- 2016 Jul 22
Robert Dunbar Dies at 76
Authors pay tribute to the critic, editor, educator, and "Father (Christmas) of Irish children’s literature."
Visiting Flannery O'Connor's Farm
Wei Tchou makes a trip to Andalusia Farm, O'Connor's rural Georgian estate—and is disappointed by the peafowl.
- 2016 Jul 21
Viet Thanh Nguyen is 'Committed'
'Ploughshares publishes "The Committed," an excerpt from Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen's upcoming novel.
- 2016 Jul 20
Teen George R.R. Martin's Note to Marvel
The 'Game of Thrones' author’s fan letter praises an issue of 'The Fantastic Four, then points out a plot hole.
Joy Williams on Writing
In an interview with 'Vice,' she declared: "Writing gives me no happiness, I've said this before."
- 2016 Jul 19
Trump Ghostwriter Regrets It All
'The Art of the Deal' made America see Trump as a savvy charmer. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
Wynton Marsalis Interviews Albert Murray
In April of 1994, Marsalis, one of Murray's most careful and serious students, interviewed him on tape at Murray’s apartment.
A Reading List for 'Remain'
Surveying indie publishers and booksellers, Jen Calleja collects a Eurocentric reading list for the 48% who opposed Brexit.
Frank O'Hara Inspired 'Mad Men'
'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner reads Frank O’Hara’s 'Lunch Poems' in a new audiobook.
- 2016 Jul 18
'Calvin and Hobbes' is Great Literature
Bill Watterson's masterful newspaper comic endures as literature and art...because it is both.
Vonnegut Gives Advice to the Future
In 1988, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a letter to people living in 2088, giving them seven pieces of wisdom.
- 2016 Jul 15
Natalie and Jonathan Email Away
On the eve of her directorial debut and his first book in a decade (after lots of rumors), Portman and Safran Foer open up their inboxes.
Gordon Lish and the Canadian Carver
Before Lish skyrocketed to literary fame as Raymond Carver's editor, he published Canada's Dave Godfrey.
- 2016 Jul 14
Makeover for NEA Book Program
The NEA announced Wednesday that its Big Read program will focus more on diverse, contemporary works.
A Book Deal for Bernie Sanders
Days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Senator Sanders is preparing to take his message to the page.
Google Deletes Dennis Cooper’s Blog
On June 27, writer Dennis Cooper tried to access his blog—hosted by Blogger since 2002—and discovered that Google had deleted it.
- 2016 Jul 13
Saddam Hussein Novella Coming Soon
The novella was completed on the eve of the 2003 invasion, and this is not a parody.
Jonah Lehrer Is Not a Crook
Some are skeptical that Lehrer has changed after a plagiarism scandal, but the author is adamant that his remorse is real.
- 2016 Jul 12
No Rest for Lorca in Spain
Federico García Lorca’s family tangles with Spanish officials over new $25 million center built to honor the executed poet and playwright.
- 2016 Jul 11
Happy Birthday, Marcel Proust
Six writers on the genius of the grandfather of literary nostalgia on the occasion of his 145th birthday.
Walter Mosley on Easy and Trump
The writer muses on politics and how his father is like his famous protagonist, Easy Rawlins.
- 2016 Jul 08
Authors Pick Their Beach Reads
Alexander Chee, Jenny Han, and J. Courtney Sullivan put their writerly brains together to suggest better-than-average beach reads.
“It Doesn’t Feel Like a Time to Write”
Danez Smith writes a poem full of grief, horror, and terror in the wake of more police killings of black men.
We Need a Wiesel Biography
The man who recounted the gruesomeness of the Holocaust with subtlety and courage deserves a biographer.
- 2016 Jul 07
Did DeLillo Predict 9/11?
On the extraordinary prescience of a writer who seems to see the future coming from miles away.
- 2016 Jul 06
The New Asian American Writers
On the subversive new generation of Asian American authors and their "weirdly marginal space" in American letters.
Cynthia Ozick on Saul Bellow's Letters
The Nobel laureate's candid genius flows fast and deep through his correspondence.
Jonah Lehrer Gets Another Chance
Booksellers say they are giving self-confessed plagiarist Jonah Lehrer a second chance.
Waiting on Writers
Michael Paterniti spent a summer waiting tables at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a "word-laden place."
- 2016 Jul 05
Saunders Braves a Trump Rally
Fiction writer George Saunders attends a Donald Trump rally with a big question: Who are all these Trump supporters?
Elena Ferrante's Great, Terrible Covers
Readers complain about the imagery on the author's highbrow novels, but there's value in embracing oft-scorned "women's fiction" design.
- 2016 Jul 01
Gay Talese Disavows Latest Book
The veteran journalist has disavowed 'The Voyeur's Motel' after the 'Washington Post' reported on his primary source's lack of credibility.
Geoffrey Hill Dies at 84
The author of famously difficult poetry was acclaimed by U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as “a saint and a warrior" of poetics.
C. E. Morgan and Lisa Lucas
The author and executive director of the National Book Foundation in conversation.
- 2016 Jun 29
Adichie Imagines the Life of Melania
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Arrangements" is a work of fiction following Melania Trump.
Anaïs Nin Reads From Her Diary
A 60-minute vintage recording from 1966, read by the author herself.
- 2016 Jun 28
The Reluctant Memoirist
An investigative journalist returns from an undercover mission in North Korea to face her critics.
A Poet, Or a Robot?
Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a human can produce? Dartmouth computer scientists hope to find out.
More Authors Speak on Brexit
'3:AM Magazine' fiction editor Joanna Walsh asks publishers, writers, and translators to react to the Leave vote.
Mark Millar's 'Kick-Ass' Gets a Reboot
Mark Millar has been working on a reboot of the 'Kick-Ass' and 'Hit-Girl' comic series, featuring a new African American hero.
- 2016 Jun 27
The Last Beats
On the literary bromance between Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Sterling Lord, now in its sixth decade.
50 Shades of 'Moby-Dick'
Melville had a somewhat deviant reputation in old prude America. Did an illicit affair give birth to his Great American Novel?
- 2016 Jun 24
Cynthia Ozick’s Long Crusade
Considered one of the greatest fiction writers and critics alive today, at 88, she shows no signs of slowing down.
James Baldwin House Association
A nonprofit to protect, acquire, and renovate Baldwin’s home in Provence and create a residency for artists and writers has launched.
64 Hours of Sherlock Holmes
A Spotify playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories, with performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, and more.
- 2016 Jun 23
Kobo Prize Winners Announced
Irina Kovalyova, Nocla R. White, and Wab Kinew have won Canada's $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
- 2016 Jun 22
Pulitzer Brings No Peace for Nguyen
'The Sympathizer' author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his novel, pain, and 'Apocalypse Now.'
The Theory of Judith Butler
On the radical theorist and author who spawned a gender-queer nation and became a pop celebrity in the process.
- 2016 Jun 21
Musicians Join the Copyright Fight
Songwriters including Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have signed an open letter to Congress requesting changes to the U.S. Copyright Act.
A Handbook to Political Books
What do this season’s political books tell us about the election? They "mirror the broader thinking of their moment."
- 2016 Jun 20
Women Are the Queens of Crime Fiction
Perhaps because they're more skeptical of heroism than their male counterparts, women are writing today's best crime novels.
Writers, Facing Arts Cuts, Turn to DIY
Emerging writers, seeing a decrease in support, look to peers—not publishers—for aid amid a return to the zine culture of the 1990s.
How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human
Francine Prose on Mary Shelley's night telling ghost stories at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland.
- 2016 Jun 17
Brooklyn Book Festival Lineup
Authors to appear at the festival include Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates.
Seven Writers on Fatherhood
A 'Literary Hub' roundup of writing on patriarchs and pop-pops for Father's Day.
- 2016 Jun 16
It's Bloomsday All Over the World
Celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which all of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' took place.
Nobel Prize–Winner Alexievich on Orlando
The Belarusian writer spoke about chronicling politics and suffering—and why she’s turning her attention to love.
Margaret Atwood Wins PEN Pinter
The novelist will receive the award at the British Library on October 13th during a tour of the U.K.
- 2016 Jun 15
Oprah Cookbook Due in 2017
To launch her own book imprint, Oprah Winfrey is publishing her first cookbook and delaying the release of her memoir.
- 2016 Jun 14
A Contemporary 'Canterbury Tales'
Authors have come together to write a modern version of 'The Canterbury Tales' based on stories from refugees living in Britain.
The Other NBA
Writers, publishers, and non-professional ballers prepare for fierce competition on Wednesday at the National Book Foundation's annual event.
- 2016 Jun 13
Writers Respond to Orlando Massacre
LGBTQ and allied authors reflect on Sunday's shooting with a mix of outrage, sorrow, and thoughtful reflection.
Don DeLillo on Writing 'Underworld'
"I began to think almost in the abstract patterns of an expressionist painter, such as Pollock or Rothko."
- 2016 Jun 10
James Patterson, Literacy Prophet
James Patterson would like you to read, just like he did, growing up as "a little literary snob."
- 2016 Jun 09
Ernest Hemingway's Middlebrow Revolution
On a literary sleight of hand only a master could pull off, and having it both ways in literature.
Why are Writers So Jealous?
"Everyone knows that writers are ego-driven navel-gazers," writes Khalid Warsame. But why?
- 2016 Jun 08
Sloane Crosley Reads "The Necklace"
In a new series in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago, Crosley revisits Maupassant.
- 2016 Jun 07
African Rewrites of European Classics
Four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic, giving the original a makeover.
- 2016 Jun 06
When Muhammad Ali Met Superman
The story behind the late boxer's all-star comic book team-up with Superman.
Ferrante Pleads with U.K. to Stay
The Italian author joins with writers including Anne Enright in requesting that the country stay in the European Union.
- 2016 Jun 03
Astronomers Try to Date Sappho's Poems
Using sky-mapping software, researchers have found that "Midnight Poem" was likely written between January 25 and March 31 in 570 BCE.
The Millions Interviews Neill Null
Matthew Neill Null discusses his "severe" new story collection, 'Allegheny Front,' and the power of spoken stories.
- 2016 Jun 02
John Green to Grads
John Green delivers commencement speech to Kenyon College grads.
The Hunt for Byron Preiss's Treasure
Thirty-five years after the publication of 'The Secret,' the hunt for an authorial treasure continues.
Tig Notaro, By the Book
The stand-up comic and author of 'I’m Just a Person' would recommend her own book to the president, if asked.
- 2016 Jun 01
A Newly-Discovered Langston Hughes Story
'The New Yorker' has published the Harlem Renaissance poet's previously unreleased story, "Seven People Dancing."
A Phone Call with Alain de Botton
Paul Holdengraber calls Alain de Botton to discuss everything from David Hume to the false promises of Romantic love.
- 2016 May 31
Ocean Vuong on a Second Language
"When I entered kindergarten, I was, in a sense, immigrating all over again, except this time into English."
Louise Erdrich Chats with The Rumpus
The National Book Award–winning novelist talks about her latest novel, 'LaRose,' and the power of teaching.
- 2016 May 27
17 Stories for Short Story Month
A roundup of work from writers including Garth Greenwell, Alexandra Kleeman, and Kelly Link.
The Legacy of Emma Straub
The daughter of the best-selling horror and suspense writer Peter Straub was determined to be a novelist, even after four of her books were rejected.
The Fight for the Title
A dive into the complicated world of naming a book—in which authors have less control than they may wish.
- 2016 May 25
Nabokov Goes West
On the travels of the novelist and amateur lepidopterist, who "saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck."
Writers Against Trump
More than 600 American authors put their signatures on an "open letter to the American people" pledging opposition to Trump's candidacy.
Coppola's 'Godfather' Notebook
The 720-page notebook used by Francis Ford Coppola while working on 'The Godfather' will be published in November.
- 2016 May 24
U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has organized a poetic road trip through England, Wales, and Scotland.
Did Herman Melville Pine Over Hawthorne?
New biographies dig into possibilities of the 'Moby-Dick' author's secret romances.
Success of an Anonymous 'Oxygen Thief'
An anonymously-penned, 147-page fictionalized memoir stands as a peculiar self-published success.
How to Read More Trans Writers
A roundup of works by trans writers in genres other than autobiography and memoir.
- 2016 May 23
While Waiting On GRRM, Read This
Three fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Literary Capture of the Unabomber
On the Vassar College English literature professor whose research helped convict the Unabomber.
- 2016 May 20
Australian Book Industry in Crisis
New proposals to reduce authors’ control of copyright and flood the market with cheap overseas editions cause a stir down under.
- 2016 May 19
A Conversation with Elena Ferrante
Italian novelists Elena Ferrante and Nicola Lagioia talk childhood, novels, and writing as an act of pride.
The Unsung Heroes of Poetry
Eleven poets break down everything it takes to write poetry and run a small press in 2016.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, By the Book
The author of 'The Emperor of All Maladies' and the upcoming 'The Gene' discusses the books and authors he admires.
Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Black Panther' Roars
The senior writer for the Atlantic sees a new sort of success with his first monthly comic series.
- 2016 May 18
Nguyen Talks 'The Sympathizer,' Escape
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his book and his escape from Vietnam.
Surprise Dunham Book Sells Out
'Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?' is Lena Dunham's collection of decade-old journal entries—which sold out in 24 hours.
Franzen's 'Jeopardy!' Appearance
The author and ornithologist was offered "birds" as a category—and somehow still finished second.
- 2016 May 17
Jennifer Sears Interviews Mary Gaitskill
The author discusses mothering, women and money, writing through race and class, and the challenge of capturing endings.