Literature

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7:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 9:25 am

There's a running joke in Los Angeles that everybody — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. Curt Neill is one of those aspiring screenwriters — a sketch comedian who has tried to write screenplays, but never finished one. "I've never even gotten close," he admits in Caffe Vita, an LA coffee shop where he writes.

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7:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014 Shelf Discovery: That Night by Chevy Stevens

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks back on That Night with author Chevy Stevens.

Title: That Night

Author: Chevy Stevens

Pages: 370

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1250034601

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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4:22 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Beautiful Book, Whether Or Not It Makes You 'Happy'

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 7:03 pm

Lies! Deceit and rank mendacity! Eleanor Davis promises what current pop music insists is perfectly possible — that you can be happy — and then she doesn't deliver. Instead she draws comics full of hilarious surrealism, gut-tugging tropes and eloquent despair. How dare she?

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7:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin settles in for suspense in Sweden with Tom Rob Smith’s The Farm.

Title: The Farm

Author: Tom Rob Smith

Pages: 316

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-0446550734

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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12:03 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:54 am

For months now the Ebola virus has been wreaking havoc in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. More than 700 people have died, and it seems that doctors are near-powerless to help. With the threat of the disease tearing communities apart, it's hard not to think of a legendary novel from almost 70 years ago.

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4:39 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

English poet and author Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) wearing his army uniform. His experiences in the First World War resulted in his hatred of war, which he expressed in much of his work.
George C. Beresford Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:58 am

Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon — among a handful of prominent soldier-poets whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I — are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.

Sassoon, who served in the British Army, was a "gifted diarist [who] ... kept a journal for most of his life," the library says.

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7:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hits the high seas with Oliver and the Seawigs by author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

Title: Oliver and the Seawigs

Author: Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Pages: 193

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0385387880

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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10:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:15 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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8:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

The cover of Michael Bunker's self published book Pennsylvania Omnibus.
Michael Bunker

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 11:44 am

Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.

"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."

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7:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Kennedy’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin journeys back in time to learn about the life and death of a president with Bill O’Reilly’s Kennedy’s Last Days.

Title: Kennedy’s Last Days

Author: Bill O’Reilly

CDs: 4 (4 1/2 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners

ISBN: 978-1427235169

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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11:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:57 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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10:12 am
Mon July 21, 2014

A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 3:41 pm

As a critic, I read for work. Or rather, I read and then work to translate that experience into something others might read. The hope is that they'll then be compelled enough to also read, if it's any good, the thing I wrote about me reading. That's a pretty meaningful exchange for a reviewer.

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7:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The City by Dean Koontz

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin tracks down danger with a talented budding musician in The City.

Title: The City

Author: Dean Koontz

Pages: 259

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 978-0345545930

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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7:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Tempting Fate by Jane Green

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on an emotional journey with the audio version of Jane Green’s Tempting Fate.

Title: Tempting Fate

Author: Jane Green

CDs: 9 (11 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236173

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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7:49 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York in 2010.
Charles Sykes AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Red Hot Fix by T. E. Woods

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin reunites with a reformed killer in The Red Hot Fix by T. E. Woods

Title: The Red Hot Fix

Author: T. E. Woods

Pages: 278

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00F1W0EGW

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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7:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on a seaside vacation with a rich and fabulous author in Tatiana De Rosnay’s The Other Story.

Title: The Other Story

Author: Tatiana De Rosnay

CDs: 8 (10 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427239525

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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8:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Clevelander David Giffels wears The Rust Belt well

Author David Giffels

Journalist and essayist David Giffels has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street JournalGrantland, and Redbook among others. His most recent book is The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of essays about growing up near Akron and Cleveland, an area he sees as embodying a sense of place, but “a weird, surreal place,” The Rust Belt.

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7:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin ventures into the wilderness for Michael Koryta’s latest thriller, Those Who Wish Me Dead.

Title: Those Who Wish Me Dead

Author: Michael Koryta

Pages: 296

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 978-0316122559

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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7:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Runner by Patrick Lee

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on the run with an extraordinary young girl in Patrick Lee’s audio thriller Runner.

Title: Runner

Author: Patrick Lee

CDs: 7 (8 1/2 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236074

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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