Archive: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Davin Seay: The Collaborationist

Davin Seay is a professional co-author. His name typically appears in smaller type and lighter ink next to a more famous author's name on a book cover. But Seay (pronounced SEE) is not a "ghost" writer. He gets credit. And he deserves it. He's co-authored the life stories of Snoop...

By Alan Cooperman | October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Books about Baseball

As the 2008 baseball season nears its climax, it's time for addicts of the game to begin easing their looming withdrawal by laying in baseball books for the winter. Here to get you started are five classics of the genre: Ball Four, by Jim Bouton (1970). Published at the end...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Vampire Alert: Don't Stick Your Neck Out

News that Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew is preparing a sequel to his famous ancestor's masterpiece got me thinking that it might be wise to talk with an expert. Scott Bowen is the author of The Vampire Survival Guide: How to Fight, and Win, Against the Undead (Skyhorse). It's an essential book...

By Ron Charles | October 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Glossaries: An Idle Pleasure

Surely, one must be nearly paralyzed with boredom to idly flip through the pages of a glossary. And yet, there's something strangely compelling about a compendium of definitions, especially those clustered around a specific subject. Last year, I reviewed the delightfully informative 'Isms and Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies, and...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 21, 2008; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Another One Bites the Dust

Washington's literary community was recently dealt another blow with the shuttering of Olsson's Books & Records, the independent bookseller that for more than three decades catered to throngs of readers looking for a good book (and someone who could recommend one), the chance to meet an author or two, and...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 20, 2008; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (6)


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