite books of spells....Real-world romance down, book romances up....UNESCO is launching a world digital library....Scholars have discovered 23 blank pages believed to be a lost play by Samuel Beckett....William Zinsser writes about writing On Writing Well....The three books novelist Rebecca Flowers read when she was downsized twice in three months....Jane Mayer's The Dark Side has won the J. Anthony Lukacs Book Prize, Timothy Brook's Vermeer's Hat has won the Mark Lyton History Prize, and Judy Pasternak's "Yellow Dirt: The Betrayal of the Navajos" has won the J. Anthony Lukacs Work-in-Progress award.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 8, 2009; 11:12 AM ET
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