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Calendar, Night&Day Readers, Meet Writers

Readers, Meet Writers

Paper or plastic. Creamy or crunchy. White or wheat. Regular or decaf. Some choices are easier to make, especially when it comes to choosing which talks to attend on BookFest Sunday, with its impressive lineup of established and emerging writers.…
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"The Flame Alphabet": Ben Marcus Speaks at Bookfest

Sunday, Feb. 26 Ben Marcus' bracing 2012 novel The Flame Alphabet (Knopf) makes high, messy art from the fantastic. His premise — that the language of children suddenly is toxic to adults — has an immediate power but takes on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ben Marcus Talks About <em>The Flame Alphabet</em>, a Novel Where Language Literally Kills

Ben Marcus Talks About The Flame Alphabet, a Novel Where Language Literally Kills

In Ben Marcus' new novel, The Flame Alphabet, language has become toxic. People weaken when spoken to and, later, even when they read. They lose mass, energy, and willpower. The symptoms are at their very worst when children (who are…
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Calendar, Night&Day Notable American Writer

Notable American Writer

In his debut novel, Notable American Women, literary hipster Ben Marcus relies on clever language and postmodern artifice to philosophize on the kind of thorny topics that make postgrad English majors slaver. Set in an imaginary Ohio, his story revolves…
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