“Fates and Furies”: Two Takes on a Marriage, One Impressive Novel

Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is an unusual accomplishment, not only because it is that rare ambitious novel that largely […]

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Thoughtful but Underwhelming Study of Grief

by Mary Kate Costigan Never let it be said that Yann Martel doesn’t like wild animals. Fifteen years ago he […]

The Magic of Venice and ‘The Thief Lord’

by Jessica A. Beck When I first read Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord, I couldn’t have been more than 10 years […]

The Year of Shakespeare: How to Celebrate the Bard in 2016

By Mary Kate Costigan Really, every year is the year of Shakespeare. But 2016 holds special importance, as it marks […]

In “Alive, Alive Oh!”, Diana Athill Remembers a Remarkable Life

By Mary Kate Costigan At 97 years old, Diana Athill has a lot of story to tell. Biographical details alone […]

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Gives an Unlikely Lesson in Adaptation, is Awesome While Doing So

by Mary Kate Costigan As a teenager, I once made a list of inaccuracies between Harry Potter and the Prisoner […]

Literary Events to Get Excited About in 2016

by Mary Kate Costigan 2015 was a great year for all things literary. Harper Lee’s long, long awaited second novel, […]

We Recommend This App: WiFi Map

by Mary Kate Costigan Is there anything more coveted during travel than free Wi-Fi? The search for it is made […]

The Buried Giant: Why the Fantastic Isn’t Always Important in Fantasy

by Mary Kate Costigan In his first novel in ten years, Booker Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro enters a realm […]

Christopher Buckley Satirizes Medieval Europe in ‘The Relic Master’

by Mary Kate Costigan “Dismas might have purchased the finger bone of the Apostle Thomas, but there was something not […]