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Writer embraces plus-size superhero Faith – and her passionate fan base

Monday, October 12, 2015

This is Jody Houser’s fourth New York Comic Con, but it has produced plenty of personal firsts. Houser is the writer on Valiant Entertainment’s new Faith miniseries that debuts in January, and in that role, in recent days, she has found herself in a new swirl of appearing on multiple panels and speaking at the Con as a creator who now has a working title. She also has inherited the …

Reality is just an illusion

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Humanity’s greatest conflicts emerge from two parties looking at the same thing and each insisting, with the utmost confidence, that only he or she sees it correctly. More fundamentally, each party insists that there is a correct way to see it – that the issue is a matter of fact, not opinion. Gay …

A witty comedy of manners

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader with a passion for the Regency novels of Jane Austen must be in want of similar fare. To all the film adaptations and books by Georgette Heyer (Austen’s most stylish 20th-century cohort), Patrice Kindl adds a witty young-adult comedy of manners with A School …

‘Nutella World’ explores product as transcendent cultural icon

Saturday, October 10, 2015

There are certain brands that transcend mere product-hood. Through their intrinsic qualities and skillful marketing, they command our devotion and the feelings we generally reserve for our children, our pets and our spouses, according to food writer Gigi …

‘Gold Fame Citrus’ a searing, foreboding novel

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Feeling parched yet? Just wait. Earlier this year, NASA reported that more than half of the world’s largest aquifers are running down. But don’t let that cramp your golf game in Phoenix. As the Republicans’ “I’m Not a …

Bareilles provides personal insight in ‘Sounds Like Me’

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is a five-time Grammy nominee. It makes sense that she would approach writing a book about her successful career in the music industry by organizing each chapter by hit songs instead of life events. Bareilles …

‘The House on Mango Street’ author shares life stories

Saturday, October 10, 2015

In her compilation of essays, speeches, letters and notes, Sandra Cisneros takes readers behind the typewriters she has written upon over the decades, revealing the rooms in which her novels and poems were composed, the thoughts circling her …

A poem by Charles Simic: The Secret

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Concord City Auditorium, Charles Simic will receive the 2015 Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry and give a reading of his poems. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and are available at Gibson’s Bookstore, the Concord Monitor front …

A reflection on race in America

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Susan Sontag once observed, “Great writers are either husbands or lovers. Some writers supply the solid virtues of a husband [while others have] gifts of a lover, gifts of temperament rather than of moral goodness.” She was writing …

A look back to when Detroit’s promise seemed boundless

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The city that remains synonymous with America’s auto industry has a newer identity as an emblem of urban decay. Its decline is all the more tragic when one looks in the rearview mirror to see how Detroit seemed …

Elizabeth Gilbert saws fear in half in ‘Big Magic’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Over a lifetime committed to writing, Elizabeth Gilbert has learned that engaging fear is part of the creative process. In her new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, she offers tricks to make fear disappear, at least …

‘The Prize’ shows complexity of school reform

Saturday, October 3, 2015

No matter where you fall in the school reform debate, a new book makes it clear there are no easy answers and no quick fixes. The Prize, by former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, is a meticulously reported …

‘Black Flags’ traces the Islamic State’s rise

Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘Once, during a raid in Ramadi, the GIs rounded up several men from a suspected safe house and forced them to lie face-down on the concrete with their hands behind their heads. From inside the house appeared a …