| Dec 28, 2012
| 6:40 PM
In the mid-80s my high school choir director was Lena McLin, a legendary music teacher with an impressive and diverse list of mentees (R. Kelly, Mandy Patinkin, opera diva Jonita Lattimore). But Dr. McLin had little interest in rock music, so it was a...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Cynthia Earl Kerman, a retired Villa Julie College faculty member who wrote biographies of a Quaker economist and a Harlem Renaissance writer, died of pneumonia July 22 at the Glen Meadows retirement community. She was 89 and had lived in Lauraville....
| Jul 29, 2012
Since her death on Aug. 5, 1962, hundreds of books about Marilyn Monroe have been published by various writers, ranging from famous names such as Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem and Joyce Carol Oates, to people who worked with her on movie sets. With so...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Chris Marker, an enigmatic figure in French cinema who avoided publicity and was loath to screen his films yet was often ranked with countrymen Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard as an avant-garde master, died at his home in Paris on Sunday, his 91st...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 11:57 PM
Twenty years ago, Bob Spitz spent several weeks touring Sicily in the company of Julia Child.
"We ate and drank and talked. We talked about her entire life," recalled the writer of "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child." "I had her voice in my...
| Aug 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free.
The 57-year-old Schlitz is the librarian at Park School and a Newbery Medal-winning author whose newest novel, "Splendors...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:04 PM
I recently received a flattering note from a discerning Manchester reader, explaining that "you are one of the few reasons we keep buying the Commie Courant."
By "Commie Courant," I'm sure he didn't really mean that The Courant was part of the...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Joe Posnanski moved to State College, Pa., to write a much different book from the one he ended up writing.
Posnanski, a former Kansas City Star sports columnist, imagined his biography of Penn State University's heralded head football coach Joe...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 8:22 AM
| Sep 9, 2012
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
| Sep 23, 2012
Wild Genius on the Moors — The Story of a Literary Family
Pegasus: 1,200 pp., $39.95
Just about everything you thought you knew about the Brontės is wrong.