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

15 hours 34 min ago
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.