The Darkest Day

Despite its ominous title, The Darkest Day is more of a romp than a tissue read.  Izel Campbell is the last mortal alive on the Earth realm. Her blood is untainted and pure, and it's the only reason that the Campbells' mortal enemy, Kelvin Kerr, hasn't killed her as he once vowed to do to all Campbells a thousand years ago.

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Lightning Round

Check out one of our favorite videos from the National Book Award-anniversary celebration: Harold Augenbraum's literary criticism at Twitter Speed! Read more...

Video: 15 Books in 15 Seconds

In this video Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Award renders summary judgment on 15 past winners of the National Book Award for Fiction. Read more...

Video: Eudora Welty's Stories

Harold Augenbraum and James Mustich discuss Eudora Welty's collected fiction. Read more...

VIDEO: John Cheever

Harold Augenbraum and James Mustich discuss John Cheever's collection of short stories. Read more...

VIDEO: Gravity's Rainbow

Harold Augenbraum and James Mustich on Thomas Pynchon's postmodern World War II epic. Read more...

VIDEO: Flannery O'Connor's Stories

Harold Augenbraum and James Mustich on O'Connor's legendary collection of short fiction.

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VIDEO: Invisible Man

Harold Augenbraum and James Mustich discuss Ralph Ellison's 1953 award-winning novel. Read more...

VIDEO: Faulkner's Collected Stories

Jim Mustich, editor of the B&N Review, talks with Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, about one of the six books shortlisted in the Best of the NBA Fiction contest (Click "Read More" to see the video). Read more...

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).