| Sep 14, 2011
| 8:18 AM
The Baltimore Book Festival is coming up this weekend, so we asked our staff about their worn and dog-eared favorites.
•••• The King James Bible. Four hundred years later, it’s still the most beautiful thing ever written in...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
I have endured my share of Cleopatra jokes derived from the 1963 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. So only a biographer as gifted as Stacy Schiff could come to my rescue.
In "Cleopatra: A Life," published last year to...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jun 2, 2012
When a book flies off the shelves by the millions within a month of publication and zooms to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, it's safe to assume that whatever its literary merit (or lack thereof), it probably is not a good candidate for...
| Feb 29, 2012
A pile of links to the most interesting book stories online, conveniently in one place....
| Mar 20, 2012
As the “Hunger Games” film hits theaters this week, I have to vent for a second. Once—just once!—I would love it if someone would recommend a book to me that was not originally intended for a 14-year-old girl. Watching people...
| May 12, 2012
This weekend is the second annual LeaLA, a celebration of Spanish-language literature connected to the famed Guadalajara Book Festival....
| Jul 11, 2012
Quotes by authors are brought to life in a witty poster series by artist Evan Robertson, currently for sale on Etsy....
| Mar 20, 2011
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Harper: 288 pp., $24.99
Kamela Sediqi was not yet 20 when the Taliban took over in Kabul, Afghanistan, in...
| Jun 21, 2009
What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going
Dalkey Archive Press: 102 pp., $12.95 paper
What do André Gide, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Yasushi Inoue, Vladimir Nabokov and Tommaso Landolfi have in common?
They are authors whose work inspired the...
| Apr 19, 2009
If you're a Philip K. Dick fan, and even if you're not, the best way to start reading Christopher Miller's second novel, "The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank" (Harper Perennial: 522 pp., $14.99 paper), might be to open the...