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Margaret Atwood

Learning to Breathe Again

Aia Hawari | Posted 10.07.2015 | College
Aia Hawari

This final drag fills my tired lungs as the red tip of this white cancer stick glows. My mind covets the rush of this smoke, tricking my good senses to envelop in the temporary and forget that it's killing me. I feel light headed and I know I need to let it out.

The Pathetic Nature Of Humanity Is The Real Dystopia In New Novel

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts

The very last words printed inside Margaret Atwood’s new novel, The Heart Goes Last, appropriately come straight from the heart. “My spec...

2015 Fall Books Preview: 33 Can't-Miss New Reads

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts

 Setting aside Jonathan Franzen's ubiquitously discussed new novel Purity, fall 2015 is an embarrassment of literary riches. Intriguing fiction ...

These Beautiful Handwritten Love Letters Will Leave You Swooning

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts

Once, while thumbing through my favorite book -- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf -- I found a scrap of paper wedged within the "Time Passes" sect...

'Future Library' Reminds Us How Connected Books And The Environment Really Are

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts

When we imagine libraries 100 years from now, many of us might picture sterile environments more like computer labs than book depositories -- ...

Getting Excited for a Book You'll Never Read

Paige Ballard | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Paige Ballard

We're all going to be eternally disappointed that we'll never read Margaret Atwood or David Mitchell's newest story. But this project is as close to a guarantee as we can get that someone, maybe our own children and grandchildren, will read a little piece of our present.

What's The Matter With Dystopia?

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Ursula Heise | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books

This story originally appeared on Public Books February 1, 2015 — Dystopia is flourishing. In the process, it is becoming routine and losing...

Famous Writers Share How They Handle Writer's Block

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

During her lifetime, Maya Angelou, the great author and poet, was nominated for a Pulitzer, awarded the National Medal of Arts, given over fifty hon...

7 Off-the-Wall Literary Gifts

Beth Bartlett | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Beth Bartlett

Why be subtle when you can be sassy and weird? Tap directly into their favorite bookish fandom with one of these unusual offerings.

Is 'The Handmaid's Tale' Science Fiction -- Or a Preview of 2016?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

One way or another, you've heard of "The Handmaid's Tale." For decades, the title has been feminist shorthand for the kind of future that's likely for women if Christian fundamentalists have their way.

Move Over 'Game Of Thrones,' Darren Aronofsky Develops New HBO Book Adaptation

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.06.2014 | Entertainment

HBO is about to corner the market on kids who need to do last-minute book reports. Darren Aronofsky, director of hugely successful films like "Blac...

Songs From the Movie: A Conversation With Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chatting With Doug Paisley, Plus an Art Decade Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Mary Chapin, you've got a new album, Songs From The Movie, the follow up to the excellent Ashes And Roses. Can we just dive in?

Claire Sibonney

Margaret Atwood On Progress, Fear And Social Media | Claire Sibonney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

With our lives inescapably intertwined with technology, with children and adults spending ever more time in front of screens, it's important that we l...

The Book Ban Club Still Lives

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Robert Miraldi

A possible threat to national security is perhaps more understandable, but getting a prior restraint on a book for national security is near impossible; getting a book banned because people cuss or if the content is "ungodly" (look out Harry Potter books!) is a lot easier.

The Future's So Bright, I'm Afraid to Look: On Science/Speculative Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The debate over whether SF is literature or genre fiction is ultimately far less important than the fact that such novels and movies have long challenged us to rethink not only what is possible, but also what is desirable about our collective future -- with or without sunglasses.

The Book We're Talking About

Posted 09.04.2013 | Books

"MaddAddam" by Margaret Atwood Doubleday, $27.95 Published on September 3, 2013 What is it about? The third installment in Atwood's trilogy of ...

It's Good to Be Bad: In Defense of Not-Nice Poetry

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Where does the popular idea that good poetry is "nice" come from, and what -- if anything -- can or should be said against it? The short answer is that it's a legacy of Romanticism.

PHOTOS: What Famous Authors Wrote In Their Books

Posted 05.15.2013 | Books

What do famous authors think when they look back at their earlier books? The English branch of PEN, the international writers' organization that promo...

Big Names Confirmed For National Book Festival

Posted 04.15.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- This year's National Book Festival, to take place September 21 and 22 on the National Mall, has some big name authors confirmed to parti...

An Appreciation of Barbara Kingsolver

Dave Astor | Posted 01.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Why do I like Kingsolver's work? She's progressive, feminist, and her fiction puts things in a sociopolitical context. But I think many open-minded people of any ideology would find her work engaging.

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

Author! Author! (As Writer and Character)

Dave Astor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Authors often write what they know, so it's no surprise that many fictional characters are authors themselves.

Book Titles That May Not Be Ideal

Dave Astor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

If you can't judge a book by its cover, can you judge a book by its title? I ask that because there are some novels with a title character who is not the most prominent or interesting person in the book.

Apocalypse... Soon? The Gender Gap in Apoca-Lit

Laura Barcella | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Laura Barcella

Could women really be less interested in the seemingly universal (and universally terrifying) theme of the world's end? Doubtful. So why aren't there more women-penned apocalyptic cultural offerings out there?