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Colin Dexter, Whose Creations Included Inspector Morse, Dies at 86

The British mystery writer indulged in the art for fun and never expected his character to attain such fame.

Books of The Times: ‘The Death of Expertise’ Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

Tom Nichols examines how the information age has helped fuel a resistance to authoritative knowledge and a disdain for experts.

By the Book: Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

The humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Judith Matloff on Why Mountains Attract War

The veteran war correspondent discusses her new look at why so much of the world’s conflict takes place in mountainous regions.

Fiction: A Mother, Her Son, His Grandmother, and Their Lifelong Grief

The 8-year-old protagonist of “Edgar and Lucy,” by Victor Lodato, is so peculiar, vivid and appealing that he becomes the book’s enduring reward.

Otherworldly: The Best of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy, From an Intergalactic Love Story to New York City Under Water

A graphic novel, a story collection, an apocalyptic novella and New York City under water: N.K. Jemisin reviews the latest in science fiction and fantasy.

Richard Wagamese, Whose Writing Explored His Ojibwe Heritage, Dies at 61

Mr. Wagamese said the forced assimilation of his parents in Canada caused their negligence with their children.

Where Fiction and Reality Collide: Books and Black Lives Matter

A look at several recent and pending young adult novels that explore racial profiling and police violence against young African-Americans.

American Beauties: Chuck Berry’s Memoir Grabs You Like a Song

Mr. Berry, who died on Saturday, released a book in 1987 that was heavy on music, intimacy and the complications of race.

Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!

A scholar finds that the marital happy endings and all-white England of the author of “Pride and Prejudice” are winning her fans among white nationalists.

Nonfiction: It’s Not Just Unfair: Inequality Is a Threat to Our Governance

In “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution” Ganesh Sitaraman examines inequality not only as an economic problem but also as a threat to American democracy.

A Dissident Book Smuggled From North Korea Finds a Global Audience

“The Accusation,” a collection of stories by Bandi, shines a light on a world of darkness after a clandestine journey to publication.

The Book Review Podcast: The Definition of Adulthood

Jami Attenberg discusses her new novel, “All Grown Up,” and Bonnie Rochman talks about “The Gene Machine.”

Want a Feminist Daughter, Dad? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Has Advice for You, Too

In “Dear Ijeawele,” new at No. 4 in hardcover nonfiction, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie counsels a childhood friend on how to raise empowered girls.

Nonfiction: A Woman in Charge: A Biography of Liberia’s President

In “Madame President,” Helene Cooper traces the life of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s head of state.

Fiction: Macondo and Medellín: A Millennial Colombian’s Novel

In her debut novel “The Lucky Ones,” much of it set in Colombia, Julianne Pachico shows us war, drug dealers and abductees.

Fiction: Machiavelli Runs Up Against the Borgias

Sarah Dunant returns to the Borgias, a “flamboyant family of 15th-century clerics and cutthroats,” in her latest novel “In the Name of the Family.”

Fiction: Misfits Burn Fast and Bright in This Tale of ’80s Athens

Three misfits scrounge and scheme in the “hazy, sticky and seedy” Athens of Cara Hoffman’s “Running.”

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