| Nov 7, 2010
The Poetry Lesson
Princeton University Press: 128 pp., $19.95
This book, with its punishing, dread-inspiring title and pleading skeleton on the cover, is actually one of the funniest, most irreverent you'll read this year. Part memoir,...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:33 PM
There's a certain poetic justice in the fact that "On the Road" is one of Apple's top-grossing book apps. Released on Saturday, the iPad app for Jack Kerouac's landmark novel — featuring a variety of enriched content, including commentary, maps,...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 3:57 PM
Underneath the Chicago Cultural Center, tucked in a corner of the subterranean pedway system, lies the new home of the Poetry Center of Chicago.
At the center's grand opening on Saturday, board president Arica Hilton seemed giddy about the new space....
| Sep 14, 2011
| 9:06 AM
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St.; (888) 717-3564, thehotelrex.com. This literary-themed boutique hotel near Union Square is offering Litquake attendees a 15% discount (book online and use discount code LQSF). Its Library Bar is...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 8:15 AM
by Ed Sanders, Da Capo, 416 pp., 200 illustrations, $26
Ed Sanders has been a cultural force in America for the past half-century. Arguably best known for his satirical rock band the Fugs and his perennially wide-selling book, The Family:...
| Dec 15, 2011
George Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday. He was 98.
The Left Bank bookshop was closed Wednesday, and a note on the door said Whitman had suffered a stroke a few months...
| Sep 30, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Elmore Leonard will receive PEN USA's lifetime achievement award at a December ceremony, the organization announced today. Leonard is the author of 43 novels; his most recent, "Road Dogs," was an L.A. Times bestseller. His fiction -- with swift prose........
| Jun 13, 2009
Harold Norse, a San Francisco poet often associated with the Beats, who was mentor or peer to many of the greatest talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, has died....
| Jan 3, 2010
There are those who return to Jack Kerouac just to get lost in the ride. Not across lonesome America but in the serpentine locomotion of his prose.
It's the music of the page: long blasts of blue-streak narrative that don't yield to periods, semicolons,...