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  • Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings' is deep and surprising

    Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings' is deep and surprising
    The most astonishing aspect of Alice Munro's "Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014" may be its chronology. The two dozen efforts here come from late in her career, after she had established herself as (perhaps) the preeminent short-fiction...
  • '300,000,000' a vision of dark power, great empathy

    '300,000,000' a vision of dark power, great empathy
    Some stories inspire nightmares. In "300,000,000," Blake Butler disposes of the story and goes right to the nightmare. The author of five previous works of experimental fiction, Butler has written a phantasmagoric horror novel of exceptional brutality....
  • Donald Chung dies at 82; Korean War vet became author, doctor, donor

    Donald Chung dies at 82; Korean War vet became author, doctor, donor
    Fleeing his North Korean village in wartime 1950, Donald Chung promised his mother he would be back within three days. He never saw her again. Unable to return, Chung went on to fight on the side of South Korea in the Korean War, endure bruising...
  • ‘All-New Captain America’ lands at Marvel’s diversity front line

     
    When Marvel took to ABC’s “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in July to announce that a woman […]...
  • History, memories and emotion waft through Mandy Aftel's 'Fragrant'

    History, memories and emotion waft through Mandy Aftel's 'Fragrant'
    Perfume is both sacred and sensuous to the author and artisan who writes passionately about our emotional connection with scent and its powers of transcendence, From a fragrant atelier in Berkeley, Mandy Aftel creates small-batch, artisanal perfumes and...
  • In search of conversation with 'Against Football' author Steve Almond

    In search of conversation with 'Against Football' author Steve Almond
    Steve Almond should be thrilled. In September, he published his eighth book, "Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto," a title that promises to spark not just conversations, but infernos. The book was reviewed by the New York Times and NPR,...
  • Get ready for 'The James Franco Review'

    It had to happen sooner or later: A writer in Seattle has started “The James Franco Review.” But wait —┬áthe journal is not devoted to the study of James Franco, or to publishing his so-called literary work. The idea, instead, is to...
  • Miami Book Fair: Big names for big readers

    Miami Book Fair: Big names for big readers
    You're not going to see all 600-plus authors, musicians and artists appearing at the Miami Book Fair International. Don't even try. Beginning Nov. 16, the 31st annual literary jamboree once again will spread out across the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade...
  • With book on his father, George W. Bush aims to fill gap in history

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas For most of George W. Bush's public life, observers have tried to define him in part by looking back at his father, George H.W. Bush. But now, the younger half of the nation's second father-son presidential duo has reversed the...
  • Chicago bullies food truck owners

    Chicago bullies food truck owners
    When Laura Pekarik filed a lawsuit challenging Chicago's strict food truck rules, she expected the battle to play out in court. What she didn't expect was for the city to bring her family into it. Pekarik owns Cupcakes for Courage, a mobile cupcake shop...
  • Skillful bad writers outdid themselves again

    Skillful bad writers outdid themselves again
    As I was promoting this year's local version of the international Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, I offered one of my own efforts. The goal for my writers was to submit the first sentence to the worst possible novel, inspired by Edward George Bulwer-...