- 2017 Mar 24
Patti Smith's Poetic New Home
Smith has bought the reconstructed home of one of France's most beloved poets, in a hamlet with a population of 90.
- 2017 Mar 23
Author Solidarity After London Attack
Writers have been reacting to the Westminster terror attack which took place in London yesterday afternoon.
Daniel Clowes On 'Wilson,' the Alt-Right
If the alt-right were a fictional movement in an eerie comic book, it’s easy to imagine Daniel Clowes being the guy who dreamed it up.
- 2017 Mar 22
Walt Whitman's Men's Health Column
The new book 'Manly Health and Training' collects a series of advice columns that Whitman wrote under a pseudonym in 1858.
- 2017 Mar 21
A Trump E-book a Day
Since Donald J. Trump completed his rise to power, he has become the hottest new writing prompt for journalists and creative writers alike.
Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans?
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone in want of attention could do worse than co-opt Jane Austen. And the alt-right knows it.
Literature, Meet the Data Crunch
In a new book, journalist Ben Blatt uses statistics to analyze literature, pinpointing words that give away classic writers' genders, locales, and more.
- 2017 Mar 20
Richard Flanagan's Coming Novel
Penguin Random House will publish 'First Person' in April 2018, the author's first novel since he won the Man Booker Prize in 2014.
Inventing a Literary Language
An early reviewer of 'The Lord of the Rings' called crafting a fictional language "not only insane but unnecessary." Yet there so many.
- 2017 Mar 17
Chris Hayes Talks Books
The 'A Colony in a Nation' author reveals his favorite writers, what he's reading now, and his ideal literary dinner.
31 Books to Read This Spring
Check out a list of new books publishing this season, including 'Exit West' by Mohsin Hamid and 'Marlena' by Julie Buntin.
- 2017 Mar 16
J.K. Rowling Updates 'Fantastic Beasts'
The Harry Potter author is revealing new plot details in an updated edition of 2001's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.'
- 2017 Mar 14
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
New research on the ‘Emma’ author’s failing eyesight suggests that she may have died of arsenic poisoning.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Blasted Publishing
The iconic writer’s long-lost short story, ‘The I.O.U.,’ portrays publishers as greedy and exploitive.
- 2017 Mar 13
Feminist Author Under Fire
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is facing criticism after her comments on gender identity and women's issues.
- 2017 Mar 10
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
The cause of Jane Austen’s mysterious death at 41 has been much pondered over, but new evidence suggests a sinister possibility: arsenic.
Claude McKay's Forgotten Harlem Novel
Discovered 70 years after it was written, 'Amiable With Big Teeth' depicts a time when communism and black nationalism merged.
'Master and Margarita' Covers, Ranked
On the 77th anniversary of its author’s death, 75 of the book’s covers from around the world, ranked, with commentary.
- 2017 Mar 09
Literary Muses, Ranked
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Vita Sackville-West—poet, novelist, and muse for Virginia Woolf—a roundup of literary muses.
- 2017 Mar 08
Under the Spell of James Baldwin
Poet Darryl Pinckney reviews Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro,' a documentary film about the life of the great African-American thinker and writer.
- 2017 Mar 07
Reading Jane Austen's Final Novel
Two hundred years after its author’s death, 'Sanditon' remains a robust, unsparing portrait of human foolishness.
Are You An Echo? Or a Poet?
The remarkable story of the forgotten young woman who became Japan's most beloved children's poet.
Planned Parenthood On Pluto
Feminist sci-fi writers, including Hugo Award winners, dream up a better future for women and reproductive health.
Black Author, White Gaze
"What happens to the writerly imagination of a black author who is at some level always conscious of representing one's race?
- 2017 Mar 06
Grace Paley, the Saint of Seeing
Paley’s literary approach is to make a dazzling verbal surface that doesn’t so much linearly represent the world as remind us of its dazzle.
The Philosopher Queen: Rebecca Solnit
Solnit is a favorite of the literati, penning essays that move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy.
- 2017 Mar 03
Tolkien Truther Declares Himself King
A Colo. man, who believes the author's fantasy works are real, cites royal lineage from the land of Gondor to declare himself King of England.
Should Writers Boycott Book Festivals?
Luxurious offers from international events in oppressive countries are tempting, but they come with heavy ethical baggage.
- 2017 Mar 02
The New Joan Didion Is the Old
A look at the author's new book, an old, unedited notebook detailing an unfinished tour of the South in 1970.
Why Baldwin Matters More Than Ever
Cornel West on why the author of 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' and 'Giovanni's Room' is so vital in today's world.
- 2017 Mar 01
One In Five Britons Can't Name A Writer
One out of every five British people cannot name a single author of literature, a survey has revealed.
- 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.