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The bestselling novel 'Sweetbitter' is coming to TV

The screen adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s bestselling debut “Sweetbitter” has been greenlighted by Starz network, which won a multiple-network bidding war over the novel in July. Starz ordered six half-hour television episodes of the scripted drama. Danler wrote the script for the first episode...

Ansel Elgort is slated the lead in the adaptation of 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

The film adaptation of Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” has found its Theo: the lead role in the movie has been offered to “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort, Variety reports. Speculation about the cast of “The Goldfinch” has been rampant since 2104, when Warner Bros. bought the film rights. “The Goldfinch”...

The 2017 National Book Award finalists

If there’s anything to be learned from the National Book Award finalists announced today, it’s that the long lists were entirely indicative of where the short lists would go. Women dominated the fiction long list 8-2, and now dominate the shortlist 4-1. And the weighty issues of American politics...

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty's house is for sale, just in time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, the Maryland house where “The Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty lived for 16 years is on the market. And it could be yours for just $3.2 million. The six-bedroom Georgian Colonial in the Burning Tree neighborhood in Bethesda was home to Blatty and his wife, actress...

9 books to help us understand mass shootings

America is reeling from the mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night, which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 others injured. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and much remains unknown at this point, including the motive...

Carmen Maria Machado's 'Her Body and Other Parties' reclaims the female body in subversive, joyful ways

Something is happening to women’s bodies. In Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, “Her Body and Other Parties,” women evaporate, are haunted after gastric surgery, literally lose their heads and chart an apocalyptic pandemic through their sexual encounters. Their every experience...

Ta-Nehisi Coates blazes a singular intellectual path in 'We Were Eight Years in Power'

Early in “We Were Eight Years in Power,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ third book, he writes, “[t]here is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else.” However, as he explains throughout these...

Edward St. Aubyn sets aside autobiographical fiction in 'Dunbar' and updates Shakespeare's 'King Lear'

Years ago in an undergraduate Shakespeare paper I posited that the lustful sisters of “King Lear,” Goneril and Regan, might have been affected by stages of the moon often mentioned in that play. “A bit far-fetched,” wrote my professor, dryly. I wonder what that professor might think of Abby and...

Voices of the City: Robin Coste Lewis' fierce and arresting poetry has its roots in Compton

The white fence is new but the tree she planted as a child still stands in front of the wood house, now stucco, pale yellow and cracked, forgotten Christmas lights hanging from its eaves. She laughs. Time sucks her back, the way it does, and she talks about backyard camping, cockfights and how...

Amazon to open bookstores in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas

Amazon will open brick-and-mortar bookstores — its 14th and 15th — in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, continuing its march into the world of physical retailing. Publishers Weekly reports that the stores are scheduled to open next year and will be Amazon's first in the District of Columbia...

Reading Stephen King's 'It': Still unsettling, all these years later

My eighth-grade English teacher had a no-Stephen-King rule — which was rich considering that she made us read Ayn Rand's "Anthem" — but King's new novel about an evil clown menacing the small town of Derry, Maine, was the size of a Buick, so she allowed me to do my book report on "It." I've written...

Lillian Ross, celebrated New Yorker writer, dies at 99

Lillian Ross, a celebrated New Yorker magazine writer who created classics of literary journalism, including novel-length pieces on Ernest Hemingway and the making of a Hollywood movie, has died. She was 99. New Yorker Editor David Remnick confirmed her death, but did not immediately have other...

Author Junot Díaz calls for help for hurricane-battered Puerto Rico

Award-winning writer Junot Díaz calls for aid for Puerto Rico, saying we need "new forms of solidarity, and new forms of love, not only for each other but for the lands from which we come."

A reading in the Batcave thanks to 90x90LA and the Griffith Park Storytelling Series

90x90LA pops up in Griffith Park's Bronson Caves as the reading series nears the end of its summer-long experiment.

Women take all the spots in the 5 Under 35 honorees from the National Book Foundation

The National Book Foundation has unveiled its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, recognizing a group of young authors who have published a debut work of fiction of extraordinary promise — a novel or short story collection — in the last year. And this year, they're all women. The 2017 honorees are Lesley...

Writing family stories: Jason Tougaw on his memoir 'The One You Get'

Jason Tougaw grew up gay in SoCal in the 1970s with a family that never fit in (a naked schizophrenic grandfather, famed declared-dead-but-not jockey Ralph Neves).

How the bestseller 'The Vegetarian,' translated from Han Kang's original, caused an uproar in South Korea

Before publishing his famous Chinese poetry translation “Cathay” in 1915, Ezra Pound apparently had no knowledge of Chinese at all. Instead, he worked from second-hand notes by another translator, boldly imposing his Imagist vision on classical Chinese poetry. Not surprisingly, he made quite a...

Science fiction gets criminal

Science fiction is often treated like a genre (and for a good reason), but genre lines can be incredibly blurry, with quite a bit of variation and room to play. One area that’s been growing recently is the sub-genre of crime stories and mysteries within sci-fi. Here is a selection worth investigating....

The dystopian future is already underway in Maja Lunde's novel 'The History of Bees'

“Our children and grandchildren” is a phrase often wheeled out in conversations about climate change. For politicians searching for heartstrings to tug, this is a logical rhetorical strategy, appealing to voters’ instincts to protect their kin. But it backfires in projecting the changing world...

Celeste Ng's new novel 'Little Fires Everywhere' sets suburbia aglow

Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a comfortable, peaceful, progressive suburb of Cleveland, a carefully planned community incorporated in 1912 that exists in a gentle state of idyll, sustained by adherence to the “rules, many rules, about what you could and could not do.” It’s a marvelous setting for a...

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