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Margaret Atwood, others explore the short-story cycle

On one hand, you have novels. On the other, you have short stories. But is the split that clear-cut? If

Read An Excerpt From Daisy Hernandez's Memoir "A Cup of Water Under My Bed."

Although I grew up in Miami as the daughter of Latin-American immigrants, I did not read works by Latin-American writers until my 20s. I wanted to be as “American” as possible, and this meant rejecting nearly every aspect of my heritage. Show More Summary

Chasing the Dragon

Cocaine: The Rush to Destruction Chastain 2008 Submitter: If the title and cover image weren’t heavy-handed enough for our teen patrons, the book is filled with stereotypical (and dated) images on every page staged to look like real drug transactions and use. The cover is startling enough, with the woman’s spectral nose floating off to […]

YA Wednesday: Meg Wolitzer on "Belzhar"

Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about. Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips...

New Book "A de Activista" Teaches Activism Along With the Spanish ABCs

There’s a new book out for socially conscious parents who want their kids to learn some culture along with their ABCs: A de Activista is a Spanish-language book for young kids that teaches the alphabet through lines like, “¡F de foco...Show More Summary

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Drum roll, please. The National Book Awards shortlist was broadcast this morning. Celebrating the best in American literature, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 hosted by best-selling author, Daniel Handler (you might know him better...

On the Books: Sherlock Holmes exhibit comes to London

Today the Museum of London opened an exhibition dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. The exhibit,

Where I Wrote It: John Twelve Hawks, on Writing his New Novel, "Spark"

Readers of Omnivoracious may be familiar with our "How I Wrote It" Q-&-A series, in which we ask authors to describe the writing of their book (including questions about their work space, their tools, their fuel--you can read them here)....

‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator Mark Frost is penning a sequel novel

The illusory mystery of Twin Peaks lives on… again. Following last week’s announcement of Showtime’s reboot of the cult-favorite series comes the news that co-creator

REVIEW: ‘Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories’ by Paul Theorux can be mesmerizing, hard to put down

The title piece of Paul Theroux's new short story collection, "Mr. Bones," is a son's account of the conflicted time in the early 1950s when his father began practicing for the role of a black man in a minstrel show.

Australian author Richard Flanagan wins the Man Booker Prize

Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North—plus the £50,000 (about

The Rules of the Handshake

Lots of people dream about doing the kinds of things Eden Collinsworth does routinely in her life: change jobs, move countries, strike out for parts unknown both internal and external. In the form of an etiquette guide, I Stand Corrected...

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Witches and Halloween are two of my favorite things. So it's no surprise that my upcoming debut novel Hollywood Witch Hunter is full of witches, powerful spells and even a special nod to All Hallows' Eve. Literally, I'm obsessed with witchy women, and it seems I'm not alone. Show More Summary

Newswire: Get Involved, Internet: Help make a book of Scooby-Doo horror movie mashups

It used to be that the scariest thing to happen to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang was the threat of another episode with Scrappy-Doo (or a Sandy Duncan appearance), but artist Travis Falligant has changed all that. Falligant created a series of illustrations that imagine those meddling kids meeting up with various horror movie icons. Show More Summary

"Apocalypse Now" Meets "Lord of the Rings" - An Interview with Fantasy Author Chris Evans

Fantasy author Chris Evans new novel Of Bone and Thunder goes on sale today. It's a book that, like many fantasies, revolves around war—but unlike most fantasies it focuses mainly on the grunts doing the fighting as opposed to the.....

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

The votes are in! Congratulations to Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the literary community, and with a […]

Richard Flangan Wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize

The book is the story of an Australian prisoner of war, among more than 9,000 who were forced to build a railway through Burma and Thailand.

Lena Dunham: A second pass on 'Not That Kind of Girl'

When I first received my black-and-pink copy of "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'" I was all atwitter. Not the social media platform, the anxious, excited feeling. I was in possession of the fall's hottest new book. Show More Summary


Why do Americans read so few translated works? A lot of reasons come to mind, but one is that translated books are often the purview of small publishers, who don’t have the same marketing budgets as the larger companies in the industry. At The New Yorker’s Currency blog, Vauhini Vara looks at the statistics compiled by Three Percent, […]

The International Gay: Around the World in Three LGBT Books

One of the things that I love about being part of the LGBT community is feeling strongly connected to the rainbow way that spans the globe. Sometimes our experiences are different -- vastly so -- but there is some commonality in struggle...Show More Summary

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