| Jan 27, 2010
| 4:33 PM
In 1998, a Canadian comics fan sent letters to 10 illustrators asking for them to send him a sketch of their favorite literary figure, either a fictional character or a real-life author. After getting a few back -- including one......
| Jan 3, 2010
| 4:33 PM
On New Year's Eve, E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo and other writers gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to call for the release of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo. On Christmas Day, Liu had been sentenced to 11......
| Apr 26, 2009
The Steppenwolf Theatre feels like a womb. It's warm, dark, soporific, full of voices barely loud enough to be distinguished, a setting beyond time. Outside, the streets of Old Town are laced with spring afternoon snowflakes; on the South Side, at U.S....
| Jan 2, 2009
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| Apr 9, 2008
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April 10, 2008
NEW YORK -- The late Norman Mailer, a novelist and cultural provocateur who was rarely at a loss for words, was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday as a man whose deep and abiding commitment to the American novel will be his most...
| Mar 7, 2010
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. || 39 ||
|| 2. || The Man From Beijing by...
| Mar 19, 2010
Start with a hack writer as narrator. Add a serial killer and you could have a recipe for another cliché-ridden piece of crime fiction.
But in his first novel, "The Serialist," David Gordon walks the cliché tightrope and succeeds. The book is funny, with...
| Sep 27, 2009
Riverhead: 406 pp., $25.95
Tucker Crowe, the reclusive singer-songwriter of "Juliet, Naked," inspires a cadre of obsessive fans who parse his every lyric and musical move. He's like Bob Dylan, but not as genius, nor...
| Oct 25, 2009
Last Night in Twisted River
Random House: 558 pp., $28
The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England?...
| Nov 15, 2009
Changing My Mind
The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95
Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...
| Jan 3, 2010
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" (Penguin: 336 pp., $16 paper), newly reissued in a 25th anniversary edition with superb jacket art by Michael Cho, is many different types of novel: a campus novel; the soap opera of a hilariously dysfunctional family; a...