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Theodore Weesner, Author of ‘The Car Thief,’ Dies at 79

Mr. Weesner, whose celebrated first novel was inspired in part by his wayward youth, earned plaudits for his patient, realistic narratives and humanely considered characters.

Misty Copeland: ‘I Want to Bring More People to Ballet’

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At a news conference, Misty Copeland, newly minted as a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, spoke about her early doubts and about the pleasure of seeing more racially diverse audiences at her performances.

A Different Kind of War Novel - Talking to Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of "The Sympathizer"

One of our favorite books so far this year is Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel The Sympathizer, a book with one of the best first sentences of any you will come across.

An Interview With Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney is one of the most incisive literary multi-hyphenates at work today. Whether she is writing about the cultural impact of TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica or writing critically-acclaimed novels...Show More Summary

Nabokov’s America

On February 3, 1954, Vladimir Nabokov wrote to James Laughlin, the founder of New Directions, “Would you be interested in publishing a timebomb that I have just finished putting together? It is a novel of 459 typewritten pages.” TheShow More Summary

A Look at the ‘Snowden’ Teaser Trailer

A preview of Oliver Stone's dramatization of the life of Edward J. Snowden, coming to theaters Dec. 25.

Newswire: Marvel announces (at least) 45 “all-new, all-different” comics

Earlier this year, Marvel blew up its entire comic book universe and rebuilt it as a patchwork world where everyone worships Dr. Doom as a god. However, like all major comic book events that blow up the universe and rebuild things in a way that’s unsustainably crazy, this storyline, Secret Wars, is only temporary. Show More Summary

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

"I talked about taboos and I broke them with my pen." -- Pari, writer and Dari translator for Washing the Dust From Our Hearts If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives,...Show More Summary

Louisa Meets Bear By Lisa Gornick

Louisa Meets Bear by Lisa Gornick Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (June 9, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374192081 ISBN-13: 978-0374192082 After wowing us with Tinderbox and Private Sorcery, Lisa Gornick hadShow More Summary

Oh Henry

Over thirteen years, John Berryman wrote his famous Dream Songs, composing his most innovative and well-known poetry while his own life began to unravel. In a piece for the LRB, August Kleinzahler reappraises the poet to mark a raft of new editions of his work, citing Randall Jarrell, Saul Bellow and other contemporaries in the […]

Farrar, Straus and Giroux President Pens Introspective Novel

Jonathan Galassi's debut novel reads with the exuberance of a man half his age and with intellect of a successful businessman. In the publishing industry, there is the big four comprised of Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random...Show More Summary

Writing She-roes

Harper Lee's book Go Set a Watchman has already become a bestseller - and it won't be released until July 14. Lee is the author of the perennial bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960 and made into a movie. To celebrate the success of Lee's previous and anticipated novels, let's discover other women authors through history. Show More Summary

This is What Happened When Millions of People Read My Article

When my sister-in-law sent me a message that read, "I've seen your article in three different places today," the magnitude of the situation sank in. My article had gone viral. Within hours of publishing "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," my 600 word list was shared hundreds of thousands of times. Show More Summary

Newswire: Stan Lee thinks comic book characters should just stay the same

Today in news that’s easy to spin in an attention-grabbing way that makes it sound much more controversial than it is, legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has declared that Spider-Man must always be a straight, white guy. Actually, no, he didn’t say that. Show More Summary

Social Media Reaction to Misty Copeland’s Historic Promotion

Reaction to Misty Copeland's promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater.

Top Authors Tell Us Why We Should Pick up These Thriller Writers' Debut Novels

Bestselling authors such as Karin Slaughter and Steve Berry tell us why they love these five outstanding debut books that are finalists for the Thriller Awards' Best First Novel category.

Nouveau Riche

“When Michael reads in one of the society columns that are hilariously reprinted here, misspellings and all, that Astrid’s jewels aren’t blingy enough, he flies into a fury of inadequacy. This leads him to try to buy one of Singapore’s rarest architectural masterpieces and turn its ground floor into a museum for his car collection, […]

Zadie Smith to Collaborate on a Screenplay

The novelist Zadie Smith will write her first screenplay, with the French director Claire Denis.

HaBO: The Purple Sweater of Love

This HaBO request is from Megan. Y’all, there is a Purple Sweater of Love. So I love you ladies, and you have been detrimental to my wallet on several occasions. I remember tiny, teeny tiny, parts of the plot and remember liking this book, but now have no idea what the heck it could be. Show More Summary

Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Thorne McKelvie has meticulously and ruthlessly worked his way up through the ranks of criminal organisation the Hangmen, a group that doesn’t shy away from human trafficking in sweat shops, drug or arms smuggling. The leader of theShow More Summary

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