must reads

5 Great Romance Novels for People Who’ve Never Read One

An introduction to the venerable genre.
sounds like a cd

Scam Season Comes for the Orchestra

A debut memoir alleges that a well-known composer faked his way through live performances (without naming him but it’s obvious).
publishing trends

Move Over, Lady Psychopaths: The Locked-Room Mystery Is Back

In crazy times, mystery readers are craving a little order in their thrillers.
  1. adaptations
    Amy Poehler to Direct Moxie Riot Grrrl Netflix FilmJennifer Mathieu’s 2017 novel is getting the big-screen Poehler treatment.
  2. books
    Teddy Wayne on Why He’s ‘Unsettled’ About Adapting Loner Into an HBO Series“I can see why my wife didn’t want her relatives to read it.”
  3. cancellations
    Syfy’s Nightflyers Has Been CancelledThe George R.R. Martin drama just never quite took off.
  4. one grand books
    Author Sjón’s 10 Favorite BooksIsak Dinesen, Mikhail Bulgakov, and more.
  5. great adaptations
    10 Book-to-TV Adaptations Coming in 2019All it took for George Clooney to return to his small-screen roots was … good satire.
  6. trailer mix
    The Next Fifty Shades Started as Harry Styles FanficWhat if Harry Styles went to college in America and loved kissing and hated wearing a shirt?
  7. must reads
    5 Great Romance Novels for People Who’ve Never Read OneAn introduction to the venerable genre.
  8. trust us
    Why You Should Be Reading Romance NovelsThey’re not what you think.
  9. sounds like a cd
    Scam Season Comes for the OrchestraA debut memoir alleges that a well-known composer faked his way through live performances (without naming him but it’s obvious).
  10. close reads
    The Wild Bunch Is Still the Best Western Ever MadeW.K. Stratton’s definitive new book details the movie’s death, destruction, and unexpected core of tenderness.
  11. publishing trends
    Move Over, Lady Psychopaths: The Locked-Room Mystery Is BackIn crazy times, mystery readers are craving a little order in their thrillers.
  12. talking books
    Valeria Luiselli Discusses Migrant Children and Lost SoulsLost Children Archive, her first novel in English, dismantles America’s “great theater of belonging.”
  13. single ladies
    A Japanese Chronicler of ‘Women on Their Own,’ RediscoveredYuko Tsushima’s brilliant Territory of Light is the late, prolific author’s fourth novel published in English.
  14. bookstore news
    McNally Jackson Is Staying Put — and Massively ExpandingThe Soho store isn’t relocating, but new branches are set to anchor big developments at City Point and South Street Seaport.
  15. quel scandale
    The Book Publishing Scandals of Early February: Holy HellJill Abramson, Dan “tumor” Mallory, Bezos’s “picks,” YA troubles — and it’s only the 8th.
  16. scammers gonna scam
    Best-Selling Scammer Dan Mallory to Continue ScammingThe Woman in the Window author will publish a second book.
  17. style talk
    Grammar Guru Benjamin Dreyer Talks Twitter Style, Denounces ‘Onboarding’The author of Dreyer’s English is the E.B. White of our confusing era.
  18. alternative fictions
    Everything Wrong With Trump’s America Was in Steven Seagal’s Only NovelThe Way of the Shadow Wolves has the deep state, Sheriff Joe, and Korans in the Arizona desert.
  19. books
    Jill Abramson Accused of Plagiarism in Merchants of TruthThe evidence has been described as “overwhelming.”
  20. adaptations
    Michael B. Jordan Is Adapting the New Novel Black Leopard, Red WolfThe book was just released this week.
  21. never give up
    Conan O’Brien Has Finally Landed His Dream InterviewAfter many years, Robert Caro has finally relented!
  22. one grand books
    Tracey Thorn’s 10 Favorite BooksBillie Holiday, Virginia Woolf, and more.
  23. must reads
    7 New Books You Should Read This FebruaryMarlon James, Toni Morrison, and more.
  24. memoirs
    How It Feels to Publish Your Wife’s Memoir About Dying“Who was I to sit there and kill her dream?” asks the widower of Julie Yip-Williams, author of The Unwinding of the Miracle.
  25. literary lunch
    A Conversation With Marlon James and Victor LaValleThe versatile authors talk race, fantasy, and James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf over dumplings.
  26. dan mallory
    The Woman in The Window Author Dan Mallory Is Not Who He Claims to BeThe noted author of The Woman in the Window, a.k.a. A.J. Finn, deceived the public and his closest colleagues for years, a new investigation reveals.
  27. j.d. salinger
    More Salinger Is Coming, Possibly Before 2030!J.D.’s son is on a mission to publish the rest of his work.
  28. metoo authors
    Long Before He Sued, Thirteen Reasons Why Author Jay Asher Made a Quiet DealThe origin of the YA novelist’s defamation suit was the kind of hush-hush agreement we no longer tolerate.
  29. twitter justice
    The Latest YA Twitter Pile On Forces a Rising Star to Self-CancelAmélie Wen Zhao won a huge book deal, but succumbed to a campaign alleging Blood Heir’s insensitivity months before its publication.
  30. lit design
    Welcome to the Bold and Blocky Instagram Era of Book CoversBook jackets built for Amazon thumbnails, Instagram clicks, and indie-bookstore Easter-egg hunts.
  31. one grand books
    Tony McNamara’s 10 Favorite BooksFyodor Dostoevsky, Miranda July, and more.
  32. memoirs
    I Tried to Be Virginia Woolf. A Brilliant New Memoir Comes Closer.Katharine Smyth’s All the Lives We Ever Lived is both a literary tribute and a powerful debut of its own.
  33. the industry
    Megan Abbott’s Cheerleading Mystery Dare Me Back-Handsprings Over to USA NetworkThe drama landed a series order, to be co-produced by Netflix.
  34. one grand books
    Terrence McNally’s 10 Favorite BooksWilliam Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and more.
  35. dark horses
    Paul Harding on His Decade of Trying Not to Think About His Pulitzer UpsetReflecting on ten years of defiant productivity following his sleeper hit debut, Tinkers.
  36. lost and found
    Sylvia Plath’s ‘New’ Story Shows Us the Career That Might Have BeenMary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, released this week, was hiding in plain sight — evidence of a writer at odds with her legend.
  37. the crime scene
    Crime-Solving Cats and Cozy Mysteries: A Publishing JuggernautMeow If It’s Murder is just the tip of a very large, very furry iceberg.
  38. books
    Exploring Middle-earth With Tolkien’s Original MapIt demonstrates the astonishing care with which he imagined his fantastical creations and their intricate world.
  39. the crime scene
    If I Hate Violence So Much, Why Do I Love Writing About It?Writers of violent thrillers reflect on — and reaffirm — the ethics of what they do.
  40. the crime scene
    I Write Fiction About Border Crime, But Unlike Trump I Tell the Truth.The author of the Cartel trilogy reflects on depicting brutal border violence while Trump exploits it politically.
  41. in memoriam
    How Mary Oliver’s Biographer Finally Met the Legendary PoetOliver, who died yesterday, connected with people “on the page,” and Lindsay Whalen was no exception.
  42. memoirs
    The Best Show’s Tom Scharpling Is Writing a MemoirTitled It Never Ends.
  43. must reads
    6 New Paperbacks You Should Read This JanuaryLeila Slimani, Denis Johnson, and more.
  44. class is in session
    ‘We Are Living in Evil’: Discussing Friday Black’s Horrific TruthsThe Vulture Spoiler Book Club on the shocking, hilarious, deeply moral stories of Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
  45. sparking joy
    Marie Kondo Isn’t Trying to Make Everyone Burn Their BooksCalm down, Twitter.
  46. bad girl lit
    The Villainous Bitch Has Become the Most Boring Trend in LiteratureWe wanted unlikable narrators; we got an army of psychopathic she-beasts too shallow to hate.
  47. resolutions
    Help Me! Author Marianne Power Read All the Self-help Books So You Don’t Have ToA single Londoner learned how to take the self out of self-help.
  48. poetry
    New Year, New Verse: 4 Poetry Collections That Change the WorldPoems about addiction, war, tokenism, regret, forgiveness, and Republicans.
  49. q&a
    The Author of ‘Cat Person’ Wants Her New Book to Make You UncomfortableKristen Roupenian’s new short-story collection, You Know You Want This, builds on the themes of sex and power that made “Cat Person” a phenomenon.
  50. one grand books
    Richard E. Grant’s 10 Favorite BooksLewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, and more.
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