| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
In the midst of separating a generation of young female readers into Team Edward and Team Jacob, Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight" novels, started a new book called "The Host." Published by Little, Brown in 2008, "The Host" is a...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Jane Austen has been dead for close to 200 years, but it's hard to imagine she's gotten much rest in her grave in Westminster Abbey, what with all the rewrites, updates and zombifications of her work. We get it: her books are much beloved, and readers...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's...
| Dec 29, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been writing a love letter to the love letter, a pleasurably nostalgic if doomed task. I've been pondering what we stand to lose if we abandon pen and stamps forever and just stick to email and social media. How much...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Here's a look at two recently released sequels in romance fiction.
Virginia Beach author Terri Osburn, whose debut novel “Meant to Be” (Montlake Romance, 2013) hit best-seller status earlier this year, recently released “Up to the...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first "American Idol" winner, bought a ring at auction that belonged to author Jane Austen, but the British government won't let her take the ring out of the country.
The gold and turquoise ring cost the "Tie It Up" singer...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Joan Collins, the 80-year-old "Dynasty" star, reportedly asked to be removed from Shirley Jones' tell-all autobiography in a scene involving the offer of an orgy.
Jones recently published "Shirley Jones: A Memoir." In the book, the "Partridge Family"...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 8:12 AM
The Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" has many pleasures, but it wasn't immediately apparent that literature would be one of them.
Based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, the main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back.
Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:10 AM
What do a National Book Award-winning novelist and popular TV host Stephen Colbert talk about when they get together?
"Fifty Shades of Grey," of course. And also James Joyce.
Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award for his novel "Let the Great...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:32 PM
This column begins with Jane Austen, the English author of corseted drawing room romances who wrote anonymously and in secret out of a sense of propriety. A woman in Regency England simply did not bring public attention to herself.
Thanks, at least in...