Jodi Picoult Says Fuck You to Lit World Sexism (and Nicholas Sparks)

After nearly two decades as a highly successful published author, Jodi Picoult is out on yet another book tour (this time for her novel Leaving Time) and not holding back on kickass soundbites about how shitty the lit world tends to be for women writers. And she even has a special "go fuck yourself" saved for King… » 11/26/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Lemony Snicket Author Apologizes for Racist Joke, Donates Money

In an apology that's about as good as apologies get, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler has said that he is sorry for his comments at the National Book Awards Wednesday, which he called "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." He's also donated $10,000 to raise money for an organization devoted to diversity in… » 11/21/14 10:50am 11/21/14 10:50am

Here Is the Official Description for Kim Kardashian's Big Selfie Book

Kim Kardashian's giant coffee-table book of selfies, the appropriately titled Kim Kardashian Selfish, will be arriving in American bookstores on April 28th, in the year of our lord 2015. And now we have additional details about just what this 352-page, $19.95 tribute to the Kim K Way will contain. » 11/07/14 6:10pm 11/07/14 6:10pm

Revisiting Geek Love, a Real American Horror Story

I first read Katherine Dunn's 1989 novel Geek Love several years ago on the recommendation of my friend Robin. At that point, she still lived in Arkansas, and I'd just come through on tour with a heavy metal band from Georgia. She insisted I give it a chance, ignoring my insistence that I don't usually read fiction.… » 10/29/14 6:00pm 10/29/14 6:00pm

Wait Till Helen Comes: Can We Get Some Parental Supervision Over Here?

Hello, and welcome to a week straight of throwbacks to the spookiest stories from your childhood. Today we're tackling Mary Downing Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes, a chilling tale of tweens struggling to help their troubled step-sister with basically zero parental supervision. Also, ghosts. » 10/27/14 4:00pm 10/27/14 4:00pm

Book By Legal Scholar Gets the Chick Lit Cover Treatment

The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger, which was first released in hardcover by Random House this past March, is a fantastic book that traces the protagonist's high-profile divorce through a modern-day paper trail of emails, office memos, and legal documents. This is Rieger's first novel, which she published following a… » 10/26/14 4:45pm 10/26/14 4:45pm

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 4:47pm 10/21/14 4:47pm

The News Sorority: The Media Book That Drove the Media Wild

"Katie Couric on Diane Sawyer: 'I Wonder Who She Blew This Time'" reads one headline. "HATE-Y COURIC" proclaims another. Not to be outdone: "EXCLUSIVE: Betrayal, jealousy, and bitterness: New book reveals the vicious rivalry between Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters - and how Diane ran newsroom like an imperial court… » 10/17/14 3:50pm 10/17/14 3:50pm

What Kind of Girl Is This Girl? Lena Dunham's Memoir, Reviewed

I excel at avoiding the ubiquitous—push notifications, Knausgaard; libertarians, pumpkin spice—and as a result I came to Not That Kind of Girl in a near-amniotic lack of context. I had never offered an opinion about Lena Dunham or listened to one consciously; except for the thing she wrote about her dog I had never… » 10/06/14 12:00pm 10/06/14 12:00pm

Vote on Which Books to Include in Our Spooky Scary Halloween Book Club!

Admit it: You had at least one encounter with a tween terror classic that left you scared shitless, cowering under the covers. Or at least very, very jumpy in the dark. This Halloween, Jezebel will be celebrating our adolescent nightmares with a special Spooky Scary YA Book Club. Help us pick what to read! » 10/03/14 4:40pm 10/03/14 4:40pm

Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Book That Will Be Published In 100 Years

A thousand spruce trees have just been planted in a forest near Oslo. In a century, the trees will be cut down and made into paper to print books that have never been read before. The project is called the Future Library, and Margaret Atwood has agreed to contribute the collection's first work. » 10/02/14 1:58pm 10/02/14 1:58pm