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  • Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure, 'Heap House'

    Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure, 'Heap House'
    It's 1875, and all of London's trash is banished to a wasteland known as "the heaps." The Iremonger family presides over this grim realm from Heap House, a mansion itself made up of parts of other buildings. Cut off and inter-marrying for generations,...
  • To write and die in L.A.

    To write and die in L.A.
    To pay tribute to London's literary dead, tourists go to Highgate Cemetery. In Paris, it's Père Lachaise. But in Los Angeles, boot up the GPS — our writerly dead authors are buried all over town, befitting L.A. sprawl. Down in Rancho Palos Verdes,...
  • 'The Hilltop' views everyday absurdism in occupied territories

    'The Hilltop' views everyday absurdism in occupied territories
    Assaf Gavron's 2010 novel "Almost Dead" does something I would have thought impossible — it makes satire out of terrorism. The story of a man who becomes an Israeli national hero after surviving three attacks in a single week, the book offers a...
  • Anne Rice talks about reviving vampire creations in 'Prince Lestat'

    Anne Rice talks about reviving vampire creations in 'Prince Lestat'
    When Anne Rice published "Interview With the Vampire" in 1976, she didn't just launch her own vampire series — her sexy tragic vampire antiheroes launched an entirely new genre. The phrase paranormal romance "didn't exist when I wrote the...
  • Do book prizes matter? One saved Richard Flanagan from the mines

    Do book prizes matter? One saved Richard Flanagan from the mines
    Amid the galas, the wagers, and the lists both short and long, some sceptics ask if book prizes really matter. Do all the fuss and bother actually reach new readers? Can it move the needle in book sales? With Richard Flanagan, it has in spades....
  • The unconventional family that gave birth to Wonder Woman

    The unconventional family that gave birth to Wonder Woman
    Now nearly 73, Wonder Woman has become a relatively uncontroversial cultural icon in her old age, for sale on countless lunch boxes, T-shirts and collectible toys — even gracing the big screen in her very own motion picture slated for 2017. In...
  • Amy Poehler memoir 'Yes Please' is smart, funny, a little messy

    Amy Poehler memoir 'Yes Please' is smart, funny, a little messy
    Amy Poehler has written a book. Called "Yes Please," it is, as Poehler fans might expect, funny, wise, earnest, honest, spiritually ambitious, occasionally self-indulgent and structurally messy. It also feels a bit overdue. So many of her friends and...
  • Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution

     Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution
    The most transformative technology to affect the lives of women in the 20th century might seem an odd subject for Jonathan Eig, the bestselling author known for his books about the lives of notables such as Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and Al Capone. But...
  • From the Library Of... Danya Ruttenberg

    From the Library Of... Danya Ruttenberg
    "I was always kind of a nerdy kid," says Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, scanning her extensive book collection in the Evanston condo she shares with her husband and sons. "Aha! Here it is," she says, pulling out the first book she ever wrote, a pastel-colored...
  • Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'

    Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'
    At 92, Norman Lear belongs to a world-tilting generation of writers that, these days, he has almost all to himself. Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and not many others remain from the great westward migration of talent that began after Sept. 4, 1951, when the...
  • Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'

    Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'
    Twenty-five years ago, Killarney Clary's first collection made an international splash: The prose poems of "Who Whispered Near Me" wove evanescent description of Clary's native Los Angeles, from her childhood's backyards to her office mates' cubicles,...