August 21, 2013 Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.
August 21, 2013 Stephane Michaka's novel Scissors fictionalizes the last 10 years in the life of short story master Raymond Carver and Carver's difficult relationship with his legendary editor Gordon Lish. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says Scissors is an "empathetic exploration of an author's soul."
August 20, 2013 Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. His works were adapted countless times for film and TV. Noah Adams remembers the man whose advice to other writers was "try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."
August 20, 2013 Also: Barnes & Noble makes up with Simon & Schuster; Amazon crashes; Margaret Atwood on optimism.
August 20, 2013 Thomas Kenneally's new novel, The Daughters of Mars, follows two Australian sisters who become nurses in World War I. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book is "the work of a master storyteller, sharing a tale that is simultaneously sprawling and intimate."
August 19, 2013 Author Marisha Pessl turned to technology to enrich readers' experience of her new thriller, Night Film — creating found-footage YouTube films, screen shots of hidden websites, and an app that readers can use to access additional content after scanning an illustration in the book.
August 19, 2013 T.E. Lawrence, the British officer who played a key role in the Middle East during World War I, served as one of that war's few romantic champions. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia explains how Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes.
August 19, 2013 Also: NPR's Petra Mayer reports from a Debbie Macomber conference; the best books coming out this week.
August 19, 2013 In softcover fiction, Enid Schomer imagines Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meeting on the Nile, and Bill Roorbach follows siblings trying to solve their parents' murder. In nonfiction, Craig Brown collects stories of encounters between famous people.
August 19, 2013 Most Americans say public libraries are important to the community — but eight states don't actually support them. Texas has cut budgets drastically; in Vermont, local librarians must go hand in hand to town meetings every year. Neda Ulaby reports on the landscape of library funding across the U.S.