Feb. 1, 2019
Featuring 419 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children's and YA books; also in this issue: The Generations Issue: special coverage of writers who are the voices of their times; and more
By Richard Z. Santos on February 5, 2019
Marlon James’ influences are pretty standard for a Booker Prize–winning author and one of the most lauded writers of his generation: George R.R. Martin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Or at least those are the texts that keep coming up while discussing Black Leopard, Red Wolf,his new fantasy epic and the first volume in his Dark Star Trilogy.
James has been talking about writing “an African Game of Thrones” since shortly after winning ...Read the full post >
In Elizabeth McCracken's latest novel, a woman seemingly drops from the sky (she's discovered in a cemetery, with a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold nearby). On this week's episode, McCracken drops by the recording studio to discuss Bowlaway, the story of three generations of alley owners in a small Massachusetts town, and touches on genealogy, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, and nearly life-sized, fully articulated wooden women, in fiction and the home. And our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
As a person whose professional life, first as children’s librarian and now as reviewer of children’s books, is dedicated to raising new genera...Read the full post >
Readers of all generations relish ghost stories. Whether it’s Henry James’ deeply disturbing The Turn of the Screw or Stephen King...Read the full post >
We were living in Australia—first Sydney, then Thursday Island in the Torres Strait—when I learned to read, and my earliest memories are of A....Read the full post >
My son, Owen, is 15, and it’s been a long time since he’s let me read to him. We still talk about books, but I miss the days of finding oursel...Read the full post >
A universe where battles rage 24/7 might not be a place you’d expect children to thrive—or survive. But that’s exactly what attracted be...Read the full post >