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Talk to Me: Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The centennial of Williams' birth was honored in a three-part series at the Museum of Arts and Design called The Kindness of Strangeness.

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Question For David Mitchell

Thursday, August 05, 2010

David Mitchell was one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.  Watch the video.

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What's Next for Books?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Now that so many people read books on screens, the designers at IDEO's New York office have been wondering how they might enhance the experience beyond what's available on Kindles, Nooks and iPads.

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Strong Men, Stronger Women

Sunday, August 29, 2010

This Selected Shorts program features two stories about remarkable couples, each featuring a pretty impressive male in an encounter with an even more impressive female counterpart.

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Baraka, Eggers win 31st Annual American Book Awards

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dave Eggers and Amiri Baraka are among more than a dozen winners of the 31st annual American Book Awards, which were announced on Thursday. The awards, first established by the Before Columbus Foundation in 1978, are given for literary works that cover "the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."

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Authors and (Very) Young Writers Convene at Camp

Friday, August 06, 2010

"Quagmire!" "Flabbergasted!" “ Doldrums!"

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Jennifer 8. Lee's Kindle-in-the-Bathroom

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jennifer 8. Lee, says there are three problems with having a Kindle. "One is that if you go to a book signing, what do you have the author sign?," she asks. And the other?  "It's kind of dangerous to bring into the bathroom or bathtub." 

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Gained in Translation

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

When flipping open a favorite book, it's easy to skip over the small "translated by" line.

But, in reality, translating is as much of an art form as writing an original work. The history of translation is as old as the history of printing and publishing itself, and it will always be an important component of writing and of literature.


Weird Rites and Happy Endings

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Happy Ending Reading and Music Series ended its season on a fantastical note, in a program promising “Metaphors and Epiphanies.”


Lord of the Flies Author Revealed

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


A new biography of the writer gets us digging for a rare interview from WNYC.


Books You Shouldn't Miss

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A work of fiction, a work of non-fiction, and a collection of short stories that you shouldn't miss.

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The Coming E-Book Apocalypse

Friday, June 25, 2010

"It’s an apocalyptic summer,” Jason Boog says about the publishing industry. Boog, the publishing editor of, is referring to the fact that this is the first summer e-books have impacted the market in a big way. With three e-reader devices — the Kindle, Nook, and now the iPad — becoming ubiquitous, publishers are taking this new market very seriously.


Road Trip Reading, Before Getting in the Car

Friday, June 25, 2010

Our selection of road trip–themed stories, books, and shows to get you started on your own soul-searching adventure.

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Upcoming Events for Bookworms

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer is a perfect time to stay inside and get lost in a novel. Just kidding.

Get out into the sunshine, and take those bookworm tendancies to an area book fair or literary festival. Here are a few we recommend to get you mingling with other well-read folks.




After Sexual Harassment Suit, the Publishing Industry Reacts

Monday, June 21, 2010

David Davidar's resignation from his post as Penguin Canada's CEO two weeks ago has kicked off a conversation among women in the publishing industry about their own stories about sexual harassment in the office.


Books You Shouldn't Miss

Monday, June 21, 2010

A recovering skinhead, a girl who can taste her mother's emotions, and the grammatical mistakes that drive one woman crazy.

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Bloomsday Seen and Heard

Friday, June 18, 2010

James Joyces' Ulysses chronicles the wanderings of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day: Thursday, June 16, 1904. The 16th has become known as Bloomsday, and literary types and fans of Joyce celebrate the occaision with pub crawls, readings, and re-enactments.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It only took a few hours for Susan Orlean to find out from thousands of people the books that changed their world.  And she didn't even ask. Due to the magic of twitter, she just mentioned that Ron Hansen's book, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford had changed her world and within minutes people were responding with what books had changed theirs.


David Goodwillie's Subversive Shelf

Monday, June 14, 2010

Author David Goodwillie organizes his books the way he sees New York: “My books are not organized at all, which is kind of how I like it.  Classics mixed in with pop culture mixed in with non fiction and it’s kind of a big mess”.  


The New Yorker's 20 Writers Under 40

Friday, June 11, 2010

You may still not know who Tèa Obreht is, but by now you may have heard of the list that will supposedly make her a household name: The New Yorker's 20 writers under 40 list, which was featured in the recent fiction double issue.  The New Yorker claims that "these twenty men and women dazzlingly represent the multiple strands of inventiveness and vitality that characterize the best fiction being written in this country today."


Not All Kink and Gloom: Novelist Mary Gaitskill

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The author of Don't Cry and Veronica visits Brooklyn's Powerhouse Books with Stacked Up TV. Watch the video.


Talk to Me: Patti Smith Chats with Jonathan Lethem

Friday, May 07, 2010

Patti Smith spoke with Jonathan Lethem about writing, CBGB, and New York nostalgia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation and Smith's song about William Blake.