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A Year in Reading: Jess Walter

Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat was so good it made me want to be a writer.

Beyond Bookmarks: 10 Gifts For Readers

For the past few years, The Millions has offered a holiday gift list for writers. This year we’d like to give readers their due, with a list of bookish treats. Because where would writers be without readers? Also, let’s face it: discriminating and avid readers can be as difficult to shop for as cranky writers.

A Year in Reading: Emily Gould

God, this book. This BOOK! I mean, it’s just hard to imagine anyone not loving this book. I think it’s perfect.

A Reader’s Book of Days: A Reading List for a Month of Storytelling by the Fire

Did Dickens invent Christmas? It’s sometimes said he did, recreating the holiday as we know it out of the neglect that had been imposed on it by Puritanism, Utilitarianism, and the Scrooge-like forces of the Industrial Revolution.

A Year in Reading: Isaac Fitzgerald

As you might expect from a David Mitchell novel, it’s big, ambitious, and pretty.

Before They Were Notable: 2014

This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.

Edan Lepucki Sells Her Second Novel

Congrats are in order for our own Edan Lepucki, who recently sold her second novel to Crown! Her new book, a “sly, sinister exploration of female relationships,” will come out in 2017. You could also read her and our own Bill Morris on writing their most recent novels.

A Year in Reading: Karen Joy Fowler

I suspect that few writers would survive the back-to-back reading of their works as well as Molly Gloss does. Her prose is meticulous, her characters distinct, her plotting unforced, her stories simultaneously iconic and completely natural in tone and incident.

Not a Title

In the first two lines of a piece in the latest New Yorker about the Alaskan poet Olena Kalytiak Davis, Dan Chiasson points out that her new book, The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems, has an undeniably excellent title. In describing her appeal, he says that her submissions to the canon are “anti-submissions,” by […]

A Year in Reading: Jess Walter

Rebecca Lee’s 'Bobcat' was so good it made me want to be a writer.

Tuesday New Release Day: Adler; Smith; Harris; Margolin; Hall; Mailer; Saramago

Out this week: The Wall by H.G. Adler; How to Be Both by Ali Smith; Screenplay by MacDonald Harris; Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin; Essays after Eighty by Donald Hall; Selected Letters by Norman Mailer; and Skylight by the late Nobel laureate José Saramago. For more on these and other recent titles, check out our […]

A Year in Reading: Haley Mlotek (The Hairpin)

I read and re-read my favorite books like it was a guilty pleasure, ashamed to be shunning all the new books that had come out, books that probably would’ve expanded my worldview or taught me something useful, but fuck it, Ali Smith gave me permission to take some time to understand the book in front of me.

Glint of the Diamond

“Andre Dubus’s literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus of a character—he makes a reader want to keep going, because she knows exactly who these people are and has […]

A Year in Reading: Anthony Doerr

All serious artists, no matter how they work -- whether at dawn or midnight, whether indoors or out, clothed or naked, intoxicated or sober -- share one trait. They work.

RIP Mark Strand

In memory of Mark Strand, who passed away on Saturday, the Paris Review Daily published a manuscript page from “A Piece of the Storm,” a poem that appeared in Strand’s collection A Blizzard of One. They also included links to several poems of his they published, as well as his Art of Poetry interview.

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat)

It’s one of those rare works that actually deserve the adjective "magisterial."

A Year in Reading: 2014

As we kick off another Year in Reading, please enjoy these riches from some of our favorite writers and thinkers.

Bookends on Russian Literature

To accompany this infographic on Russian literature, The New York Times asked Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser what makes 19th century Russian writing so distinctive. Pair with our own Matt Seidel‘s take on rejected Bookends questi...

Dubliners, 100 Years Later

At Flavorwire Jonathan Sturgeon considers what we’ve learned from Dubliners in the hundred years since it was first published and argues that “when it comes to realism, Dubliners, more than even Chekhov’s short fiction, is the modelShow More Summary

“Bad Neil Gaiman”

Recommended watching: Neil Gaiman reads “bad Neil Gaiman” stories.

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