Jennifer Schuessler 3:53pm NEW YORK - The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group's annual gala May 5, adding a new twist to the continuing debate over the publica...
Lucy Sussex For years Howarth worked on the manuscript, recapturing the viewpoint of youth.
American Sniper heads list of top 10 biographies.
Maggie Galehouse It took a mental hospital to turn James Patterson - the staggeringly prolific American author (and co-author) of detective stories, thrillers, romances and children's books - into a serious reader.
Marc McEvoy Malcolm Knox's much admired fiction is characterised by his investigation of the secret lives of his characters.
Geoff Page M.T.C. Cronin has written a collection that emphasises the importance of thought in poetry.
Joy Lawn New Gallipoli books for children often build on the archetypal story of a young man who has joined up in an outbreak of patriotism.
PETER FITZSIMONS Charles Bean was so close to the action at Gallipoli that his reports from there and other battlefields have remained the most accurate.
Sue Turnbull In each of his crime novels, Pierre LeMaitre includes carefully calibrated scenes of horrific violence.
Fiona Capp Short reviews of non-fiction from Australia and overseas.
Jane Sullivan The debate about fantasy sparked by Kazuo ishiguro's latest novel is much ado about nothing
Michael McGirr In Kate Howarth's second memoir, she emerges as an extraordinary if not always wise character.
Paula Hawkins remains the No. 1 pick for readers around the country.
Peter Stanford Renee Knight simply wanted to get a publisher for her suburban crime novel. Now she could be emulating the success of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins.
SUSAN WYNDHAM Writing competition for high-school students, a job for the literary-minded, and design credit for Tara Moss.
Reviewer: Frank O'Shea Here are three very different books on the bugs we live with, the science in our lives and our Australian language.
RON CERABONA What's on the world of books in Canberra this week.
Clive Thompson There's more written and spoken words being produced every day so how do we keep up.
NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2015 shortlist gives voice to long-silent authors, new talent and animals
Susan Wyndham, Literary editor The powerful return of two long-silent novelists is celebrated in the shortlists for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, announced on Friday.
Andrew Riemer Wieringa's abstract concerns are placed a finely drawn, pointed account of life in a remote city finding it hard to make the transition from totalitarian subjection.
JASON STEGER Emily Bitto's first novel, The Strays, has won the $50,000 Stella Prize for writing by Australian women.
Ravi Somaiya A newspaper with a staff of 80 beat The New York Times and Washington Post to claim the most prestigious of the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism.
Jacqui Taffel Melbourne historian Adrian Threlfall is bringing Saunders' story to readers as a graphic novel.
MELANIE KEMBREY Melbourne writer Murray Middleton wins the award that launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, and Gillian Mears.
Thuy On Women of Letters celebrates its fifth year with an international edition – and even men are invited.
Owen Richardson Miranda July's first novel is daring in ways her fans may not expect.
Eleanor Limprecht Kate Grenville's biography of her mother leaves the reader wanting more.
Prize-winning crime writer S.J. Watson on the books that shaped his life.
EMMA MACDONALD Leigh Van Der Horst thought she may never recover from her loss, but instead, she reached out to motherless mothers across the world to heal her sorrow.
KAREN HARDY The debut author gives notions about America a shake up in his debut novel.
Reviewer: Karen Hardy A selection of fiction books are reviewed.
Jane Sullivan Prize-winning poet and children's novelist Lisa Gorton's first adult novel has echoes of Patrick White in its prose.
Peter Pierce Phillip Edmonds' survey of literary magazines in Australia is both sympathetic to his subject and critical.
Katherine Wilson Psychologist Susan Pinker sometimes talks down to the reader as she explains why human-scale community is essential to good health.
Kevin Rabalais Twins and both novelists, the Bausch brothers share some similar concerns in their fiction albeit and some significant differences.
Cameron Woodhead Short reviews of fiction from Australia and overseas
Steven Carroll Short reviews of non-fiction from Australia and overseas
Maria Tumarkin The horrors and inhumane treatment of women at Ravensbruck concentration camp are difficult to read about, but expertly written.
Jane Sullivan Is it ironic that a bunch of Australian book critics get together for a moan about book reviewing?
Warren Fahey A sensational murder trial in '20s Sydney led to a finding of insanity. But was the killer really mad?
Sue Turnbull Cliff Hardy has changed a bit since he first appeared 40 novels ago, but Peter Corris makes him as relevant as ever
Bestselling books from independent bookshops around Australia.
B.A. Breen B.A. Breen's poem imagine how the war is perceived in a sleepy coastal town in 1942.
JASON STEGER Obama's dip in sales; a big weekend for Clunes books; Lena Headey and the Hawk film; and ABIA awards.
SUSAN WYNDHAM Good-looking books in design awards; my pick for the best design; contenders for Kibble Awards for women writers
Reviewer: Colin Steele A well-priced compendium of entries that reveal the depth and breadth of human communication and knowledge.
Reviewer: Geoff Page Readers interested in the metaphysical, but not in doctrinal orthodoxy, will enjoy Philip Salom's distinctive take.
Reviewer: Jeff Popple Ian Caldwell mixes interesting themes in this well-written religious conspiracy thriller.
SALLY PRYOR A Mexican father’s story for his son is posthumously published by his widow, Diane de Castellanos, an accomplished Canberra artist.
Reviewer: Mark Thomas Julian Davies' book has life, grace and wit as well as a few grotesques