Posts tagged: books

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. by Mr. Hehn

Look at This Spot-On Portrait of Kurt Vonnegut

Just because we like it, we’re re-upping this portrait of author Kurt Vonnegut by our own Mr. Paul Hehn. This sketch was originally done for a post about Kurt Vonnegut’s marital contract …..

Great Fun for Book Lovers

Do you like looking at book collections? At creative gifs of old photos and miniature oddities?

P.L. Travers Biography — New!

She wrote Mary Poppins and hated the movie version. Now she’s the central character in a big new Disney movie starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

Grumpy Cat is Going Hollywood

The popular feline meme is soon to be a star of books and (maybe) major motion pictures.

Gore Vidal, Ladies’ Man

There’s a good feature in Vanity Fair about writer and high society gossipmonger Gore Vidal.

Edward Gorey Biography: New!

We have a new biography of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey, and a couple of videos that show his work.

Henry Fielding Biography: New!

Now that he’s been dead 258 years, we thought it would be safe to have a biography of 18th century novelist Henry Fielding!

Robert Hooke on the Web

 Science writer Carl Zimmer leads the way to seeing Robert Hooke’s 17th century classic Micrographia online.

Michael Cunningham Biography: New!

Remember The Hours?  This is the guy who wrote it. Our new biography of Michael Cunningham is now live.

A Tower of Lincoln Books

 Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. is where Abe Lincoln got shot in the head. Their Center for Education and Leadership is now open to the public and features a tower made of books about Lincoln.

How Much Do You Like Ray Bradbury?

 Do you like Ray Bradbury enough to read this weird piece that somehow screws Ray Bradbury’s work into a political screed? I do.

Happy Birthday, Anne Rice!

 Author Anne Rice is 70 years old today. She’s the one who gave us the vampire Lestat, introduced in her 1976 novel Interview with a Vampire. If you don’t know that book, uh… it’s like Twilight for grown-ups.  Grown-ups who like to read pages and pages of flowery prose.

Connie Willis Wins Her Seventh Nebula Award

Science fiction author Connie Willis has won her seventh Nebula award, this one for Blackout/All Clear, her two-volumes-makes-a-book time travel novel.
Read the news account here. Find out more about the Nebula award by reading the rules provided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The Secret Artworks of Beryl Bainbridge

It is not a puzzle why they have been overlooked until now; Bainbridge dismissed them herself. If anyone admired a painting, “she’d pull a face and say, ‘Oh, darling, don’t be silly'”.

“She Had Time to Read Some Twice”

“She had books she was reading. She had time to read some twice.”A son describes how Rita Chretien spent her seven weeks stranded in the Nevada desert. She was found, near starvation, on Friday. Her husband is still missing.

Jesse James Has a Book, Too!

Speaking of Dick Van Dyke’s new book, here’s another lovable, family-friendly guy with a memoir. Jesse James’s book is called American Outlaw.

Dick Van Dyke: Once a Ham, Always a Ham

And we mean that in the friendliest possible way. Dick Van Dyke is on the road promoting his new autobiography: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.  He’s …..

Add Another Enid Blyton Novel to the Pile

It looks as if there is such a thing as an unpublished novel by Enid Blyton.
You wouldn’t think so, given that Blyton supposedly published nearly 800 books. Enid Blyton wrote the successful series of books about The Famous Five, as well as the Noddy series of books for younger children. She also wrote several other series, articles, poems, short stories and picture books. Blyton became one of Britain’s best-loved authors. She died in 1968.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Biography

Who2 now has a profile of the Japanese-Engish novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.

He’s the guy who wrote The Remains of the Day, one of the most heart-breaking books I’ve ever read. It’s good. I’ve never seen the movie all the way through, however, because I’m not one for those kinds of movies, the ones about stuffy English manners and unrequited love.

I can thoroughly enjoy books like that, but when it comes to movies, I have an automatic Homer Simpson reaction: BOR-RING!!