Bob Dylan’s new book on songwriting is cool, interesting, and not what was expected

By John Bream, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Bob Dylan has thrown us another curveball. His third book, just published, A Philosophy of Modern Song, promises to provide Dylan’s insights into the nature of popular music. In fact, the refreshing book is much like a late-night, old-school DJ who was once a hipster enjoying dozens of songs … Read more

John Irving wrote a long anecdote called The Last Chairlift

Written by Rob Merrill Associated Press After 54 years and 15 novels, John Irving has finally done it. He’s written a book that’s longer than most Moby-Dick editions. And by the time you’ve finished reading it, you’ll chuckle every time you see the hyphen in your Melville address. It’s hard to do justice to this … Read more

Halloween book recommendations from local librarians make reading eerily fun for kids and teens | Arts and entertainment

Autumn is the perfect time to embrace a good book, and Halloween is the perfect time to embrace the scary side of life. Why not try both at the same time? Children who read can develop a lifelong love of literacy. And in youth, reading improved language development. Libraries were my favorite place to hang … Read more

Sterling Lord, unique enduring literary agent, dies at 102

New York – Sterling Lord is a uniquely enduring literary agent who spent years looking for a publisher for Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and spent the next few decades working on everything from True Crime. Writer Joe McGinnis to all of the creators of Berenstein Bear who arranged the deal, he has died. He … Read more