- 'Make Me': Nomadic Jack Reacher is back
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Books, Sunday - 10/04/2015 - 04:47 PM
According to the gossip sites, Tom Cruise is expected in New Orleans this month to begin filming “Jack Reacher 2.” Although Mr. Cruise’s first Reacher movie (filmed in Pittsburgh in 2011) was not a blockbuster, it did well enough to earn a sequel. Meanwhile the character’s creator, Lee Child, recently released “Make Me,” the 20th novel in the series that is everything Reacher’s legion of fans want and more.
- Lecture preview: Author Rainbow Rowell pushes boundaries with fanfiction and romance
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Books, Sunday - 10/04/2015 - 02:47 PM
Fanfiction is fiction that works with the characters, plots and worlds of a published literary work but is written by a fan. Fanfiction writers can carry on the work of classics, such as Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” or rework popular contemporary works like J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.
- Joyce Carol Oates revisits her childhood
USA Today: Books, Sunday - 10/04/2015 - 10:47 AM
Her new memoir is called 'The Lost Landscape.'
- Busboys & Poets celebrates 10 years of food, books and rabble-rousing
Washington Post, Sunday - 10/04/2015 - 08:47 AM
Friday night’s 10-year anniversary party for Busboys & Poets brought hundreds of well-wishers to the restaurant and bookstore chain’s Brookland location in Northeast Washington. It was an evening of great music, delicious food and old-style rabble-rousing from such legendary activists as Alice Walker and Angela Davis. For founder and owner Andy Shallal, it was joyous confirmation of a dream that hardly seemed possible a decade ago, when bookstores were in rapid decline.
- The 5 biggest differences between 'The Martian' book and movie
USA Today: Books, Sunday - 10/04/2015 - 06:47 AM
Thankfully, not too many.
- Patti Smith, Survivor
New York Times: Books, Saturday - 10/03/2015 - 06:00 AM
In her new memoir, “M Train,” the punk elder makes peace with her ghosts and finds solace in a century-old bungalow in the Rockaways.
- Andy Cohen, From Reality TV to Radio
Wall Street Journal: Books, Friday - 10/02/2015 - 08:47 PM
The reality-show producer and late-night host on “The Real Housewives,” celebrity culture and his new radio channel.
- Spiritual leader of a medieval city in crisis
Washington Post, Friday - 10/02/2015 - 06:47 PM
Girolamo Savonarola, the great Dominican preacher of the 15th century and the scourge of the early modern papacy, has endured a mixed reputation over the years since his torture, condemnation and public execution by ecclesiastical and civil authorities in 1498. Machiavelli held him in contempt, viewing him as an ill-prepared prophet entering the public arena unarmed and vulnerable to his myriad foes.
- Sarah MacLean picks the best romance novels for October
Washington Post, Thursday - 10/01/2015 - 10:48 AM
Happiness in romance is hard won, often because happily ever after can begin only once fear and doubt are vanquished. The best romance novels lay characters bare, forcing them to face their insecurity and self-doubt. Three new romances beautifully depict the struggle for acceptance, hope and love. Read full article >>
- ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for 2015 Book Prizes
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 09/30/2015 - 08:30 AM
Books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lucia Berlin and Lauren Groff are among the finalists for the $50,000 annual prizes, which were awarded for the first time last year.
- It's official: Julie Schumacher is the funniest woman in America
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Tuesday - 09/29/2015 - 11:12 AM
The U of M professor is the first woman to win the annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her novel is a series of letters written by a beleaguered professor.
- Bookends: In the Age of Memoir, What’s the Legacy of the Confessional Mode?
New York Times: Books, Tuesday - 09/29/2015 - 08:00 AM
Fifty years after Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel” was published, has the confessional mode been co-opted by the memoir?