| May 13, 2013
| 4:00 AM
NEW YORK — This week, the streets of midtown Manhattan will once again swarm with TV executives trying to woo ad buyers to their upcoming fall lineups with splashy presentations, star-packed cocktail parties and plentiful swag.
But there's an...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Just when you thought literary awards season was over, there were not one but two occasions to get dressed up and applaud great writers and their publications Thursday. They both took place in New York -- meaning we didn't have to hit the dry cleaner --...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:28 AM
Stephen King was born and brought up in Maine; but for winters in Florida, he still calls the state home. The remote, chilly state with its notoriously taciturn population has been the setting for many of his books, including "Carrie," "Cujo," "Pet...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:57 PM
When writers Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey decided to collaborate on the new novel "City of Dark Magic," they chose a pseudonym as fantastical as the novel itself: Magnus Flyte.
Howrey is a novelist whose two previous books have veered closer to...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Jack Vance, prolific author of science fiction, mystery and epic fantasy, died Sunday at 96, his son John told the Associated Press. He had written more than 60 books during his long life.
Vance, whose real name was John Holbrook, also published under...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe has died. The 82-year-old was best known for his gorgeously written historical novel that served as an indictment of colonialism, "Things Fall Apart." Published in 1958, "Things Fall Apart" soon became an international...
| May 29, 2013
| 12:34 PM
Bestselling horror writer Stephen King appeared on the NPR program "Fresh Air" on Tuesday night to talk about his new book, "Joyland." While he got to answer some questions about the book, a supernatural riff on classic noir set in a small amusement park,...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 1:08 PM
The TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival is underway in multiple venues and, as they say on TV, we've got team coverage of everything from the marquee attractions at the Chicago Theatre to the late-night, semi-secret performances that insiders...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 10:38 AM
It's not the ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night that make Halloween terrifying. Rather, it's coming face-to-face with our own mortality. Two current productions, adapted from beloved horror writers, take aim at the thin veil...
| Nov 1, 2012
Book ban: An Oct. 28 editorial on a high school library's ban on Stephen King's "Different Seasons" mentioned that two of the stories in it had been made into movies: "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Stand by Me." A third story, "Apt Pupil," was also...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 9:10 PM
In one of writer Richard Matheson's last novels, when a radio psychologist complains that the woman his wife had just turned away from their door was "terribly disturbed," his wife retorts, "Aren't we all?"
That question was central in Matheson's...
| Oct 14, 2012
Ballantine Books: 592 pp., $28
No one expected Justin Cronin to sink his teeth into a post-apocalyptic vampire novel. He was an award-winning author of quiet literary fiction when he...