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HuffPost Books' Most Viral Stories Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books

It's been a fantastic year of reading and word nerdery here are HuffPost Books. Not only have we read piles of highly anticipated novels and promising...

The Art of Asking: Amanda Palmer Opens Her Heart to the World

Holly Cara Price | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Palmer has, not to put too fine a point on it, ripped open her chest and exposed her heart for all to see.

Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids?

Lori Day | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Lori Day

Just as there are good and bad adult novels, there are good and bad YA novels. To snidely pan the entire YA genre as being an embarrassment for any adult to enjoy is both small-minded and myopic.

First Anthology of Metamodern Literature Hits U.S. Bookshelves

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "alt-lit" has gradually devolved into meaninglessness, much like the term "indie music." In practice, the "alt-lit" designation merely signifies that something is really good, yet underappreciated; or delightfully quirky, but with few financial resources behind it

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #28 (National Poetry Month 2014)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

It may seem strange to say of a poet that his work is both tight and frenetic, but with Ron Padgett the description is apt. By the same token, comparing any poet to John Ashbery usually serves as little more than back-handed euphemism: a "less-than" sign hangs ghostly over any such analogy.

Eight Favorite Books Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring and Adventurous Girls!

Lori Day | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Lori Day

After reading so many children's and YA books to curate for recommendations to mother-daughter book clubs, here are eight of my favorites, and there's no better way to raise interesting, exciting, daring and adventurous daughters!

The Widening Gender Gap in Contemporary American Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

A study of gender demographics in American poetry yields startling results Since 2010, the organization Women in the Literary Arts (VIDA) has been co...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

Pulitzer Prize Preview: First a Rant, Then Some Predictions

Scott Porch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Scott Porch

Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.

Heal This Way and Coming Around: Words for LGBT Youth and Their Parents

Janet Mason | Posted 05.03.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

While the advice that Coming Around offers may just sound like commonsense -- the fact is that this information is not common knowledge in the dominant culture.

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #27: AWP Edition

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Whimsical declarations and asyntactic juxtapositions are common features in contemporary poetry, but often they amount to little more than idiosyncratically coded confessions of limited interest to a general readership.

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Indie Comic Super! and the Quest for Global Domination, Part II

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 04.12.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Following up on our previous conversation, the duo discusses their influences, the various natures of parodies, and their (ongoing) attempts at working with traditional publishers.

On American Metamodernism (Contemporary Poetry Reviews #26)

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While there are as many ways to express the "structure of feeling" encapsulated by metamodernism as there are metamodernists, in many respects Steve Roggenbuck presents as the consummate American Metamodernist.

Creating the Bat #11: Jason Fabok

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

As Batman: Eternal looks to start up in the very near future, Jason Fabok has ended his tenure on Detective to be the primary artistic force on the new weekly series.

Creating the Bat #10: John Layman

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

John Layman took over writing duties on Detective Comics in October 2012, just over a year after the title's relaunch. Though his has been, as of yet, a short run, his time with the character has already proven to be memorable.

Your Brain on Books

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done...

Creating the Bat #9: Dave Taylor

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Dave Taylor is a British illustrator who's seen more than his fair share of projects -- and his roles on them -- over the years. Taylor, however, is arguably best known for his work on Batman.

Creating the Bat #8: Scott Peterson, Part II

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

"Creating the Bat" takes just a short peek into this never-ending process, asking five quick questions to the creators who have helped to make the Batman what he is today.

Creating the Bat #7: Scott Peterson, Part I

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Scott Peterson joined DC Comics as the assistant to Batman Group Editor Denny O'Neil in 1991. Peterson quickly established himself as a capable and knowledgeable overseer and was rewarded by being promoted to an editor in his own right.

Creating the Bat #6: Graham Nolan

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Graham Nolan worked in the Bat-universe from 1992 until 1998, most usually with writing partner Chuck Dixon. Although collaborating on a great number of stories together, the one that the artist has become the most famous for is Vengeance of Bane.

5 Steps to Grassroots Marketing

Alex Schattner | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Go to your favorite maps application and find all the bookstores within easy traveling distance. Look at each store and ask yourself: Is it right for my book?

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.

The Rhino Records Story Takes Shape Part 6: Business Advice From Rock Stars

Harold Bronson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Harold Bronson

In the mid-1970s, my business partner Richard Foos and I were two college graduates with little more than a passion for music and a record store on Westwood Boulevard in L.A. How did we get the knowhow to launch a record label, Rhino, and make it into a major entertainment company?

An Interview About Contemporary Poetry-Reviewing With Poet, Editor, and Critic Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

{NB: On July 31, 2013, the above author was interviewed on the subject of contemporary poetry-reviewing by poet and editor Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Due...