Literature

Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Stepping Down from The New York Times

Kakutani, who helped make the careers of writers from Foster Wallace to McEwan, and put fear in the hearts of Mailer and Vidal, will leave her post as one of the most formidable critics in the Times history.<p>The novelists of the world will sleep a little easier tonight.<p><i>Vanity Fair</i> has learned that</b> …

U.S. Politics

Man Booker Prize 2017: the 13 longlisted books you must read

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2017 – the UK’s most prestigious literary honour – was revealed earlier today. First handed out in 1969, the …

Man Booker Prize

Love reading? Here are foreign books that you need to check out.

ENGLISH SPEAKERS can be bad at reading books that were originally written in other languages. Only 2 or 3% of the books that are published in English …

Books

3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

<i>Jason Heller is a senior writer at</i> The A.V. Club, <i>a Hugo Award-winning editor and author of the novel</i> Taft 2012.<p>Los Angeles is the city of many great traditions — one of them being crime fiction. From the hardboiled classics of Raymond Chandler to the gritty noir of James Ellroy, numerous novels …

Science Fiction

38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader

For nearly four decades, Michiko Kakutani has written about books for The New York Times. As chief book critic, she has anointed new talent, charted the peaks and valleys of literary careers and memorialized writers when they’re gone. She has stayed up all night reading embargoed memoirs by …

Books

Michiko Kakutani Steps Down as Chief Book Critic; Parul Sehgal Named Book Critic | The New York Times Company

<i>After 38 years at The Times, Michiko Kakutani has decided to step down as chief book critic. Read more in this note from Pamela Paul and Radhika</i> …

Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí in 1969, Finally Gets Reissued

On canvas and paper, Salvador Dalí created apparently nonsensical realities that nevertheless operated according to logic all their own; in writing, …

Books

The Man Booker Prize at Waterstones

Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.<p>Thank you for your …

Man Booker Prize

60 Books Every Outdoorsman Should Read

A definitive list of the all-time greatest hunting, fishing, and survival books<p>Some old things refuse to die out. Outdoor books refuse to perish. The …

Fishing

What Michiko Kakutani Talked About When She Talked About Books

After 38 years at The New York Times, the woman whose name became synonymous with book culture in America is retiring from the paper.<p>“Oh, my God, right, your book’s reviewed this week. You must be so excited!”<p>That’s Carrie Bradshaw’s friend Stanford Blatch. And he is<i>,</i> <i>Sex and the City</i>’s newly …

Books

The All-Time Best Burns of New York Times Book Reviewer Michiko Kakutani

New York <i>Times</i> book critic Michiko Kakutani — who <i>Vanity Fair</i>dubbed “the most feared woman in publishing” — is stepping down after 38 years. Never one …

Books

List: 20 Literary Would-You-Rathers

1. Would You Rather have Captain Ahab give his mad soliloquy to you every night before you go to sleep or get swallowed by an actual White Whale?<p>2. …

Books

The Canadian Author Canadians Know Best? Margaret Atwood

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, BookNet Canada, the government sponsored organization responsible for tracking book sales and statistics, …

Margaret Atwood

Brevity Is the Soul of It: In Praise of Short Books

Lately I’ve found myself collecting short non-fiction books. Collecting makes it sound grandiose, but my stash of 30 or so volumes is smaller in …

Books

10 best books of July: the Monitor's picks

From the shores of Walden Pond to the steppes of Siberia, and from Jane Austen's parlor to the fields of an Amish farmer, here are the 10 July titles …

Books

Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani is leaving the New York Times

Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani is retiring from her role as the chief book reviewer at the New York Times, Vanity Fair reports.<p>Kakutani, who won a Pulitzer for her criticism in 1998, has been on the staff of the New York Times since 1979 and became a book critic in 1983. During that time …

Books

Don't Look Back Until You've Written an Entire Draft

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Authors

“The Stupidest Person in New York City”: How Authors Responded to Michiko Kakutani’s Harshest Reviews

Longtime <i>New York Times</i> books critic Michiko Kakutani is moving on to focus on other projects, she confirmed on Thursday, after 38 years at the …

Books

Man Booker longlist 2017 - Blog Post

Could it truly already be award season in the literary world? Indeed, it is! Yesterday, the longlist for the Man...<p>Did you know that the legendary …

Man Booker Prize

This is the biker funeral procession that brought Bristol to a standstill

This is the moment local Hell’s Angels led hundreds of bikers on a funeral procession which brought east Bristol and Kingswood to a standstill on …

Canadian Literature

10 More Books for Cat Lovers

Last year I compiled a list of books for cat lovers. Here are ten more witty, heartwarming, and hilarious books for feline fanatics.<p><i>On Cats</i> by Doris …

Books

It Set Visit: Andy Muschietti Interview

<b>Andy Muschietti</b> somehow looks both exhausted and indefatigable.<p>It’s very late in the day when the director of <i>Mama</i> is able to peel himself away from …

Horror Fiction

It’s never too late to discover Jane Austen

<i>It is a truth universally acknowledged that we’ve grown awfully sloppy with allusions to Jane Austen. But of all the young novelists described as our</i> …

Books

Man Booker Longlist Announced, the Writer’s Diary, and More | Poets & Writers

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Man Booker Prize

PAPER TRAIL: Man Booker longlist released; Hillary Clinton’s book to be “full memoir”

The Man Booker judging panel has announced the longlist for the 2017 prize. Nominees include Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry …

Man Booker Prize

11 Fictional Restaurants We Wish Existed

Adam Gopnik, the terrific essayist who frequently finds a way to incorporate food into his work, once wrote, “Going to a restaurant is one of my …

Restaurants

6 Ex-Officials in South Korea Are Sentenced for Blacklisting Artists

SEOUL, South Korea — Top aides to South Korea’s ousted president, Park Geun-hye, were sentenced to prison on Thursday for blacklisting thousands of cultural figures deemed unfriendly to Ms. Park and excluding them from government-controlled support programs.<p>Kim Ki-choon, once Ms. Park’s chief of …

Man Booker Prize

Why World War I cultivated an obsession with insects

“The soldier is no longer a noble figure,” observed the war poet Siegfried Sassoon while serving on the Western Front. “He is merely a writhing …

Military History

Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3-volume boxed set) | Library of America

Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3-volume boxed set)<p><i>Fifty-Two Pickup</i> | <i>Swag</i> | <i>Unknown Man No. 89</i> | <i>The Switch</i> | <i>City Primeval</i> | <i>LaBrava</i> | <i>Glitz</i> |</i> …

Books

'Last Tycoon,' based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished work, has modest pleasures. | Miami Herald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished, posthumously published, might-have-been-a-masterpiece novel "The Last Tycoon" has become a TV series, premiering …

F. Scott Fitzgerald