- 2016 Oct 21
Donald Trump's debate answers have spawned a hashtag that suggests what Trump might write if he were reviewing classic books.
The Curse Words of Charles Dickens
How the 19th Century's great English novelist rejected the easily-offended Victorians and their social norms with subtlety.
John Irving Interviews Nathan Hill
The authors discuss Hill’s debut work, his love of dysfunction, and why to think about writing the way you think about keeping a garden.
- 2016 Oct 20
Claudia Rankine, Whiteness Scholar
The award-winning poet on why she’s using her MacArthur genius grant to explore whiteness.
Meet Mark Twain, the Animated GIF
The U.S. National Archives has launched an animated GIF archive, which includes GIFs of authors from Twain to Hemingway.
Edward Weston's 'Leaves of Grass'
Although the book was a failure, the photographer considered his 1941 photographs for Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ as some of his best work.
- 2016 Oct 19
The Stephen E. King Chair in Literature
The University of Maine is creating a chair in honor of one of its most famous graduates, and is collecting applications from professors now.
- 2016 Oct 18
The Pieces of Zadie Smith
The Briton, Jamaican, mother, writer, and woman has become one of this generation’s most vital literary voices.
- 2016 Oct 14
George Saunders's Funny Sadness
With a surrealism that owes a lot to the real world of ordinary Americans, his stories offer sharp, moral parables of contemporary life in the U.S.
- 2016 Oct 12
The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin
The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Internet Meme
A conversation with the author about his new novel, 'Here I Am,' and becoming an internet joke.
Doubt and Shame in 'The Mothers'
Brit Bennett on her debut novel, her childhood, the politics within the black church, the social power of church mothers, and female autonomy.
- 2016 Oct 11
Maggie Nelson's Desert Island Books
The author of 'The Argonauts' and 2016 MacArthur fellow would turn to Lorine Niedecker, James Baldwin, and Annie Dillard.
- 2016 Oct 07
Funny Writers Pick Funny Books
More than 30 writers discuss the books that make them laugh—and have a lot to say.
- 2016 Oct 06
SJP and TNC Get Literary
Having conquered their respective fields, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ta-Nehisi Coates are heading into the literary unknown.
Sylvia Plath's Radio Play
A recording of the poet's barely-known play for the airwaves, 'Three Women,' from 1961.
- 2016 Oct 04
The Forgotten Pulitzer Winner
Growing up in the shadow of MacKinlay Cantor, who went from the Pulitzer Prize to complete obscurity.
- 2016 Oct 03
Who Is the Real Ferrante?
An Italian investigative journalist has dug into the financial and real estate records of an Italian translator, and believes she is the mysterious author.
Elena Ferrante Deserved Her Privacy
By protecting her identity and privacy in an era of increased surveillance, the author in turn protected ours.
160 Years of 'Bovary'
Flaubert’s anti-heroine, the original desperate housewife, was a scandal on publication and still challenges our morality.
Mary Gaitskill in Love
A profile of and conversation with the author of 'Bad Behavior,' for whom love is central to the act of her writing.
- 2016 Sep 30
Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors
Eleven new writers make their debut in the annual 'Hollywood Reporter' ranking of the film industry's most sought-after word nerds.
Speculative Authors Fight Mental Illness
Science fiction and fantasy authors around the globe have come together to support people suffering from mental illnesses.
- 2016 Sep 29
The Relentlessly Relevant Henry James
The U.S. Postal Service has made a stamp in honor of the American expatriate writer.
Twitter as Literature
On the novelist whose Twitter feed is both a refuge from writer's block and a work of art.
- 2016 Sep 28
A Decade in the Literary Wilderness
Three writers discuss what it's like to spend ten years working on a single novel.
How Stephen King Made Pop Culture Weird
If you haven't heard, "weird" is back in style, and it's time to celebrate the person responsible: Stephen King.
- 2016 Sep 26
A Perfect Storm
How do you update a play about a castaway sorcerer and an air spirit? Margaret Atwood on her contemporary take on 'The Tempest.'
- 2016 Sep 23
Patterson Won't Murder King
James Patterson was to publish a book about an attempt on Stephen King's life, but decided against it after learning of real-life threats.
And Still, She Rises
The trailer has been released for 'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,' the first documentary on the late American poet laureate.
Sharon Olds Explains It All
The poet discusses her new collection in praise of everything from stretch marks to composting toilets.
We Are the American Heartbreak
In a rare recording, Langston Hughes addresses race, “the rock on which Freedom stumped its toe.”
- 2016 Sep 22
Syrian Authors Blast U.S., Russia
In a statement, the writers argue that the countries have co-opted the Syrian liberation struggle under the rubric of the “war against terror.”
- 2016 Sep 21
Marley Dias, the 11-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, has created a mini-magazine, to launch tomorrow.
Joyce Carol Oates, Interviewed
One of America's most prolific writers talks about great editors, bad reviews, and the Internet.
Pullman Pulls for E.U. Royalty Plans
Philip Pullman has appealed for E.U. directive to be introduced in Britain, to help authors make a living.
Atlas Obscura Tours Manhattan
Dylan Thuras, co-founder of the travel website, shows NPR hidden wonders in a well-trodden place.
- 2016 Sep 16
After a gentle rejection of her first manuscript from Alfred Knopf himself, Ursula K. Le Guin knew she had to keep working at her writing.
Books of Fall Bounty
Eleven books about food and desire, filled with stories of appetite and invention, from authors including Eric Ripert and Han Kang.
- 2016 Sep 15
Paula Hawkins, By the Book
The author of 'The Girl on the Train' steers away from some popular genres: “I have (shamefully) never read any sci-fi."
A President's Paintings
George W. Bush is to publish a book of his oil paintings of military personnel and veterans, with the proceeds going towards veterans charities.
- 2016 Sep 14
Jennifer Weiner's Feminism Flop
The author's reaction to Oprah’s Book Club announcement wasn’t good for her or the movement.
- 2016 Sep 13
Authors' Best Writing Tips
Writers offer their most important piece of advice—from finding a voice to the all-important ending.
Kate Beaton Against Children
Applying her graphic genius to the tyranny of babies, the 'Hark, a Vagrant!' creator knows her audience.
Tommy Pico Talks Poetry
On the angers and joys of a Native American poet living in Brooklyn.
- 2016 Sep 12
How Megan Abbott Spends Sunday
During her Sunday writing stints, the author takes breaks to step into the light of a neighborhood she loves.
Eimear McBride on How a Book is Formed
The author on how Lars von Trier, James Joyce, and Sarah Kane inspired her to explore a new immersive style
- 2016 Sep 08
F. Scott Fitzgerald's Lost Stories
'I’d Die for You', due in 2017, contains works the author was unable to sell in the 1930s due to subject matter and style.
- 2016 Sep 07
Márquez Marks Colombian Currency
Gabriel García Márquez, the great magical realist, will grace the country's new 50,000-peso bill.
- 2016 Sep 06
Bookseller at a Bargain Price
B&N survived Amazon’s onslaught, and with 5.3% yield and 50% upside, shares are looking attractive.
The Illustrated Bard
3,000 illustrations of Shakespeare’s works from Victorian England, presented in a new digital archive.
- 2016 Sep 02
Let Us Now Praise James Agee
Eighty years ago this summer, James Agee began writing his first great work.
- 2016 Sep 01
Dennis Cooper's Blog Re-Launched
The artist and author writes that Google will provide all data, which he will upload to a new domain post by post.
Hersey's 'Hiroshima' at 70
In 1946, the 'New Yorker' devoted its entire contents to a 30,000-word article on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Rescue Cat Takes to the Page
Margaret Atwood reimagines the everyday feline as a comic-book superhero.
- 2016 Aug 31
Lena Dunham's New Story Collection
The 'Girls' star and 'Not That Kind of Girl' author is working on 'Best and Always,' to be published by Random House next year.
The Punk Rock Gilmore Girls Book Group
Cookies and wine at WORD bookstore with Legs McNeil, the author of the punk rock classic 'Please Kill Me.'
About That Ouija Board
How James Merrill biographer Langdon Hammer summoned the poet's metaphorical spirit in his home.
- 2016 Aug 30
Egyptian Author's Jail Term Upheld
Ahmed Naji must continue a two-year sentence handed down for writing a scene that "violated public modesty."
How I Helped Elmore Leonard
Gregg Sutter on helping the famed crime novelist write his "Hollywood novel," 'Get Shorty.'
- 2016 Aug 29
Ursula Goes to the Library
Ursula K. Le Guin will get the Library of America treatment—a rare honor for any living author, let alone one pigeonholed as a "genre writer."
Langston's New Harlem Renaissance
Will poet Langston Hughes's brownstone on 127th Street in Harlem have a second life as an arts center?
Camille Rankine's Ambivalence
An interview with the author of 'Incorrect Merciful Impulses' on what she sees when she looks at the work she has made.
- 2016 Aug 26
W. G. Sebald and the Immigrants
How a friendship with two elderly Jewish refugees inspired the German novelist.
Suzanne Koller's New Book
The fashion director of French 'Vogue' will publish a collection of her work—and the printing is limited to 500 copies.
- 2016 Aug 25
Bob Odenkirk to Publish Memoir
The 'Better Call Saul' star will publish his first book of personal essays through Random House.
N. K. Jemisin Dreams of Sci-Fi
An interview with the author of 'The Fifth Season,' the first black writer to win a Hugo Award for best novel.
- 2016 Aug 24
True to Brand, Trump Buys Own Book
Donald Trump used campaign donations to buy $55,000 of his own book—which could be illegal.
How Patti Smith Recommends Books
The musician, author, and 'The Killing' cameo actor on how she recommends books.
Truman Capote's Ashes Go to Auction
The ashes belonging to the man behind 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s' and 'In Cold Blood' have a starting price of $2,000.
- 2016 Aug 23
A Novelist, Self-Censored
Perumal Murugan's retreated from the public eye after his novel was attacked in his home state—and now he's back.
- 2016 Aug 22
Navy SEAL to Pay Big
The soldier who wrote the book on the Osama bin Laden raid must pay the U.S. government at least $6.8 million.
The Battle for Langston's Home
Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes's $3 million home in Harlem—a rare reminder of a bygone New York.
- 2016 Aug 19
A Year Without Oliver Sacks
Orrin Devinsky remembers his best friend, the writer and psychologist Oliver Sacks, a year after his death.
How 'H Is for Hawk' Got Made
Ten years ago, a confusing encounter changed Helen Macdonald’s understanding of the connection between humans and nature.
A Letter to Ted Hughes's Daughter
A Letter of advice on how to be a writer from Hughes to his 18-year-old daughter Frieda.
The Archives of Elizabeth Bishop
The discovery of letters Bishop wrote to her psychiatrist has raised questions about “the ethics of archival reconnaissance.”
- 2016 Aug 18
An open letter to the next commander in chief from 50 American poets and writers including Tina Chang and T. C. Boyle.
The Magic Mansion
Thomas Mann's Pacific Palisades home is for sale, and it's become a huge deal in his native Germany.
The Activist Changing Book Publishing
Is Leena Norms, the U.L. vlogger and co-founder of the 'Banging Bookclub,' representative of the changing face of publishing?
- 2016 Aug 17
The #Women_Writers Manifesto
The call to arms is intended to foster collaboration "rejecting traditional models of publishing."
Teffi who? Once a Russian literary superstar, Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya had been long forgotten...until recently.
- 2016 Aug 16
Harry Potter and the Gay Romance
J.K. Rowling's 'Cursed Child' has drawn fire over its story of male friendship, which some readers feel flirts coyly with gay romance.
The Return of Hemingway's Antlers
Hunter S. Thompson's widow has returned a pair of elk antlers her late partner stole from Ernest Hemingway’s estate in 1964.
- 2016 Aug 15
What Obama Is Reading This Summer
The president is in Martha’s Vineyard for his annual vacation, and he’s packed a hearty and diverse book bag for the beach.
Read to Understand the Race
Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, David Hare, and more choose books to make sense of the U.S. election.
Leaving Home to Go Home
Yaa Gyasi’s ideas about fiction are suffused with her lifelong attention to the fluctuating shadows that race casts on American life.
- 2016 Aug 12
Elena Ferrante's Run-ons
Ferrante’s signature tic is the run-on sentence, a style more obvious in English translation than in Italian.
- 2016 Aug 11
Amy Schumer, By the Book
The comedian, actress, producer and author of “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” reads everything by Elena Ferrante.
Writing Female Adolescence
Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels redress the balance.
The First Trans Woman in Western Fiction
Dr. Matthew O’Connor of Djuna Barnes's 'Nightwood' was gender dysphoric—in 1936.
- 2016 Aug 10
Black Science Fiction Writers
Less than 2% of science fiction stories published in 2015 were by black writers, a study has found.
Is It Story That Makes Us Read?
The history of plot, literature's very worst endings, and more in a deep dive into story.
- 2016 Aug 09
Margaret Atwood, Professional Geek
Scoping out Comic-Con with 'Lord of the Rings' superfan and 'The Handmaid's Tale' author Margaret Atwood.
The Fight Over Franz Kafka
Israel’s supreme court has ruled that Franz Kafka’s manuscripts are the property of the National Library of Israel.
The Library of Dreams
Years before Freud, Greek thinker Artemidorius wrote a book called the 'Oneirocritica,' or the 'Interpretation of Dreams.'
- 2016 Aug 08
Understanding the Reclusive Artist
After 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' readers didn’t demand more from Harper Lee. These days, it’s a different story.
A Poet's Paintings
Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s output as a painter will never match his reputation as a poet and publisher, in spite of his passion for the brush.
- 2016 Aug 05
Langston and Zora See America
Tailing Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes in their 1927 road trip across the American South.
How to Chronicle an Oral History
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the original chroniclers of the oral history of punk, lay out how they did it.