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A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La

A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La

Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, will host this week’s Mountain Echoes literary festival.

‘Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams,’ by Louisa Thomas

‘Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams,’ by Louisa Thomas

The portrait of Louisa Adams that hangs in the White House.

If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be?

If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be?

If you’re a teacher and you have your students read “1984” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” why not have them also read “Parable of the Sower,” by Octavia E. Butler?

‘Assume the Worst’: This Isn’t Your Ordinary Graduation Speech

‘Assume the Worst’: This Isn’t Your Ordinary Graduation Speech

An illustration from “Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear.”

The Changing Face of Romance Novels

The Changing Face of Romance Novels

“I wanted to share the perspective of an autistic woman, because I don’t think that’s a perspective you see very much,” said the romance novelist Helen Hoang.

V.S. Naipaul, a Writer of Many Contradictions and Obvious Greatness

V.S. Naipaul, a Writer of Many Contradictions and Obvious Greatness

V.S. Naipaul in 1980. His unsympathetic views of postcolonial life made him among the most controversial writers of his time.

Superb Oddities: Robert Gottlieb Reviews a Biography of Edward Gorey

Superb Oddities: Robert Gottlieb Reviews a Biography of Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey on the promenade at the New York State Theater, 1973.

David Sedaris Leaves His Audiences Weeping. And Still Wanting More.

David Sedaris Leaves His Audiences Weeping. And Still Wanting More.

David Sedaris signed books after his Kennedy Center reading until nearly 1 a.m.

A French-Rwandan Rap Star Turned Novelist From Burundi

A French-Rwandan Rap Star Turned Novelist From Burundi

“Small Country,” by Gaël Faye, is about a boy, living in Burundi during the war between the Hutus and Tutsis, who loses his innocence in spite of desperately wanting to cling onto it.


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