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11 Groundbreaking LGBTQ Novels

Off The Shelf | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Emma Volk | Off the Shelf If you're still high on exhilaration from last June's historic Supreme Court decision, we don't blame you. Looking for w...

Paul Lisicky Is Gay. Denise Gess Was Straight. 'The Narrow Door' Is Their Epic Love Story.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

Sure, I cried, and often. But more, "The Narrow Door" made me want to call a few people, and say the magic words, and feel at home in the world. It's hard to think of a book that can give you more than that.

5 Hot Books: John Irving's New Novel, and Letters From Actress Mary Louise Parker

The National Book Review | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review 1. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker (Scribner) Parker is known as the marijuana-d...

How a Book Can Change Your Life

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

The World According to Garp was published in 1978, my freshman year at a high school not unlike the one attended by John Irving's title character, T.S. Garp. I don't remember which year I read it, but it was the summer, and I finished it late at night in the corner of the couch, in tears.

13 Bookish Movies Now Streaming on Netflix

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.19.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education

Kyle Redford | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Kyle Redford

Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.

The Top Five Audiobook Voice Artists

Scott DiMarco | Posted 06.25.2016 | Home
Scott DiMarco

The author creates a world in words on a page. A voice artist gives audio life to those words and world through the "theatre of the mind." The very best of voice artists become invisible as you listen to the life they have created.

The Cider House Rules -- and a Supreme Court Ruling

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.05.2016 | Home
Joseph Cooper

For those birthing presidential campaigns and those conceiving runs for legislative power and those lusting for criminal court judgeships, The Cider House Rules and Griswold v. Connecticut should be required reading.

What's in a Name?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.

Failure, Alarms and After Parties: Chats with The Posies, Dry the River's Peter Liddle and Ghost Town's Kevin McCullough

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jon Auer:There is a freshness that occurs, I guess, at the beginning of anything that you can never replicate.

How Death Did Me a Favor

Carolyn Bass | Posted 10.20.2014 | Home
Carolyn Bass

I no longer took for granted the waking up every morning of myself, my husband, my children. If my sister could die, so could one of them.

Robin Williams and the Under Toad

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

Since Robin Williams' tragic death this week, I can't stop thinking about the Under Toad. If you're a fan of The World According to Garp, which Robin starred in back in 1978, you're probably feeling that same chill.

An Open Letter to Hannah Horvath About the MFA

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.31.2014 | Home
Anna Leahy

These are matters that any MFA applicant should think through, and you may want to look around.

What My Father and I Love to Share

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If I am my father's daughter, it is because we can lose ourselves, and find ourselves, in great literature.

Literary Luminaries: Ayana Mathis And 13 Other Authors Of The Iowa Writers' Workshop

Posted 12.12.2012 | OWN

For more than 70 years, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop has been one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States. Celeb...

Gramophone Awards 2012 - A Chat with James Jolly

Albert Imperato | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Albert Imperato

On September 27, Gramophone magazine -- often called the bible of the classical music recording industry -- will host its annual awards ceremony in London.

Identity, Sexuality, and Society's Assault on the Self: A Commentary on John Irving's Novel, In One Person

Lisa Firestone | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
Lisa Firestone

John Irving's latest novel, In One Person, is a timely statement about men and women, the nature of sexuality and society's assault on the self.

In New Novels, Hilary Mantel Triumphs (Again) & John Irving Is Confused (Sexually)

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Sex is not the same thing as love. Author John Irving knows this intellectually and having a bisexual at the center of his latest novel is not a big deal.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 05.07.2012 | Home

"In One Person" by John Irving Simon & Schuster, $28.00 Publishes on May 8, 2012 What is it about? At age 13, timid and naive Billy realizes th...

J.D. Salinger, Nicholas Sparks, Maurice Sendak And More: When Writers Get Angry

Lit Drift | Jiv Evanczuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There's definitely a certain appeal about the "angry" writer. I don't think I'm the only one intrigued with this idea; the Examiner recently put out a...

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.

Book Review Round-Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We're back again with your weekly book review round-up: Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers and the Dark Side of "Peter Pan", Piers Dudgeon The...

E-Reader Bedtime Stories

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Robinson

I was born without hands. I've spent 40 years reading on the floor. I've dreamed of being able to hold a book in bed. The e-reader has changed my life: one click of a button and I'm turning pages without hands!

Losing My Literary Virginity

Allison K Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Allison K Hill

My sexual awakening came at the hands of John Irving, or his words anyway.

10 Books to Read in 2010

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

While we wait for the final verdict on the future of print, take a look at the following ten books that I read and enjoyed in 2009. They'll still be around for you to enjoy in 2010.