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Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of October 18

Digital Book World | October 22, 2014 | Books
Gone Girl rounds out its fifth week at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List as Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time debuts at No. 2.
Dan Mishkin

Making Comic Books Speak

Dan Mishkin | October 22, 2014 | Books
Comic book storytelling, like stories told in prose and film and elsewhere, succeeds when it finds just the right tools to dredge meaning out of all the muck.
Angus Croll

What Programming Can Learn From Literature

Angus Croll | October 22, 2014 | Books
Ever since I first mentioned I was writing a book that imagined the great authors writing software, I've encountered a steady stream of skeptics who react to the premise with eye-rolls or incredulity.
Jackie K. Cooper


Deadline Is a Perfect Blend of Drama and Humor

Jackie K. Cooper | October 21, 2014 | Books
There is a lot of drama and mayhem in this story and readers of traditional Sandford books will be satisfied for sure. Still if you like a little humor in your plots, this book will more than sate that desire.
Michael Levin


Book Review: Rendez-vous With Art by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford

Michael Levin | October 21, 2014 | Books
If you can't devote the next 30 years of your life to running the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but you do have a hunger to learn more about artists and works of art with which you may never have come in contact before, then you might want to read this book.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Fred Levin and the Big Fist Fight

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | October 21, 2014 | Books
Levin has emerged as one of the great warriors against the tsunami corporate money that is, today, subverting American values, robbing Americans of our dignity, suffocating our rights and transforming our model democracy into a corporate kleptocracy.
Hannah Sutker

Not So Novel: Polite Racism

Hannah Sutker | October 21, 2014 | Books
Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.
Allison Kilkenny


Trust in Media Returns to an All-Time Low -- Is Anyone Surprised?

Allison Kilkenny | October 21, 2014 | Media
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent.
Claire Prentice

The Weirdest Attractions From Coney Island's Heyday

Claire Prentice | October 21, 2014 | Books
Alongside these expensive spectaculars were the freak shows and human oddities that were Coney's lifeblood, together with the animal shows, thrilling rides, and displays of exotic human beings from far flung corners of the globe.
Otto Penzler


Thank God For Mystery Fiction: Religion And The Rise Of The Detective Story

Otto Penzler | October 21, 2014 | Books
Mystery fiction became popular in the 19th century for several good reasons. The simplest explanation is that there could be no detective stories until there were detectives in real life. Duh. There were no organized law enforcement systems until the formation of the Surete in Paris (1811), created by...
M.A. Larson

10 Grimms' Girls Who Are Decidedly NOT Damsels In Distress

M.A. Larson | October 21, 2014 | Books
A girl sits in a tower, singing to the birds as she brushes her hair. To many, this is the image that springs to mind when they hear the word "princess." She is demure, helpless, concerned mainly with her beauty. In my new book, Pennyroyal Academy, in which...
John Branch


Trouble Ahead: William Gibson Brings Us Another Report From the Future

John Branch | October 21, 2014 | Books
In a move that seems remarkably well timed, Gibson has returned to the future in The Peripheral, and what he finds there isn't likely to please those hoping for bright, shining visions.
Dan Miles


A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | October 20, 2014 | Books
It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.
Brandi Megan Granett


The Good Luck Cat: An Interview With Author Lissa Warren

Brandi Megan Granett | October 20, 2014 | Books
Only a human pacemaker could save this beloved member of their family. Warren graciously shared with me some of her influences and experiences behind writing this moving story.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Uncovering a Free Black Man's Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | October 20, 2014 | Arts
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
David Kudler


Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why?

David Kudler | October 20, 2014 | Books
Enhanced ebooks have been a cause of much excitement over the past few years -- and with good reason. One of the things that an ebook can do that a paper-and-ink book can't is to add embedded video and sound.
Anis Shivani


The First-Ever Houston Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda Talks About Poetry in a City of Great Diversity

Anis Shivani | October 20, 2014 | Books
On April 9, 2013, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker announced Gwendolyn Zepeda as the first-ever Houston poet laureate. Zepeda is now well into her two-year term, and I thought it would be a good time to ask her about her experiences so far.
Bill Moyers


Watch: Keeping Faith in Democracy

Bill Moyers | October 20, 2014 | Politics
Marilynne Robinson's new book, Lila, has been acclaimed by critics as "unflinching," "an exquisite novel of spiritual redemption and love," and "a book whose grandeur is found in its humility."
Anjali Mitter Duva

Writing The Non-Western Past: The Challenge Of Moving Beyond The Clichéd And The Exotic

Anjali Mitter Duva | October 21, 2014 | Books
Do we have a responsibility toward the culture we represent in our books and stories? The question they really seemed to be asking, with discernible concern in their voices, was how they should embrace this responsibility.
Mary Pauline Lowry


Q&A with Lisa Barr About Her Award-Winning Debut Novel "Fugitive Colors"

Mary Pauline Lowry | October 20, 2014 | Books
"Fugitive Colors" (Arcade Publishing), a novel by veteran journalist Lisa Barr, is a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, friendship, jealousy, and revenge set on the "eve" of World War II.
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