What J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication
It took 14 years of false starts, navigating Hollywood, and a modest payout for my book Carrie Pilby to be adapted into a Netflix film.
Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, by the Indonesian author of Beauty Is a Wound, is a surreal, poignant account of a teen attempting to become a man.
Maja Lunde’s climate-fiction debut uses species extinction to ask its human characters: What’s more important, self-interest or sacrifice?
The comic-book writer discusses working for Marvel, the loneliness of novel-writing, and why her epic-fantasy series is mostly populated by women and characters of color.
In What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir, the politician has become cautiously diaristic.
The Sour Heart author discusses Roberto Bolaño’s “Dance Card,” humanizing minor characters through irreverence, and homing in on history’s footnotes.
A writer explains her dedication to becoming a published author—and how her approach has changed over the last decade.
A new collection of short stories by Tom Rachman considers privacy and cultural bubbles in a post-truth era.
A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue.
Colorists and and letterers bring a silent medium to life, and their work often goes undetected—especially if they’re great at their jobs.
Paul Kingsnorth’s novel, the second volume in a planned trilogy, builds on the ecological, humanist terrain of the writer’s previous work.
In new works, Jon Ronson and Tom Perrotta examine the cultural impact of a digital sexual revolution.
I stumbled on a high-pay, low-prestige way to enter the publishing world—and overcame my reservations to make the most of the opportunity.
A collection of books recommended by The Atlantic’s editors and writers
Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.
Zinzi Clemmons’s debut tangles with familiar questions, using a propulsive experimentalism in lieu of linear narrative.
After 38 years at The New York Times, the woman whose name became synonymous with book culture in America is retiring from the paper.
Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, and George Saunders are among the authors in contention for the British literary award.
Ninni Holmqvist’s 2009 book “The Unit,” newly reissued, imagines a world in which people who haven’t procreated are forced to make a different—ultimate—contribution to society.