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Back to the future with Litquake’s ‘Less Than Zero’

Why is Litquake better than Christmas? Because it happens all year long! Outside the annual festival, events all over the city are held each month to celebrate great books and authors, such as master classes for writers and would-be writers and themed events where your inner costumed child can cavort Read More…

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Woodstock memoir misses the beat

Woodstock — the massive music festival of 1969 that radically challenged the way we experience music — has been recreated and relived so many times since that a book depicting who Woodstock’s creators are today seems like a new and natural extension of the concert’s narrative. The title and persona Read More…

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Rowling makes magic again with ‘The Silkworm’

Any J.K. Rowling novel is bound to come under an avalanche of scrutiny simply for appearing post-Potter. Thankfully, the main character of her newest novel, “The Silkworm,” published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith last month, is Cormoran Strike: a 6-foot-3 former soldier with self-proclaimed “pube” hair who is tough enough Read More…

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A two-male fairytale breaks ground in children’s literature

Let’s think back to bedtime stories: thin, hardbound books stacked atop the bedside table, unassuming but full of magic, wisdom and fantastical stories. Mother Goose, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and fables, princes slaying dragons, kings marrying off their fairest daughter to the most worthy suitor and the new royal couple Read More…

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“Fourth of July Creek” a haunting debut novel

The spotlight of contemporary American novels is often rotated towards the vivid and chaotic life of modern cityscapes. As urban centers, these settings teem with characters and conflicts continually colliding like molecules heated in a confined space. Left in the shadows then, are stories of the small, rural and often Read More…