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Which Book Prize Has the Best Backlist?

On Monday, the Pulitzer committee will announce their 2012 fiction winner. For a good chunk of my reading life, this ...

In Literature’s Debt

Tax season: those febrile weeks of running numbers, grimacing at bills, and otherwise financially ’fessing up. In a slightly masochistic ...

What Books Were People Reading on The Titanic?

As the RMS Titanic was sinking beneath surface of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 and survivors were ...

7 of My Dirty Little Reading Secrets

Spring has me in the mood to clean out closets of both the storage and psychic varieties. Here are seven ...

5 Great Movies About Writing

The other night I slammed the brakes on a film—something I rarely do, but this one managed to be both ...

Best of Book Riot: The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1891-1991

Today is Book Riot’s half-birthday–that’s right, we’re six months old today. To celebrate, we’re running our ten most popular posts today. Hope ...

8 Wisest Lines from Shakespeare’s Fools

April Fools’ Day is fast approaching, so here’s a look at the knavish wisdom of the Bard’s merriest philosophers. 1. Truth’s ...

Five Books To Look Forward To This Fall

Even with a huge slate of top-tier authors (hello, John Irving, Hilary Mantel, and Toni Morrison!) publishing this spring and ...

5 More Fake Bookish Twitter Feeds I Wish Existed

As news broke last week that police had intercepted eleven pounds of marijuana headed to St. Martin’s Press from a ...

Recommending Books for the Characters of MAD MEN

One of the reasons we love Mad Men is that the characters are flawed, complicated, and compelling. If only we ...