November 30, 2012 |
What was Publishers Weekly thinking? The trade journal has named author E.L. James the Publishing Person of the Year. An interview with James is forthcoming in its Monday issue. James, of course, is the author of the mega-selling erotic trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed. " But she's not just the hottest thing to hit bestseller lists since Harry Potter -- she's an author who initially hit bestseller lists while working entirely outside of traditional publishing channels.
July 14, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - They came alone, in pairs or with their children. Some wore costumes, most did not. But nearly all of the 200 fans waiting patiently in a long line inside the San Diego Convention Center late Thursday afternoon were in search of one thing: a moment with their favorite new author E.L. James, the 49-year-old West London woman who penned the literary sensation "Fifty Shades of Grey. " James, a mother of two teenage boys, was at Comic-Con International to sign copies of her racy romance trilogy, which has sold more than 20 million copies in the United States.
August 27, 1989 |
The personality transplant continues. The Chargers--a team that has added bad boys Jim McMahon and Burt Grossman in the past nine days--cut eight players Saturday on their way down from 80 to 72. They must reach a roster limit of 60 Tuesday. One of the waived players was running back Lionel (Little Train) James, perhaps the team's most popular player both among teammates and within the community. Another was kicker Vince Abbott, perhaps the team's nicest guy.
July 10, 2011 |
Silver Sparrow A Novel Tayari Jones Algonquin Books: 341 pp., $19.95 Tayari Jones has taken Atlanta for her literary terroir, and like many of our finest novelists, she gives readers a sense of place in a deeply observed way. But more than that, Jones has created in her main characters tour guides of that region: honest, hurt, observant and compelling young women whose voices cannot be ignored. "Silver Sparrow," her third novel, is an astonishing leap forward.
January 4, 1986 |
In 1958, a man named Thomas Bodkin wrote the Times of London to lament the seeming demise of his good name. Why, he wondered, did no one christen new sons Thomas any more? But Thomas's time would come. By 1974 it had edged into the list of Britain's 10 most fashionable names, and a decade later it was in second place, preceded only by that hardy perennial, James.
January 21, 2003 |
After one particularly arduous but rewarding rehearsal for last year's new Broadway musical "Sweet Smell of Success," the show's second-billed actor, Brian d'Arcy James, remarked to a small group of his colleagues: "Revivals are for cowards." "That became our rallying cry," recalled the show's star, John Lithgow.