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PHOTO: 22 Storytelling Tips From Pixar

Posted 07.30.2012 | Books

If you've seen Pixar's "Up," there's a good chance you left the theatre with tear-stained 3D glasses after witnessing the simple, heartbreaking romanc...

What Would YOU Take From Your Burning House?

Posted 07.28.2012 | Books

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), over 15,000 people are injured annually from house fires. Almost 400,000 house fires occu...

Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter!

Posted 01.09.2015 | Books

It's difficult to imagine what childhood would have been like without Beatrix Potter. The author and illustrator's tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bun...

PHOTOS: Beautiful Book Posters From The Turn Of The Century

Posted 07.27.2012 | Books

According to the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery site, art posters were invented in 1893 by Edward Penfield. He created an advertisement for...

Why William S. Burroughs Hated His Biography

Ted Morgan | Posted 09.01.2012 | Books
Ted Morgan

When my book was published, Burroughs was in Chicago. Asked by a Tribune reporter what he thought of it, he said, "it's awful." There's a huge difference between chatting with a friend in your home and seeing your life revealed on the page, hundreds of pages, for thousands to read.

How Books Became The New Weapons Of Protest

Posted 07.26.2012 | Books

When Herman Melville's Bartleby famously took a stand against his job as a scrivener by announcing to his boss, "I would prefer not to," he probably d...

QUIZ: Can You Guess The Literary Reference?

Posted 07.26.2012 | Books

Could book tees be the new music tees? Maybe not, but we certainly support their somewhat recent emergence! A British clothing site, Meanfellas, w...

Forget Chick-Lit, What About D*ck Lit?

Posted 07.26.2012 | Books

Women who disagree with the trend of lumping books concerning relationship-related issues into a fluffy, too-broad genre of "chick lit" have plenty to...

PHOTOS: I Design A Cover For Every Book I Read

Jenny Volvovski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Jenny Volvovski

I started this project because when I am 90 (if I live that long), I want to have a library in my house (if there are still books) where every book jacket is designed by me. That is my long-term plan.

7 Surprising Words That Came From Hindi

Tabish Khair | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Tabish Khair

Anyone who's looked at a dictionary for more than five minutes knows that English words come from many sources, including the other side of the globe.

Writer Wednesday: 8 Mistakes Made When Submitting Stories Online

Posted 07.25.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief No matter how well you know the Internet, submitting your work to an agent or editor poses a great potential for error. You ...

9 Not-So-Cute Animal Books

Howard L. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Howard L. Anderson

Stories of animals behaving badly is not a new trend in literature and I am not the first author to venture into this territory. Here are 9 other not-so-cute animal books.

Amazon's Top 18 Fall Book Picks

Posted 07.24.2012 | Books

Amazon's Editorial Director and Senior Editors have released "The Big Books Fall Preview," a compilation of the new releases they're most excited abou...

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 07.23.2012 | Books

"Swimming Studies" by Leanne Shapton Blue Rider Press, $30.00 Published July 5, 2012 What is it about? Painter and illustrator Leanne Shapton re...

PHOTOS: 15 Greatest Americans Of The 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Peter Dreier

I've pulled out 15 people who represent the most influential progressives of the last century and provided short summaries about their lives and legacies.

PHOTOS: Marilyn Monroe's Fashion Legacy

Posted 07.20.2012 | Books

Marilyn Monroe is an enduring sex symbol, but she's less known for her influence on the world of fashion. Today, fans envision her as the coy blonde b...

PHOTOS: Literary Maze On Display At London 2012 Festival

Posted 07.19.2012 | Books

As part of the London 2012 Festival, Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo sculpted a maze made out of books. The instillation, called aMAZ...

Romance Novels Without The Sex?

Ariel J. Smythe | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Ariel J. Smythe

While "No-Sex" and "Romance" might seem incongruent, especially given those bodice-ripper covers we've come to know so well, Edenbrooke has proven itself to be a winner right out of the gate, receiving a coveted starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

9 Books That Make You Undateable

Posted 07.19.2012 | Books

There's a lot of red tape to cut through before completely committing to a relationship: There's the ex talk, the meeting of the parents, and if you'r...

PHOTOS: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Dog

Stanley Coren | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
Stanley Coren

Dogs are full of mysteries and secrets. They have a long lost history that they never tell to humans. They have a mysterious way of thinking that only other dogs understand. They have a secret language that they use when they are talking to dogs and people.

What's Your Number? Confessions of an 'Amazon Rank'-Obsessive and Soon-to-be 'Author Central' Addict

Nora Zelevansky | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Nora Zelevansky

My father-in-law turned to me and asked: "So, what's your number?" I looked back at him blankly. I was so naive in those days (last week). That was when I learned about the Amazon Best Sellers Rank.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 07.17.2012 | Books

"The Collective" by Don Lee W.W. Norton & Company, $25.95 Published July 16, 2012 What is it about? In the late 80s, three aspiring Asian Americ...

PHOTOS: 9 Most Haunted Places

Joe Nickell | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Joe Nickell

Since the most ancient times, people have believed in ghosts, or spirits of the dead. Yet their work appears more mystical than scientific, and it begs the question: Is there really a "life energy," as many postulate, capable of surviving death?

A Rotten Tomatoes For Books?

Posted 07.13.2012 | Books

Could iDreamBooks, a new review aggregation site, be the Rotten Tomatoes for books? Determining what to read can be tricky, and we each have our go...

Rejected Covers: 'The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals'

Posted 07.16.2012 | Books

Rejected Covers is part of an ongoing series on rejected book cover designs, in which we invite cover artists to reveal some of the rejected ideas and...