#BookmarkThis: Alan Alda on bad dentists and good times on 'M*A*S*H'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-07-01
Alan Alda in New York on June 6. His new book is called 'If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.' It's about improving communication through empathy.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY)Alan Alda, the Emmy-award winning actor (M*A*S*H, The West Wing, Horace and Pete), is also an author. His new book, If I Understood...(Read More)
#BookmarkThis: Chat live with author Paula Hawkins
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-04-30
Author Paula Hawkins.(Photo: Alisa Connan)You’ll want to #BookmarkThis.On May 9, Paula Hawkins fans can get all their questions answered as The Girl on the Train author joins us to talk about her new novel, Into the Water (Riverhead).#BookmarkThis is a series of live video chats with best-selling authors.What’s sure to be one of the biggest books of the year hits stores May 2.Into the Water, set...(Read More)
#BookmarkThis: Eric Jerome Dickey dishes on 'Finding Gideon'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-04-21
Author Eric Jerome Dickey, whose latest book is 'Finding Gideon,' photographed in Los Angeles.(Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)Fans have been waiting since 2009 for the return of Gideon, the sexy and mysterious hit man who stars in five of Eric Jerome Dickey’s best-selling novels. Gideon’s now back and battling international mercenaries in Dickey’s latest thriller, Finding Gideon (Dutton)....(Read More)
Chat live with Gillian Anderson about her new book, 'We'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-03-10
Actress Gillian Anderson, here in Berlin in February, has co-written the new book, 'We.'(Photo: Monika Skolimowska, AP)Join us for a Facebook Live chat on March 15 with actress Gillian Anderson and her co-author, Jennifer Nadel, as they discuss their new self-help book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, out March 7 from Atria.Based on a set of nine principles, the manifesto offers guidance...(Read More)
Tom Hanks is writing his first book, a collection of short stories
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-02-23
EmbedShare Actor Tom Hanks has written a collection of short stories, and they will be published in October. USA TODAYActor Tom Hanks, at an 'Inferno' screening in Florence, Italy, is adding published author to his resume.(Photo: Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)Tom Hanks and his trusty typewriter are coming to book form. The Academy Award-winning actor’s first...(Read More)
Lincoln's trippy visit to son's grave in brilliant 'Bardo'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-02-19
USA TODAY RatingLin-Manuel Miranda, what’s on your reading list?Lincoln in the Bardo (Random House, 343 pp., **** out of four stars), George Saunders’ exhilarating and theatrical new novel about a grieving Abraham Lincoln, cries out for a stage adaptation. Who better than the creative genius behind Hamilton?Broadway may beckon eventually. In the meantime, readers can revel in Saunders’ brilliantly...(Read More)
Chat live with author Sophie Kinsella
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-02-02
Author Sophie Kinsella.(Photo: John Swannell)Join us for a Facebook Live video chat Feb. 7 with Sophie Kinsella, author of the best-selling, comic Shopaholic series.Fans can submit questions for the USA TODAY Network’s #BOOKMARKTHIS conversation to learn all about Kinsella’s latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life (The Dial Press), on sale Feb. 7.In My Not So Perfect Life, Kinsella introduces an...(Read More)
Watch Veronica Roth's live chat on 'Carve the Mark'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2017-01-20
'Carve the Mark' by Veronica Roth(Photo: HarperCollins)Missed the Live video chat with best-selling author Veronica Roth? See the recording below.The creative genius behind the blockbuster Divergent trilogy just published her new book, Carve the Mark (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).In the new novel, the first of two books in a science fiction/fantasy series, Roth paints a story of a teen...(Read More)
Debut novel is a smart take on private-school 'Admissions'
Written by Mark Robinson on 2016-12-27
USA TODAY RatingSet against the backdrop of a prestigious New York City day school, Amy Poeppel’s debut novel is a book about rejection, acceptance and our ability to maneuver between the two.In Small Admissions (Atria, 356 pp., *** out of four stars), Kate Pearson is a bookish young woman whose life appears to be planned out. The daughter of a pair of eccentric cultural anthropologists, Kate...(Read More)