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  • Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'
    Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
  • No, Margaret Atwood will not blurb your book

    No, Margaret Atwood will not blurb your book
    Writers published by the biggest New York houses get a certain kind of request all the time. Typically they come from the editors at those publishing houses. It will be an email, or an actual book in the mail with a note attached that says something...
  • Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama stocked up on more than 20 books Saturday in a rare stop at a local bookstore, part of an effort to support small businesses. The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark,...
  • Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius

    Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius
    Rap Genius is a deceptively simple idea started by three friends from Yale: a website where users could make their own pop-up annotations to the lyrics of their favorite rap songs, with the most popular crowd-sourced explanations rising to the top. For...
  • Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences

    Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences
    A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt. The four actors in Norris' strange, ambiguous domestic...
  • 'Hothouse' an irresistible history of Farrar Straus & Giroux, dirt and all

    Years ago, when he was publishing my first novel, Charles Scribner III told me a joke: "How do you make a small fortune in publishing?" The punch line: "Start with a large fortune." The joke came to mind while reading "Hothouse," Boris Kachka's juicy...
  • Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'

    Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'
    For more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the MedellĂ­n drug cartel and its notorious leader, Pablo Escobar, held an entire nation hostage. Drug-related violence and terrorism were the order of the day in Colombia, with Bogotá as dangerous, in...
  • What your 'unread books' list reveals

    What your 'unread books' list reveals
    I could tell you that I loved "The Portrait of a Lady," "War and Peace” and “Pride and Prejudice,” but, really, what's the point? Among book lovers of my general description (female, 40-something, recovering English major) these books...
  • Who thinks Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature?

    Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do. British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian...
  • David Ulin picks his top books for fall

    David Ulin picks his top books for fall
    Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books. Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the age of 'technoconsumerism'?

    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  in the age of 'technoconsumerism'?
    Is Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? If you are a journalist at The Washington Post, which Bezos recently bought with his own money, or an editorial employee at any big-city newspaper,...