Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… » 10/10/13 9:30am 10/10/13 9:30am

Listen to Author Dan Brown's Terrible Song About Phone Sex

My favorite thing about The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons wasn't the stories, but how author Dan Brown's physical description of his protagonist Robert Langdon exactly matched the way Dan Brown looked in his author photo (down to the outfit), which makes me think that both novels were actually just extensive works… » 5/13/13 3:50pm 5/13/13 3:50pm

Jamaica Kincaid Says People Only Say She’s Angry Because She’s Black

After recently opting to read part of Paradise Lost instead of her own (relatively) brand-new novel, See Now Then, at PEN’s World Voices Festival of International Literature, Jamaica Kincaid talked to The American Reader about her career, as in, how it has been so awesome that she can get up onstage and read a little… » 5/05/13 10:30pm 5/05/13 10:30pm

Everyone Pees, but Only Men Pee Crooked According to a New Book About…

We receive a near-constant stream public relations material, most it ignorable, some of it pertinent, and an even smaller percentage of it, on rare and delightful occasions, so goofily irrelevant that it's worth sharing. Like this: Men Don't Pee Straight: And Other Things You Should Know About Us, which is a book that… » 10/12/12 6:30pm 10/12/12 6:30pm

Jennifer Weiner Thinks the New York Times Ought to Profile More Female…

In a recent NPR interview with David Greene, author Jennifer Weiner — whose bestselling fiction has often been derided by literary critics as "chick lit" — talked about her latest novel, the dearth of women in Hollywood writers' rooms, and her ongoing feud with the New York Times, which hasn't been very kind to… » 7/08/12 1:30pm 7/08/12 1:30pm

New 'Fiction for Men' to Finally Offer Men the Chance to Read About Men…

Finally shedding the yoke of female dominance of the literary arts, the oft-ignored and long oppressed minority group known as "men" will finally have things to read made just for them. Starting in June, Esquire magazine will begin publishing a series of e-books called "Fiction for Men," finally giving voice to the… » 5/21/12 1:40pm 5/21/12 1:40pm

Beloved YA Author in War With Bank of America

Today in depressing housing-market news, YA author Francesca Lia Block could lose her home because the bank won't return her calls. The author of the Weetzie Bat books is underwater on her mortgage due to the recession. To make things more complicated, the mortgage is in her mom's name, and her mom is now dead. To… » 3/13/12 5:30pm 3/13/12 5:30pm

All Of Your Favorite Female Writers, In Doll Form

Holiday gift alert for any of your literary-minded friends! Flavorwire happened upon an Etsy shop called Uneek Doll Designs that sells handcrafted dolls of famous authors. My favorites, above, are Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, and Judy Blume. Can you imagine if people gave these dolls — along with the books of by said… » 12/12/11 5:45pm 12/12/11 5:45pm