| Dec 17, 2013
I was in seventh grade when I began poring over Beatles books. That was shortly after I’d gotten the “Red” and “Blue” double-record compilations and started methodically, obsessively buying album after album, hoping...
| Dec 12, 2013
By now, you've probably all thoroughly digested Jeff Bezos' "60 Minutes" bombshell that he foresees a future in which Amazon delivers books via drones.
The reactions seemed to range from "that's awesome" to "that's idiotic" to "that's impossible."
| Sep 2, 2012
When Elsa Emerson, the youngest of three sisters and mascot of her family's Cherry County Playhouse in Door County, Wis., is beckoned to the stage by her director father to toss paper petals out of a little basket, the audience greets her with wild...
| Apr 25, 2014
It used to be if you wanted to hear someone talking to an author at length on the radio, you had to wait for Terry Gross and "Fresh Air" to invite someone on. I think Gross is a great interviewer, and sometimes her author chats are so good (particularly...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:33 AM
Jean Thompson is one of my favorite fiction writers, and her new novel, "The Humanity Project," didn't let me down.
A mutual friend introduced me to one of her early story collections — "Who Do You Love," which was a National Book Award finalist...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:30 AM
In journalism the adage is "if it bleeds it leads," which means the most shocking and provocative stories run on the first page because those are the ones that grab attention and sell papers. It is the same reason the nightly news plugs urge us to tune in...
| Jun 27, 2014
It's not every day that I say I feel sorry for a best-selling novelist, but I really do feel sorry for Scott Spencer.
Spencer, as some of you may know, is the author of 12 novels (two of them under a pseudonym, Chase Novak), mostly notably the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Ever since Eve told Adam, "This apple's amazing! You've got to try it!" word-of-mouth has been the best form of marketing. And yet, until the advent of social media, word-of-mouth marketing on a large scale hasn't existed. In the age of Facebook,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
We've got a problem. Sky-high unemployment is having a crushing effect on Americans financially and psychologically. Millions of Americans are suffering from a Great Depression -- economically, for sure, but also mentally. It is this generation's Great...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:00 PM
How I miss the random discoveries of the library card catalog. The pull of the drawer, the worn edges on the cards, how the row seemed to fall open on the popular letters — like A or S.
In this day of algorithms, with no chance meetings, when...
| Jun 13, 2014
If you have an alternative, don't buy your books from Amazon.
Phew, that was tough to say, but I did it.
By and large I'm not a fan of telling other people what to do with their time and money, and when it comes to books and publishing as an industry,...