The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Orphan Master's Son" talks about trauma, the world of the future, and his new collection of short fiction, "Fortune Smiles."
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
A pair of mysteries -- one set on the moors of Yorkshire, the other in a Tuscan fortress -- delve into a territory that transcends geography. Essay by Anna Mundow.
America's greatest writers are now being placed where they belong: seven thousand feet in the air.
A READING LIFE
A debut novel of an 18th-century French expedition - capturing history's delusions and personal slants - proves a "surprise and a triumph".
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
One of the most influential writers of our time receives her own sweeping 672 page history. Does it capture her as well as she captured herself? Review by Tom Carson.
Jonathan Galassi: Books Are Not a Pair of Socks
The publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux -- and author of "Muse" -- on literature's future, the authors he's proud to have worked with, and writing his first novel at age sixty-five.
Moat of Silence
This week in history: the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and "the determination of a proud people to reclaim" a home.
Wind / Pinball
Fans of novels like "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" and "1Q84" can now trace their author’s current of imagination to his debut fiction, newly available for the first time in thirty years.
Working Class Heroes: 10 Great Books for the 99%
Inspired by a posthumous story collection from Lucia Berlin: a list of excellent stories starring proletarians too rarely given voice in industrial life.
GRIN AND TONIC
The Writing Business
"How do I decide what to write? Cost-benefit analysis, of course."
Traveling through Cooking: 3 Tastes of Korea, Peru, and Lebanon
Seeking a last minute summer vacation? Look no further than a trio of new cookbooks from three internationally imaginative authors, reviewed by Brooklyn chef Greg Lauro.