Summer Reading for Writers

Column by Joshua Isard
Who says writers shouldn't enjoy a summer read?

18 Football Books for Football Haters

Column by Peter Derk
Football's not my favorite. But it's spawned some good reads.
How You Announce Your Memoir When You're Prince

How You Announce Your Memoir When You're Prince

News by Peter Derk March 21, 2016
Prince announces his upcoming 2017 memoir in no less than two outfits.

Bookshots: 'The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray' by Robert Schnakenberg

Column by Brandon Tietz September 17, 2015
A huge Bill Murray fan reads a book about Bill Murray...and the results are a teeny bit sad.

LURID: My Man Ludwig Van - The Tortured Genius of Beethoven

Column by Karina Wilson March 26, 2015
"What I shit is better than anything you have ever thought". On the anniversary of his death, we can all learn a lot from the genius of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Apple Endorses Unauthorized Jobs Biography

Apple Endorses Unauthorized Jobs Biography

News by Raine Winters
Want an instant bestseller? Get Apple to approve your book!

Philip Roth Re-Retires From The Writing Life After Contributing To His Own Biography

News by Peter Derk May 22, 2014
Philip Roth has made his last public appearance, this on the heels of an announcement in late 2012 that he would no longer be writing.
Bookshots: 'Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him' by David He

Bookshots: 'Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him' by David Henry and Joe Henry

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard November 6, 2013
The rise and fall of the controversial comic, set against an American backdrop of tumult and change.
Hemingway's Childhood

Rare Collection of Scrapbooks by Ernest Hemingway's Mother Available Online

News by Christopher Shultz July 24, 2013
The meticulously detailed books offer a view into the childhood of a beloved author.

New Japanese Comic Anthology Depicts Steve Jobs as “Manga Hero”

News by Dean Fetzer
A new biography of the Apple founder marks his debut as a character in a serialised comic anthology.
New J.D. Salinger Book and Documentary

New J.D. Salinger Book and Documentary in Works

News by Dean Fetzer January 30, 2013
‘The Private War of J.D. Salinger’ by David Shields and Shane Salerno is scheduled to come out in September, followed by a documentary about the author in January 2014.
Damien Echols' Memoir "Life After Death"

Damien Echols' Memoir "Life After Death" Hits Shelves

News by Benoît Lelièvre September 19, 2012
West Memphis Three's Damien Echols tell his side of the story.
Freddie Mercury and Elton John

Rock Icons Revisited: Two New Books About Reggie and Fred

Review by Joe Daly
A pair of rock and roll's most legendary, flamboyant, and notorious icons are the subjects of two sharply differing accounts.
Butterfly in the Typewriter review

'Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces' by Cory MacLauchlin

Review by Jack Joslin April 11, 2012
Cory MacLauchlin illuminates the mysterious and tragic life of the author of 'A Confederacy of Dunces'.

Getting It Right: Accuracy, Truth, and the Fudge Factor

Column by Ed Sikov
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.

Top 5 Mysterious Authors

Column by Jack Joslin March 7, 2012
Not every writer turns up smiling for the book signing. Here are five of the most bizarre and mysterious.
Dave Grohl (wink, wink... nudge, nudge...)

'This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl' by Paul Brannigan

Review by Joe Daly December 13, 2011
Joe Daly reviews Paul Brannigan's new biography, 'This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl'
Kurt Vonnegut's son bashes bio about iconic author

Kurt Vonnegut's Son Bashes Biography of His 'Bitter' Father

News by Rob Hart December 8, 2011
Kurt Vonnegut's son is disputing a biography released last month that says the iconic author was bitter, angry and depressed in his final days.
'Pauline Kael: A Life In The Dark'

'Pauline Kael: A Life In The Dark' by Brian Kellow

Review by Devin Faraci November 7, 2011
Pauline Kael reshaped the relationship the audience had with the movies, and created a new relationship between the critic and the masses. This is a review of her new biography, 'A Life In The Dark.'
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.
Yet Again, Death Proves A Bestseller, AKA, R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Yet Again, Death Proves A Bestseller: R.I.P. Steve Jobs

News by Dennis Widmyer October 7, 2011
In the wake of Steve Jobs passing, Simon & Schuster has bumped up the release of his biography from late November to October 24th and already, the book tops Amazon.con's pre-order list. Surprised?