| Jun 19, 2010
Jose Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in literature for early novels that explored historical themes from unconventional angles and later works in which inexplicable events threaten society's underpinnings, has died. He was 87.
The writer died...
| Jun 21, 2010
Jose Saramago, the Portuguese novelist who died this past Friday at the age of 87, had a lot going for him and a lot going against him.
In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and called "the most gifted novelist alive in the world today"...
| Oct 28, 2002
Consumerism and the counterculture collide hard on Telegraph Avenue, where political posters fill the space between chain stores. Three kids in hooded sweatshirts crouch on the sidewalk: "Can you spare some change ... for pot?"
Away from the clamor,...
| Sep 8, 2009
Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
| Sep 2, 2007
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment.
They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
| Nov 11, 2009
"A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen"
Edited by Susannah Carson
Random House, 320 pages, $15
This is a collection for both newcomers to the charms of Jane Austen and those long-time "Janeites," what Rudyard...
| Dec 24, 2010
Barbara L. Packer, 63, a retired UCLA English professor who specialized in 19th century American literature and was recognized as an authority on Ralph Waldo Emerson, died Dec. 16 at her Los Angeles home, according to the university's English department....
| Apr 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
In her end-of-season program note, Bay Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Janet Luby refers to "the astonishing success of Bay Theatre's 2011-2012 season," and promised that this season's final production would do justice to the preceding...
| May 10, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Maurice Sendak’s home phone number is hidden under a wall in my house. It’s like a secret from one of his books, a dream in code, a treasured key which unlocks memories.
About a decade ago, a publicist from New Haven’s International...
| May 30, 2012
| 6:10 AM
"What we have to remember is that we can still do anything," Marina Keegan wrote to fellow Yale University graduates. "… We can't, we must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it's all we have."
Three days after the Yale alumna's...