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Percival Everett's 'So Much Blue' takes on art and secrets — and he doesn’t have the broad audience his writing deserves

When we meet Kevin Pace, the protagonist/narrator of Percival Everett’s new novel, “So Much Blue,” he’s 56 years old and has found the space and medium for fashioning himself finally. Since the bulk of this kind of measuring happens in the “unassailable privacy of the soul,” as James Baldwin names...

The remarkable curator Walter Hopps and the less than perfect book about him, 'The Dream Colony'

When Walter Hopps went to pick up painter Frank Lobdell to bring him to his 1966 opening at the Pasadena Art Museum, he found Lobdell soused in his hotel room. Hopps, who had become the youngest museum director in the United States when he took the helm at the Pasadena museum at age 31 in 1964,...

'The Long Haul' is a trucker's take on America, measured in millions of miles

We’ve all done it: The exit's up ahead, but there’s a tractor-trailer in the way, lumbering along, blocking the turn. Zoom ahead, pass quickly, make it just in time — but what we’ve unknowingly executed is a “suicide squeeze.” The tractor-trailer (fully loaded at 80,000 pounds) can struggle to...

The immigrant novel, 2017: Lisa Ko’s ‘The Leavers’ shines a light on ugly truths

The immigrant novel is a staple of American literature — after all, the American immigrant story is as old as the country itself. Classics like Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and “My Ántonia” by Willa Cather helped define whole eras of our history; first- and second-generation authors, including...

Roxane Gay's 'Hunger' is ferociously honest

Like the majority of women in America, I think about nearly every piece of food that I put into my mouth. We all know why too. Because apart from money, thinness is the country’s most valued and desired currency. If you are a woman, of any race, it’s nearly impossible not to internalize this mainstream...

Elizabeth Gilbert and Rayya Elias tie the knot in 'ceremony of love'

Author Elizabeth Gilbert left her husband for her best friend. They just got married in a civil ceremony.

Move over, Schwarzenegger: New book uses Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a workout inspiration

If you want to get in shape, you're going to have to feel the Ginsburn. That's according to a Washington, D.C., personal trainer who has written a workout book based on the exercise routine of one of his most famous clients: 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trainer Bryant...

Adriana E. Ramirez on why readers love 'The Hate U Give'

One of the biggest young adult novels in the country — having sold more than 63,000 copies since its debut in February — deals with a young girl facing off against an institutional conspiracy to oppress her people. The teenage heroine gets dragged into a cultural rebellion and does her best to...

A new J.R.R. Tolkien book hits shelves, 100 years after it was conceived

Good news for “Lord of the Rings” fans: A new book by J.R.R. Tolkien hit shelves Thursday, a century after the fantasy author first started working on it. “Beren and Lúthien,” a story that Tolkien recounted in a chapter of his posthumously published “The Silmarillion,” was edited by his son Christopher...

The AI in C.A. Higgins 'Radiate' poses fundamental questions

We’ve seen many stories and theories about artificial intelligence, enough to know that it’s likely computers will gain some sort of sentience one day. But how will that happen? How will humans respond to it? And, perhaps most importantly, what will an artificial intelligence (AI) think of the...

Leave it to Cory Doctorow to imagine a post-apocalyptic Utopia

It's clear that Cory Doctorow's novel 'Walkaway' is about ideas, alternatives and imagining a better near-future

Bill O'Reilly's next book, 'Killing England,' will be his take on the American Revolution

Bill O'Reilly, the bestselling author and political commentator who was fired by Fox News in April after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, is writing a book about the American Revolution. "Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence," will be released on Sept....

Author Paul Beatty faced a strangely racial interview in Australia

Paul Beatty, celebrated as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, appeared in an onstage interview at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Australia on Friday. But when the conversation turned to race, things got heated. ABC Radio National host Michael Cathcart, who is white, was...

Denis Johnson had ruthless honesty and transcendent power

Denis Johnson ought to have had a free pass. Denis Johnson ought to have been exempt. To write as he did, in this crucible of a world, it ought to be worth more than to die on Wednesday at 67, or perhaps to die at all. Think of the transcendent power of his sentences, the ruthless honesty, the...

Digging up gems — and skeletons: the critic Juan Vidal on writing memoir

I was on the phone with my uncle, a doorman in Queens, when our conversation hit an awkward pause, the kind in which one person is left waiting on the other to reveal the punchline. I’d called him from my home in Atlanta, where I’d recently moved via Miami to finish a book. "Well?" I asked, expectant....

Writing (and not writing) during a political maelstrom

In 1987, when I was finishing my undergrad degree at UC Berkeley, Ross Thomas came to town to give a reading. Thomas was one of my idols, a spy novelist whose intricate, hilarious plots featured world-weary political fixers, career double agents and titles that seem less dreamed up than stewed...

Amazon hopes to take Manhattan with New York bookstore

Amazon will open its seventh bookstore on Thursday in New York, the company's first brick-and-mortar location in the home city of America's publishing industry. The 4,000-square-foot store, near the headquarters of publishers Penguin Random House, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, held a soft opening...

Two sisters turned their passion into the Ripped Bodice, America's only romance-only bookstore

“We wanted a lot of light in the space,” says Bea Koch from one of the baroque, Victorian couches that form a makeshift living room in the center of the Ripped Bodice, America’s sole romance-only bookstore, which she owns with her sister Leah. “Romance is hidden a lot, and this store is not hiding...

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