| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Books about auto racing, baseball and cats will be discussed at programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, and writing workshops and courses are being offered there.
>>On Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., five experts from...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
There's an air of tragedy hovering over Lawrence Wright's excellent new book on the 1978 peace negotiations at Camp David, presided over by then-President Jimmy Carter.
During those fateful autumn days, the world watched as three world leaders —...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:10 PM
The image of the genteel, benevolent Southern slave owner was the creation of early 20th century artists and writers like D.W. Griffith and Margaret Mitchell. Life on the antebellum plantation, they led us to believe, was as languid as a slow-moving river...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:05 PM
By his own account, the Austin-based writer Neal Pollack long ago gave up trying to pen the Great American Novel.
In 2011, his career as an author was effectively dead. He’d written one novel that sold very poorly, and four other books, and had...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 5:05 AM
PARIS Like many of the bouquinistes, the booksellers who line the banks of the Seine in the French capital, Bernard Terrades is a bit brusque.
Terrades specializes in thrillers, and he speaks in the clipped, precise patois of the literature he sells. And...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Almost 20 years ago, during one of my brief but most notable periods of insanity, I bought a bookstore.
Yes, I ventured into the bookselling business. I was floating on some years of experience as a book critic, journalist, book buyer, reader and...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 5:10 PM
At Cal State Stanislaus, computer science faculty maintain a small library of textbooks so students don't have to buy them.
Chico State history professor Susan Green invites former students to sell their used textbooks to new arrivals on the first day...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 12:00 PM
At first glance, Donald Antrim's collection of short fiction, "The Emerald Light in the Air," looks like a departure — at least from the three novels for which he is known. If in the past, Antrim has played around the edges of reality — his...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The story of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew almost defies belief. A wealthy society woman living in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War, Van Lew engaged in extensive undercover work for the Union — right under the noses of the Confederacy. Not only...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The great achievement of Hampton Sides' unforgettable new book about a group of American Arctic explorers only becomes apparent halfway into its 400-plus pages.
"In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" tells...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Jewish immigrants have provided a rich source of comedy — some of it dark — in American literature. Think Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Gary Shteyngart and, more recently, Anya Ulinich. Make way for a fresh female voice. Yelena Akhtiorskaya,...