| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:12 PM
When it comes to events like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., there are knowns, unknowns and, already, mis-knowns. A photograph of Ryan Lanza circulated asserting he was the shooter, when in fact it was his brother, Adam Lanza. Their mother,...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 12:10 PM
It's a big day for prize announcements: The Literature Prize announced its formation and sponsor Wednesday at a news conference at the British Library in London. The idea for the prize came into being when a group of British intellectuals took umbrage...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Westeros came to Hollywood on Tuesday night with “Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Richard Madden and Nikolaj ......
| Oct 5, 2012
| 3:02 PM
According to ancient Jewish mysticism, there are 36 people, called lamed-vavniks, who are divinely chosen to save the world. This ......
| Jan 19, 2013
Clement Clarke Moore is said to have died bitter that he would be remembered for "The Night Before Christmas," and not his massive scholarly works on religion and the classics. By contrast, Adam Mansbach is delighted to be risking a similar fate....
| Oct 2, 2012
This past Saturday (9/29), I had the privilege of moderating a panel on the popularity of the romance genre at the Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, sponsored by George Mason University (GMU). I was joined by fellow romance writers Laurin Wittig of...
| Oct 15, 2012
Ever the champion of making the literary world safe for genre fiction, author Michael Chabon added another novel to his resume, "Telegraph Avenue," his first in five years. The author's newest yarn, set inside a used vinyl shop on the "ragged...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:44 AM
Michael Chabon's new novel, "Telegraph Avenue," is like a child's bedroom overflowing with '70s pop culture — with used vinyl records and Motown name-dropping and cheesy blaxploitation movies, and set against a backdrop of racial identity in...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 8:20 AM
Repeat after me:
There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park.
The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...