- More than 600 American authors are trying to stop Trump
Los Angeles Times: Books, Wednesday - 05/25/2016 - 12:47 PM
Donald Trump might have captured the imaginations of millions of Americans, but it turns out that authors are a tougher sell for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. More than 600 American writers, including Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Cheryl Strayed and Dave Eggers, have signed an "open
- Talk: B.J. Novak Thinks Actors Are Bad at Playing Writers
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 05/25/2016 - 07:00 AM
The actor and app developer on democratizing writing, why Ethan Hawke is too hot to be a writer and avenging his ghostwriter father’s anonymity.
- Did Illicit Romance Float 'Moby-Dick'?
Wall Street Journal: Books, Tuesday - 05/24/2016 - 06:47 AM
Did Melville’s attraction to a neighbor’s wife—or to Nathaniel Hawthorne—spur the writing of ‘Moby-Dick’? A biography and a novel, respectively, propose those scenarios.
- Books of The Times: Review: ‘We Were Feminists Once,’ on a Movement Co-Opted
New York Times: Books, Sunday - 05/22/2016 - 05:30 PM
Andi Zeisler’s book looks at the “mainstream, celebrity, consumer embrace of feminism” and fears that fake issues are diverting women from real ones.
- Nonfiction: ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World,’ by Timothy Garton Ash
New York Times: Books, Sunday - 05/22/2016 - 02:38 PM
Ten guiding tenets frame a call for “more and better free speech.”
- Why the West (and the Rest) Got Rich
Wall Street Journal: Books, Saturday - 05/21/2016 - 12:47 AM
The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has one primary source: the liberation of ordinary people to pursue their dreams of economic betterment.
- Writer Dan Vyleta Turns to Historical Fantasy
Wall Street Journal: Books, Friday - 05/20/2016 - 10:31 PM
Charles Dickens’s 19th-century London inspired Dan Vyleta to turn from literary thrillers to historical fantasy in “Smoke,” which will be published May 24 in the U. S.
- Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Laureate of Russian Misery, Has an English-Language Milestone
New York Times: Books, Friday - 05/20/2016 - 05:59 PM
The writer Svetlana Alexievich, the author of oral histories who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, has given voice to thousands of ordinary Russians.
- Rita Dove's collected poems should put her back in the center of the American conversation
Los Angeles Times: Books, Friday - 05/20/2016 - 08:47 AM
Although Rita Dove has won most of the honors available to an American poet — she was the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her 1986 collection “Thomas and Beulah,” and she served as U. S. poet laureate from 1993-1995 — she is less read and discussed, at least among younger
- Designers Speak From the Grave
Wall Street Journal: Books, Thursday - 05/19/2016 - 04:47 AM
‘Couture Confessions’ book gives voice to the late McQueen, Chanel and other fashion designers.
- Fritz Stern, a Leading Historian on Modern Germany, Dies at 90
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 05/18/2016 - 09:15 PM
German-born and a longtime professor at Columbia University, Mr. Stern identified themes and intellectual currents that led to Germany’s drift toward totalitarianism.
- Audiobooks: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 05/18/2016 - 05:30 AM
Two recordings give voice to classic tales from the children’s canon.