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Room for Debate: Beyond Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss still gets a lot of attention but what other young children's books and authors deserve attention?

Ann Rule, Author of Books on Ted Bundy (a Friend) and Other Killers, Dies at 83

Ms. Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” the 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, became an instant top seller.

You/Are Entering

Apparently the confessional poets hated being known as confessional poets. Writers like John Berryman and W.D. Snodgrass responded badly when given the label. How do we understand their shared revulsion to the term? At The Paris Review Daily, an argument that we can find the answer in an unlikely place: The Twilight Zone.

The Rumpus Interview with Mia Alvar

Author Mia Alvar discusses her debut short story collection, In the Country, fictional motherhood, literature’s role in society, and the limits of belonging to a place.

Jubilate: An Homage in Catterel Verse

For I will consider my Cat Cherie for she is the very apotheosis of Cat-Beauty which is to say, nothing extraordinary for in the Cat, beauty is ordinary like the bliss conferred upon us in the hypnosis of purr- ing. She has been known to knead her claws upon a sleeve. Show More Summary

Brian Panowich's Glorious Bull Mountain Pays Homage to Southern Noir

One of the subset genres of fiction that is often used, but rarely triumphs in bringing something original to the table, is the small town crime novel, more specifically, the southern small town crime novel. While it is popular to depict...Show More Summary

James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues at 20

1994. I remember it well. Bill Clinton was waging war on poor women who were mothers in his efforts at welfare reform. Our celebrity obsessions included OJ Simpson and Tonya Harding. We watched Forrest Gump and listened to Whitney Houston declare again and again, "I will always love you." Gay men continued dying from AIDS. Show More Summary

The End of Vertigo's Fables

For the last thirteen years, the DC Comics imprint Vertigo has been putting out a comic book called Fables. It's set in a world where the storybook fables of folklore, books, and nursery rhymes are real and they've been displaced from their homelands, living amongst us in our "mundane" world. Show More Summary

Wish You Were Here...Mike Roberts: The Life & Times of America's Postcard King

It has taken Bob Roberts a quarter of a century - during which time he was heavily preoccupied running California's ski industry as President and CEO - to get his father Mike's life story into print. The result is a fascinating glossy tome called Wish You Were Here...The Life And Times of America's Postcard King. Show More Summary

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance From Self-Published Authors?

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising. Traditional publishing actively works to position itself against nontraditional publishing yet has no issue whatsoever with scooping up self-published success stories. Show More Summary

"Black Day: The Monster Rock Band" Author, Marcus Sikora, Is A Storyteller who Happens to Have Down Syndrome

When I handed my 8 year-old son a personalized, autographed copy of the children's book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, I told him the author, Marcus Sikora, was a 25 year-old man with Down syndrome. I was anticipating some fixed response, as mothers are want to hope for--and are usually wrong about. Show More Summary

Beautiful Ruins: A Wildly Imaginative Work of Art

By John Lescroart | Off the Shelf I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that narrative voice is the single most important element in fiction. Let's call it some ephemeral mixture of tone, timing, sensibility, word choice, andShow More Summary

Joshua Braff Talks About the Daddy Diaries, Flannery O' Connor, and Filmmaking

Joshua Braff is the author of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green and Peep Show. He lives in California with his wife and two kids. Loren Kleinman (LK): The Daddy Diaries is a novel about a stay at home dad and his two preteen kids. Show More Summary

With Apologies to My Mother

Botafogo Bay and Sugarloaf | Photo by Higor de Padua Vieira Neto My first book, Dancing with the Devil in The City of God: Rio de Janeiro on The Brink launches on Tuesday; Wednesday will be my first public reading at Boston's Porter Square Books. Show More Summary

This Writer's Life: A Conversation With Pam Jenoff

Every so often you meet someone that is truly living their dream and following their passions. If you get a little closer, you will find that this often means a real commitment and a lot of work. If pursuing passions were an OlympicShow More Summary

The End. Or Is It?

After months of waiting and speculation readers have been weighing in on Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" and now we've finally cracked another much-discussed manuscript curiosity, Dr. Seuss' "What Pet Should I Get?"...

Paula McLain on the Much Anticipated Follow-Up to "The Paris Wife"

Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, one of the first female aviators and a compelling character long before she had wings...

Azar Nafisi delivers a case for fiction

In The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi reminds us of the need for literature in society today and calls us to stand up and celebrate its importance. Read more on how to join Azar and others in sharing a love of fiction with #BooksSave.

HaBO: Girl Has Butterfly Wings

This HaBO request is from Rachel, who is looking for a book she used to sneakily read during Catholic school: I’m hoping to find the book that contained my first naughty scene, read while I hid in the back of my Catholic school classroom, ahhh memories. Show More Summary

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