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  • Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?

    Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?
    In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of...
  • Audiobooks for running

    Audiobooks for running
    Have you seen AT&T's running-with-books TV commercial? Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall starts up “The Odyssey” audiobook on his smartphone and proceeds to listen and run for hours under a cloudless blue sky down a tree-lined country road, through...
  • 10 Whiting Writers' Award winners announced for 2013

    To be an emerging writer who gets some kind of formal acknowledgment is one thing; for that nod to come with a check for $50,000 is something else entirely. The 2013 Whiting Writers' Awards -- which do, yes, come with $50,000 prizes -- were announced at...
  • John Freeman, at Skylight Tuesday, on 'How to Read a Novelist'

    On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aleksandar Hemon, and Marilynne Robinson, and on Tuesday night,...
  • 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,&...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013

    5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013
    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...
  • National Book Critics Circle announces 2013 awards finalists

    National Book Critics Circle announces 2013 awards finalists
    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...
  • 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...