Archive: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Presidential Race Gets Much Verse

Good news today for Calvin Trillin fans. The Nation's (and probably the nation's) most amusing political versifier is hard at work on Deciding the Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme. Random House says he has promised to pen his final stanzas within three days after the election so the...

By Alan Cooperman | October 31, 2008; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four Books that Changed the Way I Eat

People often write about how books have changed their lives, given them new ways of looking at the world, a new philosophy of life. That's the power of the written word. But books also have a practical influence: They can tell you how to do things. This past year, four...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 30, 2008; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Literary Halloween Tour of Terror

For travelers as crazy about Halloween as I am, I've prepared this Literary Halloween Tour of Terror: The original man of mystery, Edgar Allen Poe. (AP) We'll start close by with a visit to the Edgar Allan Poe House in Philadelphia. Access is somewhat limited now as the Park Service...

By Ron Charles | October 29, 2008; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Frail but Vibrant Tony Hillerman

Three or four years ago, I had the privilege of lunching with Tony Hillerman, the great writer of mysteries set in the Navajo country of the Southwest, who died last Sunday at age 83. It came about by accident: I was on hand at the National Book Festival to introduce...

By Denny Drabelle | October 28, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hard Times Lit

Like anyone in publishing, I've been thinking: With Wall Street imploding, with global markets in meltdown, how can our tenuous book culture survive? Does anyone really care about so-and-so's recent masterwork? Will readers with shrinking wallets even bother to check the shelves? And so I was drawn to the 1929-1930...

By Marie Arana | October 27, 2008; 3:42 AM ET | Comments (6)


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