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Books: Dystopia, the election and when debate was an art form

I’ve been trying to come up with a single word or phrase to describe this year’s presidential election season. “Historic” doesn’t quite capture it. We used “divisive” in our pages this week. “Anxiety-producing” has been close to my heart, but I think “almost over” is my current favorite. Me, I’m...

Dystopias are fantastic in fiction. But do you really want to live in one?

Just a few days until the election, and a writer’s thoughts naturally turn to dystopias. Yes, dystopias — those stories where everything has gone to hell, hopefully in a compulsively readable way. Science fiction is the home genre of dystopian literature, and any knowledgeable student of the form...

Emma Watson left Toni Morrison books in the London subway with secret notes

Books helped make "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson a star. Now she's paying literature back by leaving free books with personal notes in London subway stations. Watson plantedcopies of Maya Angelou's memoir "Mom & Me & Mom" around the London Underground on Tuesday, she revealed on her Facebook...

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2016

November is NaNoWriMo; as aspiring authors know, that’s short for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo challenges would-be novelists to write a 50,000-word book during the month of November. It bills itself as "one part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party." Last year, more than 430,000...

Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles talk creativity, 'queer' art and the end of their relationship

Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles are no longer together, they revealed from the stage at the Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday night. “We still love each other,” Soloway said, “but we’re processing something now.” Myles interjected, “Right now.”    Soloway, the creator of the...

What do you think of Rachel Dolezal's book cover?

Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist who resigned as president of an NAACP chapter after it was revealed that she was a white woman pretending to be African American, has unveiled the title and cover of her forthcoming memoir on Instagram. The book, available for preorder on Amazon, is titled...

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is still fighting the good fight in 'The Wrong Side of Goodbye'

One of the decisions series fiction writers must make is whether to let their characters age or keep them anchored to a specific time period. There is no right or wrong choice, as the success of Sue Grafton can attest — her heroine, Kinsey Milhone, has aged less than 10 years over 24 novels. Conversely,...

Nell Zink's 'Nicotine' can leave a reader breathless

Imagine all the different ways people smoke. There’s the cinematic post-coital smoke, the break-up-the-work-day smoke, the pack-a-day smoke, the one-a-day smoke, the-I-only-smoke-at-parties smoke, the hiding-it-from-everyone smoke, and the long-slow-deep-drag-of-cool-Didionesque-contemplation smoke,...

T.C. Boyle explores a world within a world in 'The Terranauts'

The protagonists of T.C. Boyle’s new novel, “The Terranauts,” live in a bubble — an actual bubble, their lives conducted under glass. They are the inhabitants of a biodome called E2, located in the Arizona desert. It has a savannah, a rainforest and an artificial ocean the size of an Olympic swimming...

Love, Icelandically: On Oddny Eir's novel 'Land of Love and Ruins'

Oddný Eir has written novels, essay collections and books of poetry. She is also an environmental activist with a degree in political philosophy from the Sorbonne. Her novel “Land of Love and Ruins” was written in the aftermath of the Icelandic banking crisis (the canary in the coal mine for the...

Peter Thiel apologizes for what he wrote about rape in his book 'The Diversity Myth'

Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder who recently pledged $1.25 million to the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, apologized for comments he made about rape and diversity in a 1996 book he co-wrote, Forbes reports. In "The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance...

Poet Lucia Perillo dies at age 58

Lucia Perillo, a poet known for her sense of humor and her writing about living with multiple sclerosis, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 58 in Olympia, Wash., her publisher Copper Canyon Press confirms. Her most recent book, “Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones,” was published in February. In 2000,...

Alexander Chee on Jonathan Lethem's 'A Gambler's Anatomy': 'Oceans 11' meets 'Escape to Witch Mountain' meets a meningioma

I read the jacket copy for the new Jonathan Lethem novel a little surprised, a little uncertain — it sounded like “Escape to Witch Mountain” crossed with “Ocean’s Eleven”: A professional international backgammon player with telepathic powers has a concerning blot on his face that is distracting...

All the sex women want, at the touch of a button: 'Future Sex' explores being single now.

Fifteen years ago, I was a young music critic spending time in New York, discovering that a number of men in the industry wanted to have sex with me. I figured this out because they said things like “I want to have sex with you,” and offered up hotel rooms. (Now they’d probably save themselves...

If not marriage, then what? 'Future Sex' takes a fascinating, funny look

“Future Sex” By Emily Witt Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 224 pp., $25 Fifteen years ago, I was a young music critic spending time in New York, discovering that a number of men in the industry wanted to have sex with me. I figured this out because they said things like “I want to have sex with you,”...

Disney CEO Bob Iger gets a book deal

Bob Iger, whose tenure as chairman and chief executive of Walt Disney Co. has been marked by a string of high-profile acquisitions, will write a book about leadership for Random House, the publisher announced Monday. In a news release, Random House said Iger's book will explore "the ideas, values,...

Robert Pinsky's new poetry collection is considered and timely

Robert Pinsky is one of the most famous living poets in America — he once even appeared on an episode of “The Simpsons.” He was the U.S. poet laureate from 1997 to 2000, and he more or less defined the job for everyone who came after him, starting an enormously popular national poetry program and...

Why Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize is the best thing that can happen to the book world

When the Nobel Prize was given to Bob Dylan this week, it seemed to many in the book world like a lost opportunity. Each year, the bright light of the Nobel falls across our cultural canvas and illuminates the work of a major writer — and in recent years that’s usually been a writer who is little-known...

MacArthur and Truman face off in H.W. Brands' new history

After nearly seven decades, it is easy to forget the fierce, frantic terrors of the early Cold War. Despite victory in World War II, America had lost its nuclear monopoly due to Soviet spies, was confronting Soviet pressure in Europe, had “lost” China to communists and was battling the demons of...

How novelist Fernando Vallejo's work reveals Colombia's deep divisions

“Colombia changes but remains the same, this is the new face of the same old disaster,” Colombian novelist Fernando Vallejo wrote in “Our Lady of the Assassins” in 1994. Today, Colombia is in flux. Her citizens voted against a peace deal between the government and the FARC (Colombia’s oldest and...

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