| May 2, 2011
| 11:23 AM
Rejected first draft of Donald Trump's final announcement about his political intentions in 2012.
First, let me say how proud I am of myself for heckling Barack Obama until he produced the "long form" of his birth certificate, something no white...
| Mar 18, 2012
Chomp: A Novel
Alfred A. Knopf: 304 pp., $16.99, ages 10 and up
South Florida is known for many things: Alligators, orange groves and the writer who spins the area's most sensational attributes into even more sensational story lines, Carl...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 10:00 PM
It's hardly shocking that the most fully realized characters in "The Casual Vacancy," J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, are the youngest.
Fats Wall, Krystal Weedon, Gaia Bawden, Andrew Price, Sukhvinder Jawanda: Even the names are vaguely...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 3:37 PM
It isn't always a dark and stormy night.
There are no fog-covered moors or howling hounds, no trench-coated detectives or suspicious butlers.
And, in this particular library, you won't find a Mrs. Peacock, a revolver or candlesticks — just a group...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 10:07 AM
To stand in the main gallery at Orlando Museum of Art is to be surrounded by greatness.
Playwright Edward Albee, of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" fame, looks out from one wall; artist Robert Rauschenberg from another. There's "Tales of the South...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Tomorrow is my least favorite minor holiday, April Fools' Day.
The Internet tells me that the origin of April 1 being a day for this sort of so-called merriment may be Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," a book-length collection of stories written in...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Karen Russell’s debut novel, “Swamplandia!” was one of the most-acclaimed books of 2011. NPR, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times ranked it high on their year-end lists. HBO optioned it for a forthcoming series. The Pulitzer...