| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Country star Dolly Parton will publish a new book of inspirational wisdom, based on a commencement speech she gave in 2009....
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:35 PM
In Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries....
| Apr 19, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Two of three judges who selected the Pulitzer Prize fiction finalists have spoken out about no prize being awarded in the category this year....
| Apr 16, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The 2012 judges of the Pulitzer Prize have declined to award the prize to a work of fiction, although they have announced the three finalists. It has been 35 years since the last prize did not go awarded....
| Jun 21, 2012
Every year around this time, a few notable lines from a few notable commencement speeches start insinuating themselves into the canon of "words to live by." Recent favorites include Steve Jobs' 2005 speech at Stanford ("Your time is limited, so don't...
| May 27, 2012
For a handful of people, Clarice Lispector's "A Breath of Life" being published in English for the first time is very good news. Sadly, that handful is fairly small.
Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 1:50 PM
If the last week has taught us anything, it’s the power, and limitations, of political narrative. First, there was Hurricane Sandy, which brought climate change back into the presidential race — and led to an essential photo op: President...
| Sep 9, 2012
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Salman Rushdie’s new memoir of his time in hiding, "Joseph Anton," weighs in at more than 600 pages. The British-Indian author was the target of a fatwa death sentence issued by Iranian clerics. A lot of people helped him survive a decade of...
| Apr 29, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 322 pp., $26
I didn't much like Jonathan Franzen's essay "Farther Away" when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash of a...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's almost as if Kevin Smokler found himself in 30-something detention: well into adulthood, he was sentenced to go back and re-read the books he read in high school English class. He might have escaped if he hadn't been passing notes in class written...