Literature + Fiction
Smoke

An Addictive and Dickensian Genre-Bender: Dan Vyleta’s “Smoke”

On a sunny and unusually warm spring day in Seattle, Dan Vyleta and I sat down with iced coffees and talked about his new literary genre-breaker. Smoke is set in an alternative vision of nineteenth-century England, where a person’s morality...

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Sport-of-Kings

Best Books of May: Literature & Fiction

A selection of some of our favorite novels of May, including an epic novel of lineage, legacy, and race horses, a beautiful and compelling story about fracking (!), and an apocalyptic thriller that's anything but typical.

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Summer-Reading

Summer Reading: We're Going to Need a Bigger Bag

Sometimes you just can’t help using a cliché. So, with beach brain kicking in a little early this year, let me say.... It’s Summertime and the reading is... easy? Long? Light? Heavy? Full of pictures? All of the above, probably – as evidenced by our Summer Reading Roundup.

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Smokin' Numbers: A Soundtrack for Joe Hill's "The Fireman"

Joe Hill shares the songs he listened to while writing The Fireman, a chilling post-apocalyptic novel starring a scrappy nurse who loves Mary Poppins.

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Something to Crow About

Elizabeth Church's novel delves into many things including love, sacrifice, ambition, and...crows. In this exclusive piece, we learn five ways the crows mirror human behavior. I know I'll never look at them the same way again...

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Girls-on-Fire

"If They Drown, They Will at Least Drown Together"

Teenage angst, anyone? Surely you had some. Surely some of us still do. In her new novel, Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman bursts out with a chilling, creepy tale of two best friends who would do anything to each other. Oops. I meant “for” each other. Or did I?

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Stoker winners

The Bram Stoker Award Winners

The winners of the Bram Stoker Awards received congratulations on May 14 at StokerCon in Las Vegas from the Horror Writers Association for creating the best works of horror and dark fantasy published in 2015. The list of finalists and...

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Love and Friendship

Whit Stillman on Jane Austen and "Love & Friendship"

Jane Austen lovers, rejoice! Whit Stillman—director of "The Last Days of Disco" and "Metropolitan"—has shifted his storytelling focus to a rarely read story by Austen that has never been seen on screen...until now.

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Book club

10 Do's and Don'ts for a Happy Book Club

Maybe you want to launch a book club but don’t know where to begin. Or maybe your book club opened strong but enthusiasm is now flagging. Here are 10 tips to start—or jump-start—your book club.

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Amazon's Best Books of May: Today's Releases

You may think there isn't much new to learn about about, say, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, the Rolling Stones...And hey, maybe you're right. But these Best of the Month selections, available starting today, demonstrate that very gifted storytellers can entertain and enlighten anyway...

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