The Twin Towers are still smoldering when those odd little anthrax letters kill a few people in Florida and DC and New York. Some nutcase, everyone thinks, but they’re not ...
In the middle part of the Eleventh century, the Byzantine Empire dominated the world. Within the walls of its great capital city, Constantinople, treachery, debauchery and power politics dominated the lives of the ruling elite. Thrust inside this heady mix, the Viking adventurer Harald Hardrada struggles to survive and regain what is rightfully his – the throne of Norway.
Road rage turns fatal when Danny Roth steps in to save his friend Tony from a deadly knife attack. His quick response proves fatal for the assailant, Denver Miller. Absolved of blame by the justice system, Danny is not so lucky with the Miller family who are intent on delivering a more decisive and permanent justice of their own.
Strange things are happening in a bohemian section of Richmond, Virginia. The eternal war between good and evil is facing off over the next jump in human evolution, universal bliss, the end of terrorism, road rage, and fighting over the remote control. Welcome to “Perilous” Parkwood Avenue where Angel has a mission to ensure the pieces of the cosmic puzzle come together.
For a boy to learn of the pleasures and pains of adult life, all it takes is One Hot Summer… John Burton is seventeen, it’s the long hot British summer of 1976 and his life is about to change, in ways he has carefully planned, and ways he cannot yet know, as he embarks on a roller-coaster journey to maturity by way of music, cars, love, sex, friendship, rivalry, guilt and death.
In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl. Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack.
What if you could peep into an analyst’s exchanges with intriguing people such as Benjamin Franklin, King James, Lilith, Leonardo da Vinci, Brahms, Hemingway, Cleopatra and many others who made great impact on the world? The poet Keats so obviously needed sex therapy and was Napoleon truly a eunuch as Josephine declared?
After Nelson Mandela’s ANC was swept into power, South Africans were intoxicated by euphoria. The widely predicted civil war had not happened. The crushing burden of apartheid had gone. But the slate of hate had not been wiped clean. This is a story of what could have happened after the election.
David Kukoff will be reading from his novel Children of the Canyon at Skylight books in LA. Check out our Events calendar in the footer for more details.
My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie. - from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears. - Kurt Vonnegut
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. - Mark Twain
Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue, you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - There's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. - Christopher Morley
If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy. - Dorthy Parker
Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy. - H. L. Mencken
You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. - Ray Bradbury
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon which one can neither resist nor understand. - George Orwell
Teaching me to read was my mother’s paradisiacal gift. Libraries were paradise found. - EJ Knapp
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary. - James D. Nicoll