The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
The writer Kevin Barry believes that the medium’s best hope lies in the mesmerizing power of audio storytelling.
An annual award for literature’s worst coupling often forgets that any erotic scene can be cringeworthy out of context.
The Paris Review editor discusses why the best stories ask more questions then they answer.
Removing the author’s image from the World Fantasy Award trophy signals that the genre is able to be inclusive to writers of color.
Racking up mile after mile is difficult, mind-expanding, and hypnotic—just like putting words down on a page.
“The Field of Honor,” written in France during the first World War, considers the fate of the home front.
Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes’s new memoir, talks about the year that turned a writer and role model into, finally, a star.
In the literary world, talent isn’t hiding. It’s being ignored.
Ada Calhoun’s new book analyzes the gritty, bohemian history—and the yuppified present—of one of New York’s most infamous streets.
The corporate behemoth just opened a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle—a retail space that aims to be not just a bookseller, but a place for community.
Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare, explains how a single moment in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina reveals its characters’ hidden selves.
A 16th-century German accountant compiled a book of personal fashion that rivals today’s Instagrammers in detail and dedication.
Publications are increasingly charging fees to consider submissions—a practice that’s bad for the writing community at every level.
J.K. Rowling reveals her new play will be the eighth story in the series, and will focus on Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus.
R.L. Stine’s beloved children’s horror series cared equally about its boy and girl characters. The same can’t be said for the film adaptation.
Garth Risk Hallberg’s epic novel shares a startling number of similarities with prestige shows like The Wire and Mad Men—for better and worse.
The ex-Granta editor John Freeman on how the author Louise Erdrich perfectly interprets Faulkner
In a group of novels that showcase a virtuosic interest in distinctive voices, Marlon James’s historical epic ultimately triumphed.
Sunjeev Sahota's second novel, a favorite to take the Booker prize on Tuesday, chronicles the experience of being a migrant.