September 13, 2013 Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.
September 13, 2013 Margaret Atwood's new MaddAddam completes the post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy she began with 2003's Oryx and Crake. Reviewer Annalee Newitz says MaddAddam is a "snarky but soulful peek at what happens to the world after a mad scientist decimates humanity with a designer disease."
September 13, 2013 Norman Rush's newest novel takes a geographic hiatus from Botswana, his usual literary location. Instead, reviewer Drew Toal says the book is instead full of irritating intellectuals, postmortem scandal, and a group of collegiate clowns who come together after the death of an old friend.
September 13, 2013 Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
September 12, 2013 Documentarian Jamie Meltzer tells the story of the onetime leftist, who turned FBI informant — with a little help from Darby himself. (Recommended)
September 12, 2013 Set in Brooklyn, this drama is about a Nigerian-born couple (Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankole) whose marriage frays as they struggle to conceive a child. It's the second feature from director Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City).
September 12, 2013 A spirited Saudi Arabian girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Quran-chanting competition to raise money to buy the bike she craves in Wadjda, from Haifaa Al Mansour, the country's first female director. (Recommended)
September 12, 2013 A chance encounter with a little girl in an ice cream store inspired R.J. Palacio to write a novel about a boy born with distorted facial features. She says it got her thinking about what it's like to "have to face a world every day that doesn't know how to face you back."
September 12, 2013 Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
September 12, 2013 Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan puts forth his prescription for America's educational system in I Got Schooled. Reviewer John Wilwol says it's a "breezily written, research driven" book that debunks common myths about education in Shyamalan's distinctive — if flawed — voice.
September 12, 2013 We take a moment to consider some of the ups and downs of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, from the tastiest of scenery to the tastiest of on-screen food.
September 12, 2013 Rest assured, this game contains no ironic t-shirts or mustaches. Here, irony is defined as an "incongruous yet appropriate juxtaposition that highlights the discordant, revelatory nature of the universe." Deep. Play along as host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants about certain ironic situations, like how the best-selling holiday song of all time, "White Christmas," was written by Irving Berlin—who was Jewish.