An excerpt from Hampton Sides's new book, Hellhound on His Trail, detailing MLK's last hours.

Salman Rushdie

In the battle of fatwa versus fiction, Salman Rushdie has the last word: "One of us is dead, do not mess with novels." Rushdie, in conversation with Christopher Hitchens, gave the keynote of the PEN World Voices Festival last night. Catch up on a world of authors with blogs from the fest, excerpts from participating writers' work, photosvideo and audio clips. Highlights include Patti Smith's chat with Jonathan Lethem, a Utopia and Dystopia panel, and A. M. Homes's talk with Philippe Djian.

Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival is in full swing.

Tonight at McNally Jackson books, Marisa Silver, author of the recent story collection Alone With You, talks with blogger and novelist Mark Sarvas.

The comma, a punctuation mark worth praising.

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