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Apr 7, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

Hilary Mantel

Starting today, the New Republic is walling off its print content, creating the "TNR Society," a place where connoisseurs can imbibe the magazine's "premium content," and enjoy "other new perks, like insider newsletters, articles, and invitations to high-profile events." As for the clubby vibe, TNR has never prided itself on being overly friendly; as editor Leon Wieseltier said after James Wood left for the New Yorker, "David [Remnick] believes that civility is a primary intellectual virtue. I believe it’s a secondary intellectual virtue, or no intellectual virtue at all.”

Over at the Morning News, the Tournament of Books has come to a thrilling close with a showdown between Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

In 1996, the small publisher Orchises Press managed to land J. D. Salinger's novella Hapworth 16, 1924—and then they lost the deal. Orchises's owner Roger Lathbury explains how.

There's Twitter chatter that fab American figure skater Johnny Weir—who was chastised for seeming too gay in his typically glitterific performances—may be shopping a memoir.