Beirut 39

A legacy of Beirut's selection as the 2009 World Book Capital by UNESCO, the volume, produced in collaboration with the Hay Festival, collects stories, poems, and excerpts from novels composed by 39 of the most promising young writers in Arab literature.

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…