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Book: Vonnegut’s unpublished work stays true, goes dark

'Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction'

I’m always filled with a slight sense of nervousness when picking up a posthumous collection of unpublished fiction by a well-respected author.


Book: Homer sapiens

The office politics and drama behind making a cartoon

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
By John Ortved. Faber and Faber Inc.; 332 pgs., $27.


Book: Atwood’s ‘Flood’ fails to maintain sci-fi buzz

The Year of The Flood

By Margaret Atwood. Knopf Doubleday Publishing; 448 pgs.; $26.95.



Prodigal daughter

Barbara Kingsolver on politics, place and her ambitious new novel

Her writing is expansive; Barbara Kingsolver has written about everything from missionary work in Africa to how to eat out of your own backyard.


Book: Cross ups the ante in ‘I Drink for a Reason’

I Drink for a Reason

(By David Cross. Grand Central Publishing; 256 pgs., $23.99.)



Author of children’s classic headlines Spalding’s Fall Festival

Again this year, most sessions of Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing will feature combinations of diverse forms of the written word.


Silas the good

Author talks about new book, coal mining and Nina Simone

Silas House, a man born and raised in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, is the author of three novels, including the much-ballyhooed “Clay’s Quilt.” He has written a play, “The


Book: Camera Boy on war, hell and the in-between

Local author shares his Iraq experiences

When Fred Minnick smiles or laughs, he seems momentarily transformed into a young boy, filled with innocence. Dimples form and his blues eyes seem illuminated.


Book: Essays for ‘Lunch’

Naked Lunch @ 50

Edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen. Southern Illinois University Press; 312 pgs., $34.95.



Book: A conversation with Jane Smiley

I read the novella “The Age of Grief” more than 10 years ago, before it became the movie “The Secret Lives of Dentists.” I’ve owned six copies since then; none of the