Here’s the kind of inside information that separates the truly knowledgeable insiders from the writers who just learn from Wikipedia. In “David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish shares amazingly detailed knowledge
Last week was the 85th anniversary of the first publication of Nancy Drew.
The musical adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel began in San Diego and had played overseas before its short-lived Broadway run.
We’re just under one month away from BookCon! BookCon is taking place at the Javits Center in New York City on May 30 and 31, 2015. Mary and I will be live tweeting the event, so be sure to follow us @awfullibbooks. (Follow @thebookcon while you’re at it!) You can buy tickets here. I’m getting […]
She is out there for all the world to love and judge. She has been born for all the world to embrace or reject. She is shining bright, whether or not she succeeds or bombs. At this point, the making of Ever Upward has been years, and...Show More Summary
Nineteen years ago on April 1 sitting President Bill Clinton signed a declaration with the full support of the Academy of American Poets to establish April as National Poetry Month. President Clinton's connect to poetry preceded theShow More Summary
Ms. Packer, the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., examines Shakespeare’s heroines in this book, which grew out of her play.
You might ask what took me so long. My mom, Jenny Graubart, a Holocaust refugee who spent World War II in Havana with her family before entering the United States, finally has her life story inside hard covers. It only took her son,Show More Summary
The debate over a literary honor for Charlie Hebdo may take on greater urgency after the shootings outside a Texas conference.
The revolt turned civil war has held all Syrians by the throat since 2011. Entire cities have been pounded to dust. The social fabric of the ancient land has collapsed, and so has the economy, along with the people's moral. HundredsShow More Summary
One of the things I love most about going on vacation is having the luxury to just sit and read. It can be stressful choosing the right books, though, because there's nothing worse than having time, scenery and a comfy lounge chair --...Show More Summary
The Cannabis Encyclopedia. By Jorge Cervantes; Van Patten Publishing; $50; 596 pages. Not that long ago, books and pamphlets about cannabis -- how to grow it and harvest it -- were printed, distributed and read clandestinely. After all, it was illegal to grow it and harvest it, as well as smoke it, possess it and distribute it. Show More Summary
A while ago, I pointed readers to Charles Yu’s review of Buffalo Wild Wings, published as part of the series Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food. Now, on the other side of the tacky-bourgeois spectrum, Amelia Gray reviews Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle. Sample quote: “While I’m at home, or at work, reading or staring into space, […]
I am a budding freelance writer. This obviously means that, like many other aspiring writers out there, I work as a cloakroom attendant at a nightclub on weekends just to pay the bills, and I live in a house that I share with some total strangers. Show More Summary
The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival (by the way, if you read or write, do yourself a favor and put the Tucson Book Festival on your Bucket List) and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we...Show More Summary
Southern wife and mother, Tarheel, and design blogger, Kristy Woodson Harvey crafted a touching lover letter between a little girl and the two mommas that love her, the one that gave birth to her and the one that will help her shape her life, in her debut novel, Dear Carolina. Show More Summary
I'll never forget the first day of freshman year English. Since it was our first day of high school, most of the teachers spent the class period introducing themselves, their respective subjects, and making sure that we were acquainted and comfortable with our new surroundings. Show More Summary
My first impressions of “His Road Home” were as follows: If the blurb is to be believed, there is A LOT going on in this story. It’s going to have to be pretty tightly constructed to fit that much plot into a novella. Catnip alert –...Show More Summary
Recommended Reading: Chris Power on Maxim Biller’s Inside the Head of Bruno Schulz.
The book’s success is evidence of a generational shift, a sense that after 70 years after the Nazis, it’s time to use dark humor to address Germany’s past.