As founder of Sydney’s Sissy Ball, Bhenji Ra knows her way around a strong beauty look. The contemporary dancer is also deeply interested in reading queer theory – with a bit of self-help on the side.
“Children of Virtue and Vengeance” (Henry Holt and Co., 416 pp., ★★★½ out of four stars) is the highly anticipated sequel to "Children of Blood and Bone," the first book of Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired
As the prophet of climate fiction, Jeff VanderMeer occupies a singular space in literature. His novels and stories exist at the vanguard of art and activism, with each one not only pushing the formal of
One of the strange and oddly delicious minds we inhabit in “Dead Astronauts” belongs to a “defiantly ugly fish … between the size of rhinoceros and whale” lurking in the holding pools of a sinister biotech
There’s nothing easy about Jeff VanderMeer’s latest book, "Dead Astronauts" (MCD, 323 pp., ★★½ out of four stars), which is either a prequel or a companion, depending upon how you look at it, to his 2017
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx In 2013, NPR Books and the Visuals team published the first Book Concierge as a way for listeners
Public libraries level the playing field. They ensure that everyone has access to books — not just those who can afford to purchase them. More than 7.4 million patrons of the city and county library systems
In “Old Hope,” your story in this week’s issue, the narrator, a young woman “halfway between twenty and thirty,” lives with a bunch of roommates in a large house. A slight sense of aimlessness abides.
The poet and novelist Jesse Ball’s fiction has been compared by critics to Kafka and Calvino – and has been accused by James Wood, in a slightly eccentric phrase, of failing to “escape [...] the fatal
Children of Blood and Bone was an instant success last year. The young adult fantasy novel by then-24-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi has so far spent 89 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. It made
Winter is upon us, at least where I live in Vermont. With snow on the ground, it’s time to curl up with a blanket, a warm drink, and my to-be-read pile. The list of books that I’ve meant to read this has
In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. 1. "Children of Virtue and Vengeance," by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt
Afropean (Penguin) by Johny Pitts is such an important, groundbreaking book because it turns our gaze towards Europe’s black communities in unprecedented ways. Pitts spent years getting to know Europe’s