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Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is Francine Prose's 17th novel (and 27th book, counting nonfiction and young adult titles). And even this longtime fan considers it one of her very best. The story of bohemian Paris between the...


Brigid Schulte on Taming the To-Do List: "Put Joy First"
To do list: Get the snow tires exchanged Renew tabs on Sean’s car; schedule Leo’s practice drives Call the landscaper – what’s with those weeds? Get rid of the damn woodpecker poking a hole in the house at 6am each...


Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)
Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian-born author known for his stories that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality--as well as the lines between tragedy and comedy--has died following a bout with pneumonia. As the author of novels including One Hundred...


Lay of the Land: Photos from Arlo Crawford's "A Farm Dies Once a Year"
After finishing Arlo Crawford's memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year, I found myself wanting to quit my desk job and do something that involves working with my hands. The book details Crawford's decision to leave his city life to...


YA Wednesday: Dreaming of Gods & Monsters with Laini Taylor
At the beginning of this month Laini Taylor came to town and we got together to talk about Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final book in her trilogy. I first met Taylor in 2011 when I interviewed her here...


Funny Business: Stanley Bing Explains It All For You
Do you have a crazy boss? Do you want to learn to be one? Longtime Fortune magazine business columnist Stanley Bing (How to Relax Without Getting the Axe, What Would Machiavelli Do?) has mapped out for you -- in charts,...


Amazon Asks: Stanley Bing on Influential Books, Impressing His Son, and Predicting the Future of Technology
If you've read Fortune magazine anytime in the last 20+ years, or, for that matter, if you've cruised the business book world, you already know Stanley Bing: the funniest "business" writer on a very crowded block. Tomorrow, we'll unveil one...


Digital Exclusive: Sue Monk Kidd on Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday"
Sue Monk Kidd and Oprah are together again! Kidd's The Invention of Wings was previously an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. Now she's chatting with Oprah on the Emmy Award winning OWN Network series "Super Soul Sunday." Here's a digital...


Rabbit, Write: Five Things You Didn't Know About John Updike
It’s often useful to separate artists from their art, to assume that a novel, or an entire body of work, isn’t thinly veiled autobiography*. Updike, Adam Begley’s exhaustive and revealing account of the American master’s life, begs us to reconsider...


How I Wrote It: "All I need is my laptop and a comfy chair" - Alice LaPlante
When a respected plastic surgeon mysteriously dies in a Palo Alto hotel room, a novice police detective immediately suspects foul play--especially after discovering that the man had three wives in three different cities. With that setup, Alice LaPlante's A Circle...


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