The staff of Passager Publishing, which specializes in senior authors.

The year was 1985, and Kendra Kopelke remembers it like it was yesterday. Not long out of graduate school with a degree in writing, she had been teaching various expository composition courses at colleges in Maryland.

Detail from an engraving of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. From Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem.

There is something pleasant about the idea of sitting down with a thrilling mystery novel. Whether it’s a hot summer’s day in air-conditioning or a cold winter’s night next to the wood stove, turning the pages of a good “whodunit” is just plain literary in every sense of the word, and with good reason.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Do you remember Jack LaLanne and how much of an impact he had on America’s fitness revolution? In Noah Hawley’s novel Before the Fall, memories of Jack LaLanne figure prominently in the mind of the book’s central character, Scott Burroghs.

Brad Meltzer with Barbara Bush

Rarely does a writer have the privilege of turning to a U.S. president to inform his fictional characters and the world that they inhabit. No one knows better than novelist Brad Meltzer how valuable this can be.

The Princess Bride set

Actor Cary Elwes is a familiar face among moviegoers, known for his performance in films like Glory, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Twister. But of the dozens of pictures he’s made, one stands out.

book: How to Be a Victorian

There is a certain romance to the Victorian era (1837-1901) created by today’s pop culture interpretation of the time—debonair men dressed in coat-tailed suits and top hats, women with elegant hairstyles in ornate, billowy gowns.

Plutarch's Parallel Lives

On any given week, you can find two or three of them on the New York Times bestsellers list. Readers around the world are enamored with biographies—the stories of men and women who have accomplished magnificent feats, participated in extraordinary events, and, in some cases, were responsible for ghastly deeds.

Eiffel's tower book cover

Landmarks around the globe have become symbolic of the cities in which they stand. San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge; New York, the Statue of Liberty; and perhaps the best example, Paris and its Eiffel Tower.

Beautiful Ruins book cover

Does the current crop of reality television programs leave you longing for the golden age of Hollywood? If so, you will surely enjoy Jess Walter’s clever and completely enjoyable novel Beautiful Ruins (Harper Perennial).