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If you were at school right now, you would be pleasing the teacher to let you have class outside. In the same spirit of that fruitless high school request, the New York Public Library has opened up a temporary outdoor classroom, complete with wi-fi, a long table with ample seating, and some circulation books to peruse. The outdoor classroom is open from today through August 15, part of the library’s #ireadeverywhere initiative that asks New...
The adventures of Quentin Coldwater—a magician whose supernatural powers can’t help him avoid the awkwardness of his late teens and twenties—are drawing to a close. Lev Grossman conjured up Coldwater and his comrades in 2009 with the best-selling fantasy novel The Magicians, an answer to the fantasy worlds of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series that complicated the idea of magic as a solution to the traumas, failures, and growing...
A lot of books get sent to our office. This is a wonderful thing, usually. It's a privilege to get the galleys of highly anticipated books, and it's one which we enjoy a great deal. Of course, not every book is for every reader, and there have been plenty of times when we've received books that we have no intention of reading or assigning for review. However, it is relatively rare that we are...
Some people are born with the cooking gene, but most aren't, which is where a good cookbook comes in. They're great sources of inspiration, aspiration and common sense knowledge. No one understands that more than the folks featured in this year's Food Book Fair, most of whom are newly minted cookbook authors, experienced chefs or both. We caught up with nine now-experts and asked them to share the cookbooks that influenced their style when...

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