| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:54 PM
James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for “The Good Lord Bird,” a satirical account of pre-Civil War America that features a cross-dressing slave who gets caught up in John Brown’s famous anti-slavery rebellion....
| Nov 30, 2013
| 1:55 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama stocked up on more than 20 books Saturday in a rare stop at a local bookstore, part of an effort to support small businesses.
The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark,...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew?
Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The Morning News' annual Tournament of Books has started its engines. On Tuesday, the ToB announced its lineup of contenders to be named the winner -- actually, the Rooster -- for 2014.
Initially conceived as "a goof" that took the college basketball...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
Newcomers, familiar faces and books that haven't yet debuted in America have all made the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist. Ruth Ozeki and Jhumpa Lahiri are both finalists for the $58,000 prize.
Ozeki's novel "A Tale for the Time Being" was well reviewed...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:23 PM
Not to be outdone by the "Today" show, which splashily launched its first book club last month with "The Bone Season" by newcomer Samantha Shannon, Tumblr's new Reblog Book Club debuted Tuesday.
If what makes a book club work are enthusiastic...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 9:04 AM
When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001.
"Every year I...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:28 PM
When Richard Blanco was handed the biggest gig of his life -- writing a poem for President Obama’s second inaugural -- he had to write quickly. In a few weeks he wrote three poems, one of which was chosen by Obama: “One Today,” Blanco...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books.
Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:30 AM
So what about that National Book Awards fiction longlist? It’s a good one, and the last of the four longlists to be released by the National Book Foundation this week.
The list includes one of my favorite novels of 2013, “The Flamethrowers&...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 12:00 PM
"A short story is like a toothache and you must drill it and fill it. A novel is more like bridgework," said the writer T.C. Boyle, author of 14 novels and more than 100 short stories. One might wonder what would be the outcome of drilling and filling a...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature -- in the NEA's definition,...