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A Boy and His Tiger: Reclusive Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson broke his years-long media silence to respond to an e-mail interview (believed to be his first since 1989) with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Portrait of the Artist As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Omnivoracious
DIY Lit: Steve Almond chronicles his first foray into the world of self-publishing with his new flip-book, This Won't Take But a Minute, Honey. [via LA Times' Jacket Copy] City Pages: New York magazine offers an entertaining profile of The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Omnivoracious
Twihards across America woke up to some exciting Stephenie Meyer news this morning when Entertainment Weeky revealed that Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 will be coming out on March 16. Illustrated by Young Kim and including a brief introduction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Omnivoracious
In the News: Politics and current events remained at the forefront of the books world with several titles leading the way: The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright's definitive account of Al Qaida's path to 9/11; Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's influentially damning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Omnivoracious
With today's look back at the Books of the Decade I naturally gravitated to the subject I'm most passionate about: food. Last night I scanned the shelves at home and then did some research on Amazon this morning to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Omnivoracious
Remembering 9/11: A single morning in September overshadowed all other events of 2001.Many books about that day would be published--memoirs, political studies, photographic tributes, even a graphic novel--each trying to record the history of that day. In the days following... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Omnivoracious
It's back. With those words Tim and Jane Farnsworth reenter a nightmare they know so intimately it needs no other description. "It" may not be found among an insurance company's diagnostic codes, but the Farnsworths, a couple made wealthy by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at Omnivoracious
Today I was going to crush about Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter, by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. And then, as if by fate (or maybe it was because I asked for an early copy), James Villas' glorious Pig:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at Omnivoracious
Kid Lit Royalty: Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson succeeds Jon Scieszka as the second National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. You Are What You Eat: Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater's Manifesto, stopped by The Daily Show to discuss... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Omnivoracious
Ode to Joy: Mental Floss takes a look at Joy of Cooking and "the genius" behind the book, Irma Rombauer. Don't Write Those Obits for the Short Story Just Yet: The Guardian's books blog says that 2009 was the year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2009 at Omnivoracious
When You Wish Upon a Chef: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was awarded the $100,000 TED grant for his work fighting obesity and promoting healthy eating in the UK.The prize money will be used "to enact a wish" that will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Our next Omni Personal Shopper assignment is to help this gentleman shake things up from his usual gift of movies to find the perfect book to match his girlfriend's eclectic sensibilities. I'm used to getting movies for my girlfriend, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Now Read This: This morning on the Today Show, a quintet of bestselling authors, including Dan Brown and Mitch Albom, shared their favorite books to give this holiday season. A Very Gourmet Library: New York University's Fales Library has purchased... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at Omnivoracious
This weekend, in anticipation of turning my kitchen into a cookie factory for holiday baking, I spent some time flipping through my cookbook collection seeking inspiration. I don't want to reveal the actual recipes I decided upon (just in case... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. For the first time, the competition will award two grand prizes: one for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Today's episode of our Omni Personal Shopper adventure comes from a woman trying to find the perfect book for her well-read, soccer-loving husband. I'm always on the lookout for good books that my husband will like (32 yrs old). He... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Oscar Wow!: In New York magazine, Sam Anderson takes on a decade's worth (2000-2009) of fiction trends in his essay, "When Lit Blew Into Bits," calling out The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as the novel of the decade.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Best Books of the Month: December: Just when you thought you've read enough culinary memoirs and single-subject studies on every esoteric food topic imaginable comes Knives at Dawn, Andrew Friedman's sharp, insider account of America's quest to win the Bocuse... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Keys to the Literary Kingdom: The Olivetti manual typewriter that Cormac McCarthy bought in 1963 for $50 at a pawnshop is going up for auction at Christie's and is expected to fetch up to $20,000. In the Meat of Passion:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Omnivoracious
The Writing Life: The New York Times' Paper Cuts blog catches up with Jennifer Gilmore, author of Golden Country and the upcoming spring 2010 novel, Something Red. "One of the Films of the Year": New York magazine's Vulture blog gives... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Those with a curiosity for all-things culinary should set a place at the table for 100 Words for Foodies, the latest installment in the popular paperback series, 100 Words..., from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries. True food fans... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at Omnivoracious
Rogue Tuesday: After weeks of anticipation, a few embargo leaks, and an an hour on Oprah, Sarah Palin's memoir, Going Rogue, lands on bookshelves today (and the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list). Bidding on Heroes: The first of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Omnivoracious
In his new book, The City Out My Window, architect and illustrator Matteo Pericoli zooms in from the city-wide scope of his monumental Manhattan Unfurled to offer the private windowscapes of an eclectic lineup of notable New Yorkers. Award-winning architect... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Omnivoracious
The "Oink" Heard 'Round the World: food52's Tournament of Cookbooks came to a close last night as Francis Mallmann and Peter Kaminksy's Seven Fires toppled Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton's bracket buster, Canal House Cooking, to take home the coveted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Omnivoracious
When You Wish Upon a Kindle: Amazon's 10th Anniversary Wish List Sweepstakes continues with a "Kindle Love Prize List." Natalie Portman Book Club?: Over at the HuffingtonPost, actress Natalie Portman says that Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals changed her "from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at Omnivoracious