Jul 25, 2014 — Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.
Jul 25, 2014 — Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
Jul 24, 2014 — Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."
Jul 24, 2014 — Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.
Jul 23, 2014 — Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
Jul 22, 2014 — Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.
Jul 21, 2014 — Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.
Jul 21, 2014 — Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.
Jul 20, 2014 — When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.
Jul 20, 2014 — If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.