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The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Talking The Royals and "Destruction Porn" with Rob Williams

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Set amidst World War II, the story revolves around the British royal family -- which just so happens to be super-powered.

Did Christopher Marlowe Fake His Death?

Ros Barber | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Ros Barber

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were born 450 years ago, just two months apart. Marlowe's plays and poems, all written in his twenties, have been overshadowed by Shakespeare's.

5 Must-Reads To Get You Through February

Posted 01.31.2014 | OWN

The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd 384 pages; Viking This powerful story about the relationship between Sarah Grimké and her ...

Why I Love Libraries

Gina Barreca | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

It's the weight of the book that calms me, the feel of the paper under my fingertips as I turn the page that grabs me. This pleasure is sharpened by understanding that what I love at this moment has only been loaned to me. I can possess it fully, but temporarily.

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

As an indie author since 2010 (and author consultant since 2011), I've watched indies break down stigma barriers ('vanity publishing' is a term rarely...

Laurie Halse Anderson on Her New Book, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.

One Way Children's Book Creators Cope With Bad Online Reviews

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Last fall, author Marc Nobleman came up with the idea of "... a variation on a poetry slam at which kidlit/YA authors read aloud their most critical or absurd user reviews (from Amazon or Good Reads) for comic relief/catharsis."

Kate DiCamillo Is the New Ambassador of Young People's Literature

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

DiCamillo burst on the children's book scene in 2000 with Because of Winn-Dixie, a lovely book about a community, a girl, and a dog that continues to resonate with its intended audience almost 15 years later.

Best Film Books of 2013

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

It has been a great big bountiful year for books about the movies. There have been so many worthwhile biographies, critical studies and pictorials it's hard to choose the dozen or even two dozen best books.

A New and Old Take on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alicewinks

Monica Edinger | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Fans and newcomers to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have something really special in store this season. This is Alicewinks, a remar...

Oldboy and the South Korean New Wave Cinema: An Interview With Author Urban Waite

Court Haslett | Posted 02.13.2014 | Entertainment
Court Haslett

One of the things I like about these movies is their unpredictability. In American films, there are certain characters that will never die, and certain lines that will never be crossed. That is not the case here.

Don Weise's Many Years in Gay Publishing Offer a Unique and Encouraging Perspective

Trebor Healey | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Trebor Healey

If Magnus is any indication, LGBT lit is clearly alive and well and forging ahead into uncharted territory, discovering new and unheard voices.

Best Picture Books of 2013

Minh Le | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Minh Le

2013 was the first full year after the death of the legendary Maurice Sendak. While it's impossible to replace an icon like Sendak, this year's offerings reminded us that children's literature is still rich with talented writers and illustrators to carry on the tradition of making great picture books.

Creating the Bat #5: Chuck Dixon

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Of all the writers who have tackled the Dark Knight over the past seven-and-a-half decades, none has written more individual issues, miniseries, or one-shots than Chuck Dixon -- he has over 300 Bat-stories under his belt.

Creating the Bat #4: Norm Breyfogle

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Breyfogle initially left the Bat-family in order to pursue other projects, including a comic character he himself created, before returning to pull off a few more memorable stints with his first love, including, most recently, Batman Beyond Unlimited.

Anorgasmia, Love and Something Wrong with Her: A Discussion with Cris Mazza

Rae Bryant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Rae Bryant

I should look at that book again now and see how it handles the issue of female orgasm, considering it was released in 1969, and it wasn't until the 1990s that clitoral anatomy was accurately depictured in medical textbooks.

An Honest Ghost: A Novel by Rick Whitaker

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Filip Noterdaeme

Taken out of their original context and ingeniously recycled into a mosaic of quotations, these sentences now tell a compelling new story that, according to the author, bears a close resemblance to his own life.

Video and Excerpt: The Kennedy Half-Century

Larry Sabato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Sabato

A cover-up to avoid culpability for missing signs of an impending assassination, or having worked with the assassin in some undercover capacity prior to November 22, is very different from the institutional orchestration of the murder of a U.S. president.

Going Monastic: Thoroughly Modern Woman Experiences an Ancient Rule

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist, poet, speaker and retreat leader. Atchison Blue is a book about sisters at Mt. St. Scholastica, in Atchison, Kansas, and the lessons Judith learned from witnessing their lives as they live out The Rule of St. Benedict.

Don't Flee to Mars, but Maybe Send the Tea Party There

Mike Sandler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Mike Sandler

It is tempting to ponder the Tea Party exiling themselves to Mars so that the climate activists can finally get a climate bill passed in Congress and solve our Earthly problems. But wishful thinking aside, our mammalian brains must resist the urge to flee.

'I Don't Have An Inspirational Word To Say About Having Breast Cancer'

Deborah Doucette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

People have asked me how I found the lump. I hardly ever tell them the truth because I'm afraid they would think I'm crazy. I'll tell you, but not yet.

Kennedy's Final Days -- Excerpt From The Kennedy Half-Century

Larry Sabato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Larry Sabato

Kennedy's final days paint a picture of a man who craved excitement. Perhaps because two of his siblings, Joe and Kathleen, had died young and the president himself had repeatedly faced death, JFK seemed unusually conscious that his time on earth was fleeting.

For Jamaican Writers, New Place of Opportunity Is in Brooklyn

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

The smell of Jamaican patties and jerk chicken and the sounds of the West Indies Patois were very much in evidence during the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.