June 6, 2020 Anti-racist reading lists are making the rounds right now — and they can be useful if people do the work of reading. But critic Juan Vidal suggests you look closer to home, to your own bookshelf.
December 2, 2018 Mathias Énard's novel — newly translated from French — imagines what would have happened if Michelangelo had accepted an offer from the Ottoman ruler to design a bridge across the Golden Horn.
August 8, 2018 Marcia Douglas's new book imagines a resurrected Bob Marley, living in a clock tower and conversing with spirits — but Douglas also honors and elevates the voices of the women in Marley's orbit.
The Manuscripts version of the Bible abandons chapter and verse structure, encouraging readers to approach it like a novel.
February 18, 2018 The Bible's famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.
'Heartland' By Ana Simo.
January 18, 2018 Ana Simo's brash and unsettling debut novel straddles the line between pulp noir and slapstick; it's the story of a struggling writer who decides that murder is the cure for her decade-long block.
December 25, 2016 Small publishers and big indie powerhouses alike showcased international voices this year — we pick out a few of our favorites, from a bitter marriage drama to the memoirs of a polar bear family.
November 26, 2016 Jack London died 100 years ago this week, worn out from drink, disease and overwork — but he left behind a prolific body of work that considers the vast scope of human experience and suffering.
Ernest Hemingway: Not just some old white guy going on about a crusty fisherman.
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October 22, 2016 Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.
Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Raquel Zaldivar/NPR)
September 24, 2016 Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.
Fall sports season is kicking off — and we've got some good reads to go with it.
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September 18, 2016 If you're tired of political competition, there's always athletic competition. And if your team stinks, we can offer sympathy and a selection of the year's best books about sports to ease the sting.
August 5, 2016 You might be forgiven for knowing only one Brazilian author — Paulo Coelho dominates the charts. But we've got five more great, overlooked Brazilian reads for you to kick off the Rio Games with.
July 23, 2016 Alejandro Zambra's playful new novel is fashioned in the format of Chile's Academic Aptitude Test, the standardized exam high school students there take — complete with multiple choice questions.
June 11, 2016 In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.
Muhammad Ali reads one of his poems during a contest at the Bitter End, a Greenwich Village coffeehouse and nightclub, in 1963.
June 6, 2016 "The Louisville Lip" was famously as fast with his words as with his fists — years before the birth of hip hop, he was a battle rapper flipping similes and metaphors in a language all his own.
May 14, 2016 Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.