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September 26, 2013 at 03:04 PM EDT

The Lowland

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Jhumpa Lahiri

This morning’s books news is apology-heavy, with an author responding to criticism over an interview and a North Carolina county backtracking on an unsavory decision from last week. Those headlines and more below:

David Gilmour, author of Extraordinary, told Random House’s Hazlitt blog that he’s “not interested in teaching women.” After (expectedly) receiving heated backlash on the Internet, Gilmour backpedalled, saying “these were very much tossed-off remarks.” He also attempted to place blame for the whole affair on the interviewer. [National Post]

The North Carolina county that banned Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man has retracted its decision. [LA Times]

Crime author Philip Kerr talked about people who inspire him, including David Attenborough and the other David Gilmour, the Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist. [The Telegraph]

The Lowland author Jhumpa Lahiri gave The New Yorker a behind-the-scenes look at her process. [The New Yorker]

Meanwhile, Roxane Gay questioned what it means to be a “black woman writer.” [The Nation]

In awards news, the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books announced this year’s shortlist. This year, the prize has been bumped up to £25,000. [The Guardian]

Finally, ICYMI: Republican Senator Ted Cruz filibustered the Senate from making a decision on Obamacare from Tuesday until Wednesday, reading Green Eggs and Ham and Ayn Rand in the process. [LA Times]

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