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A Dark and Stormy Night: A Roundup of Halloween Lit


As you put the finishing touches on your costumes and keep dipping your hands into the bowl of trick-or-treater candy, enjoy these literary themed jack-o-lanterns--Jack, Poe, Max, Katniss, Harry and Sherlock.

Spooktacular Spooktacular! 13 Picks from the Master of Cult Cinema


Who's up for some scary movies? I am. So is Danny Peary. Peary established his bona fides as an expert in weird cinema with his Cult Movies series from the early 80s: three volumes packed with wisdom on off-beat movies of all stripes.

Spooktacular Spooktacular! 13 Picks from the Master of Cult Cinema


Who's up for some scary movies? I am. So is Danny Peary. Peary established his bona fides as an expert in weird cinema with his Cult Movies series from the early 80s: three volumes packed with wisdom on off-beat movies of all stripes.

YA Wednesday: Carl Hiaasen on His First Young Adult Novel


Carl Hiaasen has joined the ranks of best-selling authors writing for younger readers.  He's already written a handful of books for readers age 10 and up, including his most recent, Chomp.

Where I Wrote It: Irish Novelist Stuart Neville's Musical Man Cave


Part of our new series featuring authors' desks and workspaces, here's a look at the guitar-filled attic of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, whose new novel, The Final Silence, publishes next week.

Where I Wrote It: Irish Novelist Stuart Neville's Musical Man Cave


Part of our new series featuring authors' desks and workspaces, here's a look at the guitar-filled attic of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, whose new novel, The Final Silence, publishes next week.

This Is No Bush-League Tapioca Pudding...


Thug Kitchen is a gust of profanity-soaked fresh air in the cookbook universe of late.  The subtitle, "Eat Like You Give a F*ck" is your warning light--if swearing bothers you, don't even open the cover.  For those who couldn't care less, welcome to the irreverent and delicious pages of this fantastic vegan cookbook.

Go Forward, Move Ahead: Mark Mothersbaugh's Guide to Modern Living


If you're familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh, it's probably through his day job. In the early 70s, Mothersbaugh--along with fellow Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis--founded DEVO, and began their four-plus-decade broadcast of uncategorizable, avant-garde sound and vision, of hazmat-besuited robot Jaggers singing songs of dark futures and opt-in de-evolution.

Moonshine, and an Interview, with John Grisham


The first time I met John Grisham was eight years ago in a bookstore in Charlottesville, Virginia, his home town.

Moonshine, and an Interview, with John Grisham


The first time I met John Grisham was about years ago in a bookstore in Charlottesville, Virginia, his home town.

The World of Ice and Fire: A Sneak Peek at Interior Pages


The World of Ice and Fire is coming. It publishes Tuesday the 28th, and the parts of it I've seen are gorgeous.

The World of Ice and Fire: A Sneak Peek at Interior Pages


The World of Ice and Fire is coming. It publishes Tuesday the 28th, and the parts of it I've seen are gorgeous.

Top Chef Returns for Season 12


Bravo’s immensely popular reality show, Top Chef, kicked off season 12 in Boston, and while I’m still riding the excitement from Top Chef Duels (no spoilers!

Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)


Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America.

Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)


Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America.

The Only Way Out of the Apocalypse Is Through


Published earlier this year, Claire Cameron's novel, The Bear, opens on a very dark night: On a family camping trip, a savage attack from a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying flight for survival through the Canadian wilderness, ending their world as they know it.

The Best Books of October, Part Two: A Smorgasbord of Books


Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in October’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week.

Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"


About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her.

Hauntingly Good Halloween Books for Kids


I love Halloween for many reasons (the candy, the costumes, the candy...) but particularly for how much fun it is for little ones.  Besides putting up spider webs and skeletons, or carving this year's pumpkins, Halloween is a great time for reading spooky, silly, and fun-filled children's books.  Here are a few of my old and new favorites: Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli: A little pumpkin seed tries to be scary but is laughed at instead.  Even when he grows into a seedling he’s still not scary.  The wind reassures him that his time will come he just needs to be patient and grow.  At last, the little seed has become a pumpkin and then a frightening—and very happy--jack-o-lantern.  Ages 3-7 Bunnicula in a Box by James Howe: A perennial favorite any time of year, the story of the Monroe family's latest pet, a rabbit named Bunnicula who may or may not be a vampire, has been entertaining kids through the course of seven books, all of which are collected for the first time in a paperback boxed set.  Ages 8-12 Frankenstein: A BabyLit® Anatomy Primer by Jennifer Adams: The latest board book in the popular BabyLit series uses good old Frankenstein to introduce simple anatomy like hands, feet, mouth, eyes, and of course a body.  Adorable illustrations and the usual fun play on a classic story we’ve come to expect from this series make this a perfect Halloween read.  Ages 2-6 A Very Witchy Spelling Bee by George Shannon: A spelling bee (that's spell in the sense of letters forming words vs.

Exclusive Excerpt: The Sweetest Sound, by Rick Bragg (From “Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty”)


The Sweetest Sound (Excerpted from Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty, a collection of stories inspired by Garden & Gun magazine’s popular “Good Dog” column.


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