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Feminist Poet Describes Struggle To Write

| Posted 12.16.2011 | Books

By Minnie Bruce Pratt for Poetry Foundation: The Sound of One Fork was my first book of poetry, published in 1981. These poems and I emerged togeth...

7 Awful Plot Twists We're Tired Of Reading

| Posted 12.16.2011 | Books

By Rebecca Joines Schinsky for Book Riot A truly surprising surprise twist—the kind that makes you gasp or clutch your pearls or reexamine everyt...

9 Facts You Didn't Know About Jane Austen

Deirdre Le Faye | Posted 02.15.2012 | Books
Deirdre Le Faye

Most of them are addressed to her beloved sister Cassandra, and afford a unique and irresistible insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative - the equivalent of telephone calls between the sisters - and read much like the novels themselves.

Christopher Hitchens: Books Written By The Literary Giant

| Posted 12.17.2011 | Books

By Jonny Segura for Bookish Journalist, critic and eminent atheist Christopher Hitchens died today of pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cance...

How Dogs Became Man's Best Friend

Mark Derr | Posted 02.15.2012 | Books
Mark Derr

In many ways, humans and wolves were made for each other. Both were highly social species who lived and hunted as family units where cooperation was essential to survival.

9 Books To Get Your Sister

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.22.2011 | Books

Enough with the scented candles and bath soaps! This year, give your sister a present with a little more personality. We've already established that b...

7 Scams That Will Cost You Money

Christopher Elliott | Posted 02.15.2012 | Books
Christopher Elliott

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year - for scam artists. The average American household will spend about $1,700 on gifts, but not all of it will go to legitimate businesses.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy: What John Le Carré Really Thought Of His Book Adaptation

Peter Straughan | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Peter Straughan

John le Carré is something of a revered author, a writer who had taken the spy genre and elevated it into literature. His fans are fiercely loyal and were understandably skeptical of the news that his most beloved novel was to be turned into a movie.

Which Classic Books Does Everyone Hate?

| Posted 12.15.2011 | Books

By Gabe Habash for PWxyz At the hashtag #worstbookever, you’ll learn some things. Huck Finn isn’t well-liked. The works of Homer and Shakespear...

Iraq Veteran Reveals His Favorite Soldier Stories

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

By Paul Rieckhoff for Bookish As the last American troops come home from Iraq, Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,...

'Atlas Chugged' And Other Literary Cocktails

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

Leave it to editors, publishers and wordsmiths to come up with the best pun games on Twitter. Last month, readers got their fill of literary turducken...

An Ode To Book Nerds

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

They thumb through page-turners excitedly while other kids whisper and pass notes during silent reading time. They consider SparkNotes supplemental. T...

Writer Wednesday: Surprising Things Literary Agents Can Do For You

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief Staff: In the old days of publishing, literary agents had a clear and pretty much singular function: to advocate on behalf of ...

The Worst Gifts Ever

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

For many, the holidays are about showing how much you care, but some family members, friends and colleagues have a peculiar way of showing it. Whe...

7 Ways To Tell If You're Human

Joanna Bourke | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Joanna Bourke

Does intellectual ability make us human? Or self-consciousness? Or the possession of a soul? Or tool-making? Or private property? Or genetic inheritance? Whatever definition we choose, it excludes some creatures we might want to include in the "human."

How Much Money Do Poets Make?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books

The chances of making money as a poet are pretty slim - but how slim? The latest issue of New York Magazine puts some numbers on the old cliché with ...

Amazon's Best-Selling Books 2011

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books

Today, Amazon announced their best-selling books of the year. The list includes first-edition titles, both Kindle and hardcover, that were published i...

'Young Adult' Writer Diablo Cody: We Never Really Grow Up

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Books

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish: In 2007, Diablo Cody won over adults and teens alike with her Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Juno" -- bring...

Should You Boycott Amazon?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Should people boycott Amazon? Increasing numbers of retailers and publishers have been daring to ask the question, in the face of aggressive tactics b...


| Posted 12.09.2011 | Books

By Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly: Before you get all riled up about how we’ve previously called two other books ("How to Avoid Huge Ships" an...

10 Reasons Why Nothing Matters

Ron July | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Ron July

Of all the things that exist, none is stranger than nothing. But, of course, nothing is not a thing, and neither can it be said to exist. So why are people fascinated by nothing? Why should something so crazy and mind-boggling be important?

11 Non-Book Gifts For Your Favorite Book Nerd

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

It's risky buying books for bookish friends. There's always the chance they've already read this year's bestsellers. To play it safe, buy your literar...

Did Our NaNoWriMo Writers Finish Their Books?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

November has come and gone, and the National Novel Writing Month participants we've been following are gladly wiping their brows and putting down thei...

This Year's Books You Should Have Read

| Emily Temple | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: Unfortunately, hundreds of great books come out every year to little or no critical attention, a fate that is perhaps unavoidable ...

10 Books To Get Your Dad

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

You've got your mom's reading material covered, but you're still lost on smart gifts for your dad. Steve Jobs's biography may be tempting, but we say ...