Displaying articles for: December 2012

The Last Dragonslayer

A familiar heroic formula gets a quirky twist from the author of The Eyre Affair.


The Paris Deadline

A mystery of the City of Light in the Jazz Age.


The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting

A novelist's defense of paper and pen.



Life Goes On

A novel of Germany during the rise of the Nazis -- and banned by Hitler's regime.



Visionary Births

Three authors of fantasy and science-fiction for young readers take on the future of motherhood.


Lazarus Is Dead

A biblical miracle is recast as an episode in the story of a long and unusual friendship.


The Noir Forties

There was victory in Europe and the Pacific; but the big screen told the story of an anxious nation.



April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."