| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Father's Day is Sunday, and as always, I'm on the lookout for books that make great gifts. This year, I thought it would be fun to ask several dads around the Daily Press newsroom for suggestions. Here's what they had to say.
From entertainment staff...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 6:45 PM
SHILLINGTON — With a fresh coat of white paint and a green moat of surgically cropped lawn, the house where John Updike grew into adolescence sits prettily along a busy road in this suburb of Reading.
But inside is the detritus of renovation-in-...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:15 PM
James Baldwin's 90th birthday falls this week, and to mark the occasion, I've been listening to him read. The source? “Calliope Author Readings,” a set of two CDs, recorded in the early 1960s and featuring, among other highlights, two tour...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Science fiction-fantasy legend Ursula K. Le Guin will be awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the group announced Tuesday. Le Guin, 84, will be the 27th winner of the medal and the second science...
| Sep 7, 2014
The unofficial start of the Virginia Symphony season has been in full swing with a terrific lineup of free outdoor concerts throughout Hampton Roads.
The series began with four concerts over the Labor Day weekend in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton and...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:13 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PULE Whining is an annoying tone that gets on the nerves,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Back in 2000, when John Updike assembled "The Best American Short Stories of the Century," he included "Death of a Favorite," by J.F. Powers. Interviewing Updike at the time, I mentioned how pleased I was to see Powers in the collection. "He was once, you...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Many years ago I met a reader who told me a story about one of my own books. My first novel “The Tattooed Soldier” was new then, having recently been published by a small house in upstate New York. I was just coming to terms, then, with the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 9:04 AM
When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001.
"Every year I...
| Sep 15, 2013
Like many people in the publishing world, Amy Grace Loyd always wanted to be a writer. But unlike most of her colleagues, Loyd has managed to make her ultimate goal — publishing her own fiction, rather than someone else’s — a reality....
| May 25, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Between 1920 and 1930, there were three writers with at least five books in the list of 10 best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly. Two of them are Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis. The other is Warwick Deeping.