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VIDEO REVIEW: 7-year-old reader explains why she loves ‘I am Einstein,’ a comic about a genius with AWESOME hair

Children will love this comic book on Albert Einstein — a kid with awesome hair who dared to see things differently.

Oscar Pistorius is NOT writing a tell-all book about the night he fatally shot his girlfriend: manager

On second thought, Oscar Pistorius is NOT going to write about the night he fatally shot his girlfriend.

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

I went to Fordham University at Lincoln Center in Manhattan because I had heard about a young, amazing creative writing teacher there. It was the smartest decision of my life. I took every course she taught, writing or literature, and...Show More Summary

Speaking Truth to Educational Policy: A Review of Mettler's Degrees of Inequality

In August 1988, I boarded Singapore Airlines flight from India to Los Angles to start my graduate work at the University of Southern California. I arrived at USC, an eager teaching assistant, and I was immediately blown away by the California...Show More Summary

On the Books: Authors United warns Amazon, watch your reputation

The 1,100 member group Authors United posted a letter of direct appeal to Amazon’s board of directors—urging them to end their book-pricing

Thoroughly Modern Dilemmas

How many writers actually know how a word processor functions? Chances are the answer is: not many. At Page-Turner, our own Mark O’Connell examines this odd state of affairs, which he became more cognizant of after reading Vikram Chandra’s new book, Geek Sublime.

5 Surefire Strategies for Marketing Your eBook

Recently, a friend asked if I had any foolproof strategies for marketing ebooks. My first response was less than quotable: "Um, no. I just try everything." But, as I looked back at the past year and dug a little deeper into the various marketing strategies I used, I realized that I did, in fact, discover some things that worked better than others. Show More Summary

The Gospel According to Breaking Bad: An Interview with Blake Atwood

I scare my friends with my knowledge of Breaking Bad. I'm always on the lookout for different takes on the series. To this end, I recently sat down with Blake Atwood, author of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. Here are some excerpts. PS: Breaking Bad and the Christian gospel seem diametrically opposed to each other. Show More Summary

Too Much to Process

A couple weeks ago, Brian Ted Jones reviewed The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, which “takes place on the margins of a grand, cosmic struggle.” Not long afterwards, at The Rumpus, Woody Brown offered a somewhat negative take on the book, arguing that Mitchell makes it too difficult for the reader to suspend her disbelief. […]

Herta Müller: Putin Makes Me Sick

"It's outrageous and it's far worse than what we had in our dictatorships back then," says German writer Herta Müller about Vladimir Putin and Russia's interference in Ukraine. "I imagine that I am in their country. I would have risked...Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘People I Want to Punch in the Throat’ is a funny, relatable take on suburbia

It's not easy to endear yourself to readers when you write a book called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat," yet somehow author Jen Mann manages to do just that in her new hilarious memoir.

Carl Hiassen named National Book Award finalist as long list for young people's literature announced

NEW YORK — Carl Hiassen, Laurie Halse Anderson and Jacqueline Woodson are among the 10 authors on the National Book Awards' longlist for young people's literature.


Have you ever considered what would happen if the United States was really invaded? 9/11 was a terrorist attack but there was no follow up. In The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick imagined what the United States would have beenShow More Summary

Body Language

I’ve written before about By Heart, a series at The Atlantic in which authors write short pieces about their favorite passages in literature. This week, our own Edan Lepucki — whose new novel you may have heard about thanks to Stephen Colbert — writes about the metaphors in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. (FYI, Margaret […]

Why Are Fairy Tales Universally Appealing?

"Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it..." With these words, Maleficent -- Disney's recent remake of Sleeping Beauty -- begins. And as we watch Angelina Jolie soar on her magnificent black wings above that fairyShow More Summary

In the Running for a Young People’s Literature Prize

The 10 titles on the longlist of the National Book Foundation's 2014 Award for Young People's Literature underscore the diversity of subject matter in this area of publishing.

Teens: Design your own room!

Designing Your Own Room Alexander 1977 I can appreciate having a teen book focusing on decorating and design. Art, craft and design books are usually a hit at most public libraries. This one is NOT that book. I am not even sure it was that book in 1977. As a teenager in the 1970s, I […]

The Profits of Dreaming: On Fiction and Sleep

But in the absence of conclusive evidence, sleep’s utility—like that of fiction—is still in doubt. How much, in the end, does either one matter?

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach your Monster to Read has been built by the Usborne Foundation and it aims to do just that, teach more »

Exclusive: Senator John McCain Reviews Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Patton"

Through their series of best-selling books--including Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever--Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have revisited the sudden, unexpected deaths of several of history's most significant figures, and...

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