I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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A Song in the Dark: Julia Glass

The National Book Award‑winning writer talks about her new novel, and some old friends' return.

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Sonic Boom: Trevor Cox and 'The Sound Book'

The acoustic engineering professor on how we hear, preserving our ears, and the pursuit of aural wonders.

 

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Rose-Colored Glasses: Kostya Kennedy on 'Pete Rose: An American Dilemma'

What have we learned from the tarnished legacy of one of baseball's greatest talents?

 

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Invisible Country: Phil Klay and Bill Cheng

Two of today's best young fiction writers on soldier's stories, the Delta blues, and walking the tightrope between terror and hilarity.

 

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Everything That Lives Is Holy: Susan Minot on Thirty Girls

A true story of abduction and terror inspired the novelist to strike out in a bold new direction.

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Surrender to the Wind: Sarah Lewis on The Rise

An exploration of the nature of creativity and innovation begins from the paradox of the archer.

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Pioneer Girl: Bich Minh Nguyen

Two writers capture the legacy of  Laura Ingalls Wilder in works of memoir and fiction.

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Beneath the Surface: Jeff VanderMeer on 'Annihilation'

An intrepid fabulist on the making of his new science fiction epic.

 

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"I Love to Travel Alone": Molly Antopol and Justin St. Germain on Writing to their Environment

Two new works of personal and public history from young writers share a powerful sense of place.

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The Summit: Rebecca Mead on My Life in Middlemarch

Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.

 

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Hang-Gliding with Gary Shteyngart

The celebrated novelist turns his darkly comic gaze on his own childhood.

 

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Wave of the Future: Chang-rae Lee

The author of On Such a Full Sea shares the genesis of his new work of dystopic fiction.

 

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Centaur Style: Clive Thompson on Smarter Than You Think

The strangest thing about the explosion of new technology might be the fact that we've been here before. 

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Gene Wolfe: No Comparison

A Grandmaster of Science Fiction offers his favorite folktale, and thoughts about the roots of his work.

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My Mistake: Daniel Menaker on What "Nobody Knows"

A legendary editor unveils life inside publishing and The New Yorker.

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Across the Great Divide: John Ferling on Jefferson and Hamilton

A master historian on what a bitter feud between two Founding Fathers can teach us about our own volatile era in politics.

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Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

The creator of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller on jazz, comparing American mystery writers to Scandinavian ones, and how crime novels report from society's front lines.

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The Voice: Tracey Thorn's Pop Journey

Musician Tracey Thorn on punk rock, feminism, motherhood, the radical sound of quiet, and her new memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen.

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Stephen R. Donaldson: The Believer

The creator of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever talks about the completion of a saga more than three decades in the making.

 

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Capturing Bird: Stanley Crouch on Kansas City Lightning

To put the life of Charlie Parker into words, a writer listens to the voices of those who knew him.

 

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Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Bully Pulpit

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian on Teddy Roosevelt, Spielberg, the bravery of Progressive journalism, and what yesterday's politics can teach us about tomorrow.

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John Freeman: How to Read a Novelist

Fifty novelists open up about art, life, and the discovery of new worlds.

 

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Death of an Alchemist: Gavin Edwards on River Phoenix

A new book looks back at the life -- and premature end -- of an enigmatic actor.

 

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D. J. Taylor: The Art of Writing Revisionist History

The author of The Windsor Faction on "authorial sleight-of-hand" and putting words into the mouths of real people. 

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Jeff VanderMeer: Wonderbook

A new book for aspiring writers of fantasy puts the emphasis on the visual.

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Jesmyn Ward: Men We Reaped

The National Book Award winning author on Men We Reaped, her powerful new blend of memoir and reportage.

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Tess Taylor: Foraging Memory

Tess Taylor on making poetry out of the fragments of the American past.

 

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"Conflicts Are Magnets": James McBride

The author of The Good Lord Bird talks about John Brown, Coltrane, and writing from the uncomfortable chair.

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Elmore Leonard: In Rememberance

A 2009 dialogue with the master of dialogue, in tribute to a career of fine fiction.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.