• Voices in the Night

    Voices in the Night

    By STEVEN MILLHAUSER

    In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.

  • James Merrill: Life and Art

    James Merrill: Life and Art

    By LANGDON HAMMER

    The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.

  • England and Other Stories

    England and Other Stories

    By GRAHAM SWIFT

    A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.

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GUEST BOOKS

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

The actress and memoirist on her favorite books — including one that hits particularly close to home.

Posted by × May 20, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Seveneves

Seveneves

By NEAL STEPHENSON

The author of “Snow Crash” and “Cryptonomicon” revisits a classic science fiction scenario: planetary disaster. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Across the Great Divide: A Conversation with Joseph Stiglitz

Across the Great Divide: A Conversation with Joseph Stiglitz

The Nobel Prize winner on socio-economic equality, crises in the Eurozone, and what it takes to achieve a fair society.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

2021: A Refrigerator Odyssey

2021: A Refrigerator Odyssey

Appliance sans compliance.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

Fifty years ago this week: The Who’s “My Generation” drowns out the establishment.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

By DAVID McCULLOUGH

As the famed duo of air travel take flight, renowned historian McCullough crafts “an uplifting reminder that success lies not just in achievements but in how you respond to setbacks.” Review by Heller McAlpin.

Posted by × May 18, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

By KATE ATKINSON

In a sequel to her exceptional novel “Life After Life”, the author presents the life of a gentle British pilot – with a story bound to spark conversation.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

DISCOVER

Lauren Acampora and Lily King: Divining for Treasure

Lauren Acampora and Lily King: Divining for Treasure

Two standouts from our Discover program discuss how authors create atmosphere, the books they return to for inspiration, meditation for writers, and how one finds the time to craft a novel.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

The Water Museum

The Water Museum

By LUIS ALBERTO URREA

In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SCIENCE

Dreams of Earth and Sky

Dreams of Earth and Sky

By FREEMAN DYSON

At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Don’t Read All About It

Don’t Read All About It

You may already have read too much.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

What Tomorrow Will Bring

What Tomorrow Will Bring

This week in history: Israel becomes an independent state, in the spirit of becoming the promised land.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

ADVICE

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

By J. K. ROWLING

The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×