It’s tempting to see this trend as a sign of the times. But the biggest book publishers started changing their approach only once they realized they were leaving money on the table.
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Which version of “The Metamorphosis” or “Crime and Punishment” should you choose? In a particularly well-stocked library or bookshop, you could find many different English translations.
‘Jaws,’ published in 1974, terrified the public of sharks, but it also brought shark research into the scientific mainstream.
Since 2020 there has been exponential rise in ‘virus fiction’ by a new COVID generation of authors who came out of isolation having experienced a pandemic in real time.
Dozens of young writers were published first at Weaver Press, which believed in fiction as a way of telling the truth.
A smuggling crackdown has threatened the livelihoods of the people who are just scraping by in this South American arbitrage economy.
Though they’re sometimes characterized as attention-addled homebodies, younger people see a real value in libraries − one that goes beyond books.
A radical painter and writer, Alasdair Gray’s work was full of bold visions for an independent Scotland.
Literary podcasts offer comfort, convenience and the ultimate distraction. Here’s a taste – including author interviews, deep dives into classic novels and critiques of self-help blockbusters.
Maggie O'Farrell’s homage to The Yellow Wallpaper inhabits a ‘difficult’ young woman who survives tragedy in colonial India and is incarcerated by her family for refusing gender and social norms.
Swahili readers who have not encountered Abdulrazak Gurnah’s work in other languages are in for a great treat.
With an election on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to curl up with one of our expert recommendations.
These books had our academics gripped until their final pages.
In this episode, Vinita sits down with two experts to break down the many layers — and Black stereotypes — in the much anticipated new film, ‘American Fiction.’
Scholars who study disparities in early care and education answer five questions about Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program.
The publication 25 years ago of The Ethical Slut shattered social norms and stigma about non-monogamy. It’s now sold over 200,000 copies – and continues to be important.
The tale lamenting the loss of a mythical British upper class is as sharp now as ever.
Memoirs about the Holocaust by women emphasize women’s embodied, gendered experiences, and show their intelligence, agency and resolve in the face of Nazi persecution.
This course beckons students to examine how alcoholic beverages are portrayed in books by American authors.