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Official title and jacket cover announced for Hillary Clinton’s book: ‘Hard Choices’

Chelsea Clinton isn’t the only famous family member making the news — early this morning, Simon & Schuster released the

Gabriel García Márquez: An Appreciation

At the beginning of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Macondo’s patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, wants to move the idyllic yet isolated community he founded to another, more accessible location. And since no one else wants to go withShow More Summary

Gina Frangello on her new novel and life as a writer [video]

Gina Frangello's "A Life in Men" ( Algonquin ) is a novel about a woman with cystic fibrosis who decides to explore the word, making reckless choices with the knowledge that her time is limited. Frangello keeps very busy: She is fiction editor of the Nervous Breakdown, Sunday editor of the Rumpus, editor of Other Voices Books, an imprint of Dzanc, and teaches creative writing.

Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill

Wesley Rothman reviews Sean Hill's Dangerous Goods today in Rumpus Poetry.

Elmore Leonard’s Detroit

Does a writer make the city or does the city make the writer? At Grantland, Michael Weinreb discusses why Elmore Leonard is the ultimate Motor City writer and discovers Leonard’s Detroit. “Without his books, the city would still have suffered the same hellish decline. But because of him, that suffering was rendered into an art […]

The Rumpus Interview with Ashley Farmer

Voices call back to one another throughout Ashley Farmer’s Beside Myself—the breaks between stories sometimes function like key changes, encouraging readers to receive the book’s motifs in different ways

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Five essential reads

Gabriel García Márquez, who died Thursday at 87, was a prolific writer, dating back to his work as a journalist in the 1950s. I first discovered his books, as so many did, when I was in high school. After having been closed out of aShow More Summary

Setting Up a Library – NLW 2014

Setting Up a Library: How to Begin or Begin Again Smith 1979 Submitter: I showed this book to my co-worker and she said, “Where did you find that?” I hated to tell her it was in 027. Worse, it circ’d in 2011. Here are the totally incomprehensible instructions. To be clear, these are the complete instructions, […]

Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is Francine Prose's 17th novel (and 27th book, counting nonfiction and young adult titles). And even this longtime fan considers it one of her very best. The story of bohemian Paris between the...

Transylvanians Gone Wild: On Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy

This might not be the thing one wants to hear before embarking on a 1,500 page quest, but the trilogy is marked by a narrative desultoriness that applies to both its human and political dramas. The novels are in a some ways about widespread distraction and inaction in the face of an impending catastrophe.

Celebrate Good Times!

This week is National Library Week!  Here are some reasons to celebrate. 8 Reasons to Hang Out at a Library. 9 Reasons Why Librarians are Awesome. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating library books that change lives. Visit our website and tell … Continue reading ?

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry. 1. April 23 is Shakespeare's 450th anniversary. If you went back in time and could ask him one question,...Show More Summary

10 Books to Read While Waiting Impatiently for Maleficent

Less than two months until Angelina Jolie hits the screen as Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in Disney's upcoming movie. While you wait, here are 10 books to tide you over until the movie premieres! Wicked by Gregory Maguire The book...Show More Summary

George R.R. Martin reveals what a full-sized dragon looks like

Yeah, that big! George R.R. Martin has posted an except from his upcoming companion book to his bestselling Song of

Presidents and writers laud Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It may be generations before we see another writer reach Gabriel Garcia Marquez's stature; he was so well-known and well-loved. His novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" became an international bestseller of previously unknown proportions. Show More Summary

What We’re Reading: Tintin and Lost Planes; Orwell’s Essays

Notes from the New Yorker staff on their literary engagements of the week. In the early stages of the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—when speculation was rife that the plane could have been hijacked and flown under the radar to...Show More Summary

Read the List of 2013's Most Frequently Banned Books

The Dayton Metro Library created this flag of the 100 most-challenged books from 1990-2000. Photo via Flickr. On Monday of this week, the American Library Association released the list of 2013’s top ten most frequently challenged books. Show More Summary

Disney publishing 4 new Star Wars books

Lucasfilm announced today, via Publishers Weekly, four brand new books aimed at introducing new readers to the classic Star Wars saga by bridging the "multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars Episode VII in December...Show More Summary

The best since Cervantes? Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87 in Mexico City. The Nobel Prize-winning author was one of the most influential Latin American authors of recent times. The writer had recently been hospitalised for a lung and urinary problems, but was released last week. Many literary critics have argued that Garcia Marquez was […]

Brigid Schulte on Taming the To-Do List: "Put Joy First"

To do list: Get the snow tires exchanged Renew tabs on Sean’s car; schedule Leo’s practice drives Call the landscaper – what’s with those weeds? Get rid of the damn woodpecker poking a hole in the house at 6am each...

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