Latest from Michael Dirda

‘Dune’ has long divided the science fiction world. The new film won’t change that.

Frank Herbert’s magnum opus: masterful or clumsy? Denis Villeneuve’s movie continues the debate.
  • Oct 21, 2021

Grab some candy corn and sit down with these Halloween-perfect story collections

“The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries” and “When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson” are among some great new terrifically terrifying reads
  • Oct 20, 2021

How Oscar Wilde evolved from poet and playwright to symbol of martyrdom and individualism

‘Oscar: A Life,’ by Matthew Sturgis, delivers a thorough assessment of Wilde on the occasion of his birthday this month
  • Oct 13, 2021

Richard Osman, inspired by ‘The A-Team,’ has created a delightful band of elderly sleuths

‘The Man Who Died Twice,’ the latest in Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series, is a notably entertaining mystery novel
  • Oct 6, 2021

I love books about books. Here are seven of my current favorites.

Among the titles on my nightstand: “The Last Bookseller,” “The Private Library” and “Rare Book Hunting.”
  • Sep 29, 2021

If you love heroic fantasy a la George R.R. Martin, you’ll love ‘The Last Viking’

Don Hollway’s new novel is a fast-paced saga based on the life of Harald Hardrada, the 11th-century Norse adventurer
  • Sep 22, 2021

Virginia Woolf’s novels once left me cold. A new book about ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ changed my mind.

Merve Emre’s “The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway” highlights the many reasons Woolf’s book is a masterpiece.
  • Sep 15, 2021

Why O. Henry is so much more than those short stories you had to read in school

A new collection, ‘O. Henry: 100 Stories,’ demonstrates the allure of this masterful story writer
  • Sep 8, 2021

Flashing blades, secret passages, mistaken identities: ‘A Gentleman of France’ is a classic adventure tale

Stanley J. Weyman’s 1893 novel is right up there with Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers.”
  • Sep 1, 2021

I did not spend my summer binge-watching TV. Here are the books I loved instead.

Secondhand bookstores provided ample choices at low prices. So I picked up books by Joseph Conrad, James Webb and (too) many more.
  • Aug 25, 2021