July 4, 2013 |
More than 200 years of Philadelphia literary greats were at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday. On the walls of the international Terminal A-East. The exhibit, "Philadelphia's Literary Legacy," will display for one year the photographs, book covers, and biographies of 50 authors, playwrights, and poets from the time of the Declaration of Independence to the present day. It may be the only place where Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine will rub shoulders with Louisa May Alcott, Pearl S. Buck, Lorene Cary, Robert Crumb, W.E.B.
June 21, 2013
Vince Flynn, 47, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the United States and millions more overseas, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Flynn was tending bar when he self-published his first novel, Term Limits, in 1997 after getting more than 60 rejection letters. After it became a local best-seller, Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, signed him to a two-book deal - and Term Limits became a New York Times best-seller in paperback.
June 12, 2013
Iain Banks, 59, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, died early Sunday. In April, he announced that he was terminally ill with gall bladder cancer and that his soon-to-be released novel, The Quarry, would be his last. A message on a website set up to provide updates quoted his wife, Adele, as saying the death "was calm and without pain. " Mr. Banks had parallel literary careers: one as a general-fiction author whose twisted plots are sprinkled with brutality, the other as a science-fiction writer whose imaginative universes spawned a fanzine and spun out a devoted online following.
June 10, 2013 |
Brit Marling plays a spy in her taut new thriller The East - a woman working for an elite private intelligence agency who goes deep undercover, infiltrating a group of radical freegans that has been targeting giant energy companies and Big Pharma. But you could say that every one of Marling's roles - as Richard Gere's daughter in last year's Arbitrage , as Shia LeBeouf's romantic and investigative interest in The Company You Keep - is a form of deep cover.
June 7, 2013 |
Female-fronted punk rock bands? Check. Artists and writers reading from 'zines? Check. Workshops on bike repair, urban farming and menstrual extraction? Check. Starting tonight, feminists, punk rockers and everybody else can check out the three-day Lady Fest, with music, workshops and talks about women and LGBTQ issues - among other (somewhat random) topics. Participating bands include Screaming Females and Whore Paint. Workshops vary from "Sexual Communication and Consent" to "Queer and Trans Yoga" and "Fix-A-Flat," for any bicyclists who pop a tire on the way to the festival.
June 1, 2013 |
CHICAGO - The Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author, and longtime newspaper columnist who criticized the hierarchy of his church over the child sex-abuse scandal, died Wednesday at his Chicago home, according to his publicist, June Rosner. In a statement released Thursday through Rosner, Father Greeley's niece, Elizabeth Durkin, praised her uncle as a loving individual who "tremendously enriched" people's lives. "He served the church . . . with a prophetic voice and with unfailing dedication," she said.
May 30, 2013
Country Girl A Memoir By Edna O'Brien Little, Brown. 356 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Rita Giordano When the Irish writer Edna O'Brien started on her literary career, she didn't just make a fast break out of the gate. She crashed right through it. Her first novel The Country Girls and its frank portrayal of female sexuality were beyond shocking to rural Ireland of the 1960s. O'Brien was living in London by then, but back in her native land, she was vilified.
May 17, 2013
D EAR ABBY: A woman here at work constantly asks to borrow money. The first time she did it, she caught me off guard and I gave her $20. The second time she sent me an email asking for a loan, I replied that I only had a few dollars. I'm not the only person she asks. To be fair, she did return the $20 I loaned her, but isn't this akin to a hostile work environment? We all avoid her, but we also have to work with her every day. Times are tough for everyone, and it's irritating that she thinks she's the only one with money problems.
April 26, 2013 |
In January, Michelle Friedman of Mount Laurel celebrated her 46th birthday with more than 100 friends, many of them e-mail buddies who came from all over the country to wish her well. Afterward, she described the experience on her blog, "I'll Say It Once!": "Nine days ago I had people treat me like a big star. I know what it's like to be treated like a VIP. It rocks; I hope you all get to experience it, especially for something like a birthday. " To her family, said her husband, Ken, she was always "a rock star.
April 23, 2013 |
Digital publishing was barely on the horizon when Lauren Grodstein earned a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University a decade ago. But the publishing world has transformed so rapidly, said Grodstein, director of the M.F.A. program at Rutgers University's Camden campus, that she was beginning to feel uncomfortable offering only traditional writing and literature classes. Now, a new Rutgers program that merges disciplines for an innovative academic collaboration has eight M.F.A.