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Articles from July-August

A Day in the Reading Life of America
At midnight on April 5, 2002, more than fifty photographers and writers embarked upon a day-long mission to discover America's reading life. They traveled from one end of the country to the other--through Idaho, New York, New Mexico, Disney World...
A Day's Difference. (Editor's Letter)
DURING ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS I HAD WITH OUR COVER subject this past April, he told me about something he had posted near his typewriter: the phrase "What a difference a day makes." We were talking about how one's perspectives can shift over time....
A Dream Finally Realized: A Stunning Debut Novel from an Acclaimed Memoirist Represents the Fulfillment of a Lifelong ambition.(The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold)(Brief Article)(Interview)
WHEN ALICE SEBOLD WENT TO THE POLICE AFTER HER HORRIFIC RAPE, THEY TOLD HER ANOTHER GIRL HAD BEEN ATTACKED IN THE SAME PLACE--AND KILLED. IN COMPARISON, THE COPS SAID, SHE WAS LUCKY. SEBOLD DIDN'T THINK SO: A freshman at Syracuse University,...
Calendar
AUTHOR TOURS Sonny Barger Ridin' High, Livin' Free Hollister, California, Hollister Independence Rally, July 4; Sturgis, South Dakota, Black Hills Rally, August 5 Meg Cabot Princess Diaries, Volume III Denver, Tattered Cover (Cherry...
Can't Sit Still: In the Past Six Months, the Actor, Director and Writer Got an Oscar Nod, Made His Feature Directorial Debut and Geared Up for the Publication of His Second Novel. What's Next, a Symphony? (Ethan Hawke).(Ash Wednesday)(Interview)
On an unreasonably hot April afternoon in New York City, Ethan Hawke pulls up his blue shirt to show that the black T underneath has "Central Park Carousel" written on it. The merry-go-round is hallowed by fans of The Catcher in the Rye because...
Comfortable as an Old Gumshoe. (Mickey Spillane).(Brief Article)
DRIVING HIS FORD PICKUP ON THE BACK ROADS OF SOUTH Carolina on a sweltering summer day, Mickey Spillane slams on the brakes. The jolt nearly sends his passenger, mystery novelist and independent filmmaker Max Allan Collins, through the windshield....
Fear Factor: Sweet Valley High Creator Francine Pascal Kicks the Cheerleading Routine with Her New Series, Fearless. (for Young Readers).(Brief Article)(Interview)
FRANCINE PASCAL'S FIRST SERIES FOR TEENAGE GIRLS, THE LONG-running Sweet Valley High, follows innocuous twins Elizabeth and Jessica, who spend most of their time fretting about boys. Now teens are hooked on a radically different blond Pascal creation:...
Flashbacks.(various; Book publishing)(Brief Article)
1894 FIRST IMPRESSION Helen Keller was just fourteen when she met Mark Twain in 1894, but Twain was so impressed with the teenager that he declared her to be the most "marvelous" woman since Joan of Arc. Keller would later chronicle their ongoing...
Sinister Plots: For Philip K. Dick, Author of "The Minority Report," the Line between Fact and Fiction Was Nightmarishly Narrow. (Other Worlds).(science Fiction writer)(Brief Article)
IN THE EARLY 1960s, SCIENCE FICTION writer Philip Kindred Dick had a vision on a rural California road. He described what he saw as a cold, metallic and malevolent face that filled the entire sky. The average person in this sort of situation would...
Sound Bite: Andrew Solomon.(Brief Article)(Interview)
BOOK What ultimately drove you to write this book? SOLOMON I had a breakdown. And then, having had one, I looked around and tried to find a book that I felt would be really helpful to me. I had a sense of what would be most helpful, and I felt...
Special Section: A Day in the Reading Life of America. (Book Contributors)
It took a small army of writers and photographers to help us document a day in America's reading life. Here are some of their stories: WRITERS PAUL CUADROS, a freelance journalist based in North Carolina, hobnobbed with Julia Alvarez at the...
Summer Session Cool 101
WHAT IS COOL, ANYWAY? It's hard to define yet somehow we all know what it is. Cool is in a class by itself, but for those of us who haven't quite sussed it out, a summer session with these fifty books may be the best chance to learn how to walk the...
Taking It Easy, Once Again: Walter Mosley Talks about the Return of a More Mature Easy Rawlins and the Mystery of His Missing Sidekick. (Crimetime).(Brief Article)(Interview)
READERS NEW TO THE STREET-SMART ANTICS OF WALTER MOSLEY'S Easy Rawlins will have a chance to catch up on the first six novels in the popular series when they're rereleased this fall. But fans who have waited patiently for six years for a new adventure...
The Criminal Mind: Road to Perdition? Author Max Allan Collins Loves It, but Expected More blood.(Brief Article)
GROWING UP, MAX ALLAN Collins was passionate about being a cartoonist. But when he discovered Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane and James M. Cain, he wanted, naturally, to be a crime novelist. He found he had a talent for it, and published his first...
The Return of Old Friends. (Baby Boomer Books).(Brief Article)(Bibliography)
NO KIND OF WRITING LODGES ITSELF so deeply in our memory, echoing there for the rest of our lives, as the books that we met in our childhood," wrote William Zinsser in 1990's Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children. Baby boomers...
Traveling Man: Life on the Road with a Professional Hobo. (Field Trip).(Joe Cotton)(Brief Article)
COME ON IN," SAYS THIRTY-YEAR-OLD EDDY JOE COTTON, A new author and an old friend of mine. "This is my kind of place. Immediately, I can see why. The dimly lit rooms inside the California Institute for Abnormal Arts, an art space and music venue...
Valentine's Way: The Woman Who Preceded Oprah as the Country's Book Group Guru Knows How to Make a Group a Great One. (Group Dynamics).(Virginia Valentine's Book talks)(Brief Article)
IT'S A SATURDAY MORNING AT THE TATTERED COVER, AND THE DENVER bookstore--one of the country's top independents--is crowded with visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. She's not an author, though: Book group members from across the country...
War Baby: The Happy Hooker Talks about Love, Loss and the Years She Spent as a POW. (Q + A).(Brief Article)
THIS YEAR MARKS THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICAtion of The Happy Hooker, the shocking memoir by New York City madam Xaviera Hollander, who, born Xaviera de Vries, wrote under a pen name out of regard for her Dutch mother. Now, with her...

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