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Big Issues: Vertigo’s The Kitchen is a rare mob drama that puts women in power

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s The Kitchen #6. Written by Ollie Masters (Sensation Comics) with art by Ming Doyle (Mara, Quantum And Woody) and colorist Jordie Bellaire...Show More Summary

Sex Trafficking: Should All Perpetrators Be Sentenced As Sex Offenders?

Recently I was contacted by an organization seeking feedback from survivors regarding a sex trafficking bill. I often advocate that any anti-trafficking efforts should include feedback from survivors, and I'm grateful they reached out to me as well as other survivors. Show More Summary

10 Beautiful, Varied Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry […]

Self-Publishing Platforms: Women's Playground or Last Resort?

Literary publishing is a notoriously cutthroat business. The industry is alarmingly subjective and there are an increasing number of books published each year, making it more difficult than ever to cut through the clutter. But if you...Show More Summary

Beth Kephart On Why Living a 'Small Life' Is Big

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. Beth Kephart is the award-winning, multi-genre author of 19 published books. Her latest, One Thing Stolen (Chronicle Books, $17.99), was released April 14. Show More Summary

“Guantánamo Diary” and the American Slave Narrative

In January, Little, Brown published Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s “Guantánamo Diary,” the first full accounting of the rendition and detainment of a person imprisoned at Guantánamo. Edited by Larry Siems—though edited first, Siems notes, by...Show More Summary

Seaport Museum Picks Interim President to Lead as New Executive Director

The South Street Seaport Museum has picked its interim president to lead it as executive director into an uncertain future.

Newswire: Gillian Anderson is co-writing a self-help guide for women

Perhaps trying to keep up with her co-star David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson has added a new book to her plate, which already includes an X-Files continuation and a third season of The Fall. Anderson published her first book, a novelShow More Summary

Duchovny and Anderson: The Literary Files

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have each published novels recently, and both just signed deals for new books.

Was George Washington Gay? Consider the Evidence

Larry Kramer's recent novel, The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart, has got tongues wagging again about which great men in American history were gay. In interviews, as well as in the book, Kramer has claimed that many of the founders, including George Washington, were gay. Show More Summary

Russia Bans Tom Hardy Thriller From Theaters

The culture minister said the adaptation, due out in the United States on Friday, portrays the country as "a sort of Mordor."

Don’t Let ‘Em

Recommended listening: Benjamin Percy, whose novel The Dead Lands was released just this week, sings “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Writers” for the debut episode of Poets & Writers‘s new podcast, Ampersand.

Misty Copeland Makes the Cover of Time Magazine

Ms. Copeland, a soloist at American Ballet Theater, was chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

Newswire: That old smoothie Lando Calrissian is getting his own comic book

Probably as a result of some terrible but ultimately redeemable double-cross, everyone’s favorite swindler, Lando Calrissian, is getting his own comic book. Lando, who was portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars trilogy,...Show More Summary

Convention for the Bookish

Miss this year’s AWP? The New Yorker has published a brief write-up of the conference, just to make you jealous.

Sara Sings the Praises of the LA Times Festival of Books

This week, much of the publishing world is in the UK at the London Book Fair, one of the industry’s several trade shows at which agents, publishers and some authors convene to buy, sell and discuss the books that the rest of us hoi polloi will be hearing about in the coming seasons...

‘Wonder Woman’ Gets a New Female Director

"Monster" director Patty Jenkins replaces Michelle MacLaren

Miraculous

“I’ve always been interested in the internal shape-changes of the poem. In my student days, it was common to assume that the poem makes a statement — that it’s protesting war, or is grieving a death. My teachers, on the whole, didn’t see a poem as an evolving thing that might be saying something completely […]

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