Reflecting on themes as diverse as motherhood, war, religion and memory, our experts were impressed by the 2023 shortlist.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is just one of many artists from Appalachia who are probing the crisis in their work, while taking pains to ensure that it doesn’t define the region and its people.
Personal ads of ‘the Agony Column’ were full of longing, tragedy and profound misfortune. Intrigue they generated has had an enduring effect on literature and film.
In Thomas Hardy’s novel The Woodlanders, the trees sing. Hardy’s exploration of the relationship between humans and trees resonates in an epoch of environmental catastrophe.
Alexis Wright’s latest novel is an elegy and an ode to Aboriginal law and sovereignty: innovative, visionary, and volcanic in its rage.
What a new president needs to know as he takes the reins of a deeply divided and disillusioned country.
The ability of professors to freely teach and write about controversial topics without fear of retribution is nothing new.
Victory City marks a return for Rushdie, who has not set a novel substantially on the Indian subcontinent for over a decade.
An expert discusses how much of his coauthored novels former president Bill Clinton wrote himself, compared to his wife and fellow novelist, Hillary Clinton.
Swift, like all writers, draws from her literary forebears to craft new works.
The French writer has won the Nobel for literature for her ascetic approach to writing and fearlessness in covering the personal and taboo.
An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
Writers seem to be especially vulnerable in polarized times, when the nuances of works are more likely to be overlooked.
These books and poems give the women of the Odyssey a say and other new perspectives on the classic tale.
This Book Week, don’t stress about the costume and don’t worry about what the other mums or dads are sewing or buying. Costumes are fun but what matters is to let your kid read what they enjoy.
A new historical novel, redolent of the masterful writing of Henry James and Charlotte Brontë, explores the themes of loss, alienation and displacement.
A newsletter sends out chronological snippets from the 125-year-old novel ‘Dracula.’ Fans on the internet go wild.
Literary texts are useful for environmental communication and can deal with the complexity of climate change.
Part historical novel, part speculative fiction, A History of Dreams examines the themes of inequality and authoritarianism from the perspective of a coven of witchy young women.
The Nobel Laureate’s new experimental epic is a masterful account of the life of a self-proclaimed Messiah.