Today in droll coincidences: nearly 150 years ago, an anonymous author published The Odd Trump, a novel whose description leaves no doubt as to the reasons for its obscurity. It’s fanciful and trivial — and it happens to feature a protagonist named Trump with a pal and occasional rival named Clinton.
Samira Wiley is Gilead-bound. Together with Elizabeth Moss, the cherished star from Orange Is the New Black will join the cast of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel by the same name.
Katherine Dunn, the author of the darkly beautiful, disturbing, surreal carnival novel Geek Love, died on May 11 at age 70. Her son told Willamette Week the cause was complications from lung cancer.
John Green, author of bestselling novels-turned-movies The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, is a superstar. Teens love him. Adults love him. Taylor Swift loves him. The film adaptation of his first YA novel, Looking For Alaska, begins production soon in Michigan, and will almost certainly be his third box office…
Because Judy Blume is most celebrated for her frank depictions of burgeoning sexuality, her new book, In the Unlikely Event—a novelized tale of the circumstances in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1951 and 1952, where three planes crashed in the span of two months—is being presented as an entirely different…
Saint Mazie, the wonderful new novel released this week by Jami Attenberg, tells the story of Mazie Phillips—a nearly forgotten New York City legend who, in the early 20th century, improved the lives of the city’s homeless when no one else seemed to care.
The author of the Harry Potter novels is using her known witchcraft to trick us muggles into not purchasing her latest book. Published under the name "Robert Galbraith", The Cuckoo's Calling is a detective novel about a troubled model who falls to her death — and the wily private dick who wants to get to the bottom of…
If the Dashwood sisters can find true love and Mr. Darcy can inspire a whole industry of erotic fanfiction, reading Jane Austen might really be the best thing to soothe one’s addled mind and remind us all that, sometimes, people really have adorable double marriages and miraculously recover from mysterious fevers. …
What was your favorite part of the Harry Potter saga? Was it the delightfully rich and textured universe of mythical creatures author J.K. Rowling created? Maybe, though, you don't go for the frivolous stuff, and your favorite moments came in the early books, when Harry was living under the stairs at his aunt and…
Jennifer Egan just won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad. She is a woman. In an interview, she said some things about other women. Which can only mean one thing: catfight!
Accomplished novelist Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her fascinating, innovative book A Visit From the Goon Squad. But one newspaper seemed more concerned with who didn't win: namely, Jonathan Franzen.
Over a year ago, author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez optioned the TV rights to her bestselling novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club. Christmas eve, Valdes-Rodriguez called the TV project racist on her blog. For Christmas she got a cease and desist letter.
Penguin Press has bought Sapphire's sequel to Push and plans to release the novel next summer. The Kid focuses on Precious' son "as he approaches manhood - alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist."
Much of the past decade's popular young adult literature geared towards teen girls reads like a PG-13 version of Sex and the City. But Nini Simone's characters deal with crack-addicted mothers, runaway siblings, and teen pregnancy.
Sydney Zamora is a brash, calculating and unrepentant heroine who is quick to drop a suitor and curse him out as she extracts herself from the date. Is she the new prototype for chick lit characters?
It's on! Who is the most loathesome, arrogant, sadistic, chauvinistic hero in the whole canon of early-80s romance, that hot-bed of appalling manhood? For out first contestant, we have a rapey, manipulative former footballer with a will of iron!