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Squished Deer Brains With Bare Hands For Research

USA Today | Carol Memmott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

On Oct. 6, the series will be released for the first time as e-books; paperback editions will be reissued with new covers next spring; and on March 29...

New York Times Says Best Novelists Are in 20s And 30s

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I tried to resist writing this -- especially after my plea against categorizing authors. Plus, so many of us hide our age in this world of never-get-...

On Rising Again

Ben Tripp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben Tripp

That's why I wrote Rise Again. It's got some humor in it, but it's not a funny book. It's got a message, but it's not an allegory. It's entertainment. It's scary. Most of all, it's a warning.

A Romantic Weekend With...

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You've dumped your bags and coat and suddenly an inviting tryst feels very like waiting alone with a stranger for something possibly awful to happen i...

Time to Revive Thomas Mann

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

I had to grow up before I could read Thomas Mann. Several times in the course of my life I picked up The Magic Mountain, only to find out I did not have the stamina to complete the book.

Writing A Novel in Three Days: A New Sport? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to the organizers, the 3-Day Novel Contest has been called a "fad," an "idle threat," a "great way to overcome writers block," and "a trial ...

'Feedom' Jonathan Franzen's Best Novel? The Times Seems To Think So. Do You Agree? | MICHIKO KAKUTANI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet -- a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an in...

Jonathan Franzen Blasts Author Videos ... In His Own Author Video

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the heavily-publicized lead up to his book's August 31st release, "Freedom" author Jonathan Franzen is promoting his book with a "little author vid...

Go Big on Bastille Day

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft Skull Press.

Waterstone's Founder's New Novel Features Real Book World Treachery

The Guardian | Vanessa Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The entrepreneur Tim Waterstone, founder of the book chain that bears his name, has set an intriguing summer puzzle for his friends and former associa...

Publishing Interview: Catherine McKenzie

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh McGuire

I've done a few interviews with publishing people wrestling with the business and technology of "books." I was curious about things from another angle...

Pick Me! A Call for a Literary Draft

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

Why couldn't one enterprising publisher, or rich guy, or Amazon, set up a literary talent development system modeled on the NFL draft to discover the next Junot Diaz?

An Epic of Tang Dynasty China: "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The beginning of "Under Heaven," the latest offering by award-winning Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, can be called deceptive: it is quiet, seen th...

The Wonder of Exotic Creatures

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dora Levy Mossanen

For many years now, I continue to look forward every month to my copy of the "National Geographic," turning the pages with the eagerness of an explore...

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel: Surviving and Recording Evil

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Yann Martel's Beatrice and Virgil is a slim but potent exploration of the nature of survival in the face of evil.

Are the Fangs Real? Vampires as Racial Metaphor in the Anita Blake and Twilight Novels

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mikhail Lyubansky

Vampires have never been just vampires. Intended or not, vampires represent a number of marginalized groups that are perceived as a threat by mainstream society, particularly immigrants and racial minorities.

Announcing the Death of the Post-9/11 Novel

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Novelists didn't have to think much in the way of plot. 9/11 happened before, during, or after, to change everything (as Bush and Ashcroft had it, the world changed, nothing was the same after 9/11).

George Orwell Inspires "The Informer"

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Is it a stretch to think that the uprising of some of today's organizations here in America, such as the Tea Party Patriots, one that is based on fear...

'Novel,' $199 Tablet eReader From Pandigital Released: Android-Powered Device Has LCD Screen, Full Web Browser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Pandigital, the company best known for its digital photo frames, on Monday entered the e-book reader fray with an Android-powered device featuring a U...

Reinventing the Novel

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Pamela Redmond Satran

Rather than writing episodic pieces, I wanted to create a novel that included such conventional elements as a character-driven story, causally-related scenes, and an extended plot that would unspool in unexpected ways.

A Non-Review for a Nameless Novel

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I'm in a quandary. I've been sitting on a book review that I'd written a few weeks ago, but hesitate to post. Not only is it not a flattering review, ...

Precious Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher Talks Parodies and (Wait For It...) A Sequel?

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

After winning an Oscar for Precious, one wonders if screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher needed to go into a warm, happy place after being around such dark material for so long.

'Once a Spy': What Happens to a Spy with Alzheimer's?

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

What do intelligence agencies do when operatives lose their ability to retain important secrets?

Instant Gratification or Superfluous Distractions?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Many writers have been given an opportunity to be read, discovered and validated, an opportunity that they wouldn't have otherwise gotten had it not b...

Friendship by the Book: Pieces of Happily Ever After

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Journalist and author Irene Zutell's latest novel sensitively captures the inevitable struggles that women face: infidelity, divorce, achieving independence, losing friends and making them.