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Articles from November-December

A Murder in Middle America: Truman Capote's Killer Instincts and the Making of the Sensational in Cold Blood. (Backstory)
IN JANUARY 1966 AN ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE FLASHED out three stark words: "In Cold Blood," the title of Truman Capote's account of a gruesome multiple murder in rural Kansas. The year before, The New Yorker had published the story in...
Are You There, God? It's Me, Philip Pullman. (ITM in the margins).(Critical Essay)
ON THE WALL BEHIND THE DESK IN HIS cluttered study, Philip Pullman has tacked up an article by political commentator Peter Hitchens, clipped from the conservative English newspaper The Mail on Sunday. The piece is about him, and its headline is...
A Space Odyssey: The Author of Jumanji Goes Back to the Drawing Board with a Sequel That Gets Kids Hurtling through the Galaxy. (for Young Readers).(Chris Van Allsburg)(Zathura)(Interview)
THE BOARD GAME IN CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG'S JUMANJI BROUGHT A menagerie of jungle animals to life and sent them tearing through young imaginations. Twenty years later--following Jumanji's 1995 film adaptation and the success of several mysterious tales,...
Calendar
AUTHOR TOURS Isabel Allende City of the Beasts Carte Madera, California, Book Passage, November 2; NYC, Lectorum, November 4; NYC, Barnes & Noble (Union Square), November 5; Coral Cables, Florida, Books & Books, November 8; Dallas, ...
Dave Barry: Killer Wit: The Syndicated Columnist, Two-Time Novelist and American Class Clown Masters the Art of Mayhem
DAVE BARRY, WHATEVER ELSE HE MAY BE KNOWN FOR, IS clear about what matters most to him: "The column always comes first," says the writer, who is, at heart, a newspaperman. Mike's--a restaurant and bar a stone's throw from Barry's office at the Miami...
Don't Fear the Ripper. (Crimetime)
PATRICIA CORNWELL began investigating the Jack the Ripper case as a story for her fictional sleuth, Kay Scarpetta, but soon became consumed by the murders that paralyzed the Whitechapel neighborhood of London in 1888. Cornwell has flown teams of...
Flash Backs Looking Back on Literary History (Backstory).(Brief Article)
[1830] CRIME WRITER During France's July Revolution, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, was among the Paris mob that looted the now-gone Palais des Tuileries, then the official residence of King Charles...
Image Control: Two Biographers Search for Rupert Murdoch. (at Work)
MUCH MORE PRIVATE THAN RICHARD BRANSON OR TED Turner--media barons who often find themselves in the limelight--News Corporation CEO and tabloid king Rupert Murdoch is a communications tycoon of the old school, a throwback to the days of William...
Michael Connelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore ...: ... but L.A.'S Always on His Mind. on a Return Trip, the Writer Engages in Some Drive-By musings.(Critical Essay)
WHEN MICHAEL CONNELLY WAS WORKING ON HIS FIRST BOOK, many scenes opened with its hero confronting the world through the windows of his car. Too many, thought Connelly's editor, Michael Pietsch, who asked Connelly to vary the setups a bit. "Michael,"...
Mrs. Baum's Discovery. (Epilogue).(rare Book find)(Critical Essay)
RECENTLY, MRS. BAUM--ONE of my old neighbors--had to sell her house. Mrs. Baum used to be the local busy-body, the person you consulted about any rumor or piece of gossip. She had the power to confirm, deny, instigate or halt neighborhood talk....
Oh, Kaye! How Is Author Kaye Gibbons Doing These Days? Just Fine, Thank You. (Style).(Biography)
KAYE GIBBONS WAS IN PARIS WITH HER DAUGHTER MARY LAST SUMMER when they ran into Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours. "I know your name!" Mary said. "My mom has your book in the car, in the living room, in the bedroom and in the bathroom." ...
Prophet of Doom: Pessimism Is Our Only Hope. the Gospel According to Jose Saramago.(Biography)
EMERGING FROM AN ELEGANT LUNCHEON HELD in his honor into a clear, sunshiny afternoon, Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago says there is only one word to convey his emotional state: "Boredom." "I don't see people walking," he says through...
Recommended reading.(bibliography)(Bibliography)(Critical Essay)
Dog Eared AMANDA HARVEY Doubleday, Ages 3-7, 32 pages The eloquent dog Otis is on a walk one day with his owner, Lucy, when another dog scathingly calls him "Big Ears." "Big Ears? I thought. Surely not. But doubt crept into my mind," narrates...
Review Your Notes: To Make Sense of Challenging Books, Grown-Ups Use Study Guides the Way They Were Intended. (Group Dynamics).(Bibliography)
CLIFFSNOTES--THEY'RE NOT JUST FOR LAZY COLLEGE KIDS ANYMORE. The publishers of the venerable yellow-covered study aids have always insisted they're not to be read in lieu of classic works but, rather, alongside the real books, to help students understand...
Sound bite.(Interview)
BOOK How did The Bulgari Connection come about? Did you have the idea, or did Bulgari come to you? WELDON Bulgari came to me. I think one of the board members is a fan. Some companies ask writers to write histories of their company. This company...
Terry Pratchett's Flat-Out Success: The Writer's Discworld Series Turns Twenty Next Year. What a Long, Enlightening Trip It Has Been. (Other Worlds).(Biography)
IT SHOULDN'T COME AS ANY REAL SURPRISE WHO ENGLAND'S BESTSELLING author is: J.K. Rowling. But unless you're either British or a fairly serious devotee of science fiction, you're probably not all that familiar with Number Twp. His name is Terry ...
The Adventure of the Vanishing Lady Writer: In Which Donna Tartt, Ten Years after the Phenomenal Success of the Secret History, Makes a Welcome Return with One of the Biggest Books of the Year. (Cover Story).(Critical Essay)
IF A PHRENOLOGIST MADE A MAP OF THE HEAD OF DONNA Tartt--and she is both complicated and Victorian enough that a skull-measuring pseudoscientist might have an interest in analyzing her--here's what it would show: a good-sized segment marked "Dogs"...
The Angel of Death Row: Scott Turow Balances Crime and Punishment. (Crimetime).(Interview)
IN SCOTT TUROW'S NEW THRILLER, REVERSIBLE ERRORS, A MAN HAS BEEN condemned to death in a poorly conducted trial. The novel tells the story of the chain of lies and rampant corruption that landed him on death row and of the lawyer who, convinced...
The Pleasures of Poetry. (Never Too Soon)
WITTY WORDPLAY, PITHY POEMS, snappy sequels and novels in free verse--poetry assumes all sorts of guises now, with something for every child. Older children who like penning poems themselves will find wisdom from favorite poets in Seeing the...
The Woolf Pack: When It Comes to World-Class Actors, the Appeal of Award-Winning Literature Is Strong. (Film)
BEFORE SHE STARTS WORK ON ANY MOVIE, NICOLE KIDMAN says she researches the period during which her character lives and does her best to understand the psychology of the day. Preparing to portray the late novelist Virginia Woolf in the upcoming film...
Year in Review.(literary Events)
01.05.02 Kicking off the year of the purloined passages, historian Stephen Ambrose is accused of plagiarism by Fred Barnes, editor of The Weekly Standard. 01.10.02 Maya Angelou begins producing greeting cards for Hallmark, declaring, "If...
Young Critics Sound off on the Web.(children's Opinions on books)(World of Reading worldreading.org)(KidViews Eduplace.Com/kids/rdg/chall.html)(Information Service Review)
AS EVERY PARENT KNOWS, CHILDREN have strong opinions. Now, when those opinions are about books, kids can air their views on the Internet. Parents may know that online bookstores print kids' reviews, but they may not realize that several Web sites...
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