Q & A: Jessica Soffer

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com

LJ talks to Jessica Soffer about her debut, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.

Before Richard III: Author Interview with Dan Jones, The Plantagenets


If the recent identification of King Richard III, buried ignominiously in Leicester, awakens interest in the pre-Tudor British monarchy, and gives readers an appetite for understanding the armored world that led to the Wars of the Roses, culminating in Richard III’s 1485 death in battle, they must turn to Dan Jones and his rousing history, The […]

Update: Sniper/Author Chris Kyle Murdered by Fellow Vet


In a twist of absurd irony, Chris Kyle, the most decorated U.S. military sniper in history, was murdered on Saturday in his home state of Texas by a fellow war veteran. The New York Times reports that Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were scheduled to meet suspect Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine combat vet, […]

Best Acknowledgments of 2012


Over a year ago, with LJ posting its various “Best of…” lists of 2011, I added one of my own, “Best Acknowledgments of 2011,” for which I looked in lots of that year’s history and biography books (the genres that most often entail library and archives research) to find authors who fully thanked—by name—the library […]

A Tribute to Louise Glück | Poetry in Context

Photo by Max Freeman

On December 14, the Academy of American Poets hosted a tribute reading to former poet laureate Louise Glück, celebrating the November 2012 publication of Poems 1962–2012 (Farrar. ISBN 9780374126087. $40). Poets Frank Bidart, Dana Levin, Robert Pinsky, Peter Streckfus, and Ellen Bryant Voigt read poems by Glück, capturing the aura of the woman with a […]

Author Q&A: Randall Sullivan’s Untouchable


By Robert Morast Randall Sullivan’s Untouchable is a delayed and dutiful response to a brilliant pop star’s perceived identity. This hefty book gets to the heart of the most perplexing mysterious surrounding Michael Jackson’s most perplexing mysteries: what were the sources of his idiosyncrasies and his addiction to plastic surgery, and was this gifted entertainer […]

Friday Ebook Freebies from Our Reviewers!


My reviewers are a talented bunch. When they are not reviewing books, they are writing them! Take Ron Terpening, a professor of Italian at the University of Arizona, Tucson. A fiction reviewer for more than ten years,  he also has published six adult and YA suspense novels as well as several academic tomes. Now two […]

Author Q&A: Drawn Together by Art with Aline Crumb

Drawn together

Cartooning couple Aline and Robert Crumb have made their bed together, literally, throughout 35 years of marriage while supporting each other in individual and conjoint artistic careers. Intensely private yet disarmingly public, Aline has become a mistress of satiric confessional comedy, both in solo comics and in the comics of Drawn Together (Liveright: Norton. 2012. […]

Q&A: Stacy London | October 15, 2012


LJ’s Kathleen Quinlan talks to Stacy London about start-overs, self-esteen, and The Truth About Style.

Poetry Out of Context: Notes from the 6th Annual Academy of American Poets Forum


When Whitman declares in “Native Moments,” “I will play a part no longer, why should I exile myself / from my companions? / I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet, / I will be more to you than to any of the rest,” he defines, in one context, the innermost desire […]

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