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Twice Upon a Time: Hari Kunzru

The author of Gods Without Men looks for the music -- and multiple souls -- of a city.

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The Unfeathered Bird: An Interview with Katrina van Grouw

The author and naturalist exposes the inspirations behind her remarkable illustrations.

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Breaking the Surface: Leanne Shapton's Life Aquatic

The author and artist's life chronicled in suits and sharks.

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Video Interview: Bruce Sterling

The novelist, thinker, and cyberpunk legend chats about history and favela chic, and tells us "The future is where we go to die." Read more...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).