Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, describes her Paris and recommends books that reveal hidden facets of the city.
Our problems can feel big and overwhelming. Here are everyday ways to be part of the solution.
In her memoir “Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me,” Ada Calhoun set out to write a poet’s biography and found a connection to her father instead.
A new poem from Amanda Gorman, written after the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.
The award-winning poet shares how she stays open to wonder and beauty in a difficult world.
Gunn was not a confessional poet, but he spilled his guts in rowdy, funny, filthy, intensely literate correspondence.
On tour for her sixth book, Limón talks about how poetry, in the end, is “just telling somebody something.” Listen to her read some of her work.
A new space in Tulsa, Okla., built to display Dylan’s vast archive, celebrates one of the world’s most elusive creators, and gives visitors a close-up look at notebooks and fan mail.
Those who react to the war in Ukraine by canceling “everything Russian” are in danger of falling into a familiar brand of nationalist thinking.
In the name of personal branding, influencers might be paying someone to make them look like readers. But does a novel deserve more respect than a handbag?
How two poems inspire my Easter prayers.
“I feel truer to myself while reading than I do experiencing the world through my body — so any chance to read is ideal for me.”
“The Trayvon Generation” traces the influences of racism and violence on American culture today.
A miniature book made by the 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë, to go on sale next month for $1.25 million, contains what may be her last unknown poems.
Two journalists dive into George Floyd’s life and family; Viola Davis reflects on her career; a historian explores the brutal underpinnings of the British Empire; and more.
For much of the 20th century, before the dawn of our own wellness-focused era, madness and substance abuse were often considered prerequisites for great art.
Ihor Kalynets, 83, spent a lifetime resisting Soviet domination. Now, he says, he’s not going anywhere.
Why are so many turning to poetry during this war?
Concussion versus incomprehension.
Love poems can be hard to read. But this one by Gabrielle Calvocoressi charms because of its delicate intimacy.
My hunch is we’re fine using informal wording.
The poet reflects on her experience at the inauguration ceremony and the life her poem — and this country — has lived since then.
“Dante: A Life,” an impressively researched new portrait by the Italian novelist and historian Alessandro Barbero, plumbs some of the perennial riddles in Dante studies and arrives at unconventional conclusions.
At home with James Fenton, the English poet, journalist and critic, and Darryl Pinckney, the African American novelist and playwright, in their obsessively, deliriously embellished house in Harlem.
His work — difficult and often contentious — was likened to the prose of James Joyce for its sense of place. He was also a translator of ancient texts, including the Tain Bo Cuailnge.
The Russian Samovar in Manhattan became a hub for artists and writers far from home, drawing eminent regulars like Joseph Brodsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Find the people doing good work in your own community and help them do it.
Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.
Pleasure and mortality are the twin themes of Harrison’s mammoth “Complete Poems,” spanning his career from his 1965 debut to his 2016 death.
Try as we might, no one can really imagine what comes next.
The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.
The Book Review’s poetry columnist, Elisa Gabbert, picks her seven favorite collections of the year.
“Novel writing was my original love, and I still hope to do it. I just typically can finish writing a single poem faster than I can an entire narrative book!”
Gorman’s latest poetry collection, “Call Us What We Carry,” offers reverence and effervescence, gravity and impishness, and poems that are focused, pithy and playfully heretical.
This year’s Well Book List includes advice on how to change behavior, lower anxiety, cope with hardship and heal with poetry.
Feeling like an outsider can be painful. But it comes with secret gifts of perception.
His most famous, and most controversial, work was “Iron John: A Book About Men,” which made a case that American men had grown soft and feminized. It made him a cultural phenomenon.
A leading journalistic voice who broke with the Castro regime, he gained wide recognition for his protests, was jailed as a dissident and went into exile.
She collected signatures to persuade publishers that people would buy her books. She became a foundational figure in Indigenous literature.
On social media, Refaat Alareer rages against Israel. In the lecture hall, he studiously analyzes the work of some of its leading poets — and surprises some of his students.
He is a National Book Award finalist for “A Little Devil in America,” but he has more books to write, more projects to take on and more s’mores to research.
Her novel about a kidnapping in Lebanon has become a classic of war literature. She was in her 80s when her art started to draw international attention.
Chen Nianxi has risen to fame as a “migrant worker poet,” adding the voice of China’s often-invisible laborers to the cultural conversation.
The creator Alena Smith had planned to set the final season during the conflict. “What we did not know was that there would be a pandemic, and that it would have echoes of the Civil War,” she said.
Our language is a feast for the linguist’s ear.
Flowers testify to life’s transience, but they are also rugged emblems of resilience.
The playwright Keenan Scott II, the director Steve H. Broadnax III and others discuss how “a timeless piece” for Black actors has evolved over 15 years.
Ashley M. Jones, whose latest collection is called “Reparations Now!,” is unflinching in her criticism of those in power and the myriad inequalities in American life.
Born out of the American civil rights movement, Black artists’ coalitions thrived in the 1960s and ’70s. Now, a new generation is discovering their power.
Five books are now shortlisted for each of the five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature. Winners will be named in November.