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DC's Epic Dark Fantasy: Paul Cornell Talks 'Demon Knights'

Turnstyle | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books

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Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Small

Every time I walk into a bookstore and I see a novel written by a celebrity or some newly-minted reality star, I cringe. Yes, I'm jealous and resentful. But the truth is the book publishing business is a terrible business.

Don't Be a Book Snob!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.07.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Over the thirty years of my publishing career, I've learned that book snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And their snobbery often seems more about them than the genre they've picked for their disdain.

The Help: Redemption, and Genuflecting at the Altar of Ourselves

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Leonce Gaiter

The Help is a blockbuster that doesn't just redeem its white heroine -- it redeems all of white America right along with her.

Is Fiction Good for You?

Keith Oatley | Posted 10.28.2011 | Books
Keith Oatley

Are movies and novels simply pleasant ways to pass the time, like eating ice cream but less fattening? Since the ancient Greeks, it's been thought that fiction can be good for us.

Three Questions for Alexi Zentner: Writer, Husband, Canadian, And Father

Andrea Dupree | Posted 10.25.2011 | Denver
Andrea Dupree

It's easy to envy Alexi Zentner's abundant gifts -- his lyrical flourishes, his workmanlike output, his Canadian-ness. It might start with just falling in love with his prose.

The Perfect Man - Revealed!

Posted 10.25.2011 | Books

The perfect man is loyal, honest and clean. These, at least, were the top attributes as voted for by 58 British romance novelists in a poll sent out b...

NASA Teams Up With Sci-Fi Authors

Posted 10.24.2011 | Books

The genre of science fiction can spawn some spectacularly unscientific flights of fancy in the name of space travel. Thanks to a new collaboration wit...

Today's Tribute to the Struggle Against Slavery

J. L. Morin | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
J. L. Morin

People around the globe are celebrating today's International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition and the day that slavery became illegal in the Western world.

The Top 10 Best Fictional Teachers

Uloop | Posted 10.16.2011 | College

Teachers are often center stage in our favorite television shows and blockbuster films

Writers and The Bomb: Novel Takes on the Nuclear Age

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.16.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns, and they have invoked Hiroshima far more often than the novelists.

Three Cups of Truth?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Terence Clarke

There is lucre in writing a book like Three Cups of Tea or in making TV dramas and films that assert they are true, but in fact are being made to titillate the public's wish for celebrity gossip.

Pride and Prejudice and Hebrews

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've published twenty books in genres from memoir to mystery but I never thought of doing an Austen mashup until I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombie...

Unsolicited Parenting Advice: A Little "Unadvice," If You Will

Stephanie Stiles | Posted 09.27.2011 | Parents
Stephanie Stiles

What is with people feeling so free to share their opinions as to how we're performing our jobs as moms and dads? The way I see it, these so-called "words of wisdom" are -- like a bad mood or a bad recipe -- better left unshared.

14 Incredible Fictional Worlds You'd Most Want to Visit (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

Some people dream of visiting India or Brazil -- other people have loftier, if not impossible, travel ambitions. With the summer travel season in ...

"Kissing" Books Could Have Saved Borders

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 09.23.2011 | Books
Gail Vida Hamburg

As men wearing suits analyze the death of Borders, it's become clear that none of them grew up kissing books. They blame book readers, digital books, Amazon, and the recession for the demise of the chain when they should be blaming the executives.

Young Adult Fiction: Let Teens Choose

Chris Crutcher | Posted 09.20.2011 | Books
Chris Crutcher

Let's just say at the outset that, in my opinion, Meghan Cox Gurdon has an agenda. And to be fair let's also say that, in my opinion, so do I.

Wrangling With Copyeditors

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.19.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Years ago a novelist friend told me that the only thing worse than not being published was being published. I had no idea what he could mean. That was before I had my first wrangle with a copyeditor.

It's Still Summer! Books by Bay Area Authors You'll Be Glad You Read

Dean Rader | Posted 09.13.2011 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

San Franciscans are lucky to live in The City of Writing. I've prepared a little menu for you to carry along next time you visit your favorite independent bookstore. Let them serve you up a heaping helping of bookish Bay Area goodness.

Isabelle Eberhardt: Dressed Like a Man, Drowned in a Desert Flood in Algeria, Wrote 10 Great Stories

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 09.07.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

There is magic in these stories, as there is in any fiction where life has been reduced to the basics and interior travel is just a puff away. To us, it may seem as if Isabelle Eberhardt goes too far.

Do You Still Read Fiction?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Philip Roth has written two dozen novels, yet fiction has lost its appeal for him personally. When asked why, he said he didn't know, and only offered a smart-aleck response: "I wised up."

Philip Roth Confesses The Genre He Never Reads

Slate Magazine | Jan Dalley | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books

In 1960 Philip Roth won the National Book Award, America's prestigious literary prize, for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus....

Interview with Stefan Merrill Block, Author of The Storm at the Door

Teddy Wayne | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Early reviewers have described Stefan Merrill Block's new novel as "This generation's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." I spoke with the 29-year-old author about the literary and real-life inspirations behind his novel.

Interview With Anna North, Author of America Pacifica

Teddy Wayne | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books
Teddy Wayne

In the not too distant future of Anna North's debut novel, Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica -- one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age. I spoke with her about the politics of her novel, and science-fiction.

The Rise of Traditionalist Fiction in America

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Many in publishing say chick lit is dead. I don't agree. Rather, I think chick lit has given up Friday night cocktails for Sunday morning services.