INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

BEST NONFICTION OF 2019: ROBERT MACFARLANE
by Gregory McNamee

A couple of years ago, if you were to go in search of the noted British explorer and nature writer Robert Macfarlane, you would have done well to look in two places: in the wildest mountain ranges on the planet, where he can often be found wandering, or in the deepest stacks of the library at Cambridge University, where he ...


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NEIL GAIMAN CROWD-SOURCES POEM ON TWITTER
by Michael Schaub

Author Neil Gaiman is celebrating the holidays with a poem sourced from Twitter users, written for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and knitted on a scarf, the Guardian reports.

Last month, Gaiman turned to his Twitter followers for help on the project, asking them to reply with an answer to the question “What reminds you of warmth?” ...


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SARAJEVO AND KOSOVO DECLARE NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE PETER HANDKE UNWELCOME
by Michael Schaub

The backlash against Peter Handke, the Austrian author who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, is continuing in a dramatic fashion, with the writer being declared persona non grata in the city of Sarajevo and the nation of Kosovo.

This week, both the Bosnian capital and the European country have proclaimed the novelist unwelcome, the Associated Press ...


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MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHES HOUSE IMPEACHMENT REPORT (AND REPUBLICAN RESPONSE) AS “FLIP” BOOK
by Michael Schaub

The impeachment inquiry against President Trump seems likely to dominate the news for the foreseeable future. But if you’ve been avoiding the news and need to catch up, Melville House has you covered.

The indie publisher announced on Thursday that it’s publishing a book containing both the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report and the Republican response to it.

Reflecting the ...


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BLOGS

THERE’S JUST ONE BED: ROMANCE IN CLOSE QUARTERS
by Jennifer Prokop

Imagine romance is a machine: “Happily Ever After” is the end product, but the mighty plot engines are powered by tropes. These are the basic building blocks of any romance and most readers can rattle off a list of their favorite (or least favorite) tropes: enemies to lovers, fated mates, bodyguard, secret baby, best friend’s sibling, fake engagement, etc. Tropes ...


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THE 2019 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (PART 1)
by John DeNardo

Stress over finding the perfect gift for family and friends tends to escalate as the holidays approach. It doesn’t have to, especially when the recipient is a fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. Armed with this handy gift guide, your holiday shopping will be frightfully easy.

For Fiction-Loving Bibliophiles

The Folio Society specializes in collectible editions of great ...


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HOW A MYSTERY BOOKSTORE THRIVES IN THE AGE OF AMAZON
by Radha Vatsal

Bookstores connect readers to books, but more importantly, they connect people to other people through books. While a town with a population of 9,000 may not seem like an obvious place to locate a specialty bookstore, the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop has been thriving in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, for almost 30 years. I asked Deb Beamer, the store’s founder and owner ...


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