Duff McKagan Heckler

Duff McKagan Knows How to Handle Hecklers

News by Brandon Tietz
October 24, 2011
Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan puts a heckler on lock at a recent book signing.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should Writers Settle Themselves Into A Single Genre In Order To Be Successfully Published?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
October 24, 2011
Author branding and the outlook for Transgressive fiction are the subjects in the 2nd issue of Ask The Lit Coach.
Ben Affleck might be directing a film version of The Stand

Ben Affleck Might Be Directing "The Stand"

News by Rob Hart
October 24, 2011
Ben Affleck is the top choice to direct the film version of Stephen King's epic novel, "The Stand."
LitRecapper

LitRecapper: Courting Controversy In Week Three

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 22, 2011
LitReactor members make their opinions known when it comes to politics, editorializing, and gossipy news posts.
Bernie Madoff

New Madoff Book Claims Bernie Was Kind of a Jerk. No, Really?!

News by Brandon Tietz
October 21, 2011
Bernie Madoff's daughter-in-law has just released a book about the Ponzi-schemer and the aftermath of his arrest.

The Case Against Ebook Self-Publication

Column by Paul Graham Raven
October 21, 2011
Ebook self-publishing is a cop-out, it’s a settling-for-less born of laziness, and - lipstick the pig as much as you like - it’s no different from the self-publishing of old.
Night of the Living Syntax: Disembodied Action

Night of the Living Syntax: Disembodied Action

Essay by Craig Clevenger
October 21, 2011
On giving your characters volition by making their actions deliberate, plus a handy postscript on the erroneous concept of the "passive verb." This essay originally appeared over at The Cult.
Aronofsky's Noah

Aronofsky's Epic Biblical Adaptation Becomes A Graphic Novel

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 21, 2011
Director Darren Aronofsky's big budget "Noah" script has been released as a graphic novel in France.

Book Brawl: Geek Love vs. Water for Elephants

Column by Meredith Borders
October 21, 2011
'Geek Love' and 'Water For Elephants' each detail the daily lives of circus workers in vastly different ways. What novel will win the coveted honor of literary victor?
Book Sales

3 of the Big 6 to Provide Sales Data to Authors

News by Brandon Tietz
October 21, 2011
The Big 6 were notorious for making sales virtually unavailable to their authors, but in the wake of Amazon's publishing endeavor, half of them are changing their tune.
Kobo Announces New Tablet, The Vox

Kobo Enters The Tablet Wars With Vox

News by Rob Hart
October 20, 2011
Kobo enters the tablet wars with the Vox, which they're positioning as a rival to the Kindle Fire
Bill O'reilly on fire

Bill O'Reilly's On Fire

News by Brandon Tietz
October 20, 2011
U.S. Troops aren't taking kindly to a donation of the new Bill O'Reilly book.
'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

Review by Brandon Tietz
October 20, 2011
In the sixth installment of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, Dexter Morgan continues dispensing his personal brand of justice, but everything changes when he’s caught in the act by a mysterious witness.
Celebrate National Day On Writing

Celebrate National Day On Writing

News by Rob Hart
October 20, 2011
Today is National Day on Writing, and you can celebrate by partaking in activities sponsored by the National Writing Project

Books Without Borders: Life after Liquidation

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
October 20, 2011
Plenty of publishers and booksellers, authors and editors, baristas, retailers, and representatives worked with Borders to stock the shelves, sign books, make deals and jerk lattes. So what now?
Van Gogh Tyson

Perhaps Van Gogh Didn't Kill Himself

News by Brandon Tietz
October 19, 2011
New evidence suggests celebrated artist Vincent van Gogh didn't actually kill himself.

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Column by Richard Thomas
October 19, 2011
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Sense of An Ending

Julian Barnes Wins The Man Booker Prize Amidst Bookish "Readability" Controversy

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 19, 2011
The Man Booker Prize goes to Julian Barnes for his novel "The Sense of An Ending."

Philip Roth: A Primer

Column by Phil Jourdan
October 19, 2011
Primer is a new column which introduces you to a popular author. This month we look at the works of Phil Roth and his trio: 'American Pastoral,' 'The Human Stain' and 'I Married a Communist.'
Herman Cain's campaign spent $36,000 to buy copies of the candidate's books

Herman Cain Spends $36,000 In Campaign Funds To Buy His Own Books

News by Rob Hart
October 18, 2011
Herman Cain is his own biggest fan- his campaign has spent $36,000 on his books, which may have helped him land a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List
Tyra Gollum

The Stress of Writing A Bestselling YA Fantasy Novel Gave Tyra Banks Alopecia

News by Brandon Tietz
October 18, 2011
Tyra Banks wrote a book that made the New York Time's bestseller's list, and no, hell has not froze over, but she did start to lose her hair.
Chuck Palahniuk Finds Hell in an Author's Suite

Chuck Palahniuk Finds Hell in an Author's Suite

Interview by Kasey Carpenter
October 18, 2011
We sit down with Chuck Palahniuk to discuss the thinking behind his new novel, DAMNED.
Bram Stoker's private journal found

Bram Stoker's Private Journal Discovered In Attic

News by Rob Hart
October 18, 2011
Bram Stoker's journal has been discovered, offering a new perspective on the famously-private author of Dracula.
"Djibouti" by Elmore Leonard

"Djibouti" by Elmore Leonard

Review by Keith Rawson
October 18, 2011
Pirates, documentary filmmakers, and a race around the African coastline make up the latest from the king of all crime fiction, Elmore Leonard. Avast!

Don't Leave Me Hanging...

Column by Taylor Houston
October 17, 2011
The ending is the most important part, and as a writer you should want to write a spectacular ending because, hey, you did a heck-of-a-lot of work on the beginning and middle parts.