| May 16, 2013
| 1:52 PM
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...
| Oct 20, 2013
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...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:36 AM
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...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:34 PM
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,...
| 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,&...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
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...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:00 AM
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...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 7:12 AM
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...
| 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...