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Review: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

Op-Ed: Remembering Ernest Hemingway at ‘Ambos Mundos’ Hotel in Havana Special

Havana - The Hotel “Ambos Mundos” (Both Worlds) located on Bishop’s Street in Old Havana is known for its “Mojito” cocktails, but mainly for having been during seven years the residence in Cuba of Ernest Hemingway, 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Review: Collection of Vonnegut letters a lengthy but worthwhile slog Special

It's tempting to think you know the real Kurt Vonnegut. He revealed so much of himself during his lifetime, in his personal essays and in the autobiographical bits of his novels. But five years after his death, there's still much more to learn.

Review: Irving's 'In One Person' a compelling, if disappointing, read Special

Late in John Irving's "In One Person", the hero, Bill Abbott, hears another character describe his father as someone who “does know how to tell a story – even if it's always the same story.” These days, it's a fitting description of Irving himself.

Op-Ed: Is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' finally going to be a movie?

LOS ANGELES – It’s one of the most acclaimed American novels of the past thirty-five years, and its oafish, overweight, over-educated antihero has become iconic. So why hasn’t “A Confederacy of Dunces” been made into a movie yet?

Review: Jane Austen's Guide to Life

If Jane Austen, who authored some of classic literature's most famous love stories, (i.e. Pride and Prejudice) were alive today, what would she make of our quest for romance today? Lori Smith, an Austen scholar and adorer gives readers a new insight.

Unpublished Kurt Vonnegut novella gets released for Kindle

NEW YORK – Death doesn't always stop great writers from publishing their new material. Not even Kurt Vonnegut. So it goes.

Roger Ebert stirs racial tension with Huck Finn 'N word' tweet

Chicago - Film critic Roger Ebert shocked and angered many of his 300,000 followers on Twitter when talking about the latest version of Huck Finn and censorship. His choice to use the 'N word' in his tweet incited criticism from the blogosphere.

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