We are almost at the halfway point of 2013, and list-loving Amazon is out with its 2013’s Best Books of the Year So Far, including 10 history and 10 general nonfiction titles. History 1. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 (Liberation Trilogy) (Henry Holt) by Rick Atkinson. 2. The Unwinding: An Inner History […]Read more "‘Best Books of the Year So Far’"
Kevin Williamson of National Review discussing his new book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome, at the Cato Institute: Bloomberg View‘s Jonathan Alter on NPR’s Fresh Air and Charlie Rose discussing his new book, The Center Holds:Read more "Interviews: Kevin Williamson, Jonathan Alter"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on June 18, 2013. Film producer Lynda Obst’s career has had more twists and turns than a big-budget action movie — which is not the sort of movie she makes. (Not yet anyway, but more on that later.) Obst started her career as associate producer on Flashdance […]Read more "Linda Obst on Hollywood’s ‘New Abnormal’"
Note: This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on April 29, 2013. With George Saunders’ Tenth of December (Random House) and Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Knopf) already drawing strong praise from literary critics and several other short story collections inching toward publication this summer and fall, short stories are looking to make a big comeback this year. Popular […]Read more "Ann Kingman on Project Short Story"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on June 4, 2013. Jeffrey Toobin’s 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court — the most revealing insider account of the Supreme Court since Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong’s 1979 classic The Brethren — was the story of how the court of Bush v. Gorebecame a moderating […]Read more "Jeffrey Toobin: ‘The Oath’ and the Roberts Court"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on April 10, 2013. On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer Prize Board will announce the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Or not. Last year, for the first time in 35 years, there was no prize awarded for fiction. Imagine Bono walking on stage to award the Grammy […]Read more "Who will win the Pulitzer for fiction?"
Today show co-host Hoda Kotb discusses her new book, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives, a collection of stories from people she has come across in her reporting. Dolly Parton talks about her new book Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.Read more "Morning Joe: Hoda Kotb, Dolly Parton"
If you count books, typography and collections among your most intense obsessions, then hang onto your serifs! Today, Penguin Classics is releasing the first six volumes of its new Penguin Drop Caps series of hardcover classics: A Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, B Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, C Willa Cather’s My Antonia, D Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, E George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and F Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. (Madame Bovary is […]Read more "Penguin Classics series gets an ‘A’"
Sadly, that’s not the title. But that would have been awesome. Penguin Press announced today that John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book about the 2012 campaign will be called Double Down: Game Change 2012, that it will be published in fall 2013, and that HBO has already optioned the film rights. After Game Change became a massive hit for HarperCollins […]Read more "Game Change 2: Electric Boogaloo"
Here’s a roundup of several early-2013 politics books with publishers’ descriptions: January 2. Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Fred Kaplan’s The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster) looks to be one of the first important books of 2013 — with glowing blurbs from national security heavies like George […]Read more "Three politics books for early 2013"