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23 Poets Laureate Receive Fellowships for Projects Around the U.S.

23 Poets Laureate Receive Fellowships for Projects Around the U.S.

The program, now in its second year, was expanded from 13 poets in 2019 thanks to a $4.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Barbara Sher, 84, Dies; Prescribed Self-Help With a Dose of Humor

After lifting herself up, she poked fun at the motivational industry while promoting her own brand of self-fulfillment in workshops and popular books.
Larry Kramer, Prophet and Pussycat

Larry Kramer, Prophet and Pussycat

On the stage and on the page, his fury was fueled by an often-cloaked belief in the power of love.
Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

He sought to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency and foresaw that it could kill millions regardless of sexual orientation.
Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

He sought to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency and foresaw that it could kill millions regardless of sexual orientation.
China Forgets the Coronavirus. A Writer Explores Its Amnesia.

China Forgets the Coronavirus. A Writer Explores Its Amnesia.

A 2009 novel predicted the Chinese people would forget a traumatic crisis. The puzzle, says its author, is how it happened so fast.
China Forgets the Coronavirus. A Writer Explores Its Amnesia.

China Forgets the Coronavirus. A Writer Explores Its Amnesia.

A 2009 novel predicted the Chinese people would forget a traumatic crisis. The puzzle, says its author, is how it happened so fast.
Brit Bennett’s New Novel Explores the Power and Performance of Race

Brit Bennett’s New Novel Explores the Power and Performance of Race

In “The Vanishing Half,” her follow-up to “The Mothers,” Brit Bennett writes about twin sisters from Louisiana who set out in very different directions.

J.K. Rowling Begins Publishing ‘The Ickabog,’ for Children in Lockdown

The Harry Potter author said her new fairy tale would go online in installments, starting Tuesday, and published as a book in November.
For Kenny Chesney and Others, Promotion in a Pandemic Is a Quandary

For Kenny Chesney and Others, Promotion in a Pandemic Is a Quandary

How do you ask for attention when the world is consumed by a life-or-death crisis?
In ‘Dirt,’ Bill Buford Goes in Search of French Cuisine’s Secrets

In ‘Dirt,’ Bill Buford Goes in Search of French Cuisine’s Secrets

Buford recounts his intensely focused experiences in restaurant kitchens after moving his family to Lyon.

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?
With Museums Closed, Coffee-Table Books Bring the Art to You

With Museums Closed, Coffee-Table Books Bring the Art to You

The catalogs meant to accompany the spring’s biggest exhibitions are now the exhibitions themselves.

Why a ‘Strange and Nerdy’ Book About Eels Is Making Waves

Patrik Svensson mixed natural history with memoir for his debut, which has become a surprise best seller and award winner in his native Sweden.
Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Writing a Second Book Together

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Writing a Second Book Together

“The President’s Daughter,” set to come out in June 2021, follows their best-selling novel “The President Is Missing.”
John Legend, Memorial Day Events and More Livestreaming This Week

John Legend, Memorial Day Events and More Livestreaming This Week

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for in coming days, and when to tune in.
Why Yo-Yo Ma Would Invite Socrates to Dinner

Why Yo-Yo Ma Would Invite Socrates to Dinner

“For once, I’d like to ask the questions.”
Five Art Books to Read This Summer

Five Art Books to Read This Summer

As the art world mulls whether a return to “normalcy” should be its goal, publishers mine the archives of artists who found their own counterpaths.
Welcome to Kiera Cass’s Kingdom, Where She Makes the Rules

Welcome to Kiera Cass’s Kingdom, Where She Makes the Rules

It has been decreed: The author of the ‘Selection’ series has another best seller.