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Nancy Drew Is Dead! Don’t Worry, the Hardy Boys Are on the Case

Nancy Drew Is Dead! Don’t Worry, the Hardy Boys Are on the Case

The Hardy Boys stand over Nancy Drew’s grave. The beloved teen detective, who has survived countless scrapes, cliffhangers and close…
As ‘American Dirt’ Racks Up Sales, Its Author Becomes the Story

As ‘American Dirt’ Racks Up Sales, Its Author Becomes the Story

“There is a lot of work to be done in the publishing industry on this front,” she said. “I hope…
Marlon James to Host New Literary Podcast

Marlon James to Host New Literary Podcast

In his novels “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” Marlon James frequently conjures lost and…
‘The Longing for Less’ Gets at the Big Appeal of Minimalism

‘The Longing for Less’ Gets at the Big Appeal of Minimalism

As a millennial who graduated from college in 2010, in the lingering wake of the financial crisis, the cultural critic…
Teenage Heroes in a Mythical Land Fight Monsters, and Stereotypes

Teenage Heroes in a Mythical Land Fight Monsters, and Stereotypes

At one point in Joseph Elliott’s THE GOOD HAWK (Walker Books, 368 pp., $17.99; ages 10 to 14), Jaime, one…
In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past

In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past

ESSEN, Germany — Growing up in the 1990s in Berlin, the writer Max Czollek remembers, he and classmates occasionally unearthed…
7 Great Contemporary Novels for Teenagers

7 Great Contemporary Novels for Teenagers

My smell test for this list was simple: Which novels do teenagers themselves think are incredible? Which ones do they…
For a Successful Chinese Woman, Can Motherhood Be Her Undoing?

For a Successful Chinese Woman, Can Motherhood Be Her Undoing?

LITTLE GODS By Meng Jin At the heart of Meng Jin’s ambitious debut novel, “Little Gods,” is a brilliant Chinese…
Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85

Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85

Gladys Bourdain, a longtime copy editor at The New York Times who helped kick-start the writing career of her son…
Smithsonian to Bring American History to Life in Graphic Books

Smithsonian to Bring American History to Life in Graphic Books

The Smithsonian Institution is teaming up with IDW Publishing on a series of educational graphic books that will start to…
Sonny Mehta, Knopf Editor, Remembered by His Writers

Sonny Mehta, Knopf Editor, Remembered by His Writers

When he was honored at the Center for Fiction gala last year, Sonny abandoned the taciturn habits of a lifetime…
Racism Dispute Roils Romance Writers Group

Racism Dispute Roils Romance Writers Group

A dispute over a racism accusation and how it was handled have upended the romance writers’ community, with best-selling novelists…
Like People, Ghosts Come in Many Colors

Like People, Ghosts Come in Many Colors

“Paul D tied his shoes together, hung them over his shoulder and followed her through the door straight into a…
Ralph Ellison’s Life in Letters

Ralph Ellison’s Life in Letters

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen “The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison” is an encyclopedic collection…
Her Name Is Lucy Barton. Their Job Is Ushering Her to the Stage.

Her Name Is Lucy Barton. Their Job Is Ushering Her to the Stage.

It’s a memory play told in monologue, an account of a melancholy period in the title character’s life, many years…
‘Just Mercy’ Review: Echoes of Jim Crow on Alabama’s Death Row

‘Just Mercy’ Review: Echoes of Jim Crow on Alabama’s Death Row

Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” is a painful, beautiful, revelatory book, the kind of reading experience that can permanently alter your…
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