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"Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist


NYT Book News

ArtsBeat: Phil Klay’s Literary Salon on the F Train  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:00:54 GMT
The morning after winning the National Book Award, Mr. Klay spotted a commuter reading a book by another National Book Award winner — his mentor, Colum McCann.

Books of The Times: ‘Something Rich and Strange,’ a Ron Rash Anthology  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:35:11 GMT
“Something Rich and Strange,” an anthology of stories by Ron Rash, explores the bleak pull of Appalachia for those who have left or seemingly cannot leave.

ArtsBeat: The New Republic’s Party Includes Bill Clinton, Toasts and Whispers of Unease  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:56:11 GMT
Chris Hughes, the owner, gives a speech about looking toward the future and embracing experimentation. The editors talk about protecting the past.

Books of The Times: A Memoir by Viv Albertine, Punk Rocker  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:43:39 GMT
In “Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys,” Viv Albertine, the former guitarist and songwriter with the Slits, recalls being a groundbreaking woman in the world of punk rock.

Gabrielle Hamilton: By the Book  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:02 GMT
The chef and author of “Prune” and “Blood, Bones and Butter”: “The perfectness of reading is when a book hits you and you hit it and . . . you are completed in a way you have never been before.”

National Book Award Goes to Phil Klay for His Short Story Collection  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:50:01 GMT
Mr. Klay won the fiction award for his debut collection, “Redeployment,” which draws on his experience as a Marine who served in Iraq.

R.A. Montgomery, 78, Dies; Published Choose Your Own Adventure Series  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:18:09 GMT
Mr. Montgomery recognized the potential of a book that let the reader choose between two actions and endings.
Harvest and Thanksgiving Picture Books  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:13:56 GMT
New picture books include Salina Yoon’s “Penguin and Pumpkin.”

George W. Bush’s ‘41: A Portrait of My Father’  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:39:24 GMT
George W. Bush’s “41,” an affectionate biography of his father, takes readers through the touchstones of an extraordinary life.

Talking With the Authors of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild’  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:19 GMT
The authors of “Gone Girl” and “Wild,” both made into films this season, talk about confounding stereotypes and making their work relevant to men as well as women.

The New Republic at 100: A Century of Bickering  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:44:34 GMT
With the magazine celebrating its 100th anniversary, a former Yahoo News executive was hired for the top of the masthead, setting off speculation about a new direction.

Books of The Times: ‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ a Biography by Hermione Lee  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:34:19 GMT
Hermione Lee’s biography “Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life” paints Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, as a complicated human being who battled through difficult times to begin her career as an author when she was in her late 50s.

Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘All Things Possible’  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:47:59 GMT
From New York to Washington and back, Andrew M. Cuomo reflects on his life’s defining moments.

Bookends: How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:02 GMT
Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the role of poetry has changed since Shelley called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Books: 'Zoom,' by Bob Berman, Explains How Things Move  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:51:07 GMT
A book in which complex kinetic concepts are made simple, and simply spectacular,