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How Maurice Sendak Unleashed a Multimedia Monster with 10 Little Sentencesnew

While plenty of books from childhood are remembered nostalgically and still others are simply forgotten, Where the Wild Things Are is, for many, beloved not only for what it was then, but for what it means now.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Lauren F. Friedman  |  10-20-2009  |  Books

A Sweet Crop of New Graphic Narrativesnew

Comics. Graphic novels. Sequential-art books. Call them what you will, but there are more of them than ever. Here's a rundown on some of the best from the past few months.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  10-15-2009  |  Books

Kerouac's Big Sur Dreams -- and Nightmares -- are Memorialized in New DVD/CDnew

F-Stop/Atlantic Records is honoring the 40th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's death on Oct. 21, 1969 with the release of a 98-minute documentary and accompanying CD about Big Sur, both titled One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Stuart Thornton  |  10-15-2009  |  Books

The Case Against Google Booksnew

How three California librarians led the revolt against the company's plans to archive all earthly knowledge.
East Bay Express  |  Chris Thompson  |  10-14-2009  |  Books

Bookstores Fight Back With Instant Paperbacksnew

Battered booksellers have a secret weapon that they hope will continue to lure customers into their stores. Would you believe it's a machine that can print up a fresh new paperback copy from a menu of 3.6 million books?
Boston Phoenix  |  Ethan Gilsdorf  |  09-24-2009  |  Books

Get Your Pencils Out for the Best Erotic Comicsnew

Erotic comics are a special breed of porn. Unlike prose, they can show as well as describe. Unlike photos, they're narrative. Unlike film, they have a limitless special effects budget. And yet good erotic comics seem in short supply. Here are a few of the best.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Justin Hall  |  09-23-2009  |  Books

Three Comedians Scrawl Self-Portraits With Poison Pensnew

Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross and Russell Brand reveal different facets of their confrontational stage personae in new books.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  09-22-2009  |  Books

Five Books That Have Helped Make This a Great Year for Short-Story Collectionsnew

They may be small, but short stories have been getting a lot of ink lately. It has been a banner year for new short-story collections, with impressive efforts from first-time authors and veterans alike. Here's the cream of this year's crop.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  David Berke  |  09-18-2009  |  Books

Mystery Man: Author Tony Hillerman's Legacy Lives Onnew

Hillerman began his career as a journalist for The Santa Fe New Mexican and went on to author more than 30 books, most of which were mystery novels set in New Mexico -- more specifically, Navajo lands. Hillerman died last October at the age of 83.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Charlotte Jusinski  |  09-17-2009  |  Books

Fall Nonfiction: Tomes From The 'Fact' Departmentnew

It's the economy, stupid. Or maybe politics or literature. Fall nonfiction goes wide and deep, so plan for some marathon reading.
Boston Phoenix  |  Barbara Hoffert  |  09-17-2009  |  Books

New Treats From Old Friends In Fall Booksnew

Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Paul Auster, John Ashberry, and, yes, Vladimir Nabakov have new tales to tell.
Boston Phoenix  |  Barbara Hoffert  |  09-17-2009  |  Books

Central Arkansas Library System Will Soon Roll Out E-Booksnew

Sometime around the first of October, patrons of the Central Arkansas Library System will be able to check out books, read them and return them without ever going to the library. Some readers are more excited about this innovation than others.
Arkansas Times  |  Doug Smith  |  09-11-2009  |  Books

Short fiction (finally) gets some respectnew

It has been a banner year for new short story collections, with impressive efforts from first time authors and veterans alike. Here’s the cream of this year’s crop.
New York Press  |  David Berke  |  09-03-2009  |  Books

New Romance Novel Subgenre: Gay Love & Lust, Written by Women for Womennew

A new subgenre has emerged in the escapist realm of romance novels: stories where you have two strapping, broad chests instead of one. We take a gander at two recent offerings: False Colors by Alex Beecroft and Transgressions by Erastes.
Charleston City Paper  |  Greg Hambrick  |  07-22-2009  |  Books

Why Beach Books Suck ... and How to Avoid Themnew

Forget playing in the surf or baking in the sun. The best thing to do at the beach is to kick back and spend the afternoon lost in a book. But don't make the mistake of buying a novel that has a picture of an actual beach on the cover. Those books are not for you.
Charleston City Paper  |  Stephanie Barna  |  07-22-2009  |  Books

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