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This winter, discover sex and revolution at Rhode Island's libraries

There is plenty to do outdoors during a New England winter: skiing, skating, snowboarding, ice-yachting. I just don't do any of it.
Hit the stacks
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 07, 2012

You’re Doing It Wrong: Air Travel

This week marks one of the busiest for travel — which for many of us means nervously clutching three-ounce shampoos as we queue up at security for government-sanctioned groping, followed by equally pleasant sardine-style seating and SkyMall reading.
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 23, 2012

Providence becomes a new crossroads for the thriller

There is a scene in Jon Land's forthcoming thriller novel Strong Rain Falling — set for release next summer — where Caitlin Strong finally arrives in her author's hometown: Providence, Rhode Island.
By PHILIP EIL  |  November 09, 2012

DIY Education

In light of recent budget cuts in average Americans' bank accounts, and the increasingly skyrocketing cost of higher education, Phoenix University (we regret the acronym, but University of Phoenix was taken) has opened its (paper) doors.
save some dough and take our classes!
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 14, 2012

Considering Monica Wood’s heartfelt memoir

It's April, 1963, in Mexico, Maine — a town on the Androscoggin River in the Western part of the state.
Another Maine, another time
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012

30 Cent Book Bin

Cheap reads.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 08, 2012


Add it to the reading list

It'll be no surprise to any of our readers that we here at the Portland Phoenix are big fans of reading — and we're grateful for the time you take to read our work every week!
The sixth annual Maine Festival of the Book
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012

At the hip-hop high school

In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
Education Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  March 16, 2012

Photos: LeVar Burton at Tufts University

LeVar Burton accepts the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media at Tufts University on February 3, 2012.
February 3, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  February 10, 2012
My Afternoons with...

Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011

Will Kindles kill libraries?

This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 29, 2011


Summer fiction

Summer is a good time to suspend some disbelief.
Hot type
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 22, 2011
busy monsters, gillian

Busy Monsters

STUNNED BY LOVE and some would say stupid from too much sex, I decided I had to drive down South to kill a man.
Chapter 1, excerpted from the novel by William Giraldi
By WILLIAM GIRALDI  |  July 22, 2011
oracle engine eyeball flame

The Oracle Engine

The lizard of the wasteland, so dazzling to the eye, so rapid to flee or to strike, may grow to its full maturity only in the most brutal of deserts, where no dew falls to drink and where the sun is unrelenting. So, some say, was Marcus Furius Medullinu
Excerpted from the short story by M.T. Anderson
By M.T. ANDERSON  |  July 22, 2011

Beach reads that don't suck

Lists of beach reads — though as reliable as summer itself — are, generally speaking, a sham.
Summer reading that stands the test of time
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011

State struggles, Gina good!

I don't know the solution to our state's fiscal and political problems. If I did, I'd probably run for public office.
The treasurer has integrity; resurrecting baseball; other musings
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 27, 2011


28 cent book bin

For some reason, these books have been relegated to the bargain bin.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 20, 2011

Reaching a new frontier

Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011

So you thought you were special

Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 18, 2011

How to create a readable future

The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.
Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  

Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
Future Boston , 15 years later
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011


Photos: Michele McPhee hosts book signing party for A Date With Death

Michele McPhee meets fans and signs copies of her book about the Craigslist killer, A Date With Death , at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill on January 3, 2011.
Michele McPhee signs  A Date With Death | Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill | January 3, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  January 14, 2011

Port Veritas at Blue

Compare the energy of Blunt Radio's Sunday audio slam to the spit-poetry kings-and-queens Port Veritas, who bring it at Blue (650A Congress St., 207.774.4111) this...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Anne Trubek at RiverRun Bookstore

Anne Trubek challenges a peculiar literary fascination at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with a reading of her new book A Skeptic's Guide to...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Thomas Weisshaus discusses Not A Victim! at RiverRun

Also at RiverRun, Hungarian writer (and Shoah-survivor) Thomas Weisshaus discusses his new book Not a Victim!: Tales of Survival in Nazi Budapest at 7 pm....
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Karrie Waarala reads at Local Sprouts Café

The second episode of the upstart Keystone Reading Series continues at Local Sprouts Café (649 Congress St., 207.615.9970), where poetry-slam veteran Karrie Waarala reads her...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Arlene Violet reads The Mob and Me at the Weaver Library

Arlene Violet reads The Mob and Me at the Weaver Library

I just read the first 10 or 12 paragraphs of The Mob and Me: Wise Guys and the Witness Protection Program, and I want to...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011
People Holding Infinite Jest

People Holding Infinite Jest

This weekend, I met someone who had read Infinite Jest twice. "I read it thrice," I told him. My one-upmanship wasn't entirely honest -- the third...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  January 03, 2011

The Polar Express at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Today and tomorrow are the last days to board The Polar Express, the theatricized, live-setting reading of the Chris Van Allsburg book featuring local actors...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Crash Barry reads Sex, Drugs, and Blueberries at Longfellow Books

Crash Barry has become one of Maine's most distinctive literary personalities. His writing is a cross between the invasive, tell-all social commentary of Chuck Klosterman...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010