Amateur authors take on writing entire novels in a month
NaNoWriMo keeps wordsmiths active
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a gargantuan challenge that amateur authors across America take on each November. The idea is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month.
Read This: The Valley of Amazement and The First Phone Call From Heaven
Amy Tan and Mitch Albom release their newest novels
Amy Tan, the best-selling author of the 1989 modern classic The Joy Luck Club, is releasing her first novel in eight years.
Review: The Goldfinch
Coming-of-age story connects art, loss and yearning
Donna Tartt’s latest novel is an homage to history — the history of memories and the quiet longing for beauty and love they can evoke.
Blogs go from web pages to print on paper
Tumblr turns a page
What do wayward pups, modern fairy tale twists and not-so-everyday New Yorkers have in common? All three are featured in Tumblr blogs that have made the leap to print.
MU library adds rare Pennyroyal Caxton Bible
Illustrated King James Bible given to University's Rare Books Collection
Between 1995 and 1999, illustrator Barry Moser spent up to 12 hours a day at his workstation and carved engravings or set type. From his efforts came the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible.
On the Nightstand with the animals of The Textbook Game
A gorilla, penguin and dog’s favorite reads
Vox talked to Gonga as a gorilla, Günter as a penguin and Blue through his owner, The Textbook Game Manager Eric Pherigo. Surrounded by textbooks, it’s no wonder these animals developed a literary appetite of their own.
Reading apps to enhance your literature experience
Out of the book onto the screen
We’ve all been tempted to stick our noses into new novels, journals and magazines, but out of loyalty to the current nightstand stack, we add them to the unending and ever-growing list of future reads. These five apps will guide you through your long to-read list.
Review: Dave Eggers' newest novel The Circle
Predictor or predictable?
Had Dave Eggers done more to create concrete villains out of The Circle’s two-dimensional lead developers, and had he better executed the climaxes midway through this 500-page read, the novel would have been enough to scare the social media out of anyone.
On the Nightstand with David Rosenbaum
Just what is the new director of the Unversity of Missouri Press reading?
The new director of the University of Missouri Press, David Rosenbaum, takes office Nov. 1. We wondered, what books does a publisher by day dip into at night? Rosenbaum gives us a peek at his three current reads.
The Little Free Library trend hits Columbia
No late fees, return deadlines or obligations when you swap stories at a Little Free Library
Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the world with the goal of creating stronger communities through a “take a book; return a book” mentality. Here’s the page turner: These books are completely free with no late fees, no return deadlines and no obligations.
Reading is healing for members of a breast cancer support group
A local book club uses words to cope with cancer
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, books became an important part of Nancy Rahner and Jaymie LeBrun's battles. The mantra of positive thinking led to a success story.
Matthew Goodman's new book captures the spirit of two 1889's women journalists
Eighty Days tells the untold stories of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland
It seems as if history forgot the stories of journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, who raced each other around the world in an era when women rarely traveled without men, but Matthew Goodman's new book captures the spirit of these daring dames.
Read This: Trouble Behind Glass Doors
Through his poetry, Walter Bargen reminisces about the parts of Midwestern Nature that are rewarding and challenging
Trouble Behind Glass Doors is Bargen’s 16th book of poetry since he began his career in 1980. A Missouri native, he reminisces about the parts of Midwestern nature that are rewarding and challenging.
Read This: Songs of Willow Frost
William Eng escapes the orphanage to find out the truth about Willow Frost.
Jamie Ford’s second novel brings Depression-era Seattle to life.
Read This: The Maid's Version
Daniel Woodrell tells the true story of the Arbor Dance Hall explosion that killed 42 people
From the author of Winter’s Bone comes an account of true events from a new perspective. In 1929, 42 people died a fiery death in an explosion at the Arbor Dance Hall in the small Missouri town of West Table.
Tequila Mockingbird mixes cocktails with literature
Classic literature on the rocks
This witty read serves up deliciously irresistible drinks with pun-tastic names (Romeo and Julep, Gulp-Iver’s Travels, etc.) as well as some tips, tools and tidbits on how to properly mix these quirky cocktails.
Cherie Doyen draws on experience with childhood sexual abuse in her novel
Cherie Doyen's novel Junebug is a tale of triumph
Cherie Doyen has written her first novel, Junebug, to tell the story of her own abuse through the eyes of the main character, June. This novel also offers ways for people to cope with and start conversations about abuse of all kinds.
New biography chronicles local Neil Diamond tribute singer
This isn't your karaoke rendition of "Sweet Caroline"
Released earlier this summer, "Black Diamond: The Real Illusion" follows Theron Denson from his homeless past to his performance career.
Library summer program challenges Columbians to combine books and art
One city, one read
Keija Parssinen was chosen as the winner of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read program. Parssinen is the first local author to win.
Keija Parsinnen's journey
Author left Saudi Arabia at age 11.
During the time she spent writing The Ruins of Us, Keija Parssinen traveled to Saudi Arabia for three weeks to visit her father, who was living in the country’s eastern province.