Feb 20, 2012 — Hollywood is forever going back to the well of literature for ideas. Author Tessa Harris says, if it's books Hollywood wants, there are still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered. She points to three books that should be movies — and you can recommend others in the comments section.
Feb 23, 2011 — Life of Pi's Yann Martel returns with another animal parable, Danielle Trussoni constructs a gripping, Da Vinci Code-like story of half-human angels, Peter Hedges looks under the covers in Brooklyn Heights, and Diarmaid MacCulloch examines 3,000 years of Christianity.
Sep 23, 2010 — Author Mary Sharratt recommends three titles that will take you back to the Italian Renaissance — an epoch of humanism and religious fervor, of philosophers and despots, of courtesans and saints. Pour yourself a glass of prosecco and experience the glory and danger of a lost age.
Mar 11, 2010 — The first novel by Danielle Trussoni follows the struggle between nefarious human-angel hybrids and the band of mortals trying to keep them in check. Trussoni, author of the acclaimed memoir Falling Through the Earth, maintains a balance between literary artistry and complex adventure.
Mar 9, 2010 — Is the biblically inspired Angelology the next Da Vinci Code? James Hynes' Next causes us to inaugurate the genre "Mick lit" (think middle-aged men and the Rolling Stones). A prominent advocate of No Child Left Behind reverses course. And ace spy John Wells is back, undercover and in deep.
Jan 28, 2010 — Author Gail Godwin's novel, Unfinished Desires, spins a tale of love, envy and reckoning at a Catholic girls' school in North Carolina. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the book is a "spellbinding psychological ghost story, near operatic in intensity."
Aug 2, 2009 — Sarah Dunant's latest book completes her trilogy of novels set in the Italian Renaissance. Sacred Hearts explores life in a 16th-century Benedictine convent.
May 20, 2006 — The life of Renaissance astronomer Galileo Galilei has inspired a musical work. "The Starry Messenger," composed by Glenn McClure, debuts Saturday night in upstate New York. The project was inspired by Dava Sobel's book Galileo's Daughter.
Apr 25, 2006 — A compelling memoir leads Diana, a listener in Minnesota, to write in. "The author takes us on her journey to stay true to God through her childhood, her years as a nun in a Poor Clares monastery and her relationship with a priest."
Feb 12, 2006 — In 1669, a Paris bookseller published Portuguese Letters. Who wrote them? It's the subject of much debate. Myriam Cyr dives into a literary mystery in her first book, Letters of a Portuguese Nun.