| Dec 31, 2013
| 11:42 AM
By all accounts, 2013 was a better year for the book business: Previous reports of its demise proved unfounded, as the Los Angeles Times' David Ulin wrote recently. And thanks to the Internet and assorted literary blogs, it was a good year of literary...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The board of the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2013 awards Monday. There are five finalists each in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The NBCC announced the recipients...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:28 PM
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...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:03 PM
The autobiographical novel is a funny creature. We associate it with the dramas of youth, with first steps: "David Copperfield," for instance, or "The Catcher in the Rye." In a preface he composed later in life to his early novel "Mary," Vladimir...
| Oct 27, 2013
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,&...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:12 AM
MOSCOW -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will be there. So too will the United Nations’ top official, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
But Friday’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi will be notable...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:33 AM
On the day before the Winter Olympics officially open in Russia, more than 200 authors, including several Nobel laureates, have called on President Vladimir Putin to repeal laws that limit freedom of expression and create a climate of fear among writers....
| Jan 30, 2014
| 11:08 AM
Frankfurt is a thriving financial center on the Main River that some Germans have taken to calling “Bankfurt,” but the locals take greater pride in their literary culture.
Among other things, the father of German letters, Johann Wolfgang von...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:18 PM
This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but until just recently I was under the misguided impression that a Pulitzer Prize in poetry might actually entitle a gal to a little literary respect.
Good thing I had the nice folks at British publisher Faber and...