| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Publishing giant Random House posted record profits last year, Publisher's Weekly reports. Thanks to E.L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy, revenue at the Bertelsmann-owned publisher exceeded $420 million in 2012 -- up a staggering 75% from the year before....
| Nov 8, 2012
| 8:41 AM
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free....
| Mar 19, 2013
Saturday is a big day in Virginia’s writing community. Almost a year of planning and coordinating will culminate in a gathering of more than a dozen nationally best-selling authors in one place, at one time, to describe how they craft the stories we...
| Oct 4, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
What an odd title “The Paperboy” is for a movie with so little story.
Technically there's a plot, in which Jack (Zac Efron) helps his older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for the Miami Times, investigate...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 4:55 PM
Louisiana swelters in the summer. August is the most intense month, with enervating heat and humidity.
Athletes treat admonitions to hydrate well the way we all viewed our mothers' stern warning to stay out of the water for an hour after eating —...
| Feb 18, 2013
Nearly every morning, before 7 a.m., Dr. Kenneth Polonsky is dropped off near the Lakefront Trail on Chicago's South Side, a few steps from Lake Michigan.
He carries no briefcase, wears no suit and has no cup of coffee, the standard trappings of his...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 9:05 PM
Three years after his widely publicized arrest on murder charges, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson stood in a courtroom packed with news reporters Monday and greeted the first group of would-be jurors as his trial got under way.
| Nov 16, 2011
Bluesman collaborated with Stevie Ray Vaughan
Doyle Bramhall, 62, a blues singer, drummer and songwriter best known for his collaborations with the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, died Saturday at his home in Alpine, Texas, the Houston...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 3:51 PM
Courtroom 23 is the most regal of legal settings, the penthouse at the top of the downtown courthouse, the arena for high-profile show trials.
There is a balcony to handle the crowds and an overflow room for the media.
Known as the O.J. courtroom,...
| Aug 21, 2011
Until recently, my relationship with central California's magnificent Big Sur coast was all about the drive. Ninety-three miles of zigzagging, fog-attracting, life-affirming, white-knuckling Highway 1 to savor from behind a windshield during the day and...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Do we need any more evidence than the last 20 years' worth of best-seller lists of the huge human longing — specifically, the huge American human longing — for entertaining and sustained fictional narrative? In other words, for popular novels?...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 8:57 AM
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"
By Stieg Larsson
Alfred A. Knopf, 576 pages, $26.95
It's over! And I feel the same sense of pleasure and loss that I did when I watched the finale of “The Sopranos” and the last episodes of "Battlestar...