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Romance Novels 101: The Infamous Book List That Changed My Life

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels When my mother insisted that I, the snobby academic, read romance novels, I demanded a syllabus to get me started (after I laughed at the ridiculous notion). If I was going to study the genre, I was going to do it properly. Show More Summary

The Most Powerful Word in the English Language: Hope

by guest blogger Jennifer Probst, author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance I remember I was hanging with my family one afternoon, and we were going around the table asking about our favorite (and least favorite) words. Of course, every time my family gets together there's a lot of food, there's wine, there are laughs, and there's smart talk. Show More Summary

Sympathy for All

Back in April, our own Sonya Chung linked to an excerpt on Bloom of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, then featured on the cover of the Sunday Times Book Review. At Bookforum, Lisa Locascio reads the book, drawing comparisons to Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker and Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist.

Cookbook Review: Hog by Richard H. Turner

He's back. Richard H. Turner has a new cookbook: Hog. Oh, you don't recognize the name? He was part of the team that brought you Pitt Cue Co: The Cookbook in 2013. That book is a fabulous tale about some Brits who love meat, explored American barbeque joints, and then opened up their exceptional London restaurant. Show More Summary

4 Lessons that Revising a Garden Can Teach You about Planting a Novel

Even the doctor was shocked when she saw me last week. "You poor thing!" she said, shaking her head. That's not what you want your doctor to say to you under any circumstances, but she had a good reason: I came into her office looking like The Elephant Man's ugly little sister. Show More Summary

Shadowing Jason Matthews, the Ex-Spy Whose Cover Identity Is Author

Once a C.I.A. officer, Mr. Matthews keeps his special skills agile and writes novels about spies. His new book, “Palace of Treason,” comes out on Tuesday.


French-Canadian writers are in an odd place when it comes to Canadian literature. By the official definition of CanLit, they’re part of the canon, yet because of the Quebecois language barrier, they maintain a certain distance from the literature of English Canada. At Page-Turner, Pasha Malla writes about their odd identity. You could also read […]

'Secrets of State' A Conversation with Matthew Palmer

Photo: Kathryn Banas Matthew Palmer is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Having been at ground zero for many pressing global issues from Kosovo to Africa, he has extensive knowledge of international crises. His debut thriller, The American Mission, has been compared to John LeCarre's The Constant Gardner. Show More Summary

Children’s Books: Winged Wonders

With poetic words and stunning photographs, “Sweep Up the Sun” salutes birds in flight.

Stuff that Animal

The Amateur Taxidermist: How to stuff and mount birds, fish, and furred animals Labrie 1972 Submitter: First, there are some disturbing images of animals in this post. My local library has a storage section for books that get little to no use. I found this one and had to check it out! The images are pretty gruesome […]

HaBO: Pinkies, Inheritances, Daughters and More

This HaBO is from Margaret, who is looking for a book with…a lot of features. LOTS of features. I am looking for the name of a book I read ages ago – back in the 90s, but the book was definitely written in the 80s. Totally loved and hope to read it again or at least find out the author and see what else she wrote. Show More Summary

"White Heat" 25 Years Later

25 years ago Marco Pierre White, the UK's notorious enfant terrible of the restaurant scene penned his now iconic cookbook White Heat, bringing his brash personality, sublime recipes, and Bob Carlos Clarke's arresting photographs to the world at large...

Understanding China’s complex publishing landscape

Two new reports ‘Found in Translation: How Social Media Platforms Can Help UK Publishers Understand Their Market In China’ (Nesta), more »

New research into Chinese publishing landscape

With wide-ranging social media, vast potential readerships, and innovative new literature models, China offers an overlooked yet increasingly attractive market more »

Let Me Think About It: On Recommending Books

“Got any good books to recommend?” For me, the equivalent of a politician’s “gotcha” question.


The season’s horror books include Clive Barker’s “The Scarlet Gospels” and Andrew Pyper’s “The Damned.”

‘Seveneves,’ by Neal Stephenson

In Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Earth’s moon suddenly and spontaneously broke apart into seven large pieces.

Stephen King’s ‘Finders Keepers’

Laura Lippman reviews Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers,” the second entry in a planned trilogy that began with “Mr. Mercedes.”

An Ember to Remember

I’ve been excited about An Ember in the Ashes ever since I read the description for it on Amazon a few months ago. The cover also intrigued me. It is aesthetically pleasing. The book has two main characters, Laia and Elias. … Continue reading ?

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