Franz Kafka’s work taught the writer Jonathan Lethem about how to incorporate chaos into narratives.
Nicotine, the author’s third novel, is a humorous meditation on how people balance their public and private selves.
Two new novels by Imbolo Mbue and Jade Chang take on the 2008 financial crisis from the perspective of immigrant families.
The novelist Nell Zink discusses the psalm that inspired her, and what she learned about the solitary artistic process from her Catholic upbringing.
Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.
The poem “Wild Nights! - Wild Nights!” taught the novelist Emma Donoghue about sexuality, ambiguity, and intimacy.
Is literature better at coming up with complex women protagonists than Hollywood? A long history of book-to-film adaptations suggests so.
The contenders include a debut novelist and a previous winner.
Only one of the six writers on the list, Deborah Levy, has previously appeared on it.
Alexander Weinstein’s collection of short stories, Children of the New World, presents a bleak, brilliant view of humanity fully in technology’s thrall.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the young-adult historical fiction series showed me how people move forward after earth-shattering moments.
The novelist and poet Alice Mattison discusses finding inspiration in the unconventional short stories of Grace Paley.
In his coming-of-age book The Cook Up, D. Watkins writes about drugs, race, and class for audiences living in different Americas.
After To Kill a Mockingbird, readers didn’t demand more from its author. For fans of the musician behind Channel Orange, it’s a different story.
The newly published script of Jack Thorne’s play is a compelling read but an uncomfortable fit within J.K. Rowling’s series.
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She endorsed a fittingly feminine, pro-compassion sci-fi classic while introducing her mother at the DNC.
Two new novels ponder the still-urgent question of what could have compelled young women to do such terrible things.
The German sociologist Jens Beckert argues that literary theory can help explain what economics fails to.
In Jesse Ball’s new novel, an angry young narrator adds to the pantheon of tortured but brilliant protagonists.