Novelist Julie Schumacher admits that she shares a few characteristics with Jason T. Fitger, the cranky, boorish professor experiencing a meltdown in her hilarious epistolary novel "Dear Committee Members."
A book about real estate heir Robert Durst, "A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst," will be rereleased in paperback with new material on April 14 by Berkley Books. The updated version of the book, by Matt Birkbeck, is already available as an e-book.
As reported last week in The New York Times, Facebook may start directly hosting the content of various news websites, starting with The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic. What this means for Internet users is that instead of seeing a summary of an article on Facebook, clicking, reading it on the publisher's website, then coming back to Facebook to discuss the article, you'll just read the whole thing right on Facebook - which will share the advertising revenue it generates from managing the publishers' articles. What this means in the larger sense is that the Internet will become more centralized.
Pittsburgh native and best-selling author Stewart O'Nan started writing professionally with his wife's encouragement and left his career as a Grumman Aerospace Corp. test engineer to pursue his real passion. O'Nan, 54, is an award-winning fiction writer and author of "Last Night at the Lobster," "Snow Angels" and "A Prayer for the Dying." His latest work, "West of Sunset," concentrates on F. Scott Fitzgerald's years in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, was in a mental institution, and his daughter, Scottie, was in boarding school. He was the breadwinner, but his glory days were behind him. O'Nan also has collaborated with horror writer Stephen King.
Parents need to know thatKid in Story Book Maker's price may be hefty compared to some storybook-creation apps, but it has special features that make it easy to create social stories for kids who need extra help with social and communication skills. Users can create stories from scratch or can add a specific kid into stories already included in the template, which is especially helpful for kids on the autism spectrum who may need to see themselves encountering situations, such as a visit to the dentist, in storybook form before encountering the situation in real life. Though designed for kids with autism in mind,Kid in Story Book Makercould be helpful for parents of preschoolers who want to introduce kids to a routine or ease them into a new experience.
Four days of spirited conversations between academic superstar novelist/essayist David Shields and his former student, Caleb Powell, whose life took a decidedly less glamorous turn, from aspiring novelist to stay-at-home dad.