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Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
(Bitter)sweet emotion
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2011

I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

. . . Just glad to see me?

Phillipe and Jorge's Plaxico Burress Award goes to State Representative Peter Petrarca who was charged Saturday night with illegally firing a gun outside Club Karma, of which he is part owner, in the ProHo district of Our Little Towne.
Bad karma; a Complex Christmas; the Darwin Awards; J.R. at City Hall
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 17, 2010


Four questions for a hypertext pioneer

As both an author and illustrator, Shelley Jackson has looked beyond the limitations of singular genres or techniques to create a novel style of work.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  December 10, 2010

Further adventures in literary obsession and authenticity with Brock Clarke

Reviewing Brock Clarke's last novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (Algonquin), three years ago — before the author moved to Portland, started teaching at Bowdoin College, and released his new book, Exley , which he'll read at
Idolatry in Watertown
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 15, 2010

Lawton and le Carré share their information

Information is dangerous currency.
Data basics
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2010

Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Review: John Brandon's Citrus County

Pre-teen creeps abound in contemporary cinema.
Creeps done well: Anti-social wonderland
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 17, 2010


Booking it

Spring fiction goes international, starting with a whiff of the Caribbean.
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 12, 2010