Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89 Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89

Mr. Bennett, the author of “Before the Mayflower” and other books, was also a top editor at Ebony magazine for decades.

February 17, 2018, 0:58
Golden Man Booker prize launched to find the best ever winner

UK’s leading prize for fiction to mark its 50th year by calling on star judges to winnow down previous honorees before a public vote on an overall victorPitting the likes of Hilary Mantel and Ian McEwan against Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis, the Man Booker prize has announced a one-off, “Golden” Man Booker prize that will see all 51 previous winners in competition to be named the best work...

February 16, 2018, 1:01
What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson review – hope, as distinct from optimism

Essays with a religious sensibility from the author of Gilead and Housekeeping argue that modern culture tends to devalue humankind“I have never admired deference.” is a stubborn nonconformist, and her new collection of essays confirms the distance between her combative ideas and the dominant values of the west. This is partly a matter of temperament. Her years as a novelist reflect her...

February 15, 2018, 12:00
Children’s Book Industry Has Its #MeToo Moment Children’s Book Industry Has Its #MeToo Moment

Allegations of mistreatment of women flooded the children’s publishing industry over the past week and ensnared James Dashner, the author of the “Maze Runner” series.

February 16, 2018, 2:21
Kolektív autorov: Básne SK/CZ 2017 Kolektív autorov: Básne SK/CZ 2017

Zborník najlepších prác 7. ročníka literárnej súťaže Básne SK/CZ 2017, ktorého sa prvýkrát mohli zúčastniť aj autori/ky s českými príspevkami.

February 17, 2018, 5:37
'Stealing moments, stealing time': the love story that started with a tattoo in a death camp

Lale was a tattooist at Auschwitz in 1942 when he fell in love with another Jewish prisoner, Gita. After she died in 2003 he decided to tell their storyIn July 1942, a few months after entering Auschwitz, Ludwig Eisenberg – known as Lale – tattooed the number 32407 on to the arm of a pretty girl. As the concentration camp’s tattooist, Lale imprinted numbers on to thousands of men, women and...

February 16, 2018, 2:38
Jackie French on writing for children: 'We owe it to kids not to depress them'

The author, who writes for both children and adults, says kids are more deeply interested in moral issues – and get extremely upset if injustice rulesWhen I was nine, for the briefest of moments, Australian author Jackie French was my pen pal. I’d just finished Beyond the Boundaries and had only two goals: to tell her how much I’d liked it and, more importantly, to demonstrate that I could...

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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

February 15, 2018, 18:05
Modern Love: How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert Modern Love: How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert

A teenager in distress turns to a famous novel with the hope of normalizing her situation. Instead, it provides a road map of escape.

February 16, 2018, 6:00
Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin review – a meditation on loneliness

This bruising yet surprisingly tender tale of urban isolation shines a light on the drifters and the broken-downHector Hidalgo is a young Mexican boxer who wants to turn professional. Only “Hector Hidalgo” doesn’t exist – he’s the persona of Horace Hopper, a 21-year-old ranch hand born to a Native American father and an Irish mother who is desperate to escape his own stifling sense of...

February 17, 2018, 8:30