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July 14, 2011

Shorties (Rilo Kiley, Glen Duncan, and more)

Rilo Kiley has officially announced the band's breakup.

Glen Duncan talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his new novel, The Last Werewolf.

Rocks Off! lists 25 essential eponymous albums.

Flavorwire lists weird writing habits of famous authors.

The Georgia Strait profiles singer-songwriter Kathryn Calder.

Her often charmed life has her positioned as a potent double threat. Indie-pop addicts know Calder as a member of the New Pornographers, which she joined as a singer and keyboard player in 2005. Not content to ride shotgun with one of the most critically adored bands in North America, she branched out last year with the gorgeous solo debut Are You My Mother?.

A literary map of Edinburgh.

Vulture compares new solo albums by Fiery Furnaces' members Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger.

Robot 6 points out a new Osamu Tezuka iPad app that collects 62 volumes of the manga legend's work as well as 39 motion comics.

Frank Black talks to the Kansas City Star about his post-Pixies solo career.

At the Guardian, illustrators name their favorite graphic novelists.

Nerve lists five surprisingly good songs from actors' vanity albums.

The New York Times reviews Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham's graphic novel Level Up.

Now, with both delicacy and emotional heft comes a graphic novel, “Level Up,” written by Gene Luen Yang (no relation to Wesley Yang) and illustrated by Thien Pham, a book so good it’s hard not to fall back on reviewer’s clichés.

Singer-songwriter and author Alina Simone shares a birdwatching story in the New York Times.

Comic Riffs and The Arty Semite remember Harvey Pekar a year after his death.

NPR recommends three grown-up books for the Hogwarts graduate, including Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

The Chicago Tribune also ponders the "next big thing" in fantasy books.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists