- 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.
- 2016 Nov 08
A Story For Every President
44 stories about our 44 presidents written by authors including Lincoln Michel, Amelia Gray, Matt Bell, Tim Horvath, and more.
George R.R. Martin Against King Trump
The 'Song of Ice and Fire' author has jumped into the political fray—and has no interest in making America into a real-life Westeros.
An Interview With Jacqueline Woodson
The author of more than two dozen acclaimed books for all ages on New York's literary legacy, gentrification, Islamophobia, and happiness.
- 2016 Nov 07
Baldwin in the Obama Years
On reading the works of James Baldwin during the Obama presidency, and how one teacher's reading of the works evolved over time.
The Tiny Houses of Famous Writers
The writing cottages and sheds of a number of iconic writers, from Roald Dahl to Virginia Woolf to Frederick Douglass.
- 2016 Nov 03
The Illuminating Work of Saeed Jones
A profile of the poet, essayist, founder of 'Buzzfeed' vertical The Reader, and CLMP Energizer Award–winner.
Sex, Drugs, and Bestsellers
In the decadent 1980s, novelists Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz, Donna Tartt and Jill Eisenstadt were billed as the "literary brat pack."
Roxane Gay On Her New Marvel Comic
The acclaimed author explains how 'Scandal' and 'La Femme Nikita' inspired the ambitious new project.
- 2016 Oct 31
The Man Behind ‘A Man Called Ove'
A peek at the author behind one of Sweden's most popular literary exports since 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'
Backlash at Dolezal Book Deal
The former NAACP chapter president, born white but self-identifying as black, will release a memoir amid considerable backlash.
Rebuilding a Decade With Words
How do you capture the 1980s in writing? Six novelists discuss re-creating the decade in fiction.
- 2016 Oct 28
Amazon to Buy Tata-Owned Publisher
E-commerce giant Amazon will acquire the Indian publishing business Westland for an undisclosed sum.
Booker Winner Beatty On Music, Politics
The author of 'The Sellout' on truth and contradiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the elusive gauge of progress in America.
Elizabeth and Alice
On the last love affair of poet Elizabeth Bishop, and the losses behind her much-anthologized vilanelle “One Art.”
- 2016 Oct 25
Shakespeare and Marlowe, Co-Authors
The New Oxford Shakespeare edition of the playwright’s works lists Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three “Henry VI” plays.
- 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.