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On the Books: Nikki Finke secures book deal with Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster president Johnathan Karp confirmed to The New York Times that Hollywood gossip reporter Nikki Finke has signed a book deal

Book Review Podcast: Culture and Madness

Gary Greenberg discusses "Suspicious Minds," David Carr talks about "Hack Attack" and more.

Sunshine Day

Last week I painted my nails black, cast a few spells, spent two days whispering a 400+ page manuscript to myself, and then, on the evening of what would’ve been my mother’s eighty-first birthday, I sent a book-shaped thing called The Witches of New York to my keen-eyed literary agent, Helen Heller. Show More Summary

52 Blue

Recommended reading: Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams (which we covered here and here), writes again, this time about 52 Blue, “the loneliest whale in the world.” The full work is available at Atavist for $3.99, but an excerpt is available at Slate.

Catching up With Bestselling Author Jennifer Armentrout

Chances are you've read at least one book by The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout at some point in the last few years. Why? Well to put it simply, she's an extremely talented, book-writing machine. Since...Show More Summary

What We’re Reading Now: ‘Acceptance’ by Jeff Vandermeer

So the timing of this post isn’t exactly fair (you know what they say about life and fairness, right?). It’s

Notes from Eula Biss

“I’m not convinced that the questions that have been raised for me by the writing I love the most could be answered by the authors themselves.” A new interview with Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man’s Land, is up on NEA’s Art Works Blog.

Disability Today and John Scalzi's Great, New Novel 'Lock In'

Lock In, a near-future murder-mystery by John Scalzi, may be the first major work of speculative fiction that is, fundamentally, about wheelchairs. If that doesn't excite you, what will? Technically, no wheelchairs appear in the novel. Really,...Show More Summary

Death Slam

At the end of the obituary of Allen Grossman ("Allen Grossman, a Poet's Poet and Scholar, Dies at 82," NYT, 6/29/14), Bruce Weber cites one of the deceased poets critical works, The Sighted Singer: Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers. Show More Summary

Big Issues: All-Star Western #34 sails into the sunset with Darwyn Cooke

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s All-Star Western #34. Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing, Star-Spangled War Stories) with art by Darwyn Cooke (Richard...Show More Summary


Infinite Jest may have “really taken on a foothold as the ‘novel of ideas’ of the late 20th and early 21st centuries” but now it’s also a “novel of legos,” courtesy of Kevin Griffith and his 11 year old son, Sebastian.

Her Book by Éireann Lorsung

Lisa Williams reviews Éireann Lorsung's Her Book today in Rumpus Poetry.

The Human Fragment - A Book of Street Photography That's Different

When I set out on the streets of Manhattan with a camera in 2011, I had no idea I would eventually publish a book of street photography. I was simply taking photographs. Then, gradually, I started making photographs, as opposed to "taking" them. Show More Summary

Feeling Fraudulent

Whenever I tried to invent a character or a situation, I felt a stab of guilt. I could hear my teacher’s quavering voice saying, Write what you know! Why had she insisted on this so vociferously?” Writing class mantras are easy to impart but they are also easily misinterpreted. A.X. Ahmad, author of The Last Taxi […]

2014 York National Book Fair coming up on 19-20 September

More than 200 booksellers will be displaying rare books at the annual York National Book Fair on 19 and 20 September at York Racecourse. This is the event’s 40th year with exhibitors from Germany, Hong Kong and Canada, and from across the UK. Paper makers, calligraphers and bookbinders can also be found at the fair. […]

Graphic Novel Friday: Sci-Fi Summer

There are still a few days of summer to enjoy, and everyone is talking about science fiction and the blockbuster that ruled them all: Guardians of the Galaxy. Heck, we covered the comics, too! If you’ve seen the film and...

8 Best Children's Books About Friendships

I love my friends. They are there for me through thick and thin. We need friends to give us perspective, and we need each other to make up for where we fall short. This is a prevalent theme in many children's books, as young people are beginning to learn about relationships and how to interact with others their age. Show More Summary

Writers, Should You Quit Your Day Job?

This Labor Day, Grammarly would like to celebrate authors who worked full time and still wrote some of the world's greatest literature. While many writers held down jobs early in their careers -- sometimes inspiring their masterpieces,...Show More Summary

Friday Fiction – Chilly Billy

Chilly Billy Mayle 1983 Submitter: I found this rather bizarre children’s story accidentally miss-shelved in our easy readers. Chilly Billy is a small little man that lives in a refrigerator. The story recounts his many adventures roaming around vegetables, training for the trans-refrigerator races and falling in love with his nurse! I don’t think the […]


Lately I’ve found myself a little off the beaten path of what I usually read, and have been really enjoying some historical fiction. For some reason I haven’t ventured much into this genre, but I’ve been finding that one of my … Continue reading ?

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