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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:00am
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.

ArtsBeat: Neal Cassady’s Famous Lost Letter to Jack Kerouac to Be Auctioned

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:28pm
A 16,000-word letter that inspired Kerouac to rewrite “On the Road” has been found, and will be sold at auction in December.

ArtsBeat: A 19th-Century-Style ‘Christmas Carol’ on the Upper East Side

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:52am
A new performance of the Dickens Christmas classic recreates a 19th-century-style salon performance.

‘Embattled Rebel,’ by James M. McPherson

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:36am
James M. McPherson reconsiders Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president and military commander.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:02pm
Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”

ArtsBeat: Daniel Handler Apologizes Over ‘Racist’ Comment at National Book Awards

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:46pm
The author, who hosted the awards ceremony Wednesday night, apologized profusely for what he described as a racist comment.

Critic's Take: The End of Biography

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?

‘The Republic of Imagination,’ by Azar Nafisi

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.

‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.

Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.

‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.

‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.

Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.

‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.

Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.

Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.

Audiobooks: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.

Audiobooks: ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?

‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ by Hermione Lee

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:59am
Hermione Lee’s latest biography is of the English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a late bloomer who published her first book at 58 and became famous at 80.