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Which Dystopian Novel Are We Living In?

It’s been a point of speculation for a while to draw comparisons between the fictional dystopias we read and the geopolitical situations around us. …


10 Can’t-Miss Fiction Reads for Fall

Beach reads are fun, but when the air turns crisp, many of us look forward to the rush of literary fiction hitting bookstores. Here are ten books to …


51 Books That Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry

::adds these (and a value pack of Kleenex) to my Amazon cart::


Sci-Fi Author Ursula LeGuin's Stories of Class War, Religious Dissension, Identity Politics and More

No matter what ignites the dynamic fusion of thought and action in her Hainish fictions, Le Guin generates provocative and intelligent considerations …

Science Fiction

Paris Review - Toni Morrison, The Art of Fiction No. 134

Interviewed by Elissa Schappell, with additional material from Claudia Brodsky Lacour<p>Issue 128, Fall 1993<p>Toni Morrison, ca. 2008. Photograph by Angela Radulescu<p>Toni Morrison detests being called a “poetic writer.” She seems to think that the attention that has been paid to the lyricism of her work …


Terry Pratchett exhibition offers peek into writer's own world

Reconstruction of room where Discworld novels were written is centrepiece of show that proves as eclectic as writer himself<p>The objects on display range from the cosy and nostalgic, such as Terry Pratchett’s Blue Peter badge, to the grand: a gleaming sword infused with shards of meteorite created by …


Eileen Myles, the Books in My Life: From Little Women to Angela Carter

<i>Eileen Myles’</i> Afterglow <i>is available now from Grove Atlantic.</i><b>What was the first book you fell in love with?</b> <i><br>Little Women</i>: because there was both a …



<b>Prologue</b><p>As the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him. In the …

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2017 Book Preview

It’s the (second) most wonderful time of the year: Millions Most Anticipated Great Second-Half Preview time! Below you will find just shy of 80 …


Faulkner and Other Ghosts Sing Through Jesmyn Ward’s New Novel

In his wonderfully cranky Nobel Prize acceptance speech, William Faulkner exhorted his fellow writers to create from the heart, not “the glands.” Address the immortal truths, he instructed: “love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.”<p>The novelist Jesmyn Ward pinned this speech …


Character Edition

Paris Review - Storytelling: An Exchange

Malcolm Gladwell & Michael Lewis<p>Issue 222, Fall 2017<p>Michael Lewis (left) and Malcolm Gladwell onstage at the 92nd Street Y, New York, 2016<p><i>Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis met in the early nineties, when both were reporting for the</i> New Republic<i>. Since then, they have gone on to write some of the</i> …

Malcolm Gladwell

Celeste Ng - Interview

At first glance, Celeste Ng (pronounced “ing”) may look unassuming, but make no mistake, this petite, bright-eyed writer is a veritable fireball. She …


20 Books to Read in One Sitting

Love spending the afternoon devouring new books, but hate it when you can’t finish it all in one sitting? If so, you’re in luck! This list of the …


10 Interesting Facts About The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger and his masterpiece are studies in contrasts. Salinger wrote his only novel, <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, over the span of a decade and then …

Hong Kong, Criminal City That Knows No Night

Hong Kong—the “Fragrant Harbor” or the “Barren Rock”? The Cantonese named it the former; the early British colonialists in the mid-19th century the …

Hong Kong

YA page to screen reads on Netflix

The 100 Series<p>Book 1<p>Kass Morgan Author <br>(2014)<p>The 100 Series<p>Book 1<p>Kass Morgan Author<br>Phoebe Strole Narrator <br>(2013)<p>Sherlock Holmes Series<p>Sir Arthur …


Terry Pratchett's unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

Unpublished works are lost for ever with crushing of computer hard drive – as the late fantasy novelist had instructed<p>The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.<p>Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John …


Jeannette Walls on The Glass Castle Adaptation

The path to adapting <i>The Glass Castle</i> has been a long but worthwhile one for Jeannette Walls. Her first attempt at writing her family history started …

Brie Larson

5 Books To Read And Love In September

So many books, so little time. Here are some of our recent favorites.


A Fairy Tale By Mark Twain Is Being Published For The First Time

The author's unfinished notes were discovered by a scholar and transformed into a beautiful children's book.<p>Random House announced last year it would be publishing a never-before-seen, unfinished fairy tale by Mark Twain, and the time has come. <i>The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine</i> — finished with …


9 Excellent Reads for Labor Day Weekend (pg. 1)

A 14-year-old girl struggles to escape her father's emotional and physical abuse in this harrowing debut. Read full book review >

Labor Day

The best books of 2017 (so far)

Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams and book publicist Angela Baggetta discuss their favorite books of 2017<p>This year has been a whirlwind of political, cultural and environmental shifts in the United States and beyond. The Trump administration has undeniably affected the output of culture in more ways …


A B-Movie Actor Makes It Big on the Best-Seller List

<b>WARP IT REAL GOOD:</b> Fifteen years ago, when Bruce Campbell published his first autobiography, “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor,” expectations were modest. Getting it published had already been an ordeal. Even though his then-agent, John Hodgman (now known as a comic writer and …


New York Times Removes Book From Bestseller List Amid Accusations It Gamed System

The New York Times bestseller list is, at this point, an institution. Reaching number one is a coveted spot that not only allows you to sell more …


Mortifying Miniatures: On Andrés Barba’s “Such Small Hands” - Los Angeles Review of Books

BURIED IN THE MIDDLE of Clarice Lispector’s short story “The Smallest Woman in the World,” which was included in her 1960 breakout collection <i>Family</i> …


8 Books You Need to Read This August

<i>Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible — but only after reading two</i> …


Tallulah Bankhead Reads “A Telephone Call,” Dorothy Parker’s Brilliant Satire of How Infatuation Drives Us Mad

“It’s silly to go wishing people were dead just because they don’t call you up the very minute they said they would.”<p><i>“All love stories are frustration stories,”</i> psychoanalyst Adam Phillips wrote in his fantastic exploration of why frustration is essential to satisfaction in romance. More than half …


8 Juicy Hollywood Memoirs

Earlier this week, journalist Carolyn Kellogg wrote about the guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs for the <i>LA Times</i>. “Idiosyncratic and …