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"While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness," by Eli Sanders. (Photo courtesy Amazon/TNS)

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper and Teresa Butz were repeatedly raped, tortured and knifed in their South Park neighborhood home by an intruder who had appeared in their bedroom at 3 a.m., naked and holding a large blade. The death of Butz, who was stabbed in the heart and died in the street after throwing a nightstand through the bedroom window and scrambling out. The mind of Isaiah Kalebu, the man convicted …

America’s Secret Life

Friday, January 29, 2016

The writer Thomas Powers has spent the past 40 years thinking about the American intelligence community, beginning with articles he wrote for Rolling Stone on the CIA and its director Richard Helms, who served as director from 1966 to 1973, which led to his book The Man Who Kept the Secrets , published …

Book Review: Bill Bryson Takes a Turn for the Worse

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson; Doubleday (380 pages, $28.95) The world is always in decline if you want it to be. In the 1880s, the English experienced an intense collective wistfulness for the period before 1850, which was the year that railroads had finally …

Vermont Poet Laureate Torch Passes Down Conn. River Valley

Friday, January 29, 2016

In November, I was succeeded as Vermont poet laureate by the more-than-worthy Chard de Niord of Westminster West, on whom I wish a tenure as full of rewards as mine proved. I visited over 100 community libraries as laureate, and more often than not, I used the following …

In Westminster West, How Poetry Carries the News

Friday, January 29, 2016

I’m deeply honored by the Vermont Council of the Arts decision to appoint me as the new Vermont poet laureate, especially since Vermont is full of strong poets who are also deserving of this position. I hope to work with my fellow poets in making poetry even more …

New Beatrix Potter Book to Come Out This Year

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ready for the brand-new, 100-year-old tale by Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter? It’s on its way. Two years ago, Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s in the U.K., came upon a reference to a mysterious Potter manuscript featuring “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads …

Trio Made Heroes in France Have Book Deal

Sunday, January 24, 2016

They tackled a terrorist. Now they’re ready to tackle a book. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, the three American friends who beat a would-be killer unconscious and saved a train full of people traveling to Paris …

Veteran Writes Novel About Life Post-War

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Late in A Hard and Heavy Thing, University of Wisconsin-Madison law student Matthew J. Hefti’s debut novel, Levi Hartwig is drinking with his dad in a bar, more than a year after returning from stints as a soldier …

Bending Toward Justice

Friday, January 15, 2016

In the mid-19th century Richard Henry Dana Jr., was one of the most famous men in America. He was just 25 when his f irst book, Two Years Before the Mast , a classic account of going to …

Ambassador Named for Young People’s Literature

Friday, January 15, 2016

For many years, Gene Luen Yang led something of a double life. By day, he was a mild-mannered teacher, walking the halls of his Bay Area high school as a tall and bespectacled expert in computer science. By …

T he Romance Novel Cover

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ah, the much-maligned romance novel: The pretzel-like plot featuring a lovelorn protagonist falling madly for the hunkiest of hunks until the two eventually foray into a world of soft sensual delights. And did we even mention those covers? …

Litany for the Year’s Turning

Friday, January 1, 2016

A columnist carries around just as many hunches, biases, insights and peeves as the next person, yet gets paid, however modestly, for writing them down. These quick takes on the world tend to accumulate over the months, jotted …

‘Barbarian Days’ Author Seeks ‘Drenching Experience of Beauty’

Saturday, December 26, 2015

William Finnegan didn’t bring a surfboard to the Miami Book Fair despite the proximity and prominence of ocean coastline. But that’s only because the placid waters of South Florida lack the scope and intensity of the furious waves …