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David Simon Gets All Richard Price

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

Nancy Drew: Inspiring girls to be heroines for 85 years

Last week was the 85th anniversary of the first publication of Nancy Drew.

‘Doctor Zhivago’ Will Close on Sunday

The musical adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel began in San Diego and had played overseas before its short-lived Broadway run.

BookCon Update

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 […]

Shifting My Perspective on Success

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

Ezra Richards' Will Love and Love Will

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

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Women of Will,’ by Tina Packer, a Look at Shakespeare’s Feminine Side

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.

250 Books Later, I Finally Tell Mom's Story

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

Charlie Hebdo Award at PEN Gala Sparks More Debate

The debate over a literary honor for Charlie Hebdo may take on greater urgency after the shootings outside a Texas conference.

A New Bible for Scholars of King Faisal I

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

5 Books to Take on Vacation

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

Everything You Wanted to Know About Weed and More

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

Made with Care

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, […]

5 (Absolutely Common) Thoughts Which May Distract a Female Freelance Writer Working In a Café

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

Jeff Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

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

Designing Love & Family: A Conversation With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey

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

The Freshman Year English Teacher Who Showed Me A New Way to Read

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

His Road Home by Anna Richland

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.

‘Look Who’s Back’: Germans Reflect on the Success of a Satire About Hitler

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.

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