| Mar 24, 2012
Young adult novelists are increasingly tackling darker subjects: kidnappings, drugs, rape. But few have delved into so many dark subjects as novelist Thane Rosenbaum, who ventures into YA territory with his latest, "The Stranger Within Sarah Stein," a...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 12:46 PM
It feels like it has taken longer to get to Super Tuesday than it took to get through seven books of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Republicans are using descriptors like "slow-burning" and "water torture" to describe their 2012 Republican...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 1:40 PM
"Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness, Viking, 577 pages, $28.95.
I have been eagerly awaiting this book for months. It is the follow-up to "A Discovery of Witches," one of my favorite books of all time. You should read them in order to follow what is...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:19 PM
"Liesl & Po" by Lauren Oliver
"Liesl and Po" is about a girl, a boy, a ghost, and a ghost pet. Will (the boy), confuses a box containing ashes of Henry Morbower, who is Liesl's father, with the most powerful magic in the world. Liesl is locked in the...
| Jul 23, 2012
Some have asked Zoe Kazan why “Ruby Sparks,” a comedy/drama about a male author who considers if and how to change a character he writes and then comes to life as his real girlfriend, doesn’t feature a female writer controlling a man....
| Jul 23, 2012
Yes, Paul Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan deliberately wrote certain things for him in “Ruby Sparks,” in which the real-life couple plays a couple. The movie is not about them, though.
“When I read scenes, it was like,...
| Jul 29, 2012
I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who once commented that, “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”
As I watched the events in Aurora, Colo., unfold in the early morning hours following a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Whatever its literary merits, “Fifty Shades of Grey” can take credit for a few things. The phenomenal best-seller has brought kinky erotica out from under the covers and into the mainstream. It has provided comedians and parodists with ripe...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Anne Rice hasn’t written about vampires in almost a decade.
But for many fans, she remains the authority on the undead. So when she made an appearance at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, a gathering of comic, fantasy and science fiction...
| May 12, 2012
| 4:00 PM
The world opens up for high school graduates. Options abound — work, the military, college, marriage.
But two local young women — Diane Draper of Williamsport and Jensen Roman of Falling Waters, W.Va. — took a less common path after...
| May 12, 2012
| 9:10 PM
Fans of fantasy and science fiction will have their plates full this weekend. While Ebensburg is hosting the first ever science fiction convention on Saturday, Windber will be home to Draculacon IV.
Windber filmaker and author Blair Murphy's...