‘The Rainy Season’: Journalist details South Africans’ struggles

When American journalist Maggie Messitt was 24 years old, she bought a one-way ticket to South Africa. This was in 2003, less than a decade after ... »

‘Fatal Games’: Police procedural proves dark, yet poorly written

“Fatal Games” has some flaws, but none of them are fatal. Mari Hannah’s fourth mystery featuring Kate Daniels (the first I hav ... »

‘Troika’: Romance novel defies stereotypes

“Troika” by Adam Pelzeman is not the type of book I typically read. But, after reading some of the reviews — “brilliant ... »

‘Church of Marvels’: Leslie Parry’s debut novel is a marvel to read

“Church of Marvels” is a book of secrets and surprises. Author Leslie Parry, an alum of the Writers’ Workshop, illuminates eac ... »

‘Church of Marvels’ is first novel from creative writing workshop graduate

Leslie Parry has a long-standing love of books that draw the read in and won’t let go — detective stories, gothic tales, and the like ... »

‘At the Water’s Edge’: Historical novel falls flat with whiny characters

When I learned that Sara Gruen was coming out with a new novel set during World War II, I was eager to review it.

Her best-selling book  ... »

“Dark Rooms’: Author conjures up creepy novel

The success of Lili Anolik’s debut novel “Dark Rooms” can largely be credited to the creepy atmosphere she conjures.

Thi ... »

‘The Crime of Our Lives’: Master crime writer takes on crime fiction

In “The Crime of Our Lives,” acclaimed mystery writer Lawrence Block collects pieces he has written over the years about other writer ... »

Author Profile: Creating Grace

Acclaimed children’s book author Katherine Hannigan has gone in a new direction with her latest book.

Known recently for her middle gr ... »

Find, celebrate springtime through children’s books at the library

It’s May. It’s May — “that gorgeous holiday” that Julie Andrews sang about in “Camelot,” when ever ... »

‘Shotgun Lovesongs’: Novel tackles life in small town, friendship

Writers’ Workshop alum Nickolas Butler knows the Midwestern landscape and the landscape of the human heart. In his debut novel, “Shot ... »

‘The Dead Lands’; Adventure story set in future mines the past

In Benjamin Percy’s “The Dead Lands” (Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, $26), Lewis and Clark set off from St. Louis and he ... »

Author Profile: Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy thought he might follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark. His wife talked some sense into him, so he incorporated the explorers int ... »

Young Readers: Voice is a story’s personality

Probably the most frequently asked question of an editor by an aspiring writer is this: What kind of book are you looking for? Inevitably, the answ ... »

‘God Help The Child’: Master storyteller pens complex, graceful love story

The main arch of Toni Morrison’s new novel, “God Help the Child,” is a steady one, but pulsing closely under its surface are a ... »