It’s a setup worthy of Sherlock Holmes: a museum acquires a work of art for a pittance, not quite realizing what it has on its hands, only to discover, quite casually, that the piece in question is a long-lost work by a canonical artist.
So it was in real life when, in 1965, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art bought a plaster and stucco statue dating to the 1400s, the height of the Italian Renaissance, paying only $225 for the ...
Our preview of books first published overseas
The Golden Legend
U.K.: Jan 12, 2017 | Faber & Faber
U.S.: April 18, 2017 | Knopf
Aslam portrays his native country, Pakistan, as a violent, cruel place where beatings, killings, and rapes are commonplace, injustice and sectarian rivalry reign, and suicide bombers seek vengeance for insults to Islam. His two central characters, Massud and Nargis, are both architects renowned for their beautiful buildings. Massud is killed in what appears to be a terrorist attack by an American ...
Christopher Greyson photographed by Jenny Nourse Photography.
Christopher Greyson is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of mystery, action, and thriller
novels. His Detective Jack Stratton series has been read by over half a-million readers and counting. Greyson’s educational background is an eclectic mix of degrees in computer science, theater, and communications. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife,
Katherine Greyson, author of the bestselling romance-mystery series Everyone Keeps Secrets,
and their two children, Laura and Christopher.
Can you describe your start as an author? Did you ...
Kelly DiPucchio may tackle disparate topics in her award-winning, bestselling children’s books—cured meats, zombies, politics, and dog breeds from France—but her approach is never didactic.
“I’m going to write a story about acceptance and belonging!” DiPucchio offers as one example of how not to begin a children’s book. “I’ve never started any story like that—with a message. I always start with a character and get them to tell me their story.”
DiPucchio, whose background is in child psychology ...
Mariana Enríquez photographed by Nora Lezano.
When I told Mariana Enríquez that I enjoyed Things We Lost in the Fire, her debut short story collection, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“ ‘Enjoy’ is not something most people tell me,” Enríquez says. “They usually say they suffer through them.”
She has a point. The title story details an “epidemic” of women burning themselves in bonfires. Several of the stories are about teenagers, especially women, entering self-destructive spirals that hint at ruin. “The lack of food ...
Jim Shepard photographed by Barry Goldstein.
“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at just over two pages, is the shortest Shepard has ever published, and a standout in The World to Come, his ...
Quips on our radar
Kelly Barnhill photographed by Bruce Silcox.
“There are people who encounter the book who are surprised by its political nature. Maybe that did play a role [in winning the Newbery], because we are living in interesting times, when the ramifications of false and manipulated narratives are becoming apparent and we all have to figure out what we’re going to do about that. I’m glad to help kids think about how people can take facts that are true and spin stories that are not true. They have ...
When it seems like the world is changing minute by minute, when you can’t look away from Facebook or Twitter because you need to monitor the madness, when the onslaught of news makes you feel like your head might explode (or is that just me?), it’s good to turn off your phone and sit down with an old-fashioned novel.
Even if you want to immerse yourself in fiction, though, it can be hard to figure out what to read. Escapism ...