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How I Wrote It: Ian Buruma, on Art and Drama, Violence and Cruelty

As an author and a contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, Ian Buruma has repeatedly returned to topics that ceaselessly fascinate him: war, violence, art, religion, often all at once. In Theater of Cruelty.....

Exclusive: Senator John McCain Reviews Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Patton"

Through their series of best-selling books--including Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever--Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have revisited the sudden, unexpected deaths of several of history's most significant figures, and...

2014 National Book Award Longlists Released

An eclectic Fiction longlist includes a Millions staff writer, while the Non-Fiction longlist is surprisingly male dominated.

The Gray Areas of Gray Matter: Author Matt Richtel on Information Overload

In 2006, a pair of rocket scientists died on a Utah highway, killed in a collision with a student named Reggie Shaw, who had been texting at the time of the accident. A Deadly Wandering uses this moment to launch...

Women dominate this year’s BBC National Short Story Award shortlist

Today the BBC announced an all-female author shortlist for its National Short Story Award. The nominees are Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley, The Taxidermist’s

Uttering the Holy: On Poetry and Politics

Not long ago, I was talking to a group of people who all happened to be in book clubs. I asked them if they ever read a book of poems as part of their club. They all pondered this for a moment before saying, almost in unison, "No." "Why not?," I asked Another pause. "I don't know," one responded. Show More Summary

The New End of Days

You may have heard that our own Emily St. John Mandel has a new book on shelves. The book depicts a post-apocalyptic future in which a group of nomadic actors deal with the aftermath of a devastating flu pandemic. Claire Cameron (who’s also written for The Millions) reviews the book for The Globe and Mail.

Adam Wingard Narrates a Sequence From ‘The Guest’

Adam Wingard discusses a scene from his film, written by Simon Barrett and featuring Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

“A perfect topography”

Recommended Reading: Jess Walter on Mr. Tall by Tony Earley.

On the Books: In-depth Joan Rivers bio announced

Today Little, Brown and Co. publisher Reagan Arthur announced in a press release that it has inked a deal with Vanity

What Happened to the Historical Romance Novel?

These days it seems the ever popular historical romance genre has become dominated by dangerously seductive Regency era dukes. Once upon a time, a girl could find some bad ass cowboys in historical westerns, tycoons in turn of the century NYC, and medieval Knights charging in to save the day. Show More Summary

Here They Come

Ever since the Man Booker prize was opened up to American writers, there’s been a renewed debate about America’s contributions to the literary scene. Many people have wondered who past Bookers would have gone to had American authors been eligible. At The Guardian, a roundtable including Year in Reading alum Joshua Ferris, Curtis Sittenfeld, Edna O’Brien […]

Unsigned Music Competition Names a Winner: Goodbye June

Goodbye June, an eclectic Nashville band with Southern hard rock and metal influences, is the top winner in a contest for unsigned artists, judged by musicians and critics.

Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Photo credit: Barbara Follett Ken Follett's books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. The Century Trilogy opened with Fall of Giants in 2010, followed by Winter of the World in 2012. Edge of Eternity, the concluding novel in...Show More Summary

Are the NFL's Woes Good for Soccer?

It goes without saying that this has been a bad couple of weeks for the NFL, so much so that a tweet -- post-Ray Rice, pre-Adrian Peterson -- came my way that read, "Let's all start watching soccer instead!" I smiled -- and retweeted,...Show More Summary

Young Adult Authors Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Share Why 'We Need Diverse Books'

As a young girl, I used to pray in my bed every night that God would miraculously give me blonde hair, blue eyes, and creamy white skin. After that didn't work, I had another plan: hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. Because putting that...Show More Summary

Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey plus Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist

15 hours agoEntertainment / Books : Bookdwarf

I couldn’t resist the hype (or her charming Twitter personality) and have been reading Roxanne Gay’s recent essay collection Bad Feminist. One piece in particular about likable versus unlikeable female characters made me think about reading Catherine Lacey’s Nobody is Ever Missing. Show More Summary

Souvenir by Aimee Suzara

Kenji Liu reviews Aimee Suzara's Souvenir today in Rumpus Poetry.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of September 13

Penguin Random House has dominated the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List this year, capturing about 50 percent of the top 25 titles in recent weeks. This week, that share hikes up to 75 percent. 17 of the titles on this week's list belong to the world's largest trade publisher. Show More Summary

Truest Forms

As a literary technique, imitation is usually thought of as an amateur move, despite the number of classic works that began as overt acts of mimicry. At the Ploughshares blog, Anca Szilagyi comes up with several prompts for writers who want to imitate thoughtfully.

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