Historians discuss the mystery of 12 Years a Slave author Solomon Northup; a new book looks at the shipping industry; an artist creates a new exhibit out of used books; and other news.
Author advocates autonomy for sex workers; Wes Anderson discusses Stefan Zweig; the Irish Grey Gardens; and other news.
From the ice caves of Antarctica to Alaska’s Terror Wilderness, some writers choose to live and work in the most remote—and sometimes even dangerous—destinations.
In a continuing series examining the state of literature abroad, poets Amjad Etry and Hala Mohammad and filmmaker Muhammad Bayazid discuss the challenges that writers and artists face amidst ongoing political turmoil in Syria.
Poet Crystal Hoffman sets out on a pilgrimage across the country to write a collection of poetry and essays based on the narratives of people she meets along the way. And she’s doing it all on foot.
Contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. reports on the literary community in Cairo, Egypt, interviewing authors, publishers, and booksellers about the ongoing protests, freedom of speech, and the future of Egypt.
Lee Child illustrates how to create suspense; author Darin Strauss surveys the state of literary fiction, and spotlights the influence of James Joyce on his contemporaries; today is Emily Dickinson's birthday; and other news.
In Qatar, poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison after writing lines inspired by the Arab Spring; GalleyCat offers its last piece of advice for National Novel Writing Month; Nick Hornby will adapt the film version of Cheryl Strayed's Wild for Reese Witherspoon; and other news.
A writer peddles his bike two thousand miles, from the headwaters of the Mississippi River down to New Orleans, following a trail cut by Mark Twain on the riverboat he piloted more than a hundred fifty years ago.
Getting there may be half the fun, but for Rolf Potts, author of Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, the art of traveling—and travel writing—raises more important questions than how to go from point A to point B.