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American Book Awards

The 2014 National Book Awards were just announced earlier this week. In celebration, The Paris Review took a look back at the American Book Awards, which “serve as a reminder that ostensibly prestigious institutions—institutions whose authority and taste depend on their perceived stability—are just as susceptible to whims and trends as the rest of us, […]

Something has Indeed Happened in the Motorcade Route

Friday November 22, 1963 Sam Pate, a reporter for KBOX Radio, Pate was on the Stemmons Freeway in a mobile news cruiser covering President Kennedy's trip to Dallas. Here is his now famous coverage of that fateful day: "The president's car is now turning onto Elm Street and would only be matter of minutes before he arrives at the Trade Mart. Show More Summary

Shelf Balancing, Part 1

Originally published on March 1, 2011 at http://hhibner.blogspot.com/2011/03/shelf-balancing-study.html Image creative commons courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/61056899 Comment from Holly on 11/19/2014: This is a series of posts I wrote in 2011. Show More Summary

America’s First Bohemians

Recommended reading: Brandon Ambrosino interviews Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, about, well, Walt Whitman and America’s first bohemians.

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh

Kenji Liu reviews Eugenia Leigh's Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows today in Rumpus Poetry.

Writers on Reading

How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Der Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.

Coffee: 14 Tales of the Fantastic, Edited by Alex Shvartsman

Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic, is a delightful short story collection that will warm the darkest, coldest winter day. There’s adventure, humor, pathos, and just dash of romance in these stories. This is the book to grab when you have a precious fifteen minutes to yourself – preferably in a coffee shop. All... Continue reading ?

Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph

A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it. Now, I can’t shake the sense that I read the best superhero single issue of the year. Morrison’s...

Newswire: Marvel is bringing back Howard The Duck

Proving that the only thing weirder than the nutty bullshit that comic book creators came up with in the ‘70s is how willingly comic book readers will put up with nutty bullshit, Marvel is bringing back Howard The Duck for his very own ongoing comic series. Show More Summary

18 Ingenious Names from the World of Steampunk

Steampunk is having a moment. If you don't know the storytelling behind the style, you might well wonder what all the fuss is about. Why would anybody wear those ridiculous goggles? And what's with the dirigible fixation? I'm going to try to capture the essence and appeal of steampunk for you in 18 baby names. First, some quick background. Show More Summary

Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult From Here: How Indie Authors Can Survive and Thrive

First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there's never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers...Show More Summary

Recipe Road Test: The Slanted Door's Ginger Braised Chicken

2014 has been a really big year for cookbooks so deciding which one would be in the top spot for Best of the Year was tough. In the end, though, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food really has it all....

Part and Parcel: Susan Rich

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work. The condition of looking creates longing--or maybe it's the other way around. Art always finds a way to dance between desire and distance. Whether...Show More Summary

15 Great Photography Books For Under $15

If you are anything like me, you're always looking to hoard more books - especially photography books! When books are forty or fifty dollars or more, I need to think it over. When a photography book is good and under fifteen bucks it's usually a no-brainer. Show More Summary

On the Books: Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, apologizes for racist comments

- Daniel Handler, the author best known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, has apologized for a racially insensitive joke

The Story Behind Discipline in the Classroom

Book Two of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros. This is the fifth column from that second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged. Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take...Show More Summary

7 Essential Thanksgiving-Travel Reads

By Gretchen Kalwinski for the Orbitz Travel Blog Rule no. 1 of in-flight entertainment: Don't rely on the in-flight movie. While you're traveling for the holidays -- whether it's to a tropical beach or your in-laws suburban house three states away -- we recommend snagging a great read instead. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Suki Kim

Suki Kim discusses her new memoir, Without You, There Is No Us, going undercover for research, growing up as an immigrant to the U.S., and spending six months trapped in North Korea.

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