- 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.
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."