See the Title and Cover for the Next Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Book

The fourth installment of the wildly popular Millennium series—ok, ok, the Lisbeth Salander books—will be published August 27, and publishers have just revealed the English title: The Girl in the Spider Web. » 3/31/15 7:15pm Today 7:15pm

Remembering Kim Gordon's Awesome '90s Side Project Free Kitten

Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, chronicles five decades of her extraordinary life and career in Sonic Youth. Obviously, that includes endless compelling and varied stories: how her first job in the art world was hawking cheap frames for a then-unknown Larry Gagosian; how she dealt with having a brother with… » 3/31/15 5:45pm Today 5:45pm

The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers

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How do you create a book cover that really sells the story to its audience? How do you package a book with a badass woman protagonist without relying on bare midriffs and spiky heels? Muddy Colors columnist Lauren Panepinto explains how she approaches cover art in her role as Orbit Books' Creative Director. » 3/20/15 3:20pm 3/20/15 3:20pm

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5 Game Of Thrones Book Plots We're Glad The TV Show Is Skipping

The Game of Thrones TV series has been a remarkably faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series so far, but that will change when season 5 debuts on April 12th. But not every alteration from the books is a bad thing! Here are five storylines from the novels we won't miss at all. » 3/16/15 3:26pm 3/16/15 3:26pm

The Great Internet Debate Over Not Reading White Men

Hello, dear reader, and welcome to The Kerfuffler! I'm your host, fantasy writer, essayist, and mad tweeter, Saladin Ahmed. Every other week I'll be looking at America's seemingly endless culture wars playing out online, tracing their fault lines, and wading hip-deep into comment sections so you don't have to. » 3/11/15 3:42pm 3/11/15 3:42pm

Fuck Yeah: Chrissie Hynde Is Writing a Memoir

Fellow lovers of the rock and roll memoir: It's a truly great time to be alive. Hot on the heels of Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band, Penguin Random House has announced that The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde is working on "an incredibly frank" tell-all of her own. » 3/04/15 5:50pm 3/04/15 5:50pm

10 Books That Will Change How You See History

History doesn't have to be the stultifying grind you remember from high school. It can be shocking, and funny, and sad — and even if you don't remember all the dates and faces, it can leave you knowing more about the world. Here are 10 popular history books that will change your view of reality. » 2/24/15 2:13pm 2/24/15 2:13pm

Jonathan Franzen Accuses Jennifer Weiner of 'Freeloading' on Sexism

Serious Male Novelist Jonathan Franzen would like you to know he still has zero respect for Jennifer Weiner, a popular writer whom he admits he hasn't read but considers insufficiently serious for his manly tastes. This time, Franzen accused Weiner—who talks often about sexism in the book world—of "freeloading on the… » 2/13/15 2:30pm 2/13/15 2:30pm

Why One Romance Novelist Didn't Think She'd Write a Billionaire Hero

For decades, romance was a tried-and-true avenue for talented, creative women to bring in some extra money. (Or, in some cases, a fucking fortune.) But the business has changed, with the proliferation of digital publishers and self-publishing options. How's one author handling it? » 2/12/15 7:00pm 2/12/15 7:00pm

The Greatest Spies In Pop Culture, Ranked

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If you believe fiction, spies are everywhere. You cannot turn around without bumping into someone in a wig, armed with a gun masquerading as a tasteful pair of earrings, and carrying secret plans in microdot form. There are so many, we decided to rank them. » 2/12/15 5:07pm 2/12/15 5:07pm

This Is Your Brain on the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy 

Gleefully shitting on Fifty Shades of Grey became its own pastime as soon as the books started climbing up bestseller lists. But as easy as it is to lambast a trilogy of books written from the standpoint of a sexual idiot savant with a fifth-grade reading level, there's something smarmy and inauthentic about knocking… » 2/12/15 11:50am 2/12/15 11:50am

More Details on the Lawsuit Alleging Nicholas Sparks Is a Jerk Bigot

If you're looking for some inspiration to write a viciously witty Jane Austen-style comedy of manners set in a small Southern milieu, you'd do well to turn your attention to the scandal at the small private school founded by Nicholas Sparks in New Bern, North Carolina. » 2/10/15 1:00pm 2/10/15 1:00pm

Good Luck Getting a Copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl 

Never underestimate the enduring appeal of Little House on the Prairie. Pioneer Girl, a scholarly packaging of Laura Ingalls Wilder's long-unpublished original memoir, is currently one of the hottest titles on Amazon. » 1/30/15 6:20pm 1/30/15 6:20pm

Gillian Flynn May Not Be Done Writing About Gone Girl's Nick and Amy 

Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn dropped the smallest hint ever about a possible sequel to her hit book and film of the same name, saying she would do it— if the original collaborators were on board as well. » 1/13/15 1:15pm 1/13/15 1:15pm

The Most Anticipated (and Likely Best) Books of 2015: A Guide

We went looking for the best books to read this year and a wonderful thing happened: we discovered they were all written by remarkably talented women. A particular chorus of men will publish some decent books, but women, by far, will own 2015. Below, 10 books to fall in love with before year's end. » 1/09/15 12:24pm 1/09/15 12:24pm

Joan Didion Is Céline's Newest Model

DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO PUT MY HANDS. In the most perfect model casting choice in the history of fashion, Céline has tapped Joan Didion for its latest advertising campaign. But is it too on the nose? It's somewhat conflicting while being totally invigorating, at the very least because Didion's famously ice-cold stare is… » 1/06/15 4:00pm 1/06/15 4:00pm

How Two 18th Century Women Fell in Love and Invented Modern Romance

Romance hasn't always been the stuff of bodice rippers and bad vampire movies. Back in the 18th century, the word "romantic" meant something akin to "foolish" or "fanciful." But then a bunch of hipster sentimentalists changed everything — and invented the idea of love as we know it today. » 1/05/15 11:41pm 1/05/15 11:41pm

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. » 12/30/14 4:18pm 12/30/14 4:18pm