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Review: New Books by Anna Gavalda, Daniel Sada, George Singleton and Others

In Ms. Gavalda’s book, a woman obsesses about an unkempt man; Mr. Sada writes about twins who delight in confusing people; and Mr. Singleton conjures a backwater town with distinct characters.

Books of The Times: Review: In Carly Simon’s Memoir, Few Secrets Left Untold

“Boys in the Trees” ends in the 1980s, after Ms. Simon divorced James Taylor, but covers her upbringing, the early stages of her singing career and her romances.

‘Friday Night Lights’ Spoof Musical Planned in Los Angeles

"Friday Night Lights" will be turned into a musical starring Scott Porter, who starred on the television show.

Classical Playlist: Beethoven, Handel and Bach

Times critics share what they've been listening to lately.

Betting Big

The Wall Street Journal explores the phenomenon of the million-dollar literary debut. Pair with Edan Lepucki’s Millions interview with her agent about publishing a first book.

Tis the Season to Be Grateful -- to Cynthia Ozick?

If you look for a quote on gratitude to spice up an email, tweet, or Facebook post this Thanksgiving season, one of the top ones you'll find is by American novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick: "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." It's everywhere: Goodreads, Tumblr, Pinterest, QuotesRUs -- you name it. Show More Summary

Expanding Gender and Making It Roomier for All Of Us: three from Daylight Books

Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. Show More Summary

All Voices Must Be Heard

“The last two years have given long overdue visibility to trans / non-binary realities, pushing us to re-imagine what centering the margins truly means. Being intentional, though, is more than a special issue of a literary journal for the ‘marginalized;’ it’s about creating a space for folk to curate, create, and declare their own bodies: […]

Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #11: Thanksgiving Is Racist as Hell

It’s long past time to explode some myths about Indigenous Peoples, whites and Thanksgiving. For many of us in the US, Thanksgiving has become a day to reunite with friends and family, watch football and gorge ourselves on an enormous feast.

Rem Koolhaas’s Firm Chosen for New Manchester Arts Center in England

Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture has won an international competition to design the Factory Manchester, a major new arts center in Manchester, England.

Romance Finally Breaks WaPo's 'No Self-Published Books' Rule

Having publishers on my second and third books, deciding to self-publish my first feminist romantic adventure novel began as a leap of faith. It's nothing like the first time I self-published non-fiction back in 2000 when options were few and the stigma of self-publishing was real. Show More Summary

Celebrity Picks: Carly Simon's Favorite Reads of 2015

The singer/songwriter of "Anticipation" and "You're So Vain"--and now the author of her memoir, Boys in the Trees--shares her 2015 favorites. We asked for three, and she gave us four!

AVQ&A: What are you reading in November?

We’ve expanded the regular AVQ&A discussion prompts to ask several of our regular contributors (and you) a simple question: What are you currently reading? If you have suggestions for future AVQ&A questions, big or small, email them to us here. Show More Summary

Give a Gift of: A Captivating Portrait

There’s nothing more fascinating than getting a sneak peek into the lives of other people, particularly when those people are famous for one reason or another. We’ve got a selection of the most interesting lives, from a range of fields to satisfy your curiosity.

12 Literary Families to Invite Over for Thanksgiving

By Off the Shelf Staff | Off the Shelf Thanksgiving means more than just turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Our favorite part of the holiday is spending it with our families. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are twelve literary families...Show More Summary

The Filmable Miss Highsmith

What is it that keeps drawing filmmakers to the fiction of Patricia Highsmith?

How to Write Like a Man

“She can write like a man, they said, by which they meant, She can write.” Claire Vaye Watkins writes for Tin House about the problem that has no name. Also check out this Millions piece on sexism in the age of the internet.

4 Ways to Solve Your Holiday Book Marketing Problems Now

by Rachel Thompson How do you plan to market your book(s) for the holidays? Most authors don't do much of anything different and that's cool, if you have low expectations. If however, you'd like to see a good bump in your book sales (and who wouldn't?), here a few easy, practical tips you can do right now! (What follows are only suggestions. Show More Summary

‘The Walking Dead Experience’ Is Coming to New Jersey

The immersive theater production, created by the theater director Michael Counts, will run Dec. 4-6 at the Meadowlands.

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