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Lila Shapiro

  1. profile
    ‘I Really Thought He Was Going to Kill Me and Bury My Body’Romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon accused her husband of poisoning her. Was it her wildest fiction yet?
  2. literary lunch
    Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Tom Perrotta Wrote Books About the Opposite Gender“I don’t think it’s a very useful rule for novels: ‘This is a woman’s story, so a woman should write it.’”
  3. my best pitch
    6 Queer Creators on the Dream Projects They Haven’t Been Able to Sell (Yet)Russian Doll’s Jamie Babbit, Tales of the City’s Silas Howard, Transparent’s Nisha Ganatra, and more have a few pitches they’d like you to hear.
  4. backstories
    An Oral History of Game of Thrones, As Told By Its Bit Players“Do you know how they keep cattle? That’s sort of how they keep us.”
  5. surveys
    How Do Hollywood Writers Feel About Leaving Their Agents? 8 Weigh In.“We’re just going to be floating, and people aren’t going to give a fuck. There are going to be casualties for sure.”
  6. literary lunch
    A Conversation With Marlon James and Victor LaValleThe versatile authors talk race, fantasy, and James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf over dumplings.
  7. metoo authors
    Long Before He Sued, Thirteen Reasons Why Author Jay Asher Made a Quiet DealThe origin of the YA novelist’s defamation suit was the kind of hush-hush agreement we no longer tolerate.
  8. chat room
    Sex Education’s Emma Mackey Doesn’t Mind Those ‘Weird’ Margot Robbie JokesThe breakout star of Netflix’s raunchy teen dramedy on Hollywood look-alikes, sex scenes, and her grandma’s love of the show.
  9. most anticipated 2019
    37 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019From old favorites (Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith) to new favorites (Sally Rooney, Marlon James), plus sequels to Olive Kitteridge and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  10. choices
    Publishers Weekly Picks Trump Publishers as Persons of the YearInstead of picking the man himself, they opted to celebrate publishers cashing in on him.
  11. best of 2018
    The 10 Best Book Covers of 2018, Described by Their DesignersThe artists behind the year’s most eye-catching covers talk about their sometimes torturous process.
  12. year in culture 2018
    Book Publishing’s No Good, Very Good Year of TrumpIn 2018, publishers cried about the president all the way to the bank.
  13. 100 scares
    The Story Behind Scream’s 12-Minute, Still-Terrifying Opening Scare“I wanted it to be just long enough that the audience thinks she might survive it.”
  14. profile
    For Reigning Fantasy Queen N.K. Jemisin, There’s No Escape From Reality“I’m writing about dragons as a black woman, and it’s fucking political.”
  15. books
    The 69th National Book Awards Reminded Us It’s a Big World Out ThereWith awards to Isabel Allende and Sigrid Nunez and a revived translated-book prize.
  16. backstories
    The Story Behind The Horror of Dolores RoachYour perfect Halloween podcast.
  17. a long talk
    Bret Easton Ellis on Why He Named His First Book in a Decade White“The reader could either get very upset or annoyed by it, or take in the spirit in which it was offered.”
  18. profile
    Sarah Perry Hopes the Monster From Her New Novel Is Watching Harvey WeinsteinThe British author talks about her gothic third novel, Melmoth, on a visit to some downtown Manhattan churches.
  19. books
    Tana French on The Witch Elm, #MeToo, and the Divisive Ending of In the Woods“Some people hate it and I don’t blame them for being annoyed with it.”
  20. legends
    Dracul Sets Out to Prove That Count Dracula Really LivedThe new book attempts to reconstruct the missing hundred pages of the original manuscript.
  21. books
    Mystery Writer Tana French’s Tips for Crafting a Red HerringHow the author of In the Woods and The Witch Elm leads the reader down the wrong trail.
  22. backstories
    The Stories Behind Haruki Murakami’s Most Iconic Book CoversA sense of “inimitable, cozy alienation” hangs over each of Kidd’s book covers — a description that also applies to Murakami’s best novels.
  23. encounters
    Inside the All Souls Convention With 400 Witches, Daemons, and Vampires“I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life.”
  24. backstories
    How The Hate U Give Book Cover Was Altered for the Movie“Fox was like, ‘We’re going to have to lighten your illustration, we’re going to have to change the hair.’”
  25. a long talk
    Marti Noxon on Sharp Objects, Joss Whedon, and Buffy’s Feminist Legacy“I think parts of it hold up really well, and other parts are a little rickety!”
  26. encounter
    Out to Sea With Neil Gaiman and Amanda PalmerThe King and Queen of the Mermaid Parade.
  27. Her Body and Other Parties Is in Development As a Black Mirror-esque SeriesGina Welch of The Terror is attached to write.
  28. profile
    Misogyny Is Boring As HellCarmen Maria Machado writes fantastical tales about the banal horrors of sexism. Lately, it’s her story about Junot Díaz that’s getting attention.
  29. How Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore Cover Came TogetherRevealed exclusively on Vulture.
  30. Wicomicon Founders on Their Pop-up Convention and the FanCon FalloutHow they pulled it off.
  31. The Story Behind FanCon’s Controversial CollapseThe first major FanCon dedicated to diversity was called a scam in the days since it abruptly fell apart. Here, its founders give their account.
  32. chat room
    Meg Wolitzer Doesn’t Want to Be Tied to a ‘Moment’“I’m drawn by the flame of what’s out there, but frightened by it, too.”
  33. Meet Justina Ireland, YA Twitter’s Leading WarriorHow the activist and author became the most controversial figure in young-adult literature, one tweet at a time.
  34. Watch the Book Trailer for Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and BonePlus, Adeyemi on the pressures of writing one of the most anticipated books of the year, and why she’s bored by Lord of the Rings.
  35. Can You Revise a Book to Make It More Woke?When a YA novel was criticized for racism prior to publication, the author attempted something radical — she pushed its release date and rewrote it.
  36. Ben Sinclair on Writing High Maintenance While Going Through a Breakup“The first day we were like, ‘Hey guys, we’re splitting up. This is a very strange situation. And we’re going to be super open about it.’”
  37. Governor Cuomo Calls to ‘Rescind’ New York Prisons’ Controversial Book Policy“Concerns from families need to be addressed, while we redouble efforts to fight prison contraband.”
  38. Will This New Policy Stop New York’s Inmates From Reading?“Why would you restrict access to this thing that’s universally considered a positive?”
  39. What the Job of a Sensitivity Reader Is Really LikeDhonielle Clayton explains.
  40. overnights
    Search Party Season-Finale Recap: Dory Is Going to Hell“Your friends are pointless, entitled, empty idiots.”
  41. overnights
    Search Party Recap: Those Hipster Kids Did It!Detective Joy is terribly close to cracking this case.
  42. overnights
    Search Party Recap: The Key to the CityGood boy Drew has clearly embraced his dark side.
  43. Ask an Expert: Can the Plagiarism Charges Against Emma Cline Hold Up in Court?It’s unlikely.
  44. overnights
    Search Party Recap: Back to BrooklynOf all Dory’s bad ideas, this one might be the worst.
  45. overnights
    Search Party Season-Premiere Recap: We’re Not Murderers!Will Dory and her friends actually get away with murder?
  46. vulture roundtable
    What Pop Culture Gets Right and Wrong About Witches, According to a Real CovenFrom Buffy to The Witch, an actual coven judges the best and worst depictions of witchcraft in movies and TV.
  47. Lin-Manuel Miranda on How The Kingkiller Chronicles Inspired MoanaPlus, the “really singsongy” Lady Lackless tune he wrote.
  48. Patrick Rothfuss Is About to Be Fantasy’s Next SuperstarAs the author adapts his beloved trilogy for film and TV with Lin-Manuel Miranda, one question haunts him: Where’s the third book?
  49. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles Headed Showtime“I very rarely reread books, but I reread those books several times just to luxuriate in reading them.”
  50. Practical Magic Got Cursed by an Actual Witch. Is That Why It Bombed?Director Griffin Dunne explains what happened after a real witch turned against the 1998 cult hit.
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