- 2017 May 26
Manson Murders Book Due in 2019
The book's author, Tom O’Neill, spent 18 years researching (and interviewing) Charles Manson and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.
In Defense of Keeping a Journal
The personal and literary merit of cataloging one's life makes the difficulty of doing so consistently worth the effort.
10 Great Books of D.C. Intrigue
Once a swamp, always a swamp—which makes Washington the perfect setting for books about crooks, liars, and spies.
The Pleasures of Literary Pessimism
Why do we read writers who are profoundly pessimistic? And what sense are we to make of their work? Tim Parks investigates.
- 2017 May 25
New Sylvia Plath Poems Found
A carbon paper sheet in one of the poet's old notebook was examined by academics and yielded two unknown works.
Neil Gaiman Reads a Menu
The author of 'Sandman' and 'American Gods' will perform a dramatic reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu for charity.
Curating a Literary Museum
Who (and what) deserves to be in the literary canon enshrined in America’s first museum dedicated to writers?
Why Nixon Is Tricky for Novelists
In many ways an iconic and even exaggerated figure, Nixon has posed challenges to artistic representation from the beginning.
Richard Ford Hates Your Tweets
In an interview with 'Vice,' the novelist chats about 'Between Them,' his new memoir about his parents.
- 2017 May 24
Anthony Wiener Loses a Book Deal
The former congressman was working on a tell-all book, but his latest sexting scandal involving an underage girl sank the project.
French Literary Bad Boy Comes to U.S.
Michel Houellebecq is about to open his first exhibition in the U.S., a multimedia work titled 'French Bashing.'
- 2017 May 23
Elizabeth Warren's Book Advance
Senator Warren banked a $200,000 advance for her latest book, according to her newly filed Senate financial disclosure forms.
Polish Poetry, American Resistance
After President Donald Trump was elected on November 8, many sought out poetry—and Polish poetry in particular.
One Hundred Years of Success
When Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel was published, it faced a difficult publishing climate and baffled reviews. 50 years later, it's a classic.
- 2017 May 19
How to Write Iranian America
Author Porochista Khakpour on growing up in America as an Iranian-American and working toward being a writer.
- 2017 May 18
Campus Sex Book Author Sued
A graduate student at Northwestern is suing Laura Kipnis and her publisher, HarperCollins, over her new book, 'Unwanted Advances.'
The Great American Pop Star Novel
As the influence of pop stars and the music they make expands, they inevitably become subjects of our literary works.
- 2017 May 17
Dragons Are for White Kids with Money
It's hard to be a geek—and when you are a geek who also happens to be a person of color, things only become more complicated.
- 2017 May 16
Queer Writing Roots in the Florida Keys
Throughout its history, America shunned homosexuality, but a small colony of queer writers staked out a residency in Key West.
- 2017 May 15
Emily Gould's Parenting Book Addiction
When her son was born, Gould read 25 books about babies and sleep, but wound up only more confused.
- 2017 May 11
What Melville Knew About Trump
The author, if he were alive today, might know that what plagues us are America's past sins: tolerance of bigotry and blindness to our own faults.
The Young African Immigrant Artist
Novelist Yaa Gyasi and artist Toyin Ojih Odutola—born in Africa, raised in the same Ala. town—are two great observers of race in America.
- 2017 May 10
Karl Ove Knausgaard, Art Curator
The Norwegian novelist talks about his debut curating a new exhibition of obscure works by 'Scream' painter Edvard Munch.
Fake News About Agatha Christie
The writer’s brief disappearance in 1926 is unlikely ever to be explained, but people have been inventing solutions ever since—and still are.
- 2017 May 09
The Cabbie Who Turned to Fiction
Osama Alomar drove a cab for years after leaving Syria for the U.S. But for now, at least, he's writing full time.
Minette Walters Is Done with Crime
After a 10-year hiatus, the British author, famed for her psychological thrillers, is back with a new book—a historical novel about the Black Death.
- 2017 May 03
The Books We Pretend to Read
Fleming, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the authors that people most claim—falsely—to have read. But why?
What You Didn't Know About Publishing
From someone who is currently experiencing the publishing process in all of its insane, frustrating, beautiful glory.
- 2017 May 01
100 Words By 10 Writers On 100 Days
To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, 10 writers summed up their emotions in 100 words.
Alone With the Ghost of Emily Dickinson
What happens when a reporter for 'The New York Times' spends one hour in Emily Dickinson’s former bedroom?
How The Apple Became The Forbidden Fruit
350 years after John Milton sold the copyright of 'Paradise Lost' for the sum of five pounds, a look at its symbolic influence.
- 2017 Apr 28
Reading Harper Lee's Letters
A collection, due out May 2, gives a glimpse behind the curtain Lee drew around herself after the success of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Paula Hawkins Dives In
An interview with the author of runaway bestseller 'The Girl On the Train' before the launch of her latest, 'Into the Water.'
- 2017 Apr 27
Ten More Best Young American Novelists
Because 21 isn't enough, here are ten more novelists to add to the 'Granta' list, including Garth Greenwell and Celeste Ng.
George Saunders Orders a Mousetrap
In a humorous video, fiction master Saunders attempts to purchase a single mousetrap, from a pack of ten, over the phone.
- 2017 Apr 26
Margaret Atwood Made Them Feminists
Mara Wilson, N.K. Jemisin, Jenny Han, and nine other authors talk about the first time they read 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
William Gibson's Brave New World
The science fiction writer who coined the term "cyberspace" reimagines the world after the 2016 election in his upcoming novel, 'Agency.'
Jeff VanderMeer, Meet Cory Doctorow
Two modern masters of speculative fiction talk biotech, climate change, activism, and how sci-fi genre sensibilities have changed.
A Life Transmuted Into Fiction
Pajtim Statovci grew up as a gay refugee in Finland. His first novel explores questions of identity with the help of a homophobic, immigrant-hating cat.
- 2017 Apr 24
‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author Shot
Kuki Gallmann, one of Kenya’s most famous conservationists and a bestselling author, was shot in Kenya on Sunday.
- 2017 Apr 21
Reading Bill O'Reilly's Novel Now
Peppered with rants about ex-wives, newsroom politics, and the Long Island Expressway, 'Those Who Trespass' is an astonishing read.
Shakespeare In a Sandstorm
On the Bard's birthday, a tale of performing 'Hamlet' in the middle of a sandstorm at a Syrian Refugee Camp.
An Hour In Emily Dickinson's Bedroom
The reclusive poet wrote her entire life’s work—nearly 1,800 poems—in just one room, and you can rent it for an hour.
- 2017 Apr 19
Cuomo's Memoir Fails Up
N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 memoir may have tanked at bookstores, but it still produced $218,100 in royalties for him last year.
- 2017 Apr 18
Literature’s Arctic Obsession
In the nineteenth century, the Arctic, then still largely undiscovered, captured the imagination of the Western world.
- 2017 Apr 14
Bill O'Reilly's World
The top-rated cable news host's books, charitable foundation and speaking engagements extend his reach well beyond the television set.
The Secret Lives of Grace Paley’s Women
A new anthology cements the author's legacy as our most interesting writer of domesticity.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's Golden State
In this list of recommendations, the L.A. transplant and 'The Nest' author writes about some of her favorite books that explore California.
- 2017 Apr 13
James Baldwin’s Archive
The author's papers have landed in one of the nation’s leading archival institutions, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The Poems of Miami Inmates
A prison-writing nonprofit and an artist have teamed up to use the Google search engine to effectively publish poems by Miami inmates.
- 2017 Apr 12
New Plath Letters Cite Domestic Abuse
Unpublished correspondence from the poet to her former therapist records allegation of beating by her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.
- 2017 Apr 11
The Prophet of Dystopia
Margaret Atwood's fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc—visions that now feel too real.
- 2017 Apr 10
Saving Jack Kerouac's Home
Fans hope to preserve the author's modest house in St. Petersburg, Fla., which is now for sale, to turn it into a museum.
- 2017 Apr 07
Mitch Albom, By the Book
The author of 'Tuesdays With Morrie' avoids “grim, angst-ridden, navel-gazing books and horror. Enough of that in the real world.”
Hello Again, 'Columbus'
Rethinking the end of Philip Roth’s story of summer romance and satirical sketch of suburban arriviste Jews in the fifties, 'Goodbye Columbus.'
10 Essential Terms for Poets
From "aubade" to "tanka," a handy handbook to poetic terms to add some spice to your literary vocabulary.
- 2017 Apr 06
The Strange Psychology of Memoirs
Researchers who study autobiographical memory and authors who’ve written memoirs catalog some of the quirks of writing about one's life.
Putting 'Finnegans Wake' to Music
Over 100 contributors to the project Waywords and Meansigns are setting James Joyce’s experimental 1930s book to music.
- 2017 Apr 05
Translating Agatha Christie For Iceland
Rendering the great English thriller writer into his own language taught Ragnar Jónasson how to write fiction himself.
Alec Baldwin's 'Plot Against America'
The actor and Trump impersonator reads from the opening chapter of Philip Roth’s 2004 novel 'The Plot Against America.'
20 Rare Ginsberg Photos
On the 20th anniversary of the death of Allen Ginsberg, a rare collection of photos of the author and activist.
- 2017 Apr 04
Langston Hughes’s Rent Party Cards
Yale's Beinecke Library is displaying the poet's rent party cards, which advertised fundraising gatherings in an era of discriminatory Harlem rent.
The Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist
The Baileys Prize shortlist has been announced, and includes authors Madeleine Thein, C.E. Morgan, and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀.
The Smuggling of Short Stories
How a book of short stories made the perilous journey across the North Korean border.
- 2017 Apr 03
George Takei's Graphic Memoir
The 'Star Trek' star is boldly charting new territory with a debut graphic memoir about his experience in a WWII government internment camp.
- 2017 Mar 31
The Poetry of Pop
How do poets listen to pop songs? Some poets, including Major Jackson and Evie Shockley, pick some song lyrics worth reading.
- 2017 Mar 30
Where Bob Dylan Was
While the Nobel Committee was preparing to give Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature, the songwriter was visiting his writing roots.
Regnery Rumored to Consider Signing Milo
The publisher, which has released books from Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham — is said to be in talks over Yiannopoulos's book.
- 2017 Mar 29
Jeff Buckley's Journals
The handwritten journals of the singer-songwriter, who died tragically in 1997 at age 30, will be reproduced in a forthcoming book from Da Capo Press.
- 2017 Mar 27
Three American Women and the Qur'an
The story of how three white women from U.S. became some of the most influential Qur’anic publishers in the world.
- 2017 Mar 24
Patti Smith's Poetic New Home
Smith has bought the reconstructed home of one of France's most beloved poets, in a hamlet with a population of 90.
- 2017 Mar 23
Author Solidarity After London Attack
Writers have been reacting to the Westminster terror attack which took place in London yesterday afternoon.
Daniel Clowes On 'Wilson,' the Alt-Right
If the alt-right were a fictional movement in an eerie comic book, it’s easy to imagine Daniel Clowes being the guy who dreamed it up.
- 2017 Mar 22
Walt Whitman's Men's Health Column
The new book 'Manly Health and Training' collects a series of advice columns that Whitman wrote under a pseudonym in 1858.
- 2017 Mar 21
A Trump E-book a Day
Since Donald J. Trump completed his rise to power, he has become the hottest new writing prompt for journalists and creative writers alike.
Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans?
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone in want of attention could do worse than co-opt Jane Austen. And the alt-right knows it.
Literature, Meet the Data Crunch
In a new book, journalist Ben Blatt uses statistics to analyze literature, pinpointing words that give away classic writers' genders, locales, and more.
- 2017 Mar 20
Richard Flanagan's Coming Novel
Penguin Random House will publish 'First Person' in April 2018, the author's first novel since he won the Man Booker Prize in 2014.
Inventing a Literary Language
An early reviewer of 'The Lord of the Rings' called crafting a fictional language "not only insane but unnecessary." Yet there so many.
- 2017 Mar 17
Chris Hayes Talks Books
The 'A Colony in a Nation' author reveals his favorite writers, what he's reading now, and his ideal literary dinner.
31 Books to Read This Spring
Check out a list of new books publishing this season, including 'Exit West' by Mohsin Hamid and 'Marlena' by Julie Buntin.
- 2017 Mar 16
J.K. Rowling Updates 'Fantastic Beasts'
The Harry Potter author is revealing new plot details in an updated edition of 2001's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.'
- 2017 Mar 14
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
New research on the ‘Emma’ author’s failing eyesight suggests that she may have died of arsenic poisoning.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Blasted Publishing
The iconic writer’s long-lost short story, ‘The I.O.U.,’ portrays publishers as greedy and exploitive.
- 2017 Mar 13
Feminist Author Under Fire
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is facing criticism after her comments on gender identity and women's issues.
- 2017 Mar 10
Was Jane Austen Poisoned?
The cause of Jane Austen’s mysterious death at 41 has been much pondered over, but new evidence suggests a sinister possibility: arsenic.
Claude McKay's Forgotten Harlem Novel
Discovered 70 years after it was written, 'Amiable With Big Teeth' depicts a time when communism and black nationalism merged.
'Master and Margarita' Covers, Ranked
On the 77th anniversary of its author’s death, 75 of the book’s covers from around the world, ranked, with commentary.
- 2017 Mar 09
Literary Muses, Ranked
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Vita Sackville-West—poet, novelist, and muse for Virginia Woolf—a roundup of literary muses.
- 2017 Mar 08
Under the Spell of James Baldwin
Poet Darryl Pinckney reviews Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro,' a documentary film about the life of the great African-American thinker and writer.
- 2017 Mar 07
Reading Jane Austen's Final Novel
Two hundred years after its author’s death, 'Sanditon' remains a robust, unsparing portrait of human foolishness.
Are You An Echo? Or a Poet?
The remarkable story of the forgotten young woman who became Japan's most beloved children's poet.
Planned Parenthood On Pluto
Feminist sci-fi writers, including Hugo Award winners, dream up a better future for women and reproductive health.
Black Author, White Gaze
"What happens to the writerly imagination of a black author who is at some level always conscious of representing one's race?
- 2017 Mar 06
Grace Paley, the Saint of Seeing
Paley’s literary approach is to make a dazzling verbal surface that doesn’t so much linearly represent the world as remind us of its dazzle.
The Philosopher Queen: Rebecca Solnit
Solnit is a favorite of the literati, penning essays that move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy.
- 2017 Mar 03
Tolkien Truther Declares Himself King
A Colo. man, who believes the author's fantasy works are real, cites royal lineage from the land of Gondor to declare himself King of England.
Should Writers Boycott Book Festivals?
Luxurious offers from international events in oppressive countries are tempting, but they come with heavy ethical baggage.
- 2017 Mar 02
The New Joan Didion Is the Old
A look at the author's new book, an old, unedited notebook detailing an unfinished tour of the South in 1970.
Why Baldwin Matters More Than Ever
Cornel West on why the author of 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' and 'Giovanni's Room' is so vital in today's world.