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9 Scariest Stephen King Villians

Stephen King created many of the monsters and villains that terrified us in the 20th and 21st Century. Remember being terrified by the scary clown in …

Stephen King

Buffy the Vampire Slayer getting new book series from Simon Pulse

Get ready to clear your calendars, <i>Buffy</i> fans — a new book series based on the television show is coming your way.<p>EW can exclusively reveal that Simon & Schuster’s teen division, Simon Pulse, will publish a new spinoff series of the cult classic television show that will be written by <i>New York Times</i> …

TV

Top 10 novels on rural America

From Marilynne Robinson to William Faulkner, these great stories are told from the margins of US life, but they carry profound resonance<p>I was in my early 20s when I first read Housekeepingby Marilynne Robinson. It was a summer day on my family’s mountain acreage in rural northern Idaho. I wandered …

Literature

Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Here are the books we can’t wait to pick up in 2017:<p>Genres<p>Genres<p>Show AllFictionNon-FictionScience FictionRomanceMystery/ThrillerFantasyYoung …

Lois Lane

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Acquire Movie Rights to ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Saunders, Offerman & Mullaly say they’re in ‘artistic cahoots’<p>It’s been a little over a month since beloved short story writer George Saunders …

Entertainment

The Library of Congress is Throwing a Disco Party

Grab your sequin dresses and your three-piece suits: it's time to get your <i>Saturday Night Fever</i> on in the name of history. As the <i>Washington Post</i> reports, the Library of Congress will be hosting a disco dance party in the Jefferson Building on Saturday, May 6, as the grand finale to a month-long …

Music

18 Books That Scored Movie Deals Before They Were Even Published

Every year, dozens of books are adapted for the big screen, but did you know many of these books had adaptation deals are made before the novels are …

Literature
Literature

‘Kindred’ Artist John Jennings Talks About Adapting Octavia Butler in Comic Form

Thirty-eight years after it was first published in 1979, Octavia Butler’s <i>Kindred</i> remains one of the most uncategorizable, and uncompromising, …

Science Fiction

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of March

There are some heavy hitters in our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of March. Here are some of the top books:<p><b>Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles -</b> For those …

“A Crash Course for the Ravers”: Bowie Studies Comes of Age

NO SOONER HAD David Bowie been laid to rest — dressed in an Apollo-era spacesuit, sealed in a transparent casket, and enshrined on a catafalque in …

David Bowie

John Freeman Gill on His New York Novel, “The Gargoyle Hunters”

<i>FIRST NOVELS ARE A BREED APART — apart from other novels, apart from autobiographies (with which, nevertheless, they remain almost automatically</i> …

Literature

This brilliant memoir will challenge what you think you know about loss and pregnancy

For most of her life, Ariel Levy's disregard for rules and expectations has mostly paid off. As a child, she preferred adventurous make-believe to …

Liberal POV

Legendary Poet Derek Walcott Has Died

According to local newspaper the <i>St. Lucia Star</i>, Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott died this morning at the age of 87.<p>Born in St. …

Poetry

Celebrating History's Bad-Ass Women: PW Talks with Greer Macallister

Greer Macallister talks to PW about her historical novel, 'Girl in Disguise,' loosely based on the life of the mysterious and elusive Kate Warne, the …

American History

Your Most Successful Book Club Picks

"I found it to be very morally challenging because it gets you rooting for questionable relationships and irregular protagonists. It's a great book …

Amazon's Best Books of March: Today's Releases

Our Featured Debut this month is Daniel Magariel’s <i>One of the Boys</i>, a novel about a recently divorced father who moves with his two sons to a cramped …

Jojo Moyes to write new Louisa Clark book

Louisa Clark fans, rejoice! Author and journalist Jojo Moyes will be continuing the <i>Me Before You</i> character’s story in a new book, it was announced Thursday.<p>The new novel will follow Lou, who is departing to New York, as she must choose between her old life and the new one awaiting her. It is the …

Movies

Interview with Lisa See

There were three of them who were all married to the same man, one right after the other. The first one was 16 years old, and she would write her …

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing

Would you like paper or plasma? That's the question book lovers face now that e-reading has gone mainstream. And, as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently.<p>Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC's New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington …

'The Great Shame of Our Profession'

Illustration by Pierre Fortin for The Chronicle Review<p><i>A talk the author gave in Iowa City in October on winning the Truman Capote Award for his book,</i> …

As Amazon Moves In, A Local Bookseller Hopes To Thrive With A Personal Touch

When Amazon comes to town to sell books from a bricks-and-mortar store of its own, what happens to a neighborhood bookstore nearby?<p>On Tuesday, the online retailer opened a 5,800-square-foot store in Dedham, Mass. — the company's first bookstore on the East Coast. The suburban Boston store joins …

Amazon

5 Reasons We Can’t Wait to Read Alec Baldwin’s Memoir Nevertheless

Eventually, everyone famous writes a memoir, in part because famous people do tend to lead interesting lives, and in part because publishers know …

Alec Baldwin

'On Tyranny' Explores New Threats Facing American Political System

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Timothy Snyder about his new book, <i>On Tyranny</i>, which explores the new threats faced by our political order and how we can look back to the 20th century for lessons on how to overcome them.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Timothy Snyder has written some …

Democracy
Literature

Meredith Duran - Interview

A member of Parliament, Crispin Burke, takes a strange path to love in our Romance Top Pick for March, the captivating and clever Regency love story <b>A</b> …

Literature

6 fascinating facts about the North Pond Hermit - Blog Post

Recent Blog Posts<p>Our top pick in nonfiction this month is Michael Finkel's The Stranger in the Woods, an intriguing account...<p>10 women to watch in …

Literature
Poverty

'A Piece of the World' looks deep within the story of an iconic painting

Christina Baker Kline, an artist herself, draws on the real history behind Andrew Wyeth's famed painting 'Christina's World' to conjure up her own …

Painting

Could the West have been friends with Russia after the Cold War?

<b>Con Coughlin reviews Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi</b><p>When Chairman Mao defeated the nationalists and founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Western policymakers agonised over “Who Lost China”. In the 21st century, with concerns mounting that President …

Russia