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Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph


A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it.

Recipe Road Test: The Slanted Door's Ginger Braised Chicken


2014 has been a really big year for cookbooks so deciding which one would be in the top spot for Best of the Year was tough.

2014 National Book Award Winners


At an event in Manhattan yesterday evening, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2014 National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry.

Excerpts from "BOMB: The Author Interviews" - Featuring Colm Toibin, Chris Abani, Patrick McGrath, and Martin Amis


For more than thirty years, BOMB magazine has been pairing artists, authors, poets, and painters together for intimate artist-on-artist conversations, more than 1,200 of them so far.

"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia


When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation.

Martin Short: Humble Comedy Legend


You might know him best as Ed Grimley, the grimacing, high-trousered pop-culture nerd of the rhinoceros-worthy quiff.

Raise Your Voice: A Conversation with Senator Kirsten Hillibrand


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a discussion about her book Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of 2014


Back in January I thought 2013 was going to be tough to beat in terms of great YA but here it is, mid-November, and I just got over the trama of having to narrow down my favorites to a list of 20.  Interestingly enough, the last couple of years have had the top picks release in the first half of the year.  Typically it's the fall that brings the "big" books, but not so in YA.  At the end of the day, and basically the year, I'm still most in love with We Were Liars (as an aside, in our Celebrity Picks Martin Short chose We Were Liars as one of his favorite books this year, too).   Below are the top 5 titles for the Best Young Adult Books of 2014: 1.

Video: An Interview with Author and "Font Nerd" Lena Dunham
-- "I Love the World of Books"


Praise for Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, has come from all angles: David Sedaris (“A fine, subversive book”), Judy Blume (“Always funny, sometimes wrenching”), George Saunders (“smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, and charming”), Miranda July (“hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate.”) At Amazon, our reviewer Brittany Pirozzolo called it “Thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisitely-written … like reading your quirky big sister's diary.”  In this interview (taped at Book Expo America in New York back in May), the writer, creator, and star of HBO’s hit show Girls discusses how writing was actually her first love, and has remained a passion, as has reading.

How I Wrote It: Frederick Barthelme, on Dictation, Tornados, Dishwashers--and Chocolate


Frederick Barthelme's new novel is There Must Be Some Mistake. ~ How When starting a new project I first gather all I’ve got in the way of unused text--fragments of stories, scenes cut from novels, sketches, characters, complaints I’ve jotted down, jokes once-loved, whatever.

Best of the Year: Celebrity Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014


It's becoming a thing: Each of the past few years, when we announce our editors' picks for Best Books of the Year, we also share a list of our favorite writers' favorite books.

Announcing the Amazon Editors' Best Books of the Year


It's been another phenomenal year in books, and we've just released our list of the Best Books of the Year.

Graphic Novel Friday: All Super, No Baggage


We are in a superhero pop culture comics renaissance! With so many characters, properties, and super powers hitting big and small screens, maneuvering the various masks and origins can be challenging.

"Fog Island Mountains" by Michelle Bailat-Jones wins Inaugural Christopher Doheny Prize


Michelle Bailat-Jones's novel Fog Island Mountains has won the first-ever Christopher Doheny Prize, which recognizes excellence in writing about serious illness.

New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on "By The Book"


Since taking over the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul has revamped the venerable weekly, and brought it some much-needed life. Among her improvements, a weekly interview with a writer (usually) about his or her reading habits and predilections. Want to know what Michael Chabon has on his newsstand?

A Unique Look at the ABCs: "Alphabetabum"


Award-winning author/illustrators Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky recently teamed up to create an unusual pairing of rare vintage photos and verse in the highly original alphabet book.

How I Wrote It: An Interview with Cary Elwes, on His Memoir, "As You Wish"


Cary Elwes discusses his new memoir, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, a behind the scenes look at the filming of the cult 1987 classic.

"How to Get A Major Book Deal" by Nir Eyal


Author Nir Eyal is all about making things that people want and getting it to them. His brand new book Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products is the fruit of many years of research and study.

Lunch With: Mark Bittman, on Cooking with Speed and Confidence


I've been cooking since I was a teenager, starting as a short order cook at the Gibson Girl diner in Sparta, New Jersey.

Guest Review: Michael J. Fox on "The Pollan Family Table"


The Pollan family is expanding a presence in our kitchens that began with Michael Pollan’s ground-breaking book, The Omnivore's Dilmena.


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