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7 Off-the-Wall Literary Gifts

Beth Bartlett | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

In Praise of Professor Protagonists

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I like novels starring professors because they bring back memories of the ones I had in college.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

Are Novels Better With Large Casts or Small Casts?

Dave Astor | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

For a book with "Solitude" in its title, it sure has lots of characters! After recently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I've been thinking about whether novels are better with large casts or small casts.

Like 'Girls'? You'll Love These Books

The Hairpin | Posted 04.27.2012 | Women

Let's just say there are a lot of articles about Girls. And, if you're like me, it's been making you think a lot about women, and friends, and the cit...

How I Ended Up in the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books
John Blumenthal

In 1999, I decided to self-publish a novel. I'd sold books to mainstream houses in the past, but no one wanted this one. But I believed in it. My agent believed in it. My wife believed in it. The dog was neutral.

Many Famous Authors Started With 'Novel 101'

Dave Astor | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.

10 Reading-Related Resolutions for 2012

Dave Astor | Posted 02.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As New Year's Day nears, it's time for some book-related resolutions!

Favorite Books On Our Radar

Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

We get so many books in the mail, you wouldn't believe. I know, your heart bleeds for us. Most of them, to be brutal yet honest, merit little more tha...