The World’s Biggest Books: Everything Is a Measuring Contest

Column by Leah Dearborn
A tiny village in northern Hungary has pronounced itself home to the world’s largest handmade book, which weighs over 3,000 pounds and takes six people and a special machine to turn a single page.

Tiny Book Battle: Publishing Under a Microscope

Column by Leah Dearborn
There’s quite a few aggressively tiny books out there. But...why?

What I Learned From Writing "A Return to Spring"

Column by Gabriel Hart January 6, 2021
Think about all the stories that fall under radar, which sculpted your town into the place it is today.

The Ancient Universal Truths of Confucius on What is Likely His Birthday

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Universal truths are what every writer seeks, and Confucius specialized in them.

A Brilliant Birthday History for the Brilliant Alexandre Dumas

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
A man who knew how to live and let his stories breathe like reality.

15 Sports Reads To Get You Through The Pandemic

Column by Joshua Isard June 4, 2020
A lack of live sports has been tough on fans. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of literature about sports to keep us going.

Ten Books to Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Column by Stephanie Bonjack May 10, 2019
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Celebrate with these titles, handpicked for you!

Library Love: Old Books Make Me Feel Fancy!

Column by Stephanie Bonjack March 19, 2018
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 June 29, 2017
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.