- 2017 Apr 24
‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author Shot
Kuki Gallmann, one of Kenya’s most famous conservationists and a bestselling author, was shot in Kenya on Sunday.
- 2017 Apr 21
Reading Bill O'Reilly's Novel Now
Peppered with rants about ex-wives, newsroom politics, and the Long Island Expressway, 'Those Who Trespass' is an astonishing read.
Shakespeare In a Sandstorm
On the Bard's birthday, a tale of performing 'Hamlet' in the middle of a sandstorm at a Syrian Refugee Camp.
An Hour In Emily Dickinson's Bedroom
The reclusive poet wrote her entire life’s work—nearly 1,800 poems—in just one room, and you can rent it for an hour.
- 2017 Apr 19
Cuomo's Memoir Fails Up
N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 memoir may have tanked at bookstores, but it still produced $218,100 in royalties for him last year.
- 2017 Apr 18
Literature’s Arctic Obsession
In the nineteenth century, the Arctic, then still largely undiscovered, captured the imagination of the Western world.
- 2017 Apr 14
Bill O'Reilly's World
The top-rated cable news host's books, charitable foundation and speaking engagements extend his reach well beyond the television set.
The Secret Lives of Grace Paley’s Women
A new anthology cements the author's legacy as our most interesting writer of domesticity.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's Golden State
In this list of recommendations, the L.A. transplant and 'The Nest' author writes about some of her favorite books that explore California.
- 2017 Apr 13
James Baldwin’s Archive
The author's papers have landed in one of the nation’s leading archival institutions, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The Poems of Miami Inmates
A prison-writing nonprofit and an artist have teamed up to use the Google search engine to effectively publish poems by Miami inmates.
- 2017 Apr 12
New Plath Letters Cite Domestic Abuse
Unpublished correspondence from the poet to her former therapist records allegation of beating by her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.
- 2017 Apr 11
The Prophet of Dystopia
Margaret Atwood's fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc—visions that now feel too real.
- 2017 Apr 10
Saving Jack Kerouac's Home
Fans hope to preserve the author's modest house in St. Petersburg, Fla., which is now for sale, to turn it into a museum.
- 2017 Apr 07
Mitch Albom, By the Book
The author of 'Tuesdays With Morrie' avoids “grim, angst-ridden, navel-gazing books and horror. Enough of that in the real world.”
Hello Again, 'Columbus'
Rethinking the end of Philip Roth’s story of summer romance and satirical sketch of suburban arriviste Jews in the fifties, 'Goodbye Columbus.'
10 Essential Terms for Poets
From "aubade" to "tanka," a handy handbook to poetic terms to add some spice to your literary vocabulary.
- 2017 Apr 06
The Strange Psychology of Memoirs
Researchers who study autobiographical memory and authors who’ve written memoirs catalog some of the quirks of writing about one's life.
Putting 'Finnegans Wake' to Music
Over 100 contributors to the project Waywords and Meansigns are setting James Joyce’s experimental 1930s book to music.
- 2017 Apr 05
Translating Agatha Christie For Iceland
Rendering the great English thriller writer into his own language taught Ragnar Jónasson how to write fiction himself.
Alec Baldwin's 'Plot Against America'
The actor and Trump impersonator reads from the opening chapter of Philip Roth’s 2004 novel 'The Plot Against America.'
20 Rare Ginsberg Photos
On the 20th anniversary of the death of Allen Ginsberg, a rare collection of photos of the author and activist.
- 2017 Apr 04
Langston Hughes’s Rent Party Cards
Yale's Beinecke Library is displaying the poet's rent party cards, which advertised fundraising gatherings in an era of discriminatory Harlem rent.
The Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist
The Baileys Prize shortlist has been announced, and includes authors Madeleine Thein, C.E. Morgan, and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀.
The Smuggling of Short Stories
How a book of short stories made the perilous journey across the North Korean border.
- 2017 Apr 03
George Takei's Graphic Memoir
The 'Star Trek' star is boldly charting new territory with a debut graphic memoir about his experience in a WWII government internment camp.
- 2017 Mar 31
The Poetry of Pop
How do poets listen to pop songs? Some poets, including Major Jackson and Evie Shockley, pick some song lyrics worth reading.
- 2017 Mar 30
Where Bob Dylan Was
While the Nobel Committee was preparing to give Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature, the songwriter was visiting his writing roots.
Regnery Rumored to Consider Signing Milo
The publisher, which has released books from Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham — is said to be in talks over Yiannopoulos's book.
- 2017 Mar 29
Jeff Buckley's Journals
The handwritten journals of the singer-songwriter, who died tragically in 1997 at age 30, will be reproduced in a forthcoming book from Da Capo Press.
- 2017 Mar 27
Three American Women and the Qur'an
The story of how three white women from U.S. became some of the most influential Qur’anic publishers in the world.
- 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.