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By Gregory Pardlo Knopf. 253 pp. $26.95 New chapter: Saudi feminism and literature In its ten-year history, the largest festival of literature in the Arab world has featured talks by more than 170 writers from 45 countries and attracted an estimated 40,000 ... read more

Tracy K. Smith, America’s Poet Laureate, Is a Woman With a Mission

Parts of “Life on Mars,” Smith’s Pulitzer Prize ... that Smith and other writers of her generation, building on the work of predecessors like Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin, have been working for the past 20 years to redefine ... read more

The Alienist review: Netflix’s unholy, grotesque spin on Sherlock Holmes

The Alienist boasts a rather unbelievable roster of writers - between them, they have four Academy Award nominations, a spot on the Pulitzer Prize shortlist ... Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. His troubled past and his clinical precision add a layer ... read more

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Pulitzer-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout shares creative process at library system fundraiser

As an example, Strout talked about once seeing a young couple ... into the troubled pair Tim Burnham and Nina White in her 2008 Pulitzer-winning collection of interconnected stories, “Olive Kitteridge.” “I think people think of writers sitting ... read more

In Paris, a major Delacroix exhibition that continues to explore his genius

which was not marked by the usual follies expected of a young romantic. Delacroix loved Mozart, not Berlioz; read widely in classical literature and had little enthusiasm for contemporary writers such as Victor Hugo; and despite liberal views, he remained ... read more

Why we'd all KILL for a great crime novel: More people are now reading murder mysteries than any other fiction. RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS says it's because of our yearning for justice

In 1963, a young girl goes missing in Derbyshire. Thirty-six years later, a journalist re-opens the case and at once a whole series of dark secrets begin to emerge. McDermid is one of Scotland's most accomplished crime writers and this book builds and ... read more

'Race Realism': How Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica modernized white supremacy to elect Trump | Will Bunch

Will Bunch has worked at the Daily News for 20-plus years and is now senior writer. Since 2005 ... where he was part of a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting. It’s a day that will be indelibly burnished on America’s political ... read more

Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Full of heart and warmth for its seven young main characters -- all of whom are perfectly ... Either way it’s one of the overlooked horror gems of the past year. Writer/director Trey Edward Shults is not interested in the whys or hows of his post ... read more

"A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years

“The faithful chronicler of today, and a future reliable historian of the past ... s first Pulitzer Prize, in 1979, for breaking news coverage, with the judges applauding the “alertness, resourcefulness and high quality of writing.” read more

How a young writer emerged from a troubled past to a Pulitzer

Where autobiographical writing by black men is concerned, perhaps no figure looms as large as James Baldwin’s stepfather, David Baldwin. In the immortal “Notes of a Native Son,” James Baldwin painted an indelible portrait of the man, an itinerant ... read more

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