Archive: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

The Speed Read

Michael Dirda finally meets his literary match. ... The new Kindle DX: bigger, faster, able to save the newspaper industry in a single keystroke. ... If you already own an e-book, there's a flow chart that'll help you decide whether to go digital or paper for any given book. ......

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 7, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

A 40-year-old conversation sparked Colm Toibin's most recent novel, "Brooklyn." ... In Colson Whitehead's perfect world, stores and libraries would categorize books as, well, books, genre labels be damned. ... How technology is changing what the definition of writing, and literature, is. ... Somebody actually kind of likes Jonathan Littell's...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 6, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Historical Novelist's Perspective on Our New Swine Flu

The current swine flu crisis reminded me of Mary Doria Russell's wonderful historical novel "Dreamers of the Day." The opening section of that story covers the Great Influenza of 1919 in the most powerful way. She was kind enough to answer a few questions by e-mail: How does your research...

By Ron Charles | May 6, 2009; 5:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reader Spotlight: Ted and Gerald 'J-Man' Best, of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Book World is pleased to present two young avid readers of the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a program founded in 2002 by Kelli Taylor and Tara Libert at the DC Jail. "Free Minds uses books and creative writing to empower incarcerated teenaged boys in Washington, D.C. to...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | May 5, 2009; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Speed Read

The Return of the King: The late J.R.R. Tolkien publishes two translations of the medieval poems that inspired the Lord of the Rings. ... How motherhood changed the way Ayelet Waldman writes. ... Marilyn French, author of "The Women's Room," has died. ... Obama's mother has a book deal. In...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 5, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Now is not the time to try to publish your first novel, even if job loss has finally given you time to write. ... John Cheever liked the suburbs. ... Oklahomans (not Okies, they'll have you know) are still a little bitter about The Grapes of Wrath. ... Carol Ann...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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