Oct 10, 2013 7:04AM ET
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy cited her as a “master of the contemporary short story.”
Sep 27, 2013 8:50AM ET
Book reviewer Lee Siegel says that negative criticism has no place in today's cultural milieu. But in doing so, he too readily cedes authority.
Sep 23, 2013 2:56PM ET
In her new book, Confronting the Classics, Cambridge scholar Mary Beard reminds that ancient Greece and Rome remain relevant today.
Sep 16, 2013 5:38PM ET
In his latest novel, Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem leaves Brooklyn for a planned community in Queens that remains one of the great curiosities of 20th century urban planning.
Sep 16, 2013 8:40AM ET
While the design changes coming to The New Yorker's pages this week are seemingly on a small scale, they represent one of those rare instances when the magazine actually makes an alteration to aspects of its appearance
Sep 16, 2013 8:03AM ET
Both Jonathan Franzen and Paul Krugman called Twitter a waste of time last week. But is the format inherently inimical to a productive life of the mind?
Sep 13, 2013 4:11PM ET
In a new essay for The Guardian, Jonathan Franzen assumes the legacy of Karl Kraus, the so-called "Great Hater" of fin-de-siècle Vienna. The result is a diatribe against the modern world, full of sound and fury — but not much else.
Sep 12, 2013 6:06PM ET
A cover for the movie tie-in edition of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is a tribute to someone other than the mustachioed writer from Oxford, Miss.
Sep 12, 2013 2:12PM ET
Richard Dawkins, a neo-atheist with a propensity for saying offensive things, says that William Shakespeare, the West's greatest playwright, was not sufficiently educated.
Sep 12, 2013 12:36PM ET
Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, Bleeding Edge, takes place in the summer of 2001, letting him play, for the first time, with contemporary pop culture.
Sep 12, 2013 9:19AM ET
Today's heat, perhaps the season's last spike in temperature, is the perfect occasion to enjoy a hot coffee drink
Sep 11, 2013 2:26PM ET
Patrick Witty, a photo editor at Time, took one of the truly iconic images of 9/11. Now he's asking the Internet to help him figure out who the people in the picture are.
Sep 11, 2013 10:58AM ET
Last night, Anthony Weiner ended his disastrous run for mayor with a crude gesture at a reporter. The middle finger has a surprisingly complex history.
Sep 11, 2013 8:46AM ET
Earlier this week, Politico owner Robert Allbritton surprised the media world with his purchase of Capital New York. Now, Politico editor Jim VandeHei, who will head the Manhattan-based operation, outlines his vision.
Sep 10, 2013 5:24PM ET
The word "intimate" is often used to describe a work of fiction. But what does it mean, exactly? And why should we seek intimacy from literature?
Sep 10, 2013 12:51PM ET
Today, voters in New York City can vote in a mayoral primary that, for the most part, features rather lackluster candidates. Forty-four years ago, they could have voted for novelist Norman Mailer.
Sep 10, 2013 9:52AM ET
Today, U.S. News released its annual list of the nation's best colleges. The usual suspects are in their usual places. So why can't we tear ourselves away?
Sep 10, 2013 7:13AM ET
The shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been announced — and it features both established writers and new names.
Sep 6, 2013 12:46PM ET
Jennifer Weiner has come to be known as a tireless critic of The New York Times and the clubby literary world of Manhattan. But what she wants is change, not attention.
Sep 5, 2013 5:03PM ET
Oyster wants to be the Netflix of books, with an iPhone app that offers unlimited access to a library of 100,000 titles for $9.95 a month.
Sep 5, 2013 12:50PM ET
A flurry of activity on the British betting site Ladbrokes has people speculating on the chances of Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o winning this year's Nobel Prize for Literature.
Sep 4, 2013 4:26PM ET
Jennifer Weiner, a strident critic of The New York Times Book Review for its alleged sexism and elitism, has taken to Twitter to lambaste the new feature Bookends.
Sep 4, 2013 10:43AM ET
British betting site Ladbrokes says Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is the favorite to win this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, though Joyce Carol Oates is a close second.
Sep 4, 2013 8:26AM ET
A new book says that J.D. Salinger had only one testicle, a congenital defect that so shamed the novelist that it eventually drove him into the woods of New Hampshire.
Sep 3, 2013 5:36PM ET
A new feature in The New York Times Book Review aims to foster debate between writers. The inaugural post went live today with (gently) competing posts by Adam Kirsch and Zoë Heller.
Sep 3, 2013 4:19PM ET
The trailer for Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, is as bizarre as you might expect.
Sep 3, 2013 12:59PM ET
After her deadpan review of a Grand Forks, N.D., Olive Garden went viral, Marilyn Hagerty became an Internet sensation in her own right. But as her new book, Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews shows, Hagerty has been on the restaurant beat for more than two decades.
Sep 3, 2013 9:32AM ET
Enemies Within, published today, is an investigation into the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities. To promote the book, the authors have taken the unusual step of posting internal NYPD documents on the book's site.
Sep 3, 2013 8:22AM ET
Jeff Bezos gave an interview to The Washington Post — his first since purchasing that paper — in which he outlined his vision for one of the most storied brands in American journalism, suggesting that better times are ahead.