The Bookworm Blog

Orwell’s 1984 Relevant More Than Ever

From the DailyMail.com: Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in London on Wednesday, June 8, 1949, and in New York five days later. The world was eager for it. Within 12 months, it had sold around 50,000 hardbacks in the UK; in the U.S. sales were more than one-third of...

The Lymond Chronicles Forever

If you decide to tackle the The Lymond Chronicles and Dorothy Dunnett’s brilliant writing, you won’t be disappointed. I have read the full series three times over and the first book more than double that. I read them late into the night, first thing in the morning, in...

Bookstores Changing with the Times

Retail bookstores are changing with the times. Departing are bookstores that seem to sell everything but books. Arriving are bookstores offering unique experiences and friendly atmospheres while also recognizing the new age of indie author publishing and...

The Creative Process

Ira Glass on the Creative Process: For the first couple of years that your trying to make stuff, what your making isn't so good. It's not that great. It's trying to be good, but you can tell what your making is a kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people don't...

The Mysterious Emily Brontë

From The Hairpin: Charlotte [Brontë’s] biographies are always massive, the most fully fleshed and juicy with lots of first-hand accounts. Emily’s are skeletal, vague, and full of conjecture, barely sketched. The real danger in leaving an Emily-sized cache of documents...

Jane Austen’s Final Novel

From The New Yorker: On March 18, 1817, Jane Austen stopped writing a book. We know the date because she wrote it at the end of the manuscript, in her slanting hand. She had done the same at the beginning of the manuscript, on January 27th of that year. In the seven...

Cracking Agatha Christie’s Mysteries

From The Telegraph: [Agatha Christie’s] whodunit murder mysteries have confounded millions of armchair detectives, leading them through a literary maze of twists and turns before a super sleuth finally unmasks the culprit. … A panel of experts analysed 26 of the...

Silicon Valley Needs AI Writers

From The Washington Post: Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios. Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual assistant,...

Shakespeare’s Works Lost Forever?

From the New York Post: April 23 [2016] marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The world will celebrate him as the greatest writer in the history of the English language. But his lasting fame wasn’t inevitable. It almost did not happen. On...

When Agatha Christie Went Missing

From OZY: In her favorite armchair, deep within the confines of her Berkshire home, Mrs. Archibald Christie leaned back and closed her eyes. In spite of the cozy fire, she shivered on the chilly December evening. Mentally, she replayed the whirlwind of events as best...