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John Brandon Overcomes Loneliness in His Second Novel, Citrus County

Caitlin Colford | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Caitlin Colford

John Brandon enters McNally Jackson Bookstore and Café a bit meek, a bit timid, perhaps a bit excited. "I just got off the plane an hour ago," claims the soft-spoken Southern gentleman.

Review: Dave Eggers and David Byrne, 'It Is Right to Draw Their Fur,' at SF Electric Works

Cherie Louise Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cherie Louise Turner

The first, and last, impression of this show is delight, with a dose of idiosyncrasy. It's a good summer offering: light and witty, even quirky hip.

Better Book Titles: 'Gril With The Dragon Tatoo' Becomes 'This Is The First Book I've Read In Six Years'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

Comedian Dan Wilbur is sick of reading. But he's come up with a fantastic solution for people who still would like to be part of literary conversations without expending all that energy reading a book.

The Believer Book Award: McSweeney's Magazine Announces Annual Book Prize

The Believer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Percival Everett's seventeenth novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, is a wickedly funny, stunningly imaginative, and wholly original book that addresses, h...

'Clock Without A Face' Book Leads Readers To REAL Buried Treasure

MobyLives | Kyle Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You wouldn't know it by looking at this five-sided, seemingly children's-oriented, picture book, but it may hold the key to your early retirement. The...

Book Publishing Websites: The Best And Worst (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann and Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Everyone in book publishing has a website. We know Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound and Borders among others sell books on the web. Authors have web...

Getting To Know Ben Greenman In Five Easy Pieces

David Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Coggins

Ben Greenman is an editor in good standing at the New Yorker. You may not know that because they don't publish a masthead--but you see his pithy reco...

826 London

The Guardian | Vanessa Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It is hard to get some children inside a library -- but a high-street shop selling pirate eye patches or superhero equipment is much more of a draw. ...

McSweeney's Publisher Abruptl

San Francisco Weekly | Joe Eskenazi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Oscar Villalon, the longtime former Chronicle book editor who accepted a buyout and then went to work as McSweeney's publisher has abruptly exited tha...

Talking Comedy and Disturbing YouTube Clips with's Michael Swaim

Greg Boose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Greg Boose

I recently had the chance to interview Michael Swaim, Head of Video over at

Glamorize: Why Small Presses Should Accessorize

Eric Obenauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eric Obenauf

I would wager that consumers of small press books are more aware of who published the work than those of corporate presses, which makes it easier for an independent publisher to sell brand merchandise.

Shallow Reporting or Hidden Agendas: A Rant About Newspapers

Christin Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christin Evans

Our biggest complaint with newspapers is the shallow reporting that is regularly printed in the name of news. For an example of such reporting, we turn to the world of independent bookstores.

Wild Things: The Book of the Film of the Book

Amy Hungerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amy Hungerford

Storytelling -- in words, pictures, film -- is a flexible art in which compelling stories produce unlimited creative responses that can enchant us, can move or madden us.

Finishing Not-Quite-First

Todd Zuniga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Todd Zuniga

The thrill of following our app's rise (and eventual slide -- after day four we slipped from the top 100) gave me the chance to seriously eyeball the Books section and really look at what was in there.

McSweeney's No. 33 Is A Good, Old-Fashioned Newspaper

The New York Times | Bruce Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"People have been saying the short story is dying for a lot longer than they've been saying newspapers are dying," Jordan Bass, managing editor of the...

Dave Eggers Proves Print Is Not Dead

Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Palmer

[Dave Eggers'] Panorama was done as an homage to the traditional newspaper and a demonstration of the potential that the form holds for creativity and compelling storytelling.

Interview with Mike Sacks, Author of "And Here's the Kicker"

Teddy Wayne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Teddy Wayne

As a frequent collaborator with Sacks, I decided to turn the tables and interview him about his own craft, his theory about OCD and comedy, and, inevitably, Milton Berle's penis.

Novelists in Hollywood: Away We Go

Jed P. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jed P. Cohen

What makes Away We Go important is that it got made at all. It is a heartening prospect that as the country reads less and goes to the movies more, the movies continue to read.