Library Love: Old Books Make Me Feel Fancy!

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Chances are, there are rare books on a library shelf near you. Throw on your sweater with the elbow patches and check them out!!!

The Voices of Trumpmerica

Column by Leah Dearborn
This is the first Independence Day under a new presidential administration, and it's unlikely to be one we'll forget.

10 Books Donald Trump Should Read

Column by Christoph Paul
I speak personally to President Trump and suggest 10 books that would make him a better human being.
Bookshots: 'Shadowbahn' by Steve Erickson

Bookshots: 'Shadowbahn' by Steve Erickson

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky
Steve Erickson returns with a musical elegy for the 20th Century.

Two Notable Books on the Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy

Column by Ed Sikov November 22, 2016
On the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John F.Kennedy, Ed Sikov looks at two books by notable conspiracy theorists.

7 Books About Colonialism

Column by Leah Dearborn November 22, 2016
Themes related to colonialism are explored by science fiction and fantasy authors as well as historians, because those genres offer fertile ground for experimentation with the laws of human behavior.

5 Things You Never Knew About Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Never Thought To Ask

Column by Leah Dearborn
To celebrate Nathaniel Hawthorne's 212th birthday, here's a few tidbits that you may not have known about this stalwart man of letters.

Anne Frank: Editor Extraordinaire

Column by Leah Rhyne June 10, 2016
Anne Frank is known for her writing skills, but at 15 she was one of the sharpest editors of her generation.

Don't Say 'Macbeth': The Curse of the Scottish Play On Stage and Screen

Column by Leah Dearborn December 2, 2015
"Macbeth" has a great deal of superstition surrounding its actual performances. How did the mythology of the “Scottish Curse” first develop, and how has it shaped the play's legacy?

Library Love: A Rough Timeline of Lost Libraries

Column by Leah Dearborn November 17, 2015
From Iraq to Los Angeles, countless libraries have been lost to war, fire, and “progress.”
F-Bomb News Roundup

F-Bomb News Roundup

News by Peter Derk
Oldest written f-bomb found, f-bombs on tickets are free speech, and who is topping Twitter in dropping the ol' F?

Turning a Phrase: How to Write Historical Dialogue

Column by Leah Dearborn September 4, 2015
When done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

News by Raine Winters
The found notes sold for 10 times the guide price on the U.S. market.
An Interview with Kenneth Welch of Serpentine Books

Tips for the Aspiring Rare Bookseller: An Interview with Kenneth Welch of Serpentine Books

Interview by Leah Dearborn
Ken Welch talks about the nuts and bolts of running a rare books business.

The Strange History of Cinderella

Column by Christopher Shultz
Disney's squeaky-clean blonde princess has some dark roots.

Stop Laughing at Yourself: A Loud Legacy of Exclamations

Column by Leah Dearborn February 19, 2015
Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.

Hide Your Mistletoe: The Bizarre Tradition of Holiday Romance

Column by Leah Dearborn
Since it’s the season of generosity, I figured I would give the internet a present: Puritan sex.

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction

Column by Leah Dearborn
Sitting in a classroom or wandering through a sterile museum, we often feel estranged from history. But history is really about people, and that’s what makes it such fertile ground for writers.
Warren G. Harding's Harlequin-Worthy Letters

Warren G. Harding's Harlequin-Worthy Letters

News by Peter Derk July 9, 2014
After the expiration of a 50-year agreement to have them sealed, letters from former President Warren G. Harding to his mistress have been released.

The Holocaust: In Remembrance, We're Less Alone

Column by Leah Rhyne April 25, 2014
On this weekend's Holocaust Remembrance Day, if we all take a moment to remember...and to write...maybe we can all feel less alone.
CIA Used Doctor Zhivago To Fight Communism

Newly Declassified Documents Reveal The CIA Used Doctor Zhivago To Fight Communism

News by Sean May April 9, 2014
A batch of declassified Cold War documents details the CIA's efforts to sow dissent in the USSR, including using the novel Doctor Zhivago.

Library Love: America’s Athenaeums

Column by Leah Dearborn April 7, 2014
Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.
Bookshots: 'Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn'

Bookshots: 'Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn' by N.A. Pickford

Review by Leah Rhyne
Come with me to 17th Century England and explore a marriage, a betrayal, and a murder.
Bookshots: 'The Corpse Exhibition' by Hassan Blasim

Bookshots: 'The Corpse Exhibition' by Hassan Blasim

Review by Leah Dearborn
Hassan Blasim's collection of stories presents a surreal interior view of both the Iraq War and a multitude of horrors that followed in its wake.

Think Before You Speak: 10 Words and Phrases with Potentially Offensive Origins

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 11, 2013
A list of everyday words and phrases you might want to avoid, just in case.