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Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...
Jacket CopyWhen it comes to writing, authors can be pretty superstitious....
Culture MonsterDavid C. Nichols reviews the revival of "The Robber Bridegroom" at International City Theatre in Long Beach....
In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
Jacket CopyA blog series on writers from This Recording is a must-read....
Jacket CopyThe National Book Award for Fiction went to Colum McCann for his novel "Let the Great World Spin," a story of New York in 1974 that doubles as an allegory of 9/11. It was the final award at the black-tie......
Pop & HissOne of the comments that cropped up consistently in my reporting for our story running in Saturdayâs Business section on the Concord Music Group is that the people who run and work at the company are dyed-in-the-wool music fans, which......
Culture MonsterTwo telling images frame the travails that course through "Crimes of the Heart" in a hurricane of hilarity and hurt. The opening sight is a vaguely spinsterish woman gamely attempting to attach a birthday candle to a cookie. The final......
Stephen Crane: "An Experiment in Misery" (HarperPerennial) "The Palace Hotel at Fort Romper was painted a light blue, a shade that is on the legs of a kind of heron, causing the bird to declare its position against any background. The Palace Hotel, then,...
"For Sherrell, Who's helped show me the way from my earliest recollections, and whose love and spirit -- abundant in every way -- are a large part of the life behind this book and the life in this book. My Love Always, Roy. Old Chatham, NY, 12/25/82." On...
In 'Lark and Termite,' Jayne Anne Phillips continues to explore human vulnerabilities and the lasting effects of war on memoryFalling in love with a writer requires commitment; the long haul, thick and thin. They get old, you get old. The relationship waxes and wanes. Most readers can recall times of perfect synchronicity -- when the book was the necessary enzyme, the catalyst,...
A Jury of Her Peers American Women Writers From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx Elaine Showalter Alfred A. Knopf: 608 pp., $30 The title of this, the "first literary history of American women writers ever written," explains Elaine Showalter, comes...
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