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Lead-off hits: best rookie authors of 2016

Summertime is in full-swing, which means more time for some of our favorite things — baseball games, new books and popsicles (which are officially their ...

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Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks named Ross and Marianna Beach Author, to visit Lawrence this fall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s 2016 Ross and Mariana Beach Author Series, the library announced earlier this week.

Knisley does it: a journey through illustrated memoirs

As a reader, I usually don’t know where my next read is going to come from. It could be found in a magazine article, by ...

Shakespeare 400 at your library

Perhaps you’re all up to date on all #Shakespeare400, but I (and here I hang my librarian head) have only paid glancing attention to the ...

Reading under the influence with James Patterson’s Bookshots

If Nike gave out shoe deals for authors, James Patterson would be the first to have a line of $120 premium sneakers. Literary tastes aside, ...

Republish or perish: An interview with the Purple House Press

Back in third grade, my best friend hipped me to the wonders of Bertrand Brinley’s novel "The Mad Scientist’s Club," about a group of boys ...

'Bob's Burgers Cookbook' a cure for those burger blues

The Fourth of July was a tough holiday for me. It’s not a lack of patriotism, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s the barbecues. You’d ...

Charlaine Harris: Reaching a supernatural crossroads

I first discovered Charlaine Harris’ acclaimed Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse series) while in college. At the time, I worked two jobs while ...

Graphic novel recommendations, part two: nonfiction

If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, you’ve no doubt heard the writing workshop mantra: “Show, don’t tell.” Combine that with the old adage ...

Three graphic novel recommendations (that aren’t 'Saga')

I have a confession to make: I used to be one of those people who looked down their nose at graphic novels and comics and ...

Dispatches from a newly minted book club

While reading is often thought of as a solitary activity, book clubs and reading groups provide a bit of social camaraderie for certain book lovers. ...

'Heart of a Lion' is a true story of fear, cats and ecology

I bet when William Stolzenburg wrote his previous book, "Where the Wild Things Were," he didn’t figure he would later find one of the wildest ...

Monkey see, Enkidu: Everyday solutions from ancient texts

Like many in town, our home has not been immune to an influx of sugar ants in recent weeks, made worse by a wet May. ...

My Body, My Canvas: Tattoos of Literature

I got my first tattoo last year when I was 63: a semi-colon; yes, I’m a great fan of grammar and, unlike Kurt Vonnegut, I ...

What would Alfred read? A failed summer reading challenge

In the summer of 2011, I came up with the perfect challenge: read at least one title by each of the winners of the Nobel ...

Resurgent advice book is not your mother's self-help

If you want to change your life, just head to your local public library. It’s amazing what you’ll find to help get you headed in ...

Exercise your mind: wealth vs. 'Wellth'

Where do you place your wealth? That’s the question that author Jason Wachob poses in his new book, "Wellth," which seeks to reframe all that ...

Best beach reads for summer 2016

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to travel to new places and embark on a wondrous adventure (even if it’s only in your ...

Dancing with the family skeleton: family memoirs

I’ve come to believe that every family is like a country unto itself, each with its own culture and customs, each member of that family ...

Mourning has broken in Matt Haig's memoir of depression

I sit here and find myself feeling a similar apprehension to what author Matt Haig felt upon sending his book, "Reasons to Stay Alive," to ...

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