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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


NYT Book News

Park Honan, a Biographer of Authors, Is Dead at 86  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:19:58 GMT
Mr. Honan’s groundbreaking books included biographies of Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Jane Austen and Shakespeare.

Books of The Times: Examining Michael Jackson Impersonators and ‘Dangerous’  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:44:37 GMT
“Michael Jackson’s Dangerous” looks at an album up close, while “The Michael Jacksons” examines Jackson impersonators.

A Word With: Richard Preston: Updating a Chronicle of Suffering: Author of ‘The Hot Zone’ Tracks Ebola’s Evolution  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:13:07 GMT
“The Hot Zone,” the nonfiction thriller about Ebola that Richard Preston wrote 20 years ago, is back on best-seller lists.

ArtsBeat: Toni Morrison Papers Will Go To Princeton  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:20:42 GMT
The Nobel Laureate taught at the university from 1989 to 2006.

Cultural Studies: A Not-So-Young Audience for Young Adult Books  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:01:27 GMT
An adult who reads books for young people counters critics who say she should keep to her own age.

Bookshelf: Books About Danny Aiello, Filipino Natives on Coney Island and the Waldorf-Astoria  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:46:38 GMT
New books delve into the life of a New York actor, a promoter who created a human zoo in Brooklyn and one of the most expensive hotels.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Story of Us  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:14:22 GMT
Christine Kenneally discusses “The Invisible History of the Human Race,” and Zephyr Teachout talks about “Corruption in America.”

ArtsBeat: Elmore Leonard’s Papers (and Hawaiian Shirts) Go to University  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:24:41 GMT
The University of South Carolina has acquired more than 150 boxes of materials for Elmore Leonard’s archive.

Bookshelf: The Dark  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:40:41 GMT
New picture books include Lizi Boyd’s “Flashlight” and Madeline Valentine’s “George in the Dark.”
Paperback Row  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:25:48 GMT
Paperback books of particular interest.