Newspapers called William J. Burns “the greatest detective America has produced,” and his sad fate illustrates what might have awaited the fictional Holmes if he'd been real.
Author Paul Auster says Beckett shows how important laughter is in writing.
Russell Banks's biggest inspiration isn't another author—it's a gravestone inscription lurking near his desk.
Fun Home author Alison Bechdel talks about watching her memoir about growing up lesbian with a closeted gay dad get reinvented as an off-Broadway musical.
The Eat, Pray, Love author celebrates the late Jack Gilbert, whose works challenge readers to find joy within suffering.
Jane Austen's classic is 200 years old, but longtime spouses and relationship experts alike stand by the principles it presents.
Amy Woolard took 10 years off from writing and got a law degree. Now she balances dual careers as a rising-star poet and child-welfare attorney (with a little help from Siri).
Join us on Twitter as we read and discuss an uncensored tale of Russian espionage.
Bob Shacochis confronts the tension between exploring the everyday "frivolity" of our private worlds and making broad statements about the one we share.
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Young-adult novelist Robin Wasserman says the famous horror writer empowered her as a teen reader by capturing the uneasy teenage phase between childhood and adulthood.
Best-selling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.
Susan Harris from Words Without Borders joins this month's conversation about poetry.
Alexie never thought he could leave his reservation to pursue a writing career—but a line written by Adrian C. Louis taught him to venture outside the "reservation of his mind."
The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton, 27, became the youngest Booker Prize winner ever Tuesday. Read the first lines of her book and the other shortlisted novels below.
A damning new book about the disgraced champ serves as a reminder: The difference between "villain" and "morally complicated protagonist" is often just in the storytelling.
J. Michael Lennon wrote to his hero in 1972 and became his pen pal, friend, and collaborator before writing the revealing new biography Norman Mailer: A Double Life.
Written by 27-year-old relative newcomer Eleanor Catton, the novel is just the type that could get overlooked when the contest opens up to American authors next year.
Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, told The Atlantic in 2001 that she was a busy woman who liked to let her stories decide their own futures.