| Oct 16, 2013
| 8:49 AM
The Man Booker Prize was awarded to 28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton for her novel "The Luminaries."
Catton's novel -- only her second -- beat works from literary heavyweights such as Colm Tóibín ("The Testament of Mary") and Jhumpa Lahiri ("The...
| Mar 9, 2013
Taiye Selasi's debut novel has been in publication for less than a week. But even before a single copy was sold, the glamorous 33-year-old was being hailed as the newest star of the literary world.
Selasi's publisher, The Penguin Group, is promoting...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 3:00 PM
1. "A Perfect Life" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28). News anchor Blaise McCarthy's perfect world is turned upside down when her blind daughter returns home from boarding school. Last week: —
2. "Tom Clancy Support and Defend"...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:27 PM
1. "Invisible" by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown, $28). An FBI researcher on leave thinks hundreds of murders, rapes and kidnappings are connected, but no one believes her. Last week: 1
2. "Top Secret Twenty-One" by...
| Jun 20, 2014
The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around.
It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff.
It is simultaneously...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 2:07 PM
By Jhumpa Lahiri (Vintage $15.95)
"The Lowland" is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution,...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 7:59 AM
Newcomer Eimar McBride won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction on Wednesday, over the heavily favored veteran Donna Tartt. The prize came with a bronze statue, the Bessie, and $50,000.
McBride's debut novel "A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing" was selected...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco — a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions — turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:38 PM
He published Allen Ginsberg and gave the Beat Generation a literary home, won a landmark anti-censorship case and still runs an independent bookstore in San Francisco. Happy 95th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!
Ferlinghetti was born on March 24, 1919....
| Feb 28, 2014
If you are of a certain age and grew up in Chicago, there are three indelible figures of the local commercial pantheon: the Empire Carpet man, Earl Scheib and Evelyn Wood.
I remember Empire Carpet's phone number ("5-8-8-2-300-Empirrrre!"), but not the...
| Feb 28, 2014
I first encountered one of Mavis Gallant's short stories, "The Concert Party," in the 1989 edition of "The Best American Short Stories," that year's anthology edited by Margaret Atwood. At the time, I was a college freshman majoring in French. By the...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Writer Mavis Gallant has died at age 91, her Canadian publisher announced Tuesday. She was primarily known for writing short fiction -- almost all of her 100-plus stories appeared in the New Yorker -- but she also penned two novels and a collection of...