Time Out Book reviews
Even rabid readers need a little direction sometimes, and Time Out is happy to help with as many book reviews of intriguing, notable fiction and nonfiction as we can muster. Peruse our library for Time Out New York critics' takes on the good and bad in novels, short stories, poetry, graphic works and more.
The best NYC writing classes
Harness your inner Zadie Smith or Jonathan Lethem at these stellar writing workshops, for every type of writer on every type of budget
The most anticipated books of early 2015
It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature in the year ahead (because you’ve already read all the best books of 2014, right?). To help, we’ve gathered up early 2015’s most exciting book releases, including new work from our favorite New York authors, thought-provoking nonfiction from an incomparable journalist and poetry, always poetry. Some big-hitting names also have books out soon, like Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years. But here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the auspicious forthcoming books that are flying a little lower on the radar. We can’t wait to read them all.
Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks
The New York offspring of this London reading series follows in the footsteps of its progenitor: Writers pen stories on a particular theme each month, and...
Thalia Book Club: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover
Three of our favorite contemporary novelists—Kate Zambreno, Catherine Lacey and Akhil Sharma—lead a discussion to honor the 30th anniversary of Duras’s...
Actress and writer Amber Tamblyn releases her latest book, a collection of haunting stories about stars that died before their time, with one epic bash. Poet...
New York's best bookstores and readings
Best bookstores in New York City
The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find
Best specialty bookstores in New York City
For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel
Best reading series in New York City
From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots
Best storytelling shows in New York City
If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.
Upcoming book events in NYC
The End of Boyhood: John Hampsey and Richard Hoffman
Two memoirists discuss their youth and share tidbits from their recent true stories about coming-of-age: Hampsey’s Kaufman’s Hill, set in 1960s Pittsburgh,...
A Branch Grows in Brooklyn
Inspired by the artwork of Nancy Azara that’s currently on display in St. Ann’s sanctuary, the church and local nonprofit, Brooklyn Poets, mounts an...
League of Kitchens
Eager to try authentic international cuisine without traveling outside the country? At League of Kitchens, simply travel to a recent immigrant’s kitchen in...
Radio City Stage Door Tour
This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage...
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One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season
To Kill a Mockingbird sequel
In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later
Interview: Shaun Usher
Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters
Interview: Julia Cooke
The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso