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Book review: Crisp writing, vivid characters keep Peggy Blair's complex detective story from getting lost in the details

Ricardo Ramirez is a Cuban police officer navigating the arcana of a communist state while trying to solve murders and help his fellow citizens.

In past novels in this well-crafted police procedural series by Ottawa writer Peggy Blair, he’s always been aided in nabbing bad guys by the ghosts of the slain. 397 more words


Artist Robert Bateman explores creative process, love of nature in new memoirs

At 85, Robert Bateman may seem like a creature of habit.

The acclaimed wildlife artist and naturalist still paints seven days a week, from 10 a.m. 888 more words


Robert Bateman on nature, and the 'high priests' of high art

Robert Bateman has earned many awards — at least a dozen honorary doctorates, for example — but the wildlife artist describes one distinction with a particularly jovial smile. 994 more words

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How a 12 year old actress signed a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster

Quvenzhané Wallis is only 12 years old, but that doesn’t make her too young for a nice, fat book deal.

The Oscar nominee has signed a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster, who declined to disclose the financial terms. 221 more words