Books

How to Escape in 9 Books

Many of my friends are talking about escape these past few months, about what country would be the best to run away to: Spain or New Zealand or …

Literature

You Only Need 10 Minutes to be More Creative

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so <i>talented</i>,” but truthfully, …

Flash Fiction

Storytelling with the Stars: 10 Audiobooks to Listen to Now

Meryl Streep starred in the film based on Nora Ephron’s thinly disguised account of the demise of her marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein, but her narration of the antecedent book is way better: funnier, tarter, and, best of all, jam-packed with handy recipes. (Ephron started out as a food …

Literature

10 Long Books To Finish Before The End Of The Year

1 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra<p>Clocking in at 1023 pages, <i>Don Quixote</i> is not exactly a breezy read. But there's a reason that the …

Literature

5 Cyberpunk Books To Read Before Watching 'Ghost in The Shell'

Cyberpunk is a niche science-fiction sub genre that every so often jumps into the mainstream. The most prominent example of recent years is of course</i> …

Science Fiction

ROBERT J. DAU SHORT STORY PRIZE FOR EMERGING WRITERS

• Home<br>• 2017 PEN/ROBERT J. DAU SHORT STORY PRIZE FOR EMERGING WRITERS<p>The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes twelve …

Fiction Writing

The Real Reason Dystopian Fiction Is Roaring Back

From the “everything old is new again” files: Bygone dystopian fiction is officially back in vogue. As reported last month, Penguin Random House has …

Literature

10 Novels About Space Travel That Will Definitely Change Your Perspective

1 'Radiance' by Catherynne M. Valente<p>In this decopunk novel set in 1986 centers on Severin, an aspiring young filmmaker who sets out to document life …

Science Fiction

Love to Read? Win Free Books with These Giveaways

If you're a voracious reader, few things are more satisfying than free books to read. Here is a collection of websites that frequently hold book …

Publishing

Chaucer, the opera: how to make Middle English sing

Immersing himself in Chaucer’s world to write the libretto for the Tale of Januarie, Stephen Plaice found plenty of inspiration in its vivacity and unabashed bawdiness, and a writer who still has plenty to teach us today<p>I spent the summer before last in 14th-century Lombardy. I went to the local …

Literature

10 Stories For the 5 Stages of Grief

If you’re in denial, angry, bargaining, depressed, or accepting— we’ve got a story for that.<p>Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The …

Literature

Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

<i>The co-author of “Governing Global Health” says she first read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” in the seventh grade, and “it still makes me uncomfortable, even more so, decades later.”</i><p><b>What books are currently on your night stand?</b><p>Svetlana Alexievich’s “Secondhand Time”; David Morrell’s trilogy …

Literature

Comics Book Review: Uncomfortably Happy by Yeon-sik Hong, trans. from the Korean by Hellen Jo. Drawn Quarterly, $29.95 (576p) ISBN 978-1-77046-260-1

Uncomfortably Happy<p>Yeon-sik Hong, trans. from the Korean by Hellen Jo. Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95 (576p) ISBN 978-1-77046-260-1<p>The story is as simple …

Book Reviews

30 Books #9: Colette Bancroft on Michael Tisserand’s ‘Krazy’ - Critical Mass Blog

by Colette Bancroft | Feb-23-2017<p><i>In the 30 Books in 30 Days series leading up to the March 16 announcement of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle</i> …

Literature

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer review – a coming-of-age fairytale

There are shades of Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan in this atmospheric follow-up to The Girl in the Red Coat<p>Expectations for Kate Hamer’s follow-up to her debut, <i>The Girl in the Red Coat</i>, couldn’t be higher. That novel, a coming-of-age narrative spun as a psychological thriller, became one of …

Literature

Wuthering Heights on Screen

<i>Wuthering Heights</i> (William Wyler, 1939)<p>“<i>Wuthering Heights</i> must appear a rude and strange production,” Charlotte Brontë wrote, in apology for the …

Literature

Agatha Christie Classic MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS on 'Track' for Broadway?

As BWW announced last month, New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center will present the World Premiere production of Ken Ludwig's adaptation of Agatha …

Literature

Book at Bedtime abridger Sally Marmion dies

Sally Marmion, who for nearly 20 years abridged books for readings on BBC Radio 4’s prized slot “A Book at Bedtime”, has died at the age of 53. She …

Literature

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak review – a rich journey into romance and religion

A young Muslim woman’s spiritual quest takes her from Istanbul to Oxford as she learns about love, faith and real life<p>There is a compelling confidence about the scope of Elif Shafak’s work. As a writer who stands between west and east, working in Turkish and English, living in Istanbul and London, …

Literature

Jennifer Latham - Dreamland Burning - Book Review

When we first meet college freshman Sharon Kisses, she’s a shy, uneasy scholarship kid from Kentucky. But then she...<p>Every lost item holds within it …

Book Reviews

The Cherry Orchard review – Chekhov revival sows seeds of revolution

Arcola, London Trevor Griffiths’ version of the masterpiece is staged in London for the first time in a modern-dress production implying we too are on the brink of change<p>This enterprising theatre ends a season inspired by the Russian revolution with a revival of Chekhov’s final masterpiece. It is …

Literature

World Book Day: The world's most valuable books

Literature

15 best children's books of all time

Literature

Every book Emma Watson has ever recommended

Emma Watson loves to read.<p>The actress has that in common with her brainy <i>Harry Potter</i> character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a UN …

Literature

Top 10 Hollywood novels

As excitement rises ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, a look at novelists’ treatments of the film mecca reveals a rather darker picture<p>Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. I can say this with confidence because three of the last five winners of the Oscar for best picture were largely or entirely about …

Literature

A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters

<i>Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of African-American literature is well established. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin are familiar figures. Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis)</i> …

American History

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

These days, almost every new movie, TV show, album or book feels so anticipated and pre-packaged that we're already tired of it by the time it's released. This makes it especially thrilling when something dazzling just appears like that alien spaceship in Arrival, startling even those whose …

Literature

Two Huge Sci-Fi Novels Were Snubbed by SFWA's Nebula Awards

On Tuesday, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America released its nominees for the 2016 Nebula Awards and there were two glaring omissions …

Science Fiction

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li, book review: Even the description ‘memoir’ doesn’t really do it justice

I’ve never read a memoir quite like Yiyun Li’s <i>Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life</i>, not least because I’ve never encountered a …

Literature

A Reader’s Guide to J.M. Coetzee

Awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, J.M. Coetzee wasn’t exactly gliding into his twilight years. With nine novels to his credit as well as works of fictionalized biography and criticism, he was a writer in his prime with quite possibly his best years ahead of him. This followed a subtly …

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