Justin Martin captures the fun at a good-time New York saloon where 19th century wits congregated.
Zephyr Teachout analyzes U.S. history of self-interest to determine its impact on the nation.
A study in contradictions, Cosby is portrayed as an important voice in entertainment and civil rights.
Mary Beard’s “Laughter in Ancient Rome” offers an amusing tour through the scholarship of humor.
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is the only woman in the group of 10 writers competing for the $10,000 prize.
Weaving the private and the political, Follett’s doorstop of a novel captures the drama of the Cold War era.
Novels by Lauren Beukes, Emily St. John Mandel and Robert Jackson Bennett.
Carl Hiaasen, Laurie Halse Anderson and Jacqueline Woodson in the running for the $10,000 prize
Tana French’s new mystery, set at a girls’ school, is the latest in her Dublin Murder Squad series.
The Booker-winning author discusses the darkness in “Stone Mattress,” nine tales that are her latest offering.
Set in 17th-century Amsterdam, this novel about a woman’s coming of age has the “propulsive drive of a thriller.”
Christian Rudder sorts huge datasets to discover what we do, not what we say we do.
In “Daring,” Gail Sheehy recounts her life as a journalist, author of “Passages” and celebrity A-lister.
What at first seems like an E.M. Forster novel darkens into something by Dostoevsky or Patricia Highsmith.
The Writers’ Cottage in Ashland, Va., offers a chance to get away for solitary composition or to work with experienced teachers.
And Louise Erdrich named winner of the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award.
‘How “The Great Gatsby” Came to Be and Why It Endures,’ by Maureen Corrigan
More than a dozen writers are auctioning off books, coffee dates, even characters’ names.
An interview with Daniel Levitin about multi-tasking, time management and the role of dopamine.
The books Washington has been reading.