| 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...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Every rejected and unpublished novelist harbors a secret and implausible fantasy: One day, not only will she (or he) be published, but the sleeping literary world will also awaken and recognize her (or his) genius and pile accolades and prizes upon her...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Think of it as "Beetlejuice" meets "The Legend of Zelda" meets "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Neil Gaiman is an author who can do just about anything: spooky tales for kids and adults (the Newbery Award-winning "The Graveyard Book," the recent "The Ocean at...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Near the end of Reza Aslan's strange, 10-minute television exchange with Fox News, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," gives voice to a thought that’s entered the mind of many an author while being interviewed: “I&...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
One thing to know about our book club: Our book club includes nine women and four men. We like the fact that our group has members of both sexes because it brings different perspectives to our discussions.
We call ourselves the Gammy Birds, which is...
| May 20, 2011
| 1:58 PM
"Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 3:06 PM
One thing to know about our club: The Harbor Country book club has been meeting monthly at the Harbor Grand Hotel in New Buffalo, Mich., since 1999. Our group is made up mostly of "transplants," people who have moved here from all over the country,...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 9:43 AM
As promised, here's the continuation of Rosalia Scalia's thoughtful Q&A with Indian novelist Amandeep Sandhu. He touches on inspirations, the challenge of writing in another language, and the role that emotion plays in great writing.
RS: You said that in...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:41 PM
We began in January 1997. Our group started after the Mount Prospect Public Library recruited two men to organize a book club that would be directed toward men. But the books selected appealed just as much to women, so our group became coed.
| Sep 5, 2012
| 11:41 AM
September's a big month for bibliophiles, as Baltimore and Washington stage their book festivals. And this year, for the first time in recent years, the festivals don't fall on the same weekend, allowing readers to catch both packed slates of authors...
| Sep 9, 2012
Short stories may be literary stepchildren, but Junot Díaz has done his part to elevate the form to royal family status. His debut collection "Drown" drew critical raves when it appeared 15 years ago. His stories were fresh and original and felt urgent....