R Rutledge Fisher

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Alice Walker to Publish Writings from Her Private Journals

If you couldn’t get enough of “The Color Purple”, guess what? There’s more Alice Walker coming.<p>In fact the Pulitzer-Prize winning author has been …

The Jazz Genius Charlie Parker as Seen by Stanley Crouch

<i>Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker</i> by Stanley Crouch<p>In <i>Kansas City Lightning</i>, the first volume of his biography <i>The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker</i>, the soul of Stanley Crouch joins the soul of the legendary jazz legend, with James Joyce giving his blessings from beyond the …

At 75 She's Doing Fine; Kids Still Love Their 'Madeline'

Madeline may be about to celebrate her 75th birthday next year, but the beloved little girl never seems to grow up. After more than seven decades she's still having adventures donned in her coat and big yellow hat with a ribbon down the back.<p>Readers were first introduced to Madeline in 1939 by …

Book News: Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' Banned At New Mexico School

<i>This post was updated at 2:45 p.m. ET</i><p><i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>A New Mexico school district has at least temporarily taken Neil Gaiman's <i>Neverwhere</i> off library shelves at its lone high school following complaints from a local mother. Her …

Happy Birthday, Elmore Leonard - Blog Post

BookPage contributor G. Robert Frazier reflects on Michael Ondaatje’s recent book event in Nashville,...<p>When an American spy plane was shot down over …

100 Illustrators You Should Know Right Now

Illustration nerds, it's time to get your geek on. A new book out from Taschen this December aims to pinpoint 100 of the most significant illustrators working in the field today. From Gary Baseman to Istvan Banyai, the compilation surveys visual artists from around the globe who've left their mark …

Identities : TED Radio Hour : NPR

<i>My home is where I find my identity, where I create my identity which is an ongoing phenomenon.</i> — Pico Iyer<p>Each of us has a sense of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? …

Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Identities.<p><b>About Elif Shafak's TEDTalk</b><p>Novelist Elif Shafak describes how fiction has allowed her to explore many different lives, to jump over cultural walls, and how it may have the power to overcome identity politics.<p><b>About Elif Shafak</b><p>Elif Shafak is the …

“[The Internet] is our contemporary substitute for this notion of a god, who really has eyes, and really has ears ... and is looking down on our behavior and judging us.” At the Henry Review, Joshua Cohen reads from his novel-in-progress. For more of this morning’s roundup, click here: http://tpr.ly/18UNKoA.

Why the hipsters have finally turned on writer Dave Eggers

In the first New York Times review of Dave Eggers's first book, <i>A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius</i>, in February, 2000, the word hip was used. Also slacker, self-conscious, post-modern and David Foster Wallace. This was long before hip became such a puzzlingly ambivalent word, before the word …

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 10, 2013 : NPR

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 10, 2013 : NPR

Inside the Rainbow: Russian children's literature 1920-1935 - in pictures

The early Soviet period was a miraculously rich time for children's books and their illustration. A new book, Inside the Rainbow offers a glimpse into that astonishing world

Reader reviews roundup

Eleanor Catton, Alice Munro and James Salter are among the writers under review this week<p>As we enter the final sprint to Booker day, the argument is hotting up as to which of the six runners deserve the 2013 prize. There's no doubt which simon92 would choose. He writes:<p>Eleanor Catton's …

In Defense of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Oversimplifying” Journalism

We’re in the middle, or maybe it’s the tail end, of a Malcolm Gladwell backlash. Sure, his books still sell in the kind of numbers that your average …

Nimble Surrealism: Talking with Gabrielle Bell

By Tobias Carroll November 12, 2012<p><i>Whether delving into memorable personal stories or exemplifying a sort of nimble surrealism, Gabrielle Bell’s comics are harder to classify than one might think. Reading her work chronologically, one can find her range expanding from sharp day-to-day observations</i> …

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Elmore Leonard, born on this day in 1925 http://tpr.ly/1c9pn7Z

Projection: A memoir about a daughter, a runaway mother, a life lived half in fiction

In the Sao Paulo suburb of Guarulhos in 2002, two women who share a love for red lipstick and little else walk briskly out of a theatre and begin to fight about <i>Maid in Manhattan</i>. The younger woman can barely suppress her hatred.<p>"I guess I'm not a fan of romance films," she mutters.<p>"I love romance …

The Week’s Best Reads

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.<p><b>A 4Chan Cam-Girl Grows Up</b><p>Allie Conti, <i>Miami New Times</i><p>At age …

Booker prize 2013: why Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary should win – video

Man Booker prize winner <b>Eleanor Catton</b> on growing up in New Zealand<p>Published: 17 Oct 2013<p><b>Charlotte Higgins:</b> The 2013 Man Booker-prize winner on the unfair treatment of female writers and why her book The Luminaries riled male critics of a certain age<p>Published: 16 Oct 2013<p>Judges praise 832 …

Camus vs. Sartre (Rare BBC Documentary)

The 10 best long reads

At nearly 800 pages, Donna Tartt's new novel is a modern epic. But some literary doorstops really are worth the investment…<p>Who else should have made the list? Have your say in the comments, and your idea could be featured in our alternative readers' 10 best next week

Turning the Tables on a Bad Writing Day

You can tell when it's stacking up to be a bad writing day.<p>You look at the list of non-writing stuff that needs to get done, throw up your hands and think, <i>No possible way.</i><p>Or the thought of whatever project you're working on ignites that gnawing insecure feeling that hisses, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT …

Book Promotion Disappointments Can Happen

You might be a veteran media guest. You might have successfully done hundreds of radio, TV, print and online media interviews as part of your book promotion campaigns. You might have wonderful media relationships, and you might have earned those friendships the honest way: through years of offering …

The 100 best novels: No 4 – Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748) | Books | The Observer

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – review

Like many Pashtun girls in the Swat valley in Pakistan, Tor Pekai attended school briefly at the age of six. Many years later, in her 30s, on Tuesday 9 October 2012, she went back to restart her education. In a terrible irony, it was also the day that her 15-year-old daughter, Malala Yousafzai, who …

A DIY guide to digitising your books

Following my recent column on Amazon's Matchbook program, and the ability to obtain digital copies of your physical books, one attentive reader pointed out that the program won't be available in the UK until mid-2014. Of equal concern, as I noted, the system locks you into Amazon's Kindle – and …

Nobel Prize in Literature: the women who've won it

Alice Munro has become the 13th female winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. But who are the other women laureates, and which of their books should you read first?<p>Out of the 110 winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, only 13 are women.<p>During a century when women writers have often been …

Literature

“In general I think you usually do write for someone. When I’m writing I’m always aware that this friend is going to like this, or that another friend is going to like that paragraph or chapter, always thinking of specific people. In the end all books are written for your friends.” —Gabriel García Márquez Read our 1981 interview with the Colombian writer here: http://tpr.ly/e89NSQ.