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.
This year’s winner of the literature prize is the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich.
The Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma's first novel is a dark, striking tale about family and fate.
The Fates and Furies author describes how Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse portrays the span of life.
The author best known for the Kurt Wallander mystery series died in Sweden of lung cancer. He was 67.
Tom McCarthy’s deliberately mystifying novel attempts to chronicle patterns of life in the digital age.
Anne Tyler’s novel, her 20th, is a meditation on the meaning of home.
A new follow-up to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy raises the question of whether iconic literary heroes belong to writers or readers.
J.K. Rowling’s investigation of her villain’s mind echoes the intrigue of a true-crime serial-killer profile.
Marlon James’s tumultuous novel is Jamaica’s first to be nominated for the British literary prize.