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  • John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97

    John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97
    John Leggett, a novelist, biographer and literary mentor whose ability to recognize emerging talent distinguished his 17-year tenure as head of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, died Jan. 25 in Napa. He was 97.
  • Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received

    Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received
    Wrapping paper is superfluous when it comes to books. Traditional books — physical books you can hold in your hands — are ideal packages already. The gift lies between covers: the meaning and feeling conveyed both by the book itself and by the...

    'Object Lessons' edited by Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein

    'Object Lessons' edited by Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein
    "A short story must be, by definition, short. That's the trouble with short stories. That's why they're so difficult to write. How do you keep a narrative brief and still have it function as a story?" That's what Jeffrey Eugenides writes in his...

    Khaled Hosseini on "And the Mountains Echoed"

    Khaled Hosseini on "And the Mountains Echoed"
    Khaled Hosseini stormed the best-seller lists with his debut novel, “The Kite Runner,” in 2003, following it up with the even more popular “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in 2007. Both set in the author's native country of Afghanistan,...