There are some books that you treasure forever — you wish them no harm and treat the pages as if they were made of solid gold.
“It’s astonishing how folks can get so worked up over something that doesn’t exist,” muses Constance, the author of an imaginary world, “Alphinland.”
It is rare to find a character in a book that so infiltrates the public mind that the name itself becomes an adjective. Only a few examples come to mind: Faust, Romeo, Satan (and I’m reaching with that last one). Yet in the pages of Don Quixote dwells a being so unabashedly strange that his name has become synonymous with delusional behaviour.
American humorist David Sedaris’ own personal brand of self-deprecating humor arguably shines most brightly in his autobiographical collection of stories, Me Talk Pretty One Day. The book, which earned him the title “Humorist of the Year” from Time Magazine, as well as the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor, showcases Sedaris’ knack for finding both the comedy and the tragedy in everyday life, often within the same moment.
“How does it start? Read me the first line,” a colleague said, spotting my copy of milk tooth bane bone on the desk. Another coworker balanced the book in her hand, turning to the first poem.
Whispering secrets in bed-sheet forts, public transit proclamations, plucking wisdom from philosopher baristas and unruly uncles, Kayla Czaga’s poetry subverts the analytical brain to access a deeper insight using concrete language and endearing vulnerability. For Your Safety Please Hold On is a masterful debut from a Canadian poet that manages to be both frighteningly personal and painfully relatable.
With the opening line, “Aspen are pale femurs thrust skyward,” working archaeologist Owain Nicholson welcomes readers into such excavations of fractal similarities. The first...
With the show a major success and the books flying off the shelves, it was only a matter of time before George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series was adapted into graphic novel form. Writer Daniel Abraham takes on the challenging task of adapting the first half of George R.R. Martin’s first novel A Game of Thrones while Tommy Patterson provides possibly some of most detailed and beautiful artwork ever provided for a graphic novel adaptation.
Jaron Lanier knows tech. He is a computer scientist, electronic musician, and the founding father of virtual reality. Unlike most technology critics, when Lanier speaks, geeks listen.
Toast is a tale told through vignettes, all of which revolve around some element of 1960s British cuisine (be it an idiosyncratic Sunday dinner or a much cherished chocolate bar), and he relates each food item masterfully to the milestones in his own life that have led him to become the person he is now.