| Sep 29, 2013
The lowland at the heart of Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel is a few acres of land behind two oblong ponds in a Calcutta neighborhood. After the monsoon, rain would fill the lowland “three or four feet deep.”
| Sep 29, 2013
When I was 11 years old, I met my first novelist.
Growing up with a mother who owns a bookstore (as I did) comes with some perks, one of which is that when she asks the author of one of her son's favorite books to visit his sixth-grade class, the author...
| Sep 22, 2013
Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature -- in the NEA's definition,...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 3:04 PM
Eleanor Catton took the 2013 Man Booker Prize for "The Luminaries" at an awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. At age 28, Catton is the youngest novelist ever to win the prestigious prize -- and her novel, at more than 800 pages, is the longest...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:21 AM
The 2013 National Book Award finalists were announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday, and for the first time, the National Book Foundation has offered a free e-book series with samples of all the finalists' work available for download.
| Nov 3, 2013
Confession time, fellow readers, fellow bibliophiles, fellow bookaholics. Over the last month or so I've been reading my favorite book-centric publication (you're reading it) and holding back a rising tide of panic.
| Nov 10, 2013
These are my Top 5 Most Difficult Jobs: 5. Middle-school teacher; 4. Rahm Emanuel's relaxation consultant; 3. President of the United States; 2. Donald Trump's barber; 1. Comedian.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's not clear to me why anyone tries predicting anything, because no one is any good at it.
There is a tie at the top of the horrible prognosticators list between sports reporters and political pundits. Often, the greater the apparent expertise, the...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:54 PM
James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for “The Good Lord Bird,” a satirical account of pre-Civil War America that features a cross-dressing slave who gets caught up in John Brown’s famous anti-slavery rebellion....
| May 29, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts announced $1 million in grants for the Big Read projects taking place across the U.S. in 2013-14.
The Big Read was launched in 2005 to help create one-city-one-book-style projects; for each title on its list, it...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:42 AM
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced in London Tuesday morning. The 13 novels include National Book Award winner Colum McCann's "TransAtlantic" and "The Lowland" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri.
With a prize of more than...