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Award-winning author and NYU professor Zadie Smith will publish her new book, Grand Union, on October 3, 2019. (Staff Photo by Chelsea Li)

Zadie Smith’s Talents on Full Display in ‘Grand Union’

By Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor September 23, 2019

Zadie Smith released her debut novel, “White Teeth,” to widespread critical acclaim in 1999. Since then, she has published five novels and two essay collections. In “Grand Union,” her latest...

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy read to students at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House on Sept. 13. (via Copper Canyon Press)

Former Guggenheim Fellow Reads at Creative Writers House

By Dani Herrera, Staff Writer September 17, 2019

“I’m a firm believer in embarrassing oneself,'' award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy said during an event at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House last week. The author joined fellow poet and...

NYU’s creative writing house. (Staff Photo by Julie Goldberg)

Creative Writing Community Persists Despite Lack of Major

By Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor September 16, 2019

The home page of NYU’s Creative Writing Program is impressive at first glance. Prominently featuring a photo of a contemplative Zadie Smith and, just below it, an interior shot of the ever-charming Lillian...

NYU first-year students were asked to read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover during the summer. (Staff Photo by Jorene He)

First-Years Comment on Tara Westover’s “Educated”

By Danisbel Herrera, Contributing Writer September 9, 2019

This year, all incoming first-years were asked to read Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” the true story of a woman raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. Readers and critics...

Seminal short fiction writer Amy Hempel and Olympic swimmer turned memoirist Casey Legler read and discuss their recent work at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. (via NYU)

Amy Hempel and Casey Legler Read at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

By Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor September 9, 2019

Breaking an Olympic record, in warmups at that, is no easy feat. Neither is building a career on short fiction. On Thursday, NYU’s creative writing program hosted two established authors, Amy Hempel...

The cast of Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec. (Photo Courtesy of Brandon Saloy/Mia Isabella Photography)

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec: An Immersive Theater Experience at Madame X

By Madeline Lyskawa, Contributing Writer September 9, 2019

Crammed together along crimson-red couches in a dimly-lit upstairs lounge at the Greenwich Village bar Madame X, audience members are invited to behold the tragic, yet intriguing life of the famous late-19th...

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, an independent bookstore on Crosby St. (Staff Photo by Elaine Chen)

New York’s Indie Bookstores Survive by Promoting Community, Providing Experience

By Julie Goldberg, Books and Theater Editor September 3, 2019

In his novel “American Gods,” Neil Gaiman writes, “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’...

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Book Cover. (via facebook)

5 Books About Motherhood for Mother’s Day

By Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer May 9, 2019

Relationships are hard. Relationships with our parents can be even harder. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five books that explore motherhood and the ways it intersects with complicated issues like...

Deborah Landau, poet and director of NYUs Creative Writing Program. Her new book, Soft Targets, out now from Copper Canyon Press, extends out from the individual body to the political body. (Courtesy of Jacqueline Mia Foster)

Poet Deborah Landau Targets the World’s Evils

By Julie Goldberg, Staff Writer May 5, 2019

In her new collection “Soft Targets,” acclaimed poet and director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program Deborah Landau looks at the world’s problems and asks, “What do we do about this?” While...

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The exterior of The Lit. Bar, a new independent bookstore and wine bar in the Bronx. It is currently the only bookstore in the entire borough. (Photo by Aashna Agarwal).

Noëlle Santos Brings Books Back to the Bronx

By Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 30, 2019

After coming across a petition in 2014 to save Barnes & Noble — the lone surviving bookstore in the Bronx — Noëlle Santos knew she had to do something. That Barnes & Noble location shut down...

Historian and NYU curator Hugh Ryan. His new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, works to uncover the erased queer history of the borough. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Uncovers the Borough’s Buried History

By Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 21, 2019

What started as a pop-up museum in part-time NYU curator Hugh Ryan’s Bushwick loft eventually transformed into a quest to uncover Brooklyn’s queer history. The pop-up was expected to be a small kick-off...

Book cover of Its Kind of a Funny Story. (via Hyperion)

Unpopular Opinions: Young Adult Novels

By Guru Ramanathan, Dante Sacco, and Alex Cullina April 9, 2019

A new young adult novel adaptation, “After,” hits theaters this weekend, and for once it’s not based on a book by John Green or Nicholas Sparks. But instead of needlessly complaining about adaptations...