| Feb 12, 2015
| 6:39 AM
Hardship is an ancient topic. It is difficult to believe there is much new to say about it. Sure, insights can be drawn, good stories told. But can tales of hardship feel surprising? Apparently yes. The celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami's tales...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:28 AM
There is more than a fortnight to wait for Haruki Murakami's new novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," but today fans can get a taste at Slate. A review of the book that had been posted by The Guardian early Monday has been...
| Oct 23, 2011
Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel
Alfred A. Knopf: 926 pp., $30.50
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be...
| Dec 4, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95
A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia.
The Angel Esmeralda
The first collection of short stories from a...
| Dec 6, 2011
David Guterson has won 2011's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The tongue-in-cheek prize was presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. As in years past, the award-winning author was not in attendance.
Guterson was awarded the prize for writing a marathon...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 10:27 AM
Earthquakes are the expression of a living planet, the earth's way of re-inventing itself. But while this knowledge may be consoling in the abstract, it's not very useful in the face of a catastrophe such as the quake and tsunami in Japan. At these times,...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 4:19 PM
The summer before Megan Walburn's senior year at Washington College she met someone at a cookout who worked at WJZ. Soon there was a writing test. Then a gig freelancing.
She has stayed at WJZ (our media partner) for the last five years producing, and...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 3:17 PM
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be easy — the novel clocks in at 926 pages and is often densely allusive, if readable throughout.
Still, there's something...
| Mar 14, 2011
David L. Ulin, author of The Myth of Solid Ground, selects 9 iconic books that deal with earthquakes....