- 2016 Jul 01
Gay Talese Disavows Latest Book
The veteran journalist has disavowed 'The Voyeur's Motel' after the 'Washington Post' reported on his primary source's lack of credibility.
Geoffrey Hill Dies at 84
The author of famously difficult poetry was acclaimed by U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as “a saint and a warrior" of poetics.
C. E. Morgan and Lisa Lucas
The author and executive director of the National Book Foundation in conversation.
- 2016 Jun 29
Adichie Imagines the Life of Melania
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Arrangements" is a work of fiction following Melania Trump.
Anaïs Nin Reads From Her Diary
A 60-minute vintage recording from 1966, read by the author herself.
- 2016 Jun 28
The Reluctant Memoirist
An investigative journalist returns from an undercover mission in North Korea to face her critics.
A Poet, Or a Robot?
Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a human can produce? Dartmouth computer scientists hope to find out.
More Authors Speak on Brexit
'3:AM Magazine' fiction editor Joanna Walsh asks publishers, writers, and translators to react to the Leave vote.
Mark Millar's 'Kick-Ass' Gets a Reboot
Mark Millar has been working on a reboot of the 'Kick-Ass' and 'Hit-Girl' comic series, featuring a new African American hero.
- 2016 Jun 27
The Last Beats
On the literary bromance between Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Sterling Lord, now in its sixth decade.
50 Shades of 'Moby-Dick'
Melville had a somewhat deviant reputation in old prude America. Did an illicit affair give birth to his Great American Novel?
- 2016 Jun 24
Cynthia Ozick’s Long Crusade
Considered one of the greatest fiction writers and critics alive today, at 88, she shows no signs of slowing down.
James Baldwin House Association
A nonprofit to protect, acquire, and renovate Baldwin’s home in Provence and create a residency for artists and writers has launched.
64 Hours of Sherlock Holmes
A Spotify playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories, with performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, and more.
- 2016 Jun 23
Kobo Prize Winners Announced
Irina Kovalyova, Nocla R. White, and Wab Kinew have won Canada's $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
- 2016 Jun 22
Pulitzer Brings No Peace for Nguyen
'The Sympathizer' author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his novel, pain, and 'Apocalypse Now.'
The Theory of Judith Butler
On the radical theorist and author who spawned a gender-queer nation and became a pop celebrity in the process.
- 2016 Jun 21
Musicians Join the Copyright Fight
Songwriters including Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have signed an open letter to Congress requesting changes to the U.S. Copyright Act.
A Handbook to Political Books
What do this season’s political books tell us about the election? They "mirror the broader thinking of their moment."
- 2016 Jun 20
Women Are the Queens of Crime Fiction
Perhaps because they're more skeptical of heroism than their male counterparts, women are writing today's best crime novels.
Writers, Facing Arts Cuts, Turn to DIY
Emerging writers, seeing a decrease in support, look to peers—not publishers—for aid amid a return to the zine culture of the 1990s.
How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human
Francine Prose on Mary Shelley's night telling ghost stories at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland.
- 2016 Jun 17
Brooklyn Book Festival Lineup
Authors to appear at the festival include Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates.
Seven Writers on Fatherhood
A 'Literary Hub' roundup of writing on patriarchs and pop-pops for Father's Day.
- 2016 Jun 16
It's Bloomsday All Over the World
Celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which all of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' took place.
Nobel Prize–Winner Alexievich on Orlando
The Belarusian writer spoke about chronicling politics and suffering—and why she’s turning her attention to love.
Margaret Atwood Wins PEN Pinter
The novelist will receive the award at the British Library on October 13th during a tour of the U.K.
- 2016 Jun 15
Oprah Cookbook Due in 2017
To launch her own book imprint, Oprah Winfrey is publishing her first cookbook and delaying the release of her memoir.
- 2016 Jun 14
A Contemporary 'Canterbury Tales'
Authors have come together to write a modern version of 'The Canterbury Tales' based on stories from refugees living in Britain.
The Other NBA
Writers, publishers, and non-professional ballers prepare for fierce competition on Wednesday at the National Book Foundation's annual event.
- 2016 Jun 13
Writers Respond to Orlando Massacre
LGBTQ and allied authors reflect on Sunday's shooting with a mix of outrage, sorrow, and thoughtful reflection.
Don DeLillo on Writing 'Underworld'
"I began to think almost in the abstract patterns of an expressionist painter, such as Pollock or Rothko."
- 2016 Jun 10
James Patterson, Literacy Prophet
James Patterson would like you to read, just like he did, growing up as "a little literary snob."
- 2016 Jun 09
Ernest Hemingway's Middlebrow Revolution
On a literary sleight of hand only a master could pull off, and having it both ways in literature.
Why are Writers So Jealous?
"Everyone knows that writers are ego-driven navel-gazers," writes Khalid Warsame. But why?
- 2016 Jun 08
Sloane Crosley Reads "The Necklace"
In a new series in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago, Crosley revisits Maupassant.
- 2016 Jun 07
African Rewrites of European Classics
Four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic, giving the original a makeover.
- 2016 Jun 06
When Muhammad Ali Met Superman
The story behind the late boxer's all-star comic book team-up with Superman.
Ferrante Pleads with U.K. to Stay
The Italian author joins with writers including Anne Enright in requesting that the country stay in the European Union.
- 2016 Jun 03
Astronomers Try to Date Sappho's Poems
Using sky-mapping software, researchers have found that "Midnight Poem" was likely written between January 25 and March 31 in 570 BCE.
The Millions Interviews Neill Null
Matthew Neill Null discusses his "severe" new story collection, 'Allegheny Front,' and the power of spoken stories.
- 2016 Jun 02
John Green to Grads
John Green delivers commencement speech to Kenyon College grads.
The Hunt for Byron Preiss's Treasure
Thirty-five years after the publication of 'The Secret,' the hunt for an authorial treasure continues.
Tig Notaro, By the Book
The stand-up comic and author of 'I’m Just a Person' would recommend her own book to the president, if asked.
- 2016 Jun 01
A Newly-Discovered Langston Hughes Story
'The New Yorker' has published the Harlem Renaissance poet's previously unreleased story, "Seven People Dancing."
A Phone Call with Alain de Botton
Paul Holdengraber calls Alain de Botton to discuss everything from David Hume to the false promises of Romantic love.
- 2016 May 31
Ocean Vuong on a Second Language
"When I entered kindergarten, I was, in a sense, immigrating all over again, except this time into English."
Louise Erdrich Chats with The Rumpus
The National Book Award–winning novelist talks about her latest novel, 'LaRose,' and the power of teaching.
- 2016 May 27
17 Stories for Short Story Month
A roundup of work from writers including Garth Greenwell, Alexandra Kleeman, and Kelly Link.
The Legacy of Emma Straub
The daughter of the best-selling horror and suspense writer Peter Straub was determined to be a novelist, even after four of her books were rejected.
The Fight for the Title
A dive into the complicated world of naming a book—in which authors have less control than they may wish.
- 2016 May 25
Nabokov Goes West
On the travels of the novelist and amateur lepidopterist, who "saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck."
Writers Against Trump
More than 600 American authors put their signatures on an "open letter to the American people" pledging opposition to Trump's candidacy.
Coppola's 'Godfather' Notebook
The 720-page notebook used by Francis Ford Coppola while working on 'The Godfather' will be published in November.
- 2016 May 24
U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has organized a poetic road trip through England, Wales, and Scotland.
Did Herman Melville Pine Over Hawthorne?
New biographies dig into possibilities of the 'Moby-Dick' author's secret romances.
Success of an Anonymous 'Oxygen Thief'
An anonymously-penned, 147-page fictionalized memoir stands as a peculiar self-published success.
How to Read More Trans Writers
A roundup of works by trans writers in genres other than autobiography and memoir.
- 2016 May 23
While Waiting On GRRM, Read This
Three fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Literary Capture of the Unabomber
On the Vassar College English literature professor whose research helped convict the Unabomber.
- 2016 May 20
Australian Book Industry in Crisis
New proposals to reduce authors’ control of copyright and flood the market with cheap overseas editions cause a stir down under.
- 2016 May 19
A Conversation with Elena Ferrante
Italian novelists Elena Ferrante and Nicola Lagioia talk childhood, novels, and writing as an act of pride.
The Unsung Heroes of Poetry
Eleven poets break down everything it takes to write poetry and run a small press in 2016.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, By the Book
The author of 'The Emperor of All Maladies' and the upcoming 'The Gene' discusses the books and authors he admires.
Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Black Panther' Roars
The senior writer for the Atlantic sees a new sort of success with his first monthly comic series.
- 2016 May 18
Nguyen Talks 'The Sympathizer,' Escape
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his book and his escape from Vietnam.
Surprise Dunham Book Sells Out
'Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?' is Lena Dunham's collection of decade-old journal entries—which sold out in 24 hours.
Franzen's 'Jeopardy!' Appearance
The author and ornithologist was offered "birds" as a category—and somehow still finished second.
- 2016 May 17
Jennifer Sears Interviews Mary Gaitskill
The author discusses mothering, women and money, writing through race and class, and the challenge of capturing endings.
- 2016 May 16
Restoring Emily Dickinson's Home
On restoring poet, naturalist, and gardener Emily Dickinson's "poetic laboratory," her home and gardens.
- 2016 May 13
Katherine Dunn Dies at 70
The Portland author of the cult classic 'Geek Love' and longtime journalist has died of lung cancer.
Even Dostoevsky Hated Literary Readings
On the trouble of sitting still and listening to fiction writers read from their works.
- 2016 May 12
A Phone Call with Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie chats with Paul Holdengraber about boarding school, fairy tales, and drinking with Günter Grass.
- 2016 May 11
GRRM Releases 'Winds of Winter' Chapter
George R.R. Martin has published a new chapter from the upcoming volume in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Authorial Hate Mail
Even in the age of email and Internet comments sections, the long-lasting tradition of writers insulting other writers endures.
Blake Meets Wu-Tang in Kate Tempest
The young author and rapper has "a knack for the devastating throwaway line."
- 2016 May 10
How 'Love and Rockets' Broke the Rules
The series by Los Bros Hernandez is as influential as it is daring—and has big name fans from Gaiman to Simone to prove it.
- 2016 May 09
PEN Urges Release of Egyptian Author
PEN America has gathered signatures from roughly 120 writers on a letter urging Egypt to release the imprisoned writer Ahmed Naji.
An Interview with Louise Erdrich
The award-winning writer and bookstore owner discusses her new book, the lives of Native Americans, and more.
Anton Chekhov, Pre-Postmodernist
Why the famed Russian writer's experimental work served as a precursor to postmodernism.
James Baldwin on Self-Imprisonment
At 'Brain Pickings,' Maria Popova rounds up some of the writer's quotes on the nature of freedom.
- 2016 May 05
Nick Offerman, By the Book
The funnyman, manly man, woodworker, and author talks the books on his night stand and Wendell Berry's essays.
- 2016 May 04
Doubts About 'Flags of Our Fathers'
James Bradley, the author of the military bestseller, thinks his father may not be in the famous photo of Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima.
- 2016 May 03
North Korean Prisoner Writes Book
Kenneth Bae, the American missionary who was North Korea's longest-held U.S. prisoner, wrote about his ordeal in 'Not Forgotten.'
- 2016 May 02
Turning to James Baldwin
In a time of social upheaval surrounding issues of race, writers, scholars, and activists again seek wisdom from one of America's greatest writers.
- 2016 Apr 29
Jim Harrison's Literary Friendships
Remembering the late author not with endless Hemingway comparisons, but by looking at his life.
Don DeLillo, Apocalyptic Prophet
Looking at the author's disaster-heavy catalog through the lens of his latest novel, 'Zero K.'
Australia Resists Copyright Proposals
Writers and publishers down under vocally oppose new proposed fair use intellectual property laws.
Get to Know Paula Hawkins
The 'Girl on the Train' author discusses the surprises of success, wanting no children, and giving up on the romcom.
- 2016 Apr 28
Porochista Khakpour on Prince's Women
The author praises the ladies who accompanied the late musical phenomenon in a 'Village Voice' feature.
- 2016 Apr 27
FBI Columnist Harper Lee
The late author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' wrote a news story in the 1960s for a magazine aimed at the FBI that has just been unearthed.
Plath Reads "Spinster" for BBC
Poet Sylvia Plath read the poem "Spinster," among others, during BBC recording sessions in the 1960s.
- 2016 Apr 26
The Poetic Star of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'
Meet Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet featured in Beyoncé's surprise video album.
A Glimpse at Plimpton
Taking a look at the participatory sports journalism of George Plimpton, through his letters and photos.
- 2016 Apr 25
Six Celebrations of Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, 'Literary Hub' publishes six opinion pieces digging into his legacy.
The Success of Cassandra Clare
The YA fantasy author steeps herself in the history of her genre, even living in a steampunk home.
Alain de Botton Takes Your Questions
In preparation for a Wednesday webchat, the philosopher takes readers' questions over at 'The Guardian.'
- 2016 Apr 22
Prince's Book Publicist Remembers Icon
Kathleen Schmidt reflects: "If he liked you, he would always like you. He would always remember your name."
Four Writers In 'Time' 100
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elena Ferrante, and Marilynne Robinson are among the “100 Most Influential People.”
- 2016 Apr 21
Hip-Hop and Publishing
In an era when pop culture and black artists are ever more appreciated, why does the literary community seem to ignore hip-hop?