Colin Dwyer

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Philosopher At Play: The Twisty Epiphanies Of 'Memory Theater'

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Simon Critchley, a British philosopher, has penned an offbeat essay — or is it an autobiographical novel? A memoir thick with fictions? Whatever it is, Memory Theater makes for a delightful read.


Here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Own Voices

Monday, November 23, 2015

Athletes, artists and activists crowd the list of winners of the nation's highest civilian honor. Before they get their medals Tuesday, get to know them — in sight and sound.


Adam Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates Win National Book Awards

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The authors won the literary prize in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively. Also taking home awards were Robin Coste Lewis, for her debut poetry collection, and Neal Shusterman.


The Entire Soviet Union Fits Into 'The Big Green Tent'

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel follows three childhood friends in the years after Stalin's death — and the dozens of characters their lives intersect with — in a masterpiece of detail and ambition.


'Somewhat United' Brings Lafayette Down From His Pedestal

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sarah Vowell's charming not-quite-a-history gives us a young, glory-hungry Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers not as marble statues, but as real men who bicker, bumble and snore.


The Deep, Dark Secret Of R.L. Stine: 'I Never Planned To Be Scary'

Sunday, October 18, 2015

After more than 20 years of frights, Stine's Goosebumps series is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, starring Jack Black. For Stine and Black, the key to the nightmare is in keeping things fun.


Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hanya Yanagihara And Pam Muñoz Ryan Win Kirkus Prizes

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The literary awards were handed out for nonfiction, fiction and young readers' literature, respectively. Established just last year by Kirkus Reviews, the prize offers $50,000 to each winner.


Finalists Unveiled For This Year's National Book Awards

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lauren Groff, Terrance Hayes, Sally Mann and Ta-Nehisi Coates are among the 20 writers still in the running for the prestigious literary prize. Soon, that number will be whittled to just four winners.


Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel

Thursday, October 08, 2015

The investigative journalist is known for her in-depth exposes of the former Soviet Union, letting eyewitness accounts shed an unsettling light on tragedies.


'Death By Water' Will Pull You Under

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Kenzaburo Oe's new novel is a literary mystery in no rush for a solution. It follows an aging novelist, a stand-in for Oe himself, who returns home in search of clues to his father's drowning.


In Sophomore Year, Kirkus Prize Features An Eclectic Mix Of Finalists

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The literary award, launched last year by Kirkus Reviews, lists Ta-Nehisi Coates, Helen Macdonald and Hanya Yanagihara among 18 finalists across three categories. The prize carries a purse of $50,000.


Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.


Pope In Philadelphia: 'In Families, There Is Always Light'

Saturday, September 26, 2015

In remarks delivered at the Festival of Families, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of caring for grandparents and children. Earlier in the day, he spoke at Independence Hall.


Lauren Groff, Ta-Nehisi Coates Lead Long Lists For National Book Awards

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The novelist and journalist are just two of the 40 nominees, across four categories, for the renowned literary prize. The fiction long list rolled out Thursday morning, capping a week of nominations.


A Fable's Foibles: In Gilded Language, This Folk Tale Gets To The Point

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Author Patrick DeWitt knows well how to mine delight from despair. But his distinctive dark humor gathers a few rays of light in Undermajordomo Minor -- a scrambled folk tale that keeps a quick pace.


A Medal For A King — And For Many Of America's Greatest Living Artists

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The 2014 National Medals of Arts and the National Humanities Medals was awarded in tandem Thursday to 21 of the most renowned U.S. artists and patrons. Among the winners was Stephen King.


Amid A Hubbub At The Hugos, 'Puppies' See Little Success

Sunday, August 23, 2015

At science fiction's Hugo Awards, voters largely rejected a slate of nominees pushed by a group called the Sad Puppies. In an unusual end to the controversy, a few categories didn't even get a winner.


Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

Friday, July 31, 2015

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."


'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.


In 'Lovers,' There's A Lot To Like — And Plenty Of Self-Pity To Go Around

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It took nearly 15 years, but Juan Gabriel Vasquez's Lovers on All Saints' Day has gotten an English translation. The collection, awash as it is in woe, is a portrait of the writer finding his footing.