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New Book Tells Story Of Widespread Panic’s 1998 Hometown Concert In Athens
A new book about one of the biggest and most important Widespread Panic concerts to date will come out in time for the show's 20th anniversary.


9 short stories from female British writers you need to read before you die

Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn't make them any easier to perfect.

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Crafting a short story that really sings off the page — one that stays with the reader after the book's been slotted back on the shelf — is no easy feat.

There are plenty of people who have one hell of a talent for it, though.

From libraries and hospitals to pressed roses and foot fetishes, here are some short stories from female British writers you badly need to check out. Read more...

1. "When the Door Closed, It Was Dark", by Alison Moore (published in The Best British Short Stories 2011)

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Rose McGowan's autobiography Brave details 'rape' by Harvey Weinstein


'I had been so violated and I was sad to the core of my being'


Give Kids an Entryway to Poetry Through Hip-Hop 

Why aren’t the youths connecting with Shakespeare these days? Young adult novelist Jason Reynolds shared some thoughts on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, plainly stating, “Young people are allergic to boredom.” He doesn’t mean Shakespeare is boring—the guy’s been dead for more than 400 years and yet his plays are…



It’s Poe’s birthday, so here’s Neil Gaiman reading The Raven

Neil Gaiman says Edgar Allan Poe should be read aloud, and he's right: he recorded this video of him reading "The Raven" in 2016 as part of Pat Rothfuss's Worldbuilders charity drive. It's Poe's birthday today, and I can think of no better way to celebrate it than to listen to it again. (more…)


Beastie Boys Book Coming This Year
The two surviving Beastie Boys members, Ad-Rock and Mike D, have been working on a memoir since at least 2013, and though there have been...


Can Florence Welch's new lyric book add something to the genre?


The singer-songwriter of Florence and the Machine is to publish a book featuring poems, artwork and lyrics, following hot on the heels of Faber's book of Scott Walker's lyrics, but does seeing lines in book form elevate them to a higher art?


Fire and Fury released early as publisher defies attempt to ban tell-all book


Lawyers for Donald Trump moved on Thursday to try to shut down an explosive new book which has exposed chaos behind the scenes at the White House. In response, the book’s US publisher brought publication forward to Friday.

Related: 'Bannon may already be cooperating with Mueller': tell-all book shifts frame of Russia inquiry

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Michael Wolff’s explosive book on Trump: the key revelations


Tell-all offers insider’s view of White House amid infighting, scrutinising the president’s inner circle, his intellect and his hair

Washington DC, the media, a panicked White House and an incredulous American public were rocked on Wednesday morning when the Guardian published the first details of Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

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Neil Patrick Harris reveals his next trick: writing a magic novel for kids

Neil Patrick has a new trick up his sleeve.

Harris, currently starring in Netflix's adaptation of Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events, is known for doing, well, a bit of everything in the entertainment industry — He sings, he acts, he performs magic, he's a producer.

And now he has a new title to add to his extensive resume: children's book author.

In November, Harris will debut his first novel for young readers, The Magic Misfits.

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The book stars runaway street magician Carter who, along with a group of fellow magicians, is tasked with stopping the greedy B.B. Bosso from wreaking havoc on a sleepy New England town. For the novel, Neil also channeled his own passion and expertise for magic by adding practical magic tricks that kids can learn. Read more...

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