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Classic Romances - Which One First? Linda Howard Recommendations

by SB Sarah Time to collect all the recommendations you made for various Linda Howard books, designed to tempt the reader who is curious but perhaps intimidated by the breadth of her backlist. I want to start by reprinting some of Angela...Show More Summary

HaBO: Frozen Heroes, Aisle Two

by SB Sarah This request comes from Doina, who is looking for a paranormal romance she read. I need help find this book. The heroine has entered what she thinks is a military research facility (I believe on an island). She enters a lab...Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Contemporaries Ranging Across the Steam Scale

by Amanda Hearts at Play by Melissa Foster is 99c! Released just last month, this is the ninth (Holy cow!) book in the Love in Bloom series and the sixth and final book in The Bradens series. With a Grand Prix racer as the hero, I'm getting some major flashbacks to Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series, which I totally love, by the way. Show More Summary

The Thriller, Reinvented

During the Cold War, the conflicts that powered the thriller were rooted in ideology: Le Carre’s Berlin and Greene’s Havana were mainly backdrops against which the clash of the superpowers was played out. The new thrillers were not focused on ideology but on place; it was the peeling away of layers of culture and history that gave these novels their impetus.

HaBO: He’s Only Rumpled in the Bedroom

by SB Sarah This Help a Bitch Out request comes from HedgehogLibrarian, who is looking for a category she read long, long ago: Hoping the HABO call can go out for this one.... I read this book when I was either in late middle school or high school, so approximately 1994-1999. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show #5: Daniel Anderson

In Episode 5 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, Dave Roderick sits down with poet Daniel Anderson to chat about his latest collection, The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel, finding the rhythm in lines of poetry, and baseball.

Big Issues: Top Cow’s Genius is a chilling reflection of this week’s Ferguson turmoil

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Genius #2. Written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (The Highwaymen, Hero Complex) with art by Afua Richardson (24seven, Bohemians),...Show More Summary

Rita Zoey Chin: Running Toward the Storm

Very early in her memoir, Let the Tornado Come, (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Rita Zoey Chin finds herself at an exclusive dinner held by her husband's colleagues from the Boston Medical Center where he is the chair of neurosurgery, during the course of which she reveals that she is working on a memoir. Show More Summary

Chip Kidd, on Designing Haruki Murakami's 5-Fingered Book Cover

“You know, in a sense we were the perfect combination, the five of us. Like five fingers.” So declares Ao Oumi--better known as Blue--to Tsukuru Tazaki, otherwise known as Colorless. They and their other three friends--Aka (Red), Shiro (White), and...

Finally, a Great Small Literary Festival: Gladfest in Wales

Great festivals of the arts are often large, loose, baggy monsters, as Henry James said of War and Peace. I know this because I've seen plenty of them up close and personal, as participant, attendee, or resident of the city of Austin,...Show More Summary

A Few Short Rules on Being Creative

I don't know You need a Socrates kind of attitude in the sense that you allow yourself not to know. There's another word for an attitude of not knowing, it is called wisdom. You cannot learn the things you already know, only the things you do not know. Show More Summary

The True American by Anand Giridharadas

The True American is an intellectually agile and incessantly compelling portrait of post-9/11 America—of what we are and of what we might become.

Smashing Through the Writer's Block

There is nothing better than getting into a flow of writing and allowing the inner creator in you come out and play. Just as you start getting into the swing of things, daydream of marrying words into paper forever at your leisure -somewhere...Show More Summary

Lauren Bacall on Writing

“Writing a book is the most complete experience I’ve ever had,” said Lauren Bacall, who passed away on Tuesday. She wrote three memoirs over 30 years – By Myself, Now and By Myself and Then Some.

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Storm and Wolverine hit the dance floor in Storm #2

Marvel’s new Storm series had an outstanding debut last month, telling an emotional, character-based story that captured all the power and grace of the titular heroine. Writer Greg Pak has a firm understanding of Ororo Munroe’s motivations...Show More Summary

How I Wrote It: Ben Mezrich, on His New Novel, "Seven Wonders"

Ben Mezrich is best known for his bestselling geeks-to-riches nonfiction stories, particularly Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires, both of which became major motion pictures. In Seven Wonders, on sale Sept. 2, Mezrich returns to his roots: fiction....

The New World hits virtual shelves

Chris Adrian’s The New World, a digital-platform book we wrote about before, is now on shelves. I mean that idiomatically and not literally — as none of the editions favored by The Atavist’s young publishing arm for this lyrical love story of life after death (interactive ebook app, text-only Kindle/iBook/Google) involve paper.

Princess Grace Foundation Hands Out Awards

The Princess Grace Foundation USA honors emerging artists in dance, theater and film.

Reasons to Read the Classics

In 1968 Italo Calvino published 14 reasons why we should read the classics, and his list still feels relevant. Pair with the Millions’s essay on, well, reading the classics.

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