“For those of you who can do math...the dog may not be alive at the end of the book. Any dog memoir, that’s a pro tip for you.”

—Author/illustrator Nicole J. Georges, at a launch event for her graphic memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home,at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon

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“On busy working travel days or book-tour events, I gravitate toward the multitasking ease of liquid nutrition. I really like Vanilla Bean Iconic Protein Drink because you can buy it at T.J. Maxx. I go there a lot for clean underwear and socks when I’m on the road. The drink tastes like gymnastic chalk and boxed-cake mix, but I’m in the fortunate position of liking the taste of both of those things.” —Novelist and creative writing professor Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love, shares her weeklong food diary at Grub Street

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“I haven’t hidden anything, not my aggression or my anger....Wanting people to like you corrupts your writing.”

—Author Rachel Cusk, interviewed by New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman

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“In journalism, if there’s a hole in your story you figure out a way around it because you’ve got a 4 p.m. deadline. It’s a neat skill to have, but it’s deadly for literature. In literature, you need to stare at that hole, not ignore it. You need to figure it out.”

—Journalist and poet Achy Obeja, author of the new short story collection The Tower of the Antilles,in a Book Club Chat at the Rumpus

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Ayobami Adebayo Photo “She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book.”

New York Times  chief book critic Michiko Kakutani reviews Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me (“Portrait of a Nigerian Marriage in a Heartbreaking Debut Novel,” July 24). It is the last line of Kakutani’s last review before announcing her retirement, effective immediately, after 38 years on the books beat.

Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews and is the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked. Photo above right of Alissa Nuttig is by Sara Wood; photo above left of Ayobami Adebayo is by Pixels Digital.