The big, beautiful, ambitious novel "I Am Radar" opens as Radar Radmanovic is born during a fantastic blackout in suburban New Jersey. Although his parents are white, the baby has charcoal-black skin; doctors can find no medical explanation.
It's one of our oldest written works: "The Iliad" by Homer was part of a 3,000-year-old oral tradtition, first written down around the 10th century, in Greek. So the idea of a "first edition" of the Iliad showing up in English at an American yard sale is just plain silly.
Today is Toni Morrison's 84th birthday. The Nobel laureate is the author of the novels "Beloved," "Song of Solomon," "Sula" and more than a dozen others.
Detractors wondered if the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" could make a showing on the big screen. Could the steamy book, which became a viral success among women who privately downloaded it to their e-readers, really draw audiences to multiplex theaters?
A remarkable collection of rare books valued at $300 million has been donated to Princeton, the university announced Tuesday. The collection is the largest gift ever received by the university.
Pharrell Williams will turn his smash hit song "Happy" into a children's book this fall, Billboard reports. The musician has signed on to publish four kids' books with Putnam in all.
Valentine's Day arrives again on a tide of chocolates, lingerie, flowers and candy hearts. Books aren't in the cliche pantheon -- to their benefit. Maybe the way to impress a special sweetheart is with a fancy reissued classic or an unexpected paperback.
Tennessee state representative Jerry Sexton, a Republican from Bean Station, is only a month into his first term but he's got big plans: He'd like to make the Bible the state's official book.