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10 Great Titles for the Poet's Wish List

Photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission. As sure as you stir your hot apple cider with a stick of cinnamon bark, it's the time of year when the Internet is infused with the spices of holiday list making. Here are 10 great titles for your poetry wish list. 1. Show More Summary

From Under a Heavy Plinth

“The story that Lee’s book tells (or tries to tell, because much evidence has been obscured or lost) is not about patience on a monument but about talent buried under a heavy plinth, and discovered only just in time—the late achievement less a measured distillation than a lifesaving decoction.” James Wood reviews Hermione Lee‘s new […]

Author P.D. James Dies at 94

P.D. James died at her home in Oxford, England this week. She was 94 years old. A consumate stylist, James did not begin writing novels until she was in her late thirties. She went on to write 20, notably introducing...

“Unhappy in Their Own Ways”

This week in book-related infographics: A look at the Russian novelists, “Unhappy in Their Own Ways,” from The New York Times.

Books on Sale: Black Friday Deals Everywhere

It’s Black Friday, which is matched in fervor only by the adorably named Cyber Monday (ah, “cyber,” so quaint!) when it comes to things on sale. I’ve got a few links for you here in addition to the books on sale, and I’ll be updating this post as more sales appear in the inbox. If... Continue reading ?

P.D. James Passes Away

Author P.D. James, “the Queen of crime writing” and subject of one of our Post-4o Bloomers essays, has passed away, reports the BBC.

Fortress By Kristina Marie Darling

Sandra Marchetti reviews Kristina Marie Darling's Fortress today in Rumpus Poetry.

Barnes and Noble’s Black Friday Plan

Today is the much-discussed Black Friday, and Barnes and Noble has recruited prominent authors including Donna Tartt and David Mitchell to help raise holiday sales. The plan? To sell roughly 500,000 signed books.

Friday Fiction: What Happened to Mr Forster?

  What Happened to Mr. Forster? Bargar 1981 This novel, aimed at upper elementary/young teens, is about 6th grader named Louis set in the late 1950s. Louis is surprised to discover that his teacher for the year is a man named Mr. Forster. Mr. Forster is a great teacher and spends a great deal of […]

The Elusive Qualities of Dreams: On Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library’

Everything that comes to pass in 'The Strange Library,' like in so much of Murakami’s fiction, questions the differences between what is real and what is not, and whether such a distinction even matters.

Graphic Novels from a Woman’s POV 2

Some time ago I talked with you about my specific interests in the area of graphic novels. That previous post provided suggestions for reading material by female graphic artists. I’ve been reading more items along those same lines as of … Continue reading ?

Friday Videos Like Dear Kitten

These are commercials for Friskies wet cat food. The commercial part is understated and overshadowed by the dialogue that I don’t even care that it’s a commercial. Enjoy. They made me laugh (and sniffle) so hard I had tears in my eyes and salt spots on my glasses. I hope your weekend makes you laugh... Continue reading ?

Her Well-Spent Adulthood: On Meghan Daum’s ‘The Unspeakable’

In its own, understated, comic way, The Unspeakable is a very ambitious book, one that attempts to chart a personal evolution, while at the same time acknowledging that the idea of personal growth is at best absurd.

Dean Koontz Interviews His Dog, Anna, Who Interviews Him

Dean Koontz's latest novel is The City. On December 9 he's publishing a Kindle Single, Odd Thomas. His dog Anna's, ahem, new book is Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn. ~ Dean Interviews Anna DEAN: Hey, sweetie, how...

117. Libraries, Buying eBooks, and Diverse Historicals: An Interview with Librarian Dena Heilik

Dena Heilik sent us an email awhile back when we discussed briefly the process of buying ebooks for libraries. Dena is the department head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction & DVD Department at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and she had a lot of things to say about building a digital... Continue reading ?

Spike Lee Script for “Do the Right Thing” to Receive Public Reading

Michael B. Jordan and John Turturro will take part in a reading of the script for Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"

Crime Writer P.D. James Dies at 94

Phyllis Dorothy James, better known as P.D. James, died this morning. The crime writer wrote over 20 books in total throughout her career, most of them novels. She is perhaps best-known for the creation of recurring character Adam Dalgliesh. The much-beloved Scotland Yard Inspector featured in 14 of James’ novels, including her first book, Cover […]

Books on Sale: Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long Pre-Orders On Sale

There are some odd sales right now – books that are coming out in a month or four are marked down to around $3. So if you’d like to gift your future self with a present, here are some great options. And, if you’re celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving!

Man V. Nature by Diane Cook

Woody Brown reviews Man V. Nature by Diane Cook today in Rumpus Books.

MacGuffin: A jukebox for fiction and poetry

At Comma Press, we’re building a big jukebox for fiction and poetry. Not a physical jukebox (though wouldn’t that be more »

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