In Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War, her new book about the Spanish Civil War, biographer Amanda Vaill weaves the intriguing tales of three very different and captivating couples, including Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn.
Marines stonewalled flow of findings that showed troops and families were consuming water that was a toxic brew.
In The Black-Eyed Blonde, Booker Prize-winning author John Banville dons the hat of his crime-writing alter ego Benjamin Black, steps into the shoes of the late Raymond Chandler and escorts Chandlers iconic character Philip Marlowe down a fresh set of mean streets.
Two authors in Kansas City this week will be talking food: where it comes from and then where it goes. Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of Americas Food Business, speaks Wednesday at the Central Library. Mary Roach, the author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, speaks Thursday at the library.
A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.
Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."
What better way to celebrate April as National Poetry Month than with new books of poems, including one in which a cadaver relates to the students slicing into her withered anatomy. Fortunately, we are asked to dissect only poetry, lovely tissues of meditation, connected by sinews of rhyme and syllable count.
Most of Lydia Davis writing is self-conscious, not in the way we often use the term, but in that shes hyper aware of her characters selves. The stories in this collection are largely told from an unnamed persons point of view.
For more than four decades and 162 feature films, John Wayne filled the screen and our cultural fantasies. Along the way he became a symbol of American masculinity, the emphatic authority figure defending our values with fists and guns an innocent man in primary colors, in the words of Scott Eymans entertaining new biography.
Kansas poet laureate Wyatt Townley has requested participants submit verse in the form of the American cinquain. I want to get people thinking about the concept of home, said Townley, who lives in Leawood.
Two college students investigate a literary mystery and find each other in the margins of a classic book.
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, 27-year-old Katie Heaney's frank and funny new memoir, makes a good case for staying single. Nara Schoenberg of the Chicago Tribune caught up with Heaney, now 27, dating a bit more and working as an editor at BuzzFeed, for a phone interview about life, love and the response to her first book.
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86.
This whole misbegotten adventure of Theodore Roosevelt's expedition to the headwaters of the Rio da Duvida, with all its miseries and hardship, forms the basis of Roosevelts Beast, the new novel by Washington writer Louis Bayard.
Groom your nose hairs at your own risk youre an air filter for debris you cant imagine. In fact, each of your vital activities involves more microscopic life than you can shake an elephant at. Nicholas P. Money, mycologist and professor of biology at Miami University, has made an excellent contribution to science in popular culture with his new book, The Amoeba in the Room.
History has not been kind to Douglas MacArthur. A recent, if informal, Internet poll listed him as Americas worst commander; Benedict Arnold was second, writes Mark Perry in his engrossing book on the great, if greatly flawed, general, The Most Dangerous Man in America.
What has been called for more than a century The Battle of Wounded Knee didnt fit that description, said historian Jerome Greene, author of American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890. Greene speaks at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.
Readers find a wonderfully complex story and intricate language in Daniel Woodrell’s short novel, “The Maid’s Version”
Leslie Jamison’s reflections on the act of feeling another’s pain are cerebral without sacrificing heart or guileless wonder.
He keeps the hits coming, but the audience is fading. However, there are more poets than ever.
American Elizabeth Patterson reached for the brass ring of European nobility, but Emperor Napoleon took her husband away.
Authors will be in KC to discuss their new book that highlights the heroism of some African-American soldiers in World War I.
If, as the common wisdom goes, the book is always better, why do so many studios keep making movies out of them? One reason, of course, is that built-in audiences of devoted readers will rush out to see their favorite texts brought to life on screen, even as they complain about every casting decision and plot tweak.
Have you ever wondered how our writers decades after independence finally stopped adding to English literature and started writing genuine American literature? Ben Tarnoff answers this question in his new book, The Bohemians.
Bark, a wise and trenchant new collection of stories, gilds Lorrie Moores reputation as one of the most elegant and insightful fiction writers of our time: a witty observer of contemporary life, finely attuned to absurdity, gently ironic and appealingly sly.