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Alice

"This Is Not Wonderland": Christina Henry on Her New, Original Take on Alice

Christina Henry speaks about her new dark, fantastical thriller, in which Alice lives in a menacing world where the Rabbit, the Whale, and the Jabberwock stalk the grimy streets of Old City, and her only savior might be an axe murderer, the mad Hatcher....

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Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper

"Celebrity Dish Without Exploiting Celebrities."-Hilary Liftin on "Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper"

What happens when a successful ghostwriter of celebrity memoirs decides to write her own novel about..

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The Gods of Tango

Too-Too Tango: The Dance That's More Than a Dance

Usually you have to go to a dance recital or see a movie about an old fashioned dancehall to begin to understand the lure of the tango. But author Carolina de Robertis puts...

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Nemesis

Catherine Coulter on How She Sustains Her Bestselling Suspense Series

Coulter talks about how she's kept her FBI Thriller series running at full steam through nineteen (nineteen!) books and a new project that will delight the fans of her Sherbrooke stories.

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Kim Stanley Robinson: "The Challenges of Colonizing New Planets"

Sci-fi master Kim Stanley Robinson famously sent explorers to other planets in his Mars series and 2312. Now, however, he explains that “we have advanced in our understanding of biology and ecology to a point where it is worth re-examining all our assumptions about inhabiting other planets.” Robinson does just that in this post about colonizing planets and in his breathtaking new adventure, Aurora.

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The Weight of Blood

Top Authors Tell Us Why We Should Pick up These Thriller Writers' Debut Novels

Bestselling authors such as Karin Slaughter and Steve Berry tell us why they love these five outstanding debut books that are finalists for the Thriller Awards' Best First Novel category.

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Not That Superbad After All: Judd Apatow on "Allen Klein"

If you know who Allen Klein is, you probably know him as the manager who broke up the Beatles and bilked the Stones. Music writer Fred Goodman's new biography of Klein aims to soften that image a bit, making its...

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Laurell K. Hamilton on the Evolution of Anita Blake

Dead Ice, the brand-new book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, opens with the words, “So you’re engaged.” Laurell K. Hamilton explores how Anita Blake’s transformation from vampire fighter to vampire fiancée has wrought big changes in Anita’s life—some good, some bad, all bloody.

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Oligarchs

The Moscow Rules: Vlad Putin and the Rise of the Russian Oligarchs

With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction, Ben Mezrich is one of our favorite writers. 2002's Bringing Down the House was a breathless account of how six card-counting M.I.T. students outsmarted millions...

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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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