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A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Today, few have heard of The Diary of a Lost Girl, the now-forgotten Margarete Böhme, or the controversy which once swirled around the book's authorship.

McSweeney's: H.P. Lovecraft's Chocolate Descriptions

McSweeney's | By LUKE BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Chocolate Cherry Cordial: You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon's tru...

"Why Read an Author Who Hasn't Lived?" An Interview With Joe Quirk

Thea Joselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thea Joselow

Exult takes hang gliding and the maniacs who practice it by the balls, shakes them like a bad martini, and then -- almost inexplicably -- brings it all in for a smooth landing.

'Eat Pray Love,' 'Women, Food And God': This Week's Hottest Reads

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)...

Author Lucy Jackson Reveals True Identity

Entertainment Weekly | Breia Brissey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, author Lucy Jackson released her second novel Slicker, the follow-up to 2007′s Posh. Jackson said she wouldn't label the book as chick-li...

The Politics of Fiction

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

Journalists today are forced to pontificate from their armchairs, barking out at a furious pace the short, sharp commentaries that are the staples of the Internet. Seeking fulfillment, I turned to fiction.

For Novelists, the Future Isn't Fiction

Paul Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Levine

Many novelists can lay claim to foreseeing bits and pieces of the future. More than 100 years ago, H.G. Wells portrayed lasers in War of the Worlds and genetic engineering in The Island of Doctor Moreau.

Don DeLillo: 'I'm Not Trying To Manipulate Reality -- This Is What I See And Hear'

The Guardian | Robert McCrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The bedside phone in 6 Columbus, my New York hotel, rang twice. Then a familiar voice said: "You're seeing Don today. I'll join you for lunch afterwar...

Ridley Pearson's Character Model: A Sun Valley, Idaho Sheriff

NPR | Ridley Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writer Ridley Pearson, who has written four thrillers starring the sheriff, says he based his hero on Walt Femling, the real sheriff of Sun Valley and...

Noir Fiction Is About Losers, Not Private Eyes

Otto Penzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Otto Penzler

I am constantly baffled by the fact that a huge number of readers of noir don't seem to know what noir fiction is.

Anis Shivani: The Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of 2010

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

From important new fiction by Jonathan Franzen and Yiyun Li to penetrating critiques of the current political situation by Matt Taibbi and Chris Hedges, there is a lot to look forward to from publishers at all levels for the rest of the summer and the fall.

Another Kind Of Paper Trail: Books Might Hold Key To Connecticut Killings

New York Times | William Glaberson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The defense lawyers' suggestion that prison library books could have shaped the crime, or that knowing Mr. Hayes read them could turn jurors against h...

Barbara Kingsolver Ready To Start Next Novel

Reuters | Sharon Lindores | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the Orange Prize for fiction, is back in the U.K. one month after scooping up the prestigious prize awarded to the best ...

Ode to A Bookish Mom

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

After a family dinner, while we were hitting the cookies, my father launched into the hair-raising story of how he, his sister, and his parents traveled from Alesund, Norway, to Newfoundland, Canada, in 1942.

Con Games: Shocking Ideas for Writers in Aspen

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

After decamping to the Aspen Ideas Festival, I came away thinking that no one is more terrified of the future than the writer of fiction.

Is Shirley Jackson One Of The Greatest American Writers?

Salon | Andrew O'Hehir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Shirley Jackson Awards for excellence in "literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" were awarded over the weekend, and...

The Panacea of Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My author choice of the week for throwing oneself into despair is Rosellen Brown. If you've not yet had the pleasure of her company, her books satisfy like a well-made home-cooked meal.

Go Big on Bastille Day

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft Skull Press.

The Noetic Value of Fiction

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Fiction has the capacity to indirectly provoke us to begin to see the presence of God in all things, and to understand the world of temporal matter as an epiphany of the eternal, spiritual realm.

What Has Happened To Political Fiction?

The Guardian | Stuart Evers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Contemporary political novels -- the ones that sell, at least -- are more concerned with political disengagement than they are with values or beliefs....

A Is for Amy & Adonis: Chapter T

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Crandell

The diamond wasn't anything amazing. That's what made it so painful.

The Atlantic's Vision Of The Future Of Books

The Millions | Lizzie Skurnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The cover of Fiction 2010 offers, to say the least, a provocative vision. To our left glides a gentleman in pegged red pants holding an honest-to-God-...

My James Frey Moment: Learning To Lie And Get Away With It

Adam Langer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adam Langer

But when I did nothing but lie, violated every rule of journalism, acted in direct opposition to everything my heroes Woodward and Bernstein had seemed to stand for, I didn't get fired at all.

Pick Me! A Call for a Literary Draft

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

Why couldn't one enterprising publisher, or rich guy, or Amazon, set up a literary talent development system modeled on the NFL draft to discover the next Junot Diaz?

An Epic of Tang Dynasty China: "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The beginning of "Under Heaven," the latest offering by award-winning Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, can be called deceptive: it is quiet, seen th...