- 2017 Feb 23
The Rise of Roxane Gay
A career decades in the making, Gay's current status as a literary rock star looks more sudden than it is.
- 2017 Feb 22
Roxane Gay on Milo's Dead Book Deal
In canceling Milo’s book contract, the author writes, Simon & Schuster "made a business decision," and nothing more.
- 2017 Feb 21
Which Writers Should Debate Trump?
A LitHub writer offers up a list of 10 authors she would like to see debate the President.
- 2017 Feb 17
Authors Jump Into the Defense Fray
Why are famous writers attending the Munich Security Conference, the world's most important security gathering?
- 2017 Feb 16
20 Years of World Book Day
Book Aid International has teamed up with 20 stars of the children’s book world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day.
'Prison Made Me Believe in Literature'
The Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji, who was jailed last year for 'violating public morality,' looks back at an experience he hopes is now over.
The Emotional Realist Talks to Ghosts
George Saunders and Kevin Larimer discuss emotional realism, humor as a form of honesty, and the flexibility of form.
Mick Jagger Forgot He Wrote His Memoir
A 70,000-word manuscript reveals how the Rolling Stones singer bought a stately home while high on LSD and was almost killed by a horse.
- 2017 Feb 15
The Book Refugees Need Now
Viet Thanh Nguyen's new short story collection demonstrates the richness of the refugee experience—and highlights its singular traumas.
Translation Beyond Metaphor
On translating the poems of Petrarch, one day at a time, to process the grief of a mother's loss.
Norman Mailer’s Fatal Friendship
Jack Henry Abbott was a talented writer and a convicted murderer. What made Mailer believe he wouldn't kill again?
- 2017 Feb 14
Literary Relationships, Ranked
This Valentine's Day, why not judge yourself against your favorite writerly romance?
- 2017 Feb 09
Poetry to Pay Attention To
PW's own Craig Morgan Teicher rounds up a list of poetry titles to look forward to in 2017.
- 2017 Feb 08
Blink-182 Guitarist Pens UFO Book
Tom DeLonge's forthcoming nonfiction book, 'Sekret Machines: Gods,' is "designed to shake people up."
20 Translators Under 40
Culture Trip presents 20 translators from an emerging generation helping to keep the art form alive and thriving.
- 2017 Feb 07
What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read
President Trump’s strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers and their books.
Sci-Fi Writers Examine Climate Change
Jeff VanderMeer, Lidia Yuknavitch, and others discuss solutions to an urgent problem that increases in urgency by the day.
- 2017 Feb 06
Master of Quirk
At Quirk Books in Philadelphia, Jason Rekulak has produced—and helped write—a string of bizarre bestsellers. Now he's written a novel under his own name.
- 2017 Feb 03
No Pyres for Harry Potter
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has hit back at Twitter users who threatened to burn her books following her criticism of President Trump.
Call It Americanism
From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favorite film, 'Citizen Kane,' U.S. culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism.
Reading Through the Appalachian Trail
How books by black authors lit a writer's way along the most famous—and perhaps the most grueling—hiking trail in America.
- 2017 Feb 01
Linwood Barclay Cancels U.S. Tour
The author explains why he canceled his U.S. book events after President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.
Poetry In a Time of Protest
Edwidge Danticat on seeking solace in words during a time of great emotional and political strife.
Arundhati Roy Returns to Fiction
After a 20-year hiatus, the Booker Prize–winning Indian novelist and activist will return with her first novel since 'The God of Small Things.'
Steve Bannon's 'Titus' In Space
Here’s the pitch: 'Titus Andronicus' in outer space. The idea's source: President Trump's chief advisor.
- 2017 Jan 31
The Poet Who Was Turned Away
A story of a poet and teacher stopped at immigration, taken away, and placed in a detention cell shortly after 9/11.
- 2017 Jan 30
11 Memoirs By American Radicals
An array of books by muckraking journalists, anti-war activists, and other radical writers of 20th Century America.
César Aira's Infinite Footnote
Aira’s novels are difficult to classify—by turns realist, surrealist, absurd, and philosophical—but they are certainly indebted to Borges.
- 2017 Jan 27
Writers Support Jailed Turkish Fellows
Writers including Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood have pledged solidarity with Turkey’s imprisoned writers and journalists.
- 2017 Jan 26
In Memory of Vicki Lansky
An article reflects on the life and books of author Vicki Lansky.
- 2017 Jan 25
Jeremy Irons Reads T.S. Eliot
The actor reads the poems of one of the 20th Century's greatest poets in his iconic basso rumble.
How to Celebrate Burns Night
Scotland's long tradition of great poetry and rousing song culminates on January 25th, the birthday of its national poet, Robert Burns.
- 2017 Jan 24
Philip Roth E-mails On Trump
In 2004, the writer published “The Plot Against America,” about an election that upends the country. Has it happened here?
- 2017 Jan 23
A Dutch Classic Arrives in English
Gerard Reve’s 'The Evenings' was published in 1947, but English-language readers are only now getting a chance to read it.
George Saunders's Forgotten Kids' Book
The 2000 book 'The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip' deserves the same critical acclaim as the rest of George Saunders's work.
- 2017 Jan 20
Trump's Biographers Speak Up
On the eve of the inauguration, Trump’s biographers ponder his refusal to bend his ego to his new office.
A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale
More than a century after Twain dreamed it up, “Oleomargarine” has taken on a strange new afterlife.
On the eve of the inauguration, PEN Center USA asked writers and journalists to share short essays of strength, hope, reflection, and resistance.
- 2017 Jan 19
Ayelet Waldman: By the Book
The author isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre, yet still loves Ian McEwan's 'Atonement.'
An Inaugural Poet's Tale
Eight years ago this week, Elizabeth Alexander read the fourth inaugural poem in U.S. history for President Obama's first inauguration.
How to Write in the Age of Trump
Aleksandar Hemon calls for "a literature that craves the conflict and owns the destruction."
- 2017 Jan 18
Wole Soyinka Exits Trump’s America
The first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature has torn up his Green Card in protest.
- 2017 Jan 17
Obama's Books Kept Him Sane
Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped by reading and writing as Barack Obama.
John Lewis's Books Sell Out
Rep. John Lewis's heated public spat with President-elect Donald Trump has caused ballooning interest in books written by the civil rights icon.
Writers Quit Russian PEN
Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich and 30 other writers will leave the organization after the expulsion of jailed journalist Sergey Parkhomenko.
- 2017 Jan 12
'Mad Dog' Mattis Has Written a Book
Retired Gen. James Mattis, in a letter to the Pentagon, revealed he's written a book that has yet to be published.
- 2017 Jan 11
Will 'The Winds of Winter' Finally Blow?
George R.R. Martin mentioned the possibility of a 2017 release for his long-awaited sequel to 'A Game of Thrones' on his blog.
English-Language Writers Abroad
Authors Donna Leon, Laura Kasischke, and Simon Beckett ponder the happy mysteries of scoring hits with foreign-language readers.
- 2017 Jan 10
Michael Cunningham Meets David Bowie
When the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist got a call from Bowie, he thought it was a prank—but it was the start of a yearlong musical project.
- 2017 Jan 09
Nat Hentoff Dies at 91
The 'Village Voice' jazz critic, free speech advocate, and author died in his home on Saturday while listening to Billie Holiday.
Riordan's 'Bathroom Bill' Protest
Author Rick Riordan has declined to attend the Texas Legislature’s celebration of authors event due to the proposed "bathroom bill."
- 2017 Jan 04
'Forbes' Taps Authors In 30 Under 30
In its annual spotlighting of young lions in media, the magazine included writers such as Emma Cline, Yaa Gyasi, and Wesley Lowery.
- 2017 Jan 03
George Plimpton and Papa in Cuba
When Ernest Hemingway agreed to his famous 'Paris Review' interview, he had no idea he’d be helping the CIA.
- 2016 Dec 22
Rowling Works on Two New Novels
The Harry Potter author revealed to fans on Twitter that she has two books in the pipeline, one under her own name and one as Robert Galbraith.
How Junot Díaz Does Breakfast
Díaz is as passionate about food as he is about his work, although "anyone reading my fiction would never guess how seriously I take food."
- 2016 Dec 20
Shirley Hazzard, Teenage Spy
The late author, who died last week at 85, spent time as a teenage girl working in what she herself termed “the Judas racket.”
- 2016 Dec 19
Looking Back On 2016
Contributors to 'Bomb' magazine share the books, albums, sounds, and sights that challenged, fascinated, or pushed them through 2016.
The Books Writers Give
Twelve writers on the books they're giving as gifts this holiday season, from 'Swing Time' to Rita Dove's collected works.
- 2016 Dec 16
Patti Smith On Singing for Dylan
The musician and author writes about performing in Bob Dylan's stead at the Nobel Prize ceremony and what it felt like to flub his lines.
My Neighbor Octavia
For years, Sheila Liming knew sci-fi and fantasy author Octavia Butler, her neighbor, by her first name only. Then it hit her.
The Best Kids' Books Are for All Ages
On Elena Ferrante's illustrated children's book 'The Beach at Night,' anonymity, and writing across generations.
The Changing Faces of Sci-Fi and Fantasy
A panel with science fiction and fantasy authors Deji Bryce Olukotun, Maria Dahvana Headley, and Haris Durrani.
- 2016 Dec 14
Holiday Reads to Give You Goosebumps
R.L. Stine recommends eight terrifyingly great books for your holiday reading list.
Happy 100th, Shirley Jackson
'Literary Hub' rounds up seven pieces celebrating a century of reading Jackson's spooky stories.
- 2016 Dec 13
35 Over 35
Roundup up 35 debut authors over the age of 35, because publishing a book deserves celebration at any stage of one's career.
A Year In Reading
'The Millions' runs a number of reflections on the past year in books, from contributors including Tony Tulathimutte and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
- 2016 Dec 12
Patti Smith Accepts Bob Dylan's Nobel
The singer and songwriter performed Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremonies.
- 2016 Dec 09
Latin American Authors vs. Trump
Some of Latin America’s leading authors gathered at the Oaxaca International Book Fair to discuss Trump and what lies ahead.
Death Comes for the Quaalude King
T.C. Boyle turned his best friend’s life into fiction and, after he died, realized it was far bigger than any page could hope to contain.
- 2016 Dec 07
NPR’s Book Concierge
A guide to 2016's great reads, which uses filters to allow easy exploration of more than 300 titles recommended by critics.
Fifty Years of Disquietude
On 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and Gabriel García Márquez’s tour as an accidental propagandist.
- 2016 Dec 06
George R.R. Martin vs. Happy Endings
The author has news about the next book in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, and fans might not be happy.
- 2016 Dec 05
Amazon's Grocery of the Future
Amazon is breaking into physical retail in a new way: A concept grocery store with no cashiers, no registers, and no lines.
Turkey’s Crackdown Spares the Literary
Some Turkish authors who are not in prison may well be wondering why not.
- 2016 Dec 01
New Murakami On the Horizon
Haruki Murakami’s new and "very strange" novel is set for release in Japan in February 2017.
- 2016 Nov 30
Authors Condemn U.S. Booker Admissions
Writers say Commonwealth and British writers face a greater struggle to find readers, and now the "dice are loaded."
- 2016 Nov 28
A Pulitzer Winner's Bookselling Woes
Mei Fong is giving away her book in Chinese because the topic scared off publishers.
Costa's History-Making Awards
Historical fiction has been dominating the prizes' shortlists. So why are authors looking to the past?
- 2016 Nov 23
Toni Morrison on Whitening America Again
The choices made by white men out of fear of black men and women suggest the true horror of lost status, the Nobel Prize–winner writes.
Giving Thanks for Books
Eleven young adult authors share the books they're most thankful for this Thanksgiving.
- 2016 Nov 22
Seuss's Wall Art
A look at Dr. Seuss's wall sculptures.
Arias Lawyer and Author Suspended
An Arizona criminal defense lawyer has agreed to a four-year suspension for publishing a book about the trial of his high-profile client.
- 2016 Nov 21
Charles Simic on an 'Expendable America'
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former poet laureate of the U.S. reflects on the recent election.
Brit Bennett on Black Grief
The debut novelist behind 'The Mothers' is not here to translate black grief for white audiences.
- 2016 Nov 18
Three NBA Acceptance Speeches
Colson Whitehead, Ibram X. Kendi, and John Lewis have some advice for getting through the next four years.
- 2016 Nov 17
Criticism in the Twilight
What role can the critic—whose work has further reach than ever in the digital age—play in today’s uncertain times?
- 2016 Nov 16
Kids' Lit Against Fear and Hate
Hundreds of children's authors have signed a pledge on website The Brown Bookshelf to tackle racism and xenophobia.
Michael Chabon, the Underdog On Top
Chabon’s new novel is being received this week with the kind of hype you’d expect. He’s a big deal author. So why doesn’t he act like one?
'The Health of Us' by Claudia Rankine
A new poem by the author of 'Citizen' written in response to the national discussion around healthcare.
- 2016 Nov 15
16 Writers On Trump's America
Essays by Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more.
Twenty Questions...with Lydia Davis
The 'Times Literary Supplement' interviews the prolific fiction writer and translator on her favorites, who will be read in 100 years, and more.
Elena Ferrante in Conversation
The Neapolitan Quartet author on why readers have trouble with challenging portrayals of women, narcissism, and smoking cigarettes.
- 2016 Nov 14
What Trump's Rule Could Mean for Authors
The Author's Guild rounds up what it knows about where the President-elect might stand on issues affecting working authors.
Read Excerpts by the NBF's 5 Under 35
Fiction to "leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape" from Brit Bennett, S. Li, Yaa Gyasi, Thomas Pierce, and Greg Jackson.
A Time for Refusal
On Eugène Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros,' its relevance in the age of Trump, and what it means to refuse a "new normal."
A Reading List for Resistance
25 works of poetry and fiction for anger and action in the wake of the unprecedented 2016 presidential election.
- 2016 Nov 11
Yiddish Writing In Trump's America
With Donald Trump as president-elect, Yiddish Literature will be more important than ever.
- 2016 Nov 10
An Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz
The author of 'Bruja,' a "dreamoir" (or memoir told in dreams), discusses how she came to write her new book in such a distinctive style.
10 Japanese Women's Books to Translate
A list of books by Japanese women that should be translated into English to make up for the current gender gap.
- 2016 Nov 09
Poe's 'Raven,' Adapted to Film
A twelve-minute interpretation of an encounter between a young Edgar Allen Poe and a stately talking raven.