- 2017 Oct 18
Ruining Great Books with Technology
Here’s how 25 of the world’s greatest tales would be destroyed by dastardly tech. (Could you imagine James Joyce's 'Ulysses' with autocorrect?)
Ten Black Poets Share Their Favorites
Poets including Danez Smith and Yrsa Daley-Ward share their favorite works of poetry that either inspired or changed them for the better.
- 2017 Oct 17
America's Most Popular Playwright
Lauren Gunderson, at 35, has had more than 20 works produced, and is currently the most produced playwright in the U.S.
Asian-American Women Writer Summit
V.V. Ganeshananthan, Porochista Khakpour, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Esmé Weijun Wang discuss writing, activism, and community.
- 2017 Oct 13
The Cabinet of Dr. Jekyll
This creepy piece of furniture from Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood home inspired 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' years later.
Where the Writers Went to Drink
A list of 12 bars where you can drink your way to literary greatness in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkein, Yukio Mishima, and Dorothy Parker.
- 2017 Oct 12
Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World
After 17 years, the author of the trilogy “His Dark Materials” carries on the story of one of literature’s most indelible heroines.
Toni Morrison’s Vision of Otherness
The history of racism and exclusion in the United States is the history of whiteness, the 'Beloved' author writes in a new book.
The Book That Inspired Woolf's 'Orlando'
Vita Sackville-West’s book about a sprite who meets famous fairytale figures was written in 1922 but will be published now for the first time.
How Stevens Helped Me Understand Brexit
Hidden within Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel 'The Remains of the Day' is a powerful critique of neoliberalism, Alexandra d'Abbadie writes.
Writing On War in Iraq
Author Helen Benedict recommends six important contemporary Iraqi literary voices whose work examines war.
- 2017 Oct 10
Great Writers Forgotten By History
Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover.
Nnedi Okorafor is Redefining Fantasy
Some readers have labeled her YA series, Akata, the "Nigerian Harry Potter," as it pushes African-influenced fantasy into the spotlight.
'Walden' Wasn’t Thoreau’s Masterpiece
In his 2-million-word journal, the author discovered how to balance poetic wonder and scientific rigor as he explored the natural world.
- 2017 Oct 06
What’s So “Inscrutable” About Ishiguro?
The author has now won the Nobel Prize. But critics are still struggling to understand him.
Rupi Kaur Is Kicking Down the Doors
The author of 'Milk and Honey' and 'The Sun and Her Flowers' has used Instagram to beat the publishing industry at its own game.
- 2017 Oct 05
Jill Bialosky Faces Plagiarism Charges
The poet, essayist, and W.W. Norton editor is being accused of plagiarized passages in her new memoir, 'Poetry Will Save Your Life.'
'Exorcist' Writer's Home for Sale
Author William Peter Blatty's house is on the market—just in time for Halloween.
Ocean Vuong, War Baby
The fascinating, moving, and war-torn story of the Vietnamese-American former refugee and prize-winning poet.
- 2017 Oct 04
The Instagram Poet Outselling Homer
Rupi Kaur, author of 'Milk and Honey' and new collection 'The Sun and Her Flowers,' beats out the next-best-selling work of poetry 10 to 1.
- 2017 Oct 03
A Friendship with Philip Larkin
Andrew Motion first came across the poet's work as a schoolboy in the late 1960s—then ended up teaching with him.
- 2017 Oct 02
My 150 Writing Mentors and Me
What interviewing an author a week for several years has taught writer Joe Fassler about finishing his novel.
- 2017 Sep 29
In Search of Lost Bribes
Marcel Proust paid for flattering reviews of 'Swann's Way' to hit the front pages of French newspapers.
The Mind of John McPhee
A deeply private writer reveals his obsessive process in a 'New York Times Magazine' profile.
Kanye West, the New John Donne
On similiarities in the work of West, the "first metaphysical rapper," and the 16th Century poet Donne.
Trump Era: An Accidental Novella
M.T. Anderson, the National Book Award–winning author, talks to 'EW' about his prescient new book, 'Landscape with Invisible Hand.'
- 2017 Sep 28
Sex, Politics, and Banned Books in 2016
One way to discover what Americans are concerned about is to delve into the books they read—or, more tellingly, the ones they reject.
Reader, I Clicked On Him!
Jane Austen’s works are now a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, with dinner parties instead of dungeons and gossip instead of guns.
Based on a True Story?
Why authors of color who write literary fiction rarely get the benefit of the doubt that their works are not autobiographical.
A Literary Writer Turns to TV
Aleksandar Hemon on writing for 'Sense8' and the "pleasure of temporarily losing [his] intellectual sovereignty."
- 2017 Sep 27
Poetry in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Poets must imagine a world beyond retributive violence by the state, Christopher Soto writes.
How a Critic Opens a Book
'NYT' daily critic (and 'PW' alumna) Parul Sehgal discusses how she covers books and more in a Q&A with the 'Times.'
Reading Baldwin after Harvey
How James Baldwin's essays illuminate how climate change is a social justice issue as much as an environmental one.
- 2017 Sep 26
The Public's Push to Ban Books
This Banned Books Week, campaigners say authors must resist pressure online from the “anger of the mob” to avoid controversial topics.
The Plight of Illustrated Books
Why are graphic novels and other illustrated books being challenged and banned more now than ever?
An Enslaved Poet's Essay, Uncovered
A scrapbook at the New York Public Library contains a recently discovered essay by the enslaved poet George Moses Horton.
The Five Weirdest Author IP Lawsuits
‘The Art of Fielding’ is hardly the first novel to be the subject of a possibly dubious plagiarism suit.
- 2017 Sep 25
Lee Child Comes Out in Favor of Weed
In an interview with 'High Times' magazine, the creator of Jack Reacher says that marijuana enhances his creativity.
A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie
How the landscape of Nebraska’s plains inspired the great American novelist with the stuff of epics.
- 2017 Sep 22
How Marilynne Robinson Finds That Word
The author of 'Housekeeping' and 'Gilead' on the exploratory nature of writing and how to find the mot juste.
The Wildes Were Wild for Women in Slacks
How Constance and Oscar Wilde helped get women into trousers—one giant leap for womankind.
- 2017 Sep 21
Chad Harbach Hit with Plagiarism Suit
A former Division III college baseball player claims 'The Art of Fielding' rips off his unpublished work.
J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Hobbit' at 80
It was deemed "juvenile trash" when first published, but the book, much more than a childish prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings,' still shapes fantasy today.
- 2017 Sep 20
John Green's Brother Gets a Book Deal
Dutton will publish YouTube star Hank Green's debut novel, 'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing,' in fall 2018.
Indonesian Women's Feminist Zines
In the age of social media, zines have become a preferred medium of expression and communication for women in Indonesia.
How Mark Twain Hurt Palestine
Did 'The Innocents Abroad,' the most famous 19th-century account of Palestine, deal lasting damage to the region's reputation?
Truman Capote's Dirty Laundry
The surviving chapters of his lost last novel, 'Answered Prayers,' feature real people and real gossip—but what happened to the rest?
- 2017 Sep 19
Bill O'Reilly's Next 'Killing' Book
The disgraced former Fox News host's 'Killing England' releases today. Will it climb the charts despite the negative press?
Accessing Africa Through Sci-Fi
Author Deji Bryce Olukotun writes about making the shift to genre fiction and imagining the future of Nigeria.
Finally Reading Maxine Hong Kingston
Angela Chen on why she avoided the 'The Woman Warrior' for 26 years and what happened when she gave in.
- 2017 Sep 18
Jailed Turkish Writer's Pre-Trial Essay
On the eve of his trial, the novelist Ahmet Altan describes how his imagination has sustained him through his imprisonment.
Liu Xiaobo’s Last Text
The 'New York Review of Books' has published the last work by the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Chinese literary critic, poet, and human rights activist.
- 2017 Sep 15
Dahl's Charlie Was Meant to Be Black
In an interview, Roald Dahl’s widow said that his agent dissuaded him from making the 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' hero a black boy.
Hemingway, Cuban Capitalist Tool
The likeness of America's literary hero is being used to sell tourism in Havana, making him big business in a country most Americans can't visit.
Just Look At Danielle Steel's Desk
See the 71-year-old typewriter she used to write 163 books, along with her custom-made desk shaped like—what else—a few of her best-sellers.
- 2017 Sep 14
Eileen Myles Combats Capitalism with Art
With a new generation of fans from Twitter and 'Transparent,' the legendary artist is basking in her latest literary renaissance.
- 2017 Sep 13
Houston's Still a Poet’s City
Before Hurricane Harvey and after, Texas's biggest metropolis is as much a poetry town as a petroleum town.
- 2017 Sep 12
Hillary Explains 'What Happened'
In her new book, Hillary Clinton opens up with candor, defiance, and dark humor, Jennifer Senior writes for the 'New York Times.'
'Handbook for Mortals' Author's Defense
Lani Sanem says she didn't game the 'New York Times' bestseller list—and believes all the steps she took are well within the rules.
Plagiarism and a Canadian Poet Laureate
Poetry sleuth Ira Lightman says the late Pierre DesRuisseaux’s 'Tranches de vie' plagiarized Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas, and Tupac.
Why No Sci-Fi Writer Predicted the Web
Game-changing real-world discoveries defy prediction, Lawrence Krauss writes for 'Slate.'
The Ascetic Insight of W. S. Merwin
After escaping the anxiety of influence, the poet discovered an elemental poetry that has deepened his art form by extracting its essence.
- 2017 Sep 11
Ten Years Without a Book Deal
A writer explains her dedication to becoming a published author—and how her approach has changed over the last decade.
10 Books That Were Written on a Bet
From 'Frankenstein' to 'Green Eggs and Ham,' books and stories that wouldn’t have existed without a wager.
- 2017 Sep 08
With DACA Rescinded, Poets Respond
24 poets answer the Trump administration's announcement about the proposed repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Clinton Kicks Off Book Tour in New York
Hillary Clinton's new memoir about the 2016 election, 'What Happened,' will launch on September 12 at the B&N in Union Square.
Toni Morrison's 'Beloved,' 30 Years On
Three decades later, the book still has the capacity to cut to the heart of the pain and pride of the black experience in America.
Authors and Their Modern Loves
Can placing a piece in the 'New York Times' Modern Love column—the aspiring memoirist's 'American Idol'—change a writer's life?
- 2017 Sep 07
Steinbeck Stepdaughter Wins $13M Suit
A federal jury in L.A. awarded John Steinbeck's stepdaughter the sum in a suit claiming the author's relatives impeded adaptations of his books.
- 2017 Sep 06
Frank Bidart’s Poetry of the Unsaid
In Bidart’s poetry—which meditates on the gay body, in childhood and adulthood—empathy, like hope, is an act of the imagination.
Reading Along with College Lit Courses
A roundup of ten of this year's best college courses focusing on literature and their reading lists.
- 2017 Sep 05
John Ashbery’s Convex Mirror
Yes, the poet’s work was difficult. But he was great because everyone found his work just as difficult as you did, Katy Waldman writes for 'Slate.'
- 2017 Sep 01
LeVar Burton Reads—to Adults
The podcast 'LeVar Burton Reads' was initially conceived as 'Reading Rainbow' for grownups.
- 2017 Aug 31
A Book for Botany-Loving Hobbits
The botanist Walter Judd has created a book that examines the many plants and trees that J.R.R. Tolkien used in his novels.
Being a Writer on Social Media
What can authors do when news of their book's impending publication garners way more attention than the writing itself?
Kōbō Abe’s Sand Dunes Are Our Own
For Electric Literature's "Late to the Party" series, 'PW' associate editor John Maher reads 'The Woman in the Dunes' for the first time.
- 2017 Aug 30
Book World Hopes for Fall Hit
As the book world’s most literary season approaches, the industry still awaits the year’s big literary publication.
Learning the Wrong Lessons from GRRM
George R.R. Martin has taken too long finishing his magnum opus. 'Game of Thrones,' in contrast, has moved too quickly on television.
Reading Robert Lowell While Expecting
During pregnancy, writer Katie Schmid turned to the poetry of Robert Lowell to deal with the anxiety of the experience.
- 2017 Aug 29
Vivien Leigh's Library Goes to Auction
Personal inscriptions from Winston Churchill, Orson Welles, and A.A. Milne fill the actor's library.
Fernando Pessoa’s Disappearing Act
The mysterious masterpiece of Portugal’s great modernist, 'The Book of Disquiet,' was found, in fragments, only after Pessoa’s death.
On New Technology in Fiction
The problem of representing technology in fiction is that it's scope is overwhelming—so much American fiction simply avoids mentioning it.
A Poetry Trail in Duluth
Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, Minn., has established the Connie Wanek Wildflower Trail in honor of the poet's work.
- 2017 Aug 28
A Debut Novelist’s Descent Into Darkness
Alexandra Alter profiles 'My Absolute Darling' author Gabriel Tallent, calling the book "poised to become the breakout debut of the year."
Before Dylan, Rabindranath Tagore
Bob Dylan wasn't the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize In Literature. Western audiences should know that.
The Promise and Potential of Fan Fiction
Fan fiction offers new writers a clearer path to potentially interested readers than has ever previously existed, Stephen Burt argues.
Reading 'Jane Eyre' While Black
Tyrese L. Coleman writes about how she was denied the privilege of escapism from the classics that her white peers were afforded.
- 2017 Aug 25
To 'E' or Not to "E"
The University of Southern California’s decision to spell William Shakespear[e]'s name without the final "e" has reignited a debate.
The Rise and Return of Jesmyn Ward
Boris Kachka profiles the National Book Award–winning Mississippi author for 'Vulture' on the eve of publication of her third novel.
Looking for Stories in Bloody Places
Novelist Rebecca Entel hunts for complicated narratives at the sites of historical atrocities.
- 2017 Aug 24
'Lemonade' for Your Living Room
Beyoncé is releasing a 600-page coffee table book that details the making of her landmark 2016 album.
Native American Lit's “Living Con Job”
Is the novelist John Smelcer, who is nominated for a 2017 PEN Literary Award, really who he says he is? 'The Stranger' investigates.
Ten Books About Tyrants
The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues’ gallery of despots and dictators from fact and fiction for the 'Guardian.'
- 2017 Aug 23
Germany Condemns Detension of Writer
Police in Spain have arrested a Turkish-German writer on vacation at Turkey's request, a move that Germany has protested.
The Secret Life of a Book Manuscript
A best-selling author submitted a draft to his editor despite warnings that no one would read the book. It was 'Churchill and Orwell.'
- 2017 Aug 22
Margaret Atwood's Bird Sanctuary
On the secluded Pelee Island, Atwood and Graeme Gibson have spent decades protecting their feathered friends.
- 2017 Aug 21
Brian Aldiss Dies at 92
One of Britain's most respected science fiction writers and the author and editor of more than 100 books died at home on his 92nd birthday.
- 2017 Aug 18
Saving the 'Paradise Lost' Cottage
A British charity seeks to secure a lasting future for a museum in the home where John Milton completed his epic poem on the fall of man.
Jeff VanderMeer Sees the Apocalypse
The writer dubbed the “Weird Thoreau” on ecological fiction and the cult of climate-change denial.
- 2017 Aug 16
Harriet Beecher Stowe House Is for Sale
The house where the author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was born, located in Litchfield, Conn., is listed on eBay for $400K.