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The Name Game

July 27, 2016 admin 0

What’s in a name? Apparently quite a lot, because here The Independent shares the titles of famous literary works with the titles those books were originally given by their authors. In a lot of cases, the difference is vast. Think of it: Would The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald have been as great if it was called Trimalchio in West Egg? And what about Gone with the Wind? Would either the book or the […]

This Just In… The Jade Buddha  by RC Heydn

July 26, 2016 admin 0

It is Hong Kong in the 1980s. The British Crown Colony is on the verge of reverting to Chinese rule. The governments of Hong Kong and the United Kingdom are doing all they can to calm local nerves while at the same time pressing Beijing’s rulers to the north for assurances that the rule of law will be maintained. Beneath the surface other forces are at work; criminal forces dating back centuries but still very […]

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This Day in History: Clinton Becomes First Female US Presidential Nominee

July 26, 2016 admin 0

Hillary Clinton has been a US senator, a mom, First Lady of the United States, Secretary of State and a bestselling author. But today marks an exciting moment in history when she also became, in the words of CNN, “the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics.” According to CBC: Breaking a historic barrier, Democrats triumphantly chose Hillary Clinton […]

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Oprah Winfrey to Star
in A Wrinkle in Time  Adaptation

July 26, 2016 admin 0

Oprah Winfrey will star in the big-screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 children’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct from a script by Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. From Variety: This is a big one for Disney Motion Pictures president Sean Bailey and exec Tendo Nagenda, who’s steering the film. A Wrinkle In Time involves a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious […]

SF/F: Dark Matter  by Blake Crouch

July 22, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 1

You’ve Never Read Anything Like Dark Matter. There. I said it. The new novel by Blake Crouch, is a terrifying, enthralling, lightning-fast, brilliant book. You have no idea how much I want to write about it. I want to tell you everything about it, but that would spoil everything, and that would be very, very bad. Because Dark Matter is the kind of book you want to know absolutely nothing about. Further, to get the […]

Weinstein and BBC to Bring Les Misérables
to the Small Screen

July 21, 2016 admin 0

Loved Les Miserables on the big screen? On the stage? Now here comes TV. From Deadline Hollywood: Having jointly conquered one literary classic with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Weinstein Co. and BBC are re-teaming for an event TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Misérables. The six-point mini will be written by award-winning scribe Andrew Davies, who also adapted Tolstoy’s epic tale for TWC and the BBC. Davies will be working from Hugo’s […]

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The Bookstore As Destination

July 19, 2016 admin 0

Bookstores are better. Book lovers everywhere know that. No matter how much online retailers try to be all things to all people, when it comes to getting up close and personal with their customers, no one does it better than an independent bookseller. And all of that is no secret. It’s well known that independent book retailers are a passionate, knowledgeable crowd who go the distance for their customers. And you can know all of […]

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This Just In… Jessica: The Autobiography of an Infant  by Jeffrey Von Glahn, PhD

July 19, 2016 admin 0

For Dr. Von Glahn, Jessica’s therapy was the most challenging, the most profound, and ultimately the most personally satisfying experience. If someone had explained to him ahead of time the actual nature of Jessica’s problem, he would not have believed that it was possible. Jessica had always been terrified that the unthinkable had happened when she had been “made up.” There was no other reason she could think of for what she experienced when the […]

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Da Vinci as Wedding Planner

July 18, 2016 admin 0

There’s nothing new in artists taking on extra and even unrelated work in lean times in order to make ends meet. But the best example might be one of the least well known. Until now. From Atlas Obscura: It is Las Vegas, of all places, which shines a light on one of history’s greatest genius’ lesser known talents. At an elaborate exhibition at the Venetian (Las Vegas, that is) the show announces, “Leonardo was a […]

January Interview: Roisin O’Donnell

July 13, 2016 admin 0

by Hubert O’Hearn Let’s imagine a scene together. You’ve received an invitation to a swank literary event, one of those champagne and piano evenings where the conversation is all dry wit and sincere chuckling; hands are kissed, cuffs are linked, and may I say you’ve never looked lovelier? You wander through the room, not quite sure who to talk to but finally somewhere near the Utrillo hanging above the cheese selection you find yourself chatting […]