| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Like modern fantasy authors from Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis to Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, Neil Gaiman writes about the worlds on the edges of this one -- just off the map, a bit to the left, inaccessible without the right mirror...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Back in 2011, one night after PJ Morton watched his future Young Money record label boss and rap megastar Lil Wayne perform at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., the soul-pop singer returned to the venue to perform pop hits such as "Moves...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:07 AM
In "The Shining Girls," the South African writer Lauren Beukes' chilling new novel set in Chicago, Harper Curtis is not your run-of-the-mill serial killer. In some respects, his modus operandi is strictly garden variety. He stalks his victims —...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Don't mess with Jodi Picoult. The author of a string of best-selling popular novels with weighty themes ripped from the headlines, Picoult pulls no punches. Her latest book, out this month, is "The Storyteller," which is about a young woman who finds...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 7:45 PM
Barred from publishing fiction in the Soviet Union until she was 50 years old and the country was falling apart, the Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya avoids explicit political themes. It seems to have been her stories' bleakness, giving the lie to...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:18 PM
As proudly reported in Scottish Life magazine, a British think tank called the New Economics Foundation recently determined that the Scots are the happiest people in Britain, boasting some of the most impressive "wellbeing" scores anywhere. Exactly why...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 1:42 PM
For an R&B artist who seems to exude confidence in his music and his abs-heavy videos, Trey Songz was somewhat critical of himself during our recent conversation.
The "Say Aah" and "Bottoms Up" singer downplayed the importance of his most recent album,...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 3:08 PM
Since her first novel, "Durable Goods" (1993), Chicago author Elizabeth Berg has carved out a place as one of America's most beloved chroniclers of female friendship. Best known for the best-selling "Open House," an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000,...
| Dec 1, 2012
A friend of mine lost her roommate's cat a few years ago. Her roommate was out of town, and my friend was caring for the animal. The cat was allowed out for a bit in the evenings, behind their complex. One night, my friend forgot to let him back in. In...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:51 AM
The mystery short story has always been something of a boutique genre. Specialty magazines such as Ellery Queen and the Strand have kept it alive over the decades, but only just. Short fiction, to the extent that it's still vital, is mostly the domain...