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Literary Pilgrimage: Virginia Woolf’s England

Take a tour of England through the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

In Defense: Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert haters cite Eat, Pray, Love as proof of her failings, and in the process neglect her fantastic, near-perfect novel.

Holidays Abroad: Kate Christensen’s Thanksgiving in Tuscany

Writer Kate Christensen shares a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the Florentine hills—and her recipe for persimmon pudding.

Listen Up: 6 Literary Podcasts for Book Lovers

When you've exhausted your audio book collection, these literary podcasts will tide you over.

Live Your Own Life: 10 Inspiring Facts About Margaret Mitchell

The Gone with the Wind author was a woman ahead of her time.

The Re-Read: J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

Revisting this classic novel, one writer discovers the truth about Holden Caulfield, and herself.

11 Bizarre Facts From Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson

One writer listens to 150 hours of the four-volume LBJ biography so you don't have to.

Authors Read Their Meanest Online Reviews

"This is a satanic book, and should be banned."

15 Famous Books That Were Initially Rejected

As Samuel Beckett once said: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

8 Haunted Libraries That Will Make You Whisper-Scream

The ghost in the library ate my homework, I swear.

5 Empowering, Witchy Reads

Inspirational books about women who won't let The Man get them down.

9 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About the Suffrage Movement

You know they battled for a woman’s right to vote, but did you know they also faced feeding tubes, macho critics, and police brutality?

Crimson Peak: The Love Child of Poe and Brontë

Guillermo del Toro's latest film is a sexy survey of Gothic literature.

Library Borrower Returns Books More Than 50 Years Late

Outdated textbooks return to Portland State University half a century after first being borrowed.

Literary Pilgrimage: Sleepy Hollow, New York

October is the perfect month to visit Washington Irving's favorite town—and the setting for his spine tingling short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The Re-Read: Little House on the Prairie’s The Long Winter

A writer revisits a childhood favorite and finds it's not all butter churning and buggy rides.

All The Dead Literary Ladies (And Some Dudes, Too)

Jessa Crispin, in the midst of an existential crisis, follows the lives of exiled writers and artists.

Horrifying Children’s Books That Still Creep Us Out as Adults

It seems insane these books were ever intended for kids.

National Book Awards Short-List Finalists Announced

Which books are your favorites to win on November 18?