Salvation in the Mail: Katherine A. Powers on J. F. Powers

The novelist's life was spent focused on the ideal of the next one.

 

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Kate Christensen: You Can't Hide When You're Writing about Food

Kate Christensen on her new memoir Blue Plate Special and the ability of food to invoke a banquet of memories.

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Weaving Time: Anna Badkhen on The World Is a Carpet

The days of ordinary Afghanis, captured in the practice of an ancient craft.

 

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Luddites, Innuendo, and the Solar Plexus: An Interview with Tom Drury

The author of Pacific on returning to the Grouse County of his prior novels, his recent screenwriting, and teaching journalism.

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James Braly: "If you can’t tell the truth, you can’t do this work"

An Off-Broadway monologue on marriage and mania becomes a memoir.

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When Do You Know a Novel Will Be a Novel?

Anthony Marra and NoViolet Bulawayo discuss their provocative debuts, and the honorable responsibility of drawing fiction from history.

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Voyage to the Underworld: An Interview with Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code's author on defining hell, challenging his hero, and deciphering Dante in his latest historical thriller, Inferno.

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The Mind of a Different Era: Naomi Alderman

The author of The Liars' Gospel on making unorthodox fiction out of the life of Jesus.

 

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Curious and Hopeful: A Conversation with Tournament of Books Judges Elliott Holt and Lev Grossman

The authors on the state of literary criticism, "discoverability," and where they find great fiction.

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Discard Studies: Robin Nagle on Garbage, Sanitation, and the History of Waste

The author of Picking Up takes our "cornucopia of commodities" to the curb.

 

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Silent Epidemic: An Interview with Katherine Bouton

The author of Shouting Won't Help on hearing loss, the arts, and the causes of our increasingly louder world.

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Talking Tournament: Rosecrans Baldwin, Andrew Womack, Kevin Guilfoile, and John Warner

The ringleaders of the annual Tournament of Books unveil the history of the coveted Rooster.

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Working Woman: An Interview with Marisa Silver

The author of Mary Coin on photography, teenagers, and writing a new kind of biography.

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I View Readers as Participants: Mohsin Hamid on Writing in the Second Person

The author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia discusses his choice of a narrative point of view.

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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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About a Boy Band: An Interview with Teddy Wayne

The author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine on bubblegum pop, marketing lingo, and fun with playlists.

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The Tavern as Tabernacle: Rosie Schaap on Drinking with Men

The memoirist talks about the bar as solace, sanctuary -- and second home.

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School of the World: Jared Diamond on The World Until Yesterday

The author and evolutionary biologist talks about what pre-industrial societies can teach our own.

 

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Yoram Kaniuk: "I Write Upside Down"

The iconic Israeli writer talks about his memoir of the War of Independence and his late-in-life literary celebrity.

 

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Chain Reactions: An Interview with Jo Nesbø

The author of Phantom on Harry Hole's struggle and the crime novel's moral mission.

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Interview with the Wolfman: Hal Johnson

A fantasist explores the animal nature within in a new work of paranormal fiction for teens.

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Susan Straight: A World of Daughters

The author of Between Heaven and Here talks about the thin line between motherhood and authorship.

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You Have to Take It Home: Daniel Handler on Lemony Snicket

The mysterious author's alter ego talks about pen names, Agatha Christie, and his new series, All the Wrong Questions.

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Robert A. Caro: "What can a president be? What can a president do?"

The author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson on his writing process, the challanges historians face, and how his subject acheived the full potential of the presidency.

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After the Escape: Sharon Olds on Stag's Leap

Sharon Olds talks about her new collection of verse and what consolation art can offer in the face of loss.

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Addicted to the Everything of America: D. T. Max on David Foster Wallace

The author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story discusses the immersive style and titanic ambition of the novelist.

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Back into the Abyss: Junot Díaz and Francisco Goldman

The authors -- and old friends -- discuss their writing processes, the countries that are close to their hearts, and the mysteries of love and death.

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Alternate Histories: David Abrams on Fobbit

The novelist talks war writing, military culture, and the origins of his new novel in Iraq's cubicle combat zone.

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Ghost Estates: Tana French on Ireland after the Bubble

The author on her bestselling mysteries, and their roots in a changing culture.

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Madness and Marginalia: Maureen McLane on "My Poets"

The poet and critic on her new book and the strange journeys of a reader's life.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.