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Katherine Arden - Interview

Katherine Arden conjures the spirit—and spirits—of medieval Russia in <b>The Bear and the Nightingale,</b> her enchanting fantasy debut. Motherless Vasya …

Fairy Tales

Writing Teens, in All Their Complex Glory

Debut novelist Lindsey Lee Johnson on Bay Area world-building, privilege and undermining The Breakfast Club teen archetypes.<p>Lindsey Lee Johnson’s …

San Francisco Bay Area

Marlon James reveals first details of African fantasy trilogy

The opening volume of the Dark Star fantasy trilogy is due in 2018 and will be his first book since his 2015 Booker winner A Brief History of Seven Killings<p>Marlon James has revealed the first details of his forthcoming fantasy trilogy, expected to begin appearing next year. Inspired by a row over …

Literature

Gary Taubes - Interview

Yes, Gary Taubes, the “prosecutor” in the provocative, eye-opening book <b>The Case Against Sugar</b>, took his 8-year-old son trick-or-treating in his …

Best Books of 2016

Use the filters below to explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year. (You can also combine filters!) Want even more recommendations? Check out our favorite books from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008<p>Filter by: ו <i></i><br>Clear filters<br>• Staff Picks<br>• Biography & Memoir<br>• Book …

Historical Fiction

15 Teen Readers on the Last Book They Loved: Dark Queens, Other Earths, and Time Travel

<i>Meet the Young Adults, the B&N Teen Blog’s swat team of awesome teenaged bloggers. YA literature is a strange and wonderful landscape of books that</i> …

Books

Learn the Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

J.K. Rowling promised us Harry Potter’s story had ended following her play-turned-book <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i>, the eighth installment in …

J. K. Rowling

The 15 Best Books of 2016

Most of the year’s strongest novels had historical heavy subject matter, befitting a year that felt to American readers like the darkest in memory. …

The XY Factor: 13 True Tales of Women Who Changed Science

<i>Ada’s Algorithm</i><br>by James Essinger<p>Though she was born to a famous father—the romantic poet Lord Byron—Ada Lovelace made a name for herself in her …

Science

The most popular books at US public libraries this year, mapped by city

Hollywood has been good to Paula Hawkins. Following the release of a movie adapted from her novel, <i>The Girl on the Train</i>, the book has become one of the most widely read books at US libraries this year.<p>A survey of 14 metropolitan libraries by Quartz shows that <i>The Girl on the Train</i> is the most …

J. K. Rowling

The 16 Most Beautiful Book Covers of 2016

<i>The covers that caught our eye in the bookstores this year</i><p>Design: Rachel Willey<p>Publisher: Riverhead Books<p>Design: Jon Gray<p>Publisher: Penguin<p>Design: …

Design

The Best Literary Adaptations of 2016

In an era of superhero mashups, Angry Birds, Hemsworths and boardgames-on-the-silver-screen, that delicate old relic — literature — might not seem …

TV

The Gone Girl With The Dragon Tattoo On The Train

There was a time a few years back when it seemed to me that about every third book I encountered was called “The X’s Daughter,” with X standing in …

Publishing

Why Is it ‘Unrealistic’ to Show Women in Power in Fantasy?

<b>Ken Liu</b>: A lot of fantasy world-building is ostensibly based on historical models. In real history, women exercised power—political, economic, …

Simon & Schuster

The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

<b>An</b> entire book devoted to a pedantic literary tiff that flared fifty years ago? Fear not. <b>The Feud,</b> Alex Beam’s lively post-mortem on the friendship …

Books

Jeanette Winterson: This Christmas, Concentrate on What Is Worth Loving For

<i>My friend’s boyfriend, a musician, was going through a bit of a creative slump, so she suggested he record a Christmas album. The holidays were</i> …

How to Throw a Book Nerd Holiday Party

The holiday season just has a literary air about it—maybe it’s the chilly weather, perfect for curling up in front of a fireplace with a good book; …

Holidays

Romance Roundup: Surfers, Hockey Players, and Small-Town Texas Romances

<i>This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who gets a chance with her high school crush, a duke with a bad reputation, and a surfer who wants to</i> …

The 10 Best Books of 2016

There were many literary surprises in 2016 — we were forced to learn of Elena Ferrante’s true identity before we wanted to; in an Oprah-coordinated …

Shelf Space: Quail Ridge Books

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina, which just moved to a new, two-story location, rarely goes a night without hosting a discussion group, …

American South

Best Fiction 2016 — Goodreads Choice Awards

Get great deals on past Choice Awards Winners and Nominees!<p>Goodreads Deals offers up to 80% off great, bestselling eBooks, every day. Customize your …

Best Books 2016 — Goodreads Choice Awards

Get great deals on past Choice Awards Winners and Nominees!<p>Goodreads Deals offers up to 80% off great, bestselling eBooks, every day. Customize your …

Fates Collide as J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Legacy Series Continues with Blood Vow

The tension, romance, and suspense of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood continue full throttle in the latest installment of her Black Dagger …

Barnes & Noble

The Best Young Adult Books of 2016

It’s the happiest, hardest day in the bookish calendar, when all the past year’s most glorious reads are winnowed down into a list of the best of the …

Books

Celebrity Picks: Steve Young's Favorite Reads of 2016

Steve Young is regarded as one of the greatest college and pro football players of all time. Across a pro career spanning more than 15 years, the …

The best books of 2016, from our critics

Seattle Times book reviewers share their fiction and nonfiction favorites from the past year, from the challenging to the sublime.

Simon & Schuster

In her unflinching 'The Princess Diarist,' Carrie Fisher revisits her Princess Leia days and her affair with Harrison Ford

A<i>ctress and writer Carrie Fisher, who rose to global fame as the trail-blazing intergalactic heroine Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, has died after suffering a cardiac incident.</i> <i>The following story about her new memoir was published earlier this month.</i><p>The blaster-wielding Princess Leia …

Star Wars

George R.R. Martin tells fans to prepare for a long, harsh winter

If you're a George R.R. Martin fan hoping for a happy ending in his next installment of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, don't hold your breath: The author confirmed that winter is coming, and it's going to be a long one.<p>Martin, whose books form the basis for the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," …

Books

Best science fiction and fantasy books this month

Bingeing on a book series is the perfect activity for December — it makes for a great escape from the crush of social obligations, and when the weather turns cold, it is an ideal indoor diversion. Here are three suggestions for series that you can step into this month — or any.<p>K.B. Wagers’s <b>After</b> …

Science Fiction

'The Glass Universe' recalls the women who helped to chart the heavens

Dava Sobel brings to life the nearly forgotten group of 19th-century women who laid the foundations of modern stellar photometry.<p>The “glass universe” …