Comic book legend Stan Lee started out writing obituaries.
Robert Louis Stevenson ('Treasure Island,' 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde') is one of Scotland’s foremost writers—and his life, like his most famous stories, was full of both adventure and misfortune.
In the Middle Ages, stealing a book was more like stealing someone’s car today. Now, we have car alarms; then, they had chains, chests … and curses.
The Stonewall Book Award celebrates LGBTQ+ literature and includes standouts from authors like Alison Bechdel, Rivers Solomon, and Michael Cunningham.
Maurice Sendak's books were shaped by his own childhood: one marked by the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the concentration camp deaths of most of his extended family, and parents consumed by depression and anger.
Here, in no particular order, are just a few of history’s most influential tomes—and how they made humanity look at things in a new light.
Do you know which author invented ‘factoid’—or what it really means? But more importantly, can you find it in this word search?
The pulp magazine, which turns 100 this year, inspired Stephen King and made a star out of Conan.
The best children’s books of all time include works by J.R.R. Tolkien, Maurice Sendak, Louisa May Alcott, and more.
The figurative phrase is more than 200 years old, but the obscure etymology of a 'red herring' is a fishy story that is itself a red herring.
Machines called “Readies” were writer Bob Brown’s answer to “talkies” in the 1930s.
Amy Tan's 1989 book represented a breakthrough for Chinese American representation in popular culture.
Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri, otherwise known as Jhumpa Lahiri, first came to prominence with her award-winning 1999 debut, the short story collection 'Interpreter of Maladies.' Here's what you need to know about 'The Namesake' author.
Though their contributions were immense, many aren’t well-known outside of their nations’ borders.
The late, great American writer Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was once called the “human embodiment of a raised middle finger”—an analogy that Bukowski would probably have welcomed, or possibly even written about himself. Here's what you should know.
'The Kite Runner'—which was the first novel written in English by an Afghan author—started as a short story that was rejected by 'GQ' and 'Esquire.'
Everyone from Richard Scarry to Ian Fleming to Agatha Christie has had changes made to their books by their publishers long after they were released.
For AAPI Heritage Month, check out these incredible books by Celeste Ng, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Helen Hoang, and others.
In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, we've picked the best bookshop in every state—plus a few others we loved. Did your favorite make the list?
Libraries are a reader’s best friend. In honor of National Library Week, here are 25 things you might not know about these hallowed halls of book worship.
The American Library Association logged a record number of complaints in 2022.
Not all authors’ dedications are nice. Some—like these—are just plain mean.