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This brilliant 22-year-old is the reason you can get great literature in ‘quality paperback’

Jason Epstein changed the American publishing industry forever<p>Jason Epstein was working as a lowly slush-pile reader at Doubleday Books in the early …

The Agony of Writing

In recent years, John McPhee’s writing has become more retrospective, a natural sensibility for a man now 86 years old. A case in point was his 2010 …

Leonard Cohen's last book, finished 'days before his death', due out next year

The Flame collects unpublished poetry, as well as notebook entries and song lyrics, and offers ‘an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist’<p>A book of Leonard Cohen’s final poems, completed in the months before his death and tackling “the flame and how our culture threatened its …

Kazuo Ishiguro just won the Nobel Prize. Here’s a brief guide to his bleak, beautiful world.

From Never Let Me Go to The Unconsoled.<p>The 2017 Nobel Prize in literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born English novelist who writes lovely, lyrical books about trauma, repression, and survival.<p>Ishiguro’s novels range from the polished and conventional to the sprawling and incoherent, so …