Lethem interview

The LA Time's Jacket Copy blog has a long interview with Jonathan Lethem about his most recent work, Chronic City. Check it out! … [Read more...]

The Whiting Foundation Announces Winners

Since 1985, the Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Writers Awards which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on accomplishment and promise. Candidates are proposed by nominators from across the country whose experience and vocations … [Read more...]

“Life of Pi” to Become Movie

Filmmaker Ang Lee has recently announced plans to create a film adaptation of Yann Martel's Life of Pi.   Lee's past films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain.  Click here for more details. … [Read more...]

‘Zeitoun’ as Cartoon: Animated Film of Eggers Book

 A film version of a book about a man’s true-life experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans would seem sufficiently pregnant with artistic possibility. Still, Jonathan Demme plans to take his adaption of “Zeitoun,” the best-selling Dave Eggers work, one step further by making it as an animated feature. On Wednesday, Mr. Demme (whose films … [Read more...]

Most Influential Books Survey


For celebrating their 25 year anniversary, the international magazine Wasafari conducted an international survey of the most influential books of the past quarter-century. Toping the list is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was the only novel chosen by three international writers. One of the authors who chose the … [Read more...]

The “Best of” Season Begins!

Publisher's Weekly, in advance of their 100 Best Books issue, released their reviewers' list of the ten best books of the year.  It is an excellent list combining some heavily buzzed about books and some overlooked gems: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6704210.html?desc=topstory … [Read more...]

Publishing & E-Publishing

Barnes & Noble recently released the Nook -- its new e-reader -- as a direct competitor to Amazon's Kindle. The folks at Wired are pretty excited about it and its shiny new features, which you can read all about in their review. I'm one of those cranky young men who will never be caught dead with an e-reader so long as I live (and have the … [Read more...]

Fitzgerald’s tax returns

Or "how to make the 2009 equivalent of a half million dollars a year and still die penniless" … [Read more...]

I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy by Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)


My staff pick this month just has to be a classic on my bookshelf, I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Easily in my top 3 poets of all time, Hafiz is also the most celebrated Persian poet and perhaps the most celebrated poet's poet. A book of love and its many forms, his essence of inspirational … [Read more...]

New England Halloween Picks

Halloween is around the corner so here are some spooky books to put you in the right mood. You can find all of these at Newtonville Books. Food For the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires  by  Michael E. Bell.                     Witches, Rakes and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, … [Read more...]