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  • Comic-Con 2014: 12 vital comic and graphic novel creators to watch

     
    Over the course of four decades, San Diego's Comic-Con International has grown from modest roots to become a powerful marketing […]...
  • 'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician

    'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician
    "Song of the Shank," Jeffery Renard Allen's epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book's odd and sometimes confounding protagonist, based on a real man who is most often...
  • Bob Stanley's 'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' is crazy in love with pop music

    In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing. But think of all that...
  • Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz

    Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz
    On March 15, 2000, the whales came ashore. Although they appeared to the uninitiated to be "weird-looking dolphins," marine biologist Ken Balcomb identified most of the victims as beaked whales. He could barely believe his eyes when he found the first...
  • Frank M. Robinson dies at 87; author and Harvey Milk speechwriter

    Frank M. Robinson dies at 87; author and Harvey Milk speechwriter
    Frank M. Robinson, an author of thrillers and science fiction who also helped slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk craft some of his most powerful speeches, has died. He was 87. Robinson's June 30 death while under hospice care at his San...
  • Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder

    Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder
    When I was in the Navy, I heard a story about a prankster who'd chalked a profane message on the lawn of the commanding officer's residence. Knowing the huge white letters would inspire the C.O. to immediately wash away the offensive language, the...
  • A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'

    A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'
    In Edan Lepucki's debut novel, "California," young married couple Frida and Cal must navigate a post-apocalyptic landscape in a broken-down near-future. Lepucki focuses on the complexities of basic human emotions, testing allegiances and letting secrets...
  • Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman

    Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman
    On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in the West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the...
  • Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki

    Review: 'California' by Edan Lepucki
    Much drama has befallen California this year. And not only in real life — that endless drought — but in fiction, as authors have made the Golden State the site of several ambitious works. At the far edge of the continent, it's a good place for...
  • 'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form

     'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form
    It's tempting to frame Anya Ulinich's "Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel" in terms of its antecedents: Bernard Malamud and Anton Chekhov, on the one hand, both of whom are referenced in the narrative, and on the other, graphic novelists such as Marjane Satrapi...
  • Review: 'Land of Love and Drowning' by Tiphanie Yanique

    Review: 'Land of Love and Drowning' by Tiphanie Yanique
    One traditional Ashanti way of beginning a tale is, "I do not mean, I do not really mean that this story is true." The main character of Tiphanie Yanique's first novel, "Land of Love and Drowning," a magical-realist epic set in the U.S. Virgin Islands,...