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Exploring the New Star Wars Canon

As a person who has spent a disproportionately large chunk of her childhood (and adulthood) reading Star Wars novels, guidebooks and comics, I was, let’s say, apprehensive when Disney announced they would reset the canon and relabel the “old” novels, … Continue reading ?

On the Books: Jonathan Franzen releasing new novel in September

Jonathan Franzen’s body of work—particularly 2001?s The Corrections—is so strong that it’s hard to believe he’s only released four novels and

Fiction's Goriest Scenes

Is there a line no writer should cross when writing grisly scenes? In my personal view -- and experience -- no. So long as you obey one rule, which is this: Does whatever you write drive your narrative forward? I've never written gruesome...Show More Summary

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman

Feroz Rather reviews In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman today in Rumpus Books.

This Week in Fiction: Brad Watson

This week’s story, “Eykelboom,” opens as the Eykelbooms, a family of three, move into a new house. The boys who live in the neighborhood eye the son with skepticism. Did you start the story knowing it would be about this family? Sometimes...Show More Summary


Recommended Reading: Andrea Denhoed on Flannery O’Connor.

At Star’s End by Anna Hackett

Oh, dear.  At Star’s End has so much promise, but it ends up being so haphazard that it might as well have been constructed by sticking random Legos together. And not in a good way. The premise of this novella is pure CarrieS crack. Dr. Eos Rai is trying to find the Mona Lisa, which... Continue reading ?

Time Runs Out for ‘Rock of Ages’

The Broadway jukebox musical "Rock of Ages" will close Jan. 18, its producers said.

First look: Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s human-hating horror comic ‘Nameless’

Announced at the beginning of this year, Nameless is a forthcoming six-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. Described by

New Book Sets Record Straight on Who Won Marriage Equality -- and, More Importantly, How

Photo: Jeffrey S. Trachtman The race is on to shape history's account of the marriage equality movement, even with the final chapter yet unwritten. Two recent books -- Redeeming the Dream, by Proposition 8 slayers David Boies and Ted...Show More Summary

The Big Idea #10: Eula Biss

On Immunity author Eula Biss speaks to Suzanne Koven about mythology, personal freedom, and the history of vaccines.

Weekend Reading: A Tale of Sumo and Suicide; Tyler, the Creator; and More

“The Sea of Crises,” a long and winding story at Grantland by Brian Phillips, begins by charting the rise of Hakuho, the greatest contemporary sumo wrestler. But, about a third of the way in, Phillips turns to another story, one he had...Show More Summary

In a Toxic Dreamscape: On Denis Johnson’s ‘The Laughing Monsters’

Denis Johnson’s newest novel twists the formula of the spy thriller into a blistering, bleakly funny portrait of modern-day West Africa

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 4-11 November 2014

This week’s Top Ten bestsellers is brought to you by classic romances on sale, really hot drinks, and freakishly early snow that makes me (and I’m guessing you, maybe, too) buy books so I have reasons to hide inside.

‘Superior Iron Man’ plays up Silicon Valley’s dark side

Tony Stark is a character who’s supposed to be all about progress and looking toward the future, but there’s one aspect

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while reading some of the scenes, otherwise, it may leave you feeling frightened! In the novel,...Show More Summary

‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon’s first book of original essays coming in 2016

Here’s something worth saying “Cool… Cool-cool-cool” about. Community creator and exec producer Dan Harmon is writing a book of funny

Manuscript Critiques: Writers Raise Money for Long Term Caregivers

There is a wonderful Yiddish proverb that describes those carrying troubles: "God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders." But sometimes those shoulders need help. In the case of this CAREGIFTED fundraising initiative, writers--from world-renowned...Show More Summary

Like Teacher

In The Guardian, Year in Reading alum Joshua Ferris writes a tribute to the novelist Jim Shepard, who taught him at UC Irvine when Ferris was a student there in the early aughts. Ferris makes a case that Shepard single-handedly settles a modern debate: “A lot of critics dislike the professionalisation of creative writing. They […]

CLP Gets To Work

Friday, November 7th featured CLP’s first ever installment of Show Your Work, a partnership between the public library and local entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of commerce, art, and technology. This amazing event, held at our East Liberty branch, … Continue reading ?

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